Professional Development and Continuing Education

Welcome to the professional development and continuing education program offered by the Howard University School of Social Work. Tailored for social workers, human service agents, and professionals in allied fields, our training and certificate programs are designed to equip you with the latest knowledge and essential skills crucial for excelling in your career and effecting positive change. Our mission is to address your professional development and career advancement aspirations through continuing education initiatives, enhancing your capacity to confront issues plaguing our society and to empower, uplift, and strengthen the communities in which we serve. 

Our Programs:

  • Continuing Education Workshops: We offer a variety of workshops through the year on topics such as cultural competence, trauma-informed care, ethics, health and wellness, gerontology, technological advancement and more.
  • Certificate Programs: Our certificate program is tailored for emerging leaders and professionals seeking diverse perspectives and innovative strategies to leadership in the human service and non-profit sectors.
  • Customized Training: We also work with organizations to develop customized training programs tailored to their specific needs and goals.

Why Us:

  • Expert Faculty: Learn from experienced faculty and professionals in the field of social work that are committed to your professional growth.
  • Continuing Education Credit: Earn CE credit and maintain your professional licensure while enhancing your skills and knowledge.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow professionals and expand your network through our professional development courses and/or certificate programs.

For more information contact:

Kathelon Toliver, Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Planning
Phone: 202-250-5046
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


Upcoming Professional Development Courses

Breaking the Cycle: A Social Work Approach to Childhood Adolescence Trauma

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2024 at 10:00AM
Facilitator: Kendra S. Sims, LCSW, MSW
Dangerfield Institute of Urban Problems and Guardians of Love Foster Family Agency

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Course Summary:

This course delves into strength-based, trauma-informed care, providing participants with the skills to understand and address the complex interplay between reasons, feelings, and behaviors resulting from trauma exposure. Participants will learn to assess the historical causes of trauma and develop effective strategies to support children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

A key component of the course is the exploration of the cognitive triangle, enabling participants to understand and utilize various treatment modalities effectively. Additionally, the course emphasizes the importance of considering diversity factors that impact clients, ensuring a holistic and inclusive approach to trauma-informed care.(3 CE Credit)

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of trauma, including a working definition and the four types of trauma.
  • Explore the neurology of trauma, focusing on brain development in children and adolescents.
  • Examine the distinction between discipline and abuse, understanding the critical transition points.
  • Analyze the long-term and short-term mental health effects of early onset trauma.

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Past Events

Speaking Through Colors: Self-Expression Through Art and Using Playback Theater to Transform the World

Date: February 22, 2024 10am-1pm 
Shanell Kitt, LMSW, MFA, Henry Street Settlement
Kimberley Dailey, MSW, Co-CEO Daily Innovations Inc.
Robert Cosby, PhD. MSW, MPhil, Associate Professor, Director, Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center

Participants in this training acquired practical tools to integrate artistic means into their therapeutic toolkit and learned how the use of Playback Theater helped individuals cope with life's challenges through building insight, collaboration, and innovation. (3 CE Credit)

Part I: Self Expression Through Art

  1. Participants learned how to harness the impact of self-expression.
  2. They gained awareness of creative modalities to empower clients.
  3. They explored the intersection of creativity and therapeutic practice to enhance client agency and resilience.
  4. They developed meaningful connections and deeper understanding through artistic expression.
  5. They developed an understanding of the Black perspective and its application to art therapy.

Part II: Playback Theater

  1. Participants learned how Playback Theater could promote emotionally healthy people and communities.
  2. They heard how Howard University used Playback Theater to galvanize an international community to recognize the positive impact of the African Diaspora.
  3. They experienced a Playback Theater performance.

Behavioral Health in the Black Community: A Strengths Based Perspective

Date: April 18, 2024
Facilitator: Toni Cole, DBH, LCSW, MSW
CEO, Behavioral Health Solutions 360, Inc. 

Behavioral Health in the Black Community: A Strengths-based Perspective provided a comprehensive overview of the resilience of Black people against institutionalized racism and social constructs designed to upend their mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. The course explored the best practices and innovative approaches utilized by healthcare professionals who treat patients from Black and other marginalized communities of color. It examined the vital role of family and community in shaping racial identity, as well as the historical role of the Black Church and its inherent strengths offered to the community it serves. Finally, the course explored ways in which the Black community is returning to its roots by integrating a holistic, Afro-centric health approach to self-care. (3 CE Credit)

Course Objectives:

  • Highlight the Resilience of the Black Community’s Approach to Behavioral Health
  • Explore Resources Used by the Black Community to Combat Institutionalized Racism in Healthcare
  • Promote Behavioral Health and Holistic Approaches to Care

AI Advancements in Social Work

Date: May 16, 2024 10-11:30am
Facilitator: Dr. Michele L. Shropshire, LCSW, M.S.Ed.

