Continuing Education Units School of Social Work

Center for Excellence in Social Work
Facundo Valdez School of Social Work
New Mexico Highlands University

Continuing Education Program
p: 505-260-6197

The Center for Excellence in Social Work Continuing Education Program is committed to providing accessible and affordable ongoing learning opportunities for practicing social workers. Workshops focus on a variety of topics that help enhance the skills and knowledge for effective practice with the populations of New Mexico. In keeping with the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work’s mission, several workshops focus on working with Hispanic and Native American populations of New Mexico and the Southwest.

These workshops meet the continuing education licensure renewal requirements as set forth by the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE). The counseling board accepts Center for Excellence in Social Work Continuing Education Program CEUs. It is recommended that you check with your accrediting board to ensure proper CEU acceptance.

Most workshops are offered via Zoom, allowing participants access to ongoing professional development.

Continuing Education Schedule 2024

Upcoming Workshops: May

Workshop #324
Date: 5/24/24 (Friday) & Time: 9 am–12:15 pm
Details: CEUs 3 | Level: Intermediate | Cost: $40
Title: Integrated Behavioral Health: Models of Practice
Presenter: Poonè Haghani Tehrani, MD
Location: NMHU FVSSW Albuquerque Center, 5041 Indian School Rd. NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Description: This workshop is designed to introduce different models of integrated behavioral health to social workers with various education degrees. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the participants to explore their interest in promoting and/or practicing within these models. Moreover, acquiring familiarity with integrated behavioral health models can enhance the effectiveness of social workers should they choose to work in such settings or take on leadership in systems of care.

Workshop #326
Date: 5/29/24 (Wednesday) & Time: 12–1 pm
Details: CEUs 1 Cultural | Level: Emerging | Cost: $20
Title: How to Work as a Social Worker in Another Country
Presenter: Andrea Smith, MSW, LCSW
Location: Zoom

Description: Social work is a much-needed discipline, not just in the USA, but abroad as well. This workshop will cover the process for seeking a social work role in other countries, and how to manage the immigration process, hiring process and relocation. This can be a time-consuming and lengthy process, but well worth it (and attainable with perseverance)!

Upcoming Workshops: June

Workshop #330
Date: 6/7/24 (Friday) & Time: 9 am–4:30 pm (with one hour lunch on your own)
Details: CEUs 6 Supervision | Level: Intermediate | Cost: $80
Title: Clinical Social Work Supervision
Presenter: Breeann Rocha, LCSW
Location: NMHU FVSSW Albuquerque Center, 5041 Indian School Rd. NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Description: This training meets the criteria to become a board approved supervisor with the NM Board of Social Work. It provides foundational information as well as tools to integrate into your own style of supervision Through lecture, discussion, small breakout groups and self-reflection, participants will engage in exploration of different models, theories and competencies of clinical social work supervision.

Workshop #331
Date: 6/8/24 (Saturday) & Time: 9 am–12:15 pm
Details: CEUs 3 Ethics | Level: Intermediate | Cost: $40
Title: Alcohol and Drug Abuse (AOD) Clinical Supervision
Presenter: Kenneth Dodson, LADAC, LCSW
Location: Zoom

Description: Clinical supervision may be the single most important aspect of the helping professions. This is especially true in the field of alcohol and drug abuse counseling. Supervision aims to assist in professional development and in turn maximize client welfare and enhance recovery outcomes. Participants in this workshop will gain practical skills and knowledge to better serve clients impacted by addiction. Participants will gain knowledge about clinical supervision, however, please note that this workshop is not intended to count towards the required coursework to become a licensed clinical supervisor in New Mexico.

Workshop #336
Date: 6/21/24 (Friday) Time: 1 pm–4:15 pm
Details: CEUs 3 | Level: Intermediate | Cost: $40
Title: The Ins and Outs of the Functional Behavior Assessment Process and Behavior Intervention Plans
Presenter: Kim Knox, Ph.D., LCSW
Location: Zoom

Description: Functional Behavior Assessments in schools provide an important understanding of motivations for behavior concerns with students. Social workers need a critical understanding of the process, procedure, and observations that are required to provide a thorough assessment that may lead to a Behavior Intervention plan. This workshop will provide an overview of the process, data collection tools and implementation.

Workshop #339
Date: 6/28/24 (Friday) & Time: 9 am–12:15 pm
Details: CEUs 3 Cultural | Level: Emerging | Cost: $40
Title: History and Foundations of Support in Intellectual Disabilities
Presenter: Louise la Plante, LISW-S
Location: Zoom

Description: People with intellectual disabilities are not well represented in history. Treatment of individuals in this vulnerable population has not always been humane. Advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities is needed now as much as ever. This workshop will take participants from antiquity to the present and demonstrate how societal perceptions have shaped human services. A timeline and biographies are included. Learners will be introduced to some ideas and strategies that can be used in advocating for client rights.

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CE Workshop registration for credit:

CE Workshop registration not for credit:

*Free* CE Workshop registration for NM social work students.

* Please reach out by email with any questions, concerns, or issues that come up on the day of the workshop.

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Registration, Payment, and Cancellation

Everyone must register and pay online. The last day to register for a workshop is three days prior to its start date. Most of our workshops are capped at 30 attendees. Please fill out the appropriate online registration form below. A confirmation email will be sent verifying registration. Virtual participants must log in on time and stay for the duration of the Zoom workshop in order to get full CEU credit.

Payment is due online at the time of registration. Anyone who does not need CEUs can register as a non-credit participant for a reduced payment amount. There is no fee for students enrolled in a social work program located in New Mexico. If you have questions regarding your eligibility for free workshop participation under the current student option, please email

If you must cancel your attendance, please inform the Continuing Education Program immediately by email at This will allow someone else to attend if the workshop is filled.

No refunds are given unless the Center for Excellence in Social Work cancels the workshop. If a workshop is canceled due to low enrollment, participants will be notified via email at least three days before the workshop takes place.

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Contact Information
Continuing Education Program
Center for Excellence in Social Work
Facundo Valdez School of Social Work
New Mexico Highlands University
p: 505-260-6197