Fall 2018 Seated Electives

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 220 Introduction to Community Organization & Development (undergraduate)

This course provides a general introduction to the history, organizations, strategies, and practice issues related to community organizing and development. Specifically, this course examines different types of community organizing and development approaches including, but not limited to workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts and culture. Current trends and strategies for organizing residents and collaborating with community-based organizations on development initiatives are explored. This course also introduces empowerment, strengths-based, human rights, and trauma-informed perspectives as frameworks for developing, exploring, and analyzing community organizing and development efforts in urban and rural settings.

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Location: 112 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 24465
Instructor: N. Hitchcock

SW 225 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment & Advocacy (undergraduate)

This course provides the foundational knowledge to understand and recognize child maltreatment in diverse settings. The course covers the historical and comparative perspectives, including a trauma-informed and human rights perspective, on child maltreatment, with an emphasis on improving outcomes for children and families. This course is designed for, but not limited to, students who are interested in public health, social work, human services, nursing and other health professions, sociology, psychology, law, and education.

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Location: 116B Greiner Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 24431
Instructor: Patricia Logan-Greene

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities (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: Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. - 7:25 p.m.
Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Location: 250 Park Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23986
Instructor: Megan Brenner-Zwara

SW 580 Psychopathology

3 credits

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

Schedule: Tuesday from 6 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.
Aug. 27, 2018 to Dec. 7, 2018
Location: 113 Talbert Hall, North Campus 
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23990
Instructor: Robert Keefe

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. 27 to Dec. 7, 2018
Location: 112 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 21863
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. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Location: 325 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex (MFAC), North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 20733
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

Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018

Class Dates: 9/8/2018, 9/22/2018, 10/06/2018

Location: 260 Capen Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 20221
Instructor: Alyssa Gross

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: 9 a.m - 5 p.m.

Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018

Class Dates 10/13/2018, 10/20/2018, 10/27/2018, 11/10/2018

Location: 146 Park Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 22483
Instructor: Dina Thompson

SW 997 A Community Social Work in Action (Special Topics Course)

Students will work with design teams of older adults and community organizations participating in the Aging By Design initiative sponsored by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. Students will collaborate with community partners, including the Openly evaluation team, on the implementation of innovative prototypes. Students will engage in efforts to develop and evaluate programs and services that address the unique needs of their communities. Students will learn firsthand what it is like to assist in the implementation, evaluation, and continued development of new programs in non-profit organizations. During a one (1) credit fall semester seminar, students will learn about participatory design, partner organizations serving the aging population, and community engagement with older adults.

Schedule: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Location: TBD
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12095
Instructor: Louanne Bakk

SW 997 B Community Social Work in Action (Special Topics Course)

Get hands-on interdisciplinary experience in a community medical clinic setting in this independent study course!

The Lighthouse is a drop-in medical clinic that provides free, holistic routine health care and preventive services to un/under-insured adults and children on Buffalo’s East Side. It is managed and funded through the work of UB medical students. The clinic interdisciplinary team includes medical students, as well as students from other professional programs (currently social work, dentaland nutrition) to help address unmet or under-met health needs in this medically underserved community. Each student will volunteer at the clinic about 4-8 times through the semester from 6 pm to 9:30pm and attend a clinic meeting, and will meet independently with the instructor for orientation and supervision. Students will provide basic services related to support, information, and referral at the clinic. It is an excellent opportunity to learn skills in engagement, planning, and working across disciplines.

Schedule: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Location: The Lighthouse
Credit Hours: 1-2
Registration # 24094
Instructor: Todd Sage

SW 997 C Community Social Work in Action (Special Topics Course)

Intergroup dialogue is one of the only empirically based strategies to increase understanding and collaboration across diverse groups. Students will have the opportunity to gain basic knowledge of intergroup dialogue and fundamental skills. Students will participate in a day-long summit in partnership with local high schools to put their knowledge and skills in action by facilitating small groups of diverse high school students. Opportunities will be available for students to build upon any previous training in related approaches, such as Restorative Practices or Youth Organizing Strategies. Students who participated previously are welcome to register. We will “step-up” your involvement to accommodate your experience!

Schedule: Aug. 27 - Dec. 7, 2018
Location: 248 Cooke Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 24095
Instructor: Annahita Ball