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Dominican University School of Social Work’s Center for Professional Excellence (CPE) is at the forefront of providing relevant and timely programs that assist in the professional development of current and future social workers. Like Dominican’s MSW program, CPE address issues that are impacting the field of social work domestically and internationally. We are committed to ensuring that every CPE participant leave our workshops, lectures and symposiums with new knowledge and practical training that they can implement within their organizations.

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.

For those organizations that have specific training needs, Dominican’s CPE now provides customized training that can be conducted on-site at the organization or at Dominican’s Priory or Grayslake campuses. Let’s face it, in today’s changing work environment, employees are expected to do more with less and our goal is to ensure that you have the appropriate tools necessary to effectively perform your responsibilities, increase productivity and remain competitive.

The Center for Professional Excellence consists of the following key areas. Attendees with a LSW, LCSW or LCPC can earn CEU’s.


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 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.