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Fall 2017 Seated Electives

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 401A Special Topics, Community Leadership (undergraduate)

This course focuses on development of leadership skills and strategies that foster community engagement and strengthen the natural leadership of residents within communities. Students will examine theories of leadership and the ways in which they influence organizational structures that promote community well-being. Central to this course is the acquisition of strategies that can be used to enhance the development of skills as well as the exercise of leadership by community residents. Likewise, they will explore the mechanisms that support opportunities for collaboration across social, political, legal, and financial systems and the communication patterns that influence success.  

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11:20 a.m.
Aug. 28 - Dec. 8, 2017
Location: 351 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23710
Instructor: TBA

SW 401B Social Media and Social Change (undergraduate)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with social media and social networking as they influence community change. Specifically, students will be introduced to the fundamental terms and concepts of social media and networking, including various interfaces, tools, and platforms that may be leveraged to promote community change and development. Students will also explore existing scholarship and best practices, as well as issues of social justice, trauma and adversity, social disadvantage, and human rights as they apply to the democratization of technology. Students will examine the challenges, opportunities, and future applications of social media and networking related to community change.

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7:25 p.m.
Aug. 28 - Dec. 8, 2017
Location: 248 Cooke Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23711
Instructor: TBA

SW 556 Forensic Social Work

This course examines social work practice in the context of the legal and justice systems, including criminal and civil courts, child custody issues and mandated treatment. It provides students with a broad overview of the justice system within the United States and how that system interacts with other structures and policies to affect social workers and the populations we serve. Students will review forensic social work practice within a broad array of settings with diverse populations. Recent trends in the criminal justice system will be examined, including mass incarceration, civil commitment, the criminalization of poverty and the so-called war on drugs. Special emphasis is placed on the disproportionate impact of these trends on marginalized communities within the United States.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.
Aug. 28 - Dec. 8, 2017
Location: 337 Bell Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 12210
Instructor: Patricia Logan-Greene

SW 582 Multicultural Issues in Social Work

This course will explore the cultures and value systems of some of the major ethnic groups found within the United States. The impact of culture on help seeking behavior, assessment, intervention, and the termination process will be discussed. Students will learn the importance of recognizing and working with informal support networks and indigenous helpers as part of the social work process.

Since the material involved is closely linked to values and beliefs about diverse populations, it is expected that a variety of opinions may arise in the classroom. It is critical that the classroom be an open place where all students feel free to express their ideas. Diverse opinions in the classroom should be treated with respect by everyone.

The course is grounded in the assumption that everyone has some biases. Social workers must learn to recognize their own biases and world views in order to become ethnically competent social workers. Class members can learn to work as a team and help to facilitate this discovery process and to present a challenging and supportive learning environment to all class members.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: Wednesdays from 9 to 11:50 a.m.
Aug. 28 to Dec. 8, 2017
Location: 328 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23390
Instructor: Isok Kim

SW 588 Social Work Practice with GLBT Populations

This advanced practice course focuses on developing the theoretical and empirical knowledge and practice skills necessary for effective, evidence-based social work practice with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons and their families. The course will cover five major domains of social work practice with GLBT persons: (a) the theoretical and empirical knowledge relevant to understanding the experiences of GLBT persons across the life span; (b) the assessment of the unique psychosocial concerns and issues presented by GLBT clients and their families-of-choice and families-of-origin, with particular attention to issues of race/ethnicity, culture, age, disability, religion, class, and physical or mental disability as they impact on sexual minority populations; (c) the identification and implementation of empirically-validated, capacity-building interventions with GLBT individuals, couples, and families; (d) the social work values, ethics and social justice concerns involved in working with GLBT persons and their families; and (e) intervention strategies for building inclusive agencies, organizations, and institutions. Students will actively examine their own values and attitudes towards gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, and their professional use of self in their practice with GLBT populations.

Schedule: Wednesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m.
Aug. 28 to Dec. 8, 2017
Location: 208 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23391
Instructor: Judy Brown

SW 710 Loss and Grief Across the Life Course

This course will focus on the central human experiences of loss, grief and bereavement that occur across the life course. Guided examination of current theories, research and evidence based practice(s) in grief counseling will be conducted. This course will focus on building knowledge about the nature of grief, mourning and bereavement as it is influenced by age, developmental stage, gender, race, culture, ethnicity and social context. Familiarity with the various types of losses that occur in all age groups is germane to effective social work practice in all agency settings. This course is designed to provide students with greater awareness, increased knowledge and basic skills for assessing and intervening with loss and grief in micro-, mezzo- and macrosocial domains. It will incorporate a trauma-informed and human rights perspective to social work practice with people who are adapting to loss.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: Tuesdays from 2 to 4:50 p.m.
Aug. 28 - Dec. 8, 2017
Location: 351 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 21755
Instructor: Nurit Fischer

SW 716 Professional Writing and Documentation for SW Practice

This course assists students in recognizing the difference between academic writing and postgraduate writing in professional social work practice and in mastering skills needed in a variety of current and post-graduate social work micro and macro settings (e.g., clinical work, research, program evaluation, grant writing and administration). Strong writing skills with the ability to adapt writing to different tasks and audiences is critical for social work competency and career advancement. In this course, students will also review written work (HIPAA de-identified) from their field placements, as well as papers from coursework for logic and organization; paragraph development; transitional statements; active voice; emotional tone/word choice; and matching writing style to the task such as case notes, professional emails, funding proposals, literature reviews and client or service provider letters.


Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dates 9/23, 10/7, and 10/21/17

Location: 146 Park Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 21097
Instructor: Alyssa Gross

SW 718 Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma

This course will introduce students to the core concepts (general theory and foundational knowledge), which informs evidence-based assessment and intervention with traumatized children and adolescents. Strength-based practice will be highlighted along with a focus on the identification of protective and promotive factors that foster resiliency and post-traumatic growth. Trauma is broadly defined, and includes  children and adolescents  exposed to traumatic events including, but not limited to natural disasters, war, abuse and neglect, medical trauma, and witnessing interpersonal crime (e.g. domestic violence) and other traumatic events. The course will highlight the role of development, culture and empirical evidence in trauma-specific interventions with children, adolescents and their families. It will address the level of functioning of primary care giving environments and assess the capacity of the community to facilitate restorative processes.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: Thursdays from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Dates:  Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Oct. 5, 2017
Location: 352 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23392
Instructor: Susan Green

SW 722 Restorative Justice Certificate Training

Restorative justice (RJ) is a social justice approach toward repairing the harm, promoting positive interpersonal relationships and building community when conflict, misconduct or criminal behavior occurs. RJ brings social justice to the criminal justice system, schools, and communities. With youth, RJ is an evidence-based approach toward improving school climate; interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects youth of color; and creating safe and supportive environments for children and youth without resorting to punitive responses. 

In this class students will learn about RJ and practice skills in conducting RJ circles in school, criminal justice system, and community setting with children, youth and adults. Students with an interest in working in criminal justice settings, neighborhood community centers, schools, child welfare settings and other organizations serving children, youth, and adults are encouraged to take this course.

This course is approved for CEU's.


Saturday Sep. 23, Sep. 30, & Oct. 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: 5 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 21202
Instructor: Dina Thompson

SW 972 Special Topics, Advanced Interventions in Integrated Health Care

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the direct practice of integrated behavioral health in primary care.  Students will become knowledgeable of the roles of behavioral health providers working in primary care settings, theories and models of care, and cross-cultural issues.  They will develop skills in engagement, assessment, intervention planning and implementation, and practice evaluation paying attention to issues of trauma and human rights.  Because the populations served in primary care settings span the spectrum of severity in both the physical and behavioral health dimensions, students will develop competencies in engaging and supporting patients across a range of health conditions while using the trauma-informed care approach.

The course will introduce students to the essential practice skills needed to effectively address the challenges of integrating services, care and support for persons with health, mental health, and substance use problems.  Students will become fluent in the language and culture of health and will develop a working knowledge of a wide variety of chronic health conditions.  Students will examine the challenges of multidisciplinary team practice and current best practices for effective interventions.  Throughout the course, students will critique behavior change theories, practice models and evidence-based interventions for their utility in an integrated healthcare system. Building on the student’s foundational knowledge of general practice skills (engagement, screening, comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, documentation and evaluation) this course will emphasize practice skills and implementation of approaches designed to enhance effective communication, consumer engagement, motivation and empowerment with clients and as a member of a collaborative health team.  Through the use of case vignettes, discussions, and reflective journals, students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to be effective in a variety of roles in primary care behavioral health (e.g., care manager, health coaches, patient advocates, counselors, team leaders).  Finally, students will increase their knowledge of complementary and alternative therapies and the importance of self-care as health professionals.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of foundation-year coursework or equivalent.

Schedule: Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:50 p.m.
Aug. 28 - Dec. 8, 2017
Location: 213 Norton Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23393
Instructor: Robert Keefe

SW 996 Sex, Love, Pleasure, and Pain: Assessing and Treating Clinical Issues in Human Sexuality

This course introduces students to the assessment and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions, grounded in an understanding of normative sexual behaviors and functioning. This course prepares students to address sex and sexuality in clinical sessions with adult individuals and couples; students will gain an understanding of the profound impact sexual dysfunction has on people. Students will gain an understanding of DSM diagnostic criteria for sexual disorders, sub-optimal sexual functioning, and other sexual problems. This course is an invitation toward increasing your awareness of yourself as a sexual person. We will explore how prejudice, poverty, class, race, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, religion, disability and access to services impact sexual problems and their treatment. We will define consent, the impact of trauma on sexual functioning, and learn how gender does and does not relate to sexual functioning. Course content relevant to adolescents and youth will be less comprehensive. This course will not focus on the forensic assessment and treatment of sexually criminal behavior (e.g., child molestation and pedophilia).

This course is approved for CEU's.


Tuesdays from 2 - 4:50 p.m.

August 28 to Dec. 8, 2017

Location: 328 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 21831
Instructor: Daniel Rosen

SW 997 Special Topics, Community Social Work in Action

Provide direct services on Wednesday evenings to adults, children and youth at the Lighthouse Clinic, a free medical clinic operated and staffed by UB medical students. The Lighthouse Clinic is located near the corner of Jefferson and Utica on the East Side of Buffalo and provides free, basic medical care to those with limited access and means. Hours will be 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information, please email Charles Syms at

Schedule: Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 28 - Dec. 8, 2017
Location: Lighthouse Clinic
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12220
Instructor: Charles Syms