We offer more than 200 continuing and executive education programs each year to help you increase and refresh your skills. Whatever your area of practice, Prof Dev has something for you!

Professional Development

Brown School Professional Development provides a constantly changing array of lectures, workshops, and courses, as well as skill-building certificate programs.

Focused on key areas of clinical practice, management, and evaluation, our programs enroll professionals in social work, public health, and related fields. We serve the professional community with a commitment to innovation, providing opportunities to renew skills and integrate new learning into practice.

If you have questions or need directions, please see our policies, directions, and FAQs. For other inquiries, contact us at brownprofdev@wustl.edu.

Workshops &
Open Classroom
Online Lectures
Summer Institute
Advanced Learning

Our workshop series offers weekly trainings throughout the year, usually in a convenient Friday format. Taught by respected local professionals, Brown School faculty, and visiting instructors, our workshops address a wide range of topics and competencies covering the latest research, evidence-based interventions, management, self-care, suicide prevention, ethics, cultural competency, and more.

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We invite you to our “Open Classroom” – a series of free, one-hour lectures and panels delivered live online by faculty, alumni, and community professionals. These offerings will allow you to connect with experts on a broad range of topics. Sessions are recorded and posted on the site for future learning and to share with others. Open Classroom is free and open to all.

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Brown School faculty have developed online lectures addressing specific areas of social work and public health practice. Videos can be streamed on-demand, so you can learn and earn CEUs — at a time and place convenient for you.

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Each June, the Brown School offers a selection of five-day courses designed to build specific skills in management and leadership, data analysis and communication, cultural competency, and fundraising. The focused, results-oriented coursework appeals to Brown School alumni,  working practitioners and academics, as well as graduate students.

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Ready for something more? Apply to our Advanced Learning Certificates program for robust, cohort-based learning to advance your career.

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Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Treating Anxiety & Depression in Youth

March 8 – August 2, 2024

This Advanced Learning Certificate in CBT is relevant across a range of settings – including schools, community treatment programs, outpatient clinics, and private practice as rates of anxiety and depression among children and teens continue to skyrocket. This virtual program will offer theory and practice to improve your ability to help children in distress

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Data Visualization & Communication

February 9 – April 19, 2024

The Advanced Learning Certificate in Data Visualization & Communication leverages tools like Excel and PowerPoint that are already on your computer to build your skills at visualizing data and communicating it to various audiences. Class meetings provide opportunities to learn and apply data visualization best practices for developing charts in Excel and other visuals for dissemination products, such as presentations, dashboards, reports, and one-pagers.

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White Supremacy in Social Services: Strategies for a More Equitable Practice

March 8 & April 19, 2024, In Person
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Both Days

All social service professionals have a responsibility to confront their own conscious or unconscious biases. This 2-part intensive training workshop will explore the presence of racism and white supremacy, and how it impacts the personal and professional work of practitioners. We will learn skills and strategies for minimizing the impact of white supremacy, and create action plans to advance anti-oppressive systems and advance social change.

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Ethics in Action: Applying the NASW Code of Ethics to Common Dilemmas in Social Work

Social workers often find themselves navigating tricky situations and challenging decisions. This online, self-paced lecture will explore how to use the NASW Code of Ethics as a way of guiding your decision making when navigating ethical dilemmas with clients and colleagues. We will highlight all six ethical principles and standards, including various ethical decision-making models, focusing on the key components between them.

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Burn Out Prevention Through Self Care and Workplace Wellness Practices

Workplaces that offer holistic well-being support are more likely to have employees who contribute positively and report lower burnout rates and higher job satisfaction. Join this highly interactive virtual workshop will introduce participants to various evidence-based strategies for practicing self-care including mindfulness meditation, gratitude journaling, physical movement, and coloring.

February 2, 2024
8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Central
3 CEUs Available

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Understanding and Responding to School Anxiety, Avoidance, and Refusal

This virtual workshop provides strategies to help distressed and distressing students, and their families, learn how to lessen anxiety levels and create healthier classrooms. We will also learn the anxiety formula, the impact of avoidance on anxiety, and common characteristics of students with school anxiety, avoidance, and/or refusal behaviors.

February 2, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Central
3 CEUs Available

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Spring 2024 Workshops
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