• 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.

     

    March 18, 2017
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

     

    This one-day workshop presents current theories related to engaging students and community in critical dialogues regarding racism and other oppressions. The workshop engages participants in applying critical race theory; evidence-based, trauma-informed practice strategies; and principles of transformative education in all settings. Also included will be a presentation of theories of white fragility, and a discussion specifically regarding white identity development as it relates to challenges in facilitation of multi-racial classroom and training groups.

     

     

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    Meet the Fosters: Training and Retaining Foster Care Parents

    April 10, 2017
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

     

    A caregiver stress and coping model, as well as role theory, will be applied to understand foster parents and their view of their role versus the reality of what they experience, taking into consideration the influence of their non-kinship or kinship status. We will also discuss culture and family values and how they manifest within the foster care world. The knowledge of the experience, challenges and views of foster care parents elucidates important information for the provision of services and aids in the recommendation of interventions for this population.


    Additionally, we will discuss suggestions to enhance recruitment and retention strategies within the foster care system. We will ideally integrate guest speakers during the class from caseworkers to foster mothers.
     

     

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

    April 22, 2017
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

     

    This course will build on the principles of social work-driven ecological and eco-systemic considerations and frameworks in addressing GBV in emergency contexts: promoting support to an individual, but in consideration of relevant relationships and influencing factors, and in the context of their surrounding environment. The topics included in the workshop will build on already existing foundational knowledge of the participants of basic psycho-social factors and the fundamentals of case management. The case management approach is useful for clients with complex and multiple needs who access services from a range of service providers, organizations, and groups. The course will demonstrate how the basics of case management (as a collaborative, multidisciplinary process which assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates options and services to meet an individual’s needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, effective outcomes), can and should be applied to working with survivors, and those at risk, of GBV in crises and emergencies.

     

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    ​Empowering Adolescent Girls: Interventions from Bangladesh to Detroit

    May 12, 2017
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

     

    In every country, adolescent girls are falling between the cracks in the social welfare sector. NOT ANYMORE. Interventions in the United States and Global South are now underway to promote the rights and welfare of adolescent girls. From micro to macro, this workshop will cover designing, evaluating and scaling programs that encompass girl-centered practices and strategies such as:

    • Prevention and response to violence against girls
    • Programming in a humanitarian / emergency context
    • Social norm change with a focus on gender norms.

     

     

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    Two to Tango: Deepening Skills and Practice in Working with Couples

    May 19, 2017
    9am - 5pm
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers
    $250 single; $200 each for groups or alumni

     

    Participants will learn how to conceptualize the couple as system, paying close attention to relational dynamics and patterns of interaction. Participants will learn interviewing skills as well as techniques that help couples improve communication, manage conflict, balance individual and relationship needs, and strengthen connection. The training will emphasize how social locators such as race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and culture exert an influence on a couple’s relationship and the worker-client relationship. The instructor will present the application of theory and practice skills by using experiential and role play exercises, case studies and participants’ case examples.

     

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    Artful Grief: Grief, Loss and the Expressive Arts

    March 24, 2017
    9am - 12 noon
    3.0 contact hours available for NY & NJ licensed social workers
    $125 single; $100 alumni

     

    Artful Grief is a visual diary and case study of complicated grief by art therapist, Sharon Strouse, in the aftermath of her daughter's suicide. This decade long journey is documented through the creative process of collage making. Sharon makes sense of her daughter's violent death, forges a new identity and returns to life.

    Ten of Sharon's spontaneous collages are presented within Neimeyer’s framework of Meaning Reconstruction, where three key elements are highlighted: The Practical: How did it happen, The Relational: Who am I and The Existential: Why it happen. Worden and Winokuer’s Task Model of Bereavement and Stroebe and Schut’s Duel Process Model will also be addressed along with excerpts from Sharon's journals, which offer insight into the healing potential of the creative process.

    Although Artful Grief focuses on a creative process in response to a death by suicide it is applicable to those suffering through other traumatic life experiences.

    Participants will have the opportunity to experience the transformational process of image making by creating their own collages along with sharing and processing.

     

    For all Complicated Grief workshops please contact Colleen Gribbin Bloom (ceg2160@columbia.edu)

     

     

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    Level 1: Complicated Grief

    May 12, 2017
    9am - 5pm
    6.5 contact hours available for licensed social workers in most states
    $250 single; $200 each for groups or alumni

     

    The Center for Complicated Grief's workshops focus on self-awareness, knowledge and skills needed to work with complicated grief (CG), 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 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.

     

    For all Complicated Grief workshops please contact Colleen Gribbin Bloom (ceg2160@columbia.edu)

     

     

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    Level 2: Complicated Grief

    June 8-9, 2017
    9am - 5pm both days
    13.0 contact hours available for licensed social workers in most states
    $600 single; $550 each for groups or alumni

     

    This 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, situational revisiting, and imaginal exercises.

     

    For all Complicated Grief workshops please contact Colleen Gribbin Bloom (ceg2160@columbia.edu)

     

     

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  • COMING SOON

    2017 -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