Social Work Continuing Education

Explore a new practice area or method in social work. Get the latest in applied practice information. Network with fellow alumni and SLU faculty.

Saint Louis University's social work continuing education workshops are affordable and informed by current research and best practices in the field. Our instructors are leading practitioners and faculty members at SLU's School of Social Work who bring a wealth of professional and instructional experience to the workshops.

2018 Continuing Education Workshops

How to Register

The program supports ongoing professional growth and development, and enables practitioners to meet licensure renewal requirements.

All workshops are open to licensed social workers of all levels, practicing in both clinical and macro roles.

 To register for a class:

  1. Visit SLU's Billpay website (credit card only*)
  2. Select the workshop you would like attend
  3. Follow directions for payment options

SLU alumni and current practicum instructors are eligible for a special discount. 

*If you cannot pay by credit card or if you have trouble registering, contact Karen Bolinger at or 314-977-2724.

Location and Parking

Courses are held at Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63101 unless noted otherwise. There is free, off-street parking available in front of the building.

If you require special accommodations or have a question, contact Karen Bolinger at or 314-977-2724.

Is SLU an Approved Provider?

We are an approved provider of social work continuing education in Missouri and Illinois.

As a university-based school of social work, our continuing education is also accepted in most states for social workers and by other licensed mental heath professions such as licensed professional counselors.

If you are not a social worker, check with your licensing board first to confirm whether they will accept social work continuing education hours from SLU.

SLU is a registered social work continuing education sponsor in Illinois, license number 159.000573.


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2018 Courses

*Courses fulfill ethics requirement
**Course fulfills license board requirement

Supervision Training for Social Work Licensure Supervisors - 1/25-26

Pamela Huggins, M.S.W., LCSW

This specialized course is designed to prepare licensed social workers with the information and training to become “qualified supervisors for licensure,” as required by the Missouri State Committee for Clinical Social Work.

This course meets the needs of social work licensure supervisors in Missouri who must complete a 16-hour supervision course (such as the two day course described here) and who have five years of professional social work experience. The content of this 16-hour course follows the requirements of the Association of Social Work Boards and their suggestions for topics and learning experiences

16 CEHs

Jan. 25-26, 2018
8 a.m.-5 p..m.

An Ethics-Based Approach to Working in the Criminal Justice System* - 2/15

Paul Hotfelder, M.A.

The criminal justice system includes a broad range of professionals including police officers, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, correctional officers, social workers and parole officers. Within the criminal justice system, there is discretionary authority in how offenders are treated.

In recent times, many examples well publicized in the media point to significant issues within the criminal justice system, many which are ethically laden. This course will explore the identification, analysis, and resolution of ethical issues using both a criminal justice professional lens and the social worker code of ethics.

3 CEHs

*Fulfills ethics requirement
February 15, 2018
9 a.m.-noon

Gatekeeper Training and Safety Planning as Interventions to Assess and Manage Adults At Risk for Suicide - 2/23 *NEW

Monica Matthieu, Ph.D.

This workshop is designed to prepare practitioners with entry level competencies for engaging and responding to adults who may be at risk for suicide. In particular, this session will focus on appropriate initial questions about suicide using gatekeeper training called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR),  and a recommended tool, safety planning for crisis intervention. This session is focused on assisting clinicians to enhance their skills.

3 CEHs

February 23, 2018
9 a.m. - noon

Opiate Addiction and the Family - 3/23

Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, Ph.D., LCSW

Opiate addiction is a serious clinical issue impacting children, adults, intimate partners and families in many ways. This presentation explores evidence-based treatment approaches with families, intimate relationships and adults who have experienced substance abuse, with a focus on opiate addiction. Additionally, an overview of the intersection of mental health, physical health and environmental factors that are often associated with opiate addiction will be addressed. This is designed to prepare social workers to utilize evidence-based practices to address the needs of families who are impacted by substance abuse.

3 CEHs

March 23, 2018
9 a.m.-noon

A History of Mental Health Treatment in Missouri: 1800's to Present - 4/20

Don Linhorst, Ph.D., M.S.W.

This presentation examines the history of mental health treatment in Missouri organized around the four historical phases of treatment ranging from the Colonial period to the present. For each phase of treatment, information is first presented at the national level to provide a context for local treatment.

