Online Programs

OpenSP2 online programs allow for a flexibly formatted short course designed to provide you with new knowledge and skills. Programs are offered in a flexible online environment allowing each user to engage with SP2 from wherever they are and not have to be tied to a single classroom. Most course materials are available on-demand, allowing learners to fully customize not just where, but when, to engage. Some courses provide social work continuing education units, while others offer certificates of completion.

Programs for Social Workers and Individuals Working in Social Welfare Fields

Managing Risk Factors in Kinship
This course focuses on risk factors impacting a kinship caregiver’s ability to provide safety, permanency, and well-being to children in their care. 2 CE NASW Eligible

Creating an Effective Child Welfare System
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, they’ll learn about the key roles in this complex system.

This course will challenge learners to consider: who is the client – the child or the parent? Learners will be presented many points of view, both in the course content and from peers. Learners will also have the opportunity to reflect on policies in their specific locations, distill the challenges and opportunities the child welfare system faces, and develop strategies to advocate for change within the child welfare system.

Programs from the SP2 Center for Social Impact Strategy

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.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): A Strategic Approach
This course contains a rich and exciting series of topics that explore how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) creates shared value for firms, employees, and society as businesses and nonprofits work together on complex societal issues.

Courses Launching Soon

  • Introduction to Animal Assisted Social Work
  • LCSW Exam Preparation

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