Professional Education Programs (PEP)

The Professional Education Program (PEP) at Boston University School of Social Work takes pride in offering relevant, stimulating continuing education programs for professional social workers and other human service providers throughout New England. Our programs reflect recognition of the complex challenges that professionals face in their commitment to bring change in the lives of their clients and in the systems and communities on which these clients depend.

Our mission is to offer high quality continuing education programs with a focus on useful integration of the most current, effective methods of practice; theoretically based skill development; application of new areas of research; and advancement of critical thinking. Instructors are guided by values historically central to the social work profession, including a belief in the transformative power of relational communities, the importance of actively promoting social justice, and a commitment to using practice strategies that build on the significant strengths our clients possess.

“I have been to 3 BU [PEP] trainings in the past year, and every instructor has been knowledgeable, passionate, and engaging. I appreciate a traditional classroom and approach with a dynamic and experienced instructor and I have found this in all 3 trainings. I will look to BUSSW first for future trainings.” – PEP participant 



Spring 2017 Post Graduate Certificate in the Treatment of Trauma

(Dates: 3/6/17 – 12/11/17 • No August classes )


Fall 2016 PEP Catalog

We welcome your interest in PEP. Please browse our programs below and feel free to contact us at or call us at (617) 353-3756 with any questions.

We encourage you to follow us on twitter @BUSSWPEP and connect with us on LinkedIn!

If you are having trouble registering for workshops on our site, please visit the following link for detailed instructions: Registration Instructions

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.

Catalog and Registration

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. 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.

Catalog and Registration

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

Contact us to learn more

The BUSSW’s Alumni Association periodically 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.

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.

Learn More

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 available on the program.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

General Information

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.

Register online

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 CE 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.

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.