Social Work Continuing Education Online Courses

Options for Ongoing Learning

At the Graduate School of Social Work, learning doesn’t stop at graduation. We provide a wide range of continuing education (CE) offerings for alumni and the wider community. Due to COVID-19, all continuing education opportunities are now 100% online, but we hope to also gather safely in person in the future. 

With diversity, equity and inclusion as our guiding principles, we cover topics that will help you enhance your professional skills, examine your own identities and how they interact with your work, and advocate for social justice in the spaces you occupy.

All workshops include CE credits approved for clinical social work licensure in the State of Colorado. CE credits are equivalent to contact hours and they do not include accredited CEUs; check your local regulations if you are licensed in another state or for another profession.

Types of GSSW Continuing Education

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Practitioner Series

We offer regular workshops on a variety of topics ranging from clinical practice to organizational leadership. These virtual trainings are typically 1-4 hours in length and meet the requirements for clinical social work licensure in the State of Colorado. 

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Civic Series

These workshops are a series of continuing education workshops designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to create social change. These lower cost workshops allow individuals to grow in their understanding of relevant issues, regardless of their discipline or level of experience. Join fellow changemakers to explore the issues that matter most. 

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Post-Master's Certificates

Our post-master's certificates offer the opportunity for professionals to develop new expertise or expand their skill set in an area of specialty. Although workshops are designed with a foundation of social work values, they are open to professionals in all disciplines. You'll earn a certificate of completion from the Graduate School of Social Work.

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Practitioner Series

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Beyond the Color Line: Reconciliation and Healing Strategies with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and Social Work Practice

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. (MST), 3 CEs

Expanding an earlier workshop in 2020 (The Color Line), Beyond the Color Line takes a deeper dive into practical and real-world reconciliation and healing strategies while working with BIPOC. Taking anti-racism work to the next level, social work practitioners from across a variety of fields will look at individual and systems theory of behavior change that is meaningful and operational.  

Attendees will focus on three core competencies through a Critical Race Theory lens. With an emphasis on diversity and inclusive values and ethics, attendees will be immersed in social justice language and practical steps to achieve racial and social equity. Beyond the Color Line covers the following topics and modules:  

  • THEY Don’t Really Care About Us: Addressing Systemic Racism and White Supremacist Culture  
  • The Four Stages of Reconciliation with BIPOC
  • How to Heal Oppression and Marginalization: Rebuilding Trust with Children, Youth, Families and Communities of Color  

By the end of this training, attendees will be challenged to consider their commitment to reconciliation, healing and improving outcomes of BIPOC communities by creating an individual and collective impact equity plan.    

Cost: 

  • $60 (General)
  • $54 (Alumni, faculty, field, staff and DU colleagues)
  • $30 (GSSW student)
  • Bio: Aaron R. Green Sr.

    Aaron R. Green Sr. is a social case worker supervisor with eight years of professional experience working as a social worker in the field of child welfare. Aaron is the co-lead for the Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion (DEA&I) Committee for the City and County of Denver, which is a dedicated task force examining racial equity. Aaron is on the Board of Directors for the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, and adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Aaron is an alum of Colorado State University and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Aaron lives in Aurora, CO with his wife and two sons.  

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Sheltering in Community: Expressive Art Therapy and Visual Journaling as a Vehicle for Healing and Transformation

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (MST), 2 CEs

In these shifting and emotionally challenging times, how do we bring support to those who may feel isolated and without community? Living through a pandemic has stretched most people’s ability to remain resilient and centered. The art of visual journaling offers a place for feelings and emotions to be seen and released, moving beyond the written word and into visual storytelling.  

Narrative therapy using visual journaling, is a simple and effective modality, that uses supplies that most people already have in their homes. In this workshop, you will learn about a person-centered approach to therapeutic visual journaling, that can be applied both in person and also through online group platforms.  

In an effort to learn by doing, the workshop will be hands-on, so please have a few sheets of blank paper, a glue stick or tape, scissors, and a few magazines to utilize during the workshop.

Cost:   

  • $40 (General)
  • $36 (Alumni, faculty, field, staff and DU colleagues)
  • $20 (GSSW Student)
  • Bio: Sheri Gaynor, LCSW

    Sheri Gaynor, LCSW, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist, has been using creativity and experiential modalities for over 30 years. Her book, Creative Awakenings: Envisioning the Life of Your Dreams Through Art, was published by North Light Books in 2009. Sheri has been teaching online for almost 10 years. In response to COVID-19, she supported other artists, social workers and mental health professionals, by offering free online trainings. She collaborates and partners with non-profit organizations to bring experiential modalities to their clients and staff. Sheri has led an online program, Sheltering in Community, since March 2020, as a free monthly group, for those who are seeking an outlet to express their feelings and emotions during this pandemic. This group is co-sponsored by The Art Base in Basalt, Colorado. 

