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Retired Continuing Education Courses

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

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Rural Behavioral Health: Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:   This course looks at telehealth as an opportunity to expand behavioral health care for rural communities and to provide greater access to services, providers, and specialties.  The course explores the benefits of telehealth that include improved access to qualified professionals, confidentiality, privacy, and accessibility.  Challenges to implementing telehealth care are also discussed, including issues of internet access, insurance coverage, and varying state regulations.

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…..


Using Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioral Health Services (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores technology in behavioral health treatment.  It provides an overview of the potential utility of technology-based therapeutic tools, including telephone/ audio counseling and video/Web conferencing tools; self-directed, Web-based, and desktop computer-based therapeutic tools; Web-based text communication (email, chat, forums); and mobile technologies. The course explores emerging technologies such as ubiquitous computer technologies, ambient intelligence, and virtual reality.  Legal and ethical considerations (confidentiality, privacy, security, informed consent) are also examined.

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…..


Tips and Practice Considerations During Covid-19 (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers guidance during COVID-19 and includes a discussion of coping, grief, common reactions, and ways to support children, youth, college students, and adults.  Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation are given.  The course provides information on the impact of Covid-19 on Black and Latino communities in the US.  Intimate partner violence and child abuse health concerns are also discussed.

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…..


Ethics Consultation: Responding to Ethics Questions in Health Care (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:  Ethics consultations are occurring not only in inpatient clinical settings but also increasingly in outpatient clinics, long term care facilities, home care, and other settings.  This course explores ethics consultation in health care and uses the CASES approach to systematically guide the consultation.  The course describes proficiencies and critical success factors for ethics consultation.  The course offers guidance for formulating ethics questions and offers specific approaches to ethical analysis.  Common misconceptions about ethics consultation are identified.

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. Read the complete description of this course…..


Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores alcohol use disorder and the medications approved for treating alcohol use disorder including Disulfiram, Naltrexone, and Acamprosate.  Medication assisted treatment can be an effective element of treatment for moderate or severe alcohol use disorder and this course explores screening and assessment, developing a treatment plan, medication-assisted treatment, safety, efficacy, and progress.

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…..


A Review of the Research on Suicide Among Men in the Middle Years (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines current research on suicide among men in the middle years.  Special consideration is given to issues facing men in the criminal justice system, gay, bisexual and transgender men, and veterans.  Risk factors are explored, including issues of mental health, alcohol and drugs, chronic medical conditions, economic factors, and cultural expectations about masculine identity.  Protective factors are discussed as well.

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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World Religions and Their Ethical Decisions on Withdrawing Treatment and Determining Death (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course compares religious perspectives on death and end of life decisions.  The course explores Judaism, Christianity, Islam, indigenous faiths, Hinduism, and Buddhism and compares their ethical frameworks for end of life determinations.  Differences between Western traditions, Eastern traditions, and indigenous faith systems are examined.  The course offers clinicians an opportunity to increase competence and proficiency when working with different religious traditions in end of life care.

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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Behavioral Health Among College Students (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines substance misuse and behavioral health issues among college students.  Alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, tobacco use, and mental health issues are discussed.  The objective is to increase awareness of important behavioral health issues that college students face during this period of youth, transition, and stress.

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…..


Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines how early childhood prevention interventions can help reduce substance abuse as well as other mental, emotional, and behavior problems.  The course looks at intervention efforts that aim to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for young children.  The course offers 7 principles of substance abuse prevention for early childhood.  The first and overarching principle proposes that “intervening early in childhood can alter the life course trajectory in a positive direction.”

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…..


Improving Cultural Competence Part 3 (5 credit hours)

The course is divided into three modules.  This is module 3 and covers Chapters 5 and 6.

Program Summary:  Did you know that fifty percent of culturally diverse clients will end treatment or counseling after one visit (Sue and Sue 2013e)?  This course explores the ongoing and dynamic process of developing cultural competence in clinical practice.  The course highlights the importance of self-awareness, culturally appropriate knowledge, cross-cultural communication, culturally responsive treatment, and culturally responsive policies.  The course discusses behavioral health treatment for specific racial and ethnic groups and also explores drug cultures and the culture of recovery.  Sue’s (2001) multidimensional model for developing cultural competence is featured.

Chapter 5:  This chapter reviews counseling and treatment patterns for 5 major ethnic/racial groups:  African and Black Americans; Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders; Hispanics and Latinos; Native Americans; and White Americans.  The chapter explores different beliefs and attitudes about treatment, treatment considerations, and culturally congruent interventions, providing a general framework for understanding various groups.

