Spring 2022 Seated and 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 130 Dismantling Anti-Blackness: On Becoming Antiracist (Undergraduate)

This foundational course examines historic and contemporary anti-Black racism and white supremacy in the United States. Students will analyze policies and strategies to identify, challenge, and transform the values, structures, and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism, white supremacy and anti-blackness. Students will also engage in self-reflection, develop self-awareness, and participate in critical analysis of systems of privilege and oppression, as well develop personal strategies for becoming antiracist and facilitating change in communities and society.

Schedule:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Location: 355 Academic Center, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 24399
Instructor: Josal Diebold

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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Location: 325 Academic Center, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 21681
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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Location: 248 Cooke Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19735
Instructor: Matthew Schwartz

SW 230 Theories and Policies of Community Organizing (Undergraduate Hybrid)

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:

January 31, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Location:

351 Academic Center, North Campus

 

Some sessions will be held remotely via Zoom. 12-15 hours of service learning in the community will take the place of some classroom sessions.

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 20883
Instructors: Laura Lewis

SW 235 Do we really care about kids? Rethinking child welfare in the U.S. (Undergraduate)

This course focuses on community responses to child maltreatment and the clashes between the current structures, societal values, and investment in child wellbeing. The course explores responses, including trauma-informed and human rights approaches, across multiple community systems, including child welfare agencies, social safety nets, health care systems, law enforcement, and schools. This course is designed for students across many majors, including 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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Location: 106 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19733
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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Location: 328 Academic Center, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19734
Instructors: Sarah Richards-Desai

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities (Undergraduate Hybrid)

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.

Schedule:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

In-Person Class Dates: 

January 31

February 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28

March 2, 14, 16, 28, 30

April 4, 6, 18, 20

May 2, 4

Location: 337 Bell Hall. North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 20884
Instructors: Joseph Bieron

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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Location: 352 Academic Center, North Campus
Credit Hours: 1-3
Registration # 24053
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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Location: 120B Greiner Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 14853
Instructor: Peter Sobota

Lecture B

Schedule:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Location: 145 Park Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 15187
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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Location: 113 Talbert Hall
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19732
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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m.- 8:50 p.m.

Location: 138 Bell Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 13731
Instructor: Jay Swarthout

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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

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

Location: 258 Capen Hall
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 17926
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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

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

Location: 110 Capen Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 14872
Instructor: Gerald Moote

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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Mondays 2:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Location: 216 Norton Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 16738
Instructor: Deborah Waldrop

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

This elective course will introduce graduate students in Social Work and Nursing to issues relevant to working with veterans and military family members. This interdisciplinary course will also provide students the opportunity to discuss topics across care-providing disciplines. Course content will include an introduction to military values, structure, culture, and terminology; 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. Using a trauma-informed framework, the course will examine the physical and mental health impacts of service and combat on veterans (e.g., physical trauma and disabilities, psychological trauma and PTSD, moral injury) as well as challenges of reintegration (e.g., unemployment, homelessness, access to services). These issues will be applied to military spouses/partners, families, and children, as will topics of separation, reunion, transitioning from the war zone to home, caregiver burden, loss, grieving, and fear of future deployments.

Schedule:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

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

Seated Class Dates: 

February 1, 2022

February 15, 2022

March 1, 2022

March 15, 2022

March 29, 2022

April 12, 2022

April 26, 2022

May 10, 2022

Location: 114 Cooke Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 17978
Instructor: Lisa Butler

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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

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

Class dates:
February 19 

February 26 

March 12 

April 2 

Please note, the final class on 4/2/22 will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: 106 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 19160
Instructor: Dina Thompson

SW 727 Infant Mental Health (Hybrid)

Infant Mental Health is a rapidly growing field that emphasizes the importance of supporting the developing parent-infant relationship and promoting secure attachments. This course will provide a foundation and overview of the important theories and assumptions underlying infant mental health, the evidence-based practices with infants, toddlers and families, and identification of appropriate interventions based upon the infant and family’s needs, cultural histories and capacities. Students will critically examine trauma-informed and human rights perspectives on how experiences of early childhood persist over time and how they may be summoned up again by the presence of a baby. The course will highlight the importance of self-reflection and self-awareness of one’s own experiences of early childhood, as well as cultural histories and capacities.

Schedule:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Four Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Seated Class dates:
February 12, 2022

March 12, 2022

April 2, 2022

April 23, 2022

Location: 214 Parker Hall, South Campus
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 19160
Instructor: Michelle Sperlich

SW 728 Public Health Social Work in Action

In this inter-professional 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.

Schedule: January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2023
Location: The Lighthouse 
Credit Hours: 1-2
Registration # 24050
Instructor: Todd Sage

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:

January 31, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Location: 325 Academic Center, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22100
Instructor: Christopher St. Vil