Professional Development

Staying Current In a Changing World

We recognize the complex and ever-shifting challenges social workers face in impacting the lives of their clients, and the systems and communities in which they operate. Since 1946, the Professional Education Program (PEP) at the School of Social Work has provided proactive development opportunities and continuing education to practicing social workers. We offer courses, workshops, postgraduate certificate programs, and training and technical assistance to individuals and organizations throughout the human service field in New England.

While the world may change and evolve, our core mission remains the same: to offer high quality continuing education programs, integrating the most current and effective methods of practice. We focus on theoretically 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.

Students will find enthusiastic instructors who 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.

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.