Continuing Education: OpenSP2

OpenSP2 provides professional and continuing education opportunities from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice. We welcome individuals and organizations to learn with SP2 either on-campus at Penn or wherever they are in the world. We offer programming with a focus on accessing SP2 faculty and research centers for immediate application and professional growth.

Programs are offered in a number of formats, in areas designed to allow individuals to advance their career and connect to new knowledge. New programs are added throughout the year and most allow for immediate enrollment.

Our Learners

OpenSP2 learners come from all walks of life. Many are professionals who are eager to gain new knowledge, but an equal number are curious individuals who are interested in engaging with SP2 thought leaders for application in their lives. Learners are encouraged to engage with SP2 whether for the first time or as program alums; OpenSP2 is designed to be always welcoming and available for re-engagement.

Current Offerings

Managing Risk Factors in Kinship

2 NASW CEUs

This course focuses on risk factors impacting a kinship caregiver’s ability to provide safety, permanency, and well-being to children in their care.

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Creating an Effective Child Welfare System

4 NASW CEUs

The course will begin with the legal basis for child protection at the state and federal levels. Learners will meet decision-makers and practitioners: social workers, attorneys, judges, policymakers, and politicians – all of whom have an impact on the United States ever-changing system of child protection. Through video interviews, you will learn about the key roles in this complex system.

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Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

This course provides an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): A Strategic Approach

This course provides an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker.

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Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy: Ending Violence & Abuse in Relationships

Ortner Center for Violence & Abuse in Relationships

A collaboration of the University of Pennsylvania’s Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships and Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS), this is the only executive program that offers strategic leadership training tailored specifically to individuals and organizations working to make the world a safer place for women and girls.

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Advanced Certificate in Oncology Social Work

The Advanced Certificate in Oncology Social Work Practice is designed for current healthcare social workers to gain superior knowledge and skills for work with individuals, families, and communities impacted by cancer.

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Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy

Center for Social Impact Strategy

The comprehensive online and in-person curriculum arms students with the most cutting-edge social impact tools and frameworks to ensure that they maximize the impact of their ideas.

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Executive Arts and Culture Strategy

Center for Social Impact Strategy

This eight-month online and in-person Ivy League certificate is designed to advance students’ careers in arts and culture.

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Funder Executive Education

Center for High Impact Philanthropy

This program is designed for grantmakers, foundation trustees, foundation executive directors/CEO’s, and other philanthropic leaders who are eager to create more social impact with their giving.

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Programs in Development

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Animal Assisted Social Work
CEU based course providing social work practitioners and students with a broad overview of therapeutic relationships we share with non-human animals.

LSW Test Prep Couse
An online and on-demand prep course for the Association of Social Work Board’s (ASWB)’s Master Level Examination.

The OpenSP2 team is standing by and ready to answer your questions about our current and future program offerings. If you have any problems or require assistance with our programming, please do not hesitate to email: OpenSP2@upenn.edu.

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