Online Courses for Professionals/Leaders

About Our Online Courses

Leadership Fundamentals (15 Hours) 

Up to 6 months to complete

Option 1: Curriculum only (~15 hours): $695

Option 2: Curriculum + experiential professional coaching (3 x 1-hour sessions): $1,295 

The discouragement and stress that a professional can find themselves in because of missing leadership skills is often very high. Originally promoted because of good industry skills, many professionals today move upward quickly, only to learn that they are lacking formal leadership skills once they get to their leadership role. Leadership Fundamentals is an introduction to 8 competencies of good leadership that include building cohesive teams, hiring and retaining great people, and how to manage change effectively. Note: students may opt to take the online curriculum only OR curriculum with coaching. Curriculum with coaching includes 3 live / remote coaching sessions with a trained coach (note that these sessions are often covered by RSW 3rd party insurance plans).  

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Becoming a Coach-like Professional:  Motivational Interviewing (10 Hours) 

Up to 6 months to complete

Option 1: Curriculum only (~10 hours): $495

Option 2: Curriculum + experiential professional coaching (3 x 1-hour sessions): $1,095

Many professionals including managers, therapists and supervisors claim to be coaching.  A large study published in the Harvard Business Review (Milner & Milner, 2018) revealed that most managers who identify as coaches do not really understand what coaching is, and are defaulting to teaching, “telling” or attempting to persuade their direct reports.  The International Coaches Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”  The heart of coaching is a conversation about change, and many professionals can significantly improve their coaching skills once they understand the fundamentals of how to motivate for change.  In this course, we look at the anatomy of a coaching conversation, how to elicit more change-talk with others, how to work with seemingly “uncoachable” people, and what to consider when wearing multiple professional hats. Note: students may opt to take the online curriculum only OR curriculum with coaching. Curriculum with coaching includes 3 live / remote coaching sessions with a trained coach (note that these sessions are often covered by RSW 3rd party insurance plans).

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Cognitive Behavioural Coaching: Notice, Challenge, Change (10 Hours) 

Up to 6 months to complete

Option 1: Curriculum only (~10 hours): $495

Option 2: Curriculum + experiential professional coaching (3 x 1-hour sessions): $1,095

If we work with people, we inevitably sign up for work with the habits of thinking that they bring with them. What do I do when my direct report displays lacks of confidence? Why does my team member always avoid certain tasks? What do I do when someone’s professional performance is being impacted by personally sabotaging views? Written for those that coach, supervise or manage others, this course will teach how to empower other people to notice, challenge and change their own sabotaging thinking, including a look at how to separate out those better suited for therapy. Note: students may opt to take the online curriculum only OR curriculum with coaching. Curriculum with coaching includes 3 live / remote coaching sessions with a trained coach (note that these sessions are often covered by RSW 3rd party insurance plans)

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Once payment is received, the student will receive a license key within one week, and can begin course whenever they wish. Each level will require the student to complete a set of 8 modules that will take about 3 hours each. Modules do not have to be done in one sitting, as they are self-directed. The student may progress through the course as quickly or as slowly they wish, though all eight modules must be completed within a maximum of six months. Modules are varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demos, supplemental readings, professional and reflective practice exercises. There are no tests or exams.

Assignments and Textbooks

Assignments are submitted through the online platform. Once all assignments have been submitted, it will take approximately 2-6 weeks to review and return materials. The student will receive their certificate of completion from Adler once this step is complete. Courses will draw from no more than two textbooks per course (texts have been kept under $100 USD per course); students will require these before they begin, and will not be able to complete assignments without them.  

Online FAQ 

What format are the courses in?

The courses are self-directed, and the student choses their own pace. The only provision is that courses must be completed within six months. Great care has been taken to ensure high quality content delivery and learning…without the use of a lecture hall. You will receive a “pass / fail” grade that is determined by the quality of the assignments turned in; if you exert a reasonable amount of effort, you should have no problem passing the course.

Will I have contact with an Instructor?

Yes. A teaching team is in the background marking your assignments and providing feedback on a weekly basis. The teaching team is a highly experienced group of instructors, and will personalize the course with you week by week.

Who are the Instructors?

The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations, and who are also veteran practitioners. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work and in teaching and / or supervising.

How does the software work?

One you pay your registration, you will receive an email to the address you provided, which will open the course to you. You will receive that email within seven days, and you can begin your studies right away. You will need a reliable internet connection to do so.

Does the course offer any financial aid?

Not at this time. However, students that are registered with the OCSWSSW will qualify for the $500.00 from the SWSSW Professional Development fund, which reimburses eligible costs for professional development. For more information please visit www.swsswpdf.org.  

All students will receive a receipt. If you wish, you can also request an issuance of a T-2202 (or Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate), which is an income tax form issued annually that recognizes education-related activity within the tax (calendar) year. It shows the amount of tuition paid that may be claimed for income tax purposes.  You must request this specifically from Adler in time to file your annual income tax - it is not issued automatically.

Who is the contact person for the online courses?

Students may contact the Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Beatrice Traub-Werner, for specific questions: 

Beatrice Traub-Werner, MSW, RSW
Dean, Continuing Education
Adler Graduate Professional School
890 Yonge Street, 9th floor,
Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-923-4419 ext. 503
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