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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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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Student and Faculty Conference Presentations


Christine E. Spadola, Ph.D., M.S., LMHC, assistant professor, will be presenting her research in Sleep: Why We Need it and How to Get it, at the Boca Raton Public Library on Thursday, August 15, from 2–3 p.m. Click here for more information.

Heather Howard, Ph.D, MSW, LICSW, assistant professor, will present "Maternal Voices: How to Engage Women with Substance Use Disorder to Healing and Recovery”, at Barry University in Palm Beach Gardens on Monday, October 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. This workshop is sponsored by Retreat Behavioral Health and is approved for 1 contact hour through NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit-North. Registration is FREE for NASW Members and $10 for Non-members.  RSVP is requested but not required.
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Faculty Research and Publications

Congratulations to Heather Howard, Ph.D, MSW, LICSW, assistant professor, for her research being highlighted related to treating pregnant women with opioid use disorders. The Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology recently published an article by Dr. Howard and Katherine Freeman, Ph.D., called the
U.S. Survey of factors associated with adherence to standard of care in treating pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Dr. Howard is an assistant professor in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, and Dr. Freeman is a biostatistics collaborative leader and biostatistician.

Congratulations to Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, on his latest publication, a chapter titled, “Narrative Ethics in Social Work Practice.” This article is published in: S. Marson and McKinney, R. (Eds.). The Routledge handbook of social work ethics and values (Chapter 8). New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138343931

Congratulations to Juyoung Park, MSW, Ph.D, associate professor, on her manuscript that was recently accepted to American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementia for publication. The title is Feasibility of conducting nonpharmacological interventions to manage dementia symptoms in community-dwelling older adults: Cluster randomized control trial. This article is based on the dementia project that was funded by the FAU Division of Research. The cluster randomized control trial examined the feasibility of recruiting older adults in all stages of dementia (mild, moderate, severe) and safely conducting three nonpharmacological interventions (chair yoga, participatory music intervention, chair-based exercise) with them. In addition, the study determined the effect of chair yoga on physical function, behavioral and psychological symptoms, quality of life, and sleep problems in older adults with dementia, compared to music intervention and chair-based exercise. Dr. Park collaborated with the researchers at the College of Medicine, and two students (Victoria Arcay & Yve Lopes) participated in this research project.

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