School of Social Work working to develop crisis response CE training

In partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Wayne State University’s School of Social Work is developing a training and credentialing program to support the crisis services workforce. The first offering will be a 40-hour CE training to prepare bachelor’s level social workers and counselors for crisis work. The skill-based curriculum includes trauma-informed intervention, suicide risk assessment, harm reduction, maintaining safety and more. This training will be offered to new and existing clinicians across the state of Michigan via Synchronous and Asynchronous learning modules, and an eight hour in person skills practice day. Learning modules will be taught by instructors with expertise and experience providing crisis services. In addition, the perspectives of individuals with lived experience will be featured throughout the training to provide insights into their journey of recovery and strategies to improve crisis intervention services. The training will also be offered as a for-credit course starting in 2025, allowing degree seeking students to earn the credential. We are also planning an advanced training and credential to prepare master’s level social workers and counselors for their role in providing crisis services, as well as supplemental special topic modules.

Meet the team

Amy Watson, Social Work Professor and Principal Investigator

Amy Watson

Meghan Taft, Crisis Response Program Manager



Melinda Holliday, Crisis Response Training Specialist


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