When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the School of Social Work Office of Professional and Continuing Education was prepared. Having already launched an online course initiative, the office seamlessly pivoted to remote instruction and accelerated its efforts to grow its online course catalog.
In a year like no other, the Continuing Education (CE) Program has continued to meet the educational needs of the social work community with high-quality professional development programming and is pleased to share highlights of its accomplishments:
- Growing online offerings: Over the last year, the CE Program has expanded its live virtual and asynchronous course options to increase access to its educational offerings. CE On Demand now includes more than a dozen professionally recorded CE courses that participants can access at any time online, with more added every month. Live remote courses also are offered every month in a wide range of topics. From self-paced to live remote courses, continuing education at Pitt Social Work offers programming options that work for professionals with a variety of schedules.
- New micro credential program in problem gambling: The newly launched Problem Gambling Certificate Program meets training and education criteria for certification by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board. This program also provides three hours of ethics training and one hour of suicide training through the lens of problem gambling.
- Pivoting to paperless: The Office of Professional and Continuing Education is now paperless! All CE forms, policies, and procedures can now be found online at socialwork.pitt.edu/continuing-ed.
In the next year, the CE Program will continue to expand its online programming, adding asynchronous and live virtual courses throughout the year. The office also will launch additional micro credential options along with a new licensed clinical social worker supervision training institute and a professional coaching program designed in partnership with the school’s career services office. Visit socialwork.pitt.edu/continuing-ed.