• ABOUT

    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.

  • CURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Strengthen your practice.

     

    All in the Family: Deepening Skills and Practice in Working with Families

    October 14, 2016
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

    $250 single; $200 each for groups and alumni

     

    This workshop provides participants with a conceptual frame and clinical tools for effective work with families. Participants will learn how to conceptualize the family as a system, paying close attention to relational dynamics and patterns of interaction. This will help social workers reframe and broaden their understanding of the problems many families experience.
     

    Participants will learn the effective interviewing skills necessary for working with families as well as techniques for addressing issues including parent-child conflict, school problems, and communication impasses. The training will place an emphasis on how social locators such as race, gender identity, immigration status, and culture exert an influence on family relationships and the worker-client relationship.

     

     

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    ​Level 1: Complicated Grief

    October 14, 2016

    6.5 contact hours are available for licensed social workers in most states
    $275 single; $225 each for groups of 5 or more

    Complicated grief (CG) is a debilitating bereavement-related condition diagnosed as an adjustment disorder in DSM-5. In this one-day workshop we focus primarily on how to identify and evaluate people with CG, how to understand what they are experiencing and how to facilitate natural processes of adaptation to loss. We also introduce participants to the principles and procedures used in Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), the time-limited, targeted psychotherapy that has been tested and proven efficacious in three large NIMH-funded randomized controlled trials. This workshop is intended for any professional working with grief.

     

    For all Complicated Grief Workshops please contact Colleen Gribbin at ceg2160@columbia.edu or (212) 851-2107

     

     

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    Collaborative Strategic Planning: A Necessary Competency for Human Service Professionals

    October 21, 2016
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

    $250 single; $200 each for groups and alumni

     

    Dr. Singh’s combination of lecture, case discussion, and interactive exercises is designed to develop participants’ abilities to start the strategic planning process and to resolve dilemmas related to their agencies’ existing strategic plans. After an introduction to a model of evidence-based strategic planning, Dr. Singh will present tools for conducting various strategic analyses, guide participants through a simple budget evaluation for financial management and forecasting, and provide training in the utilization of a research-based, copyrighted assessment instrument developed by him at the Columbia School of Social Work to facilitate an organization’s strategic planning process. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring agency strategic plans for use in confidential workshop discussion.

     

     

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    ​Level 2: Complicated Grief​ Treatment

    October 21-22, 2016
    13 contact hours are available for licensed social workers in most states
    $​550​ single; $​475 each for groups of 5 or more

    T​his two-day workshop will provide an in-depth presentation of strategies and core procedures used in Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), the time-limited, targeted psychotherapy that has been tested and proven efficacious in three large NIMH-funded randomized controlled trials.​ ​The workshop will briefly review the theoretical underpinnings of CGT and provide an introduction to the structure of the 16-session treatment protocol. Primary focus will be on the core signature techniques of this treatment including​ ​pretreatment assessment​, ​aspirational goals work​, building support, imaginal revisiting, situational revisiting, and imaginal conversation.​ This workshop is intended for licensed mental health professionals who want to use CGT to help bereaved people​ and who have ​attend​ed​ a Level 1 workshop or its equivalent​

     

    For all Complicated Grief Workshops please contact Colleen Gribbin at ceg2160@columbia.edu or (212) 851-2107

     

     

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    Circle Up: Practicing and Implementing Restorative Justice Circles in Diverse Settings

    November 4, 2016
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

    $250 single; $200 each for groups and alumni

     

    Circles are used to make plans, address conflict between parties, build community, or make important family decisions. Federal defense social workers provide restorative circles for sentencing and mitigation, circles between U.S. probation officers and clients, circles for other criminal justice organizations, and circles with our own defender staff, with plans to increase and diversify the types of circles we facilitate.


