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  • Policy Practice Certificate Course

    Contains 16 Component(s)

    This on-demand course introduces social work students and educators to the theoretical and practical skills of policy and advocacy practice with a focus on poverty and inequality in the U.S.

    This engaging, on-demand course uses animation and video to help social work students and educators advance their understanding of critical social justice issues and key elements of effective advocacy practice. An understanding of policy is key to being an effective social worker and advancing social justice causes. Miguel Ferguson, Founder of OfCourse!, and Rick Hoefer, Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, draw on decades of experience in educating for social policy and advocacy. They highlight the necessity of social work engagement in the policy arena and the knowledge and skills required for effective advocacy.

    Participants will learn:

    • The history of social welfare in the U.S. and current trends in poverty and inequality
    • What advocacy is and how social workers can get involved
    • Strategies for effective advocacy, including education, persuasion and negotiation

    The course concludes with a brief quiz to assess how well participants retained the course material. After successfully completing the quiz, participants have the option to print a certificate of completion.

    This course was produced in partnership with Influencing Social Policy, a member of the Coalition for Policy Education and Practice in Social Work, which is generously funded by the Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice supported by the Lois and Samuel Silberman Grant Fund of the New York Community Trust.

    Richard Hoefer

    Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

    Dr. Richard (Rick) Hoefer (MSW, University of Kansas; Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is the Roy E. Dulak Professor for Community Practice Research in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He has been at UTA since 1992, publishing frequently and teaching about advocacy, grant writing, program evaluation, and nonprofit management topics. His presentations on these topics to community groups and professional organizations always receive high marks from audience members for creativity, passion, and substance. He directs the Center for Advocacy, Nonprofit, and Donor Organizations (CAN-DO) which provides capacity-building for nonprofits of all types. Beyond the University, Dr. Hoefer serves on the Board of Influencing Social Policy (ISP), has been President of NASW Texas' state-wide Political Action Committee twice and is Editor of The Journal of Policy Practice.

    Miguel Ferguson

    Founder, OfCourse!

    Dr. Miguel Ferguson is an award-winning instructor who has taught social welfare policy at leading schools of social work for the last two decades. He is the founder of an educational instruction company (OfCourse!) that, beginning in 2017, will offer innovative online university courses in social welfare policy and social justice. He is the author of two forthcoming books (Navigating Policy and Practice in the Great Recession and The Good Crusade: American Brigadistas in Spain) and a board member of Influencing Social Policy.

  • Incorporating SBIRT Into Social Work Curriculum

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This webinar introduces the substance use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approach for substance use identification and treatment and explores ways that the model can be incorporated into social work curriculum.

    Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. It involves quickly screening individuals to assess the degree of risk, conducting a brief intervention designed to help motivate them to change their behavior, and referring them to treatment if necessary. Research has shown the SBIRT process works well with adults and that it is a highly promising approach for working with younger people. Despite its promise, the approach is not yet widely taught in social work programs.

    CSWE and the SBIRT Social Work Consortium to presented the webinar, “Incorporating SBIRT Into Social Work Curriculum", on July 14, 2016 to support social work faculty in integrating SBIRT into their teaching. Presenters introduced the SBIRT model, explained why all social work students should be trained in SBIRT, and provided examples of how they have incorporated SBIRT into their program's own curriculum. A recording of the webinar is available as well as the presentation slides under the Handouts tab. Participants are encouraged to join the SBIRT Social Work Consortium e-mail group for further conversation and resources (e-mail sbirt-sw@cswe.listpilot.net).

    Teri Browne

    Associate Professor, University of South Carolina

    Teri Browne, PhD, MSW, NSW-C is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. She earned her MSW at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Browne worked as a medical social worker for 13 years and is an internationally recognized expert on nephrology social work and psychosocial barriers to chronic disease outcomes. Dr. Browne is the editor of the Handbook of Social Work (1st & 2nd editions, Mandarin & Korean translations) and co-directs the interprofessional education committee for health sciences at the University of South Carolina.

