• 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.

     

    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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    Storytelling with Numbers: Introduction to Budgeting

    January 20, 2017
    6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

    $250 single; $200 each for groups and alumni

     

    Many social workers readily admit that they are averse to numbers. Yet, numbers can tell a story, and mastering budgeting can be empowering. As social workers progress in their careers, they will be required to have a basic understanding of budgeting. Social workers that become administrators will need to create and manage program budgets which often start with grant funding. Having the ability to work with budgets will enable participants to more effectively administer their programs.


    The purpose of this course is to orient participants to program budgeting. Many professionals in their workplace settings are asked to administer grants which involve budgets but they have not received training on how to do so. By attending this course, participants will learn about the basic elements of a program budget and how to categorize expenses. Participants will be provided with examples of budgets and an opportunity to draft their own program budgets for their agencies. Their budgets will be reviewed and discussed in a group format. We will also review the format and what is included in a budget justification.

     

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    Learning, Growing and Healing: The Applications of Psychoeducation

    February 11, 2016
    6.5 contact hours are available for licensed social workers in most states
    $250​ single; $​200 each for groups and alumni

     

    Psychoeducation is an approach to clinical practice that utilizes the intersection and synergy between therapy and education. The model focuses on strengths, ongoing assessment, empowerment and advocacy for the individual, and collaboration and parity between practitioner and person. It draws on advanced practice theories that encompass education as well as clinical, group, and community practice. Psychoeducation 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. It can be implemented individually, with families or groups, or as an approach to staff development.
     

    Workshop Description
    Through lecture, small group work and discussions, and role play, the workshop will focus on strategies for using psychoeducation as a preventive and creative model for advocating for, collaborating with, and supporting individuals, families, and groups through applied clinical and group practice in health, mental health, and community based settings. Applications for supervision, programming and staff development will also be considered. Participants will develop psychoeducation curriculum for their programs, agencies or private practices.

     

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    Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work Settings

    March 3-4, 2017
    13 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

     

    $450 single; $400 each for groups and alumni

     

    Day One: An introduction to mindfulness, definitions and practices, as well as an overview of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, the “gold standard” of most research trials. In addition, there will be an overview of the general research on behavioral impact, neuroscience, and emotional resilience. This all-day session will include extensive experiential work, focusing on the body and the breath as the basis for staying in the present moment, and introducing both formal and informal mindfulness practices. In addition, compassion and self-compassion will be explored as a practice, and the difference between this practice and the self-esteem movement. As we review the skill training that fosters mindfulness, we will begin to discern ways to introduce and teach mindfulness to social work populations and in social work settings, including hospitals, prisons, schools, community programs, and individual counseling.

     

    Day Two: An opportunity to go deeper into the practice and applications of mindfulness. Today participants will continue to learn and practice the skills that cultivate mindfulness and begin to consider how to bring mindfulness into their professional and personal life. Experiential practices, based on MBSR teaching methods, will be integrated with didactic learning and group discussion. We will explore the applications of mindfulness in the context of both group and private practice, within institutions, schools, and healthcare. The instructors will share their own work with populations that are ill and dying, distraught by multiple life challenges, making difficult life decisions, in both institutional and individual settings. Participants will complete the day with a realistic, achievable action plan to bring mindfulness to their lives and those they serve.

     

     

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    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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    Level 1: Complicated Grief​

    January 20, 2017

    6.5 contact hours are available for licensed social workers in most states
    $250 single; $200 each for groups and alumni

     

    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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    ​Level 2: Complicated Grief​ Treatment

    February 10-11, 2016
    13 contact hours are available for licensed social workers in most states
    $​575​ single; $​525 each for groups and alumni

     

    ​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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  • 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