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The College of Social Work hosts several events throughout the year for students, alumni and the Columbia-area community. Continuing Education Units may be offered with some programs. 


Upcoming Events

Third Annual Case Method Teaching Institute

July 16-19, 2018

Columbia, S.C.

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This summer, the University of South Carolina College of Social Work will host the third annual Case Method Teaching Institute. It provides three days of intensive, experiential learning for instructors, from novice to seasoned. The deadline for early bird registration is May 31, 2018, and space is limited.

Are questions—in classrooms and in professional practice—becoming more valuable than answers?

In A More Beautiful Question (2014), Warren Berger asserts, “In a time when so much of what we know is subject to revision or obsolescence, the comfortable expert must go back to being a restless learner. The problem is not just rapid change—it’s also the sheer volume of information rushing at us from all directions and many sources (p. 23).

How do we prepare social work students for such environments?

Using actual cases drawn from university classrooms and social work practice, this conference for social work educators will tackle fundamental questions:

  • How do questions stimulate learning?
  • More specifically, how can questions open up thinking and at the same time direct and focus it?
  • How can we better use questions in the classroom?
  • How can we use questions to challenge and inspire students?
  • What are characteristics of good questions?
  • How can we develop better questions?
  • How can we develop our questioning skills?
  • Join us for provocative, in-depth discussions that will inform, equip, and rejuvenate your teaching

Join us for provocative, in-depth discussions that will inform, equip, and rejuvenate your teaching! Register NowThe deadline for early bird registration is May 31, 2018, and space is limited.

Conference Agenda

Over three days, conference participants will learn questioning techniques to facilitate effective case discussions, including how to start, provoke, redirect, and deepen discussions. The sessions will include didactic information, instructor-led discussions, a discussion planning session, and participant-led discussions. Conference notebooks will provide background readings, decision cases, handouts, and supplemental resources.


July 16

July 17

July 18

July 19

7:30 - 8:30 am   Breakfast included with hotel stay Breakfast included with hotel stay Breakfast included with hotel stay
8:30 - 12:30 pm   Introduction to case method; Case discussion Participant-led case discussions and de-briefing Case discussion
12:30 - 1:30 pm   Lunch included Lunch included Lunch included
1:30 - 5:30 pm   Case discussion; Discussion planning session  Participant-led case discussions and de-briefing Assessment; Course design; Resources
7 - 8:30 pm Welcome Reception Dinner on your own Dinner included  Dinner on your own

Register Now, and reserve your space.

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes welcome reception, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks, and all training materials.

$480 - Early Bird Rate until May 31, 2018
$540 - Regular Rate until June 30, 2018*

*For multiple participants from the same university, please call for special pricing.

Refund Policy

Conference registrants canceling their registration on or before July 2, 2018 will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less a $85 administrative fee. For no extra charge, registrants may transfer their registration to another person from their university.

Hotel Details

This training will be held at the Hyatt Place in downtown Columbia, S.C., in the heart of the Vista. Special room rates are $132 per night, and include hot breakfast, wi-fi and parking.

Guests have two ways of booking their reservations:

  • Access the group discount page, enter arrival and departure date, and book reservation 
  • Call reservations at (888) 492-8847 and give the group code, G-COSO, to the reservations agent when booking.

    Reservations must be made by July 2, 2018.

Located near the banks of the Congaree River, the Congaree Vista’s energetic and eclectic vibe flows freely. Once a warehouse district, the Vista today is one of Columbia’s most vibrant arts, dining, and entertainment districts.

Want to extend your stay? Learn more about activities in the City of Columbia.

About two hours from Columbia by car, the city of Charleston is the top-rated tourist destination in the United States. 


If you have questions about the Case Method Teaching Institute or registration, please contact Jill Baxter at 803-777-9820 or

What have previous participants said?

“This training was amazing! It was very well planned, organized and facilitated. It provided a wonderful introduction and overview of case methods and really guided my thinking around how this could be used in my program. I left feeling confident enough in the knowledge and skills learned to move forward in beginning to introduce cases to my students. I am excited about learning more and sharing what I’ve learned with colleagues. Job well done!” – Shanza Isom, Virginia Commonwealth University

“UofSC Case Method training offers a creative, in depth way to bring real world situation cases into the classroom. Training teaches Professors how to use the case method model across social work courses to encourage critical thinking, in depth analysis of issues, exchange perspectives and defend their reasoning and thought process. Excellent training!" – Amanda McLaughlin, Coker College

“This was a comprehensive, skills-focused introduction to case method teaching. The inductive method used (practicing case discussions together then debriefing about what happened and how) was very effective. I not only gained a concrete understanding of important skills for case teaching, I also practiced and developed those skills. I leave this seminar very excited about the potential of the case method and also confident that I can continue developing my ability with the method on my own. I would recommend this course to anyone who is new to teaching with decision cases, or who has some experience (like I did) but wants to take it to the next level.” – John Matthias, University of Michigan

“This was an outstanding introduction and immersion into the decision case methodology for classroom instruction and curriculum design. I came away with knowledge, skills, ideas, and resources for my own teaching as well as curriculum enhancement. Highly recommended for those who teach as well as those who design and innovate social work curriculum.” – Sarah Kye Price, Virginia Commonwealth University

“An extraordinary opportunity for learning the method in order to expand one’s pedagogical interventions!” – Monica Leisey, Salem State University