Chapter 6:  This chapter examines the role of drug cultures in substance abuse and treatment.  The chapter explores the process of finding alternatives to drug cultures and developing a culture of recovery.

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…..


Improving Cultural Competence Part 2 (3 credit hours)

The course is divided into three modules.  This is module 2 and covers Chapters 3 and 4.

Program Summary:  Did you know that fifty percent of culturally diverse clients will end treatment or counseling after one visit (Sue and Sue 2013e)?  This course explores the ongoing and dynamic process of developing cultural competence in clinical practice.  The course highlights the importance of self-awareness, culturally appropriate knowledge, cross-cultural communication, culturally responsive treatment, and culturally responsive policies.  The course discusses behavioral health treatment for specific racial and ethnic groups and also explores drug cultures and the culture of recovery.  Sue’s (2001) multidimensional model for developing cultural competence is featured.

Chapter 3:  Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Treatment Planning  This chapter looks at ways to incorporate cultural factors into treatment services.  It offers clinical guidance for culturally responsive interviews, assessments, evaluations and treatment planning.

Chapter 4:  Pursuing Organizational Cultural Competence  This chapter looks at cultural competence at the organizational level exploring issues of organizational values, governance, planning, evaluation, language services, and staff development.   This chapter offers guidance for organizations in developing culturally responsive practices and programs.

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…..


Improving Cultural Competence Part 1 (3 credit hours)

The course is divided into three modules.  This is module 1 and covers the Executive Summary and Chapters 1 and 2.

Program Summary:  Did you know that fifty percent of culturally diverse clients will end treatment or counseling after one visit (Sue and Sue 2013e)?  This course explores the ongoing and dynamic process of developing cultural competence in clinical practice.  The course highlights the importance of self-awareness, culturally appropriate knowledge, cross-cultural communication, culturally responsive treatment, and culturally responsive policies.  The course discusses behavioral health treatment for specific racial and ethnic groups and also explores drug cultures and the culture of recovery.  Sue’s (2001) multidimensional model for developing cultural competence is featured.

Chapter 1:  This chapter offers an introduction to cultural competence and includes a discussion of why cultural competence is important and how it is achieved.  The concepts of culture, race, ethnicity, and cultural identity are explored.

Chapter 2:  This chapter explores core cultural competencies for counselors and includes attitudes and behaviors of culturally competent counselors.

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…..


Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores adolescent substance use and the unique treatment needs of teens.  The course provides an overview of the developing adolescent brain and the vulnerabilities that teens face when confronting substance use.  The reading offers 13 Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Treatment and includes Frequently Asked Questions, a discussion of Treatment Settings, and Evidence-Based Approaches to treating adolescent substance use disorders.

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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Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with Loss (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores evidence and practice issues related to grief, bereavement, and loss.  The course examines different types of grief ranging from normal grief to more severe or complicated grief.  Psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment options are offered.  The course also provides a discussion of issues and interventions for grieving children.  Note: This course replaces our previous course, Bereavement, Mourning and Grief.

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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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 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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Landmark Ethics Cases- The Case of Karen Quinlan (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course looks at the landmark case of Karen Ann Quinlan, one of the first ‘right to die’ cases in US legal history.  The case examines the dilemma of Karen Quinlan’s right to privacy versus the State’s interest in preserving life.  The course explores topics of privacy, the definition of death, the rights of the incompetent, liability, the ethics committee, judicious neglect and parens patria.  The case was ultimately appealed to the Supreme Court of New Jersey where Judge Hughes appointed Karen’s father as her guardian and authorized the removal of the respirator.

“The State’s interest to maintain life weaken, and a patient’s right of privacy grows, as the degree of bodily invasion increases and as prognosis dims.  Ultimately there comes a point at which the individual’s rights overcome the State’s interest.” (Judge Hughes of the New Jersey Supreme Court, 1976)

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

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Substance Use and Suicide: A Nexus Requiring a Public Health Approach (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the association between substance use and suicide and how substance misuse affects suicidal behavior.  The course identifies at-risk populations, shared risk factors, shared protective factors, warning signs, and the need for collaborative efforts across mental health and substance use fields.

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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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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Promoting Socially Just Healthcare Systems: Social Work’s Contribution to Patient Navigation (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines patient navigation, a new practice in healthcare designed to help patients navigate complex healthcare systems and overcome treatment barriers.  The course promotes patient navigation as a way for social workers to pursue their professional mandate for social justice while also contending that social workers are uniquely qualified to serve as patient navigators due to their professional commitment to social justice and dignity and worth of all persons.

