Social workers and health and human service workers face a complex and ever-challenging environment. Now more than ever, the workforce is looking for lifelong learning programs to build their competencies, while state and local agencies are seeking partnerships with academic institutions to build career ladders for the people they employ. To respond to these challenges, Boston University’s School of Social Work (BUSSW) has created The Network for Professional Education (The Network) as a resource to provide health and social service workers with the skills they need to advance in their careers. In addition to offering nationally renowned training in aging from BUSSW’s Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER), The Network provides broader workforce development programs in a variety of topical areas so that health and social service professionals and agencies are prepared for the diverse, ever-changing needs of the individuals and communities they serve.
A key component of The Network is The Trainers Hub that showcases BUSSW alumni, staff, and faculty members who can provide training and consultation in a variety of topic areas across the country. The Trainers Hub will provide an effective, efficient transfer of knowledge to and among health and social service workers, while connecting organizations that need expert instructors with experienced practitioners from BUSSW. Prospective trainers will be certified to join The Trainers Hub after completing a three-course “Train-the-Trainer” certificate, a program designed in consultation with The Network Alumni Advisory Board. The certificate prepares instructors on best practices in training, curriculum design and implementation, and assessment and evaluation – all skills which are in demand for health and social services staff. These newly-certified experts will hold in-person trainings and webinars, review online courses, and serve as online course authors.
With a goal to foster knowledge sharing and collaboration, The Network and The Trainers Hub are committed to developing career development opportunities for our talented pool of alumni, staff, and faculty at BUSSW through lifelong learning as part of our supportive, forward-looking community of practice.