Professional Education Program

The Professional Education Program (PEP) at the School of Social Work has provided professional development opportunities and continuing education to social workers since 1946. Courses, workshops, postgraduate certificate programs, and training/technical assistance are offered to individuals and organizations throughout the human service field. PEP programs are evidence-based, skills-oriented, and focused on contemporary practice issues in both macro and clinical social work. Employing adult education methods, instructors and workshop educators tailor the content of programs to the educational needs of today’s practicing professional social workers. The School is an approved provider of Continuing Education Credits (CECs), and has been authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Social Work Registration to approve offerings from other institutions for Continuing Education Credits.

Workshops & Courses

Half-day, one-day, and two-day workshops take place throughout the year and cover a wide range of topics, including clinical practice, public health social work, urban practice, nonprofit management, emerging issues in social work, and evidence-based practice skills. PEP workshops are offered at four sites: Boston, Cape Cod, Chelmsford, and Fall River.

Postgraduate Certificate Programs

PEP offers postgraduate certificate programs in a number of different content areas: Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma; Clinical Practice with Adolescents; and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Interventions. These programs help experienced practitioners strengthen their skills and competencies in the multiple roles required of them. New certificate programs in Mind/Body Interventions and Effective Practice with Couples have been recently developed. In addition, the CBT and Social Work Training Initiative (CASTI), launched in 2009, offers a wide array of beginner, intermediate, and advanced coursework in CBT and related interventions.

Training & Program Evaluation

PEP develops specialized training programs and provides other forms of technical assistance to state agencies and local organizations.

Alumni Association Workshops

The BUSSW’s Alumni Association occasionally sponsors workshops on topics of current interest. Some are conducted by members of the social work faculty. Past topics have included stress management, suicide prevention, group work, cultural diversity, community politics and social work practice, and health care.

Field Instruction

Field Instructor Workshops

The Field Education Department offers the following continuing education programs, for which CECs are available:

Seminar for New Field Instructors

This 20-hour seminar is required for all field instructors supervising an MSW student for the first time. It is offered in the fall on the Charles River Campus, and at locations in Chelmsford, Fall River, Cape Cod, and Worcester. Each year approximately 100 new field instructors participate in the seminar.

The Professional Development Series of the New England Consortium of Field Education Directors

Workshops offered through this series are scheduled by each of the New England graduate schools of social work, and are open to field instructors from all of the schools. Each year approximately eight to ten workshops are on the program.

Curriculum-Related Workshops

These workshops, open to field instructors affiliated with the Boston University School of Social Work, typically address topics related to the integration of classroom content in the field education experience. Past workshops have focused on group work and on macro practice.