Featured Events

  • Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 05/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    A series of four complimentary webinars focusing on substance use and misuse with speakers providing various perspectives on the topics. Participants can earn up to 1 continuing education (CE) credit per webinar.

    A series of four complimentary webinars focusing on substance use and misuse with speakers providing various perspectives on the topics. Participants can earn up to 1 continuing education (CE) credit per webinar.

    Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

    More information can be found at pcssNOW.org

    James DiReda

    Peer Support and Lived Experience in Substance Use Treatment and Recovery

    Anna Maria College

    Dr. James DiReda, LICSW, PhD holds a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, and a Masters’ degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years of direct clinical experience and consulting in the field of addictions. He has served as an advocate, treatment provider, researcher, and educator, working with individuals and families, hospitals, corrections facilities, and treatment programs, and private organizations on addiction. Dr. DiReda is an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Studies at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and a Partner at Lake Ave Recovery in Worcester, MA.  He is a person in long-term recovery (37 years), and has published books and articles on addiction, speaks publicly on the topic, and has presented at local and international professional conferences.

    Participants may earn 1 continuing education clock hour per lecture. The lectures are appropriate for generalist or clinical social work practice. The target audience is social work educators and practitioners, but the content may also be of interest to students. To earn one CE certificate per lecture, participants must:

    ·       Review all the course material (total time is approximately 1 hour per lecture)

    ·       Correctly answer a minimum of 80% of the assessment questions

    ·       Complete the electronic evaluation form

    ·       Verify their identity through an online acknowledgement form

    After meeting these minimum requirements, participants can select a CE certificate to print that will list the participant name, course name, number of CEs, and the date of completion.

    CSWE (ACE Approval #1163) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2021-1/23/2024. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

    Scheduled Access/Interaction

    All content for this course is asynchronous, so participants can complete the course on their own time and at their own pace. There is no scheduled access/interaction with course speakers. If you would like to communicate with a speaker or CSWE staff about this course, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org. CSWE operates regular business hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm) Monday-Friday.

    Accommodations for a Disability

    If you require accommodations to complete this course due to a disability, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org and provide a written explanation of the type of accommodation you require. 

    Procedures for Complaints and Grievances

    Please follow the below outlined procedures to issue a complaint or grievance regarding any matter related to CSWE's continuing education program:

    1.      Complaints or grievances must be submitted in writing to CSWE via mail at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 OR via e-mail to CEsatAPM@cswe.org.

    2.      Complaints will be reviewed by the CE Program Manager and responded to in writing within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint.

    3.      Individuals issuing a complaint/grievance may request to have a phone hearing with the CE Program Manager in the event that they disagree with CSWE's written response. 

    A record of all written complaints/grievances and CSWE's written responses are retained and reported to the Association of Social Work Board's Approved Continuing Education Program.

     

  • A free CE course looking at topics on treatment and recovery in substance use social work.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as "a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential". The recovery movement has slowly been transforming behavioral health treatment. This course will give an overview of substance use treatment and recovery-oriented policy, including how service systems have been transforming over time, impact of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and how policy intersects with current treatment issues (e.g., opioid epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic). Speakers will discuss how to address stigma and put recovery in practice with diverse groups. Then, the speakers will address how to integrate recovery into social work curriculum. 

    Through generous funding from the American Academy of Addiction Psychology (AAAP) as part of the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) initiative, CSWE is offering a series of webinars about social work and substance use. Participants who complete all components of the course and correctly answer a quiz will receive a CE certificate (see CE Information tab for more details).  

    After participating in this course, participants will be able to:

    1. Define addiction recovery-oriented concepts
    2. Examine the context of recovery-oriented services and policies 
    3. Identify affirming alternatives to language traditionally used to discuss addiction to decrease stigma about substance misuse, its treatment and people who have a history of misusing substances 
    4. Identify ways to incorporate substance use disorders into curriculum
    5. Identify topics to educate students that are related to substance use disorders 

    A written transcript of the videos is available upon request; please contact Cydne Nash (cnash@cswe.org) for more information.

    Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

    Clifford Bersamira

    Assistant Professor

    University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health

    Cliff Bersamira, Ph.D., A.M., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health. He received his Ph.D. and A.M. (M.S.W. equivalent) from the University of Chicago School Service Administration and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Chicago, he received health services research training through an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded National Research Service Award T32 predoctoral program. Dr. Bersamira’s qualitative and mixed-methods research relates to substance use treatment and recovery supports, behavioral health policy reforms, and disparities among Asian and Pacific Islander populations in the U.S. His recent projects include implementation of a state-funded coordinated entry system for substance use services, study of policy stakeholder perspectives on recovery-oriented addiction policies and services, and a study of state-level addiction service delivery and policy implementation. Previously, Dr. Bersamira worked with recovering heroin users in San Francisco, served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, and provided technical assistance to state government agencies in Washington, DC at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

    Micki Washburn

    Assistant Professor

    University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

    Dr. Micki Washburn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. Prior to her appointment at UTA, Dr. Washburn worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Houston Center for Drug and Social Policy Research and was the Coordinator of the Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab. Her current research focuses on the development of interventions for Latinx women with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders who are at risk of child welfare involvement. For over 15 years, Dr. Washburn has worked with people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse concerns. She holds practice licenses in both Social Work and Professional Counseling. Dr. Washburn is trained in multiple evidence-based intervention approaches including motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE). Recently she served on the CSWE National Taskforce to develop the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice, released in 2020. Her extensive clinical experience brings real world knowledge to the classroom to further develop the knowledge base and skills of the next generation of social work professionals.

    Shauna Acquavita

    Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program

    University of Cincinnati

    Dr. Shauna Acquavita is an Associate Professor and MSW Director at the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Acquavita’s research has focused on the area of substance use disorders, maternal and child health, and interprofessional education and collaboration. She has a decade of social work experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders. She has been the recipient of federal, state and local grants focusing on behavioral health workforce development. Her research contributes to best practices in training allied health students in addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in patients.

    Participants may earn 1 continuing education clock hour after completing the training. The course is appropriate for generalist or clinical social work practice and the degree of difficulty is intermediate. The target audience is social work educators and practitioners, but the content may also be of interest to students. To earn a CE certificate, participants must:

    • Review all the course material, including 3 required webinar presentations (total training time is approximately 1 hour)
    • Correctly answer a minimum of 80% of the assessment questions
    • Complete the electronic evaluation form
    • Verify their identity through an online acknowledgement form

    After meeting these minimum requirements, participants can select a CE certificate to print that will list the participant name, course name, number of CEs, and the date of completion.

    CSWE (ACE Approval #1163) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2021-1/23/2024. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

    Scheduled Access/Interaction

    All content for this course is asynchronous, so participants can complete the course on their own time and at their own pace. There is no scheduled access/interaction with course speakers. If you would like to communicate with a speaker or CSWE staff about this course, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org. CSWE operates regular business hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm) Monday-Friday.

    Accommodations for a Disability

    If you require accommodations to complete this course due to a disability, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org and provide a written explanation of the type of accommodation you require. 

    Procedures for Complaints and Grievances

    Please follow the below outlined procedures to issue a complaint or grievance regarding any matter related to CSWE's continuing education program:

    1. Complaints or grievances must be submitted in writing to CSWE via mail at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 OR via e-mail to CEsatAPM@cswe.org.
    2. Complaints will be reviewed by the CE Program Manager and responded to in writing within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint.
    3. Individuals issuing a complaint/grievance may request to have a phone hearing with the CE Program Manager in the event that they disagree with CSWE's written response. 

    A record of all written complaints/grievances and CSWE's written responses are retained and reported to the Association of Social Work Board's Approved Continuing Education Program. 

  • A free, CE-granting course addressing field education tools and activities for social work practice in substance use disorders.

    Given the prevalence of substance use disorders in the United States, it is likely that all social workers will encounter these issues in their practice no matter what the practice setting. The incidence of substance abuse and deaths from overdose has been increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, making this area of practice more urgent than ever. CSWE developed a Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Practice, which outlined what a social work student needs to know and be able to do to practice effectively in this area. Now, CSWE has developed a companion guide focused on field education activities. This course will walk through the Prac-Ed Social Work Field Activities Guide, how to use it, and some of the very practical activities that can be implemented by field supervisors to advance students understanding of how to address substance use disorders in practice. 

