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Board of Social Work Home Study Course


To introduce you to our highly acclaimed NYS DOE Social Work Board approved home study courses, we are offering our best-selling course FREE when you order any one or more of our other courses.

When you enroll in any of the courses below, we will also send you all the materials you need to be eligible for FREE continuing education credits for our best-selling course, "Solutions for the ‘Treatment-Resistant’ Client". You’ll get Certificates of Completion for a total of 12 contact hours toward your New York Social Work License. For those with a national credential, we are also approved by NBCC and NAADAC.

So you earn six clock hours for whatever course you choose, plus six free clock hours for the course you'll get as a free introductory offer. Just read the course materials, return the homework to us, and we’ll send your certificates of completion. If you have any questions at all, you have access to our nationally known Instructors by phone, fax, or e-mail.

 All coursework is approved by the New York State Department of Education Board of Social Work, and you may return all materials for a complete refund—even if you decide to keep only the free course.

All coursework is  delivered directly to your inbox via e-mail.  If you prefer to receive the printed materials via first class US mail, click the button below to add that option to your order.  It's just one $8 charge per order--no matter how many courses you get.


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Solutions for the "Treatment-Resistant" Client home study course (six contact hours) will automatically be included, FREE, when you order any one or more of the Approved Home Study Courses Below!


Addressing Suicide Risk in Substance Abuse Clients (six contact hours) $45 This could be the most important course you ever take—even if you only use it once in your life. Learn how to gather information, access supervision, and take responsible action with clients who exhibit warning signs or have risk factors for suicide. Designed for use by social workers and substance abuse counselors, this course is also relevant for any others who may encounter suicidal clients. Includes specific and practical information about what to do and how to do it. Course Outline 


Avoiding Boundary Violations (6 contact hours) $45 is most often taken as a remedial measure by those whose credential is in jeopardy.  But it’s even more effective as a preventive measure, to be sure you are making the best decisions for you, your clients, and your credential.  Part One covers the legal requirements of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2.  Part Two covers the grayer area of counselor ethics, including dual relationships, conflicts of interest, self-disclosure, use of the Internet and social media, and guidelines for ethical decision-making.  Course Outline 


Clinical Supervision (six contact hours) $45 This course looks at several models of clinical supervision, as well as legal and ethical issues crucial to successful supervision. Learn how to address burnout and compassion fatigue, create Individual Development Plans, and structure supervision sessions for maximum impact. Also includes sample forms and templates to make your job easier. Course Outline 


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (six contact hours) $45 An introduction to the theory and practice of CBT, this course covers the history of CBT, the evidence base of CBT, details on four specific types of CBT, and five universal CBT techniques. It also includes several case studies that demonstrate CBT in action, and offers suggestions for integrating CBT into your current practice. Course Outline 


Comprehensive Case Management (six clock hours) $45 Research links good case management to better outcomes for your clients. This course covers core competencies, case management principles, and how to meet the challenges of case management in pre-treatment, primary treatment, and aftercare. Learn the different models of case management, how to avoid the potential conflicts that arise among providers of services to a common client, and how to evaluate the success of your case management efforts. Also includes advice on meeting the special needs of nine special populations.Course Outline 


Confidentiality Law Compliance (six contact hours) $45 Violations of federal confidentiality laws may lead to loss of license, civil lawsuits, and criminal prosecution with a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Learn to comply with the requirements of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2. Includes sample forms, compliance checklists, and details on how to avoid the most common violations. Course Outline 


Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment (six clock hours) $45 Improve client outcomes by learning the basics of detox, including settings, levels of care, and patient placement.  Be able to read the signs and symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal for all substances of abuse.  Prevent or resolve the most common psychosocial and biomedical issues.  Plus, detailed guidance for special populations including, adolescents, women, angry clients, and chronic relapsers. Course Outline 


Ethics (six contact hours) $45 This course covers the practical application of ethical principles to situations faced by social workers and addiction counselors every day. Topics include the ethics of professional relationships, confidentiality, treatment planning, documentation, fees for service, advertising, referring, evaluation and assessment, conducting research and publishing. Also includes self-assessment checklists for both counselors and clinical supervisors. Learn to act with integrity AND help protect yourself from lawsuits. Course Outline 


Family-Involved Substance Abuse Treatment (six clock hours) $45 Learn how to improve outcomes by blending the most helpful strategies and techniques of family therapy and substance abuse treatment. This course will help you turn "co-dependents" and "enablers" into partners, and make long-term, quality sobriety a reality for your clients. Course Outline 


Group Leadership Skills (six clock hours) $45 Learn about the most helpful group leadership skills and styles. This course also includes ways to avoid the most common mistakes, research-based therapeutic techniques that have proven most helpful, ways to integrate group therapy with other needed services, and how to handle the most common problems that arise in group therapy sessions.Course Outline 


Implementing Evidence Based Practices (six clock hours) $45 takes you step by step through the process of improving outcomes by implementing new program components proven to be effective. Includes how to select the right EBP to match your program, how to get your program through the pre-planning, planning, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance phases. Course Outline 


