University Consortium for Children and Familes Free California CEU Courses for MSW & DSW alumni

The University Consortium for Children and Families (UCCF) is offering a limited number of spaces free of charge to USC MSW & DSW alumni.

These courses meet the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) criteria for Additional Required Coursework for ASWs and Continuing Education (CEUs) for LCSWs. The courses are intended to help you stay apprised of recent developments and standards in clinical practice. To find out which courses are required for your licensure renewal, please visit the BBS website. Please note that these trainings will be provided on a virtual platform.

Courses are offered on a one course per student per fiscal year basis (July 1-June 30), so please only register for one course. 


Please provide a $50 deposit (plus Eventbrite fees)  that will be refunded at the conclusion of the course, pending verification of completed attendance. If for some reason you cannot attend, you must cancel your attendance no later than 7 days prior to the event to receive your deposit refund. 

Beginning with fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30,2021) any deposits not returned due to lack of attendance or completion of the classes will be converted to a tax-deductible donation to support scholarships at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and will be processed within 1-2 weeks of the completion of the fiscal year.

If a class is full and you would like to be added to the wait list, please email indicating what dates and class(es) you would like to be placed on the wait list for. 

The number of credit hours (CH)/CEUs is listed for each class.

Intimate Partner Violence (3 days – 15 credit hours/CEUs)- DATE TBA

This three-day (15 hours) workshop will provide information about intimate partner violence identification and assessment, the dynamics of abusive relationships including dating violence, reasons why victims stay, the hostage syndrome and gender issues. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects women, men, children, families, and communities. The term intimate partner violence describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. Violence by an intimate partner is linked to both immediate and long-term health, social, and economic consequences. Factors at all levels - individual, relationship, community, and societal - contribute to intimate partner violence.  Preventing intimate partner violence requires reaching a clear understanding of those factors, coordinating resources, and fostering and initiating change in individuals, families, and society. The workshop will include an overview of the bio-psychosocial effects of IPV on children, perpetrator dynamics, cultural factors, same gender abuse dynamics, community resources, and trauma-informed responses and interventions. 

Substance Use Disorders for Clinical Licensure (5 Days-15 credit hours/CEUs)- August 20 & 25, September 3, 10 & 15, 2020- 9 am- 12 pm

This workshop is designed to give participants an overview of the substance abuse research and treatment field including information specific to psychoactive substances, modes of treatment and controversies in the field.  Guidelines will be given for diagnosing dependence, abuse, and treating substance abusers from different theoretical perspectives (e.g., disease model, self-medication model or dual diagnosis model). Substance Use Disorders are mandatory for pre-licensed Alumni.

DSM-5 for Children, Adolescents, Adults, & Families - Date TBA

Abuse, neglect, and other trauma often have negative impacts upon the emotional and mental health of children (including infants, toddlers and preschoolers), adolescents and families. As a result, it is important that social workers promptly identify the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and families served by the child welfare system. This training will outline the major childhood and adult diagnostic categories and updates of the DSM-5. In addition, participants will learn to recognize the possible behavioral, psychological, emotional, and social manifestations that may be present in children and adolescents who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, or trauma. Participants will learn about the assessment of children, adolescents and families needing mental health services and the importance of expeditiously linking them to proper mental health services. The training will also discuss the process of engagement and the important role of caregivers and teams/collaboration in the assessment, intervention and treatment of children’s mental health concerns that are sometimes difficult to approach and understand. Participants will become familiar with the DSM-5. Vignettes and case examples will be used to illustrate the behavioral indicators of psychopathological disturbances and demonstrate the application of the DSM-5. * Not BBS Mandated

Aging and Long Term Care (4 days - 10 credit hours/CEUs) - September 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2020- 9-11:30 am

Some myths and stereotypes of aging will be explored, which may influence  your ability to effectively assess and treat the elderly and their children and grandchildren who may be struggling to assist them with a  myriad of physical, psychological and social needs. Topics will include:  distinguishing "normal" aging changes in intellectual, cognitive and memory functioning from those which are a consequence of disease; introduction to the biopsychosocial model of assessment and Psychotherapeutic treatment of older adults.   

