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.

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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 semester, the Brown Schol offers a variety of two to five-day intensive courses designed to build specific skills in management and leadership, evidence-based interventions, 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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Beyond Beliefs, Into Our Bodies: Special Topics in SAR – Sexual Attitude Reassessment

April 13 – 14, 2024, Virtual
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Both Days

The Sexual Attitude Reassessment model has been a crucial element of sexuality professionals’ training since its conception over 50 years ago. This two-day, online worksop will invite participants to attend to their curiosities, provide tools to practice in real-time embodiment, encourage collective care as a valuable form of personal development, and facilitate finding clear language for often unnamed emotions. AASECT eligible.

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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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Summer Institute Open For Registration

June 3 – 7, 2024
June 10 – 14, 2024

Join the Brown School for in depth courses designed to build capacity and skills in management and leadership, data analysis and communication, fundraising, and more. Taught by Brown faculty, Research Center staff, and our affiliated facilitators, the coursework appeals to professionals in a variety of fields and at various levels of their career.

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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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Prison Continued: Challenges and Success Strategies for Reentry

For those who have faced incarceration, the impact continues long after release. This in person workshop will share key challenges for the Justice-Involved in returning to society and how to develop comprehensive strategies to overcome challenges for reentry.

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

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Reaching Resilience: Practical Tips to Help Clients Persevere

Reaching Resilience is a strengths-based model that provides essential information and skill-building activities to enhance people’s ability to adapt well to life changes, transitions, or challenging circumstances. We will learn about three types of change and how to deal with each type. Eight skills of resilience will be demonstrated within class exercises. Evidence-based research will be shared to augment the information in the workshop.

March 1, 2024
8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Central
3 CEUs Available

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Summer 2024 Workshops
Now Open For Registration!

New DestinyOne registration system launches February 1st for Professional Development
New DestinyOne registration system launches February 1st for Professional Development