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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Spring at GVSU

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.

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2018 Programs:  

NEW! - 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

MAY 31 - 2018 Ara Cary Child Welfare Conference - WHAT IS AND WHAT IS NOT TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICE with Wayne Duehn, PhD. - View Flyer Registration is closed. Sorry for any inconvenience. Unable to take registrations at door.

JUN 1 - RECOVERY 101: HOW TO SUPPORT CLIENTS IN EARLY RECOVERY - View Flyer - This program has been approved for MCBAP credits. This program is currently full, however a wait list is available. 


JUN 22 - NAVIGATING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR YOUTH EXITING FOSTER CARE OR ADOPTED FROM FOSTER CARE - View Catalog - FREE to all DHHS and their private agency partner employees. Eligible agency list 

Most recent past year's social work programs:

JAN 5 - Examining Historical Trauma of Indian Country

JAN 12 - Breaking Down the Silos: Providing Integrated Health Care 

JAN 19 - Princesses Don't Deserve to be Hit: How to Successfully Testify, Prepare and Appeal Proof Child Protective Proceedings 

FEB 2 - GRIEF AND TRAUMA: Exploring Elementary Age Youth and Their Needs 

FEB 9 - Yoga: A Therapeutic Tool

FEB 16 - Ethics and the Impaired Professional: What's a Social Worker to Do?

FEB 23 - Foster Children, Behaviors and Special Education Services 

MAR 2 - The Power of Kinship Care: The Challenges of Strengths-based Assessment

MAR 9 - Ethics and the Impaired Professional: What's a Social Worker to Do?

MAR 16 - Through Their Lenses: Where Do You Stand in Unaccompanied Minors' Negotiating of Identity?

MAR 23 - Holistic Pain Management

MAR 27 - Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

APR 20 - Ethics from a Multidisciplinary Perspective

MAY 4 - The Opioid Epidemic in America and at Home: National and Local Trends for Opioid Abuse/Addiction

MAY 11 - The Opioid Epidemic in America and at Home: Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorder

MAY 17 - Broken...But Fixable: Assessing and Addressing the Cost of Your Work

MAY 18 - The Opioid Epidemic in America and at Home: Life After Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

AUG 4-15 - Continuing Education for Social Workers in Ireland 2018 - This program was cancelled due to low enrollment. 

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

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

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  If Grand Valley State University closes on Friday due to the weather, this 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 this 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.

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 

Page last modified May 22, 2018