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Professional Education Seminar Series

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Our Day-long (6 hour) Professional Education Seminars (formerly Summer Seminars) are designed for master-level social workers, therapists, counselors, and other human service professionals who wish to enhance their clinical skills.

The Professional Education Seminar curriculum includes many courses on a wide range of topics. Courses provide participants with opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills through a concentrated period of study.

All information listed is current as of the date of posting. Course dates, titles and descriptions are subject to change without advance notification.


2016 Schedule

Each course meets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break to be scheduled by the instructor, allowing you to sign up for one course per day.

You may sign up for one to three courses per weekend, or any combination of courses over the three weekends.

This program is wheelchair accessible. For disability access information or accommodations requests, please call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or email at least 10 days before the event.

Registration Deadlines

Weekend A & B

Early registration: May 6, 2016
Final registration: June 1, 2016

Weekend C

Early registration: June 12, 2016
Final registration: July 2, 2016 Extended to July 6!


Seats are limited; early registration is encouraged.

Register Now! (online form)

Due to the volume of registrations, we regret that we are unable to accept phone registrations.

Upon receipt of your registration an invoice statement will be promptly e-mailed or mailed to you. Registration materials including how to access course syllabi, course specific learning objectives and any required readings will be e-mailed after May 1 or can be obtained by contacting the school at (413) 585-7970 or


Registration Fee

A one-time $20 nonrefundable registration fee will be assessed to all course registrations. Full payment or agency purchase order is required at the time of registration. The registration fee will be assessed to your credit card upon receipt of your registration.

Tuition Fees

One course Two courses or more (discount rate)
Early registration $115 $105 per course
Regular registration $125 $115 per course

Agency Payments

If your agency is sponsoring your registration, it is strongly recommended that you verify receipt of your registration before arriving on campus. Call (413) 585-7970 if a deadline is near and the agency will not have timely payment to meet that deadline.


Refund & Cancellation Policy

The $20 registration fee is nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend, you must cancel your registration no later than the cancelation dates posted in order to receive a refund. Failure to cancel enrollment by this time will result in the full tuition fee being charged to your credit card.

Requests must be in writing. Faxed or e-mailed refund requests are acceptable.

Cancellation Deadlines:
Weekends A & B: May 28, 2016
Weekend C: June 26, 2016

The School for Social Work reserves the right to cancel any course that is underenrolled. Applicants will be notified in advance of the first session and registrants will be refunded in full (including the $20 registration fee).



Early Registration

Registrations must be submitted or postmarked by the early registration deadline to qualify for the discount.

Multiple Course Discount

Students registering for more than one course may register for courses at a discounted rate.

Military Discount

The $20 registration fee will be waived for all veterans and current service members.

Senior Discount

Senior citizens (age 65 or older) receive a 10 percent discount in addition to the above discounts. (Applies to tuition only.)

Smith College SSW Field Affiliate Discount

Directors of training, supervisors and faculty field advisers affiliated with the Smith College School for Social Work in 2015-16 or scheduled to affiliate with the school in 2016-17 may be eligible for free tuition in select courses (registration fee required). Please note that there are a limited number free slots available in each course. Field affiliates are encouraged to register early and provide the office with an alternate course option.

Continuing Education Certificates

Upon successful completion of your course, certificates of continuing education credits earned will be sent by mail no later than August 31. One continuing education credit (CEC) is awarded for each instructional hour (each course bears 6 credits).


Seminars are held in Smith College's state-of-the-art academic facilities. Continually refurbished with the ever-expanding array of educational technology, the climate-controlled classrooms are selected to best suit the small class-size, discussion-based nature of Smith College's Continuing Education seminar program.

Local Accomodations

We are pleased to offer a special group rate at the Hampton Inn, located just a short drive from the college. Call the Inn at (413) 586-4851 and request the Smith College School for Social Work rate.

For other local accomodations, please click here.

Concerns or Questions

Call the Smith College School for Social Work Office of Continuing Education at (413) 585-7970 or e-mail us at