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Continuing Education courses about Children

Community Report on Autism (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the 2016 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.  The course highlights the ADDM’s most recent scientific findings on autism spectrum disorder and includes a discussion of screening, diagnosis, signs, symptoms, risk factors, and prevalence.  The course also includes personal stories from people living with ASD and a discussion of important developmental milestones.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

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Working with LGBTQ Families in Foster Care and Adoption (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores culturally competent practices for child welfare professionals working with LGBTQ families.  The course includes a discussion of policies and practices, language and terminology, challenges, personal biases, and the basics of creating a welcoming agency.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  
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Child Welfare Practice With Families Affected by Parental Incarceration (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores how parental incarceration affects children, parents, and caregivers and offers resources for professional practice.  Issues of visitation, case planning, and reunification are discussed.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the paradigm shifts that are required when moving from a traditional child welfare approach to a trauma-informed approach.  “In general, becoming a trauma-informed child welfare system involves a shift from asking, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ to asking, ‘What happened to you?’ “(Child Welfare Information Gateway, May 2015.)  

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Immigration and Child Welfare (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the topic of immigration and child welfare, offering considerations for increasing culturally competent services.  The course explores legislation and policies, strengths and skills, stresses and challenges, and culturally competent practice.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Helping Families to Support their LGBT Children (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course describes a family-oriented approach to services and care for families with LGBT children and adolescents.  It provides information about when children begin to identify as LGBT, describes the relationship between rejecting behaviors from families and health risks for LGBT children, and it provides seven practical approaches to help practitioners work with families with LGBT children.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores brain development and the impact of early experiences on a child’s growing brain.  The course describes how maltreatment can alter development and describes such major effects as persistent fear response, hyperarousal, increased internalizing symptoms, diminished executive functioning, and delayed developmental milestones.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.

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Parental Substance Use and the Child Welfare System (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the impact of parental substance use on children and families and explores strategies for child welfare services.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Protective Factors: Approaches in Child Welfare (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores an increasing emphasis on protective factors as an intervention strategy in child welfare.  The course summarizes and compares four key protective factor approaches using an ecological framework.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.
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Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment and discusses the shared goals of child welfare and domestic violence programs.  It describes an emerging practice that features a more coordinated, collaborative, and broad-based approach.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Bullying Prevention and Intervention/ Part 4: Rethinking Bullying and Prevention (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This is a book club book!  Check your local library or bookstore for Bullying Prevention and Intervention by Cindy Miller, LCSW, and Cynthia Lowen.  This course covers Part 4 of the book and includes chapters 16-18.  Part 4 of Bullying Prevention and Intervention discusses ways to change the culture of bullying and includes perspectives from kids, parents, and schools.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Bullying Prevention and Intervention/ Part 3: Intervention (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This is a book club book!  Check your local library or bookstore for Bullying Prevention and Intervention by Cindy Miller, LCSW, and Cynthia Lowen.  This course covers Part 3 of the book and includes chapters 10-15.  Part 3 of Bullying Prevention and Intervention discusses intervention and what actions schools, parents, and communities can be taken to help kids who are being bullied.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Bullying Prevention and Intervention/ Part 2: Prevention (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This is a book club book!  Check your local library or bookstore for Bullying Prevention and Intervention by Cindy Miller, LCSW, and Cynthia Lowen.  This course covers Part 2 of the book and includes chapters 6-9.  Part 2 of Bullying Prevention and Intervention discusses prevention and focuses on kid-friendly schools and the development of positive character traits.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Bullying Prevention and Intervention/ Part 1: 21st Century Bullying (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This is a book club book!  Check your local library or bookstore for Bullying Prevention and Intervention by Cindy Miller, LCSW, and Cynthia Lowen.  This course covers Part 1 of the book and includes chapters 1-5.  Part 1 of Bullying Prevention and Intervention provides an overview of bullying today and focuses on understanding the bullying triangle, including the bully, the target, and the bystander.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention (6 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course addresses the most common type of child maltreatment:  neglect.   It examines the complexity of child neglect along with its causes, effects, assessment and treatment.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Rural Child Welfare Practice (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the strengths and challenges of rural communities and offers guidance for child welfare practice within rural communities.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.
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Parenting Interventions for Men Who Batter (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores parenting programs for men who batter, offering potential opportunities to promote safe and healthy father-child relationships.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores how trauma and maltreatment can affect children’s growth and development.  The stages of child development are given,  along with causes for concern, warning signs, and preventative strategies.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Addressing the Gendered Dimensions of Harassment and Bullying (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores important distinctions between bullying and harassment in the school setting.  It discusses responsibilities of school personnel and offers strategies for prevention.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Youth Sexual Violence Prevention (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course focuses on sexual violence prevention for high school adolescents.  It discusses the consequences of youth sexual violence along with recent trends in violence prevention strategies.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Chronic Child Neglect (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the issue of chronic child neglect and its impact on children, families, and practice.  The course looks at ways to work with families affected by chronic neglect, including engagement, assessment, and intervention.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children (4 Credit Hours)