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

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Lewy Body Dementia (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores Lewy body dementia, a common and disabling brain disorder that affects one’s ability to think and move.  The course describes causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management.

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…..


Introductions to Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores two mental disorders:  Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  For each disorder, the course provides an overview of symptoms, diagnosis, screening, evidence-based treatments, and recovery.  In addition, the course identifies special considerations for co-occurring substance use disorders.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate 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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Facing Addiction in America (7 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course takes a comprehensive look at substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery.  The course includes a discussion of the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder (DSM-5), the affects of substance use on the brain, risk factors and protective factors, evidence-based treatment and prevention interventions, the substance use care continuum, strategies to reduce harm, and recovery. The reading includes Chapters 1-5 from Facing Addiction in America:  The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Addiction, and Health.  

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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Ethical Considerations in End of Life Care (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines ethical considerations in end of life care and includes historical perspectives on death and dying, US cultural attitudes, an overview of grief models, professional obligations, and ethical principles.  The course explores key positions offered by the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and the NASW.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC credit.
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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 and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Gambling Problems: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Services Providers (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers an introduction to gambling disorder and includes a discussion of symptoms, DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, and treatment factors.

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…..


An Introduction to Co-Occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers an introduction to co-occurring borderline personality disorder and substance use disorders and  includes a discussion of symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment factors.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  There are no pre-requisites for this course. Read the complete description of this course…..


Adults with ADHD and Substance Use Disorders (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and substance use disorders in adults.  The course includes a discussion of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, stimulant misuse, ADHD screening tools, and treatment options.

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…..


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…..


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…..


The Role of the Social Work Profession in Meeting its Historical Mission to Serve Vulnerable Populations (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  The course includes first hand accounts from social work practitioners who examine how the field of social work has historically delivered services to the poor and oppressed.  The course examines the profession’s historical affinity for social casework over social justice and describes various casework approaches which primarily served the middle class and not the poor. The course describes how the profession was reminded of its founding mission and concern for the disempowered during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC credit. Read the complete description of this course…..


Applying Ethical Standards to Social Media Use with Vulnerable Populations (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the convergence of ethics, technology, and social work practice.  It examines important benefits and risks of utilizing current technology in social work practice and explores the ethical concepts of informed consent, confidentiality, disclosure and verification of identity.

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

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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…..


Common Mental Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment (4 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the diagnosis and treatment of common mental disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Schizophrenia.  Signs and symptoms, diagnosis, risk factors, medication, and treatments are explored.

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…..


Autism Spectrum Disorder: Causes, Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder including causes, early signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.  This course references the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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…..


Community Report on Autism (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the 2014 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.  The ADDM Network is the largest, ongoing ASD tracking system in the US.  The course explores developmental monitoring efforts, signs and symptoms, risk factors, prevalence, and key research findings.

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…..


Therapeutic Communities (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores therapeutic communities and the ‘community as method’ approach to treatment for substance use disorders.  The course describes the fundamental components of a therapeutic community, the three treatment stages, and the needs of special populations.

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.

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…..


Research Report Series: Cocaine, Inhalants, Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the latest research on cocaine, inhalants, hallucinogens and dissociative drugs.  The course covers issues of scope, changes to the brain, and short and long term effects of drug use.  The course consists of 3 separate readings from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Research Report Series.

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…..


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…..


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…..


Bipolar Disorder (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course provides an introduction to bipolar disorder and includes an overview of symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options.

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…..


Marijuana Abuse (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores marijuana abuse and its affects on the brain and the body.  Acute, persistent, and long-term consequences are discussed, along with available treatments.

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…..


Ethics Do Matter, But Where? (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines how social work values and principles relate to workplace practices.  The course examines ethical incongruence in the workplace, including bullying and discourteous conduct toward colleagues.  The course encourages discussion and reflection about our professional conduct and our everyday interactions with colleagues.

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

*Although the course is written from a social work point of view, the course and discussion would be relevant to many helping professions who share similar values.

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Information and Communication Technologies in Social Work (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the importance of technology for social work practice and the implication for social work ethics.  Using the NASW Code of Ethics, the course examines the impact of information and communication technologies on specific principles of social work ethics.

