About the Center for Professional Excellence

The Graduate School of Social Work’s Center for Professional Excellence (CPE) is committed to providing professional training opportunities to human service and health professionals as well as providing MSW students with the skills to become well prepared, professional social workers.

The CPE encompasses the same mission as Dominican’s MSW program which offers a globally focused and family centered emphasis that focuses on preparing people for service to individuals, families, groups, communities and the professional world.

CPE workshops, lectures and symposiums are presented by faculty and seasoned professionals in the field of social work and other disciplines. Our goal is to ensure that you receive practical training that you can use in your everyday practice.

Attendees with a LSW,LCSW or LCPC can earn CEU’s.

CPE consists of the following key areas:


CPE workshops address timely issues in the field of social work. Attendees will participate in discussion and activities.

Signature Event
Annual Advanced Social Work Practice Workshop Symposium


CPE lectures address topics related to domestic and international social work and are presented by seasoned professionals from social services and other related fields.

Signature Event
Annual International Lecture and Dinner brings together attendees across disciplines to hear an expert present on a timely issue that is impacting global social work practice.


CPE symposiums bring together professionals and students from across various disciplines for public discussion and presentations around domestic and international topics.

Signature Events
Annual African American and Latino Social Work Symposium addresses issues that are impacting the African American and Latino Communities
Annual International Social Work Field Placement Symposium

Customized Training
Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work Center for Professional Excellence (CPE) provides customized training to meet the needs and challenges of social service, governmental and nongovernmental organizations. For example, instructors can provide training in the areas of supervision, child welfare, gerontology, school social work, human trafficking prevention, and community development.