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

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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LCSW Exam Prep Course

The best time to take your LCSW exam is right at the end of your MSW when the academic material is still fresh! Learn how to answer the questions by understanding what is expected by test makers. This 6-hour course includes a comprehensive workbook and study aids (including study materials for DSM 5). Seats are limited so do not delay!

  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Room SO250
  • Cost: $150 early bird until April 27, 2019; $175 thereafter
  • CEUs: none


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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 


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


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 


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


 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


 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


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


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


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


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


​​Faculty and Student Conference Presentations 


Dre Johnson, MSW candidate, will be presenting on race and privilege at the Broward Association for Black Administrators Conference on March 22, 2019. 

Students and faculty from the Sandler School of Social Work look forward to participating in NASW’s Legislative Advocacy and Education Day in Tallahassee, on April 2 and 3, 2019. 

Dre Johnson, MSW candidate,
will be presenting a poster presentation on “Preventing Gun Violence in Schools”, at the NASWFL conference in Orlando this June 2019.

Special Events


Phyllis Sandler Heart of Social Work Awards Reception

Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work Director Naelys Luna, MSW, Ph.D, professor, cordially invites you to honor the School's 2019 award recipients:

  • Dhaima Chin - Outstanding Alumnus
  • Transformations Treatment Center - Outstanding Agency
  • Alan Romano - Special Recognition
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 29, 2019 from 5 - 4pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Acura Club, FAU Stadium


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FAU Social Work Career Networking Night

The Florida Atlantic University Career Center and the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, in partnership with Phi Alpha, welcomes employers/agencies to attend the FAU Social Work Networking Night at our Boca Raton campus. This event is designed to provide students an opportunity to network and learn about social work related positions available at various organizations. Additionally, this career event serves as an avenue for employers/agencies to create awareness of their respective company as they seek potential candidates to fill open roles. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 4 - 6pm
  • Location: Boca Raton Campus, Marlene and Harold Forkas Alumni Center


If you have any questions, please contact the FAU Career Center at 561-297-3533 or
recruit@fau.edu.

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Student and Faculty Conference Presentations

On March 1st, David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW, instructor, was the speaker for NASW Palm Beach Chapter Social Work Month. His topic was “The Joy of Being a Social Worker”.

In May, 2019, Dr. Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, JD, professor, will be presenting a workshop for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference in Toronto, entitled “Mediation with Transgender Clients: An Ethnographic Approach.”

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

In March, 2019, the Sandler School of Social Work held a successful Reaffirmation Workshop with the Council on Social Work Education’s Director of Accreditation, Dr. Stacey Borasky. We thank the Levis Jewish Community Center and the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center for providing space to host the workshop.

FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is a proud supporter of “Community Denim Day”, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Encourage your fellow colleagues and social networks to “wear a pair” on Friday, April 26th to raise funds and awareness for Families First of Palm Beach County, which works daily to prevent child abuse

Student and Faculty Achievements and Honors

Congratulations to the FAU’s inaugural DSW class on competing their doctoral studies. For further information about our DSW candidates,
please click here.

Congratulations to Naelys Luna, MSW, Ph.D, for being named Interim Dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry, starting July 1, 2019. Dr. Luna is currently serving as director and professor at the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work.

                                                   Congratulations to Mary Lois Altmann for being awarded the NASW Treasure Coast Student                                                         of  the Year. Awards are considered at the local unit level, and recipients were honored at their                                                       unit’s Social Work Month event in March. Unit winners are then considered at the state level. 



Congratulations to Keren Gonzalez and to Haidee Cano, both MSW candidates, for being awarded Diversity Scholarships to attend the 2019 AFTA Annual Meeting & Open Conference in Oakland, CA on June 20-22. The Diversity Scholarship includes complimentary registration, 1 special event, and the Awards ceremony.



                                                   Congratulations to Haidee Cano for representing the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of                                                             Social Work on April 5th at the FAU Graduate Research Day, and winning first place in                                                                       Community Engaged Research.



The FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work Masters program ranks #3 this year on
graduateprograms.com. The list ranks the top 25 master's in social work degrees as decided by student evaluations.
 
Faculty Research and Publications

 JuYoung Park, MSW, Ph.D, associate professor, recent manuscript, “A Narrative Review of Movement-Based Mind-Body Interventions Effects of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong for Back Pain Patients", has been accepted for publication in Holistic Nursing Practice. Dr. Park collaborated with her colleague at the College of Nursing - Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello. This narrative literature review evaluated the effects of movement-based mind-body interventions (MMBI; yoga, tai chi, qigong) on low back pain.

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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

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(Updated 4/12/19)