Summer 2018 Seated Electives

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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 554 Motivational Interviewing

3 credits

This course is organized primarily as a seminar that will highlight Motivational Interviewing (MI) 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.

MI is an evidence-based practice for addictive behaviors, but 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.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

Mondays from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

May 29 - August 3, 2018

Location: 207 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Registration # 11958
Instructor: Peter Sobota

SW 556 Forensic Social Work

3 credits

Forensic social work is defined as social work practice in various criminal justice arenas, at the macro, mezzo and micro levels, with a particular emphasis on working with forms of serious violence. This elective course will introduce concepts, principles and skills of forensic social work practice with individuals, families and groups affected by criminal justice involvement. Criminal justice system components such as police, parole, probation, courts and jails/prisons will be identified and discussed in terms of function, funding and public support. This course offers students an opportunity to define forms of violence, to understand differing etiologies of violence and to develop skills in planning interventions at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. The social work role in assessing and intervening in jails, clinics, hospitals and communities will be highlighted. Major psychopathological pathways to violence will be identified and discussed in the context and role of risk management and safety planning.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

Tuesdays from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

May 29 - August 3, 2018

Location: 258 Capen Hall, North Campus
Registration # 12168
Instructor: Ronald Schoelerman

SW 577XCE Schema Focused Therapy for Trauma-Genic, Personality and Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding Lifetraps

1 credit

The purpose of this course is to provide a practical knowledge of the Schema Focused Therapy Model. Students will become acquainted with the nature of each of the Lifetraps or early maladaptive schemas, their domains, the pathogenic early learning in their origin, and the ways they play out in self-defeating behaviors of the adult. An overview of the model, components of assessment, case conceptualization, and the phases of treatment will be presented. At the conclusion of this course, students will have an understanding of the model and the steps for incorporating this integrative tool for the treatment of a wide range of clients who have histories of psychological trauma and meet criteria for personality, other mental health and substance use disorders.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

Monday and Tuesday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 23 - July 24, 2018

Location: UB Center for Tomorrow, North Campus
Registration # 12233
Instructor: Jay Swarthout

SW 599 Public School Social Work

3 credits

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of Social Work Practice in the Public Schools. Students will examine the history of school social work, state and federal education laws, educational issues and policies, conceptual frameworks (such as the ecological approach), and service delivery models. Evidence-based programs, interventions and practices will be highlighted, in particular those that optimize the student's potential for growth and learning. The course is intended to develop the student's awareness and understanding of the unique role that the school social worker has and how it impacts the lives of children, families, school staff and communities.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

May 29 - August 3, 2018

Location: 208 Diefendorf Hall South Campus
Registration # 11941
Instructor: Gerald Moote

SW 702XCE A Motivational Interviewing Approach to Client Behavior Change

1 credit

This course is an introduction to the principles, strategies, and the spirit of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach to help clients build commitment and reach a decision to change problematic behaviors. The theoretical basis of MI lies in the construct of “ambivalence” and the conflict between indulgence and restraint that is so prevalent when clients consider behavior change. The difficulty in changing problematic behaviors is an occurrence that extends well beyond “addictive behaviors.” The immobilizing effects of ambivalence can be seen in many practice spheres. In addition, the course will discuss MI’s application to practice with “mandated” and “resistant” clients. This course will consist of critical discussion and practical application of the material.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

Monday and Tuesday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 23 - July 24, 2018

Location: UB Center for Tomorrow, North Campus
Registration # 12237
Instructor: Melissa Babiarz

SW 704XCE Solution Focused Approaches to Difficult Client Situations

1 credit

This course will focus on building solutions in a contemporary social work practice environment. By integrating solution focused approaches within the context of family-centered social work practice participants will learn clear and useful techniques to apply in their work with difficult clients. This course will consist of critical discussion and practical application of the material.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 25 - July 26, 2018

Location: UB Center for Tomorrow, North Campus
Registration # 12238
Instructor: Denise Krause

SW 705XCE Assessing Lethality

1 credit

This is a skill focused course on how to assess and respond to adults with psychiatric emergencies where there is a risk of lethality (suicidal/ homicidal/self-harm). It will include identification of high risk factors and how to conduct lethality assessments for individuals, including those who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and/or under the influence of substances. Participants will learn the levels of lethality; how to use lethality assessment tools and rating scales; how to complete documentation of services which reflect clinical assessments in accordance with the most current evidence and best practices; how to create an intervention plan for identified lethality, and when it is appropriate in professional social work practice to break confidentiality based on a current lethality assessment.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 11 - July 12, 2018

Location: 214 Parker Hall, South Campus
Registration # 12234
Instructor: Lynda Battaglia

SW 716 Professional Writing and Documentation for Social Work Practice

2 credits

This course assists students in recognizing the difference between academic writing and post-graduate 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.

Schedule:

Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

June 6, 2018, June 16, 2018, July 7, 2018

Location: 260 Capen Hall, North Campus
Registration # 11942
Instructor: Alyssa Gross

SW 974 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Values Based Behavior Change

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based contextually focused form of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase clients' psychological flexibility and engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations. This course focuses on the origin, theory, components, research, and application of foundation skills of ACT to help adults and adolescents from diverse populations and a variety of life problems organize their lives around what matters to them, rather than avoidance of unwanted experiences, emotions, thoughts, and body sensations. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to utilize this method appropriately and effectively with diverse client populations and problems.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 13-June 14, 2018

Location: 214 Parker Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12236
Instructor: Seaghan Coleman