    The course is intended primarily for social work field education instructors and field directors, but would be of interest to all social work educators, especially those teaching practice courses in substance use. The course level is intermediate. Participants who complete all components of the course and correctly answer a quiz will receive a CE certificate (see CE Information tab for more details). It will take approximately 1 hour to complete the videos and quiz. 

    Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe Prac-Ed Curriculum and how it benefits social work students
    2. Effectively use the Field Education Activities Guide with social work practicum students
    3. Integrate substance use field education learning activities into a social work practicum setting

    The Prac-Ed Initiative is supported through generous funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand substance use disorder (SUD) practitioner education in social work. The goal of the program is to design and implement a high-quality standardized SUD curriculum and related assessment tools to strengthen the preparation of future social work practitioners to deliver effective, evidence-based SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. In the first year of the program 22 MSW programs participated in the program with 10 additional MSW programs selected to participate in year two. 

    A written transcript of the videos is available upon request; please contact Cydne Nash (cnash@cswe.org) for more information.

    Marde Closson

    Director of Field Education

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Marde Closson, MSW is Director of Field Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her interest include working with children and families, specifically, in the field of public child welfare. Ms. Closson has over 30 years of social work experience. She has worked in Public Child Welfare for over 25 years and was employed in field education experience at Arizona State University.

    Stephanie Lyons

    Director of Field Education,​ Clinical Associate Professor

    Indiana University

    Stephanie Lyons is Director of Field Education and Clinical Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW). She received her Bachelors in Social Work from the College of Saint Benedict and Masters in Social Work from Saint Louis University. Prior to her position at IUSSW, she worked in leadership positions in both regional and national organizations that focus on bettering the lives of youth and families. She is committed to the leadership of organizations focused on bettering the lives of youth and their families through her volunteer work as a Board Member with Indiana Youth Services Association.  She has also served on the boards of Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy, Hamilton County Community Corrections, and United Way of Central Indiana's Agency Executives Committee.

    Shebby Neely-Goodwin

    Assistant Professor of Social Work, MSW Director of Field Office 

    Norfolk State University

    Dr. Shebby Neely-Goodwin is Assistant Professor of Social Work and MSW Director of Field Office at Norfolk State University Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work. 

    Alysha N. Nichols

    MSW Field Coordinator,​ Assistant Professor​

    Marshall University

    Alysha N. Nichols is MSW Field Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Marshall University in West Virginia.

    Julie Rhoads

    Director of Educational Initiatives & Research​

    Council on Social Work Education

    Julie Rhoads, MSW, is Director of Educational Initiatives & Research at the Council on Social Work Education. She also serves as the Project Director for the Prac-Ed Initiative.  

    Participants may earn 1 continuing education clock hour after completing the training. The course is appropriate for generalist or clinical social work practice and the degree of difficulty is intermediate. The target audience is social work field instructors, field directors, and social work educators. To earn a CE certificate, participants must:

    • Review all the course material, including webinar presentation (total training time is approximately 1 hour)
    • Correctly answer a minimum of 80% of the assessment questions
    • Complete the electronic evaluation form
    • Verify their identity through an online acknowledgement form

    After meeting these minimum requirements, participants can select a CE certificate to print that will list the participant name, course name, number of CEs, and the date of completion.

    CSWE (ACE Approval #1163) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2021-1/23/2024. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

    Scheduled Access/Interaction

    All content for this course is asynchronous, so participants can complete the course on their own time and at their own pace. There is no scheduled access/interaction with course speakers. If you would like to communicate with a speaker or CSWE staff about this course, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org. CSWE operates regular business hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm) Monday-Friday.

    Accommodations for a Disability

    If you require accommodations to complete this course due to a disability, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org and provide a written explanation of the type of accommodation you require. 

    Procedures for Complaints and Grievances

    Please follow the below outlined procedures to issue a complaint or grievance regarding any matter related to CSWE's continuing education program:

    1. Complaints or grievances must be submitted in writing to CSWE via mail at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 OR via e-mail to CEsatAPM@cswe.org. 
    2. Complaints will be reviewed by the CE Program Manager and responded to in writing within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint.
    3. Individuals issuing a complaint/grievance may request to have a phone hearing with the CE Program Manager in the event that they disagree with CSWE's written response. 

    A record of all written complaints/grievances and CSWE's written responses are retained and reported to the Association of Social Work Board's Approved Continuing Education Program.