Continuing education is central to the social work ethical principle of competence and life-long learning. Samford University's Department of Social Work continuing education program is designed to help social work practitioners engage in life-long learning. By staying informed of current research and trends in practice, human service professionals can apply best practices to the populations they serve. Samford University’s Department of Social Work seeks to offer continuing education opportunities that address all levels of practice.


  • Registration for a single program is $45
    • $35 for Samford Social Work alumni and field site coordinators.
    • See schedule for individual registration links.
  • Annual subscriptions are available for $200, which includes registration for five CE programs of your choice. Please use the promotional code "SUBSCRIBE" when you register.
    • $150 for Samford Social Work alumni and field site coordinators. Please contact the Department of Social Work for the appropriate promotional codes.


How to Subscribe

To subscribe to five courses in the social work CE series, please register for each of the courses individually, using the promo code “SUBSCRIBE” to receive the discounted rate.

All proceeds from these continuing education programs go to support scholarships for Master of Social Work students at Samford University.

Upcoming CE Programs

Please note: Each program is limited to 30 seats                     

Friday, Feb 1, 2019

Motivation Oriented Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Blending Motivational Interviewing and CBT Approaches to Guide Practice

Presented by David Cecil
8:30-11:30 a.m. / CHS 1213

Dr. Cecil teaches, presents examples of, and leads a discussion on best practices of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with recommendations on effective integration. Clinical, 3 CEUs          

This continuing education activity has been approved by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC) for 3.0 clock hours.            

Friday, March 1, 2019

Program Evaluation (Part 2): Building and Implementing an Evaluative Design

Presented by Christson Adedoyin
8:30-11:30 a.m. / CHS 1213

This presentation offers an introduction to evaluability assessment. Attendees will be able to develop appropriate evaluation questions for stakeholders during program development, assess feasibility of, and scope of an evaluation, successfully implement, and interpret an evaluation assessment for their programs, or agencies. 3 CEUs

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Dos and Donts of Non-Profit Political Advocacy 

Presented by Matt Knierim
8:30-11:30 a.m. / CHS 1213

Nonprofit organizations stand at the doorstep of social change. However, to elicit change, particularly at the political level, nonprofits need to understand how to legally and effectively engage in political advocacy efforts if they are to advance the interests of the individuals, families, and communities they serve. This workshop will provide practical guidance on engaging in political advocacy efforts and will offer insights from the latest research on the topic as well as hard won advocacy experience. 3 CEUs 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Couples Counseling through an Attachment Lens

Presented by Rachel Copeland
8:30-11:30 a.m. / CHS 1213

Couples counseling can be a challenging experience, with clinicians often feeling stuck when couples are at an impasse. This presentation will discuss the use of attachment theory in couples counseling to better understand conflict and other relational difficulties in terms of partner attachment style. Participants will learn how to help clients reframe their current difficulties in terms of attachment needs and relational wounding in order to manage conflict. Clinical, 3 CEUs

This continuing education activity has been approved by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC) for 3.0 clock hours.            

Friday, June 7, 2019

Supervision: The Art of Developing a Professional   

Presented by Jean Roberson
8:30-11:30 a.m. / CHS 1213

Supervision is time-intensive and demanding. This training will focus on the uses of authority, leadership, adult learning, and stages of development that inform supervisors in guiding developing professionals. Attention will be given to formative supervision in both administrative and clinical roles. Supervision, 3 CEUs

This continuing education activity has been approved by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC) for 3.0 clock hours.            


Christson Adedoyin, Ph.D, MSW

Christson Adedoyin is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work. His research interests include: Integration of faith and learning, Faith-based interventions to address socio-economic and health disparities among African Americans/African Immigrants, Program Evaluation, Church Consulting, and Faith-based organizational change management. 

Lisa Baker, Ph.D., LICSW

Lisa Baker is professor and chair of Samford’s Department of Social Work. She is co-author of the book Disasters and Vulnerable Populations: Evidence-based Practice for the Helping Professions (Springer, 2015), which reviews and synthesizes current evidence on disaster preparedness and response within a variety of vulnerable populations. Read more

David Cecil, Ph.D., LICSW

David Cecil is an associate professor in Samford’s Department of Social Work and his private practice, Optimize Counseling and Therapy, is located in Mountain Brook, Alabama. In his practice, Cecil specializes in anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive and panic disorders. Read more

Rachel Copeland, Ph.D., LICSW, PIP, RPT-S

Rachel Copeland is an assistant professor in Samford’s Department of Social Work, and she has more than 13 years of experience as a clinical social worker, specializing in treating a variety of problems, including trauma, attachment, anxiety, and conflict in marriages and families. Read more

Matt Knierim, PhD, MSW, MPA, LMSW

Matt is the Principal of Platform, LLC which exists to empower and equip nonprofit organizations interested in shaping public policy. For more information, go to

Rachel Hagues, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Rachel Hagues is an assistant professor in Samford’s Department of Social Work. For the last several years she has worked in a remote community in Tanzania with women and girls. Her dissertation looked at gender discrimination issues in that community. As a result of that work, she is currently partnering with community members to establish a private secondary school for girls. Read more

Jean Roberson, M.S.W., LICSW

Jean Roberson is the director of field education and instructor in Samford’s Department of Social Work. She has spent 16 years in social work practice with the majority of her career in a faith-based context. Roberson is completing her Doctorate in Social Work at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.   Read more


Samford University Department of Social Work is approved by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners as a provider of social work continuing education.