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Continuing Education

SLU's Continuing Education instructors are highly qualified and experienced professionals

A continuing education teacher at SLU's School of Social Work

Saint Louis University's Social Work Continuing Education courses are informed by current research and best practices in the field. All workshops are open to licensed social workers of all levels, practicing in both clinical and macro roles.

The School of Social Work is an approved continuing education provider by the Missouri Division of Professional Registration Committee for Social Workers. The program supports ongoing professional growth and development and enables practitioners to meet licensure renewal requirements.

Our CE courses are taught by highly qualified instructors and professors; most are faculty members at SLU's School of Social Work, who bring a wealth of professional and instructional experience to the workshops.

Continuing education in the SLU School of Social Work

To register for a class:

1. Click the "Register and Pay Online" button.
2. Select the workshop you would like attend
3. Follow directions for payment options

Please contact Karen Bolinger, by email or phone 314-977-2724, with questions.

The workshops are held at: Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63101  


*Please arrive 30 minutes before the program starts to register

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2016 Workshops

Ethical Issues in Healthcare for Aging & Other Vulnerable Populations

Dr. Gary Behrman

This workshop will focus on social work ethical principles and responsibilities in serving those who are most vulnerable in the healthcare system. The NASW Code of Ethics will be reviewed as a tool in enhancing our ethical decision making. 3 CEH

Sept 9, 2016
9 am - 12pm

Biopsychosocial Treatments for Gambling Disorders

Dr. Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D. BCBA‐D, LBA

This course will focus on incorporating a synthesis between neurobiological, behavioral, and sociological measures of analysis across the gambling spectrum, providing an overview of how a biopsychosocial model impacts gambling treatment, and providing attendees with tools needed to incorporate this model in their own clinical practice.

Sept 9, 2016
1 - 4pm

Supervision Refresher Course for Licensure Supervisors

Pamela J. Huggins, LCSW

This advanced‐level "refresher" course is designed for those supervisors who have completed the 16 hour course and are taking the required 3 hour course to continue as a "qualified supervisor for licensure". There will be a review of the statutes and rules as well as key content areas and current literature on providing supervision. 3 CEH

October 14, 2016
9 am - 12 pm

Using Safety Planning to Assess and Manage Adults at‐risk for Suicide

Dr. Monica Matthieu

This workshop is designed to prepare and provide a review of competencies for engaging and responding to adults who may be at risk for suicide. In particular, this session will focus on appropriate intake questions, assessment issues, and a recommended tool for managing risk, with a focus on safety planning in suicide prevention. This session is focused on assisting clinicians to enhance their skills.

November 18, 2016
9 am - 12 pm

2017 Workshops

Supervision Training for Social Work Licensure Supervisors- 16 hour course

Pamela J. Huggins, ACSW, LCSW

This specialized course is designed to prepare licensed social workers with the information and training to become “qualified supervisors for licensure,” as required by the Missouri State Committee for Clinical Social Work. This course meets the needs of social work licensure supervisors in Missouri who must complete a 16 hour supervision course (such as the two day course described here) and who have 5 years of professional social work experience. The content of this 16 hour course follows the requirements of the Association of Social Work Boards and their suggestions for topics and learning experiences. The content of this course applies to all types of licenses.

Thurs-Friday, January 26 & 27, 2017
8 am - 5pm

Making Work Humane for Formerly Homeless People: Toward a New Paradigm

Stephen Edward McMillin Ph.D.

Social workers often think of homelessness as caused by another problem, such as drug addiction or mental illness. However, homelessness is also caused simply by economic circumstances, and the sudden, unexpected experience of homelessness is itself a trauma that causes isolation and emotional harm. This presentation examines characteristics of supportive and competitive employment programs that point to best practices in employment programs serving formerly homeless people.

Friday, February 17, 2017
9 am - 12 pm

The Intersection of Spirituality and Social Work Practice

Dr. James Allen

This workshop focuses on the meaning of spirituality and its integration into practice with clients. Both the value of integration of spirituality and the challenges associated with it are addressed. Guidelines to be used in determining both when and how to integrate spirituality are discussed.

Friday, March 24, 2017
9 am - 12 pm

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) with Youth

Brandy R. Maynard, Ph.D., MSW, ACSW, and Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., LCSW

This workshop is designed to prepare and provide a review of competencies for engaging and responding to adults who may be at risk for suicide. In particular, this session will focus on appropriate intake questions, assessment issues, and a recommended tool for managing risk, with a focus on safety planning in suicide prevention. This session is focused on assisting clinicians to enhance their skills.

