Summer 2022 Seated & Hybrid 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.


Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

May 31, 2022 - August 5, 2022

Location: 110 Capen Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11313
Instructor: Peter Sobota

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.


Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

May 31, 2022 - August 5, 2022

Location: 260 Capen Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11306
Instructor: Gerald Moote

SW 705XCE 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 CEs.

Schedule: July 28-July 29, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 214 Parker Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 13038
Instructor: Lynda Battaglia

SW 728 Public Health Social Work In Action

In this interprofessional course, students work alongside students from other health professions at community-based clinics and other settings working toward racial equity in the delivery of basic healthcare services. Students may be working with students from other university schools or departments to conduct assessments, provide psychosocial information, coordinate services and advocate for the community. Students will utilize social work skills learned in classroom and field education, including a trauma-informed and human rights lens, to assess the macro forces that impact health and health care in economically challenged neighborhoods.


May 31, 2022- August 5, 2022

Days and times to be arranged with the instructor

Location: The Lighthouse
Credit Hours: 1-2
Registration # 12713
Instructor: Todd Sage 

SW 976XCE Positive Psychology & Resilience

This program will review advances in cognitive behavioral therapy from the field of positive psychology and contrast these approaches with traditional CBT interventions. Additionally, this course will provide training in practical, evidence based, youth friendly positive psychology interventions that attendees can readily use with young clients to help them be resilient and persevere through challenges, experience positive emotions, build supportive inter-personal relationships and pursue their passions and goals with courage and confidence.

This course is approved for CEs.

Schedule: June 9-June 10, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 214 Parker Hall, South Campus 
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12575
Instructor: David Pratt 

SW 977XCE Dealing with Challenging Clients: Why Don't They Just Get Over It?

As practitioners or helping professionals, we find ourselves faced with clients who present as annoying, passive, aggressive, stubborn, refusing to communicate fairly, stuck in the past, and unwilling to move forward. This behavior affects the communication and learning process and limits our clients’ ability to benefit from the services we provide. Familiarity with typical trauma reactions will allow conflict resolvers and other professionals to shift their thinking and take a different approach.

Many trainings give you the textbook information about trauma. This training gives you a powerful experience and insight into trauma effects, how your clients are affected every day of their lives, and why they can’t just “get over it” and move on. This experiential workshop will equip you to recognize clients’ trauma and help them break free and move forward.

This training is rooted in polyvagal theory, provides core concepts and skills from neurobiology, conflict transformation, spirituality, and restorative justice to address the needs of trauma-impacted individuals and communities.

Trauma affects individuals, families, and communities and can fuel continuing cycles of conflict and harm. This training pulls together a wide variety of professionals and paraprofessionals into an experiential trauma training that goes right to the core and helps you connect on a deeper level with other participants and your clients. It will challenge your assumptions about why some trauma survivors seem stuck and not be able to “just get over it” and move on. After completion of this program, you will reach a level of providing trauma-informed care beyond what you were previously able to give to your clients.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: July 18-July 19, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 214 Parker Hall, South Campus 
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 13037
Instructor: Annie Monaco

SW 990 Special Topic- Dismantling Anti-Blackness: Becoming Antiracist

Many events in recent years – including national attention on police brutality towards African Americans – have signaled a long overdue awakening to the systemic racism that persists in our economic, political, and legal systems. This foundational course examines the history and far-ranging effects of anti-Black racism in the United States across various institutions including criminal justice, health, education systems. Using multiple forms of media, students will analyze policies and develop strategies to challenge and transform the values, structures, and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism. Students will also engage in self-reflection and critical analysis of systems of privilege and oppression, leaving with personal strategies for continuing the work of becoming antiracist.

Schedule: August 5, 2022- August 6, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:  117 Baldy Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 13247
Instructor: Nicole Capozziello

SW 991 Special Topic-Contemporary Issues in Global Child Welfare

This course will introduce students to children’s adverse experiences around the world using a trauma-informed, human rights-based framework. With particular attention to intersectional marginalized experiences and identities, the class highlights children in conflict zones, displacement and migration, trafficking, and gender-based disparities. The course describes advocacy efforts to improve child well-being and cultural humility for social workers.

Schedule: July 29-July 30, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 337 Bell Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 13258
Instructor: Sarah Richards-Desai