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School of Social Work Continuing Education

Explore a new practice area or method in social work. Get the latest in applied practice information. Network with fellow alumni and Saint Louis University 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.

2023 Continuing Education Brochure (PDF)

Sessions and Workshops

SLU's sessions and workshops support ongoing professional growth and development, and enables practitioners to meet licensure renewal requirements. Workshops are open to licensed social workers of all levels, practicing in both clinical and macro roles. SLU alumni and current practicum instructors are eligible for a special discount.


Friday, January 27, 2023

Integrating Child Abuse Prevention Into Social Work Practice

CE Hours: 3 
Delivery:
In-Person (Il Monastero)
Registration:
 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Course Price: $30 each for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by January 20. All others or same-day registration, $50 each.

About the Course: Many social work professionals, even those outside of child welfare, interact with children and families in their daily work. These interactions provide an opportunity to engage in conversations about healthy parenting and child abuse prevention. Because abuse and neglect are serious adversities that can cause severe and long-term physical and emotional damage to children, it is incumbent on all social workers to have a basic understanding of abuse prevention strategies.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide social workers from a variety of disciplinary fields with:

  • Knowledge of the latest research on maltreatment trends and prevalence between different social contexts and developmental ages
  • Exposure to multiple types of child abuse prevention strategies for a variety of professional settings (i.e. healthcare clinics, schools, community mental health, etc.)
  • Skills to implement chosen strategies for diverse populations depending on the developmental age of the child

About the Presenter: Jesse J. Helton is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. His research focuses on the overall safety and well-being of maltreated children, particularly those with disabilities. He teaches statistics, research methods, and public policy in both the master's and Ph.D. programs.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation in Clinical Settings: Best Practice Techniques to Promote Emotional and Physical Safety

CE Hours:
Delivery:
In-Person (Il Monastero)
Registration:
8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Course Price: $30 each for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by February 10. All others or same-day registration, $50 each.

About the Course: Advanced training in theories and practices of crisis intervention and de-escalation. Incorporate best practices to assess and manage clients in crisis when clinicians perceive an emotional or physical threat.

About the Presenter: Jenny Deutsch is an adjunct clinical professor at the Saint Louis University School of Social Work. She has over 20 years in the field of crisis intervention and suicide prevention through her employment with Behavioral Health Response and Life Crisis Services.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Professional Self Care From a Trauma-Informed Lens

CE Hours: 3 
Delivery: In-Person (Il Monastero)
Registration: 12:30 p.m.
Program: 1- 4 p.m.
Course Price: $30 each for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by February 10. All others or same-day registration $50 each.

About the Program: This workshop is designed to help people working in social services create healthy practices and boundaries for their professional lives. The workshop will explore strategies for managing work stress, secondary trauma, and avoiding compassion fatigue. There will also be an opportunity to design a sustainable self-care plan which will help social service workers enjoy a more productive work/life balance.

About the Presenter: Rachel Crowe, M.S.W., LCSW, is an assistant adjunct professor at the Saint Louis University School of Social Work and a senior professional instructor for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Rachel has been practicing in the field of social work for 21 years and specializes in teaching, training, and providing support to practicing clinicians in the field and students studying social work. Crowe also is trained through St. Louis DBT in the clinical modalities of dialectical behavioral therapies and mindfulness-based cognitive therapies, integrating these skills within the work that she does in all service areas.

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Friday, March 10, 2023

Engaging Families and Couples in Therapy

CE Hours:
Delivery:
In-Person (Il Monastero)
Registration:
8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Course Price: $30 each for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by March 3. All others or same-day registration, $50 each.

About the Program: This course will provide a general overview of the process of engaging family and other significant people in the recovery of individuals. This course will focus on a multisystemic model of family therapy that addresses the specific needs of multi-stressed families across the developmental lifespan. Specific attention will be paid to assessment and engagement strategies that impact families, couples, and individuals. Interventions such as multisystemic family therapy, family psychoeducation and empowerment models will be introduced and explored.

About the Presenter: Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, associate clinical professor, currently teaches B.S.S.W.-level practice courses and M.S.W. courses in the clinical concentration at Saint Louis University. Cooper-Sadlo is a graduate of the Saint Louis University B.S.S.W. program, the University of Denver M.S.W. program, and obtained her Ph.D. in family therapy from Saint Louis University. She has been in clinical practice with various populations and specializes in areas of family therapy, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. In these positions, she has had significant experience working with individuals and families in hospitals and community settings. She has also provided various community workshops for professionals in the areas of trauma, substance use and the impact on the family.

