DSW Candidate – Jason Cox, L.M.S.W, 10:30 AM – 11:45AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Promoting Supportive Learning Environments for Non-Traditional Social Work Students: A Student-Centered Approach for Higher Education Programs

DSW Candidate – Jason Cox, L.M.S.W

Monday, April 22, 2024

10:30 AM – 11:45AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Promoting Supportive Learning Environments for Non-Traditional Social Work Students: A Student-Centered Approach for Higher Education Programs

Social work education programs strive to educate students to serve and empower others, which requires a rigorous, competence-based, obtainable, and applicable education. To provide robust educational opportunities, it is essential that social work faculty understand the student population being taught.

Unfortunately, adult social work students are an understudied and poorly understood segment of the social work student population. This presentation seeks to present current knowledge on the needs of non-traditional social work students as it correlates to existing literature.

Moreover, the discussion identifies key conceptual concepts such as strengths, trauma sensitivity, and resilience and how these primary tenets complement adult learning and transformational learning theories. To create a welcoming, safe, and nurturing environment for adult learners in social work education programs, the presentation proposes a faculty training program to increase faculty knowledge and encourage faculty to understand and support the adult population of social work students. The overarching purpose of this presentation is to provide a foundational basis for furthering adult social work student support.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The attendee will possess a knowledge base on the needs identified by literature that adult social work students have.
  2. The attendee will correlate trauma, strengths, and resilience theory to adult learning and transformational learning theory as a direct response to supporting the needs of adult social work students.
  3. The attendees will consider opportunities for increased training among social work faculty and staff who teach adult learners.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.