    Jennifer Putney

    Assistant Professor, Simmons College

    Dr. Jennifer Putney is an Assistant Professor at the Simmons College School of Social Work. She has 15 years of clinical practice experience, with a focus on working in outpatient settings with adults and adolescents with substance use disorders. Dr. Putney is the principle investigator on a SAMHSA funded three-year grant to Simmons College to train health professionals in SBIRT with adults and older adults. She is collaborating with a team of researchers and clinicians from Boston Children's Hospital on a three-year grant funded by SAMHSA to develop practitioners' capacities in SBIRT with adolescents at risk for substance use disorders. In addition, Dr. Putney collaborates with colleagues at Simmons on a three-year grant funded by HRSA to prepare students to work in integrated primary care and behavioral health settings with children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth.

    Joan Carlson

    Assistant Professor, Indiana University

    Dr. Joan Carlson is an Assistant Professor with Indiana University's School of Social Work, Indianapolis campus. She has a number of publications/presentations spotlighting the development of substance use prevention and intervention materials for adolescent youth. As a Visiting Research Scientist with Mayo Clinic, she coordinated an in-house research project to study ethnically diverse college students and health risk behaviors. She currently serves as the principal investigator on a grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, Advancing Multidisciplinary Education for Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)" a consortium of Indiana University's Schools of Social Work, Nursing, and Medicine to integrate SBIRT into Indiana's healthcare and allied health care education systems.

  • 2015 EPAS Reaffirmation Training

    Contains 6 Component(s)

    This hybrid training consists of both online modules available on-demand in the CSWE Learning Academy and attendance at one all-day face-to-face workshop. Registration is required for access to the modules and attendance at the face-to-face sessions.

    The Department of Social Work Accreditation is pleased to announce the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) Reaffirmation Workshop training package.

    This hybrid training consists of both online (asynchronous) workshop modules available on-demand for programs and their faculty along with attendance at one all-day face-to-face workshop with the program's accreditation specialist. Registration is required for access to the modules and attendance at the face-to-face sessions.

    Online Modules

    The five online modules and related workshop handouts as well as the recording of the welcome & Introductory webinar, which took place on February 19, 2016, are available for immediate use with program registration and payment.

    The online portion of the training consists of the following on-demand modules:

    • Welcome & Introduction to Training Package
    • Overview of the Reaffirmation Process
    • Overview of the 2015 EPAS
    • Understanding the 2015 EPAS Social Work Competencies
    • Preparing to Write the Self-Study: Top Ten List

    Face-to-face Workshops

    The face-to-face workshops allow participants to meet in a small group with other programs and their Accreditation Specialist to focus more in-depth on the 2015 EPAS and preparing for each stage of reaffirmation. Face-to-face sessions will focus on how to:

    1. Complete the reaffirmation eligibility process
    2. Understand and apply the standards to your program
    3. Write the self-study
    4. Plan and participate in the site visit
    5. Complete the program response to the site visit report

    2019 face-to-face workshops are scheduled for:

    Friday, March 1, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 

    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA 

    Friday, April 12, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 

    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    Friday, May 3, 2019  (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 

    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    Friday, August 2, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 

    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    Friday, November 15, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 

    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    Friday, April 24, 2020 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 

    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    The 2015 EPAS reaffirmation training package is offered to CSWE program members for $750 per program. This fee allows faculty members unlimited access to the five online training modules and up to four attendees at one face-to-face reaffirmation session. Programs interested in sending more than four attendees to the face-to-face workshops will be charged $200 per additional registrant.

    To request additional information or if you have questions about these workshops, e-mail accredworkshop@cswe.org or contact your program's accreditation specialist.

    To register for the 2015 EPAS Reaffirmation training package, programs must register and submit payment via the CSWE Learning Academy. Please note that registration through the CSWE Learning Academy does not reserve space at a face-to-face session and a registration form must be submitted. See below for details.

