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Summer 2017 Online Electives

Our online courses come in a variety of offerings. Some of these courses are offered completely online while others are offered in a hybrid format, where students are required to come to campus for several class meetings.

The course descriptions provide details on the requirements for each individual course. One common misperception that students have is that they believe that taking an online course will be easier than taking a seated course. You should be aware that our online and hybrid courses will take just as much time and effort as a regular course. You will be required to do your readings, watch online video lectures, and participate in online activities that are equivalent to what you would do in a face-to-face class.

In addition to having the right attributes to be successful in taking an online or hybrid course, you also want to make sure that the computer system that you will be using for the course meets our minimum technical requirements.

Continuing Education Information

CEU's for NY LMSW's and LCSW's are available for select MSW elective courses. Upon completion of your course, you may use the instructions and form at this link to request your certificate.

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SW 101 The Social Context and Human Biology (Undergraduate)

This undergraduate course will provide a foundational understanding of human biology with emphasis on the biological bases of behaviors and issues of concern to social workers. This course is designed to meet the human biology prerequisites for Masters in Social Work students, and will cover the basics of human biology including anatomical systems and structures, development from conception through aging and death, genetics, evolution, and biological and environmental interactions. The focus of the course is not only on biology but also on the critical analysis of the interplay between human biology and social issues. Discussions will cover the biological bases of phenomena including but not limited to addictions, mental illness, sexuality, and aggression. Emphasis throughout the course also will be placed on biological processes related to trauma and stress. 

Course Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2017
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 10322
Instructor: Elaine Hammond
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Online Quizzes, Mid-term and Final Paper

Course Introduction - In this video Elaine Hammond provides a summary of what the course covers.

SW 557 Evidence Based Mental Health Practice

This course is aimed at developing the knowledge and skills necessary for working with individuals who have a diagnosis of serious mental illness using recovery-oriented evidence based practices. Students will learn to examine research literature to determine the various levels of support for specific interventions and essential principles for translating research into practice. In addition, they will identify the appropriate treatment outcomes that reflect effective, quality, mental health practice. Each evidence-based practice presented will also be examined for its utility with diverse groups.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2017
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11201
Instructor: Catherine Dulmus
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board and Chat Assignments, Literature Review, Virtual Poster Presentation

Course Introduction - In this video Professor Dulmus provides a summary of what the course covers.

Overview of Evidence Based Practice - guest lecturer Bruce Thyer speaks on this important topic.

SW 559 Trauma Theory and Treatment

This course will provide an introduction of theoretical frameworks on trauma throughout the life span. An overview of types of trauma and the impacts of trauma on the individual, family, and community will be examined. Information on treatment methods and evidence-based practices used to address trauma will be provided. This course offers students the opportunity to be introduced to an overview of the skills necessary to assess and intervene in situations involving trauma. The role of assessing and intervening in situations involving trauma will be examined from several theoretical perspectives.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2017
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 12456
Instructor: Susan Green
Format: This course will utilize: Blackboard CMS, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams. Students will need audio and video capability for “in-person” (synchronous) chat sessions.

SW 580 Psychopathology

This course provides a general introduction to the fields of abnormal psychology and clinical psychiatry. Specifically, this course will acquaint students with the epidemiology, classification, and etiology of the major forms of mental illness. It is the primary aim of this course to develop the student’s diagnostic skills in clinical settings. To that end, didactic emphasis will be placed not only on the study of psychopathological symptoms and behaviors, per se, but also on their manifestations in everyday life. Specific attention is paid to the ethical and social work value-related problems associated with diagnosing and labeling clients with a psychiatric disorder, and issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities or illness, age and national origin as they influence the manifestations of behaviors that may be diagnosed as mental illness or affect the presentation of mental illness. Case studies and videos will be used to ensure that students have an effective working knowledge of: (a) the biological and psychosocial bases of the major mental disorders; (b) the behavioral symptomatology that characterizes them; and (c) their classification according to the American Psychiatric Association system of classification of mental illness and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD). This course also addresses the role of social workers as advocates for people with mental disorders and as environmental change agents.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: May 30 - August 18, 2017
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 10638
Instructor: Barbara Rittner
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams

Course Introduction - In this video Professor Rittner provides a summary of what the course covers.

Introduction Lesson - a sample lecture from the course.

SW 587 Addiction and the Family

This course will provide a dual focus on alcohol and other drug problems and the family, examining: 1) the impact of alcohol and other drug problems on families, and 2) assessment and intervention strategies appropriate for these family systems and their individual family members (i.e.: children and adults).

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2017
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 10504
Instructor: Charles Syms
Format: This course will utilize: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board, Chat Assignments, Community-based assignments, and online small group assignments. This is a fully online course; therefore students will also need access to the Internet for “in-person” (synchronous) chat sessions with audio and video capability. 

SW 598 Behavior Disorders of Childhood

This course provides a general introduction to behavior problems of childhood. A particular emphasis will be placed on differentiating among the many associated labels (i.e. behavioral disturbances, behavior problems, mental illness, developmental disorders, maladaptive behavior, and dysfunctional behavior) with this category of disorders. The course will review classification and etiology of major mental health disorders within the context of normal and abnormal mental and emotional development of children. Children’s behavior disorders will be examined in the contexts of family, peer group, school, and community. The ethical considerations associated with this topic as well as the impact of culture on children and their families will be highlighted. Strategies employed to treat children and their families will also be addressed.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: May 30 - August 18, 2017
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 12009
Instructor: Elizabeth Caprio
Format: Blackboard CMS, discussion board interaction, online exams, video lectures, video clips, blogs, module activities, and potential synchronous sessions.

SW 717 Human Sexuality for Social Workers

This graduate course will focus on integrating human sexuality issues into social work practice. Students will examine current theories, research and evidence based practice(s) in addressing human sexuality issues across the lifespan. The course will explore the historical, political and cultural contexts of human sexuality, incorporating a trauma-informed and human rights perspective on sexuality. This course is designed to provide students with greater awareness of the diversity in sexual values, attitudes and behavioral expressions found among client systems and increased knowledge and skills in assessing and intervening with issues related to human sexuality that may present in social work practice.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2017
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11950
Instructor: Christopher Spicer
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Video Presentations

SW 988 Enhance Clinical Practice Using Emerging Technologies

This course is aimed at integrating current technologies used by client populations into clinical social work practice. The course is designed for MSW students and mental health practitioners. Students will explore the impact of technology, in its many forms, on human beings in the social environment, the opportunities and risks it presents in clinical social work practice, and how to understand and use technology professionally to improve clinical social work practice. Topics addressed will include use of social media, the question of internet addiction, video games and gamification, online therapies, electronic health records, and use of emergent technologies for clinical practice with individuals, groups, and larger systems.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2017
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 12087
Instructor: Michael Langlois
Format: Blackboard Course Management System, mostly asynchronous, except for three synchronous classes via GotoMeeting and one individual session one we schedule individually with each student. The three scheduled sessions are Mondays 6-8 p.m., dates to be announced.