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Human-Centered Leadership in Everyday Practice

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CEs



Research indicates that the need and intensity for health and human services is increasing while leadership talent is declining. A recent market analysis (Education Advisory Board) shows a projected rise in employer demand and opportunities for professionals trained in health and human services leadership. There are many models of leadership development. However, the health and human services and organizational psychology research, consultants, and leaders on the ground advocate for an emphasis on meaningfulness, equity, and impact. Broad-based sector and global research have culminated in a “positive framework” of Human-Centered Leadership that highlights mindful purpose and meaning, self-awareness, empathy and compassion, equity and inclusiveness, support, adaptability/agility, and resilience that drives personal and others’ achievement.


The purpose of this training is to delve into the five pillars of human-centered leadership, and explore how leadership is demonstrated in everyday actions, in relationships with peers, and in choosing how to engage with others in the organization.

* Does not meet BSWE's Supervision Requirement


Megan Meyer, PhD's Profile

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Dr. Meyer has taught community organization and macro social work practice at the School of Social Work for 17 years. Dr. Meyer’s research and publications have been interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of social work, sociology, and political science. She has sought to examine the practices and challenges of building social capital and organizing for social change in economically distressed urban environments, barriers to and practices in facilitating collaboration among community-based organizations and associations, and effective practices for community-university partnerships. She received her PhD and MSW degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Karen Hopkins, PhD's Profile

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University of Maryland, Baltimore

Dr. Karen Hopkins is Professor and Co-Director of the Human-Centered Leadership in Health and Human Services Certificate at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland.  She is the Academic Coordinator for the Graduate MSW/MBA dual degree and teaches courses in human service management and leadership and performance management.  Her research with nonprofit and public agencies is related to supervision, management, and leadership practices and outcomes, performance management, workforce development, and organizational learning and capacity building.  She is a national peer reviewer for the Standards of Excellence Institute certification for nonprofits.  She has served on the Boards of the Network for Social Work Management, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA).  She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Human Services Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance journal. She received a PhD from the University of Chicago, MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University.

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Name the tenets of  the Human-Centered Leadership Framework
  • Describe their own human-centered leadership via assessment
  • Apply the human-centered leadership pillars, highlighting self-awareness, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, connection, and leadership identity


Bibliography & References


Barsh, J. & Lavoie, J. (2014). Centered leadership: Leading with purpose, clarity, and impact. McKinsey & Company.

Choy-Brown, M., Stanhope, V., Wackstein, N., & Cole, H. (2020). Do social workers lead differently? Examining associations with leadership style and organizational factors. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 44(4), 332-342.

Hamman, M. & Spayd, M. (2015). The agile leader. Agile Coaching Institute, 1-16.

Hopkins, K., Meyer, M., Afkinich, J., & Bialobrzeski, E. (2022). Impact of leadership development and facilitated peer coaching on women’s individual, collective and organizational behaviors in human services. Nonprofit Leadership & Management32(3)387-408.

Kennedy, K., Leclerc, L., & Campis, S. (2021). Human-Centered Leadership in Healthcare: Evolution of a Revolution. Morgan James Publishing.

Sims, C. & Carter, A. (2022). Preface: Women of color and leadership. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 24(3), 155-162.

Thomas-Breitfeld, S. & Kunreuther, F. (2022). Trading glass ceilings for glass cliffsA Race to Lead report on nonprofit executives of color. Building Movement Project, 1-23.

Urrila, L. & Makela, L. (2022). Be(com)ing other-oriented: Mindfulness-trained leaders’ experiences of their enhanced social awareness. Management Learning, 55(2), 273-304.

Vu MC and Nguyen LA (2022) Mindful unlearning in unprecedented times: Implications for management and organizations. Management Learning, 53(5), 797-817.

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

* This does not meet BSWEs Supervision Requirement. 

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Live Interactive Webinar Platforms


The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

Both platforms offer high quality and user-friendly webinar platforms for our registrants.


System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

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ADA Accommodations

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