Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Justice for Social Workers: Climate Work is Social Work

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The course, developed by the Institute for Social Work and Environmental Justice, will incorporate practical and actionable curriculum for social workers, across the practice spectrum by addressing the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable populations.


CEs: 24 CEs

Upon course completion, participants will be awarded a formal certificate of completion, 24 CEs and a digital badge.


Adelphi University’s Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development will once again present and host the Post-Graduate Ecological Justice Certificate Program for Social Workers.The course, developed by the Institute for Social Work and Environmental Justice, will incorporate practical and actionable curriculum for social workers, across the practice spectrum by addressing the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable populations. Exploring strategies applicable at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels through the lens of the Grand Challenges of Social Work, participants will examine current and potential interventions that support resilience in clients, communities, and the environment.

In this project-based course each participant will craft an intervention that brings the principles of environmental social work into their personal or professional life. Three course assignments are carefully designed to guide students as they build these interventions. Like seeds, these interventions are planted during the 10-week course to grow and actualize in the future.

Date and Topics

The event takes place every Tuesday from 7:00 pm – 9:25 pm EDT.

Session Date Topic
1 September 10, 2024 Drawing Connections: Social Work & The Climate Crisis
2 September 17, 2024 Intersections with Racism & Achieving Equal Opportunity and Environmental Justice
3 September 24, 2024 Climate Thinking & Multi Solving 
4 October 1, 2024 Mental Health, Environmental Justice, and Wellbeing
5 October 8, 2024 Food Security and Climate Impacts
6 October 15, 2024 Homelessness, Migration, and the Climate Crisis
7 October 22, 2024 Climate Impacts Across Generations
8 October 29, 2024 The Gender Gap
9 November 5, 2024 Returning Citizens and Smart Decarceration
10 November 12, 2024 Presentations

Completing this solution-focused course will expand participants’ critical thinking capacity and improve their efficacy in service by exploring social and environmental interventions. Participants can market their new skills in a rapidly changing world, where the onslaught of environmental crises consistently illuminates the unequal burden of negative impacts on populations social workers serve. The Ecological Justice certificate emphasizes the value of turning environmental obstacles into opportunities to advance social justice in ways that resonate well beyond the semester.


$1320 (includes all related materials)

A deposit of $250 will be required to secure space upon acceptance into the course. Payment plans are available.

Available Discounts

  • 20% discount for Field Instructors and Adelphi Alumni
  • 35% discount for Veterans

Apply for this certificate

Upon acceptance, you will be sent a link to register for the course.

Lead Faculty

Kelly SmithKelly Smith, DSW, MEd, MSc

Dr. Kelly Smith is the founder and director of the Institute for Social Work and Environmental Justice developing programming to build social workers’ capacity to confront environmental challenges related to climate change. Kelly earned her doctorate in social work from the University of Southern California, where she was honored with The Order of Arête and Phi Alpha Honor Society memberships. She is also a member of the Advisory Counsel for the Grand Challenge to Create Social Responses to the Changing Environment. Kelly holds a master’s degree in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a second master’s degree in secondary education. For more information about sustainability and social work, and Dr. Smith’s scholarship, please visit ​the ISWEJ website.

Credentialling Information

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • CASAC Renewal
  • APA Psychology
  • NYSED Psychology Pending

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form. See full credentialing information and CEUs New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the onset of the postgraduate certificate program. Cancellations occurring more than seven working days before the onset of the program will result in a refund less the amount of the deposit. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.
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