Professional Development

We offer trainings that help you grow as a professional and maintain your licensure.

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As a care professional, you know that no matter what life brings, people deserve to be seen by experts and for who they are. 

For 30 years, JSSA has provided high-quality training and continuing education to our community’s mental health and social work professionals. We offer training focused on everything from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) practices to palliative care to ensure you continue to grow as a professional and receive the continuing education credits you need to maintain your licensure. 

Get in touch today to learn more about JSSA’s professional development offerings:


Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) for Clinicians

DATE: September 29, 2023
TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
COST: $70
3 CE’S – This will be a live, real-time, interactive Webinar. A ZOOM link will be sent to you 24 hours before the training.


This workshop will introduce social workers, clinical social workers, mental health clinicians, and other behavioral health professionals to the basic foundations of Solution Focused Brief Therapy practice.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Model and approach.
2. Utilize a Solution Focused approach to engage clients and families.
3. Feel comfortable asking Solution Focused questions.
4. Feel comfortable employing Solution Focused Brief Therapy in their interventions with individuals, families, and colleagues.
5. Share how this technique and approach differs from other interventions and clinical approaches.
6. Use this approach (generally) in their clinical and school-based settings.
7. Use this approach to engage with the LGBTQIA+ Community.
8. Use this approach to work with diverse populations regarding race, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation and identity, and clinical acuity.


Dr. Matthew L. Schwartz, DSW, LCSW, MBA, CFSW, is a Solution Focused Brief Therapist,
Certified Financial Social Worker and Implementation Scientist in Buffalo, NY.


Active Allyship: A Discussion on Supporting LGBTQIA+ Transitional Age Youth in Human Service Spaces

A Virtual Training and Panel Presentation
DATE: Monday, October 9, 2023
TIME: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
FREE | 2 CEUs will be provided upon completion.

• Participants will understand definitions of gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression, and
• Participants will hear from young people in the LGBTQIA+ community about their experiences
seeking safety and support in emerging adulthood.
• Participants will learn helpful strategies for engaging and supporting LGBTQIA+ clients and
• Participants will receive resources for clinicians, families, and individuals to use in their work
with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.


There are significantly higher rates of mental health diagnoses, suicidality, substance use, and homelessness in the LGBTQIA+ community. However, the ability of human service professionals to provide culturally competent services has lagged behind the need. When engaging with adults, individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community often find themselves in the role of educating the professional about their identity. Within the LGBTQIA+ community, transitional-age youth (commonly defined as individuals ages 14-24 years old) face unique barriers to accessing care. After a brief presentation to orient participants to currently accepted best practices for LGBTQIA+ clients, a panel of transitional-age youth from the community will share their experiences accessing and navigating mental health services. The panel will share what has helped and what has harmed in their journeys.

PRESENTERS: Rachel Sayer, LPC, and Madison Stewart-Boldin




Never Having to Walk Alone: Ethics and Teamwork

DATE: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
COST: $70
3 CE’S – This will be a live, real-time, interactive Webinar. A ZOOM link will be sent to you 24 hours before the training.


Working with others is something social workers do every day and is core to achieving positive outcomes for our clients. Unfortunately, working with others can lead to conflict. When teams or systems fall apart due to unmanaged conflict, clients are the ones to suffer. Part of the social worker’s ethical responsibility is to manage conflict respectfully, as everyone is working towards positive outcomes for our clients. We will review different approaches to conflict and means to utilize everyone’s input in moving forward.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the benefits/hurdles involved in teamwork
  2. Identify the six values upon which the NASW Code of Ethics is based and how teamwork relates to all of them
  3. Employ critical thinking skills to evaluate their role on teams
  4. Employ critical thinking skills to evaluate team functioning
  5. Discuss the impact of conflict styles on team functioning

Frances Williams-Crawford, LCSW-C



Training Institute Policies:
Refunds for JSSA’s CE training program cancellations are provided up to 5 days before the training date. After that time, a credit can be issued if JSSA receives a registrant’s cancellation up to two business days before the training date. This credit can be applied towards a future 3-hour CE training, symposium, or post-graduate course up to one year from the issue date.
The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category 1 continuing education programs. The D.C. and Virginia Boards of Social Work usually recognize the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners’ approval. Please contact your state board for verification. JSSA maintains responsibility for its program content.
JSSA is an approved sponsor of CE credits for psychologists in Maryland under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. JSSA maintains responsibility for its program content.
NBCC has approved JSSA as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6457. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. JSSA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
To receive a certificate, registrants must attend the entire session.