Program Summary:  This course seeks to understand issues that are unique to working with fathers.   It examines the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children, including the impact fathers have on children’s well-being and child maltreatment.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Concurrent Planning: What the Evidence Shows (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course looks at the concurrent planning approach as a way to expedite permanency for  children in the foster care system care and how this approach affects children, birth parents, caseworkers, and adoptive families.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Violence During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course discusses the critical concern of violence during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and includes a discussion of research findings, risk factors, and implications for practice.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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The Risk and Prevention of Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the prevalence of abuse and neglect among children with disabilities and discusses risk factors and strategies for prevention.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.
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The Role of Social Workers in the Disproportionality of African American Students in Special Education (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the overrepresentation of African American students in special education using Patricia Collins’ Domains-of-Power framework .  The course explores how school social workers can make a difference with their unique knowledge of a student’s social environment.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course does not meet CE requirements for National Certified Counselors. Read the complete description of this course…..


Working with LGBT Families in Adoption (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers guidance to child welfare and adoption professionals who work with the LGBT community.  It examines the strengths of prospective LGBT adoptive parents and the unique challenges that they face.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Addressing Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare (2 Credit Hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores methods for addressing racial disproportionality in the child welfare system and includes basic facts about racial disproportionality in the child welfare system, discussion of possible changes in child welfare policy and practice to address racial disproportionality, and descriptions of projects and programs that have successfully addressed this disparity.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


The Basics of Adoption Practice (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This course covers the basics of adoption practice, including the assessment of adoptive families, the placement of children, and supportive post-adoption services.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence (6 Credit Hours)

Program Summary:  This course promotes effective practice with children and families affected by child maltreatment and domestic violence.  The course explores the dynamics of co-occurring domestic violence and child maltreatment and offers practice guidelines

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders (6 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course offers guidance for professionals working with families affected by substance use and explores the relationship between substance use disorders and child protection.  It includes a discussion of addiction, the impact on children, home visits, screening, and treatment.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This publication explores research and strategies to assist professionals in preserving connections among siblings in foster care and adoption.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Convergence of a Strengths Perspective and Youth Development: Toward Youth Promotion Practice (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This article discusses the development of the strengths perspective and positive youth development.  It seeks to combine these two practices toward a youth promotion practice.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.

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Teens and Sexting (2 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course consists of two articles.  The first article, Much Ado About Sexting, is a discussion paper produced by the National Institute of Justice.  It explores legal, judicial, and legislative responses to sexting.  The second article, Teens and Sexting, explores how and why teens are sexting.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Parenting and Homelessness: A Provider Perspective and A Consumer Perspective (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This course features two short articles.  In the first article, a nurse practitioner describes her work with children and families experiencing homelessness.  In the second article, a mother shares her experiences of shelter life and parenting.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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When Battered Women Stay… Advocacy Beyond Leaving (2 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course explores the complex work of preserving a battered woman’s right to make decisions about her life and her family.  The article explores assumptions within the domestic violence field that leaving abusive relationships is the best approach to ending domestic violence.  The author broadens the discussion by proposing an expanded advocacy for survivors who choose to stay.

NASW ethical standard 1.02:  Self Determination:  “Social workers respect and promote the right of clients to self­ determination and assist clients in their efforts to identify and clarify their goals. Social workers may limit clients’ right to self­ determination when, in the social workers’ professional judgment, clients’ actions or potential actions pose a serious, foreseeable, and imminent risk to themselves or others.”

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course does not meet the ethics requirement for National Certified Counselors.

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Intentions and Results A Look Back at the Adoption and Safe Families Act (12 Credit Hours)

Program summary: This series of papers takes an in-depth look at the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act and what it means for children, families, courts, and social service agencies.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (2 Credit Hours)

Program summary: This course consists of 2 readings.  The first reading provides an overview of ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults.  The second takes a look at how ADHD affects adults in the workplace.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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