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.

What social workers need to know about the HUMAN TRAFFICKING requirement

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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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ONLINE AND ONGOING REGISTRATION! -

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 

INTERVENTIONS FOR CHRONIC PAIN - a two-hour online course that meets the pain management requirement for license renewal and includes 2.0 Michigan social work continuing education credits. - View Flyer 

2020 Programs: 

DEC 10 - (LENS) Low Energy Neurofeedback: Utilizing a Flexyx Neurotherapy System (FNS) as a Noninvasive Brainwave Intervention in Mood Disorder and Pain Management Treatment - View Flyer - This is an online, live webinar via Zoom. This program meets the pain management requirement for license renewal.

DEC 11 - Emotional and Behavioral Regulation in Children: A Neuropsychological Perspective - View Catalog Page - Free for all DHHS employees and their contracted private agencies. This is an online, live webinar via Zoom. Registration for this course is currently closed. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Ara Cary Child Welfare Conference - This conference was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic. We hope to offer the Ara Cary Conference in May 2021.

2021 Programs:

JAN 14 - The Second Brain: Gut-Brain Axis Dysfunction as an Underlying Cause for Development of Neurocognitive, Mood, and Chronic Pain Disorders - View Flyer This is an online, live webinar via Zoom. This program meets the pain management requirement for license renewal

JAN 22 - A New Paradigm for Addressing the Health and Wellness Needs of Men and Boys - View Flyer - This is an online, live webinar via Zoom.

JAN 29 - Higher Education: Is It for Everyone?View Catalog Page - Free for all DHHS employees and their contracted private agencies. This is an online, live webinar via Zoom.

FEB 15 - Sleep Hygiene and Mental Health - View Flyer - rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreak - This is an online, live webinar via Zoom. 

FEB 24 & 26 - Case Management Skills for Population Health - View Flyer - This is an online, live webinar via Zoom.

MAR 5 - Legalized Marijuana's ImpactView Flyer - This is an online, live webinar via Zoom, rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreak. MCBAP approved.

MAR 12 - Trauma & the Brain-Attachment-Based Perspective on the Effects of Generational Stress & Trauma - View Flyer  - This is an online, live webinar via Zoom

MAR 18 Teaching Children and Families Self-Regulation Strategies in Every Day Life - View Flyer - rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is an online, live webinar via Zoom

MAR 26 - Ethical Decision Making in Administration and SupervisionView Flyer - rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreak. This course is currently closed, however a wait list is available. This course meets the ethics requirement for license renewal. 

APR 16 - Let's Get Lit: Drug Trends and Interventions - View Flyer - This is an online, live webinar via Zoom. MCBAP approved.

APR 23 - How to Have Effective Conversations around Race, Equity and Social Justice in the Workplace - View Flyer - This is an online, live webinar via Zoom.

APR 30 - Ethical Dilemmas in School Social Work: "Can I do that?" "Can I say that?" - View Flyer - This course meets the ethics requirement for license renewal. 

MAY 21 - An Introduction to Imago Relationship Therapy - View Flyer - rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

JUN 4 - The Clinical Impact of Trauma and Trauma Informed Interventions for Adults - View Flyer - rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

JUNE 11 - Transforming the Challenging Child - A Nurtured Heart Approach® - View Flyer


Most recent social work programs:

SEP 1 & 3 - Kinship Care Families: Recognizing Unique Strengths and Meeting Relevant Needs  

SEP 8 & 10 - Interpersonal Effectiveness for Work and Life 

SEP 18 - Suicide Prevention Tools: QPR, C-SSRS, and Safety Plans

SEP 25 & OCT 2 - Fostering Resiliency in Work and Life: Developing Personal Strength to Deal with Emotional Pain

OCT 6 & 13 - Engaging in Anti-Racism Work through White Consciousness Raising 

OCT 16 - Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Youth Using the Nurtured Hearth Approach® 

OCT 23 - Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities: Early Identification & Care Planning

OCT 29 - Best Practices in Telehealth for Social Workers

NOV 5 - Evaluating Non-Profit Programs 

NOV 12 - Gender Responsive Treatment for Substance Use Disorder- cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 issues

NOV 19 - Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Self-care for Resiliency in Social Work 


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 socialworkce@gvsu.edu

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 socialworkce@gvsu.edu  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 socialworkce@gvsu.edu 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.