Looking for opportunities to earn contact hours (CEs) for maintaining your professional license?
The Columbia School of Social Work is committed to the kind of lifelong learning that expands your thinking, strengthens your practice, and helps to shape social work and related professions to meet the needs of the 21st century. Throughout the academic year, we offer:
- Continuing education workshops on the latest mental health practices as well as pressing social issues that affect social work clients and agencies, hosted by the Social Work Office of Professional Excellence (SWOPE).
- Trainings in complicated grief therapy, hosted by the Center for Complicated Grief.
The Social Work Office of Professional Excellence (SWOPE) is committed to shaping the social work profession to meet the needs of the 21st century. We are an approved provider of continuing education credits (CEs) to social workers in most states and to mental health counselors in the State of New York. We design workshops that encourage social workers and professionals in related fields to think creatively about the problems confronting their clients and the delivery of effective services, while also earning continuing education (CE) credits.
- Check our event calendar for upcoming workshops and other program offerings.
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- Email us with any questions, including whether we can offer CEs in your state.
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Complicated Grief Trainings
The Center for Complicated Grief was established by Dr. M. Katherine Shear, the Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry in Social Work at the Columbia School of Social Work, who is globally renowned for her work in treating people with persistent, intense grief—known as complicated grief. Housed within the School of Social Work, the Center for Complicated Grief offers intensive training workshops for mental health care providers looking to pick up qualifications in Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT), a targeted psychotherapy developed by Dr. Shear that has proven efficacious in three National Institute of Mental Health-funded randomized controlled trials. The Center is an approved provider of continuing education credits to social workers in most states, and to mental health counselors in the State of New York.
Online Learning Opportunities
The Columbia School of Social Work is constantly exploring ways to offer continuing education in an online, location-independent format. Already, we have several offerings:
- Self-studies for CEs: Earn credits for watching recorded events that took place at the Columbia School of Social Work. Registration information here.
- 10-video series on the core techniques of complicated grief treatment: Watch online at your own pace, for four CEs. There is also a forum to share comments and ask questions. Ordering information here.
- Coming Soon: A Coursera MOOC (massive open online course) in social policy, tailored to the needs of social service providers.
Alumni Course Offerings
Alumni of the Columbia School of Social Work are eligible to enroll in a number of LCSW-approved for-credit courses every semester (spring, summer, and fall), which will earn them 22.5–45.0 continuing education units (CEs). These credits count towards the 36 hours of continuing education required for maintaining an LCSW during the three-year registration period in the State of New York.
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Hear from Continuing Education Presenters and Participants
Listen to interviews with presenters and participants at recent continuing education workshops, and watch a couple of sample programs that offered CEs.