**Offered the LCSWs/LMFTs Only-HIV/AIDS for Clinical Licensure Renewal (1 day -7 credit hours/CEUs) Date TBA

This 7-hour training will help participants understand the complexities of working with HIV positive clients today including the bio-psychosocial factors of living with HIV/AIDS, working with clients who have co-occurring HIV and mental health concerns, and an exploration of the ethical considerations associated with individuals infected and affected by HIV. *1st Year Renewal only.

Human Sexuality (4 days - 10 credit hours/CEUs) - August 26 & 27; September 2 &3, 2020- 1-3:30 pm

The training will enable participants to increase their willingness, ability and proficiency to initiate addressing common sexual health concerns within individual, group, family and couples therapy.  Course will emphasize therapist engagement skills, language acquisition, and interpersonal competencies for assessment and treatment planning to address common sexual difficulties across the lifespan and within the broad range of sexual orientations and gender identities. The training will assist participants in meeting their responsibility to inform individuals and couples wanting help with overcoming common sexual health problems and sexual disorders of the latest treatment options so that they can make informed choices.  

**Offered to LCSWs/LMFTs Only - Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice - (2 days– 6 CEUs)  

August 26 & 27, 2020 - 9 am - 12 pm

November 3 & 10, 2020 - 9 am- 12 pm 

This course is intended for licensed staff only. This course meets the BBS requirement for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This training will provide staff with an update of the legal and ethical issues that affect clinical practice in California. The course will provide an overview of regulations and laws affecting clinical practice including those that pertain to confidentiality (and exceptions to), testimonial privilege, scope of practice, mandatory reporting, informed consent, treatment of minors, record keeping, fee setting, and new media issues. In addition, the training will discuss ethical issues in the therapeutic relationship, engagement and trust issues, treatment planning/interventions, the scope of competence, multiple clients/secrets in the helping relationship, and termination.

** Courses offered exclusively to USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work alumni. 

Before you register, please take note of the following:

  • Courses are offered on a one course per student per fiscal year basis (July 1 through June 30). For example, if you registered for and attended Aging and Long Term Care in October 2018, you used the one course allowance for fiscal year 2019. You would then be allowed to register for and attend another course (one only) in fiscal year 2020 such as Substance Use Disorders training in July 2020 or any other course offered in fiscal year 2020. Thus, you would have used your allowance for fiscal year 2020and would then not be eligible to register for another course until fiscal year 2021.  
  • Please note that your registration form represents your confirmation for that particular course. 
  • No more than eight (8) USC Alumni will be registered for each course.
  • All courses offered are VIRTUAL.
  • You must attend all required course dates and times in order to obtain your Certificate of Completion (CEUs for LCSWs) or Certificate of Attendance (ASWs). CEUs cannot be issued for coursework completed prior to issuance of the license. Please follow the Course Attendance Policy in the registration confirmation email.
  • Legal and Ethical Issues and HIV/AIDs is offered to LCSWs/LMFTs only.
  • For any other inquiries, e.g. license requirements, check the BBS website,
  • CEUs will be awarded to Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) only.
  • Certificate of attendance will be issued for BBS-mandated courses only.
  • Expectations/Guidelines for Virtual Trainings

All BBS trainings will be offered through the virtual platform Zoom. Please ensure you meet the guidelines listed below.

  • Make sure your Internet connection is working.
  • Find a location that is quiet with minimal distractions.
  • Your camera should be on for all virtual training, no exceptions.
  • Participation cannot be done by calling in.
  • You may use a smartphone with a front facing camera to participate if needed.
  • Arrive to your training on time. We advise you arrive early to complete your pre-training survey and ensure no technical difficulties
  • A Zoom check-in will be scheduled a day prior to training to test audio/video capabilities.

Please email if you have any questions or if you are unable to attend.