Emphasis is placed on the disempowerment of people with mental illness experienced through their mental health treatment and its implications for understanding and addressing the fear that many people currently have of the mental health system.

3 CEHs

April 20, 2018
9 a.m.-noon

Licensure Test Preparation for LMSW and LCSW - 5/3-4


This course is designed to help prepare social workers to successfully pass the ASWB, LMSW and LCSW exams. The School of Social Work has partnered with LEAP (Licensing Exam Preparation Services, LLC) to provide this course for students, alumni and other area social workers.

The course includes a thorough review of the test areas such as theories, diagnoses using DSM 5, therapy and practice methods, research, cultural competency, micro, mezzo and macro social work methods. A study book with a practice exam is included with taking the course. In addition, the course will include successful test taking strategies.

This event is for unlicensed social workers and is not offered for continuing education credit.

May 3, 2018
5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.

May 4, 2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Professional Practice Institute - 5/21-23

Evidence-Based Practices For Individuals with Autism and Their Families with Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA. This course will provide evidenced-based interventions in working with people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Assessment and treatment approaches for individuals with ASD will include behavioral, academic, socio-emotional and vocational areas of practice. Strategies for caregivers, family/siblings and the larger community will be discussed as well.

Men of Color, Myths and Health: What social work and public health practitioners should know about health disparities and engaging individuals, community and systems with support with Gabriel Carrillo, M.S.W., and Rohan Jeremiah, Ph.D., M.P.H.

This course begins with a global focus on HIV and AIDS, and expands to other co-occurring chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, substance use, mental health, violence and other issues facing men of color. It will examine common psychological reactions to living at risk, common myths, community and cultural practices that intersect with gendered expressions of masculinity that influence men of color health behaviors. It will cover knowledge and skills in cultural competent assessment and intervention planning.

19.5 CEHs

May 21, 22 and 23, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

So You Think This is Ethical?* - 9/7

So You Think This is Ethical?* with Rich Hennicke, M.S.W., LCSW

The session will provide opportunities to examine and evaluate values and ethics through a variety of client groups and practice situations. Participants will explore the often-competing values of individuals, groups, and communities.

Ethical principles from the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, and the Codes of Ethics of the National Association of Black Social Workers and the International Federation of Social Workers will be discussed as these apply to the situations identified. The session will explore the benefits and challenges of identifying and applying contextual priorities to decision making in order to enhance ethical competence with clients.

*Fulfills ethics requirement
September 7, 2018
9 a.m.-noon

 3 CEHs

Integrating Finances into Social Work Practice - 9/7

Integrating Finances into Social Work Practice with Julie Birkenmaier, Ph.D., M.S.W.

This session will focus on the integration of client finances and asset building with social work practice as a key component of client well-being. Key financial information will be presented to enhance work with clients. This will include a range of topics from budgeting, goal-setting, saving, and building credit. Highlighted will be practical ways to integrate financial work into direct social work practice with financially vulnerable clients.

September 7, 2018
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

3 CEHs

Integrating Mind/Body/Spirit Techniques into Social Work Practice - 10/19

Sue Tebb, Ph.D., LCSW
Laurie Brockhaus, LCSW

Many social service providers and mental health practitioners rely on yoga for their own self-care and also recognize it as an effective complementary and integrative health therapy for mental health/health issues. This workshop will introduce yoga philosophy as it pertains to social work values and ethics and will address the benefits of integrating yoga and mindfulness techniques into social work practice.

The presenters will introduce specific yoga movements, breathwork and meditation practices intended to lessen the symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD and other mental health/health issues.

6 CEHs

October 19, 2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Supervision Refresher for Licensure Supervisors** - 11/9

Pamela Huggins, M.S.W., LCSW

This advance level “refresher” course is designed to be taken by the supervisor who has already completed a 16-hour supervision course and is supervising licensees and who must take a 3-hour renewal course each license cycle to continue as a “qualified supervisor for licensure” in Missouri.  This course reviews issues associated with the current literature pertinent to social work supervision.

These may include: ethical considerations and cultural, gender or socioeconomic considerations, and challenging supervision scenarios. In addition, there will be a review of the current supervision rules and small group sharing on aspects of supervision.

3 CEHs

**Fulfills license board requirement
November 9, 2018
9 a.m.-noon