Professional Development Courses


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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
sdochter@fau.edu for more information and to discuss your agency’s training needs.

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

DBT Certificate Course (42 total CEUs)

Module 1: Introduction and Overview of DBT Basics: Principles, Development, and Research


  • Presenter: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC
  • Date/Time: Friday, September 6, 2019. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 6


Module 2: DBT Common Protocols and the Biosocial Theory

  • Presenter: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC
  • Date/Time: Friday-Saturday, September 27-28, 2019. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 12


Module 3: Strategies in DBT

  • Presenter: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC
  • Date/Time: Friday-Saturday, October 18-19, 2019. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 12


Module 4: Case Conceptualization and DBT

  • Presenter: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC
  • Date/Time: Friday-Saturday, November 8-9, 2019. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 12 


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Infant Mental Health: Basic Principles and Long-Term Impact of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood

  • Presenter: Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP
  • Date/Time: Friday, October 11, 2019. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 6


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LCSW Exam Prep Course

  • Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW
  • Date/Time: Sunday, November 3, 2019. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD


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  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 2020. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD


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  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 16, 2020. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: none 


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Successful Leadership and Management Strategies in Mental Health

  • Presenter: Umala Rooponarinesihgn, MS
  • Date/Time: Friday, November 15, 2019. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 6 Admin


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 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. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • 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. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 6


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Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Presenter: Patricia Forde, MA, RN
  • Date/Time: Friday, February 7, 2020. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • 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. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • 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. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 6


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CBT 5-Day Certificate Course

  • Presenters: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW; Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP
  • Date/Time: Monday-Friday, May 4-8, 2020. Time TBD
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 40


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​​Faculty and Student Conference Presentations 


David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW, instructor, presented at the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach. His talk was entitled “Ask a Sex Therapist”, which was a Q&A about sexual concerns and reproductive health.

MFP master’s fellow and Florida Atlantic University provost fellow Dre Johnson is conducting research with professors about the evolution of clinical social work and how social workers can play a role in preventing mass shootings in schools. Dre will present on this topic at the
NASW-FL Annual Social Work Conference, to be held June 13–15 in Orlando, FL. In his internship at Broward County Public Schools Dre serves as a dependency court liaison, helping support children and families entering the foster care system by providing a link to direct services in the community and working with students to meet their mental health needs. Learn more about Dre here.

Linda Laviano, MSW, adjunct, and Dr. Gail Chewning, MSW, Ph.D, professor, will be presenting at the South Florida EAPA 2019 Conference on Friday, June 21..

Special Events


On March 29, 2019, the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work hosted the 8th annual Phyllis Sandler Heart of Social Work Event. The event honored a field agency as well as a special alumnus, and raised over $50,000 that will provide scholarships for Social Work students in our program. 

                                       On Feb 3 of 2018, Alan Romano, MSW candidate, was involved in a very serious accident that nearly                                              took his life and landed him in the hospital for two weeks. The medical personnel on the scene of the                                           accident assessed him, and anticipated that this would be a fatal situation. Alan was taken to a                                                         trauma center, to get the most appropriate services. He experienced several injuries to his face and                                              skull  from the accident, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. He had several broken bones in his spinal                                          cord. Alan underwent two surgeries to repair his clavicle bone and nose, due to injuries sustained in                                              the accident, and was in an induced coma for 4 days.  Alan attempted to return to school 14 days after                                           his discharge from the Hospital, again showing his perseverance and determination to complete his Masters of Social work degree.  Realizing this was probably too much on him physically, he made the proactive decision to withdraw from classes that semester. As a social worker, it is important to be self-aware and practice self-care. A year later, Alan has been able to return to classes, is completing a clinical level internship and will graduate at the end of this semester with his MSW!  Through his positive demeanor, fortitude and love for our profession- he exemplified the Heart of Social Work. 


Student and Faculty Achievements and Honors


Congratulations Class of 2019! On Thursday, May 2, 2019, 289 bachelor students, 139 masters students and 9 doctoral students – including the inaugural cohort of the first Doctor of Social Work program (DSW) in the state of Florida – accepted their diplomas from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. To all of our graduates, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs. Click here for more information. 

FAU Graduates First Doctor of Social Work Class. The DSW degree is the first program of its kind to be offered in the state of Florida. The following four students received the Doctor of Social Work degree on May 2:

  • Dr. Phoenix J. Adams Dissertation/Capstone Research Study Title: The Impact of Involvement in Residential Treatment of Persons with Substance Use Disorder on Family Members: A Mixed Methods Study
  • Dr. Jaime-Lee G. Conner Dissertation/Capstone Research Study Title: Factors Associated with Health-Related Quality of Life and Coping Styles among Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Dr. Taryn M. Jaramillo Dissertation/Capstone Research Study Title: The Relationship between Spirituality and Compassion Levels among Veterans Healthcare Administration Trauma Clinicians
  • Dr. Leslie A. Meskin Dissertation/Capstone Research Study Title: A Pilot Trial of Confident Body, Confident Child in the United States


Two other doctoral students will complete the degree requirements in August, and a third in December for a total of seven doctoral students.
Click here for more information about our DSW Graduates.



















Congratulations to Robin Rubin, MSW, instructor, for being awarded the Weppner Center for LEAD and Service-Learning “Faculty Change Agent of the Year”. 









 
Congratulations to Christine Spadola, M.S., LMHC, Ph.D, assistant professor, for her participation as a subject matter expert in a story about sleep deprivation. Dr. Spadola was contacted recently by Lattice Publishing, following an article detailing Dr. Spadola’s research that was published in
Harvard Catalyst in January of this year. The Lattice Publishing story was picked up by over 100 press outlets, including NBC-2 and WiscNews

Incoming MSW Student and Provost Fellow, Leneesha Nash, who has a bachelor’s in HCA and an MBA, will be completing her field placement at Children’s Service’s Council Broward, where she will be on a team coordinating a community based, participatory action research project funded through the Florida Institute for Child Welfare. The project team will be engaging, organizing, training, and supporting the efforts of the co-researchers (residents of the identified zipcodes with the lived experience of the child welfare system) who will be collecting data and deriving research questions and identifying action steps towards addressing the overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare system.

Faculty Research and Publications

Allan Barsky’s, MSW, Ph.D, professor, most recent ethics article, “Dialogues on gun violence: The role of social work values and principles” in the New Social Worker, can be found
Here or Here

JuYoung Park, MSW, Ph.D,
associate professor, recent manuscript, Self-reported prescription drug use for pain and for sleep and incident frailty, was recently accepted to Journal of the American Geriatric Society.  Dr. Park, along with her colleagues from Oregon Research Institute, had conducted a longitudinal study to estimate incident frailty risks of prescription drugs for pain and for sleep in older US adults. They used data from the Health and Retirement Study, which is a nationally representative longitudinal cohort of older Americans. It was found that prescription pain and sleep drug use is significantly associated with increased incidence of frailty.

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(Updated 5/9/19)

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