The Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) has been pioneering social work practices and educating social workers for over a century. The School joins rigorous, evidence-based academic theory with real-world practice. Our multidisciplinary faculty are known for their intellectual creativity and leadership in research, education and field work. Our community is committed to lifelong learning that aims to:

    • Develop leaders in social work practice and research;
    • Advance the social work profession, professional values, knowledge, and skills;
    • Enhance well-being and the promotion of human rights and social justice at the local, national, and global level through the creation of responsive social programs and policies.

    We believe that the best professional education expands your thinking and strengthens your practice. Our workshops are social by design, aimed at helping you grow your professional network while learning about contemporary issues of the profession.


    Strengthen your practice.


    Knowledge Exchange and Healing: The Applications of Psychoeducation

    February 9-10, 2018
    9:00am- 5:00pm


    13 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers
    For other states please email swope@columbia.edu


    Psychoeducation is an approach to clinical practice that utilizes the intersection and synergy between therapy and education. It has been applied and can be adapted to multiple settings and populations ranging from severe mental illness and trauma to physical illness, family preservation and restorative justice. Participants will develop an outline for a psychoeducation curriculum for their programs, agencies or private practices.


    The workshop will be led by two members of CSSW's full-time faculty: Professor Ellen Lukens and lecturer Yamile M. Martí Haidar. Dr. Lukens has extensive experience in the development, application and evaluation of educational and psychoeducational interventions designed to improve quality of life and outcomes for adolescents, adults, and families faced with trauma, mental illness, or other significant life challenges. Dr. Martí has worked at the individual, community and policy levels and within mental health organizations, schools, community centers, and government agencies and has collaborated with Dr. Lukens on psychoeducation projects.


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    Advanced Play and Expressive Art Therapy for Children and Adolescents

    February 24, 2018
    9:00am- 5:00pm


    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers
    For other states please email swope@columbia.edu


    The workshop will use a combination of lecture, seminar, discussion and experiential activities. Participants will do a brief review of child-centered and directive play therapy models before a short lecture on theoretical underpinnings of sandtray therapy and other advanced expressive arts and play therapies. Lecture will also discuss facets of post-traumatic play and trauma-informed expressive arts work. Exposure to and practice of individual and small group activities will include sandtray, mixed media collage techniques, mask-making, clay work and book altering.


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    A Flourishing Toolkit: Positive Psychology For Social workers

    April 13-14, 2018
    9:00am- 5:00pm


    13 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers
    For other states please email swope@columbia.edu


    Training will be facilitated through lecture, interactive exercises and case discussion. Practitioners will add to their tool kit evidence-based positive psychology interventions that can help clients to: cultivate positive emotion, strengthen engagement and flow, enhance relationships, find meaning and purpose, set and meet goals, and enhance physical vitality. Participants will find these interventions to be of both professional and personal benefit.


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    Advocacy Through Storytelling: Creating Empathy, Resonance and Change

    April 21, 2018
    9:00am- 5:00pm


    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers
    For other states please email swope@columbia.edu


    Listening to and telling personal stories are some of the most powerful ways we can connect to and understand the experience of another human being. Storytelling has also proven to be an essential communication tool for non-profits to share the impact and need for their work.


    This workshop will explore how stories are used in the field of advocacy and social justice and the ability for stories to change opinion and create empathy and resonance with a listening audience. Participants will have space to learn and implement new listening skills; excavate, craft and tell a personal story of their own; analyze presented case studies where storytelling has been used in advocacy campaigns; and consider the surrounding ethics of using personal stories in advocacy.


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    Fall 2018 Workshops



    We would like to invite you to submit a proposal for teaching a continuing education workshop in 2016. Please contact us today for more information on becoming a presenter. swope@columbia.edu


    If you already have an MSW or PhD from Columbia School of Social Work, you are also eligible to enroll in regular courses and earn 22.5-45 contact hours for the New York State continuing education requirements.


    If you want to learn more about this option, visit the school's website or email swope@columbia.edu.


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