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Continuing Education courses about Women

Substance Use in Women (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the ways in which women may differ from men in how they use drugs, respond to drugs, and respond to treatment.   The course looks at sex and gender differences related to the use of marijuana, stimulants, MDMA, heroin, prescription drugs, alcohol, and nicotine.   Research on substance use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding is also included.

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…..


Working with Lesbian-Headed Families: What Social Workers Need to Know (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers suggestions for social workers when working with lesbian-headed families.  The course proposes three key areas:  knowledge, space, and language that social workers must address when working with non-traditional families.

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


Psychosocial Effects of Trauma on Military Women Serving in the National Guard and Reserves (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the unique mental health needs of military women, particularly those women who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.  It highlights issues of service-related trauma, mental health disorders, and lack of social support.

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…..


Battered Women and Protective Strategies (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the various protective strategies women use to protect themselves and their children against violence.  It includes a discussion of immediate situational strategies, ‘classic’ legal and anti- domestic violence services, social and spiritual supports, terminating the relationship, and invisible 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…..


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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