Fall 2018 Online and Hybrid 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.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs for NY LMSWs and LCSWs are available for select MSW elective courses. Upon completion of your course, you may use the Application to Request New York LMSW & LCSW Continuing Education Hours for MSW Elective Courses 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: Aug. 27, 2018 - Dec. 7, 2018
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 12082 or 12096
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 554 Motivational Interviewing

For students in the online MSW program and non-matriculated students.

This course is organized primarily as a seminar that will highlight Motivational Interviewing approaches to help clients build commitment and reach a decision to change behavior. This course provides a forum for case presentation and discussion with an emphasis on discussing cases from student’s field placements and/or practice settings. Theories of behavioral change will be discussed, and the transtheoretical model (TTM) of intentional behavior change will be highlighted as an integrative framework for understanding the process of behavior change.

The theoretical basis of Motivational Interviewing lies in the construct of "ambivalence" and the conflict between indulgence and restraint that is so prevalent in the addictive behaviors. Failure to change behaviors causing problems is a phenomenon that extends well beyond the addictions, however, and the immobilizing effects of ambivalence can be seen in many social work practice spheres. Applications of motivational interviewing have been extended to behavioral change in general, including social work, mental health, health promotion, general medical care, corrections, and community and organizational settings. In addition, the course will discuss MI's application to practice with "mandated" clients.

While the course will reflect topics related to students who are working with clients with alcohol and other drug problems in their field and/or practice settings, it is also open to students who would like to learn and practice the Motivational Interviewing approach. In direct contrast to lecture formats, seminars can be a good means of changing perceptions, developing problem-solving skills, and challenging opinions.

This course is approved for CEU's

Course Dates: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22611
Instructor: Todd Sage

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. It is designed for MSW students and MSW mental health practitioners.  Students will become familiar with evidence-based practice, within a recovery-oriented paradigm, as a general approach to practice as well as specific evidence-based interventions to use for individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness. It is assumed that students will have a basic knowledge on serious mental illness as a pre or co-requisite, however a review will be provided. 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. Providing assessment and treatment to a diverse group of individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness is the focus of this course and will be discussed in detail.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 21842
Instructor: Catherine Dulmus
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board and Chat Assignments, Literature Review, Virtual Poster Presentation

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: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 12052
Instructor: Isok Kim
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams

SW 589 Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

This course provides participants with a trauma-genic conceptual framework for working with survivors of sexual abuse. Assessment techniques and treatment strategies are presented with special emphasis on individual and group therapy. Other topics in a survivor’s life; use of creative arts therapies in recovery; spiritual aspects of healing; and the avoidance of vicarious traumatization for the worker.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22493
Instructor: Mickey Sperlich

SW 598 Behavior Disorders of Childhood

This course provides a general introduction to the assessment and treatment of behavior problems of childhood and adolescence. The course will review classification and etiology of major mental health disorders within the contexts of normal and abnormal mental and emotional development of children and adolescents, and family, peer group, school, and community. The ethical considerations related to the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with behavior disorders will be examined. The impact of trauma, family factors, culture and oppression on the development, naming, and treatment of behavior disorders will be highlighted. Strategies employed to treat children, adolescents and their families will also be addressed.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19237
Instructor: Elizabeth Caprio
Format: Blackboard CMS, discussion board interaction, online exams, video lectures, video clips, blogs, module activities, and potential synchronous sessions.

SW 721 Aging Policies and Programs

This course is designed to familiarize students with social policies and programs for meeting the rapidlygrowing needs of the older population. Policies, programs, and services for older adults will be examined, with an emphasis on similarities and differences related to diversity and human rights. This course is intendedto increase the student's awareness and knowledge of programs and services provided through the OlderAmericans Act, the Social Security Act (including Medicare and Medicaid), Affordable Care Act, and other policies and community initiatives for the aging population. It will focus on the history, features, strengths,and limitations of these existing policies, and provide the skills needed to advocate for change at thelegislative, agency and/or community level. Students will be exposed to content areas that will enable them to understand aging programs that deal with social services, health care, housing, and other elements ofcommunity and institutional long-term care systems. This course will incorporate a trauma-informed and human rights perspective when considering policies that target the older adult population.

Course Dates: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22471
Instructor: Louanne Bakk