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Cultural Competence Continuing Education Courses

At Free State Social Work, we provide great online cultural competence continuing education courses for social workers, counselors, and therapists!

All of our courses are $5.99 per credit hour. We also offer an unlimited package! One year of unlimited courses is $74.99 and two years are $124.99.

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Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQIA2S+ Youth (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course offers guidance and positive strategies for mental health promotion and suicide prevention for LGBTQIA2S+ youth.  The course highlights affirming environments, professional competence, culturally competent care, risk and protective factors, and sources of joy.  Tips and advice from LGBTQIA2S+ youth and adults are shared, and the importance of involving LGBTQIA2S+ youth in the development of programs is emphasized.  The course includes the HRC Glossary of Terms for help with terminology.

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

Unfortunately, this course is not available in CE Broker for Florida professionals.
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Intersections of Institutional Racism, Racial Microaggressions, and Minority Stress in the Lived Experiences of Black People (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores experiences of institutional racism, structural uncertainties, and racial microaggressions among people who are Black.  The course examines the concept of minority stress and demonstrates that people who are Black disproportionately experience both macro- and micro-level racial stressors which contribute to minority stress.   Using secondary data analysis, the course shows a positive correlation between racial stressors and minority stress among people who are Black and advocates for micro- and macro-level changes.

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


Mental Health Outcomes in Transgender and Nonbinary Youths Receiving Gender-Affirming Care (1 credit hour)

This course highlights a scientific research study.

Program Summary:  This course explores changes in mental health outcomes for transgender and nonbinary youth during the first 12 months of gender affirming care.  The course highlights a research study of TNB youth receiving care at Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic, assessing for changes in depression, anxiety, and suicidality.  Findings showed mental health improvements for TNB individuals receiving gender-affirming care during the first year.

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.
Unfortunately, this course is no longer available in CE Broker for Florida professionals.

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High-Achieving Asian American Adolescents and Suicide: The Need for Culturally Sensitive Suicide Intervention Approaches in Schools, A Case Study (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines suicide risk and cultural variation among high-achieving Asian Americans.  The course explores cultural and family factors and offers examples of acculturation, acculturative stress, stereotype, obligatory stress, and cultural humility.  A case example of a high-achieving Asian American adolescent in a large high school is presented. Recommendations for clinical interventions are provided.

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

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Moving Beyond Change Efforts: Evidence and Action to Support and Affirm LGBTQI+ Youth (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course explores current research and evidence-based practices for supporting and affirming LGBTQI+ youth.  The course describes behavioral health concerns and stressors for gender diverse youth and offers client-centered approaches for youth and their families.  The course highlights the importance of ensuring access to gender-supportive and gender-affirming care while emphasizing the harms of SOGI change efforts.

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.
Unfortunately, this course is no longer available in CE Broker for Florida professionals.

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Child Welfare Practice to Address Racial Disproportionality and Disparity (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course explores the problem of racial disproportionality and disparity in child welfare.  The course describes the multiple factors that contribute to racial disproportionality and disparity, including disproportionate and disparate needs of children of diverse backgrounds, individual discrimination and racial bias, child welfare system factors, geography, policy, and structural racism.  Multiple strategies are given to address racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system.

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

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Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders:  Considerations for Special Populations (4 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course explores the unique needs of special populations experiencing stimulant use disorders.  The course examines treatment and care considerations for the following groups:  racial/ethnic minorities, women, men who have sex with men, the transgender and gender nonbinary community, adolescents, people experiencing homelessness, rural populations, people involved with the criminal justice system, people with or at risk for HIV/AIDs, and more.  Strategies are given for improving engagement, rapport, and treatment outcomes.

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

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Advance Care Planning Experiences Among Sexual and Gender Minority People (1 credit hour)

This course highlights a scientific research study.

Program Summary:   This course explores the advance care planning experiences of sexual and gender minority people and highlights the results of a qualitative research study.  Three main themes are discussed:  1. Fear of discrimination limits disclosure of SOGI and affects selection of clinicians 2. Concerns about whether EOL preferences and appointed MDMs would be supported and 3. Most discussions about EOL preferences occurred without clinicians.  Potential barriers to advance care planning for SGM people are identified.  Results and conclusions are given.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists.