    Individuals registering for this training package will need to share their login information to give additional faculty and staff access to the modules. For information on obtaining a CSWE login please scroll down to How do I log into the CSWE Learning Academy?


    Face-to-Face Workshop Registration

    Registration through the CSWE Learning Academy and payment are required prior to signing up for attendance at a face-to-face workshop. To secure space at a face-to-face workshop please visit the Face-to-Face Workshop Registration box on the right side of the page. Programs will be asked to fill out a registration form which will be submitted via email to accredworkshop@cswe.org.

    Programs interested in sending more than four attendees to the face-to-face workshops will be charged $200 per additional registrant. Please contact accredworkshop@cswe.org for information on registering additional participants.

    2019 face-to-face workshops are scheduled for:

    Friday, March 1, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA 

    Friday, April 12, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED)  
    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    Friday, May 3, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    Friday, August 2, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    Friday, November 15, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    Friday, April 24, 2020 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
    CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    How do I log into the CSWE Learning Academy?

    In order to register for the 2015 EPAS Reaffirmation training package, you must have a CSWE account login. If you have not signed up for an account on the CSWE website, you will need to do so. You can create an account by visiting www.cswe.org and clicking “Log In" at the top of the page. You will be prompted to sign up as a new contact. You can then log into the CSWE Learning Academy with your e-mail address and the password included in the confirmation e-mail you receive. Please allow 48 business hours for your account to be processed.

    If you are already a CSWE individual or program member, log in with the e-mail and password associated with your membership.

    E-mail learningacademy@cswe.org if you have trouble logging in.

  • Infusing Mental Health Recovery in Practice and Field Education

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Lauren Spiro and Marylou Sudders explore ways to mobilize recovery in your personal practice, agency, and field instruction.

    The third installment of the Recovery to Practice series, this interactive, on-demand course focuses on ways recovery could be mobilized in your personal practice, your agency, and field instruction. Participants will explore characteristics common to recovery-oriented agencies, learn how individual change, organizational transformation, and cultural humility can be used to promote progress toward recovery-orientation, and discover some tangible steps to instill recovery in field instruction settings.

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    1. describe a model recovery-oriented agency;
    2. recognize the value of cultural humility in recovery-oriented social work practice;
    3. describe two cultural humility skills that could be put into practice;
    4. identify at least two potential exercises to use with students in the field; and
    5. list one potential example of a student assessment measure.

    CE Credit for On-Demand Webinar

    Participants are eligible for one free CE credit, through CSWE as an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program provider, after successful completion of the on-demand course, including the prereading material assigned, a posttest, and an evaluation. A link to the prereading assignment can be found above. The posttest and evaluation are administered online at the conclusion of the course. The CE certificate will be e-mailed to participants following their completion of the course requirements.

    CSWE, provider #1163, is approved by the ASWB ACE Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2015–1/23/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for CE credits.

    Accommodations for Persons With Disabilities

    Closed captioning is available for the on-demand course. If you need help accessing this feature or have other questions about accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact CSWE at recovery@cswe.org or +1.703.519.2063.

    Lauren Spiro

    Director, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

    Lauren Spiro is a member of the CSWE RTP Steering Committee and is the Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, the largest U.S. grassroots organization representing people with the lived experience of mental health recovery. Ms. Spiro has an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology and she has a powerful story of her own experiences in the mental health system.

    Robert M. Ortega

    Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work

    Robert M. Ortega is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Dr. Ortega is well known for applying the paradigm of cultural humility in social work and child welfare practice. His work in this area has had an extensive influence on community organizing and public scholarship in a variety of disciplinary settings, including education, law, and policy.

    Marylou Sudders

    Associate Professor, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

    Marylou Sudders is an Associate Professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Previously, Professor Sudders served seven years as Commissioner of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also supervised students as a field instructor.

  • Mental Health Recovery Competencies in Social Work

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Patrick Sullivan and Debbie Plotnick discuss applying the strengths model to achieve recovery-oriented outcomes and ways to enhance practice and teaching by collaborating with individuals who have experienced psychiatric conditions.

