Spring 2021 Hybrid and Online 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 Online)

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: February 1, 2021 - April 11, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 21479
Instructor: Elaine Hammond
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Online Quizzes, Mid-term and Final Paper
Textbook: Text is open source, with no charge for download. It is found at openstax.org. Fowler, S., Roush, R. & Wise, J. (2017). Concepts of Biology.​ Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Course Introduction - In this video Elaine Hammond provides a summary of what the course covers.

SW 554 Motivational Interviewing (Online)

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.

Course Dates:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.- 8:20 p.m.

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22274
Instructor: Todd Sage
Format: Synchronous, Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board and Chat Assignments, Literature Review, Virtual Poster Presentation

SW 557 Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice (Online)

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: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15540
Instructor: Catherine Dulmus
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board and Chat Assignments, Literature Review, Virtual Poster Presentation

SW 559 Trauma Theory and Treatment (Online)

This course will provide an introduction of theoretical frameworks of trauma throughout the life span. An overview of types of trauma and the impacts of trauma on the individual, family and community will be examined. Information on treatment methods, clinical applications and evidence-based practices used to address and treat trauma will be provided.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15066
Instructor: Sue Green
Format: Blackboard CMS, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams.  

SW 573 Solution Focused Practice (Online)

Solution focused practice has been widely used in the counseling, medical, education and business fields. This hybrid course will present the origin, principles, theory, research and application of solution focused work through both online course material and classroom instruction. Students will develop the knowledge base to utilize this intervention approach in multiple settings. The differential application of solution focused techniques based on assessment, treatment plans and ethical practice guidelines will be explored. A major emphasis will be placed on skill development and implementation. Participants will be expected to engage (both in class and online) in case discussions, experiential exercises, role plays and simulations which integrate theory with practice.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Thursdays from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

 

Synchronous Online Session Dates: 

February 4, 2021

February 18, 2021

March 4, 2021

March 18, 2021

April 1, 2021

April 15, 2021

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15053
Instructor: Denise Krause
Format Blackboard CMS

SW 580 Psychopathology (Online)

This course provides a general introduction to the fields of abnormal psychology and clinical psychiatry. Specifically, the course intends to acquaint the students with the epidemiology, classification, etiology and treatment of the major forms of mental illness. It will be 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 upon the study of psychopathological symptoms and behavior per se, but also upon their manifestations in everyday life. Case studies and audio-visual tape records of interviews with actual patients will be made an integral part of the course.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15029
Instructor: Tiffany Chhuom
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams

SW 587 Addiction and the Family (Online)

This course will provide a dual focus on alcohol and other drug problems and the family, examining: 1) the impact of alcohol and other drug problems on families, and 2) assessment and intervention strategies appropriate for these family systems and their individual family members (i.e.: children and adults).

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 18201
Instructor: Kelly Dumas
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams

SW 589 Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Online)

This course provides participants with a traumagenic 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.

Course Dates: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 18096
Instructor: Jay Nixon
Format: The course utilizes Blackboard CMS, with readings, videolectures, videos, discussion boards, and journals. There is a semester-long online small group assignment. This is a fully online course; students will need access to the Internet for weekly activities and in addition will be required to meet synchronously two to three times during the semester online in small groups.

SW 595 Agency Grant Writing

This seminar covers the following aspects of proposal preparation: informational exchange, preparing the proposal, basic and advanced rules of writing proposals, the grant-management system, budgets, specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies, conceptual framework to guide the research, measurement to operationalize constructs, sampling plans, procedures for data collection, statistical analysis, and critical components of writing proposals. All students will submit a final proposal.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 13685
Instructor: Wendy Sheldon
Format: Blackboard CMS, synchronous session within the first 2 weeks of classes only. Meeting date will be determined with student input.

SW 598 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (Online)

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: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 17914
Instructor: Elizabeth Caprio
Format: Mainly asynchronous but may include synchronous sessions, Blackboard CMS, video lectures, video clips, blogs, module activities, podcasts, use of other online formats (e.g. Flipgrid)

SW 714 International Social Work (Online)

The purpose of this course is to examine critical global social issues, policies and social welfare institutions in different regions the world with special attention to human rights and the process of globalization and its effect on social welfare and human need. Specific topics covered include women in developing countries, child welfare and child labor, migration and refugees, and the impact of HIV in the developing world. The role of international organizations, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations (UN) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), in shaping international welfare policy and services is also explored. The underlying premise and values within the course is the need to strengthen and enhance social welfare systems in the face of globalization, to recognize social work as a global profession, to associate human rights with social welfare and social work practice, and to recognize value conflicts that influence global and international social interventions.

Course Dates: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15073
Instructor: Filomena Critelli
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Video Presentations. 

SW 720 Introduction to Issues in Veteran and Military Family Care (Hybrid)

This elective will introduce students to issues relevant to working with veterans and military family members, including military values, structure, culture, and terminology; the deployment cycle; history of recent military conflicts and impacts of different eras of service; government and community-based service delivery systems and supports available to veterans and military families; and the changing nature of the military, such as special issues related to women, racial/ethnic minorities, and gay and lesbian service members and veterans. Course content will also review the physical and mental health impacts of service and combat on veterans (e.g., TBIs, pain, physical trauma and disabilities, psychological trauma and PTSD, depression, substance abuse/addictions, moral injury) from a trauma-informed framework, as well as the challenges of reintegration (e.g., unemployment, homelessness, access to services, etc.).Additionally, these issues will be examined as they relate to military spouses/partners, families, and children, as will the topics of separation, reunion, transitioning from the war zone to home, caregiver burden, loss, grieving, and fear of future deployments. This interdisciplinary course will also provide students the opportunity to discuss topics across care-providing disciplines.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

 

Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:20pm

Location:  Remote (Zoom)
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19277
Instructor: Lisa Butler

SW 973 Special Topic: Social Work in Medical Settings (Online)

Multiple methodologies will be used to inform and educate students about the unique aspects of medical social work. Students will use critical thinking to begin creating a deeper understanding of certain aspects of medical social work and develop a broader understanding of what medical social workers do.

Course Dates: February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22355
Instructor: Todd Sage
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Video Presentations.