The Professional Development Program (PDP) at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is distinguished by its quality instruction and substantive exploration of clinical and management practice issues. Grounded in the dynamic interplay of theory, research, and practice, PDP workshops, review courses, and advanced clinical practice programs are intended to inform participants and also to challenge them to integrate new learning into their daily practice. SSA faculty, as well as distinguished guest scholars and practitioners, teach PDP offerings.

The Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of Continuing Education for social workers (LSW/LCSW), clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (LPC/LCPC). License #s 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.

Class Schedule

Browse the list of upcoming courses, workshops, and lectures.


There are two ways to register for our programs:

To view registration policies, please go here. Consult the class schedule for specific tuition costs. SSA alumni, current SSA students, SSA Field Instructors, and certain other groups qualify for tuition discounts.

Special Programs

Most of our classes are half or one-day workshops, but we do offer longer courses such as the Social Work License: Preparation Review Course (Next offering Winter 2017) and programs such as Contextual Behavior Therapy Fellowship Program and Social Work Practice with Older AdultsSSA Lectures and conferences may also offer CE credit.

Contact Us

Contact the Professional Development Program

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in a program should contact the Professional Development Program office at least one week in advance of the event for assistance. 

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Shirley Li

Shirley Li, AM '16

Li reflects on her SSA field experience, “I now realize that as a therapist, both the goal and how you approach that goal are very important.”