Friday, April 21, 2017
9 am - 12 pm

Licensure Test Prep course for LMSW and LCSW Exams-LEAP, LLC Partnership

LEAP Presenter

This is a 1 & a 1/2 day course 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.

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
and Friday, May 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Understanding Diversion and the Criminal Justice System in St. Louis
Professional Practice Institute

Noelle E. Fearn Ph.D., M. Dyan McGuire J.D. Ph.D., Philippa (Pippa) E. Barrett, J.D.

This course will provide an overview of diversion in the U.S. criminal justice system – promising, best practices, and evidence-based diversion efforts will be presented and assessed. Presentations, discussions, and key guest speakers will identify and explore historical and current diversion efforts – with a specific focus on the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney’s Office. We will highlight the newest local diversion programs and discuss the various legal, developmental, implementation, programming, and evaluation issues associated with these efforts.

May 22, 23, & 24, 2017
Mon, Tues, & Wed

8:30 am - 4pm

Advanced Skills Training in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Youth
Professional Practice Institute

Monica M. Matthieu Ph.D., LCSW

This Professional Practice Institute (PPI) is designed to prepare practitioners working with youth and young adults with the required skills and competencies for substance use screening and intervention strategies. Skills training using role play, interactive activities, and simulated patients as well as small and large group discussions will be used to rehearse and to practice Motivational Interviewing techniques, the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model, the use of a variety of youth screening tools for alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use (e.g., AUDIT-C, DAST, CRAFFT), the Brief Negotiated Interview process, and the Referrals to Treatment and Mutual Support Groups.

May 22, 23, & 24, 2017
Mon, Tues, & Wed

8:30 am - 4pm

Brief Family Therapy Approaches in Practice with Children and Youth

Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, Ph.D., LCSW

This session will provide an overview of evidence-based brief family therapy approaches in integrated behavioral health settings with children and youth that experience co-occurring health and behavioral health issues including mental illnesses, substance use disorders, trauma and behavioral disorders. The focus is on using a developmental framework within an ecological perspective as the foundation for the exploration of assessment, prevention and intervention skills and models that address complex problems of at-risk children, youth, and their families. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based brief family therapy approaches that address diverse groups of children and youth within their social contexts and incorporate families into the prevention and treatment of behavioral health conditions.

Friday, June 30, 2017
9 am - 4pm

Professional Boundaries & Ethical Decision Making - Ethics CE for Licensure

Carla L. Wallace, Ph.D., LMSW

This Ethics session will review the Social Work Code of Ethics and discuss how it pertains to common challenges social workers face related to professional boundaries. Consideration about social workers’ responsibility to boundary concerns within interdisciplinary settings will be explored along with personal and agency risks of poor boundary practices, factors that make social workers vulnerable to breaking boundaries, and how poor boundaries affect client care. Participants will have the opportunity to compare and contrast ethical decision making models and then use them to guide potential decisions surrounding reallife case examples.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
9 am - 12 pm

How to have Difficult Conversations: From Diagnosis to Death

Beth Barrett, MSW, LCSW, CT

This workshop will focus on how social workers can facilitate the different types of conversations encountered when working with clients diagnosed with chronic or life threatening illnesses. Content will include discussions in psycho-educational issues, advance directive planning, caregiver support, community resources, living with illness, and anticipatory and post-death grief work. The instructor will provide techniques and tips for participants to develop skills and resources in working with these clients.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
1 am - 4pm

Supervision Skills Refresher
Meets License Board Requirement

Pamela J. Huggins, ACSW, LCSW

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 especially related to informed consent as between supervisor and supervisee and supervisee and the client system; cultural, gender or socioeconomic considerations: the review and/or development of supervision contracts and; review of the current supervision rules as put forth by the State of Missouri.

Friday, October 20, 2017
9 am - 12 pm

Personality Disorders: Assessment and Intervention

Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, Ph.D., LCSW

This session will provide an overview of the prominent personality disorders including borderline, antisocial, narcissistic, obsessive compulsive, and dependent. Participants will be introduced to the symptoms, etiology, and common co-occurring issues that are experienced in clinical practice. Accurate assessment and evidenced-based interventions will be presented in order to help clinicians in working effectively with people. DSM 5 criterion and assessment will be used.

Friday, November 10, 2017
9 am - 4 pm

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