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.

Upcoming Programs

Coronavirus Cancellation Information

Campus events and visits through the end of the spring semester are either postponed or canceled. The Office of Events Management will contact event hosts with additional details.

Continuing Education: Doing What's Right When the Law, the Code, and our Faith Collide
April 3, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Samford University's College of Health Sciences

Continuing education for social workers: As social workers, it is not uncommon that we find ourselves in situations where the law, our ethical code, and our faith collide. How do we work through these situations to develop a course of action? For example, just recently, the National Public Radio reported a story that volunteers that have been aiding migrants crossing the Southwest border by leaving water are being taken to trial by the Federal Government. Legal cases that have set precedent for social workers will also be presented. This presentation will cover best practice and give opportunity for application. Ethics, 3 CEUs

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Continuing Education: Church Consulting and Revitalization
May 1, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Samford University's College of Health Sciences

Continuing education for social workers: Churches like other faith-based organizations run programs for the spiritual growth and discipleship of its members. However, very few churches get an objective assessment and evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of their programs, which may lead to stagnation or decline. Hence, the need for church revitalization (often led by a Church Consultant). This CEU will help you ascertain if your church needs a Church Consultant. 3 CEUs

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Continuing Education: Supervision and the Art of Developing a Professional
June 5, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Samford University's College of Health Sciences

Continuing education for social workers: Supervision is time-intensive and demanding. This summer 2020 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.

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  • 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.


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. Learn more

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, D.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.