Improving Cultural Competence (six contact hours) $45 Improve outcomes for your clients by increasing your cultural competence.  Learn how to integrate improved cultural competence into your practice, and why it shouldn’t be treated separately from every other kind of competence.  Avoid the most common mistakes and make the best choices for your clients. Course Outline 


Improving Outcomes for Dually Diagnosed Clients (six continuing education hours) $45 This course will help improve outcomes for dually diagnosed clients by helping both mental health and addiction professionals learn to deal effectively with this special population. Examine the differences between the mental health and addiction treatment systems, acquire knowledge of the components of successful case management for those with dual disorders, and learn about treatment considerations for those with specific mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.Course Outline 


Improving Outcomes for Mandated Clients (six continuing education hours) $45 Learn how to turn complaints into treatment goals and prevent mandated clients from going underground with what they are really thinking. This course covers reflective listening techniques, ways to uncover hidden strengths and how to use "Columbo" questions to achieve an outcome that is welcomed by the client, the counselor, and the referring party. Course Outline 


Integrating Tobacco Use Interventions Into Chemical Dependence Services (six clock hours) $45 Smoking is more likely to kill your clients than drug or alcohol use, and research shows it’s best to treat nicotine dependence and other substance abuse at the same time. Learn about the most effective pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions, how smoking and quitting affects co-occurring disorders, and how to address tobacco use in a treatment plan. Course Outline 


Medication and Substance Abuse Treatment (six contact hours) $45 The right dose of the right medication at the right time can support recovery as surely as a wrong medication or dosage can undermine recovery.  Learn about the latest in addiction medicine, psychotherapeutic medications to treat co-occurring disorders, and helping your clients develop realistic expectations for what each medication can and cannot do.  Also addresses the different challenges faced by mental health and addiction programs.  Includes suggestions for communicating with prescribers, and a sample medication policy.Course Outline


Motivational Enhancement Therapy (six continuing education hours) $45 Get the very latest in Motivational Interviewing!  Learn the principles and basic concepts of motivational interviewing. Based on years of solid research, these techniques have proven to be an excellent way to completely disarm "resistant" clients, motivate clients "in denial", and even help those who are openly hostile to the idea of treatment. Learn to assess readiness to change, avoid arguments, roll with resistance, support self-efficacy, establish rapport and trust, deal with reservations about changing, explore and set goals, initiate a change plan, and stabilize and support change. Course Outline 


Solutions for the "Treatment-Resistant" Client (six continuing education hours) This course covers therapeutic techniques that are especially helpful with challenging clients. Several specific techniques are discussed, as well as the concepts of denial and "preferred views". Written homework assignments offer the "hands-on" opportunity to practice the techniques discussed. Learn how to succeed with "hopeless" clients, mandated clients, and clients "in denial". Course Outline 

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The Stages and Processes of Change (six continuing education hours) $45 Improve outcomes by learning about the transtheoretical model, supported by 15 years of research validating its effectiveness. Learn to match your interventions to the stage of change of your clients. This course includes a complete explanation of the stages of change model, and suggestions for therapeutic techniques most appropriate for each stage. Proven to improve retention rates, completion rates, and rate of recurrence. Course Outline 


The Stages of Treatment (six clock hours) $45 Improve outcomes for your clients by matching your approach to their Stage of Change with the most effective Stage of Treatment. You’ll learn the latest research based suggestions for engaging your clients during the engagement stage of treatment, as well as the most efficient strategies for moving clients through the persuasion, active treatment, and relapse prevention stages. This course also includes information on running stage-informed groups and writing stage-informed treatment plans. Course Outline 


Trauma-Informed Care (six contact hours) $45 Don’t misinterpret the symptoms of trauma as resistance or lack of interest in treatment. Get the latest from the DSM V, and learn about trauma’s effects on the brain, gender differences, coping styles, and practical suggestions for using trauma-informed counseling techniques. Course Outline 


Teaching Self-Advocacy (six contact hours) $45 Learn to foster long-term, high-quality recovery by teaching your clients to advocate for themselves. This course covers assessing needs and resources, developing assertiveness skills, the benefits of transparency, Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAPs), and teaching self-advocacy in groups. These evidence based practices help prevent relapse.Course Outline 



Treating Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders (six continuing education hours) $45 Improve outcomes for adolescent clients by learning the outreach, assessment, placement, and treatment strategies that are most successful with this special population. This course includes placement guidelines, treatment planning ideas, and how to deal with special sub-populations like juvenile justice clients, homeless adolescents, and those with coexisting disorders. Also includes guidance on the legal and ethical issues facing those who work with adolescents. Course Outline 


Treatment Approaches for Women Who Abuse Alcohol and Other Drugs (six continuing education hours) $45 Learn the most effective treatment methods and models for women. Overcome barriers to outreach and incorporate all the critical components of successful treatment to this unique-needs population. Course Outline 


Vocational Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Treatment (six continuing education hours) $45 Years of research prove that gainful employment is one of the best predictors of successful treatment. Learn how to integrate vocational rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment services to improve your success rates. Includes resources available to counselors, vocational rehabilitation screening and assessment, and how to set and achieve vocational goals. Course Outline 



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