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Continuing Education for Social Work

In the Wurzweiler School of Social Work tradition, we are proud to offer the best continuing education classes for social workers, both online and at our NYC campus.
Earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and gain valuable social work training.


The Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults:
Isolation and Resilience during the Pandemic and After

Friday, April 30, 2021
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Online Zoom Course
(You will need to register to receive login information.)

Registration: 2.5 CEU Credit Hours

General: Through April 20: $50; April 21-29: $65

Wurzweiler Alumni and Current WSSW Field Instructors: Through April 20: $40; April 21-29: $50

All Current Students: $15

“Registration for this event closes on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.”

Social mitigation measures to help control the COVID-19 pandemic are effective, but not without cost, and have resulted in growing social isolation among older adults. The coronavirus wrought different physical effects on different people, for reasons that are still unclear. The emotional aftermath of the lockdowns has had profound effects that could be both anticipated and unanticipated. The most vulnerable and highest risk populations were prone to isolation and despair, while those who demonstrated resilience prior to the pandemic were more likely to meet the challenges of the moment-- even if they faced severe physical challenges. Even now, with vaccines and improved medical therapies, emotional resilience may be the most powerful medicine we have to sustain ourselves, but it is also one about which we know too little. This presentation will describe the impact of social isolation on older adults generally, and older adults with HIV, and discuss how mitigation strategies during the Covid 19 pandemic have increased isolation and vulnerability for these individuals. Speakers will consider several possible practice and policy approaches to community building that center older adults as community assets, rather than vulnerable service recipients, and that reduce social isolation.

John Leland

John Leland—In nearly four decades in journalism, John Leland has gone from chronicling youth culture to reporting on the “oldest old.” A graduate of Columbia College, he worked as a senior editor at Newsweek and editor-in-chief of Details magazine before joining The New York Times in 2000. In 2015, he wrote a year-long series following six people age 85 and up, which became the basis for his book “Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year among the Oldest Old,” a New York Times bestseller. As he wrote in the Times, “No work I have ever done has brought me as much joy and hope, or changed my outlook on life as profoundly.” He is the author of two previous books: Hip: The History and Why Kerouac Matters.

Mark Brennan-Ing

Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD, is the Director for Research and Evaluation at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, the City University of New York. Dr. Brennan-Ing’s research focuses on psychosocial issues affecting persons living with HIV and older sexual minority and gender diverse adults. Mark is Past-President of the State Society on Aging of New York (SSANY), Principal Convener for GSA’s HIV/AIDS and Aging interest group, a member of the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Information Network Leadership Council, and 2016 Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Mark received the 2017 Walter M. Beattie Award from SSANY and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books.

Christian Gonzalez-Rivera

Christian Gonzalez-Rivera is the director of strategic policy initiatives at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging. His work is to translate results and findings from Brookdale's academic research and demonstration projects into policy and practice, create strategic partnerships across institutions and organizations, and help formulate and communicate Brookdale’s policy priorities. Christian serves on the steering committee of the Inclusive Growth Initiative, a diverse group of policy leaders who are developing an inclusive, cohesive agenda for inclusive economic growth, and is immediate past president of the State Society on Aging of New York. In 2016, City and State named Christian one of New York City's 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. Christian holds a master’s degree in urban planning from NYU.


Rabbis, chaplains, and social workers are often called on to provide spiritual care near life’s end. Whether in response to serious illness, advanced cognitive or physical decline in old age, or unexpected, tragic violence, health care professionals and clergy need to respond compassionately and effectively with families facing spiritual, emotional, and existential crises. Clips from Wurzweiler School of Social Work’s “Spirituality Near the End of Life” Conference in July 2019 include leading clergy, chaplains, and social workers offering their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to assist professionals seeking to better integrate spiritual care into their professional and community work.

Why Wurzweiler for Continuing Ed?

Our top-ranked Wurzweiler School of Social Work based in Manhattan — the heart of New York City — is currently offering continuing education opportunities that will appeal to professional social workers in diverse fields of practice. You can go anywhere, but why not try one, two, or three of our programs available to you at convenient times and locations? We know you will gain knowledge while satisfying your CE requirements. The name Wurzweiler is synonymous with Excellence. We look forward to seeing you here.

Accredited CE Credits

Wurzweiler is an approved provider of Continuing Education credits for licensed social workers by New York State and the ASWB. 

Playing the Unspeakable: Trauma, Play and Embodiment 

  • May 21, 2021 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET 

Innovative Approaches to Addiction Treatment

  • June 18, 2021  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Interfaith Approaches to Covid-19

  • July 16, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET
Upcoming Events:

Playing the Unspeakable: Trauma, Play and Embodiment 

  • May 21, 2021 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET 

Innovative Approaches to Addiction Treatment

  • June 18, 2021  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Interfaith Approaches to Covid-19

  • July 16, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

As per New York State Continuing Education Guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop WILL NOT receive their certificate, are not allowed admittance into the workshop, and are also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.

To receive your certificate of completion, on the workshop date, please sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Please allow up to 30 calendar days after the workshop date to receive your certificate.

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