Continuing Professional Education

The School of Social Work, and its Continuing Education Committee, seeks to provide continuing education opportunities for social workers across Newfoundland and Labrador. Some of these events may also be of interest to other professionals in the health and social sectors. Events are conducted on Memorial's St. John's campus and in the local community, with digital access for some events. The school partners with other organizations to plan and facilitate events.

If you would like further information about continuing education initiatives, or to discuss development of possible continuing education opportunities in collaboration with the School of Social Work, please contact Ashley Curnew, Graduate Student Services and Continuing Education Coordinator, at (709) 864-2557, or  

Advancing the Practice Together (APT)

Knowledge • Learning • Development • Practice • Research

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development (CSSD) and Memorial University’s School of Social Work offer educational and skill development presentations for CSSD social workers via their partnership - Advancing the Practice Together (APT). This partnership highlights the continued collaboration between both organizations and provides opportunities to help advance the social work practice, including training and development opportunities.

Previous Events
Be a Change Maker Conference

October 15-16, 2018 - Holiday Inn Conference Centre

Come to this exciting two-day conference focussing on transformational change and learn the skills and tools you need to MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN! Hear incredible change-making experiences from keynote speakers: Judy Rebick, Senator Kim Pate, Todd Leader, Lianna Rice, Denise Cole, Joanne Macdonald.

These passionate speakers will inspire you and teach you how to affect change in the work you are doing. Come learn, laugh, and be inspired!

Advancing the Practice Together (APT) event

Does the Internet Make Bullying Worse?

October 10, 2017, Memorial University

This lecture has a wide appeal to multidisciplinary service providers, including social workers, educators, law enforcement and other social service agencies, as well as parents, who are all concerned about child and family well being.

Dr. Faye Mishna, dean and professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, will present findings on her research conducted among Toronto area students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 which found that 10% had been bullied over the Internet and through other technologies such as text, instant messaging and other social media. This lecture will share insights into how to identify the signs of cyber bullying and the kids victimized by it. There will be an emphasis on the importance of working with kids so they learn to be empathic and stand up for others. The implications of the research findings for social work practice, policy and research will be addressed.

This presentation will be recorded by the Center for Innovation in teaching and Learning (CITL) for future learning opportunities. Please be advised that attendance in person serves as consent to being recorded.

Advancing the Practice Together (APT) event

Opioids and Overdose Information Session

September 13, 2017, Memorial University

Presented by: Wayne Bishop, Addictions Prevention Consultant with Promotion and Prevention Services in the Mental Health and Addictions Program with Eastern Health.

Space is limited for CSSD participants who wish to attend in person, however, the session will also be broadcast live so all CSSD staff are welcome to view the session. The presentation will also be recorded and made available to CSSD staff on the CSSD SharePoint Site.

Effective Helping Conversations: Claiming Each Moment for Hope, Change, & Growth

Memorial School of Social Work Field Instructors & Agency Mentors: One Day Training-Workshop, Friday, April 21, 2017, Memorial University

This free training-workshop is open ONLY to Field Instructors & Agency Mentors

Workshop Facilitator: Heather J. Hair

Registered social workers can claim CE credits for this event.