Goals of the Center

Goals of the Center

  1. To develop and offer a series of workshops/seminars for professional social workers and other related professions that will provide them with the required continuing education credits (CEU’s) to maintain professional licensure. The Center will work directly with the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Boards in Kansas and Missouri and the office of Continuing Education at Park University. These bodies review learning objectives and credentials of instructors for all educational programs offered for continuing education credit. The Social Work Program at Park University has gone through the vetting process and is currently anApproved Provider” for Social Work.  Licensed Social Workers are required to earn 60 CEU’s every two years to maintain their license. RN’s in Kansas are required to complete 30 hours of CEU’s every two years. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC’s) are required to earn 40 CEU’s for each renewal cycle. Behavioral Health providers and administrators often take CEU’s courses in topics of interest and to further their knowledge and skills in a particular practice arena.'
    • Objectives:
      • Full time social work faculty members develop materials, learning objectives and evaluation instruments for the initial CEU course offerings.  Several faculty have already developed and provided CEU workshops for the state of Kansas and Missouri in topics such as “Resolving Ethical Dilemmas,” Responding Effectively to Bullying in the Workplace,” Understanding the changes in the DSM-5,” Trauma-Informed Care,” “Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Interventions,” and several others. The director of the center and social work faculty will maintain regular personal contact with social work professionals in the community. We will develop an annual survey to find out from professionals on the “front lines” what types of training are desired and needed most by their administrators and staff.
      • CEU course offerings are marketed to behavioral health practitioners and administrators in the greater Kansas City area.
      • A structure has been developed to process and distribute funds that are generated in offering these CEU programs.  
  2. The Center generates external funding from federal, state, and private foundations to support policy goals and the mission of the Center.
    • Objectives:
      • The Director collaborates with faculty, community partners, and Park’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, to identify and apply for grants designed to assist the center in achieving its mission.
      • We will identify ccommunity Behavioral Health programs that are interested in partnering with the Center to submit grant proposals.
  3. Non-grant funded research will be conducted by faculty and students focused on issues relevant for evidence informed policy, program development and practice interventions. The results and implications of the research will be disseminated through seminars provided by the Center as well as national/international conference presentations and professional journal publication. An example of such research is conducting Program Evaluations for Behavioral Health organizations in the community.
    • Objectives:
      • A research committee will be formed and this committee will include faculty members from social work, nursing, psychology/sociology and criminal justice.
      • Pproposals for research that is supported and possibly subsidized by the Center will be vetted by members of the research committee.
      • Proposals are thereviewed by Park’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Evaluation

An annual report of the activities and accomplishments of the Center will be written by the Director, reviewed by faculty and submitted the Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. This report will include measurable, quantifiable data on:

  1. The number of CEU courses offered during the year.
  2. Total enrollment in the CEU workshops (sorted by profession, position, etc.)
  3. Total revenues generated from CEU course enrollment.
  4. Number of proposals submitted to garner external grant funding.
  5. Number of grants funded and total funds generated through these grants.
  6. Number of conference presentations by faculty and students directly related to Center sanctioned research.
  7. Number of publications generated through center sanctioned research activities.
  8. Results of the annual program assessment of the Center using data generated via survey with multiple constituencies that have a relationship with the Center; such as social work faculty, students, faculty from related departments, community partners and professional consumers of the services provided by the Center.