Professional Education Programs

Social workers face a complex and ever-challenging environment. Our mission to provide high quality, cutting-edge continuing education opportunities remains the same.

Professional Education Programs at BU School of Social Work offers courses, workshops, postgraduate certificate programs, and training and technical assistance to individuals and organizations throughout the human service field in New England. We focus on theory-based skill development, application of new areas of research, and advancement of critical thinking. Most PEP programs are evidence-based, skills-oriented, and tailored to focus on contemporary practice issues in both macro and clinical social work.

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 CECs.

To receive a CEC certificate, you must attend 100% of the seminar, as per guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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PEP Opportunities

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, Bedford, and Fall River.

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 varied roles required of them.

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

General Information

Not sure how to register? Follow the detailed registration instructions.

Participants are encouraged to register early as enrollment is limited and courses fill quickly. Participants must be preregistered. Submission of an application does not guarantee enrollment. Payment is required at the time of registration. Upon enrollment, email confirmation will be sent to you directly.

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Records are kept for the current and last two-year licensing cycle. We urge you to keep your own records, as we cannot be responsible for lost certificates. Copies of recent CEC certificates are provided for a $15 fee. Please include your full name, contact information, date, and title of the workshop with your request and fee; allow two weeks for processing.

Tuition is refundable up to two weeks before a workshop. After that time, no refunds will be given. Credits may be issued under certain circumstances. All fees will be refunded if a workshop is canceled due to low enrollment or weather. Please call 617-353-3756 or 617-353-7669 for inclement weather cancellations.

Current BUSSW Students can take non-Certificate courses for $10 with code STUDENT.

BUSSW alumni are eligible for a 10% discount on one PEP workshop each series.

Field instructors are eligible for one free workshop per academic year, on a first-come, first-served basis, provided there is space. Please call the PEP office for availability. This discount does not apply to certificate programs.

Faculty advisors receive one $35 discount per academic year; does not apply to certificate programs.