    This interactive, on-demand course is the second installment of the Recovery to Practice series. Participants will learn how to apply the strengths model to achieve recovery-oriented outcomes and explore ways to enhance their practice and teaching by collaborating with persons who have lived experience of psychiatric conditions.

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to

    1. identify two methods for putting individuals with lived experience at the center of the practice process;
    2. list three competencies for social work practice in a recovery framework; and
    3. list two recovery-oriented practices

    CE Credit for On-Demand Webinar

    Participants are eligible for one free CE credit, through CSWE as an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program provider, after successful completion of the on-demand course, including the prereading material assigned, a posttest, and an evaluation. A link to the prereading assignment can be found above. The posttest and evaluation are administered online at the conclusion of the course. The CE certificate will be e-mailed to participants following their completion of the course requirements.

    CSWE, provider #1163, is approved by the ASWB ACE Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2015–1/23/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for CE credits.

    Accommodations for Persons With Disabilities

    Closed captioning is available for the on-demand course. If you need help accessing this feature or have other questions about accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact CSWE at recovery@cswe.org or +1.703.519.2063.

    Patrick Sullivan

    Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work

    Patrick Sullivan is a Professor of Social Work at Indiana University and a member of the CSWE Recovery to Practice (RTP) Steering Committee. Dr. Sullivan also served as the Director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction from 1994-1998. He has published extensively in the areas of mental health, addiction, and philosophical frameworks for practice and policy.

    Debbie Plotnick, MSS, MLSP

    Vice President for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy, Mental Health America

    Debbie Plotnick is the Senior Director of State Policy at Mental Health America. She previously served as the Director of Advocacy at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, one of the largest and oldest affiliates of Mental Health America. Ms. Plotnick received her degree from Bryn Mawr College and has a dual master's degree in social service and law and social policy. Her compelling story as a family member of a daughter with lived experience of recovery shapes her unique passion and perspective on this topic.

  • Introduction to Mental Health Recovery in Social Work

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Patrick Sullivan and Lauren Spiro define mental health recovery, track its origins and development over time, and discuss the alignment of the recovery model to social work practice.

    This on-demand course focuses on defining mental health recovery, tracking its origins and development over time, and discussing the alignment of the recovery model to social work practice. Patrick Sullivan, professor of social work at Indiana University, and Lauren Spiro, director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    1. define recovery;
    2. list two milestones in the evolution of the recovery movement;
    3. list three of the 10 components of recovery;
    4. identify two principles, values, or practices of social work that are compatible with recovery; and
    5. identify one area of social work practice that would change if recovery-oriented practice is implemented.

    CE Credit for On-Demand Webinar

    Participants are eligible for one free CE credit, through CSWE as an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program provider, after successful completion of the on-demand course, including the prereading material assigned, a posttest, and an evaluation. A link to the prereading assignment can be found above. The posttest and evaluation are administered online at the conclusion of the course. The CE certificate will be e-mailed to participants following their completion of the course requirements.

    CSWE, provider #1163, is approved by the ASWB ACE Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2015–1/23/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for CE credits.

    Accommodations for Persons With Disabilities

    Closed captioning is available for the on-demand course. If you need help accessing this feature or have other questions about accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact CSWE at recovery@cswe.org or +1.703.519.2063.

    Lauren Spiro

    Director, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

    Lauren Spiro is a member of the CSWE RTP Steering Committee and is the Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, the largest U.S. grassroots organization representing people with the lived experience of mental health recovery. Ms. Spiro has an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology and she has a powerful story of her own experiences in the mental health system.

    Patrick Sullivan

    Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work

    Patrick Sullivan is a Professor of Social Work at Indiana University and a member of the CSWE Recovery to Practice (RTP) Steering Committee. Dr. Sullivan also served as the Director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction from 1994-1998. He has published extensively in the areas of mental health, addiction, and philosophical frameworks for practice and policy.