    Our use of restorative circles was initially met with amusement, bewilderment, and intrigue. But circles can be truly transformative. Upon the completion of a circle, participants express satisfaction that their voices are/were heard and officers, and staff express a desire to learn more about them and their usefulness. The willingness of our court’s community and our office to consider restorative circles as a means through which to achieve healing and repair harm gives us hope that restorative circles will be an integral part of criminal justice reform and the decarceration movement. Within criminal justice efforts, restorative circles are used in sentencing (Common Justice in Brooklyn, NY), reentry (Federal Defenders of New York), and to support individuals on the sex offender registry (Circles of Support and Accountability in Vermont). Restorative circles are also used extensively in schools to build classroom cohesion, address racism, and reduce suspensions (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, SaferSanerSchools). Child welfare systems in the United States and abroad use restorative circles to plan for family reunification (Beck, E. Kropf, N.P., Blume Leonard, P. (Eds.). (2011). Social work and restorative justice: skills for dialogue, peacemaking, and reconciliation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press). Restorative circles are also used by organizations to team build, for strategic planning, and to solve disputes. Students are invited to take part in a restorative circle and experience its spirit and power.

     

     

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    Challenging Behaviors: Understanding and Managing Difficult Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

    November 18, 2016
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

    $250 single; $200 each for groups and alumni

     

    This full-day course examines the nature of challenging behaviors in children and adolescents. The workshop emphasizes understanding why we believe these behaviors are “challenging,” why we behave as we do, and how we could intervene if the behaviors exhibited are causing distress and/or not achieving their ultimate goals.
    In-depth consideration of learning disabilities and issues of attention (common conditions in children and adolescents) will help to assess the behaviors as well as the best interventions.

    Information will be disseminated through didactic presentations, interactive discussions, small group learning and experiential, hands-on activities.

     

     

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    Stretching Trauma-informed Strategies: Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Adolescents

    December 10, 2016
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

    $250 single; $200 each for groups and alumni

     

    This unique workshop integrates hands on and ready-to-use techniques with cutting-edge research about traumatic stress, the brain-body connection, and how yoga and mindfulness practices help to actually rewire the brain for healthier and more resilient functioning and reconnection.
     

    You will walk away with the know-how to help children who experience anxiety, depression, profound stress and self-regulation difficulties to identify triggers, grow more self-aware, soothe their central nervous system, and feel greater overall safety and joy.
     

    This workshop is equally accessible to practitioners with either many or no prior yoga and mindfulness experience. You’ll be equipped with the why and the how of implementing new skills into your work and interactions with children.

     

     

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    Crossing Worlds, Intersecting Services: Creating Practices for the Unique Needs of Forced Migrants and Survivors of Torture

    December 12, 2016
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

    $250 single; $200 each for groups and alumni

     

    "Crossing Worlds, Intersecting Services" is a course designed to draw from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture's two decades of experience in working from an informed, interdisciplinary framework with survivors of torture and forced migrants from over 100 nations.

     

    The course will describe the context in which treatment takes place, as well as exploring the many ways that these vulnerable populations are marginalized that goes far beyond the precipitating traumatic experiences themselves. Treatment techniques and priorities that have proven effectiveーsuch as safety and empowermentーwill be described, explained conceptually, and illustrated through clinical examples. Our philosophic emphasis on strength and resilienceーas opposed to pathologyーwill be detailed and illustrated. Specialized topics such as working with interpreters, multicultural issues in service provision, and self-care and the avoidance of compassion fatigue will be highlighted.

     

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  • COMING SOON

    Meet the Fosters: Training and Retaining Foster Care Parents

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    Trauma-informed Facilitation Skills for Dialogues on Racism and Other Oppressions

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    Storytelling with Numbers: Introduction to Budgeting

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    Learning, Growing, Healing: The Applications of Psychoeducation

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    Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work Settings

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    A Practice-based Approach to Gender-based Violence in Crises

  • BECOME A PRESENTER

    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

  • COURSES FOR ALUMNI

    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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  • CONTACT US

    Email: swope@columbia.edu

    Phone: 212-851-2513