Professional Development Courses

Addiction Certificate Approval

FAU is proud to announce that the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work has received the Florida Certification Board approval letter and certificate to be able to offer the Addiction Certificate in Fall 2019. This is very important as students will now be able to complete all required state content hours for the CAP/MCAP. 

Doctor of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Program

Information Session
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6pm -7:30pm
Room: ED 113, Education Building

The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is pleased to host the Doctor of Social Work Program (DSW) Information Session. The Information Session will outline the key features of the doctoral program and the benefits of pursuing clinical social work doctoral education at Florida Atlantic University. Potential applicants will be introduced to the doctoral program’s structure, curriculum and admission process. The Doctoral Program Coordinator, Dr. Manny J. González, will be present to answer any questions that you might have about the program and pursuing doctoral education at this point in your professional career.  

We look forwarding to meeting you—and learning more about your interest in our Doctor of Social Work Degree Program—at our upcoming Information Session. 

RSVP: If you plan to attend the Information Session, kindly confirm your attendance by emailing Dr. Manny J. González, Doctoral Program Coordinator, at:   . 

Directions to Florida Atlantic University/Boca Raton Campus may be found
at this link.

Did you know?

Funds raised through the Office of Professional Development provide students’ scholarships and assistantships, and support faculty and students with research projects, attendance and presentations at national and international conferences, and other projects related to advancing our school's academic excellence and community engagement. 

We offer CEU training courses in 5 Areas of Focus:

  1. Addiction
  2. Trauma
  3. Administration, Supervision, and Macro Practice
  4. Contemplative Practices
  5. Advanced Clinical Skills in Child, Adult, and Elderly Care

We are an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, the Florida Board of Psychology and the Florida Board of Nursing (BAP #50-6251).

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Coming in Spring 2019!

Loving with the Brain in Mind: A Relational-Neurobiological Approach to Couple Therapy
Distressed couples often get caught up in mutual blame and cycles of emotional reactivity. This workshop explores the psychodynamic, interpersonal, intergenerational, cultural, and neurobiological processes that shape these cycles. Based on the latest studies from neuroscience as well as relationship research, Dr. Fishbane presents an integrative approach that empowers couples to transform their interpersonal dynamics. Interventions are offered to increase skills of social and emotional intelligence, including emotion regulation, empathy, equality, respect, and generosity.

  • Presenter: Mona Fishbane, Ph.D.
  • Dates/Times: Monday and Tuesday, February 11th-12th, 2019, 9am – 5pm
  • Location: Boca Raton campus, Student Union Majestic Palm Room
  • Cost: $295 early bird until January 28; $345 thereafter
  • CEUs: 14

A discounted block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton by Hilton Boca Raton for out of town participants in this workshop.

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Cultivating Mindfulness and Presence in Relationship
This course is an opportunity to experience how mindfulness enriches personal development, supports relational attunement, and enhances therapeutic relationships. It will offer an introduction and a deepening of the practice of interpersonal mindfulness through learning the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause – Relax – Open – Attune to Emergence – Listen Deeply – Speak the Truth. 

  • Presenter: Phyllis Hicks, D.Min, NCLPC
  • Dates/Times:
  • Friday, March 8, 2019, 1pm – 5pm
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9am – 12pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus; Student Union Majestic Palm Room
  • Cost: $295 early bird until February 8; $345 thereafter
  • CEUs: 14

To enhance the retreat format, participants are encouraged to stay nearby. A discounted block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Boca Raton for participants who wish to have a full retreat experience or are from out of town.

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Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
Accumulating evidence is moving us away from moral, criminal and reductive disease models toward viewing the spectrum of substance use as a psychobiosocial process that is multiply meaningful and varies on multiple dimensions in ways that are unique to each person. This shift implies the need for a personalized, integrative harm reduction psychotherapy for problematic substance users.

  • Presenter: Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D
  • Dates/Times: April 5-7, 2019, 9am – 4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, room TBD
  • Cost: $475 early bird until March 8; $525 thereafter
  • CEUs: 18

A discounted block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Boca Raton for out of town participants in this workshop.

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CBT 5 Day Certificate Course
Proficiency in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an area of clinical expertise that remains in high demand in all areas of practice. Obtaining a certificate in CBT from a regionally accredited university will distinguish your resume as well as communicate to your clients and potential employers a level of sophisticated clinical acumen. This certificate program will extend CBT theory beyond the introductory graduate course level. This program is open to anyone with a graduate degree in Social Work or a related field, or currently enrolled as a graduate student in Social Work or a related field.

