Cross-cohort Socialization of Youth: What Social Workers Need to Know (2 CEUs)

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Cost and Registration

Invitation Only

As a thank you for giving back, registration is offered free to alumni mentors, unpaid field educators, and advisory board members from the past two years.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Registration: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presentation: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 


403 Hayes Hall, South Campus, Buffalo

Closest parking lots include Abbott, Townsend and Diefendorf Lots. Please note that while parking is open after 3pm on campus, it is still at a premium, so give yourself enough time to park and find the building.


A consistent and well supported finding in the literature is the importance of significant others in the lives of youth and adolescents, particularly older individuals who serve as conventional models to aid in their development. Many of the conventional role models identified in research literature include, teachers, coaches, uncles, parents, and same-age peers. One group that has received less attention is the role that older adolescent/young adult role models play in the lives of youth. Despite research suggesting that adolescents from disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to spend time with older individuals than adolescents from less disadvantaged neighborhoods especially Black males in the U.S., relatively little research has been conducted on who these individuals are and what impact they are having on the development of youth and adolescents, specifically young boys. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the concept of cross-cohort socialization to the field of social work and explore its potential causes and the consequences associated with it. This workshop will propose several practice and policy recommendations aimed at reducing the negative effects of cross-cohort socialization among young Black males from disadvantaged communities.


  1. Introduce the concept of cross-cohort socialization;
  2. Describe the importance of cross-cohort socialization to social work practice;
  3. Provide an example of an approach to cross-cohort socialization;
  4. Highlight areas where social workers can take leadership in dealing with cross-cohort socialization. 


  • Define what cross-cohort socialization is and the impact on youth development.
  • Identify why cross-cohort socialization is important for social work.
  • Describe examples of cross-cohort socialization from the literature.
  • Highlight ways to intervene and deal with cross-cohort socialization.

CEUs for New York State LMSWs & LCSWs

NY LMSW & LCSW contact hours are being provided through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s Office of Continuing Education. This Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 2 live contact hours have been approved.

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Phone: 716-829-5847



Christopher St. Vil, PhD

Christopher St. Vil is an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. His research focuses on mentoring and victimization with an emphasis on Black males from marginalized communities. Dr. St. Vil received his PhD from the Howard University School of Social Work and his Masters’ degree in social work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia and Morgan State University where he taught courses in both social work and criminology. Dr. St. Vil’s research interests include masculinities and health, violence and trauma, cross-cohort socialization, idleness, and risk-taking attitudes.

Christopher St. Vil

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