Department of Human Services Adult Services Professional Development

The School of Social Work has partnered with  the Maryland Deptartment of Human Services, Office of Adult Services to provide quality training for Adult Service staff members at local departments of social services. The Office of Adult Services protects vulnerable persons, promotes self-sufficiency and works to avoid or delay unnecessary institutional care or other out-of-home placements.

Pre-Service Training

Pre-service training includes 5 sessions offered two times per year, typically once in the spring and once in the fall. All sessions are held at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in Baltimore. Pre-service equips all new Adult Services staff hires with basic competency content to meet the needs of vulnerable adults. At the end of each session, participants are required to take and pass a competency exam. CEUs will be provided each for day of training.

Pre-Service Training Schedule for Adult Services Staff
(please contact Personnel Liaison in your agency to register)

In-Service Training

We offer in-service trainings that are planned in collaboration with the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Local Departments of Social Services to address specific training priorities identified by DHS Office of Adult Services and reflecting national trends and best practices. Training is provided in-person throughout the state, including sessions at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in Baltimore and regionally local Jurisdictions. In-service trainings are conducted by licensed clinical social workers and other professionals with expertise in the specific topics and adult learning. CEUs will be provided at the rate of 5.5 units per each day of training.

For more information contact:
Amanda Lehning, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Adult Services Professional Development                                                                               410-706-3831 /