This course aimed to give social workers the fundamental know-how to successfully negotiate the growing nexus between social work practice and technology. The basic concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) were covered, along with the possible advantages and ways it could improve social work services. Identifying and integrating popular and next-wave AI tools and technologies into professional practice received particular focus. Social workers thoroughly evaluated the impact of technology on client engagement, case management processes, and decision-making in social work, ensuring a holistic understanding of its implications. The course also addressed critical considerations, including potential risks, challenges, and ethical concerns associated with using technology in social work, and highlighted the need for progressive research in this growing area of social work. (1.5 CE Credit)

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications in social work.
  2. Explore the potential benefits and opportunities that technology presents for social work practice.
  3. Identify specific AI tools and technologies relevant to social work.
  4. Evaluate the impact of technology on client engagement, case management, and decision-making processes in social work.
  5. Analyze potential risks and challenges associated with using technology, particularly in social work.
  6. The importance of social workers developing research in the use of technology in the profession.

Recorded Trainings

Narrative Healing: Empowerment Through Storytelling

Narrative Healing: Empowerment Through Storytelling- March 21, 2024 

Professional development course presented in collaboration with Presidential Consultants, the Danya Institute, and Howard University School of Social Work. Training provides a holistic understanding of the lived experience narrative and learn to harness its transformative potential. Explore how stories drive community dynamics and develop the skills to connect deeply, promote mental well-being, and foster resilience in the communities we serve. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your professional practice and create a meaningful impact through the personal narrative. 


Kami J. Anderson, Ph.D., Director of Learning Design and Senior Trainer, Presidential Consultants

Deborah Nixon Hughes, LCSW-C, Project Director, Central East Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), The Danya Institute

Video Recording-  
Passcode: z*UBAq+8

*CE Certificates No Longer Available (Live Participation Required)

Military Social Workers and High-Resolution Conflict Resolution

Military Social Workers and High-Resolution Conflict Resolution- November 16, 2023

In honor of National Veterans and Military Families month, we have invited Dr. Michael D. Gatson, an expert in military social work and psychology with issues related to military mental health, to lead a professional development training on “Military Social Workers and High-Resolution Conflict Resolution”. The training is geared towards social workers seeking to make a difference in the lives of veterans and contribute to building peace, reconciliation, and resilience in post-conflict settings. The professional development training will equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to serve veterans effectively and understand the pivotal role social workers play in these critical areas.

Michael D. Gatson, Ph.D., G&E Associates, Founder
Robert Cosby, Ph.D., MSW, MPhil, Assistant Dean of Administration, Associate Professor, Director of HU Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center

Video Recording- 
Passcode: t@X493Zd

*CE Certificates No Longer Available (Live Participation Required)

Certificate Programs

Fred Taylor "Roll Away the Stone" Leadership Certificate

Are you ready to ignite your passion for change in the human service or non-profit sector? We invite you to enroll in the Fred Taylor "Roll Away the Stone" Leadership Certificate program to elevate your leadership style and lead with greater purpose! Our program, in partnership with Kusi Global Inc., goes beyond conventional leadership programs, providing you with a holistic understanding of leadership that integrates the pillars of the Black Perspective. Enroll now and gain insights and learn innovative approaches on how to better serve marginalized communities. Let's roll away the stone together and take the first step towards leadership transformation. 

Program Benefits:

  • Tailored for Emerging Leaders: Whether you're a seasoned professional or just stepping into your new leadership role, our program is designed to meet you at your level and propel you toward success. 
  • Engaging and Interactive sessions: Say goodbye to passive learning! Dive into dynamic discussions, interactive exercises, and real-world case studies that will broaden your perspectives and inspire innovative solution. 
  • Personalized Coaching: Receive one-on-one guidance from experienced coaches dedicated to unlocking your full potential. Harness the power of diversity and inclusivity to become a more effective and empathetic leaders. 
  • Global Perspectives:  Leadership knows no bounds: Engage with peers from diverse backgrounds and industries and gain access to a wealth of resources that will empower you to deepen your knowledge, broaden your perspective, and stay abreast of emerging trends and best practices. 


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Professional Development Training Cost

(Certificate Programs Priced Separately)
Number of Credits General Admission HUSSW Alumni HUSSW Faculty + Staff HUSSW Current Students
1 Credit $30 $20 $25 $0
2 Credit $45 $35 $25 $0
3 credit $60 $50 $25 $0
4 credit $75 $65 $25 $0

Application for CE Units and Co-Sponsorship

Looking for a co-sponsor? The School of Social Work offers continuing education certificates and evaluations to programs that meet the eligibility standards established by the DC Board of Social Work. For more information, please contact or submit application. 


Call for Presenters

We are actively seeking dynamic speakers to contribute their expertise and knowledge to our professional development course offerings. We offer courses through a strength-based lens and offer a range of topics in technology, environmental justice, ethics, political considerations, health and wellness, gun violence, gerontology, informed-trauma, and more to support the social work profession. If you are interested in leading and/or facilitating a training, please contact or submit application to provide your credentials and interests. 

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