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Using a Comprehensive Approach to Assess and Address Challenging Behaviors With Youth

CE Hours: 3 
Delivery: In-Person (Il Monastero)
Registration: 12:30 p.m.
Program: 1- 4 p.m.
Course Price: $30 each for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by April 14. All others or same-day registration, $50 each.

Presenter: Heather Lewis, M.S.W., ED.S, BCBA


Friday, May 5, 2023

How to Best Serve Transgender and Gender Diverse People in Health Care Ethics

CE Hours: 3 (Meets diversity requirement.)
Delivery:
Zoom
Registration:
8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Course Price: $30 for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by April 29. All others, $50.

About the Program: In this course, we will use the minority stress model to guide discussions regarding the impact of non-inclusive healthcare settings for transgender and gender-diverse individuals. Additionally, the course will identify specific action steps to employ in practice on a clinical and organizational level.

About the Presenter: Julia López, Ph.D., M.P.H., LCSW, is an adjunct professor in Saint Louis University School of Social Work as well as a public health researcher in the field of sexual health using public health and social work theories and frameworks. She has previous clinical experience in a community mental health center. Additional areas of focus for research and presentation include health and mental health with sexual and gender minorities, racial disparities, HIV care, and women’s health.

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Friday, May 5, 2023

Creating Leaders in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

CE Hours: 3 (Meets diversity requirement.)
Delivery:
Zoom
Registration:
12:30 p.m.
Program: 1 - 4 p.m.
Course Price: $30 for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by April 29. All others, $50.

About the Program: While diversity, equity, and inclusion have been a strong focus over recent years, many continue to struggle to develop fully inclusive classrooms and practices. This workshop will provide students with a framework and specific actions they can take to ensure they are implementing fully inclusive and equitable practices in the classroom and in their practice.

About the Presenter: Natalie Parks, Ph.D., is the program director of the applied behavior analysis program at Saint Louis University. She is also the co-owner and CEO of Behavior Leader, Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on assisting organizations in developing inclusive and equitable practices. Dr. Parks has over 23 years of experience in the field and is co-author of three books: Leadership in Behavior Analysis, Feedback F!@#ups and How to Avoid Them, and OBM Entrepreneur. She has also authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focused on skill acquisition, behavior reduction and addressing systematic racism within organizations. Finally, Dr. Parks is also a managing director of TeamABA, LLC, which uses behavior analysis to improve the performance of athletes and those focused on health and wellness.

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Monday, May 22-Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Professional Practice Institute: Advanced Groupwork Skills: Facilitating Online Groups

CE Hours: 19.5 total
Delivery: Zoom
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Course Price: $200 for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by May 12. All others, $250.

About the Program: This Professional Practice Institute (PPI) is designed to prepare graduate-level group work social work students, licensed social workers, and other clinical practitioners with the required skills and competencies for group work. Standards and ethics for group work as well as a variety of groups will be presented to include: a single session workshop on Advance Care Planning on Group Visits used in healthcare settings for veterans, ongoing group therapy in substance abuse treatment, and referrals to self-help and support groups.

Skills training using role play, interactive activities, and small and large group discussions will be used to rehearse and practice motivational interviewing techniques, the brief negotiated interview process, and the referrals to self-help and mutual aid support groups. The focus of this PPI is “hands-on” skills training with a variety of evidence-based practices related to micro practice. Therefore, participants should go over the materials provided and be prepared to practice skills when they arrive on Monday, May 22, 2023. A syllabus with all online resources for students and CE participants will be provided at least a week before class begins. This is an intermediate/advanced level skills training designed to benefit licensed social workers, graduate and doctoral students, and other professionals working with groups.

About the Presenter: Monica M. Matthieu, Ph.D., LCSW, is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University and is a research social worker for the Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System, Department of Veterans Affairs. She currently teaches direct practice courses online and at SLU, including social work practice with individuals, families and groups, advanced clinical social work practice, evidence-based practices with youth, evidence-based practices in community mental health, veterans’ services, SBIRT, and trauma treatment for adults. Dr. Matthieu is engaged in research and program evaluation related to VA’s national suicide prevention program, implementation of trauma treatment in the VA, and improving assessment, intervention, and referral to treatment for individuals at risk for suicide in social service and health care settings in the St Louis metro area.

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Friday, September 1, 2023

Ethics in Supervision

CE Hours: 3 (Meets ethics requirement.)
Delivery: Zoom
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Course Price: $30 for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by August 25. All others, $50.

