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Continuing Education courses about Cultural Competence

Understanding Culture and the Mistreatment of Elders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines how culture influences perceptions of elder abuse and neglect.  The course focuses on five groups:  African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latinos, LGBT elders, and adults with a disability.  The course looks at how these different groups may  perceive abuse and seek help.  The course also offers culturally informed interventions for working with specific groups.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.

Participants who complete this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours. 1 of these clock hours is Ethics and 1 of these clock hours is Social and Cultural Competence
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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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Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth (4 credit hours)

Participants who complete this course will receive 4 continuing education clock hours. 2 of these clock hours are Ethics and 2 of these clock hours are Social and Cultural Competence

Program Summary:  This course explores issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in youth.  The course provides a scientific overview of the best clinical and therapeutic practices for sexual minority youth and promotes interventions that focus on acceptance, support, and affirmative care.   The course includes position statements from the ACA and the NASW and offers a discussion of relevant ethical principles and standards.

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…..


Tribal-State Relations and Child Welfare (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores how positive working relationships can be formed between States and Tribes in the provision of child welfare services.   The course examines important historical and cultural factors and includes suggestions for current practice.

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…..


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…..


What is the Role of Social Work in China? (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course analyzes the evolution of social welfare in China during periods of economic, political, and social change.  The course offers historical, pluralistic, and social development perspectives.

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…..


Helping Veterans and Their Families Fight On (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the unique challenges of military life and explores strategies for supporting service members, veterans, and their families.  The course highlights the need for military cultural competence.

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…..


Reflections of a Latino in the Social Work Profession (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers a first-hand account of personal and professional observations from a Latino in the social work profession.   Alejandro Garcia, Ph.D., is a Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Social Work.  In the reading, Dr. Garcia discusses his own formative experiences while growing up in South Texas, pursuing his social work studies, and working for the NASW.  He also offers reflections on the social work profession.

“One concern is that one’s personal experiences are of no value to anyone else and, therefore, do not need to be recorded in any way.  The problem with this kind of thinking is that the individual determines the value of such information, rather than allowing other interested parties to participate in that assessment.” -Alejandro Garcia, Ph.D.  What would your first-hand account look like?  What would your reflections be?

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.    This course does not meet CE requirements for National Certified Counselors. 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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Addressing Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities: Critical Issues for Culturally Competent Services (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:   This course explores the issue of domestic violence in immigrant communities and offers considerations for increasing culturally competent services. Immigrant women are a diverse group and experience domestic violence in many different contexts but they also frequently share common experiences when domestic violence is involved.  Issues of immigration status, financial resources, community, family, and social isolation are considered.

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…..


Promoting Military Cultural Awareness (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the unique cultures of the military and how civilian communities can better support the needs of military service members and veterans.

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 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…..


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…..


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…..


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