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We are pleased to inform you that we will host the Behavioral Workforce Education Training (BHWET) Virtual Seminar in virtual format on Thursday, August 26th at 1:00 p.m. We invite you to join us for an engaging discussion on how to provide affirming care for transgender and non-binary clients in Behavioral Health Settings.
*This event is free but registration is required.*
To register for this seminar, please use the link included in this post.
We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for all you do to continue to support UMSL’s School of Social Work!

Register Here:


Biopsychosocial Impact of COVID-19 Event


We are pleased to inform you that we will host the Biopsychosocial Impact of COVID -19 Event in a virtual format on Thursday,  June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. We invite you to attend and learn more about how COVID has affected the biopsychosocial treatment model used by social workers.

Information regarding registration is included in the attached flyer. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for all you do to continue to support UMSL’s School of Social Work.

*This event is free but registration is required.*

To register, click this link: The Biopsychosocial Impact of COVID – 19

Or email:

Continuing Education and Professional Development

continuing education, continuing commitment

August 6, 2020 2-5pm Ethics in Social Work Practice: Telehealth and Behavioral Health

This event will be offered virtually, via Zoom
Registration required; Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Melissa Douglass, LCSW, BC-TMH, Founder of Goal Driven Counseling
Joe Pickard, PhD, LCSW
Diane O'Brien, MSW, LCSW


The UMSL School of Social Work is committed to providing our alumni, community partners, and interested professionals with low-cost, high-quality continuing education (CE) opportunities. Our CE program addresses timely issues, relevant topics, and social work fundamentals.

To register for any of these events, email and please indicate which event you are registering for.

Unless otherwise specified, all events are from 9am-noon. All events except the March 6, 2020 event will be held in Bellerive Hall, Chapel classroom. The March symposium will be in the JC Penney Conference Center on north campus.

March 6, 2020 - Critical Issues Symposium - Reforming 4 Justice: Youth Engaged Policy and Practice

The 2020 Critical Issues Symposium focused on youth policy in criminal justice and featured a keynote address by Laura Berry who, at the age of 17 was sentenced to life in prison but was released as a result of Arkansas' Fair Sentencing of Minors Act. We also heard from a panel of experts on criminal justice reform that included Wesley Bell, Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County; Michael-John Voss, Co-founder of the Arch City Defenders; and Mikel Whittier, Justice and Health Equity Strategist for St. Louis Integrated Health Network. The panel was moderated by Bethany Johnson-Javois, CEO of the St. Louis Intgrated Health Network.

Our Critical Issues Symposia are tailored toward a youth audience and this year we welcomed almost 100 students from several area schools. The high school students participated in four breakout sessions that each tackled a policy issue facing youth today and brought their insights to the larger audience. While the youth were in their breakout sessions, Timothy McBride, Brown School professor and former chair of the MoHealthNet Oversight Committee gave a keynote address on healthcare policy in the state of Missouri.

To read the UMSL Daily blog feature on the Symposium, click here or on the headline above.

February 21, 2020: Community Leadership: Engaging Diverse Perspectives

  • Dwayne T. James, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development MU Extension will discuss Engaging Young Leaders
  • Betsy Cohen, Executive Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project will discuss Immigration as a Driver of Success
  • Jennifer Bumble, UMSL Assistant Professor of Education will discuss Community Engagement among Individuals with Disabilities.


CANCELLED April 17, 2020: Mental Health and Advocacy: Compassion Fatigue on the Frontlines

Photos from our March 8, 2019 | Critical Issues Symposium: Strengthening the Voice & Ability of Women for Advocacy and Self-Empowerment