​​​​​​​Professional Development Courses


As the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic have set in, social workers have had to make major changes in the way that they practice. Our School offered a series of FREE webinars to help professionals navigate the challenging issues they are facing. 

  • Social Work Professor and ethics expert Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, helped nearly 170 professionals recognize and respond to ethical issues arising from these new realities. Watch the replay here! 
  • MSW Alum and Adjunct Instructor John Puls, LCSW, MCAP addressed the challenges faced by those with substance use disorder, as well as those in recovery, offering tools and available community resources.
  • Instructor Donna Drucker, LCSW reminded us all of the need for self care for caring professionals, especially during these stressful times.
  • DSW Alum Erin McNamee, LCSW, DSW, helped professionals identify and navigate client trauma, particularly with the use of telehealth.
  • Crystal Morris, MS, founder and CEO of One Caring Adult, and Jeffrey Shearer, ACSW, MCAP, LCSW, Adjunct Instructor, with guest speaker Vaughn Crichlow, Ph.D., Assoc. Dean and Asst. Professor in the FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, also offered two workshops, Moving from Diversity to Justice, to create a safe space to learn about our personal biases and begin the journey towards systemic change that comes from adopting a new mindset, not harboring guilt or shame.


To honor social distancing guidelines and continue meeting your professional development needs, all Professional Development courses have been moved to Zoom, a synchronous online platform, until further notice. We believe that, under the circumstances, a “live” virtual experience will provide the richest possible learning environment, while also helping to protect everyone’s well-being. Check out the courses below and register today!

Our courses 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), as well as the Florida Certification Board (#5350-A) and the Council on Social Work Education. Many states accept CEUs from CSWE-accredited institutions in other states.


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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.


Doctor of Social Work Program Information Session

We are pleased to announce that our October 2020 Doctor of Social Work Information Session will be presented via Zoom, on Monday, October 21, from 6-7:30pm.
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Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement 

The Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement is thrilled to launch their online programming this fall. They are on a mission to enrich and nurture the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community members.

They will be offering a wide range of classes including yoga, healthy eating, meditation as well as other self-care topics.  We are very excited to offer this programming at this most challenging time in our world. 
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​Save The Dates - Featured CEU Courses through 2021!


​* We are continuing to evaluate dates, times, and locations for spring courses to honor social distancing guidelines and continue meeting your professional development needs. Please check each course for updates.


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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Certificate Course

Modules may be taken separately or as a full certificate course

Presenter: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC

Module 1:

  • Date/Time: Friday, October 16, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until October 2, 2020
  • CEUs: 6


Module 2:

  • Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, October 17-18, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $350; $300 Early Bird until October 3, 2020
  • CEUs: 12


Module 3:

  • Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, October 31-November 1, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $350; $300 Early Bird until October 17, 2020
  • CEUs: 12


Module 4:

  • Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $350; $300 Early Bird until October 31, 2020
  • CEUs: 12


 Full Certificate Cost: $1175

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Basic Training

  • Presenter: Claire Mauer, MA, NCC, LMHC
  • Dates/Times:
  • Part 1: Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 2020, 8:30am-5pm, ends 4pm Sunday only
  • Part 2: Friday – Sunday, December 4-6, 220, 8:30am-5pm, ends 4pm Sunday only
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $1225
  • CEUs: 40


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LCSW Exam Prep Course

  • Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW
  • Date/Time: Sunday, January 24, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until January 10, 2021
  • CEUs: none

or

  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • Location: FAU, Boca Raton campus, Social Work Auditorium, SO 112
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until April 24, 2021
  • CEUs: none


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Sandtray Interventions: Foundations and Practice Across the Lifespan

  • Presenter: Tamara Gilarski, LCSW, RPT-S
  • Date/Time: Friday, February 19, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • Location:  FAU, Boca Raton campus, Social Work Auditorium, SO 112
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until February 5, 2021
  • CEUs: 6


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

  • Presenter: Crystal Gill, LCSW, RPT-S
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 19, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Location:  FAU, Boca Raton campus, Social Work Auditorium, SO 112
  • Cost: $195; Early Bird $170 until March 5, 2021
  • CEUs: 6 (also approved for APT CE)


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​Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Caring for the Mind in Conflict


  • Presenter: Manny John González, PhD, LCSW-R
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • Location:  FAU, Boca Raton campus, Social Work Auditorium, SO 112
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until February 5, 2021
  • CEUs: 6


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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship

  • Presenter: Michael Barnett, MA, EdS, LPC
  • Dates/Times: Thursday-Sunday, April 29 – May 2, 2021, 9am-5pm
  • Location:  FAU, Boca Raton campus, Social Work Auditorium, SO 112
  • Cost: $975; Early Bird $850 until April 1, 2021
  • CEUs: 28


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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate Course

  • Presenters: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW; Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP
  • Dates/Times: Monday – Friday, May 10-14, 2021
  • Location: FAU, Boca Raton campus, Social Work Auditorium, SO 112
  • Cost: $825; $700 Early Bird until April 26, 2021
  • CEUs: 40


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Student and Faculty Conference Presentations


Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, will be presenting a session on “Averting gun violence in schools: Ethical responses to serious but ‘non-imminent’ risks”, at the Council on Social Work Education virtual conference on November 19, 2020



​Student and Faculty Research and Publications


Juyoung Park, MSW, Ph.D, associate professor, along with her colleague (Lilah Besser at Department of Urban and Regional Planning) submitted a manuscript that was recently accepted for publication in Health and Place. The title of manuscript is Association between neighborhood park space and cognition in older adults vary by US location: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Dr. Park and Dr. Bessler used the national data (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) from six US cities/counties that is a population-based longitudinal cohort study of subclinical cardiovascular disease.

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