• 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.

     

    Meet the Fosters: Training and Retaining Foster Care Parents

    October 28, 2017
    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

     

    Foster care parents are key members of the child welfare system and have an immense responsibility in providing a new home, and a healthy, clean, and nurturing environment for children who have been removed from their own homes. While the majority of literature and research on the child welfare system focuses on the children and biological parents, this workshop aims to fill the gaps in this scholarship by focusing on working with foster care parents, specifically mothers.
    We will take into consideration factors such as culture and family values, kinship or non-kinship status while applying a caregiver stress and coping model as well as role theory to deepen our understanding of foster parents. We will learn assessments/strategies and interventions (specifically, psychoeducation) to work with foster care families and biological parents and review strategies that enhance recruitment and retention.

     

     

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    Reading, Writing and Reflecting: Narrative Skills in Social Work Practice

    November 4, 2017
    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

     

    This workshop seeks to help social workers to open and extend communications with clients and colleagues by engaging in narrative practices and rediscovering the power of story. As social workers we realize that the care of our clients unfolds in stories, and we recognize that a central event of practice is for a client to given an account of self and a clinician to skillfully receive it. Narrative techniques fulfill the mission and core competencies of the social work profession and are applicable to social workers practicing across a wide variety of professional settings.

     

     

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    Helping Children and Families Negotiate the Stress of Living with a Life-Threatening Illness

    November 18, 2017
    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

     

    Each year in the U.S. thousands of children and adolescents undergo treatment for newly diagnosed life-threatening illnesses and millions more are affected by a caregiver’s life-threatening illness. Social workers across a wide range of professional settings are likely to find such youth and families are in their care. A more in depth understanding of their needs and responses within a developmental context will greatly enhance social work practice. This workshop will provide theoretical and practical information that will prepare participants to work with children and adolescents who are negotiating the complex social, emotional, and relational effects of life-threatening illness.

     

     

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    Motivational Interviewing (MI): Moving Clients Through the Process of Change

    December 2, 2017
    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

     

    Motivational interviewing (MI) belongs to a category of evidenced-based interventions aimed at increasing clients' commitment to change. It draws on strategies from client-centered counseling, cognitive therapy, and a strengths perspective, and focuses on building intrinsic motivation for change, through exploring and resolving ambivalence. While initially developed to address problem drinking, over the past 25 years, motivational interviewing has been applied to a wide range of populations and behavioral change areas, and the efficacy of this practice model has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials involving comparisons to other models. Robust scientific evidence has shown support for Motivational Interviewing in working in such areas as smoking cessation, medication adherence, nutrition and fitness, elder care, and the rehabilitation of persons with various disabilities allowing participants from a wide range of professional practices to gain and apply MI skills. Over the last two decades, CSSW has been a leader in the instruction of MI.

     

    *Part 2 January 27,2018 for a full 13 CEU's. Special discount if you register for both.*

     

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    Transformations, Transitions and Transparency: An Exploration of Gender Identity and Expression

    December 9, 2017
    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

     

    From media coverage of transgender celebrities to national discussions of rights for transgender people, transgender and gender non-conforming identities and experiences are more visible than ever. However, visibility doesn’t always equate to inclusion and equity. There is still much to be done and much that social workers can do. Regardless of specialization or area of practice, social workers ought to understand the dynamics of gender, gender identity and expression in order to further assist the transgender community. Because people are at varying stages of the transgender spectrum (from curiosity to exploration to gender reassignment/confirmation), social workers across settings and practices will find themselves working with this community and so should be prepared for their evolving needs. This training is designed to provide information about trans-identities and help attendees develop skills to provide support, treatment and advocacy that is trans-affirming, inclusive and prevents retraumatization.

     

     

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    Level 1: Help people Live with Loss

    September 15th
    9:00am - 5:00pm

     

    6.5 contact hours are available for Licensed Social Workers ​in most states (including NY, NJ & CT) ​and NY Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
    Other states please check with your state

    This one-day workshop is designed to provide a conceptual framework for understanding grief and adaptation to loss generally and in relation to complicated grief​ (CG).​​ ​The workshop focuses​ ​on​ ​strategies and procedures for recognizing and assessing the symptoms of CG​ ​and​ ​differentiating CG from other common mental health problems​ ​such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.​ The workshop also provides and overview of ​​Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) and ​introduces participants to ​some simple, practical procedures that​ ​can be used in ​practice.

     

    For questions about this workshop please contact Colleen Gribbin (212) 851-2107 or ceg2160@columbia.edu

     

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    Level 2: Treat complicated grief

    October 20th - 21st
    9:00am - 5:00pm both days

     

    13.0 contact hours are available for Licensed Social Workers in most states (including NY, NJ & CT) and NY Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
    Other states please check with your state

    This two-day workshop covers the principles and practice of Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT). Participants will learn how to use a grief monitoring diary and how to work with personalized aspirational goals in order to revitalize and strengthen self-regulation in bereaved clients. Participants will also learn how to enhance reconnection with significant others, how to listen to the story of the death, how to guide clients in situational revisiting and how to foster continuing bonds to the deceased through memories and imaginal conversation.

     

    For questions about this workshop please contact Colleen Gribbin (212) 851-2107 or ceg2160@columbia.edu

     

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    Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training

    November 10th
    9:00am - 5:00pm

     

    6.5 contact hours are available for Licensed Social Workers ​in NY, NJ & CT ​and NY Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
    Other states please check with your state

    The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and devastating impact on those left behind. This workshop is designed specifically for mental health professionals who provide grief therapy for suicide loss survivors. The workshop will provide a focused overview of the impact of suicide on survivors, and the clinical and support responses that are needed after a suicide occurs. Case examples from the presenter’s (John "Jack" Jordan, Ph.D.) practice and video clips from grief therapy sessions will be used to enhance learning.

     

    For questions about this workshop please contact Colleen Gribbin (212) 851-2107 or ceg2160@columbia.edu

     

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  • COMING SOON

    Spring 2018 Workshops

     

  • 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