DSW Candidate – Michelle Keller, LCSW, 9AM – 10:15AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Moving the Needle in Social Justice and Education: An Interprofessional Education (IPE) Approach to Improving Outcomes and Teacher Retention

DSW Candidate – Michelle Keller, LCSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

9AM – 10:15AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Moving the Needle in Social Justice and Education: An Interprofessional Education (IPE) Approach to Improving Outcomes and Teacher Retention

Today’s classrooms experience a plethora of challenges affecting education outcomes for both teachers and students. Students and staff experience behavioral, mental health, societal, and organizational challenges that present as barriers to effective and successful education. Disparate outcomes are notably concerning for students with disabilities and children of color while educators are leaving their field at alarming rates. Although well-intentioned, educators often struggle with the challenging behaviors presented in classrooms.

Social work is uniquely positioned to provide strategies for educators through an interprofessional model of education (IPE). IPE offers strategies for disciplines to benefit from shared professional values and goals toward improving outcomes for client systems. IPE practices within medical models have shown to be effective in improving outcomes for patients by considering the patients in a holistic manner.

Organizational barriers to effective IPE will be discussed with recommendations for implementation and potential curriculum development. Finally, IPE will be discussed as a social justice strategy to progress the Grand Challenges of Social Work and improve outcomes for marginalized populations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the social problem to improve understanding of outcomes for students and teachers and introduce tenets and values of Interprofessional Education (IPE).
  2. Examine barriers to IPE with suggestions for implementation and potential curriculum development.
  3. Introduce IPE between social work and education during student teaching as a strategy to improve education and social justice outcomes.

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.