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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. 

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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. 

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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​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 for more information and to discuss your agency’s training needs.

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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Understanding Violence from Neuroscience to Community Practice

The FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Brain Institute are hosting Understanding Violence from Neuroscience to Community Practice. Speakers include Linda Laviano, MSW, Victim Witness Counselor at the Office of the State Attorney 17th Circuit, Broward County; Frank de la Torre, PhD, Chief Assistant Public Defender, Broward County Public Defender’s Office (Retired); and Brandy Macaluso, MSW, Chief Programming Officer, Coalition for Independent Living Options. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jeremy Richman, Founder of The Avielle Foundation and Faculty Lecturer, Yale University Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine.

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 8:30am – 4 pm
  • Location: to be determined
  • Cost: Free to the public
  • CEU’s: 4.5 CEUs will be offered for $50.

Registration information pending.

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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​​Faculty Conference Presentations 

David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW, instructor, presented a workshop, “Substance Use, Sobriety, and GLB Men”, at the 2019 Men’s Health & Wellness Conference in Fort Lauderdale, in January.

FAU partnered with the “Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures” coalition, along with Palm Health Foundation, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, United Way of Palm Beach County, and FAU’s Brain Institute to bring a viewing of the eye-opening documentary Broken Places, by Emmy-winning documentarian Roger Weisberg to FAU. The film was followed by a powerful, insightful panel discussion regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences, resilience and diversity. Panelists were Dr. Loren Berry from Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, Susan Eby from Childnet, Marsha Guthrie from Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Dr. David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW, instructor at the FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, and Erica Whitfield from Palm Beach County School Board. Eddie Stephens from the law firm of Ward Damon moderated. 

FAU has partnered with the Delray Beach Drug Task Force again to bring SUD Talks 2019 to the FAU University Theatre on Saturday, March 9, 2019, 3pm – 5:30pm. This must-see event presents dynamic and engaging speakers who deliver compelling messages: prevention is essential, treatment works, and recovery is attainable and sustainable. It is presented in a symposium format and the audience leaves filled with a call to action and hope. Dr. Heather Howard, MSW, Ph.D, LICSW, assistant professor at the FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, is one of the six featured speakers.

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Professor Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, JD, will 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 Appointments

Donna Drucker, LCSW, instructor, has been elected as President of the South Florida Chapter of EAPA (Employee Assistance Professional Association). The EAPA is a strong network made up of mental health, addictions, labor, and HR Professionals, who come together; to work together; for the overall well-being of all employees by promoting a healthy balance in life. A breakfast CEU workshop/networking meeting is held quarterly, and the annual all day conference is June 21, 2019 at Holy Cross Woman’s Pavilion. EAP Professionals address personal issues, work related issues, and provide Crisis and Disaster Responders, in addition to supplying trainings, consultations, and referrals to our community partners. The South Florida EAP Meeting will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 8am - 10:30am at the Pembroke Park BSO Substation, 3201 W. Hallandale Beach Boulevard Pembroke Park, FL 33023, with Dr. Tenille Richardson-Quamina, LCSW, presenting: “OnLine Addictions – Effective Therapy”.

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Faculty Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Christine E. Spadola, Ph.D, M.S, LMHC, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Danielle Groton, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, were awarded an educational/humanitarian grant from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The grant is titled “Empowering Social Work Students to Promote Sleep Health among Underserved Populations” They will develop an online learning module that will equip social work students with education and training to promote sleep health among their underserved clients, with the overarching goal to promote public health through the promotion of healthy sleep practices.

Faculty Research and Publications

Dr. Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, JD, professor, has published the two following articles:

  • Barsky, A. E. (2019). Ethics Alive! Religious freedom and social work: Ethics of referring clients. The New Social Worker, 26(1), 4-5. Retrieved from
  • Barsky, A. E. (2018). Serious imminent harm to non-identifiable others: Updated exceptions to confidentiality.Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 23, 342-353. doi:10.18084/1084-7219.23.1.341

Congratulations to Christine Spadola, Ph.D, MS, LMHC, assistant professor, for an article featured on Harvard Catalyst’s website describing Dr. Spadola’s research on sleep and low-income communities, her training at Harvard Medical School, and her transition to FAU.

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