Social Work Practice in Serious Illness Care Micro-Credential

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Gain the knowledge, skills and competencies to work with people who have serious physical and mental illnesses or disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Social Work Practice in Serious Illness Care micro-credential consists of two courses and a monthly non-credit classroom-to-field seminar.

Open to advanced year MSW students in the seated program

To pursue this micro-credential, you must indicate your interest in time to match your advanced year field placement with an agency that supports and participates in serious illness care. 

Currently, this micro-credential is exclusively available to students in the seated MSW program. We are reviewing the possibility of opening this program to online students.

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Program Overview

The Social Work Practice in Serious Illness Care micro-credential program provides academic coursework, specialized internships and experiential opportunities that focus on the care for, and communication with, people who have serious illnesses and their families.

Through this program, you will develop your knowledge and skills for practice with individuals who have serious mental or physical illnesses, and intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, across the continuum of care.

Receive New York Contact Hours for SW 568 and SW 710

SW 568 and SW 710 courses are approved for NYSED social work contact hours to renew your license registration. If you have a license in another state, check with your state regulatory board to determine if New York hours will be accepted in your state.

Use this form upon completion of a course to request a NYSED social work contact hours certificate.


Katie McClain-Meeder.

Katie McClain-Meeder
Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: 716-645-1260