Summer 2022 Online 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 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.

Schedule: May 31, 2022- August 05, 2022
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11813
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.

Schedule:

May 31, 2022- August 05, 2022

Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11578
Instructor:

Todd Sage

Format: 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. 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.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule: May 31, 2022- August 05, 2022
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 10755
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.

Schedule:

May 31, 2022- August 05, 2022

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11415
Instructor: Susan Green
Format: This course will utilize: Blackboard CMS, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams. Students will need audio and video capability for “in-person” (synchronous) chat sessions.

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.

Schedule:

May 31, 2022- August 05, 2022

Synchronous Dates from 6PM-8PM:

6/2/22

6/16/22

6/30/22

7/14/22

7/28/22

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 12253
Instructor: Denise Krause
Format: This course will utilize: Blackboard CMS, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams. Students will need audio and video capability for “in-person” (synchronous) chat sessions.

SW 580 Psychopathology (Online)

This course provides a general introduction to the fields of abnormal psychology and clinical psychiatry.  Specifically, this course will acquaint students with the epidemiology, classification, and etiology, of the major forms of mental illness. It is 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 on the study of psychopathological symptoms and behaviors, per se, but also on their manifestations in everyday life. Specific attention is paid to the ethical and social work value-related problems associated with diagnosing and labeling clients with a psychiatric disorder, and issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities or illness, age and national origin as they influence the manifestations of behaviors that may be diagnosed as mental illness or affect the presentation of mental illness. Case studies and videos will be used to ensure that students have an effective working knowledge of: (a) the biological and psychosocial bases of the major mental disorders; (b) the behavioral symptomatology that characterizes them; and (c) their classification according to the American Psychiatric Association system of classification of mental illness and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD). This course also addresses the role of social workers as advocates for people with mental disorders and as environmental change agents.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

May 31, 2022- August 05, 2022

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 10410
Instructor: Robert Keefe
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.

Schedule:

May 31, 2022- August 5, 2022

Credit Hours: 3
Registration #
10348
Instructor: Kelly Dumas
Format: This course will utilize: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board, Chat Assignments, Community-based assignments, and online small group assignments. This is a fully online course; therefore students will also need access to the Internet for “in-person” (synchronous) chat sessions with audio and video capability.

SW 598 Behavior Disorders of Childhood (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.

Schedule:

May 31, 2022- August 19, 2022

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11226
Instructor: Elizabeth Caprio
Format: The course utilizes Blackboard CMS, with readings, video lectures, 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 times during the semester online in small groups (over the Collaborate platform).

SW 702XCE A Motivational Interviewing Approach to Client Behavior Change (Online)

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 CEs.

Schedule:

June 13-June 17, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 11432
Instructor: Melanie Sage & Todd Sage
Format: Live online via Zoom 

SW 705XON: Assessing Lethality (Online)

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.

Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 13228
Instructor: Lynda Battaglia, LCSW
Format: Live online via Zoom

SW 974XCE Dialectical Behavior Therapy Approaches to Treat Problematic Behavior Patterns (Online)

This course will focus on using Dialectical Behavior Therapy theory and interventions to assess and intervene with problematic behavior patterns including behaviors associated with suicidality and self harm, substance use, and impaired functioning. Marsha Linehan’s theory, psychoeducational material, and phases of treatment will be reviewed and practiced with didactic and experiential methods.

This course is approved for CEs.

Schedule:

August 3- August 5, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 11887
Instructor: Lisa Prefontaine
Format: Live online via Zoom

SW 975XCE Interventions for Attachment Trauma: Healing Past Wounds (Online)

This course focuses on attachment wounds that occur in childhood and explain why our clients struggle in therapy. This course will offer interventions for use with adults and children to help repair the wounds. 

This course is approved for CEs.

Schedule:

July 12 and July 13, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12463
Instructor: Annie Monaco
Format: Live online via Zoom

SW 976XON: Advances in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Positive Psychology Interventions to Promote Resilience, Positive Emotions & Personal Growth in Youth (Online)

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: Wednesday, June 9th 8:45 am - 4:30 am
Thursday, June 10th 8:45 am - 4:30 am
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 13229
Instructor: David Pratt, PhD
Format: Live online via Zoom  

SW 977XON: Dealing with Challenging Clients: Why Don’t They Just Get Over It? (Online)

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.

This course is approved of CEs.

Schedule: Monday, July 18th 8:45 am – 4:30pm
Tuesday, July 19th 8:45 am – 4:30pm
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 13230
Instructor:
Annie Monaco, LCSW-R, RPT & Sue Klassen, M.A.
Format: Live online via Zoom 

SW 988AON: Special Topic- Social Media in Social Change (Online)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with social media and social networking as they influence community change, as well as acculturate students to expectations in working within the Social Work field online. Students will become comfortable with social media technology, social media use when in agency practice, understanding etiquette when working digitally through telecommunication apps (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, telehealth platforms, etc), as well as becoming familiar with the NASW Technology Standards.  Fundamental terms and concepts of social media and networking, including various interfaces, tools, and platforms that may be leveraged to promote community change will be introduced.  Students will also explore 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 and gain pragmatic tools that can assist them in their career and bolster their resumes.

Schedule: July 11, 2022 - August 19, 2022
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 13246
Instructor:
Matthew Schwartz
Format: This course utilizes Blackboard CMS with four synchronous sessions 

SW 996XCE Beyond the Basics: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Motivational Interviewing- Intermediate Level (Online)

This intermediate level course is designed for students and practitioners who have some training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and have applied basic skills with a client population. Building upon the Spirit of MI and understanding of ambivalence and stages of change, the course will explore ways of responding to challenging conversations and focusing conversations. Using advanced moves with the basic strategies of Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries, we will practice tipping the scales of sustain talk to the direction of change talk. Training activities will focus on understanding the role of trauma and trauma-informed care during assessment and planning phases, giving advice in an MI-adherent style, and supporting clients for action steps toward their goals. Participants will also learn about the role of trauma in conflict and responding to upset and angry clients. We will approach MI content from a trauma-informed perspective, combining trauma informed approaches with MI for working with marginalized populations.

This is an intermediate level course. Successful completion of SW 702 A Motivational Interviewing Approach to Client Behavior Change is required before taking this course.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Schedule:

July 25-July 28, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 12527
Instructor: Melanie Sage and Todd Sage
Format: Live online via Zoom