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:


Straight Talk About the Harms of Corporal Punishment

DATE: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
TIME: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EST
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 training addresses the myths and harms associated with corporal punishment. Clinicians often dread conversations regarding spanking, but parents are often relieved to know they have alternatives. Corporal punishment is a public health issue and is important to preventing child maltreatment. Educating parents and other adults on safe and effective ways of parenting is essential for the health and well-being of all children. No Hit Zones as an alternative will be discussed.

Viola Vaughan-Eden, Ph.D., MSW, MJ


Beyond Acceptance: Providing Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Transitional Age Youth

A Virtual Training and Panel Presentation

DATE: Friday, March 3, 2023
TIME: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
COST: FREE | 2 CEUs will be provided upon completion.

Despite significantly higher rates of mental health diagnoses and suicidality in the LGBTQIA+ community, the mental health field’s ability to provide culturally competent services has lagged behind the need. When seeking mental health support, individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community often find themselves in the role of educating the clinician about their identity. Within the LGBTQIA+ community, Transitional Age Youth (commonly defined as individuals aged 14-24) 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 journey to mental wellness.

Rachel Sayer, LPC
Maddie Stewart-Boldin



Ethics of Managing Bias

DATE: Friday, March 24, 2023TIME: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EST
COST: $70

3 ETHICS CE’S – This will be a live, real-time, interactive Webinar. A ZOOM link will be sent to you 24 hours before the training.

In an increasingly diverse working community, social justice is an important value. This course is structured to make the connection between the ethical obligation to promote awareness of and advocate for the oppressed, marginalized, or “invisible” populations that are a part of our working communities.

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.
JSSA has been approved by NBCC 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.