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College of Social Work

Professional Development

We invite field educators (including task supervisors and professional social workers), as well as our own students, faculty and staff to a series of workshops designed to help you stay current in the ever-evolving world of social work practice.

Professional Development Workshops

The Field Education Office’s Professional Development Series provides monthly 1.5-hour workshops during the university's fall and spring semesters. Workshops are engaging, informative and relevant to social work practice. BSW and MSW field instructors and task supervisors are invited to attend and earn CEUs for free. Students may also apply to receive field hours with permission of their field instructor.

Fall 2018 Workshops 

All workshops will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Hamilton 226.

Understanding and Managing Microaggressions

Date: Sept. 26, 2018
Presenter: Sabrina M. Johnson, Ed.S, NCC, LPC-A - Counselor and Case Manager, USC Counseling & Psychiatry
Registration Details: VIP registration opens Aug. 31 for field educators; Standard registration opens Sept. 7.

Behavioral Health and Disasters: Planning for Recovery

Date: Oct. 17, 2018
Presenter: William T. Wells, MSW - Emergency Preparedness and Response, South Carolina Department of Mental Health
Registration Details: VIP registration opens Sept. 17 for field educators; Standard registration opens Oct. 1.

The Importance of Interprofessional Training and Team Work for Social Workers

Date: Nov. 14, 2018
Presenter: Teri Browne, Ph.D., MSW, NSW-C -
Interim Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Associate Professor, USC College of Social Work
Registration Details: VIP registration opens Oct. 15 for field educators; Standard registration opens Oct. 22.


Workshop Registration

Online registration is required for all upcoming workshops. Seating is limited to 50 participants, with field educators receiving premier registration status. If seats are available, registration will be open to other members of the College of Social Work community and visitors. Remote attendance is also available for individuals who cannot attend in person or if the workshop becomes full. Contact Lana Cook or call 803-777-9469. 


Previous Workshops

If you missed a workshop, you can still benefit from the resources our expert presenters have generously shared. Take a look back and use the tools to get ahead.

What's Really Health in Rural SC: Connecting Poverty and People

April 12, 2018

Presented by: Lindsey Kilgo, MSW, Director of Network Development, South Carolina Office of Rural Health

Shared workshop resources:

White Privilege: Is it Real or Racist?

March 29, 2018

Presented by: Carmen Hampton Julious, MSW, LISW-CP/AP, CEU of Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc. and Palmetto Family Services, Center, LLC

Shared workshop resources:

From Concept to Practice Considerations: Trauma-Informed Social Work with Children

Feb. 15, 2018

Presented by: Patrice Penney, MSW, LISW-CP, Clinical Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work

Shared workshop resources:

Repeal, Replace & Retract: Implications of Obamacare Reforms for Social Work Practice

Nov. 15, 2017

Presented by: Christina Andrews, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor and Teri Browne, Ph.D., MSW, NSW-C, Associate Professor, both of the College of Social Work

Shared workshop resources:

Project Management for Social Workers

October 11, 2017

Presented by: Karla Buru, MPH, MSW, Director of Project Management for Public Health and Mary Lohman-Vargas, LMSW, MPH, Project Manager; both of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

Shared workshop resources:

Social Work Practice Meets Religion & Spirituality

September 13, 2017

Presented by: Susan Parlier, Ph.D., LMSW, ACSW, Clinical Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work

Shared workshop resources:


Resources for Social Workers

College of Social Work Listservs

The College of Social Work has three listservs for alumni. 

Social Work Organizations

The Council on Social Work Education is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education.

Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work is an organization made up of over 80 social work doctoral program directors worldwide who represent their member Universities. Founded in the late 1970s, GADE primary purpose is to promote excellence in doctoral education in social work, especially through networking, information sharing and advocacy.

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

The National Association of Social Workers, South Carolina Chapter, is a membership organization of professional social workers that works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members.

The Society for Social Work and Research was founded in 1994 as a free-standing organization dedicated to the advancement of social work research. SSWR works collaboratively with a number of other organizations that are committed to improving support for research among social workers. Our members include faculty in schools of social work and other professional schools, research staff in public and private agencies, and masters/doctoral students.

The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. is a voluntary, individual membership association, that since 1975 has represented the interests of undergraduate education and practice in social work. The association's approximately 800 members represent BSW program directors, baccalaureate faculty and field coordinators, as well as social work educators and practitioners who have an interest in BSW education and practice.