Spring 2021 Seated (Remote) 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 140 Power to the People: Introduction to Organizing and Advocacy Strategies (Undergraduate)

This course focuses on the nuts and bolts of organizing and the strategies that inform advocacy with an emphasis on the roles social capital has on networking effectively across groups and systems. Because the skills and tasks of organizing and advocacy are predominately to catalyze and agitate for change, students will examine relevant policies and learn how to identify and map the distribution of power they promote particularly as they influence access to services and support in neighborhoods and communities. With an understanding of power and its impact on community capacity building, students will explore and engage in opportunities to apply cross-cultural communication in traditional media and public speaking. Likewise, they will examine and evaluate the impact these engagement activities and strategies have on access to services and support in neighborhoods and communities.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Location: 104 Knox Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23568
Instructor: Lauren Merriman

SW 150 Social Media in Social Change (Undergraduate)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with social media and social networking as they influence community change. Specifically, students will be introduced to the fundamental terms and concepts of social media and networking, including various interfaces, tools, and platforms that may be leveraged to promote community change and development. Students will also explore existing scholarship and best practices, as well as issues of social justice, burdens of adversity, social disadvantage, and human rights as they apply to the democratization of technology. Students will examine and evaluate the challenges, opportunities, and future applications of social media and networking related to community change.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Location: 107 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 20837
Instructor: Stephanie Sacco

SW 230 Theories and Policies of Community Organizing (Undergraduate)

This course will explore legal and policy developments pertaining to climate change. Approaches considered will range in jurisdictional scale, temporal scope, policy orientation, regulatory target, and regulatory objective. Although course readings and discussion will focus on existing and proposed responses to climate change, the overarching aim of the course will be to anticipate how the climate change problem will affect our laws, our organizations, and our lives in the long run. This course provides students with an understanding of the ways in which the history of community organizing and development informs community theory and policy across urban and rural settings. With an emphasis on group development theory, students will be introduced to the major theories and policies that impact neighborhood/community capacity, including but not limited to theories of poverty, inequality, human rights, urban and rural community organizing and development, and neighborhood organizing. A particular focus is the intersection of these theories and policies within this framework that can create social capital and foster entrepreneurship, social innovation, and cross-sector collaboration.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22350
Instructors: Katie McClain-Meeder

SW 235 Professional and System Responses to Child Maltreatment (Undergraduate)

This course focuses on interdisciplinary system responses to child maltreatment, including trauma-informed and human rights-based approaches. The purpose of this course is to expand the students’ knowledge of and skills in responding to child maltreatment. The course explores responses across multiple community systems, including child welfare agencies, health care systems, law enforcement, and schools. 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.

Prerequisite:  SW 225 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Advocacy

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Location: 205 NSC, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 20835
Instructors: Wendy Martin

SW 245 Global Child Advocacy Issues (Undergraduate)

The course is designed to increase student understanding of the adverse experiences of children growing up in various countries. The purpose of this course is to expose students to considerations of socioeconomics, health, culture, religion, and politics and how these affect the welfare and well-being of children across the world. This course examines advocacy efforts using a trauma-informed, human rights framework.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 20836
Instructors: Sarah Richards-Desai

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 neighborhoods and 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 and application of strategies that can be used to enhance the development of skills as well as the exercise of leadership by neighborhood and 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.

Pre-requisite: COM202 Intercultural Communication or COM225 Interpersonal Communication

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22351
Instructors: Joseph Bieron

SW 380 Mediating Conflict through Negotiation (Undergraduate)

This course is designed to provide students with practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for addressing and resolving conflict though the use of mediation and negotiation strategies and tactics. Students will explore the ways in which power operates in a variety of approaches, theories, and perspectives, including conflict theories and styles, strategies for empowering relevant parties in managing conflict through negotiation, and techniques and frameworks for third party intervention. Students also will critically analyze methods of conflict management integrating concepts of human rights, trauma, and restorative practice within various contexts.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 24050
Instructors: Kathleen Heim

SW 401 Black Men: A Historical and Contemporary Discourse 1619-Present (Undergraduate)

This course concerns the exploration of Black masculinity and the various policies that shape how Black male identity is viewed in America and how those policies shape the gendered perspectives/behaviors of the Black male. Consistent with an interdisciplinary approach the course will focus on a number of domains that impact Black men such as the prison industrial complex, poverty, violence, education and draw from a number of disciplines such as social work, history and sociology. We start our consideration of this topic with an examination of the institution of slavery in America between the 17th century and the beginning of the 20th century which set the foundation for Black masculinity in America. Theories that aim to explain Black male outcomes will be incorporated throughout the course.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Wednesdays from 9:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: NSC 228
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 24051
Instructors: Christopher St. Vil

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.

