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. We cover topics that will help you enhance the professional skills you'll need most during this challenging time. All courses will be taught via Zoom, DU's preferred video conferencing software. Register for an upcoming session below. 

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Trauma-Informed Care

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 1-3 p.m., 2 CE Hours

Led by Bronwyn Hockersmith and Toni Moran, this workshop will share definitions for a common language, offer an overall understanding about how the traumatized brain works, explore what trauma-informed care is, explain why employees/employers should care, and learn how to apply these new practices through case-study presentations and activities. 

Cost: $45 general / $25 affiliate (alumni, adjunct, and field instructors) / free to students (student registration is SOLD OUT) 

  • Bio: Bronwyn Hockersmith

    Bronwyn Hockersmith is a co-owner of Boost Counseling and Consulting. She has 10 years of experience and expertise in crisis intervention, wellness and trauma training, one-on-one counseling, mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology, life coaching, and care coordination. Her passion for trauma-informed care and mindfulness came out of her years of experience working within a multitude of human service organizations within the Denver Metro Area. Hockersmith has become a true champion for trauma-informed care as she has witnessed the powerful and positive impact it has had on turnover rates, job satisfaction, client and staff wellness, therapeutic gains for clients, and systemic sustainability for organizations who carry out the principles with their staff and the work they do. Hockersmith has her master’s degree from Regis University in counseling psychology and obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology and international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  

  • Bio: Toni Moran

    Toni Moran is the co-owner of Boost Counseling. In her seven years of experience, Moran has advanced the integration of physical and behavioral health care through education, partnerships and the implementation of community learning collaboratives. Moran has successfully provided education and training to ensure effective communication between providers, community stakeholders and clients. Toni is passionate about research, development and applying strategies that will lead to minimizing barriers to treatment and health care. She is a compassionate facilitator, encouraging and supporting her clients to heal from their past trauma. Moran believes that training in trauma-informed care is necessary for health care providers, as well as employers. She understands the importance of building capacity among providers to deliver whole-person care, while being sensitive to how a variety of experiences over a person’s life may relate to their current health, behaviors and health status. 

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Burn-Out & Creating Sustainable Practices

Thursday, May 28, 1-3 p.m., 2 CE Hours

Burn-Out and Creating Sustainable Practices training will explore the term "burn-out" and support participants in identifying cues of how it shows up in the individual's life. During the workshop, you will break-down how to implement self-care strategies and open up avenues to explore community care. 

Cost: $45 general / $25 affiliate (alumni, adjunct, and field instructors) / free to students (student registration is SOLD OUT) 

  • Bio: Bronwyn Hockersmith

    Bronwyn Hockersmith is a co-owner of Boost Counseling and Consulting. She has 10 years of experience and expertise in crisis intervention, wellness and trauma training, one-on-one counseling, mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology, life coaching, and care coordination. Her passion for trauma-informed care and mindfulness came out of her years of experience working within a multitude of human service organizations within the Denver Metro Area. Hockersmith has become a true champion for trauma-informed care as she has witnessed the powerful and positive impact it has had on turnover rates, job satisfaction, client and staff wellness, therapeutic gains for clients, and systemic sustainability for organizations who carry out the principles with their staff and the work they do. Hockersmith has her master’s degree from Regis University in counseling psychology and obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology and international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  

  • Bio: Toni Moran

    Toni Moran is the co-owner of Boost Counseling. In her seven years of experience, Moran has advanced the integration of physical and behavioral health care through education, partnerships and the implementation of community learning collaboratives. Moran has successfully provided education and training to ensure effective communication between providers, community stakeholders and clients. Toni is passionate about research, development and applying strategies that will lead to minimizing barriers to treatment and health care. She is a compassionate facilitator, encouraging and supporting her clients to heal from their past trauma. Moran believes that training in trauma-informed care is necessary for health care providers, as well as employers. She understands the importance of building capacity among providers to deliver whole-person care, while being sensitive to how a variety of experiences over a person’s life may relate to their current health, behaviors and health status. 

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Nature as Healing

Monday and Tuesday, June 15 & 16, 2020, 10 a.m.-12p.m., 4 CE Hours

In this workshop, become immersed in the healing powers of the natural world. If it's work or family struggles, economic strife, or exposure to social and environmental justice issues, or the current pandemic, many people find themselves in a state of chronic stress. This workshop will provide foundational knowledge on how relationships with nature and wildlife provide grounding, inspiration, healing, and bolster our resilience. The instructors will include presentation-based learning, experiential activities, group discussion, and reflection to demonstrate the importance of relationship to nature and allow you to feel it for yourself and share with others.

Cost: $10 general / $5 affiliate (alumni, adjunct, and field instructors) / free to students 

  • Bio: Sarah Bexell

    Sarah Bexell is the Director of Humane Education with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and Visiting Clinical Associate Professor with the Graduate School of Social Work, both at the University of Denver, Denver. Bexell is also a Senior Advisor with the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Pandas, China. She teaches and does research in the areas of environmental and social sustainability and animal protection. 

