Online Continuing Education Courses

Michigan State University School of Social Work seeks to be as accessible as possible. You can now receive social work continuing education credit at your leisure—when it's convenient for you! Save travel time and cost. In Michigan, Social Workers may earn up to one-half of the required continuing education contact hours in person using live, synchronous contact. The remaining continuing education contact hours may be completed in any other approved format. If you live outside of Michigan, check with your state's social work regulatory body.

Child Welfare Courses

Elinor Jordan

This training will provide an overview of our often misunderstood immigration system, giving special attention to the ways in which issues of immigration law and status interact with family law. The training will give a general overview of the U.S. Immigration system and highlight the ways in which interactions with family service and child protection systems create both opportunities and dangers for immigrant families and social work professionals.

Rosemary P. Jackson

This online course is designed to help you become more intentional in your supervision and to make best use of supervisory time with your staff. It will introduce supervisory competencies that are known to motivate and encourage increasing confidence and staff commitment to a career in child and family services. This course can be taken independently or as part of the Supervision in Child & Family Services Certificate.

Katie Page-Sander

This course will give an overview of the benefits of agencies’ utilization of parent to parent or peer support programs for foster and adoptive parents. Participants will learn ways to incorporate various program models into their own agencies, as well as learn about existing parent-lead programs in Michigan and how they can benefit client families.

Gillian OgilvieKarol Wilson
Gillian Ogilvie, MA, LPC, IMH-E (III), Karol Wilson, LMSW, IMH-E (IV)

Opportunities for you to define and develop strategies that will support the process of developing secure attachments will be presented in this course. Infant mental health strategies and principles that will improve relationships between primary caregivers and young children will be introduced and you will increase your understanding of how to support the social and emotional development of young children, particularly those in the child welfare system.

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel

This course will explore an overview of strategies for child welfare supervisors to engage and support workers. Included in these strategies will be (1) supportive engagement within a developmental framework, (2) mitigating the impact of secondary trauma and workplace stress, (3) managing the impact of technology changes on worker engagement.

Jennifer Trotter
Jennifer Trotter

Safety planning is a tool used to minimize the risks faced by those we serve. During this course, participants will learn the value and effectiveness of safety planning with their clients. Scenarios will be presented and sample safety plans will be created.

Rosemary P. Jackson

This online course introduces the principles and concepts for supervising a mobile workforce. Learn about the impact of telecommuting on the supervisory experience. Get ideas about how to create a foundation for supervision that supports staff development with an emphasis on staff retention. This training will utilize pre- and post-tests and visual displays.

This course will provide a general overview of attachment, parent-child attachment relationships, and the effects of attachment disruption on the emotional and behavioral lives of children. The formation of parent-infant/child attachment relationships and the impact of an infant/child’s attachment style on all current and future relationships and functioning will be briefly touched upon. The connections between attachment and emotional regulation and between attachment and behavioral expressions will be discussed.

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel

Secondary Traumatic Stress is a reality for all child welfare workers. This course will encourage participants to reflect upon their intent to do this work and how the work itself impacts their hope and motivation. A range of risk and protective factors that impact the experience of child traumatic stress will be explored within the context of coping strategies that foster resiliency in workers.

Rosemary P. Jackson

Adoptive families have unique service needs. Assessing for appropriate client-specific service as well as identification of adoption sensitive services will be the focus of this one-hour training.

Joseph Kozakiewicz, JD, LMSW

Workers spend a great deal of time preparing for court and presenting evidence in court proceedings. Very frequently, the worker does not know what specific information the judge or referee needs in order to make a specific finding or ruling. This program will address this deficiency. Further, judges have many different perspectives on how they would like workers to testify, but some general guidelines can be presented based on feedback from a number of practicing judges. This program will present a summary of “do’s and don’ts” for Michigan judges.

Liz Sharda, LMSW
Liz Sharda, LMSW

Psychological safety is a critical piece of caring for children in the child welfare system. This course will equip child welfare professionals with a framework for understanding psychological safety and its components. You will gain strategies for helping caregivers increase psychological safety for children in their homes.

Joanne Riebschleger

This course begins with illustrations of children describing their experiences growing up with a parent with a serious mental illness. It will help answer some important questions about a group of high risk children who are all too often invisible to health and human services networks. For example, What do we know about children who have a parent with a mental illness? How can social workers and others better recognize and attend to the needs and strengths of COPMI children and their family members?

Tracy Kapusansky, LMSW
Tracy Kapusansky, LMSW, Rachel Kornilakis, MSW

This course will help foster, adoptive, and kinship parents understand how to best advocate for their children around common issues in the school system.

Victoria A. Fitton

Suicide ideation and suicide presentation by clients present grave professional and personal concerns for clinicians who worry about the client’s safety, ultimate wellbeing or potential death, ethical issues, legal issues and sanctions, and ability to perform competent clinical practice. This course is designed to address some of these issues. You will learn a step-by-step assessment protocol for suicide presentation. You will learn to assess the level of risk presented by a suicidal client.