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.

Clinical Courses

Jason Kae Smith, LMSW

As our society develops a wider understanding of gender variance, transgender people have become more visible than ever before. With more openly trans people seeking services, it is important that social workers provide spaces that are safe, inclusive and affirming to all people, regardless of their gender identity. This online course aims to help participants better understand what it means to be transgender and suggests ways social workers and agencies can position themselves to better serve the transgender community.

Connie Black-Pond, MA, LMSW, LPC
Connie Black-Pond, MA, LMSW, LPC

This course on Trauma Informed Clinical Assessment for TF-CBT clinicians will address pre/mid/post treatment assessment recommendations for the implementation of TF-CBT; and specific review of assessment strategies. Standardized tools administration and good clinical observation will be discussed. Specific tools will include the Trauma History Checklist (Habib), the Post Traumatic Stress Checklist for Children (PSCC), Child Dissociative Checklist (CDC), Young Child PTSD Checklist (YCPC, and Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale). Other assessment resources will also be introduced.

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.

Julie A. Navarre
Course Description: Inflammatory responses in the nervous system plays a key role in the development and persistence of many pathological pain states. Research literature indicates that psycho social interventions may have significant effects on pain. For example, the relaxation response immediately alters gene expression tied to inflammation which in turn may reduce the individual's pain response.

Meets 1 hour of pain criteria

Gary Anderson

This course will describe the challenges associated with ethical decision making in social work practice. Approaches from philosophy will be examined to find relevant guidelines for professional practice. Principles to apply to practice decisions will be extracted from these philosophical approaches. This examination of philosophical approaches will highlight some key points for making an ethical analysis and leading to ethical decision-making.

Amanda Toler Woodward, PhD
Amanda Toler Woodward, PhD, Ulla-Maija Koivula, MBA

At the same time that we are facing global aging, countries are struggling with workforce shortages and economic changes that require them to renegotiate their social welfare systems in politically acceptable ways. This course will present basic information about the structure of elder care in the United States and Finland, some health and social welfare outcomes from each country, and strengths and weaknesses of each approach to care.

Brian Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW

This course will provide basic understanding of detection and diagnosis of substance use conditions. Specific tools to identify alcohol, tobacco, and drug use will be discussed. Additionally, an overview of diagnosis using DSM-V criteria will be presented.

Sandy Pelon
Sandy Pelon

As part of the inter-professional team of end-of-life caregivers, social workers are exposed to multiple stressors. This can be in their work with dying individuals and their families as well as in their functioning within rapidly changing health care organizations. This course explores the unique professional stress of social workers in end-of-life care settings and offers practical protective mechanisms and coping strategies.

Rosemary P. Jackson

As a supervisor, you can learn to use retention-focused communication skills to support staff in being the "expert" on their practice. This course will offer you a strengths-based approach that focuses on respecting the abilities of your staff and avoids dwelling on what they have done wrong. Learn about techniques that focus on asking about successes and giving positive feedback for accomplishments and find out how to help staff communicate their needs and assumptions.

Erica Holman, LMSW, LNHA, CDP

Advance Care Planning involves learning about types of decisions that might need to be made during end of life processes. Formulating an Advance Care Plan and Advance Directives lets others know what YOUR choices are and provides a framework for providing care and services if you cannot express your values and desires. Advance Care Planning offers an opportunity to have open discussions with your loved ones about care preferences before an illness or injury.

Julie A. Navarre

Identifying and managing appropriate boundaries is essential to ethical practice. This presentation will explore appropriate boundaries in helping relationships, boundary violations, and ethical dilemmas as they relate to the Code of Ethics and the influence of values. Through examining the literature, reflecting on values and ethical guidelines, participants will explore issues and complexities of ethical social work practice in rural settings. A model for decision making will be presented and utilized.