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Negative Patient Descriptors: Documenting Racial Bias In The Electronic Health Record (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:   This course explores potential implicit bias in healthcare by looking at stigmatizing language in the healthcare record. The course highlights a study using machine learning to analyze electronic health records using 15 different patient descriptors:  (non-) adherent, aggressive, agitated, angry, challenging, combative, (non-)compliant, confront, (non-) cooperative, defensive, exaggerate, hysterical, (un-)pleasant, refuse, and resist.  A discussion of results and recommendations are given.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists.

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

Program Summary:   This course examines supportive practices for working with LGBTQ+ families in foster care and adoption and offers guidance for building trusting and successful relationships. The course describes the advantages and challenges of engaging, recruiting, and helping LGBTQ+  families and aims to strengthen cultural competence for child welfare professionals.  Suggestions for creating a welcoming and affirming agency are given.

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


Institutional Change and Transgender Employment- Cultural and Ethical Issues (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course discusses transgender employment discrimination, related ethical implications, and why advocacy is needed.  Important legal cases are examined, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Bostock v. Clayton County.  The course highlights ethical standards from the NASW Code of Ethics, including engaging in social and political action (macro level); practicing non-discriminatory practices (mezzo level); and promoting the well-being of clients (micro level).   The course provides an overview of what it means to be transgender with guidance on how to be a good ally.

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

Unfortunately, this course is no longer available in CE Broker for Florida professionals.

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

Program Summary:  This updated course explores the mistreatment of African American, Latinx, and Asian American and Pacific Islander elders.  Research briefs examine how different cultures perceive elder mistreatment and how they seek help.  Cultural beliefs, views, and norms are highlighted, along with research findings.  The course identifies, risk factors, protective factors, and proposed interventions.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate, 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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Political Advocacy Without a Choice: Highlighting African American Political Social Workers (2 credit hours)

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.

Program Summary:   This course highlights the political action and leadership of early African American social workers and their work challenging discrimination and injustice while advocating for systemic change.  Authors Donisha Shepherd and Suzanne Pritzer offer a social work history that moves beyond Jane Addams’ Hull House and includes the important and sometimes overlooked contributions of social workers like Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Victoria Earle Matthews, Thyra Edwards, Lester Blackwell Granger, and more.  The course uses Lane and Pritzker’s five domains of political social work practice as a framework for understanding the different domains of political advocacy.  The course also includes the NASW 2021 Blueprint of Federal and Social Policy Priorities, which outlines current policy priorities and solutions for national leaders.  Priorities such as high quality healthcare for all, ending homelessness, eliminating racism, reforming immigration policy, and advancing political justice are given.

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

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Embracing Diverse Women Veteran Narratives: Intersectionality and Women Veteran’s Identity (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course applies the theory of intersectionality to women veterans and explores how women veterans often experience multiple forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, and classism.  The course examines how these experiences of oppression accumulate and affect identity formation.   Intersectionality is offered as an meaningful way to increase our understanding of women veterans’ lives and experiences.  Important concepts are discussed including markers of difference, institutional betrayal, horizontal hostility, and individual solutions.

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 Opioid Crisis and the Hispanic Latino Population: An Urgent Issue (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines national data and explores the impact of opioid misuse on the Hispanic Latino community.  It includes a discussion of sociocultural factors, such as immigration issues, religion, stigma, and a lack of culturally responsive prevention and treatment.  Strategies to address opioid misuse are given, including an overview of evidence-based treatment recommendations and medication-assisted treatment.

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

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Co-Occurring Disorders Among Special Populations- Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the co-occurrence of substance use disorders and mental disorders.  It examines co-occurring disorders among special populations, including people experiencing homelessness, those involved with the criminal justice system, women, and people of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds.  Strategies and recommendations for treatment are given.  The reading includes Chapter 6 of SAMHSA’s TIP 42 Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders.

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

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The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course describes the impact of the opioid crisis on the Black/African American community and discusses challenges to prevention, treatment, and recovery.  The course includes national data on opioid misuse and offers an overview of evidence-based treatment practices and key strategies.  Medication-assisted treatment and psychosocial interventions are explored and include a review of methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, and naloxone.

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


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