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Self-Mastery with the Enneagram: Communication and Feedback

Monday, February 15, 2021, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (MST), 2 CEs

This workshop will present an overview of the nine Enneagram types and their communication styles, including a discussion of the impact, type-based listening, body language and blind spots of each type. Utilizing methodology and training based on the teachings of Ginger Lapid-Bogda of the Enneagram in Business, as well as masters such as Russ Hudson and Helen Palmer, we will engage in practices to develop your communication strengths and address problem areas, learn how to be best understood, and how to recognize your impact with written and verbal communication. Additionally, participants will learn and engage in practical and applicable strategies for effectively giving and receiving feedback to others, both in professional and personal settings.  

Cost: 

  • $40 (General)
  • $36 (Alumni, faculty, field, staff and DU colleagues)
  • $20 (GSSW Student)
  • Bio: Margot Burns

    Margot Burns is a Denver-based counselor who was introduced to the Enneagram in 2006. It was so transformative in helping her align with her core values, she became a certified trainer as well as a professional coach. That training enhanced every aspect of being a two-time entrepreneur and the work she has done as a rehabilitation/career counselor and expert witness. Using the Enneagram as a foundation, she has worked with individuals, small groups, and organizational leadership teams since 2014. Her most recent certification as a Gray Area Drinking coach, combined with the Enneagram, helps clients embody their inner wisdom, change long-standing patterns, and live with aligned integrity every day - without alcohol.  

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Self-Mastery with the Enneagram: Conflict and Anger

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (MST), 2 CEs

This workshop will present an overview of the nine Enneagram types specifically with regard to the type’s relationship to conflict and anger. While the body types, 8’s, 9’s, and 1’s have anger as their underlying emotion, we all experience this emotion, sometimes in a way that could create conflict or escalate, rather than diffuse an existing conflict. Utilizing methodology and training based on the teachings of Ginger Lapid-Bogda of the Enneagram in Business, as well a model of conflict resolution developed by Jack Sherwood and John Glidewell, we will engage in discussion and practices to understand the strengths, challenges and development tips specific to each type in conflict as well the best strategies for resolving conflict and handling anger responses in each type. Participants will come away with practical strategies for managing their own reactivity and anger responses as well as concrete and applicable conflict-resolution techniques. 

Cost: 

  • $40 (General)
  • $36 (Alumni, faculty, field, staff and DU colleagues)
  • $20 (GSSW Student)
  • Bio: Margot Burns

    Margot Burns is a Denver-based counselor who was introduced to the Enneagram in 2006. It was so transformative in helping her align with her core values, she became a certified trainer as well as a professional coach. That training enhanced every aspect of being a two-time entrepreneur and the work she has done as a rehabilitation/career counselor and expert witness. Using the Enneagram as a foundation, she has worked with individuals, small groups, and organizational leadership teams since 2014. Her most recent certification as a Gray Area Drinking coach, combined with the Enneagram, helps clients embody their inner wisdom, change long-standing patterns, and live with aligned integrity every day - without alcohol.  

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Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating 101

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 2-4 p.m. (MST), 2 CEs

This session will take a look at what Intuitive Eating (IE) is (and what it is not). At its core, IE is an evidence-based, weight-inclusive, mind-body eating framework. During our time together, we will discuss the ten foundational IE principles and the common myths about IE, what the science actually says about weight and health and the importance of including the Health at Every Size movement in our social justice work. We will also begin to explore our own narratives around eating, exercise and weight and how our personal stories impact the work we do in mental health.  

Learning objectives:  

  1. Explain what IE is.  
  2. Understand the difference between IE, mindful eating and other eating approaches. 
  3. Debunk common IE myths. 
  4. Understand weight science and the science behind IE.
  5. Describe the Health at Every Size movement.
  6. Identify important pieces of their own personal narratives around eating, exercise and weight. 

Cost:

  • $40 (General)
  • $36 (Alumni, faculty, field, staff and DU colleagues)
  • $20 (GSSW Student)
  • Bio: Shelly Annameier

    Shelly Annameier, MS, is a Marriage and Family Therapist (Candidate) and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor in Fort Collins, CO. Shelly is deeply committed to helping clients return to their authentic selves and strengthen their relationships through therapeutic experiences grounded in self-discovery, community connection, and the natural world. She currently serves as a therapist in private practice, is co-founder of Wildfire Wellbeing, and is a mindfulness guide/yoga instructor (RYT-200) on wilderness trips for True North Treks. 

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Civic Series

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Taking Action for Environmental Justice

Wednesday March 3, 2021, 1-3 p.m. (MST), 2 CEs

Climate change, wildfire, flooding, drought, and pollution now regularly make headlines. Environmental problems like these affect millions of lives, every day. Whether you are a case manager, community organizer, mental health provider, or another kind of social worker or allied professional, this workshop will relate to you and what you do. Environmental justice is social justice, and it calls for urgent action and social change. 

In this workshop, we will cover the definition, origins, and trends in environmental justice and how it relates to social work. We will then cover ways to take political and social action for environmental justice, whether at the organizational, local, state, or national level. Participants will have an opportunity to identify connections between environmental justice and their own professional practice and generate concrete actions as the next steps in their own advocacy for change. 

Cost: 

  • $20 (For All Affiliates)
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Trish Becker-Hafnor

Trish Becker-Hafnor

Director of Community Engagement

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Eden Sabala

Assistant Director of Events

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