  • Presenters: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW and Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, CAP
  • Dates/Times: May 6-10, 2019, 9am – 4pm
  • Location: Boca Campus, Location TBA
  • Cost: $695 early bird until April 26th; $745 thereafter
  • CEUs: 40

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NEW! LCSW Exam Prep Course

As you may have heard, the Florida Board of Social Work has changed its policy regarding when Registered Clinical Social Work Interns are able to take the Clinical Social Work Exam for licensure. This was a result of notification from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the administrator of the exam, that Florida was out of compliance with its policies which require Registered Interns to complete their supervised experience prior to taking the exam.

While the Florida Board plans to apply for a waiver from this requirement, for now, those who were Registered Clinical Social Work Interns prior to November 1, 2018, are able to take the exam at any time. Those approved as Registered Interns on November 1, 2018, or later must wait until they complete their 100 hours of supervision prior to registering for the exam.

Since the policy is subject to change again, we have heard from many Registered Interns that they want to take the exam as soon as possible. To support those social workers, we have added an LCSW Exam Prep Course on Sunday, January 13, 2019. A spring course is scheduled for May 11, 2019.

If that describes you, sign up today, as space is limited!

  • Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW
  • Date/Time: Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBA
  • Cost: $150 early bird until December 30, 2018; $175 thereafter
  • CEUs: none

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​​Faculty Conference Presentations 

Professor Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, JD, will be presenting a national webinar for NASW on “Managing Ethical Dilemmas through Interest-Based Conflict Resolution” on December 12, 2018.

Professor Allan Barsky will also be presenting on “Racism and Religious Bigotry: Preparing Students for Brave Conversations” at the BPD Social Work Education Conference in Jacksonville, in March 2019.

Students and faculty from the Sandler School of Social Work look forward to participating in NASW’s Legislative Advocacy and Education Days in Tallahassee, on April 2 and 3, 2019.

Faculty Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Heather Howard, Ph.D, LCSW, on winning the Educator of the Year Award for the NASW Palm Beach Unit. 

Congratulations to Dr. Christine E. Spadola, Ph.D, M.S, LMHC, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Danielle Groton, Ph.D, Assistant Professor.  Their project “Empowering social work students to promote sleep health among underserved populations” was chosen for funding from the AASM Foundation.  The foundation reviewed a large number of high quality proposals which made the selection process very competitive.  The funding of this project is a clear evidence of the outstanding work Drs. Spadola and Groton submitted and will be doing in the near future. 

Congratulations to Manny Gonzalez, Ph.D, LCSW-R, Associate Professor and DSW Coordinator, and Joy McClellan, LCSW, MSW Program Coordinator, for the hard work they have done with the Graduate College.  Thanks to their efforts, the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler

School of Social Work received one Presidential Fellowship for doctoral students and four Provost’s Fellowships for MSW students from the Graduate College for next year. 

                                                    Congratulations to Juyoung Park, MSW, Ph.D, Associate Professor, for being awarded as a                                                            fellow of  the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Health Science section. Dr. Park was                                                                honored during  the GSA Annual Scientific meeting in Boston, November 2018.


Student and Alumni Awards

                                                         Congratulations to FAU Social Work Graduate Student, Sara Matsuzaka, for winning the                                                                 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Feminist Manuscript Award for her paper: Trans                                                               Feminine Sexual Violence Experiences: The Intersection of Transphobia and Misogyny. The                                                               award was presented in November at the CSWE 64th Annual Program Meeting in Orlando.

Tajae Stringer, Senior BSW Student, was crowned Homecoming Queen 2018. Please click here to read about Tajae.

Faculty Research and Publications

Congratulations to LeaAnne DeRigne, Ph.D, MSW, Associate Professor, for her research in the November 2018 article in Bloomberg News: Paid Sick Leave Benefits Help Alleviate Worker Financial Stress.
Please click here to read the article.

Congratulations to Nancy Brown, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, and Lydia Bartram, MSW, Director of the Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development, for the publication of the article: New Interdisciplinary Possibilities: Learning together in an early childhood lab school. The article focuses on the interdisciplinary work they are doing with students at the Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development. To link to this article:

Congratulations to Juyoung Park, MSW, Ph.D, Associate Professor, for her manuscript: A Pilot Study of the Effects of Chair Yoga and Chair-Based Exercise on Biopsychosocial Outcomes in Older Adults With Lower Extremity Osteoarthritis, which has been accepted with minor revisions for publication to Holistic Nursing Practice. Dr. Park collaborated on this manuscript with Dr. Ruth McCaffrey of the FAU College of Nursing, and Dr. David Taylor, Mercer University.

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