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Social Work

Whether you are looking to enter the workforce for the first time or upgrade your skillset for career advancement, we have programs for you.

Click on the course titles below to view schedule and information.

The theory of post-traumatic growth refers to the positive changes that occur for people because of difficult life events. This theory suggests that positive changes for an individual do not merely occur during the personal crisis; rather, it is the individual’s ability to successfully move on from the crisis that marks an evolution. This course will explore the role post- traumatic growth can play for individuals recovering from crisis. Tips for integrating components of post-traumatic growth theory into mental and behavioral health treatment will be reviewed.

August 27 (1 session)
Th 6:00–8:00 pm
Tuition: $36
Location: ONLINE
Instructor: Megan Callahan-Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW

This interactive presentation introduces grit theory, which contends that gritty people have the unique ability to push forward toward their goals regardless of obstacles and adversity. Research suggests that grit is a greater determinant of success than intellectual ability. This course will help you develop strategies for facilitating grit in the clients with whom you work.

September 17 (1 session)
Th 6:00–8:00 pm
Tuition: $36
Location: ONLINE
Instructor: Megan Callahan-Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW

This webinar will discuss the role of spirituality and faithfulness in contemporary social work practice. You’ll review faith as a developmental process. You’ll also gain an understanding of the conceptualization of “meaning making” as a facilitator of personal growth and connection to a higher power. In addition, you’ll discuss three popular mediums for connecting mind and spirit.

October 1 (1 session)
Th 6:00–8:00 pm
Tuition: $36
Location: ONLINE
Instructor: Megan Callahan-Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW

This webinar will review useful tips for mental health professionals to foster interpersonal skills while utilizing technology. You’ll be introduced to techniques and tips for engaging in a digital world and discuss the requirements for and risks of using telehealth. You’ll also learn best practices and successful communication strategies for transitioning to a digital sphere.

CEU credits are available from the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners.

September 15 (1 session)
Tu 6:00–8:00 pm
Tuition: $36
Location: ONLINE
Instructor: Colleen Diveny

This eight-hour course is a training program of the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH) and is proven to teach the skills necessary to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use. The goal behind the program is to build mental health literacy by helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. Peer-reviewed studies show that individuals trained in the program

  • grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions;
  • can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction;
  • increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress; and
  • show increased mental wellness themselves.

Nursing and social work CEU contact hours are pending. Lunch will be provided.

November 14 (1 session)
Sat 9:00 AM–5:30 pm
Tuition: $150
Location: TBD
Instructor: Kathryn Fleming, Ph.D. & Marni Elson-Victor

How to Register

  • Online
  • Via Phone at 732-987-2255
  • In Person at Lake House, 555 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
  • Mail to: Center for Professional Studies,
    900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Registrations will close 48 hours prior to the course start date. No late registrations will be accepted.

Payment Options

The university accepts cash, checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks. Checks must be made out to Georgian Court University.

Cash: Cash is accepted in person only at Lake House, 555 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Checks: Checks should be made payable to Georgian Court University and include your name and student ID (if available). A $55 fee will apply for all returned checks.

Online: Payments by electronic check and debit/credit card are done online through Self- Service. All debit/credit card payments will be charged a convenience fee of 2.75%. There is no fee for an electronic check. We do not accept debit/credit card payments on site.

Employer Sponsorship: Employers may send us a purchase order or voucher stating their intent to pay for the student’s course along with a completed Employer Sponsorship form, which is available online at or in this book.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations: The Center for Professional Studies at GCU reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or combine program events that are below the minimum participant requirement. Should a cancellation occur, staff will contact the participant about the cancellation or about any alternative program event(s). You may elect to transfer your registration to a combined or alternate program. If you are unavailable to attend the alternate program or the program is cancelled, all tuition and fees will be refunded via check.

Refunds: Refund and withdrawal requests must be received 10 or more days before the beginning of a class to receive a 100% refund. With less notice, no refund will be provided. Please note that some courses do incur a nonrefundable registration fee as noted in the course details.

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closings

Please check, official Georgian Court social media channels, or local news sources to check for cancellations due to inclement weather. Cancelled classes are made up by adding on an additional session after the last scheduled class, based on instructor and classroom availability.

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