  • Bio: Kristen Greenwald

    Kristen Greenwald is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the mental health benefits of connection to nature in micro, mezzo, and macro contexts. Greenwald currently serves as a Nature-Based Mental Health Therapist and a Horticultural Therapist for Wild Nature Wellness and Mind Springs Health in Summit County. Additionally, she provides consultation services to organizations connecting youth and communities to nature through Wild Nature Wellness. Passionate about elevating the importance of nature for human and planetary wellbeing, Greenwald remains involved in related research initiatives, city planning initiatives, and national-level movement building initiatives. 

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Clinical Skills for Online Groups

Wednesday, June 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 CE Hours

As social work practices shifted to a digital platform, we’ve had to act quickly as practitioners to reduce or eliminate interruption of services to our clients.  However, leading a group online requires a different approach and specific clinical skills. If you are currently responsible for leading groups online or would like to prepare for digital practices, please join us for Clinical Skills for Online Groups.  In this training, you will receive specific guidelines for creating an engaging online group that you can tailor to your specific population with new facilitation skills for the online world. 

Cost: $45 general / $25 affiliate (alumni, adjunct, and field instructors) / free to students

  • Bio: Erin Amundson

    Amundson, MA, LPC has run a clinical private practice since 2014 and moved to an all-digital platform in 2017. In addition, Amundson is an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver and Webster Leiden University and has a long history of teaching future social workers and counselors. Amundson began her career in a domestic violence agency serving survivors of intimate partner abuse before she moved on to five years as a child protection social caseworker and eventually into her own practice.

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Disability Justice

Social Work and Disability Justice in the time of COVID-19

Monday, June 22, 1-3 p.m., 2 CE Hours

This workshop will provide a brief overview of how structures and institutions in the United States produce unjust and inequitable outcomes that are grounded in ableism and neurotypicality. We will examine the linkages between structural ableism and the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on increased access through virtual formats and changes to expectations around the meaning of “work.” We also will discuss recent policy changes, organizing initiatives, and other changes that both positively and negatively impact access equity for people with disabilities, chronic illness, and aneurotypicality.  

Through the Social Work Code of Ethics, social workers are tasked with the principles of helping people in need, addressing social problems, and challenging social injustice. In small groups, participants will uphold these ethical principles by applying emancipatory frameworks from community organizing to their own social work practice. Participants will come away with concrete action plans for implementing these frameworks 

Cost: $45 general / $25 affiliate (alumni, adjunct, and field instructors) / free to students 

  • Bio: Rae Jones

    Rae Jones (they/them) is dedicated to social justice, with a focus on disability and racial justice, and brings personal experience of living with chronic illness for over 20 years. Jones worked in the field of education for over 15 years, including the last six years as a classroom teacher at Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School in Denver, CO, and Nature’s Way Montessori in Knoxville, TN. Jones holds a diploma from the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies, and a bachelor of arts in Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University. Jones's teaching incorporates experience as a long-term activist working towards disability justice and equity in its many forms. Jones has led educational workshops on Equity and Inclusion in the Montessori Adolescent Classroom, Disability Justice and Introductions to Race and Privilege. Jones is passionate about empowering people of all ages to move towards more socially just practices in all parts of their lives. 

  • Bio: Ceema Samimi

    Ceema Samimi (they/them) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Denver. Prior to coming to DU, Samimi worked with homeless youth, youth living with HIV, and as a forensic social worker at the Legal Aid Society in New York City. Samimi participated in social justice movements for over 20 years and has conducted on-the-ground and policy work focused on housing, incarceration and youth. Samimi's research interests include dismantling institutional barriers in recognizing youth power and building an environment of community care. They are specifically interested in how policies and structures of youth-serving organizations are influenced by legacies of colonization. Samimi earned their MPA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and MSSW at Columbia University. 

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Compassion Fatigue: Therapy Animals & Animal Care Professionals

Tuesday, July 21, 1-3 p.m., 2 CE Hours

It takes a specific type of person to work with animals. Compassion, dedication, grit, and empathy are critical characteristics for an employee to have. These very same characteristics that allow us to complete our careers can be the same ones that can inhibit us when we are inevitably overworked, under paid, and expected to function with limited resources. We continue our jobs because of our passion and understanding of the power that various animals can bring to our work force and society. Within this workshop we will explore the multifaceted reasons that we, as professionals who work with animals, and the animals themselves, may be experiencing burn out and compassion fatigue. We will dive into the neuroscience behind empathy and explore the critical role that mirror neurons play in our ability to feel for those around us. We will discuss ways in which to combat "burn out" so that both ourselves and our animal companions can continue serving those in need.  

Cost: $45 general / $25 affiliate (alumni, adjunct, and field instructors) / free to students 

  • Bio: Diana Gonzalez

    Gonzalez has been working with animals from a young age. Starting with volunteering at animal rescues in New York, moving on to working at veterinary offices, and then becoming ranch staff and working with horses, it was a natural fit that she would eventually graduate from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work’s Animal-Assisted Social Work program in 2013. Gonzalez then took her animal rescue efforts abroad and acted as the International Director for Global Leadership Adventure’s Thailand Elephant Village Initiative and the Preserving the Galapagos program. Diana currently acts as the Therapeutic Program Director at Urban Peaks Rehab in Denver and the Experiential Coordinator for Spero Rehabilitation in Evergreen, Colorado.  

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

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