Explore a new practice area or method in social work. Get the latest in applied practice information. Network with fellow alumni and SLU faculty.
Saint Louis University's social work continuing education workshops are affordable and informed by current research and best practices in the field. Our instructors are leading practitioners and faculty members at SLU's School of Social Work who bring a wealth of professional and instructional experience to the workshops.
The program supports ongoing professional growth and development, and enables practitioners to meet licensure renewal requirements.
All workshops are open to licensed social workers of all levels, practicing in both clinical and macro roles.
To register for a class:
SLU alumni and current practicum instructors are eligible for a special discount.
*If you cannot pay by credit card or if you have trouble registering, contact Karen Bolinger at email@example.com or 314-977-2724.
Courses are held at Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63101 unless noted otherwise. There is free, off-street parking available in front of the building.
If you require special accommodations or have a question, contact Karen Bolinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-977-2724.
We are an approved provider of social work continuing education in Missouri and Illinois.
As a university-based school of social work, our continuing education is also accepted in most states for social workers and by other licensed mental heath professions such as licensed professional counselors.
If you are not a social worker, check with your licensing board first to confirm whether
they will accept social work continuing education hours from SLU.
SLU is a registered social work continuing education sponsor in Illinois, license number 159.000573.
*Courses fulfill ethics requirement
**Course fulfills license board requirement
The criminal justice system includes a broad range of professionals including police officers, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, correctional officers, social workers and parole officers. Within the criminal justice system, there is discretionary authority in how offenders are treated.
In recent times, many examples well publicized in the media point to significant issues within the criminal justice system, many which are ethically laden. This course will explore the identification, analysis, and resolution of ethical issues using both a criminal justice professional lens and the social worker code of ethics.
*Fulfills ethics requirement
February 15, 2018
This workshop is designed to prepare practitioners with entry level competencies for engaging and responding to adults who may be at risk for suicide. In particular, this session will focus on appropriate initial questions about suicide using gatekeeper training called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), and a recommended tool, safety planning for crisis intervention. This session is focused on assisting clinicians to enhance their skills.
February 23, 2018
9 a.m. - noon
Opiate addiction is a serious clinical issue impacting children, adults, intimate partners and families in many ways. This presentation explores evidence-based treatment approaches with families, intimate relationships and adults who have experienced substance abuse, with a focus on opiate addiction. Additionally, an overview of the intersection of mental health, physical health and environmental factors that are often associated with opiate addiction will be addressed. This is designed to prepare social workers to utilize evidence-based practices to address the needs of families who are impacted by substance abuse.
March 23, 2018
This presentation examines the history of mental health treatment in Missouri organized
around the four historical phases of treatment ranging from the Colonial period to
the present. For each phase of treatment, information is first presented at the national
level to provide a context for local treatment.
Emphasis is placed on the disempowerment of people with mental illness experienced through their mental health treatment and its implications for understanding and addressing the fear that many people currently have of the mental health system.
April 20, 2018
This course is designed to help prepare social workers to successfully pass the ASWB, LMSW and LCSW exams. The School of Social Work has partnered with LEAP (Licensing Exam Preparation Services, LLC) to provide this course for students, alumni and other area social workers.
The course includes a thorough review of the test areas such as theories, diagnoses using DSM 5, therapy and practice methods, research, cultural competency, micro, mezzo and macro social work methods. A study book with a practice exam is included with taking the course. In addition, the course will include successful test taking strategies.
This event is for unlicensed social workers and is not offered for continuing education credit.
May 3, 2018
5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.
May 4, 2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Evidence-Based Practices For Individuals with Autism and Their Families with Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA. This course will provide evidenced-based interventions in working with people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Assessment and treatment approaches for individuals with ASD will include behavioral, academic, socio-emotional and vocational areas of practice. Strategies for caregivers, family/siblings and the larger community will be discussed as well.
Men of Color, Myths and Health: What social work and public health practitioners should know about health disparities
and engaging individuals, community and systems with support with Gabriel Carrillo, M.S.W., and Rohan Jeremiah, Ph.D., M.P.H.
This course begins with a global focus on HIV and AIDS, and expands to other co-occurring chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, substance use, mental health, violence and other issues facing men of color. It will examine common psychological reactions to living at risk, common myths, community and cultural practices that intersect with gendered expressions of masculinity that influence men of color health behaviors. It will cover knowledge and skills in cultural competent assessment and intervention planning.
May 21, 22 and 23, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
So You Think This is Ethical?* with Rich Hennicke, M.S.W., LCSW
The session will provide opportunities to examine and evaluate values and ethics through
a variety of client groups and practice situations. Participants will explore the
often-competing values of individuals, groups, and communities.
Ethical principles from the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, and the Codes of Ethics of the National Association of Black Social Workers and the International Federation of Social Workers will be discussed as these apply to the situations identified. The session will explore the benefits and challenges of identifying and applying contextual priorities to decision making in order to enhance ethical competence with clients.
*Fulfills ethics requirement
September 7, 2018
Integrating Finances into Social Work Practice with Julie Birkenmaier, Ph.D., M.S.W.
This session will focus on the integration of client finances and asset building with social work practice as a key component of client well-being. Key financial information will be presented to enhance work with clients. This will include a range of topics from budgeting, goal-setting, saving, and building credit. Highlighted will be practical ways to integrate financial work into direct social work practice with financially vulnerable clients.
September 7, 2018
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Sue Tebb, Ph.D., LCSW
Laurie Brockhaus, LCSW
Many social service providers and mental health practitioners rely on yoga for their own self-care and also recognize it as an effective complementary and integrative health therapy for mental health/health issues. This workshop will introduce yoga philosophy as it pertains to social work values and ethics and will address the benefits of integrating yoga and mindfulness techniques into social work practice.
The presenters will introduce specific yoga movements, breathwork and meditation practices intended to lessen the symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD and other mental health/health issues.
October 19, 2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
This advance level “refresher” course is designed to be taken by the supervisor who has already completed a 16-hour supervision course and is supervising licensees and who must take a 3-hour renewal course each license cycle to continue as a “qualified supervisor for licensure” in Missouri. This course reviews issues associated with the current literature pertinent to social work supervision.
These may include: ethical considerations and cultural, gender or socioeconomic considerations, and challenging supervision scenarios. In addition, there will be a review of the current supervision rules and small group sharing on aspects of supervision.
**Fulfills license board requirement
November 9, 2018