Summer 2020 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 554 Motivational Interviewing

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

May 26, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Location: 106 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11590
Instructor: Peter Sobota

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

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: July 16 and July 17, 2020 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 111 Wende Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 11739
Instructor: Jay Swarthout

SW 599 Public School Social Work

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

May 26, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Location: 106 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11580
Instructor: Gerald Moote

SW 702 A Motivational Interviewing Approach to Client Behavior Change

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: July 23, 2020 and July 24, 2020 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 403 Hayes Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 11742
Instructor: Melissa Babiarz

SW 704 A Solution Focused Approaches to Difficult Client Situations

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 client situations. This course will consist of critical discussion and practical application of the material.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: July 21, 2020 and July 22, 2020 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 403 Hayes Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12841
Instructor: Denise Krause

SW 705 Assessing Lethality

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: June 18, 2020 and June 19, 2020, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 403 Hayes Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 11740
Instructor: Lynda Battaglia

SW 707 What Color is Dead? Helping Children Cope with Loss

This course provides the participant with an understanding of the unique needs of the grieving child and family. Course content will cover theory and research related to identifying the grieving child and interventions to meet the child and family’s needs. Special attention will be given to certain populations including families dealing with traumatic loss. Emphasis will be placed on assisting the participant develop a repertoire of skills in working with the grieving individual.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: June 8, 2020 and June 9, 2020 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 214 Parker Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12842
Instructor: Dechantal Cummings

SW 972 Social Impact Fellowship

As a component of the Social Impact Fellowship, this course provides a socially relevant academic experience that combines classroom curriculum with hands-on learning and experience. The course leverages case studies, lectures, in-class activities, and discussions to help students learn to think strategically and act opportunistically, with an economic mindset and a social conscience. Because the field of social innovation is interdisciplinary and in its infancy, the course is introductory in nature and draws heavily from cases, speaker experience, and student inquiry. Students will learn to identify and assess social problems and design context-appropriate, innovative solutions. The definition and meaning of key terms including social innovation, social entrepreneur, and social enterprise will be addressed. As Social Impact Fellows, graduate students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines are participating in the same class, reflecting the real-world diversity and cross-sector collaboration that are key to innovative thinking and acting.

Students are required to apply for entry into this course. Applications were due January 31, 2020. For questions about the student application process, contact Jessica Wangelin, Social Impact Fellows coordinator, at jbiegaj@buffalo.edu or 716-881-8967.

Schedule:

May 26, 2020- August 14, 2020

Class Dates to be Determined

Location: To Be Determined
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11776
Instructor: Elizabeth Bowen

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:

July 14, 2020 and July 15, 2020 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Location: 214 Parker Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12338
Instructor: Seaghan Coleman

SW 997 Community Social Work in Action (Special Topic 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 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 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:

May 26, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Wednesdays

Class Times: TBD

Location: The Lighthouse
Credit Hours: 1-3
Registration # 11518
Instructor: Todd Sage