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Friday, October 13, 2023

Supervision Skills for Mid-Level Managers

CE Hours: 3 
Delivery: Zoom
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Course Price: $30 for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by October 6. All others $50.

About the Program: This workshop develops the knowledge, values, skills, and critical thinking processes necessary for anticipating unexpected and recurring leadership and supervision opportunities in social service organizations. Participants will critically analyze what is involved in interim management and administrative supervision as well as in providing ongoing reflective supervision to other clinicians. This session will cover practice in administrative, clinical, and reflective supervision. Specific topics covered include: formulating job descriptions, analyzing real-life job tasks, participating in background checks including checking references, participating in job interviews, knowing basic employment rights and laws, onboarding and training new employees, using program model technical assistance for supervision, investigating staff problems and accusations, knowing basic steps to counseling and disciplining employees, and implementing best practices to reduce risks of workplace violence and disruption.

About the Presenter: Stephen Edward McMillin, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University, where he teaches courses in social work practice, nonprofit management, and public health. He is a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and chairs the SSWR section on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. McMillin’s research focuses on harnessing innovation and enterprise to mitigate the health impacts of climate change and air pollution while advancing health, well-being, and financial asset-building for individuals, families, and communities.

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Friday, October 13, 2023

Safety Planning With Intimate Partner Violence Survivors: Towards Survivor-Defined Advocacy

CE Hours: 3
Delivery: Zoom
Registration: 12:30 p.m.
Program: 1 - 4 p.m.
Course Price: $30 for SLU alumni and practicum instructors pre-registered by October 6. All others, $50 each.

About the Program: Social workers in all areas of practice will encounter survivors of intimate partner violence. Safety planning can empower survivors to mitigate the risks posed to their safety by both their abusive partner and the complex life circumstances they face. Ethical practice with persons experiencing intimate partner violence requires the adoption of a survivor-defined approach, which takes as its starting point the goals, needs, and circumstances of the individual survivor. Effective safety planning incorporates an understanding of lethality factors that place survivors at increased risk for homicide by abusive partners. In this training, participants will be provided with an overview of a survivor-defined approach to safety planning, with emphasis on the specific skills of risk analysis and lethality assessment.

About the Presenter: Vithya Murugan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. She has clinical experience as a counselor to survivors of IPV. Additionally, she has extensive experience in community education and training.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

LCSW Test Preparation

Delivery: Zoom
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Course Price: $60 each for SLU alumni by November 1. All others, $125. Includes study book and study website.

About the Program: This one-day virtual workshop will assist participants through the necessary steps to pass the ASWB Clinical exam and reduce test anxiety. It will review all key clinical exam content areas. All attendees will be provided with a comprehensive study book with a practice test included. Additionally, registration comes with six months of access to a robust social work licensure preparation learning management system. This includes:

  • A full copy of the electronic exam guide for your exam category 
  • A wealth of test-taking tips and strategies to foster exam confidence
  • A practice test (with explanations of correct answers) that mirrors the exam • The ability to build a customized study plan
  • Flashcards and other study tools
  • A discussion board with full access to the author and others who are studying for the exam
  • Online learning community where you can connect virtually with other people who are studying for the exam PLUS Receive a 50-question pre-test before the course to help the presenter tailor the course to meet your needs and provide you with a report that you can use to help you in the course.

For special accommodations or questions, email conted@slu.edu or call 314-977-2724 This event is for unlicensed social workers and is not offered for Continuing Education Credit.

About the Presenter: Dawn Apgar, Ph.D., LSW, ACSW, has helped thousands of social workers across the country pass the ASWB examinations associated with all levels of licensure. Dr. Apgar has done research on licensure funded by the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation and was chairperson of her state’s social work licensing board. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of NASW. Dr. Apgar has extensive experience in social work education as well as in direct practice and management.

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Planning to Attend a Workshop

The following details apply to all workshops:

Location and Parking
Courses are held at Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63101, unless otherwise noted. There is free, off-street parking available in front of the building.  2020 classes will be held online only,  through Zoom.
Cancellation Policy
Full refunds allowed for registrations canceled at least five business days before the first day of the registered program. For information about possible cancellation due to inclement weather, call 314-977-SNOW (314-977-7669). If a session is canceled, all paid registrants will receive a full refund.
Accommodations & Additional Information

If you require special accommodations or have a question, contact conted@slu.edu.

SLU is a registered social work continuing education sponsor in Missouri and Illinois, license number 159.000573.