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, and postgraduate certificate programs 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.
For any concerns that cannot be resolved with BU PEP directly, please follow the complaint resolution process outlined on the State Authorization & Distance Education website: www.bu.edu/state-authorization.
Half-day, one-day, and two-day workshops and seminars 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 offers short, interactive webinars led by practitioners which cover a broad range of topics including social work modalities, public health, and issues around race, sex, and gender, among others.
PEP Online Courses
PEP currently offers a self-paced program in Screening, Brief Intervention and Training (called SBIRT) as well as an online certificate program in Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions.
CADER Online Courses
CADER online courses are developed by leading experts to address the core skills needed for effective practice. These online courses cover content areas related to legal and ethical considerations, cultural competence, person-centered approaches, health literacy, and strategies for communicating effectively in difficult situations.
AANE Online Courses
BU School of Social Work, in cooperation with the Asperger/Autism Network, offers two comprehensive online training courses to teach couples therapists how to effectively treat neurodiverse couples in therapy. Courses are appropriate for psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists who wish to expand their practice to include couples where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum.
PEP offers postgraduate certificate programs in a number of different content areas, including: Clinical Practice with Adolescents, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Interventions. These programs help experienced practitioners strengthen their skills and competencies in the varied roles required of them.
Training & Program Evaluation
PEP develops specialized training programs and provides other forms of technical assistance to state agencies and local organizations. If you are interested in bringing a PEP program to your organization, e-mail us at: email@example.com, with the subject line “off-site training.”
Call for Proposals
We are currently seeking PEP workshop proposals!
If you’re interested in submitting a workshop proposal and becoming a PEP instructor, please visit this page to fill out an application.
Registration, Confirmation of Enrollment, and Payment
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.
Information about Social Work Licensure in Massachusetts:
Information about Social Work Licensure in Other States:
Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)
Practitioners holding a LMHC license can apply for retroactive certification by submitting this application to the MAMHCA board.
Certificate Case Managers
Practitioners holding a Case Management Certification can apply for retroactive certification by submitting this application to the CCMC board. For more information, please visit: https://ccmcertification.org/sites/default/files/docs/2018/ccmc-17-guide-renewal-web.pdf.
CE Certificate Replacement Policy
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 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.
Seminar Cancellation Policy
All fees will be refunded if the participant cancels 2 weeks before the seminar date.
Certificate Course Cancellation Policy
The course withdrawal policy is:
- 100% refund if requested before course start date;
- 75% refund if requested after the 1st session
- 50% refund if requested after the 2nd session
There will be no refunds after the 3rd session. All requests must be in writing.
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 80% off with code “student.” All of the letters must be lower-case, as our Registration site is case-sensitive.
BUSSW alumni are eligible for a 10% discount on one PEP workshop each series.
Field instructors are eligible for one free day-long 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.
Group discounts are now available.
- Enroll 3 to 5 staff in any PEP offering and save 10% on each enrollment. Use discount code SAVE10.
- Enroll 6 to 10 staff in any PEP offering and save 15% on each enrollment. Use discount code SAVE15.
- Enroll 11 or more staff in any PEP offering and save 20% on each enrollment. Use discount code SAVE20.