Lecture A

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Mondays from 9:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15050
Instructor: Peter Sobota

Lecture B

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15464
Instructor: Peter Sobota

SW 556 Forensic Social Work

This course examines social work practice in the context of the legal and justice systems, including criminal and civil courts, child custody issues, and mandated treatment. It provides students with a broad overview of the justice system within the United States, and how that system interacts with other structures and policies to affect social workers and the populations we serve. Students will review forensic social work practice within a broad array of settings with diverse populations. Recent trends in the criminal justice system will be examined, including mass incarceration, civil commitment, the criminalization of poverty, and the so-called war on drugs.  Special emphasis is placed on the disproportionate impact of these trends on marginalized communities within the United States. 

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Mondays from 9:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 20834
Instructor: Lynda Battaglia

SW 584 Personality Disorders

This course focuses on people who have been characterized as having a “personality disorder.” The course is designed to provide students with an overview of historical and current perspectives and controversies in this area, including controversies surrounding interventions with this population.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

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

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 13816
Instructor: Jay Swarthout

SW 591 Spirituality in Social Work

In keeping with the generalist model, as social workers we need to be exploring spiritual themes with our clients. Such exploration can offer them a source of inner strength during times of crisis. It may also help them find a sense of community based on their belief systems and give meaning to their lives even when grieving during transitions and losses. This course will expose the student to basic knowledge about spirituality as a component of mental health as well as teach him/her interventions for integrating spiritual concepts into clinical practice.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesdays 2:20 p.m.- 5:10 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 13642
Instructor: Elaine Hammond

SW 597 Play Therapy

This course is a practice oriented elective. The purpose of this course is to provide students with exposure to and an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in using play therapy with individuals, families and groups in diverse settings. Students will become familiar with various theoretical practice models and learn to apply those models with children experiencing a variety of problems across diverse populations. This course will expose the student to basic knowledge about play therapy as a component of services to children, including in mental health, child welfare, health and community based settings.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesdays 5:30 p.m.- 8:20 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 18633
Instructor: Rebekah Crofford

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:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Tuesdays 5:30 p.m.- 8:20 p.m.

Location: NSC 222, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15069
Instructor: Gerald Moote

SW 708 Responding to Disasters with Social Work Interventions

Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary for responding to disasters, such as floods, fires, hurricanes and major transportation accidents. Students will become oriented to trauma-informed casework, mental health interventions and shelter-based interventions that are utilized by disaster response teams, such as rapid assessment skills; enhanced psychological first-aid for survivors, staff and volunteers; and facilitation of immediate problem-solving. The course is anchored in the values and ethics of the social work profession and incorporates a human rights perspective in understanding disasters and their differential impact on vulnerable populations.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: Class Dates:
February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 17165
Instructor: Susan Peek

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:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Mondays 3:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Location: Remote
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 17284
Instructor: Deborah Waldrop

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.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Class dates:

February 15, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
February 22, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
March 7, 9 am- 5 pm
March 14, 9 am- 1 pm

Location: 148 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 20138
Instructor: Dina Thompson

SW 990 Special Topics: Black Men: A Historical and Contemporary Discourse 1619-Present

This course concerns the exploration of Black masculinity and the various policies that shape how Black male identity is viewed in America and how those policies shape the gendered perspectives/behaviors of the Black male. Consistent with an interdisciplinary approach the course will focus on a number of domains that impact Black men such as the prison industrial complex, poverty, violence, education and draw from a number of disciplines such as social work, history and sociology. We start our consideration of this topic with an examination of the institution of slavery in America between the 17th century and the beginning of the 20th century which set the foundation for Black masculinity in America. Theories that aim to explain Black male outcomes will be incorporated throughout the course.

Schedule:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Wednesday 9:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: 228 NSC, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 24052
Instructor: Christopher St. Vil

SW 997 Special Topics: Community Social Work in Action

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:

February 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.

Location: The Lighthouse 
Credit Hours: 1-3
Registration # 17247
Instructor: Todd Sage