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


End-of-Life Issues in the US after Terri Schiavo: Implications for Social Work Practice (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the Terri Schiavo case and the complexity of end-of-life decision-making and euthanasia.  The course offers an analysis of changing American perceptions of physician-assisted suicide and includes four approaches to policy practice.  Ethical issues of end-of-life, self-determination, advocacy, and patient rights are explored.

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


The Evolution of Social Work Ethics (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course describes the evolution of social work ethics, beginning with the early moralistic perspectives of the late nineteenth century and ending with today’s unique ethical challenges of the digital age.  The course includes 5 key stages of social work ethics:  the morality period, the values period, the ethical theory and decision-making period, the ethical standards and risk management period, and the digital period.   A discussion of the NASW Code of Ethics is included as well.

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. Read the complete description of this course…..


The New DSM 5: Highlights of Changes from the DSM IV-TR to the DSM-5 (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published in May, 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association, replacing the previous manual, the DSM-IV-TR.  This course seeks to highlight significant changes between the DSM IV-TR and the DSM-5.

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…..


Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This courses examines the serious public health problem of prescription drug abuse.  It includes a discussion of commonly abused drugs, trends and risk factors, and treating prescription drug addiction.

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…..


Drug Abuse and HIV (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the relationship between HIV and drug abuse, exploring how drug abuse contributes to HIV transmission, which populations are most at risk for HIV, and treatment efforts.

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…..


Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the complex relationship between substance abuse (SA) and intimate partner violence (IPV) and offers various theoretical explanations for the high co-occurrence of SA and IPV.  The course also includes a discussion of approaches to services and intervention programs for batterers.

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…..


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…..


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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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…..


Clinical Social Workers: Advocates for Social Justice (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the relationship between clinical social work, advocacy, and social justice, and recognizes advocacy as a strategy for achieving social justice.  The reading looks at a qualitative research study which examines how social workers incorporate social justice and advocacy efforts in their practice.  Three strategies for advocacy are identified:  instrumental advocacy, educational advocacy, and practical advocacy.

Value: Social Justice

Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice.

Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.  (NASW Code of Ethics)

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…..


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…..


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…..


Borderline Personality Disorder (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course provides an introduction to borderline personality disorder and includes an overview of who is affected along with symptoms and treatment options.

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…..


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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Prevention as an Explicit Part of the Social Work Profession (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This course examines the social work profession’s commitment to prevention practice.  The authors assess the status of prevention within social work practice, education, and scholarship and advocate for a greater focus on prevention efforts within the profession.

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…..


Underage Drinking in America (5 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course examines underage drinking within a developmental framework.  It considers the influence of individual characteristics, social systems, and human development on an adolescent’s decision to drink.

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…..


Depression (1 Credit Hour)

This course is no longer available for purchase. Please browse our complete course catalog or use the category links to the right to view courses that are available for purchase. 

Program Summary: This course provides an introduction to depression and includes an overview of who is affected along with symptoms and treatment options.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for National Certified Counselors.

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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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Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Illnesses (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This research report focuses on the comorbidity of drug use disorders and other mental illnesses.  It explores ‘shared vulnerability’, common factors, and treatment.

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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Spirituality and Older Adults: Ethical Guidelines to Enhance Service Provision (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This paper identifies spirituality as a client strength but also cautions that many social workers have limited training with respect to client spirituality.  The authors propose three ethical principles to guide social work practice with older adults and spirituality:  client autonomy, spiritual competence, and professional competence.

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


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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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior; The Science of Addiction (2 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course looks at the science of addiction and how drugs can change the brain, the structure of the brain, and behavior.

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

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Marijuana and Teens (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This course consists of two articles.  The first article explores the relationship between teen marijuana use and mental disorders.  The second article identifies common myths of marijuana use along with health, social, and economic consequences.

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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Alzheimers Disease Unraveling the Mystery (6 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This article explores the healthy brain and how it works and then looks at what happens in the brain during Alzheimer’s dementia.  It includes current research as well as issues affecting caregivers and families.

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

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A Social Work Model of Empathy (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This article discusses research findings and conceptualizations of empathy.  It concludes with a social work model of empathy.

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.

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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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Community Integration for Older Adults with Mental Illnesses (4 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This paper explores the characteristics and needs of older adults with serious mental illnesses along with challenges and solutions for community-based 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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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (1 Credit Hour)

This course is no longer available for purchase. Please browse our complete course catalog or use the category links to the right to view courses that are available for purchase.

Program Summary: This course provides an introduction to post-traumatic stress disorder and includes an overview of who is affected along with symptoms and treatment options.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for National Certified Counselors.

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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.

Read the complete description of this course…..


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