For social workers and other human service professionals, our
solution-focused approach to planning for lifelong learning helps
you identify individual strengths and successes as you consider new
professional topics to explore and familiar areas to examine on
more advanced levels. Develop your career through a series of
workshops, programs and online training.
- What is your passion? Do you need an additional degree,
training or licensure for this?
- What are your career goals for the next two to five years, or
longer if known?
- What are your current strengths and skills in establishing
effective therapeutic relationships with clients and/or effective
relationships with co-workers, supervisees and the community?
- What are your current strengths in maintaining good self-care
and preventing burnout and/or vicarious traumatization?
- What populations or special needs do you currently have
strengths and/or specialized skills/training in?
- What evidence-based or best practice assessment, case
coordination and treatment planning skills have you mastered?
- For trauma therapists, what stabilization skills and strengths
(phase one of the three-phase model) do you have? What resolution
of the traumatic memories skills and strengths (phase two) do you
have? What personality re-integration and rehabilitation skills and
strengths (phase three) do you have?
- What evidence-based treatment skills do you currently use? How
experienced are you with these treatments? Do you need further
development and supervision to move toward mastery?
- For supervisors and administrators, what are your skills and
strengths in clinical supervision, administration and management,
strategic planning, team building, and maintenance of a
trauma-informed organizational culture?
- Do you have other specialized skills and strengths not covered
- Identify at least one area of professional development that
would reduce your stress if you were able to improve your
- Requirements from your state regarding the amount and type of
social work continuing education hours needed to renew your social
work or other professional license.
- Requirements in your professional code of ethics for training
and professional development.
Based on these questions, the work you are doing and the work
you would like to do, what areas can you identify as your focus for
professional development? Can you prioritize them into short-term
and long-term categories to create an outline for your professional