Essentials of Social Work Management and Leadership (Part II)

By Richard Hoefer and Larry D. Watson

Developed in collaboration with social workers Richard Hoefer and Larry D. Watson, this course helps participants build critical knowledge and cultivate unique skills to help them become even more competent and successful managers and leaders. Part II covers foundational concepts related to leadership and personal connection.
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  • Self-Paced
  • 1.5 Credits
  • Timely Material
  • Expert Faculty

About the Course

After taking this course, you will be able to:

• Describe the core concepts of leadership and their significance within nonprofit organizations, focusing on their impact on organizational success and client outcomes.
• Compare and contrast different organizational models such as the Hierarchical and Hub models.
• Explain various leadership theories, including feminist theory and anti-racist theory, and how they apply within the context of social work and nonprofit leadership.
• Differentiate between the roles of leaders, administrators, and managers in nonprofit organizations and outline the unique responsibilities and skills required for each.
• Identify the key skills and practices used by social work leaders to engage with board relations, manage external relations, and effectively contribute to their organization's mission.
• Assess the application of social work leadership skills in various situations, including strategic decision-making, team development, and addressing societal challenges through the lens of equity and inclusion.

You will earn 1.5 credits by completing this course.

Please note: Accreditation not available in New York, New Jersey, or West Virginia.


Richard Hoefer, Ph.D. is Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He publishes frequently regarding social work leadership, nonprofit administration, advocacy, social policy, grant writing, and program evaluation. Dr. Hoefer is a consultant in private practice, helping nonprofit organizations become more effective and efficient as they achieve their missions. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), and the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Dr. Hoefer is the founding and long-time editor of several academic journals, including the Journal of Policy Practice and Research.  

Larry D. Watson, Ph.D. is retired from the UTA School of Social Work faculty. He continues to conduct research and publish in the area of nonprofit administration and social policy. He is the former president of NASW Texas and served on the National NASW Board of Trustees. He currently serves on PACE, the political action committee of NASW, and has served as chair on TPACE, the state-level political action committee. He was honored by the Dallas Chapter of NASW for Lifetime Achievement in Social Work and is an NASW Social Work Pioneer.