FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

School Website: https://www.fau.edu/ssw/


(Updated 11/12/19)

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The FAU School of Social Work's MSW program was ranked #2 of Top Social Work Schools for 2017 according to student reviews from GraduatePrograms.com

Professional Development Courses


We are winding down an exciting year for the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University and building momentum for even more expansion.  This is especially true in our Office of Professional Development, where we offer CEUs for social workers and allied mental health professionals.  We are an approved continuing education provider for Florida licensed LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists, School Psychologists, and Nurses, and our courses focus on five areas of practice:   

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


Our CEU courses have seen a 28% enrollment increase in the past year.  In anticipation of even more exciting growth, we are ramping up our course offerings and debuting a new state-of-the-art auditorium for our CEU workshops. Some of our most popular courses for 2019-2020 are listed below. You can also visit our
website for a complete course listing and frequent additions. To make sure you’re the first to know about new courses, you can request email notifications and like us on Facebook for course updates and School news. 

Florida needs every one of us to be on top of our game. It is our pleasure and privilege to help you get there. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

The FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, the Florida Board of Psychology, the Florida Office of School Psychology, and the Florida Board of Nursing (BAP #50-6251).


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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. 

Agency Training Available
With faculty expertise in a variety of clinical areas, we also bring courses to community agencies tailored to their specific needs. Please contact Sara Dochterman, LCSW, at (561) 297-6680 or
sdochter@fau.edu for more information and to discuss your agency’s training needs.


​Save The Dates - Featured CEU Courses for 2019-2020!


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Successful Leadership and Management Strategies in Mental Health

  • Presenter: Umala Rooponarinesihgn, MS
  • Date/Time: Friday, November 15, 2019, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $175
  • CEUs: 6 Administration for LCSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs. All related professionals are welcome


Click here for more information and to register

Changing the Game: Assessment and Treatment of Gaming and Internet Addiction in Children and Families

  • Presenter: Clifford Sussman, MD
  • Date/Time: Friday, December 6, 2019, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $175
  • CEUs: 6


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Treating the Trauma of Infidelity in Couples Work

  • Presenter: Heather Thompson, Ph.D, LCSW
  • Date/Time: Friday, January 24, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until January 10, 2020

A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until January 10. Use Promo Code CouplesStudent at checkout.

  • CEUs: 6


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Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Presenter: Patricia Forde, MA, RN
  • Date/Time: Friday, February 7, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until January 24, 2020


A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until January 24. Use Promo Code ACTStudent at checkout.

  • CEUs: 6


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Building Your Social Service Administrator’s Toolkit

  • Presenters: Stephanie Scott, Ph.D; Janine Ribeiro Chow-Quan, LMHC; Robin Molan, JD
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 2020, 9am-12pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $75; $65 Early Bird until March 6, 2020


A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $50 rate until March 6. Use Promo Code
AdministratorStudent at checkout.

  • CEUs: 3 Admin


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Foundations of Client Centered Play Therapy: What You Need to Get Started

  • Presenter: Crystal Gill, LCSW, RPT
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 24, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $195; $170 Early Bird until April 10, 2020
  • A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $145 rate until April 10. Use Promo Code PlayStudent at checkout.​
  • CEUs: 6


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LCSW Exam Prep Course

  • Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until April 11, 2020


or

  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until May 2, 2020
  • CEUs: none


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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 5-Day Certificate Course

  • Presenters: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW; Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP
  • Date/Time: Monday-Friday, May 11-15, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: $825; $700 Early Bird until April 27, 2020
  • A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $625 rate until April 27. Use Promo Code CBTStudent at checkout.
  • CEUs: 40


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Student and Faculty Conference Presentations

Christine Spadola, Ph.D., M.S., LMHC,
assistant professor in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, discusses how sleep can impact our health and behavior, and how alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine may impact your night of sleep, on the podcast, Ask a Scientist. The podcast is hosted by Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. 
Listen here.

Faculty Research and Publications

Congratulations to Gail Horton, MSW, Ph.D, BSW Coordinator and professor, for the publication of her book, Attachment and Neurobiology: Preconception to Young Adulthood. The book is in final production and should be available for purchase in January, 2020.  For a description of the book, to order a digital review copy, or to receive an announcement when it is available for purchase, please
click here.

Congratulations to Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, for his article, Technology and boundary concerns in social work field education, in the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care.
Click here for details.

Congratulations to Precious Skinner-Osei, Ph.D, instructor; Laura Mangan, MSW candidate, Mara Liggett, MSW candidate; Michelle Kerrigan, MSW candidate; and Jill S. Levenson, LCSW, Ph.D, professor of social work at Barry University, for their research on the need for social work and criminology/criminal justice to work together on justice-involved youth when creating interventions and policies. The research findings will be published under the title: Justice-Involved Youth and Trauma-Informed Interventions, in the Justice Policy Journal, ŸVolume 17, Number 1 (Fall, 2019).