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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.

SLU'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.

View the 2023 Continuing Education Brochure (PDF)

View the 2024 Continuing Education Brochure (PDF)

Sessions and Workshops

SLU's sessions and workshops support ongoing professional growth and development, and enable 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.

Register for Continuing Education Courses Online

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 and provide 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 practice areas 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 adopting a survivor-defined approach, which takes as its starting point the individual survivor's goals, needs and circumstances. 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 receive an overview of a survivor-defined approach to safety planning, emphasizing 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 critical clinical exam content areas. All attendees will receive 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 studying for the exam, plus receive a 50-question pretest before the course to help the presenter tailor the course to meet your needs and provide a report that you can use to help you in the course.

For special accommodations or questions, email 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 researched 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, direct practice, and management.

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January 26, 2024 AM CE

January 26, 2024 PM CE

February 9, 2024 AM CE

February 9, 2024 PM CE


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 or metered parking along Olive Blvd. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to ensure parking.
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

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