Program Information

Grand Valley State University works hard to bring our social workers the continuing education clock hours that are required by the state of Michigan. Our goal is to offer quality courses that are meaningful and applicable to professional social workers. We also provide small, personal, and intellectual environments to optimize your learning experience.

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Scheduled Programs

The below programs have been approved for Michigan social work continuing education clock hours through the School of Social Work of Grand Valley State University. Payment is due upon enrollment. Participants MUST attend the entire program to receive continuing education hours. No partial credit can be awarded.

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ONGOING! - IDENTIFYING VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING - a one hour online course that meets the human trafficking requirement for license renewal and includes 1.0 approved Michigan social work continuing education credit. - View Flyer 


NOV 22 - Mind and Body Interventions for Pain - View Flyer- Meets the pain management requirement for license renewal. This course is currently full, however a wait list is available.

DEC 6 - The Neurobiology of Trauma: LAMP Training - View Flyer

DEC 11 - Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders - What Every Care Provider Must Know: Advanced Course, Part Two - View Flyer - This course is Part Two in a two part series. It is intended to be an advanced course for only those attendees who have completed Part One.  

DEC 13 - 22 - Ghana Deconstructed: Changing Our Perspectives, Understanding Cultures - Cancelled. Possibly rescheduling to August 2020. 

2020 Programs:

JAN 10 - Examining White Fragility Through the Lens of Racial Battle Fatigue - View Catalog Page - Free for all DHHS employees and their contracted private agencies

JAN 17 - Breaking Through Barriers: How Art Therapy Reaches Beyond the Limits of Talk Therapy - View Flyer

JAN 31 - Social Work Ethics: Review, Update and Application - View Flyer - Meets the ethics requirement for license renewal. This course is currently full, however a wait list is available.

FEB 7 - Essential Strategies for Effective Trauma-Informed Supervision in Child Welfare - View Catalog Page - Free for all DHHS employees and their contracted private agencies

FEB 14 - Pain Management: Humans - How We Get Stuck and Unstuck - View Flyer - Meets the pain management requirement for license renewal.

FEB 21 - Principles of Treatment for Childhood Trauma: Moving from Dysregulation to Healthy Development - View Flyer

MAR 6 - Trauma Doesn't Only Impact Our Clients: Building a Healthy Self-Care Habit - View Flyer

MAR 20 - Ethical Decision Making in Administration and Supervision - View Flyer - Meets the ethics requirement for license renewal.

MAR 27 - Let's Get Lit: Drug Trends and Interventions - View Flyer

APR 17 - Teaching Children and Families Self-regulation Strategies in Every Day Life - View Flyer

APR 24 - Legalized Marijuana's Impact - View Flyer - Meets one hour of the ethics requirement for license renewal.

MAY 1 - An Introduction to Imago Relationship Therapy - View Flyer

MAY 8 - Ara Cary Child Welfare Conference - SAVE THE DATE - More details and registration will be available in Spring 2020

MAY 15 - Gender Responsive Treatment for Substance Use Disorder - View Flyer

MAY 29 - Sleep Hygiene and Mental Health - View Flyer

JUN 12 - The Clinical Impact of Trauma and Trauma Informed Interventions for Adults - View Flyer Note: This course date has been changed. It was originally on January 24.

JUL 18 - 29 - Continuing Education for Social Workers in Ireland 2020 - View Flyer - Meets the ethics and pain management requirements for license renewal. Notice: Updated dates from original postcard and published dates!

Most recent social work programs:

APR 12 - Utilizing the Power of Play Therapy to Treat Child Clients with Anxiety Disorders

APR 19 - Advocating for Recovery: Supporting Families with Substance Use Disorders

APR 26 - Effects of Parental Mental Health on Child Growth and Development

MAY 3 - 2019 Ara Cary Child Welfare Conference - Working Effectively with Refugee and Immigrant Populations

MAY 17 - Trans* Allyship in Clinical Services: Fundamentals for Micro Practice 

JUN 13 - Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: Tools for Self-Care

JUN 14 - Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders with Adolescents 

SEP 12 - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Neuroscience and Resilience

SEP 27 - Unleashing Your Power: Advocacy for Social Workers

OCT 4 - Children of Trauma: Foundations for Understanding Body Brain Connections 

OCT 11 - This is Your Brain Online: The Impact of Digital Technology on Mental Health

OCT 25 - Family Systems and Complex Trauma

NOV 8 - Rethinking Conflict: Introduction to Restorative Circles

NOV 11 - Human Trafficking and the Sex Industry

NOV 13 - Perinatal Mood Disorders - What Every Care Provider Must Know

Registration Deadline: Three days prior to each training by 5:00 p.m.

Wait List Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.

Cancellation Policy: Should your plans change, you may transfer your registration to another person or class at any time. Cancellations must be received in writing (via fax, mail or email) 48 hours prior to class start time. Cancellations received before the deadline will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after the deadline and/or no-shows are not eligible for refunds. If you have questions, please call our office at (616) 331-7180 or e-mail us at

Special Accommodations: Please contact our office for information regarding special needs accommodations. We will work with you to insure your needs are met. (616) 331-7180 or email  You may also update or add your need when registering for a course or in your account at any time. 

Grievance Procedures: If at any time, you have a complaint or grievance, please contact our office at (616) 331-7180 or email We will make every effort to resolve the issue.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  If Grand Valley State University closes on a program day due to the weather, the class will also be cancelled. If we are open, but you feel that the weather conditions make it unsafe to attend, we will give you a refund for the class. To check to see if the University is closed, please go to WZZM or WOOD TV either online or on television to see their school closings and cancellations. You may also call the university directly to see if we are open: 616-331-2020.

Approvals: Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours.