Courses

Below you will find the current course offerings listed by semester and then alphabetically by department. Students and Faculty should log in to workday.simmons.edu and view the live course listings for the current semester. The current semester listings below are updated weekly. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-521-2111.

Spring 2024 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 07/21/2024 06:02AM

Simmons Course

SIM 101 - Simmons: Explore

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
02 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Christy Lusiak
2
Main Campus

SIM 101B - Exploring Paths for Academic Success

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
1:00PM - 2:20PM
Megan Ludlow
2
Main Campus

SIM 201 - Simmons: Experience

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
12:00PM - 12:50PM
Shreya Bhattacharyya
1
Main Campus
02 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
5:00PM - 5:50PM
Stephen Pusateri
1
Main Campus
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
5:00PM - 5:50PM
Stephen Pusateri
1
Main Campus
04 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
9:00AM - 9:50AM
Zinnia Mukherjee
1
Main Campus
05 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
1:00PM - 1:50PM
Michelle Anglin
1
Main Campus
06 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
5:00PM - 5:50PM
Kelsey Roberts
1
Main Campus
07 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
10:00AM - 10:50AM
Seneida Baez
1
Main Campus
08 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
12:00PM - 12:50PM
Judy Zhao
1
Main Campus

SIM 301 - Simmons: Excel

In the final segment of The Simmons Course, you will join other students in your major to focus on career, financial and life planning, considering internships, research, and service, employment and graduate school.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Kristina Markos
1
TBD
02 TBD TBD
Seneida Baez
1
TBD
03 TBD TBD
Judy Zhao
1
TBD
04 TBD TBD
Cherie Ramirez
1
TBD
05 TBD TBD
Elaine Augustine
1
TBD
08 TBD TBD
Stephen Pusateri
1
TBD

School Nursing & Health Scienc

SNHS 359 - Caring At the End of Life

This course explores the issues related to serious illness and end of life care experienced by patients, families, and health care providers. The course utilizes the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium: ELNEC curriculum. The curriculum is being adapted to meet the educational needs of interdisciplinary students. Topics discussed include palliative care, serious illness, communication, cultural issues, sudden death, holistic practices and self-care. The class is highly participatory. As a final capstone project for the course, students will develop a creative, artistic expression representing personal meanings and emotions related to caring at the end of life.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Clark Cassone
4
Main Campus

SNHS 415 - Sports Psychology

This course addresses counseling for athletes and teams including performance enhancement, motivation, stress management, and career transitions. Students build on their skills as behavior change educators. They develop an additional understanding of appropriate educational and behavioral change theory and strategies as related to sports psychology. The course is taught online.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Christine Carroll
3
TBD

SNHS 450 - Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The purpose of the course is to help the new generation of health professionals understand the environment within which they will practice. This health system in the U.S. is under extreme stress, and the organizations of health care, the conditions of practice, and the competitive environment will all be changing in response to those pressures. This course is about those institutions, those pressures, and those changes we may expect. The main objective here is to make each graduate of our health professional programs a knowledgeable and articulate analyst of the performance of, and challenges facing, the U.S. health care system.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Patricia Rissmiller
3
Main Campus
OL01 TBD TBD
Yara Gholmie
3
TBD

Sociology

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

Covers emergence and development of sociological thought and research. Introduces basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methodological strategies for the study of social structures, processes, and relations. Focuses on the seven thematic areas of the department to cover a range of social issues useful to a critical understanding of society, social inequalities, and the interconnectedness across national and social borders.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Becky Thompson
4
Main Campus

SOCI 220 - Working for Social Justice

We explore analytical, contemplative, and political tools that can help us be change agents. We will examine how interlocking systems of inequality are built into our social institutions and engage with questions of what it takes to become social justice advocates. Understanding how inequities are shaped by race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual orientation, religion, and many other factors is a crucial part of this work as is examining how power and privilege influence our priorities, approaches, assumptions, networks, and vision.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Becky Thompson
4
Main Campus

SOCI 239 - Introduction to Social Research I

Introduces methods and strategies used in research in the social sciences. Teaches responsible consumption of social science research and presents the logic and skills of social research methods. Emphasizes the nature of inquiry and the relationship between theory and research. Includes social research ethics and an introduction to data analysis using computers in research. Previous courses in statistics or computers not required. Instructor consent required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
9:30AM - 10:50AM
Erin M Graves
4
Main Campus
CD01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Malika Hodge
4
TBD

SOCI 241 - Health, Illness & Society

Emphasizes social determinants of physical and mental health and cross-cultural experiences of illness and seeking care. Pays special attention to the unequal distribution of health and illness in the U.S, the role of culture in our understandings of health and illness, and the social organization of health care.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Tozoe Marton
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Kimberly Barton
4
Main Campus
CD01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Susan Yazdanmehr
4
TBD

SOCI 245 - Global Health

Examines health and illness from a global perspective. Current public health dilemmas are analyzed, highlighting the role of colonialism, culture, development, and public health policies. Case studies will focus on how health issues are handled in different parts of the world, highlighting the roles of culture and political economy.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
8:00AM - 9:20AM
Elise Brenner
4
TBD

SOCI 249 - Inequalities

The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet we live in a society riddled with inequality. Too often this inequality is hidden from many Americans. The purpose of this course is to understand where inequality exists and how it is able to sustain itself. Students will read articles and books on how racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia are prevalent in society�s economic, social, and political structures. They will also examine how these create a society where some are guaranteed privileges and opportunities while others are denied it.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Karla Alba
4
Main Campus
CD01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Karla Alba
4
TBD

SOCI 300 - Special Topics: Death and Feminism

For Spring 2020: Using a health equity framework, this course provides students with an overview of the criminal justice system through and examination of policies that lead to incarceration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Jyoti Puri
4
Main Campus

SOCI 365 - Intimate Family Violence

Examines the scope and variety of violence in the family from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes: (a) a theoretical framework of economics, law, public policy, psychology, and sociology; (b) a cross-cultural understanding of family violence against girls and women; and (c) an exploration of the sociopolitical, legal, and cultural response to family violence. Discussion of the theories used to describe and research family violence that include: violence against women, children, intimate partners, and elderly family members.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Dawna Thomas
4
Main Campus

SOCI 500 - Special Topics: Death and Feminism

Stereotypes and sincerely held beliefs about human sexuality abound. Often, these beliefs are rooted in racialized ideas about race, embodiment, and gender. In this course, we will explore the connections between race and sexuality to understand the logics that underpin these beliefs. What is the relationship between race and sexuality? How do these intersections manage everyday social life? How do they manage desire and desirability? In what ways do race and sexuality shape commodification and consumption? We attend to these and other questions throughout the course.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Jyoti Puri
4
Main Campus

Spanish

SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II

Continuation of SPAN-101.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00AM - 8:50AM
Paulina Canales Bustamante
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00AM - 9:50AM
Paulina Canales Bustamante
4
Main Campus
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00AM - 9:50AM
Pia Cuneo-Ruiz
4
Main Campus

SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I

Develops communicative skills through a selective grammar review, discussion of topics of interest, and frequent use of audiovisual materials. Expands reading comprehension and cultural awareness through examples of Hispanic prose and poetry. Also offered as a TC.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00AM - 8:50AM
Pia Cuneo-Ruiz
4
Main Campus

SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II

Continuation of SPAN-201, with a special focus on writing at the intermediate level.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Danisa Bonacic
4
Main Campus

SPAN 312 - Introduction to Latin American Culture and Civilization

Studies the political, artistic, and intellectual history of the Spanish-speaking nations of the Western Hemisphere, in particular Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. Topics include the conquests of Mexico and Peru, Bolivar and the fight for independence, the Mexican Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, and the dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Danisa Bonacic
4
Main Campus

SPAN 350 - Independent Study

Consent of instructor required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Danisa Bonacic
4
TBD

Special Needs Educ

SPND 400DL - Digital Literacy Modules

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL05 TBD TBD
Heather Fortin
TBD
TBD

SPND 412

Explores building-based issues in the inclusion of learners with special needs and techniques, including cooperative learning, to include learners with special needs in general educational settings. Includes development of a collaborative plan describing implementation strategies for inclusion, team building, and school change. Requires site visit.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

Inclusion, Consultation, and Collaboration

06BL 2024/01/10 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Karen Grabowski
4
TBD
10BL 2024/01/10 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
4:30PM - 7:30PM
Susan Campbell
4
TBD

Inclusion, Consultation and Collaboration for Meaningful Access to Curriculum

36BL 2024/01/07 - 2024/04/14
Sunday
8:00AM - 12:00PM
Kristine Wiltz
4
Abu Dhabi Campus

SPND 438 - Practicum in Special Education (Moderate Disabilities, PreK-8)

Involves full-time supervised teaching responsibilities in a public school classroom (PreK-8) or Chapter 766 approved school with learners with moderate disabilities. Requires papers and attendance at weekly seminars.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Janet Chumley
4
TBD

SPND 439 - Practicum: Moderate Disabilities (5-12)

Involves full-time supervised teaching responsibilities in a public school classroom (5-12) or Chapter 766 approved school with learners with moderate disabilities. Requires papers and attendance at weekly seminars.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Lori Hyde
4
TBD

SPND 468 - Practicum: Severe Disabilities (Levels: All)

Involves full-time supervised teaching responsibilities in a public school or Chapter 766 approved school with learners with severe disabilities. Requires papers and attendance at weekly seminars.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Lori Hyde
4
TBD

SPND 481 - Practical Applications in Teaching: Severe Disabilities

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
36 TBD TBD
Bethany Raffanello
2
TBD

SPND 483 - Seminar for Practical Applications in Teaching I

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
36BL 2024/01/10 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
8:00AM - 11:00AM
Bethany Raffanello
2
Abu Dhabi Campus

SPND 488

Involves developing curriculum materials using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and demonstrating service to learners with special needs. Requires papers and attendance at weekly seminars.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

Seminar and Fieldwork in Education - Moderate & Severe

OL01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Lori Hyde
2
TBD

Seminar & Fieldwork in Education

OL02 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Janet Chumley
2
TBD

SPND 490 - Introduction to Exceptionalities

This course is part of the Autism Specialization Program. SPND 490 course provides an overview of the major disability categories under IDEA. The course builds on the foundation of typical cognitive and physical child development, devoting attention to early childhood theorist in the field of child development. An in-depth study of IDEA disability categories, accommodation strategies, assistive technology to promote independence, language and communication development, social and emotional development, home/school collaboration and inclusive lesson planning will be a focus of this course.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
BL06 2024/01/09 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Gabrielle Clark
4
TBD

SPND 494 - Applied Autism Research I & Lab

This course provides an introduction to research methods in special education. The course content will focus on information and experience necessary to be a skilled consumer of research conducted by others and in application of these results and planning, implementing and evaluating comprehensive services for students with special needs, including autism. An emphasis will include methods of inquiry, the framing of research questions, research designs, strategies for data collection and analysis, and the components of a successful written literature review. Students will participate in a research lab supervised by individuals experienced in conducting research for the effective treatment and teaching of individuals with autism. Field work required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
06BL 2024/01/11 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Jessica Seaver
4
TBD
BL10 2024/01/11 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Allison Bergenholtz
4
TBD

SPND 497 - Practicum: Severe Disabilities/Autism II

This course involves students continuing to work with learners with intensive special needs/autism in their full time severe practicum placement under the mentorship of a Program Supervisor. Students study classroom teaching techniques and procedures and work with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks to write well-structured lesson plans incorporating all Candidate Assessment of Performance elements. Students will continue to participate in their internship in a public school inclusive classroom with learners with special needs and English Language Learners. Students focus on their adjustments to practice and reflective practice as they strengthen their ability to write and implement well-structured lessons in their severe practicum placement and their Inclusion Internship placement.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
06 TBD TBD
Heather Fortin
2
TBD

SPND 499 - Seminar/Autism II

This course builds on the content taught in SPND 498 Seminar/Autism I. The seminar supports student's experiences in their practicum and inclusion placements. Students will demonstrate understanding on how to incorporate the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks into teaching well-structured lessons for students with autism. Through class discussions, article reviews, peer evaluations and the development of their professional teaching eportfolio, students will incorporate the six essential elements from the Candidate Assessment of Performance into all their coursework and teaching. This course includes modules to meet the assistive technology state requirements.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
06 2024/01/11 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Heather Fortin
2
TBD

Statistics

STAT 118 - Introductory Statistics

This is an introduction to statistics for everyone who needs to collect, describe, and draw inferences from data. We will discuss various sources of data (experiments, surveys, etc.), graphical and numerical descriptions of data, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for drawing inferences, and simple and multiple linear regression for making predictions. Students will become proficient in the use of R for these tasks.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00AM - 8:50AM
Amy Cole
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00AM - 9:50AM
Lauren Trichtinger
4
Main Campus
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00AM - 10:50AM
Lauren Trichtinger
4
Main Campus
04 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00AM - 11:50AM
Hong Pan
4
Main Campus
CD01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Roberta Osborne
4
TBD

STAT 228 - Introduction to Data Science

This course serves as an introduction to data science using R. Students will learn how to wrangle, organize, and manipulate data in a variety of formats; design accurate and effective data graphics; "tidy" data principles; perform basic spatial data analyses and create data maps; predictive modeling and statistical learning; tools for working with text data. Prerequisites include Introductory Statistics (or equivalent) and a willingness to code.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00AM - 11:50AM
Lauren Trichtinger
4
Main Campus

STAT 229 - Regression Models

Covers modern regression models used in medical research. Includes descriptive and inferential methods in simple and multiple linear regression, simple and multiple logistic regression, and survival analysis models. Students will use the statistical package, SPSS.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Robert Goldman
4
Main Campus

STAT 339 - Statistical Theory

Covers multivariate distributions, sampling distributions, Central Limit Theorem, point and interval estimates, methods offor estimation, properties of estimators, hypothesis testing, and topics chosen from the following, as time permits: linear statistical models, p-values, likelihood ratio tests, linear statistical models, analysis of variance methods, contingency table analysis, and Chi-Square tests, and Bayesian inference methods. Makes use of Statistical software.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00PM - 1:50PM
Hong Pan
4
Main Campus

STAT 346 - Machine Learning

This course introduces various approaches to Data Mining, including supervised and unsupervised methods, classification, clustering, and association with emphasis on evaluation of appropriate methods. Students will explore the appropriate use and differences of various algorithms using SPSS or R.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Nanette Veilleux
4
Main Campus

STAT 350 - Independent Study

Consent of department required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Lauren Trichtinger
4
TBD

Social Work

SW 101 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

Introduces students to the historical development of professional social work and social welfare and orients them to the purposes, values, and worldview of the profession. The evolution of contemporary social work, contributions of key historical figures and pioneers, role of influential social policies, and ways in which social workers have shaped the social service system are discussed. Finally, an overview of contemporary social work practice principles with an emphasis on social and economic justice is provided. This course includes a 40-hour service learning component.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Johnette Walser
4
TBD

SW 200 - Social Welfare Policy

Examines the issues and problems that social workers confront and provides a framework for understanding and critically analyzing the impact of social welfare policies on individuals, groups, and society. Through an examination of historical and contemporary social welfare policies, students build the knowledge, values, and skills required for effective practice through policy development and reform, including the ability to engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well being.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Gordon Chinamasa
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Danielle Millette
4
Main Campus
CD01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Johnette Walser
4
TBD

SW 253 - Human Behavior in Social Environment

Human Behavior in the Social Environment allows students to participate in the in-depth study of the physical, psychological, social, and cultural forces impacting the growth and development of individuals within the context of their families, communities, and society. Students explore foundational theories necessary to an understanding of human growth and development and integrate information from biology, psychology, sociology, and social work. Using a life span approach, a social work strengths perspective, a social justice perspective, and a person-in-environment framework, Human Behavior in the Social Environment follows the human life span, covering the prenatal period through older adulthood and end of life.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Sarah Kilduff
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Myrlene Jean-Venant
4
Main Campus
CD01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Jeremy Brown
4
TBD

SW 255 - Interviewing and Documentation in Human Services

This course is designed to give students entering social service professions an introduction to interviewing skills that are needed in order to complete initial and follow-up interviews with clients. These skills include engagement, working with the client to identify the presenting concerns, and working with the client to assess their needs and strengths. The course begins by focusing on engagement and interviewing skills when working with individuals, families, groups, and community members. The focus then turns to documenting these social service encounters. Once initial interviewing skills have been honed, the course focuses on skills for Motivational Interviewing before ending the course with an introduction to assessment. Throughout the course, strengths-based practice, a social justice orientation, person-in-environment, and culturally humble stance will be taken when looking at engagement and assessment. Students will leave this course with an understanding of how to conduct an empowering and strengths-based initial interview with a client, whether that client is an individual, family, group, or a composition of community members.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Sandra Crespo
4
TBD

SW 345 - Junior Field Experience Seminar

The Junior Field Experience and Seminar is designed for the junior social work student to integrate classroom learning with practical social work experience in an agency setting. The field experience requires students to participate in 100 hours of field experience throughout the semester. The weekly seminar assists students in relating social work concepts, theories, and generalist practice competencies learned in BSW courses to experiences in the field. The junior field experience is designed to expose students to the complexities of practice in community-based organizations in preparation for the Senior Field Experience. Multiple dimensions of competent social work practice will be explored across a range of agency and service contexts. Students will begin to utilize supervision, identify and analyze related policies, engage in research-informed-practice, incorporate social values and ethics, and apply theories of human behavior in the social environment to various contexts in community-based practice.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Aqueela Culbreath-Britt
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
9:00AM - 10:20AM
Katrina Huff-Larmond
4
Main Campus

SW 345X - Junior Virtual Practicum Experience Seminar

This course is intended to help students apply knowledge of social work skills, values and ethics to immersive community and virtual field experiences and to assist students in integrating classroom learning with their emerging practice experience. The course will also support students� socialization into the profession and their self-reflective preparation for their Senior Field Practicum. The Junior Virtual Field Experience will provide the student with learning opportunities that complement SW 351 Social Work Practice l: Introduction to Generalist Practice and SW 352 Social Work Practice ll: Work with Individuals and Families,<i> </i>and provide a basis for generalist practice. In this context, students will be expected to develop and discuss knowledge, understanding and skills concerning relationships with prospective clients, supervisors, coworkers and external organizations. Students will also develop their resume and work on communicating skills development as they prepare for Senior Field Internship<i>.</i> In the Junior Field Lab, students will share learning experiences across a variety of immersive community and virtual field experiences. Students will be active learners in group process and group leadership skills. Lastly, students will discuss and understand the professional use of self in the social work role.<br /> <b>Prereq: SW 351; Taken concurrently with SW-352 </b>

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Judy Han
4
TBD

SW 351 - Social Work Practice I: Introduction to Generalist Practice

The first in the Program's series of four practice courses for social work majors, this course is aimed at orienting students to social work practice by providing a firm framework of social work knowledge and values and specific foundational skills. Students examine the ways that research, social policy and programs, economic and political forces, social work history, and explanatory theoretical paradigms inform work with clients. An introduction to the social work generalist perspective, this course allows students to begin to develop a professional identity and the relationship-building, interviewing, and planned change skills necessary for work with client systems of all sizes. Students become grounded in the constructs which make the social work profession unique.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Jennifer Meade
4
TBD

SW 352

The second in the Program's series of four practice courses, this course continues the integration of theory and practice and advances the development of the generalist knowledge, values, and skills required to intervene with individuals and families from engagement through termination. Students continue to solidify the helping techniques and processes introduced in the Social Work Practice I course. In addition, this course is taught concurrently with the 100-hour, semester-long junior social work field placement. Material from each student's field placement experience is integrated into the class through discussion.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

Social Work Practice II

01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Gordon Chinamasa
4
Main Campus

Social Work Practice II: Work with Individuals and Families

CD01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Jacqueline Wehrli
4
TBD

SW 353 - Social Work Practice III: Groups

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Michele Livingood
4
TBD

SW 354 - Social Work Practice IV: Macro Social Work

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
William Curran
4
TBD

SW 370 - Social Work Practicum I

The Social Work Field Placement and Seminar I (Fall) is designed for the senior social work student in order to integrate classroom learning with practical social work experience in an agency setting. Throughout the Fall semester, students participate in 16 hours of field placement per week toward completion of the 425-hour, year-long BSW senior field placement requirement. In addition, students meet once per week for a 1 hour and twenty minute, in-class field seminar led by the BSW Program Field Director. Through reflective discussion, weekly assignments, and major projects and papers, the Field Seminar focuses on the integration of theory and practice, building the student's professional social work identity, enhancing self- awareness skills, advancing practice competencies, and synthesizing field learning. All aspects of agency field work, including learning to work within the agency context, effectively using supervision, using research to inform practice, utilizing social work values and ethics in practice, and applying social work knowledge and skills with clients are addressed.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Catherine Cruz
8
TBD

SW 371 - SW Practicum & Sem II

The Social Work Field Placement and Seminar II (Spring) is designed for the senior social work student in order to integrate classroom learning with practical social work experience in an agency setting. Throughout the Spring semester, students participate in 16 hours of field placement per week toward completion of the 425-hour, year-long BSW senior field placement requirement. In addition, students meet once per week for a 1 hour 20 min, in-class field seminar led by the BSW Program Field Director. Through reflective discussion, weekly assignments, and major projects and papers, the Field Seminar focuses on the integration of theory and practice, building the student's professional social work identity, enhancing self-awareness skills, advancing practice competencies, and synthesizing field learning. All aspects of agency field work, including learning to work within the agency context, effectively using supervision, using research to inform practice, utilizing social work values and ethics in practice,and applying social work knowledge and skills with clients are addressed.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Aqueela Culbreath-Britt
8
Main Campus
02 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Erika Peter-Harp
8
Main Campus
CD01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Tiffany Pinckney
8
TBD

SW 403 - Social Policy and Social Work in Organizations and Communities

This course focuses on the context of macro social work, defined as policy practice, community practice, and organizational administration and management. This course will familiarize students with each of these practice environments by grounding them in the relevant historical and contemporary background of social work and social welfare policy; and then focusing on the theoretical frameworks and evidence-informed practice models for organizational and community engagement, assessment, and intervention. This course will underscore the responsibility that social workers have to understand and address the systemic factors that create circumstances of social, economic, and environmental injustice, with specific attention to the complexity of practice contexts and the influence of power and privilege on human rights. Students will learn strategies for social work at the macro level (i.e., policy, communities, and organizations) to influence, formulate, and advocate for social change related to social injustices based upon, but not exclusive to, race, ethnicity, language, class, religion, gender identity, sexuality, ability, citizenship status, age, and nationality. Throughout the course, examples will be drawn from local, national, and international contexts.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
David O'Donnell
3
Main Campus
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Renada Goldberg
3
Main Campus
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Katrina Huff-Larmond
3
Main Campus
04 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
David O'Donnell
3
Main Campus
05 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Jeannine Chester
3
Main Campus

SW 404 - Social Welfare Policy

This course provides students with the necessary skills to analyze the social welfare policies, benefits, and services that create the context in which all social workers practice. Students will learn about current state and federal policies related to a range of social welfare concerns (e.g., poverty reduction, health, housing/homelessness, criminal justice, disability, child welfare, immigration), the evolution of these policies, and the socio political and economic environment that has influenced their development and implementation. Students will build upon what they learned in SW403 Macro Social Work: Social Policies, Communities and Organizations by delving more deeply into various policy analysis frameworks, the mechanics of conducting policy analysis, and the evaluation methods to determine a policy's impact and effectiveness. To appreciate the complexities, contradictions, strengths, and weaknesses of the American approach to social welfare, students will be encouraged to think critically about the role of economics, politics, ideologies, values, and alternate policy models in each of these areas. The roles of power and privilege in social welfare policy will be assessed as they pertain to equality, equitability, and discrimination based on identity and social location. Class discussion, readings, and assignments will underscore the reciprocal relationship between clinical social work practice and social welfare policy.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Steven Doobin
3
Main Campus

SW 411 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Human Behavior in the Social Environment addresses two areas of focus. One is an ecological-developmental approach to human behavior in the social environment, taking a social constructionist perspective, emphasizing the ways in which culture (of large groups and small) and the broader social environment shape human behavior and identity. Concepts of resilience and resistance to oppression are emphasized using frameworks such as empowerment theories, systems theory and human ecology. This course emphasizes micro, meso, and macro level social systems that influence individual behavior, including families, groups, organizations and communities, as well as the larger society within historical and cultural contexts. Particular attention is paid to culture, race, class, gender and sexual orientation as dynamic social constructions that can be sources of both oppression and strength at all levels of social systems. The second area of focus is on current theoretical frameworks to understand the bio-psycho-social-cultural processes that shape human behavior and development of self across the life span. We emphasize the interaction of individuals with their environments as they mutually influence each other, emphasizing cultural diversity and social justice. The application of multiple theoretical perspectives to Social Work practice is emphasized.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Sheila Peck
3
Main Campus

SW 418 - Crisis Intervention With Children and Adolescents

This course examines crisis intervention and treatment approaches for children and adolescents, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations. Since crisis intervention is an integral part of social work practice, this course aims to provide students with knowledge of contributing factors, theories and practice models which best inform crisis intervention in social work with children and adolescents. Students will use a systems-based framework in their analysis of crisis situations and become familiar with the skills necessary to implement effective techniques with children and adolescents. The course will provide students with the opportunity to apply critical thinking skills when working with crises, as well as examine policy issues, ethical issues, and the intersectionality of oppression and the implications of oppression and discrimination on crisis experiences and interventions. Further, students will develop an awareness of the importance of engaging in self-care practices that will support their well-being when working with crises.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Rebekah Gibbons
3
Main Campus

SW 421B - Social Work Practice

The second semester of this yearlong course will carry forward the ecosystems perspective from the first semester and will introduce students to four main practice theories: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, narrative, and solution-focused. Within each framework, we will examine core principles and begin to explore implications for each phase of the helping process: engagement, assessment, planning, evaluation, and termination. Drawing upon these theoretical frameworks as an organizing framework for thinking about generalist social work practice, the course proceeds to explore work with individuals, families, and communities in various contexts and circumstances. Students will deepen their assessment skills and their intervention skills at micro, mezzo, and macro levels. An emphasis will be placed on collaborative consultation of student case presentations as one way of conceptualizing the work and thinking from multiple perspectives about intervention strategies. We will explore the use of evidence-based (or informed) practice. Ways of evaluating practice and using the professional literature as an aid to practice choices will also be discussed.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Seth Kleinman
3
Main Campus
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Hugo Kamya
3
Main Campus
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Hugo Kamya
3
Main Campus
04 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Thomas Mecsas-Faxon
3
Main Campus
05 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Emile Baker
3
Main Campus
06 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Noelle Dimitri
3
Main Campus

SW 422 - Substance Use and Social Work

Social workers across all sectors of practice are faced with individuals, families, and communities that are significantly affected by substance use disorders. The focus of the class is on exploring the nature, etiology and treatment of substance use disorders and how they relate to social work practice. Set within a social justice framework, students critically analyze the intersections of substance use with racism and other forms of oppression. Ethical and legal frameworks for substance use treatment are identified and analyzed. Students explore the complex interactions of biological, psychological, and social causes and consequences of substance use, and learn how to develop a comprehensive, multidimensional biopsychosocial assessment. The class prepares students to develop knowledge of, and skills in, evidence-informed substance use prevention, education, and treatment with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Jeffrey Steen
3
Main Campus

SW 424B - Advanced Clinical Practice

This 3-credit course is the second course of a required two-semester sequence and is taken concurrent with field education courses. Students combine theoretical knowledge and insights with evidence-based strategies for specific populations. Each practice approach reflects different ways of gathering, organizing, and reflecting on pertinent information and leads to distinct ways of conceptualizing issues and co-constructing clinical processes with clients. Students learn to identify which practice method or intervention is most beneficial for each specific client in achieving positive outcomes. Specific populations will be considered in this course, including children and adolescents, families, older adults, and sexual and gender minorities. The course focuses on deepening your knowledge and advanced clinical skills working with these populations. As this is a course that focuses on clinical practice, the aim is to include a significant amount of demonstration, role-play, and expert insight across the asynchronous and synchronous learning. Prerequisite: SW424A. Must be taken concurrently with SW447B.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Ashley Anechiarico
3
Main Campus
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Kristen Ethier
3
Main Campus
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Kate Mayers
3
Main Campus
04 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Lydia Ogden
3
Main Campus
05 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Meghan Vooris
3
Main Campus
06 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Kristen Ethier
3
Main Campus
07 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Rebekah Gibbons
3
Main Campus
08 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Francis Kuehn
3
Main Campus

SW 441 - Social Work Research

In this introductory course, students examine the research process as it applies to the specialized interests and needs of social work. Illustrations are chosen from the studies of social work practice. The course is designed to enable students to be critical consumers of research, to understand the principles and process of research and the evaluation of practice, to become familiar with ethical considerations when designing and implementing a project, and to be capable of participating in practice related research. Sections with some online class sessions are designated as &#34;blended.&#34;

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Peter Maramaldi
3
Main Campus
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Samantha Schneider
3
Main Campus
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Suzanne Wintner
3
Main Campus

SW 446A - Practicum Education Year I

SW 446A Practicum Education Year I<br /><br />Weekly agency-based practicum, which focuses on foundation social work skills. Students complete agency based assignments in addition to process recordings and assessments.<br />- First year (i.e., generalist/foundation) practicum days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.<br />- First year (i.e., generalist/foundation) courses are offered on the following days and times: Monday (evening only), Tuesday (evening only), Wednesday day and evening), Thursday (evening only), Friday (day only).<br />Corequisite: SW 421A

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Jeannine Chester
5
TBD

SW 446B - Practicum Education Year I

Continuation of SW446A, weekly agency-based practicum which focuses on foundation social work skills. Students complete agency-based assignments in addition to process recordings and assessments.. - First year (i.e., generalist/foundation) practicum days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. - First-year (i.e., generalist/foundation) courses are offered on the following days and times: Monday (evening only), Tuesday (evening only), Wednesday day and evening), Thursday (evening only), Friday (day only). <br />Prerequisite: SW 446A Corequisite: SW 421B

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Jeannine Chester
4
TBD

SW 447B - Practicum Education Year II

The goal of practicum education is to learn the application of theoretical concepts and social work principles and values learned in the classroom to clinical practice. Practicum education provides supervised learning of advanced practice skills with individuals, families and groups in a variety of clinical settings.<br />- Second year (i.e., specialist/advanced) practicum days are Mondays and Thursdays, and either Wednesday or Friday.<br />- Second year (i.e., specialist/advanced) courses are offered on the following days and times: Monday (evening only), Tuesday (day and evening), Wednesday (evening only), Thursday (evening only), Friday (day only).<br /><br />Prerequisite: SW 447A<br />Corequisite: SW 424B<br /> 

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Jeannine Chester
4
TBD

SW 448 - Sexual Orientation and Gender Affirming Social Work Practice

This course is designed to help students develop foundational knowledge and skills for social work practice with sexual and gender minority populations. Students will utilize a multi-dimensional framework to critically analyze power, privilege, and oppression relative to LGBTQ&#43; populations. Grounded in a social justice perspective, the first few weeks of the course are designed to help students gain an understanding of relevant ethical principles and dilemmas; models of identity development across race, class, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and historical period; health disparities and resilience; history of social work discourse related to LGBTQ&#43; populations; and basic principles for affirmative social work practice. Students will develop knowledge about the mutual influence of individuals, families, and institutional factors, including social policies and cultural factors. Students will learn basic skills for competent practice with LGBTQ&#43; populations over the life course, with a particular focus on engagement, assessment, and intervention. Specific areas of practice will be explored, including intimate partner violence, suicide risk, HIV/AIDS, and substance use disorders. Students will critically examine the values of the social work profession and reflect on their personal values for the purpose of raising self awareness and examining personal biases related to heterosexism, heteronormativity, transphobia, and cisnormativity.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Greta Spoering
3
Main Campus

SW 464 - Understanding Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

This course will examine the public health problem of suicide, with specific attention to prevention, intervention, and postvention approaches. Students will gain an understanding of suicide epidemiology and underlying theory, as well as risk and protective factors for suicide. This course will familiarize students with evidence-based practices and ethical considerations with suicidal clients, including learning directly from individuals with lived experience with suicidality. Students will also learn about the current state and national strategies for suicide prevention, as well as policies related to suicide. Upon completion of this course, students will gain skills in assessment and management of suicide risk, intervention and treatment techniques with suicidal clients, and postvention approaches with survivors of suicide loss.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Eileen Dacey
3
Main Campus

SW 475 - Narrative Approaches to Social Work

This course explores newer systematic approaches to work with groups, families, and individuals. Narrative/constructivist approaches that are often applicable to short-term work are examined. Students will also consider what it means to think of treatment as involving the co-construction of new narratives. The course incorporates experiential learning and makes use of student case material. Prerequisite SW421A. This course meets the requirement for a clinical practice elective.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Hugo Kamya
3
Main Campus

SW 478 - Social Work Practice in Healthcare

This 3- credit course focuses on developing advanced social work practice knowledge, skills, and core competencies with a focus on health care delivery. Course content emphasizes critical thinking, group discussion, demonstration, and integrative practice learning to increase students� conceptual and practice skills to be well-trained practitioners in diverse health/health care settings. Students will hone skills in psychosocial assessment and treatment integrated with the aspects of the medical and physical functioning of the person-situation configuration. Coping tasks of individuals and family members are viewed with cultural humility, from a perspective of growth based upon psychosocial capacities, pre-illness coping patterns, phases of the illness process, and health beliefs and prognosis for physical functioning and life. Structural factors contributing to health disparities, access to and utilization of health care services are prioritized. Given the dynamic nature of health care, the course addresses both the opportunities and challenges posed by emerging public health crises and other developments, and the flexible adaptation of skills needed to respond to this changing environment including work carried out in the fast-paced context of crisis and time constraints.<br /><br />The course covers specific content areas including health equity and the social determinants of health (SDOH); unique social work roles in health care practice in the context of policy, technology, organization and health behavior theory; use of evidence-based assessment tools, treatment, and clinical intervention models within a variety of health settings; interdisciplinary team collaboration; working across the life span; grief and loss dynamics; discharge planning, case management, and managed care; and legal and ethical issues.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Noelle Dimitri
3
Main Campus

SW 481 - Social Work, Health, and Health Care

This course will examine health from the social work perspective, and how it concurs and contrasts with the perspective of other disciplines including medicine, public health and psychology. Definitions of health and well-being will be discussed to more fully understand the state of physical, mental and social health. Students will gain an understanding of the determinants at multiple levels that contribute to health and to disparities/inequities in health and health care. Special attention will be focused on how social, economic and cultural factors impact health and access to high quality health and social services. This course will also familiarize students with prominent theories of health behavior, and how they may be integrated into prevention and intervention programs to promote health and health equity. Students will learn about the movement towards an integrated health care model, the Affordable Care Act, and its implications for their work on an interdisciplinary health care team. Additionally, students will gain the initial practice and knowledge skills relevant for social workers in health and health care settings.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Joanna Almeida
3
Main Campus

SW 483 - Cognitive Behavioral Approaches and Treatment

The object of this course is to provide a working knowledge of the basic principles and specific techniques of a contemporary multi-modal approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy with consideration of its integration with other therapeutic approaches. Issues presented include: substance abuse, anger, interpersonal relationships, stress, anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders with an emphasis on borderline personality disorder and issues of affect regulation. Prerequisite is SW421A. This course meets the requirement for a clinical practice elective.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Emile Baker
3
Main Campus

SW 485 - Mindfulness and Social Work Practice

There is a growing interest in psychotherapists of all theoretical orientations, for information about "Mindfulness", the cultivation of intentional, present focused awareness. Mindfulness is a core healing process in psychotherapy and has become a significant influence on contemporary Psychotherapy over the past decade. It has been shown to be a key component in many empirically validated interventions like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based cognitive therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In this course we will examine the application of mindfulness to a wide range of clinical populations and conditions as well as the current neuroscience findings of its effects and the history of its development in the west. The course will ask participants to participate in experiential exercises of mindfulness and meditation and practice what they've learned each week between classes. They will also be asked to embody mindfulness as they learn, ensuring the essential qualities of compassion for self and others in the learning.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Kelli Kirshtein
3
Main Campus

SW 509 - Evaluation in Social Work Practice

This 3-credit course is designed to educate students about the basic<br />principles of program evaluation and prepare them with the knowledge and skills they need to evaluate social work services, programs, and agencies. Using case examples and their agency settings as laboratories, students will learn about three major types of evaluation�"needs assessment, process, and outcome�"including how to conduct them and the ways that each informs the other. Students will deepen their knowledge of social work program theory and design, with a specific focus on developing logic models, and have the opportunity to apply<br />program evaluation principles to practice-level assessments. Throughout the course, students will engage in critical discussion about the tensions, ambiguities, and potential for oppression that accompany current evaluation models and practices. Students will exit the course with the skills necessary to think evaluatively about every aspect of their practice, work collaboratively when engaging in evaluation activities, and apply an anti-oppressive and antiracist lens to those activities. Prerequisite: SW441. Must be concurrent with SW447A or B.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Abbie Frost
3
Main Campus
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Danelle Marable
3
Main Campus
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Abbie Frost
3
Main Campus
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Esteban Barreto
3
Main Campus
05 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Abbie Frost
3
Main Campus

SW 528B - Lifespan of Trauma Treatment: Adults and Families

This course examines best practices for providing treatment to adult survivors of complex trauma as well as intervention strategies designed to work with families who have experienced chronic stress and trauma. Clinical social work with traumatized individuals and families requires a flexible and informed skillset. This course will provide an overview of current literature and empirical evidence relating to the treatment of complex trauma in adulthood, and emphasis will be placed on work with vulnerable and oppressed populations. Students will engage in live in-vivo role plays with trained actors several times throughout the semester so that they may enhance their clinical skills and gain greater mastery of intervention strategies. This course will provide students the opportunity to understand and engage in a variety of treatment approaches, as well as examine ethical issues, policy issues and issues pertaining to social justice, and their relationship to trauma treatment. The course will build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the foundation year Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Practice courses

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Kelly Pratt
3
Main Campus
02 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Kelly Pratt
3
Main Campus
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Julia Schechter
3
Main Campus

SW 566 - Play Therapy

This class is an introduction to a variety of theories and principles of play therapy. Case material, including student's own material will be used. Readings, videos, case discussions, and experiential activities will be used to deepen the student's understanding of theory and technique. Students will be encouraged to gain comfort in their work with children and to explore their own theoretical orientation. Upon completion, students will have a clear foundation from which to treat children of all ages. Prerequisite: SW421B. This course meets the requirement for a clinical practice elective.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
William Delaney
3
Main Campus

SW 576 - Social Work Practice with Disorders of Dissociation

This course presents an overview of dissociative symptoms and disorders, and conceptual frameworks for understanding them. Methods of addressing dissociative symptoms and a model for treating dissociative disorders will also be reviewed?. Prerequisite: SW414; SW421B. This course meets the requirement for a Advanced clinical practice elective.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Regina McCaffery
3
Main Campus

SW 582 - Attachment, Neurobiology and Social Work Practice

This course addresses the important influences of early and later attachment relationships on one's cognitive, emotional, relational, and neurobiological development. It looks at the ways that interpersonal, community, and cultural connections serve critical neurobiological functions in regulating a person's sense of security and containment, and capacities to act on her strengths. The class examines contemporary research in attachment theory, interpersonal communication, and brain development to understand many clients' presenting symptoms as products of their having had to adapt to chronic extreme stress with limited essential relational and community resources. Students look through a lens of interpersonal neurobiology at common child and adult symptoms of post-traumatic stress related learning difficulties, anxiety, and depression; dysregulation of behaviors associated with violence and addiction; and difficulties negotiating relationships. They learn about the brain's ability to change throughout one's life and specific individual and community interventions that promote these changes.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
8:00AM - 10:50AM
Rebekah Gibbons
3
Main Campus

SW 597 - Field Educ. ADV Standing II

<div><div>Description</div></div><div><div><div><div>Advanced Standing Field Education is an agency-based course in which students apply, in supervised practice, the theoretical concepts, principles, values, and ethics taught in the generalist curriculum. In addition to the supervised learning of clinical skills with individuals, families, and groups, students will learn the varied roles and skills used by social workers at the agency and community level. Case based learning is deepened and amplified through field instruction, process recordings, and required written assignments.</div></div></div></div>

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Olivia Montgomery
5
TBD

SW 610 - Social and Behavioral Theory

This course emphasizes the larger social systems in which human behavior develops. Readings will be drawn from recent developments in social psychological thinking.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
10:00AM - 12:50PM
Kristie Thomas
3
TBD

SW 624 - Intervention Research

This PhD-level course focuses on preparing advanced graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to design and evaluate interventions that address social needs, problems, and conditions.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Christina Sellers
3
TBD

SW 654 - Qualitative Research Methods

The course addresses underlying philosophical principles of qualitative inquiry, the development of answerable questions in qualitative inquiry, the link between theory and method in qualitative inquiry, issues of researcher power and researcher reflexivity, ethics, and subjectivity, and the fundamental concepts and vocabularies of qualitative research. The course will be conducted as a seminar, with ample time for in-class discussion of work-in-progress. During the semester, students will engage intensively in close reading and analytic dissection of specific examples of qualitative research to understand the strengths, weaknesses, uses, and characteristics of different qualitative approaches. Assignments will culminate in a qualitative research proposal to be submitted to the Simmons IRB for study approval. Students taking the companion qualitative data analysis class will use this approved IRB study proposal to collect data suitable for analysis in that course.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Lydia Ogden
3
TBD

SW 660 - Independent Study

This option is intended to allow students to supplement their doctoral study in areas of special interest to them. Contact the director of the doctoral program for more information.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Kristie Thomas
3
TBD

SW 685A - Integrative Research & Professional Development Seminar

This is a seminar course designed to help students integrate material learned across PhD courses, advance their individual scholarly agendas and research work, and develop professional academic and career skills. Students enroll in this course SWO 685 every semester they are in the program (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms). First and second year students enroll in 685 section A; Third year students enroll in section 685B, and students in their fourth year and beyond enroll in section C, only during Fall and Spring terms.<b>Note: Instructor Consent Needed</b>

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Michelle Putnam
1
TBD

SW 685B - Integrative Research & Professional Development Seminar

This is a seminar course designed to help students integrate material learned across PhD courses, advance their individual scholarly agendas and research work, and develop professional academic and career skills. Students enroll in this course SWO 685 every semester they are in the program (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms). First and second year students enroll in 685 section A; Third year students enroll in section 685B, and students in their fourth year and beyond enroll in section C, only during Fall and Spring terms.<b>Note: Instructor Consent Needed</b>

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Michelle Putnam
1
TBD

SW 685C - Integrative Research & Professional Development Seminar

This is a seminar course designed to help students integrate material learned across PhD courses, advance their individual scholarly agendas and research work, and develop professional academic and career skills. Students enroll in this course SWO 685 every semester they are in the program (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms). First and second year students enroll in 685 section A; Third year students enroll in section 685B, and students in their fourth year and beyond enroll in section C, only during Fall and Spring terms.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Michelle Putnam
1
TBD

SW 691 - Doctoral Teaching Practicum

This practicum is for Social Work doctoral students and focuses on developing and applying pedagogical skills in a classroom setting at the School of Social Work. Before registering, doctoral students must have a signed teaching practicum agreement with the faculty member they will be working with. This is a required practicum.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Kristie Thomas
TBD
TBD

SW 902 - Relational and Multi-Contextual Treatment Of Trauma

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Kelly Pratt
TBD
TBD

Social Work Online

SWO 403 - Social Policy and Social Work in Organizations and Communities

This course focuses on the context of macro social work, defined as policy practice, community practice, and organizational administration and management. This course will familiarize students with each of these practice environments by grounding them in the relevant historical and contemporary background of social work and social welfare policy, and then focusing on the theoretical frameworks and evidence-informed practice models for organizational and community engagement, assessment, and intervention. This course will underscore the responsibility that social workers have to understand and address the systemic factors that create circumstances of social, economic, and environmental injustice, with specific attention to the complexity of practice contexts and the influence of power and privilege on human rights. Students will learn strategies for social work at the macro level (i.e., policy, communities, and organizations) to influence, formulate, and advocate for social change related to social injustices based upon, but not exclusive to, race, ethnicity, language, class, religion, gender identity, sexuality, ability, citizenship status, age, and nationality. Throughout the course, examples will be drawn from local, national, and international contexts.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Katie Hill
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Alicia Raphalian
3
TBD
03 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
8:00AM - 9:30AM
Jeff Spears
3
TBD

SWO 404 - Social Welfare Policy

This 3 credit course builds upon SWO 403 Macro Practice: Social Policy and Social Work Organizations and Communities. Students will learn about current federal, state, and local policies related to a range of social welfare concerns (e.g., poverty reduction, health, housing/homelessness, criminal justice, disability, aging, child welfare, transportation), the evolution of these policies, and the socio-political and economic environment that has influenced their development, implementation, and evaluation. To appreciate the complexities, contradictions, strengths, and weaknesses of the U.S. approach to social welfare, students will make connections about the role of economics, politics, ideologies, values, and alternate policy models in each of these areas. The roles of power and privilege in social welfare policy will be assessed as they pertain to race, ethnicity, language, class, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, citizenship status, age, nationality, and indigenous status. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze social welfare policies, evaluate public budgeting for policies and programs, understand the role of the judiciary branch in the policy process, and assess the implementation of policies and the evaluation of their effectiveness. Class discussion, readings, and assignments will underscore the inextricable relationship between clinical social work practice and social welfare policy and practice. Students will consider how to incorporate policy work and advocacy into their own social work practice.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
4:30PM - 6:00PM
Liz Maglio
3
TBD
001 2024/03/20 - 2024/06/19
Wednesday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Enza Rocco
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
9:00AM - 10:30AM
Michelle Putnam
3
TBD
03 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Kim Mathews
3
TBD
04 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Allison Horton
3
TBD
05 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
8:00AM - 9:30AM
Renada Goldberg
3
TBD

SWO 409 - Dynamics of Racism & Oppression

Since its inception, the social work profession has been committed to developing health and human services that promote diversity and alleviate and/or eliminate social oppression and injustice. Rooted in the ecological perspective, social workers are aware of and can identify large social structures and processes that can negatively impact the well-being of communities and individuals. This 3-credit course is an intensive examination of how racism meets at the intersection of other dynamics of oppression to shape our and our clients� experiences as we work together. The selection of the oppression of racism as a primary focus for the course is deliberate. Through the analysis of critical race theory and intersectionality, students will come to understand the reasoning for this emphasis. The course begins with conceptualizing race as a social construct and racism as a system that exists on multiple domains. From there, using an intersectional approach, we will examine the research focusing on how people develop racial identities in the face of racism, and how our racial identities position us to do our work. While thinking about how to disrupt racism in key sectors, such as the health professions and schools, we will then focus on how to enact culturally responsive care at the micro, meso, and macro levels in ways that honor the expertise and strengths of BIPOC people and their communities.The course is designed to stimulate critical thinking, help us critically reflect on our positionalities, and develop systematic critical analyses that lead to identifying ways that social workers can intervene and oppose oppression professionally and personally.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Taralyn Keese
3
TBD
001 2024/03/19 - 2024/06/18
Tuesday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Daren Graves
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Sharon Pedrosa
3
TBD
04 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Daren Graves
3
TBD
05 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Daren Graves
3
TBD
06 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
9:30AM - 11:00AM
Binta Alleyne-Green
3
TBD

SWO 411 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Human behavior in the Social Environment addresses two areas of focus. One is an ecological-developmental approach to human behavior in the social environment, taking a social constructionist perspective, emphasizing the ways in which culture (of large groups and small) and the broader social environment shape human behavior and identity. Concepts of resilience and resistance to oppression are emphasized using frameworks such as empowerment theories, systems theory and human ecology. This 3 credit course emphasizes micro, meso, and macro level social systems that influence individual behavior, including families, groups, organizations and communities, as well as the larger society with historical and cultural contexts. Particular attention is paid to culture, race, class, gender and sexual orientation as dynamic social constructions that can be sources of both oppression and strength at all levels of social systems. The second area of focus is on current theoretical frameworks to understand the bio-psycho-social-cultural processes that shape human behavior and development of self across the life span. We emphasize the interaction of individuals with their environments as they mutually influence each other, emphasizing cultural diversity and social justice. The application of multiple theoretical perspectives to Social Work practice is emphasized.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Sonia Haynes
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Michele Mixon
3
TBD
03 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Jennifer Brennan
3
TBD

SWO 414 - Assessment & Diagnosis

In this one semester 3 credit course students learn to assess psychiatric diagnoses described in the DSM-5, considering those diagnoses and compounding psychosocial challenges from multi-theoretical lenses. Throughout the course there is a central focus on issues of social justice and oppression, and the interrelationship between biological, psychological, and social/cultural systems that impact diagnosis and treatment. Treatments connected to diagnoses are noted briefly. Students will be able to comprehensively assess, diagnose, and write bio-psychosocial assessments of their clients that convey the social justice lens of social work. Teaching techniques may include didactic presentations, guest presenters, videos, class discussions, and practice exercises.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Indira Harris
3
TBD
001 2024/03/18 - 2024/06/17
Monday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Melissa Russiano
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Emile Baker
3
TBD
03 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Roger Sherman
3
TBD
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
9:30AM - 11:00AM
Michell Herring
3
TBD

SWO 418 - Crisis Intervention with Children and Adolescents

This 3 credit course examines crisis intervention and treatment approaches for children and adolescents, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations. Since crisis intervention is an integral part of social work practice, this course aims to provide students with knowledge of contributing factors, theories, and practice models that best inform crisis intervention in social work with children and adolescents. Students will use a systems-based framework in their analysis of crisis situations and become familiar with the skills necessary to implement effective techniques with children and adolescents. The course will provide students with the opportunity to apply critical thinking skills when working with crises, as well as examine policy issues, ethical issues, and the intersectionality of oppression and the implications of oppression and discrimination on crisis experiences and interventions. Furthermore, students will develop an awareness of the importance of engaging in self-care practices that will support their well-being when working with people in crisis.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Tyler Betz
3
TBD
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Hannah Jones-Lewis
3
TBD

SWO 421A - Social Work Practice I

This yearlong course will focus on the action, reflection, and skills of generalist social work practice. We will consider the basic processes of social work practice: engagement, assessment, contracting, intervention, evaluation, and termination, and their application to a wide range of issues and problems. We will look at various levels of intervention (intrapsychically, interpersonally, and intersystemically), various practice settings, social work practice roles, and theoretical perspectives. (3 credits per semester) In the first semester, particular attention is given to the multidimensional approach to assessment and intervention, interviewing skills and the development of the professional identity of the social worker, and the professional relationship with client(s)/client systems. Generalist social work practice is rooted in the ecological/ecosystems framework. Theories of empowerment and strengths-based perspectives are emphasized. Social work practice as framed and contextualized by professional codes of ethics, legal precedence, agency and organizational dynamics, neighborhoods, and communities will be studied and analyzed. While all sections of the course share a common outline for the syllabus, books, readings, and written assignments, each professor will shape their section to meet the specific needs of the classroom. Instructors will use a variety of mini-lectures, role-play, case presentations, process recordings, videos, and standardized cases to demonstrate different models and see the ways that different social and behavioral theories lead to particular ways of intervening. Given the changing demographics of U.S. society, there is a particular emphasis on cross-cultural understanding and on work with clients across the age spectrum.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Linda Kingery
3
TBD
001 2024/03/18 - 2024/06/17
Monday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Jennifer McCracken Dugan
3
TBD
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Kelli Korn
3
TBD
03 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
8:00AM - 9:30AM
Katie McCoy
3
TBD
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Chana Lockerman
3
TBD
OL2 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Kelli Korn
3
TBD

SWO 421B - Social Work Practice II

The second semester of this yearlong 3 credit course will carry forward the ecosystems perspective from the first semester and will introduce students to four main practice theories: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, narrative, and solution focused. Within each framework, we will examine core principles and begin to explore implications for each phase of the helping process: engagement, assessment, planning, evaluation, and termination. Drawing upon these theoretical frameworks as an organizing framework for thinking about generalist social work practice, the course proceeds to explore work with individuals, families, and communities in various contexts and circumstances. Students will deepen their assessment skills and their intervention skills at micro, mezzo, and macro levels. An emphasis will be placed on collaborative consultation of student case presentations as one way of conceptualizing the work and thinking from multiple perspectives about intervention strategies. We will explore the use of evidence-based (or informed) practice. Ways of evaluating practice and using the professional literature as an aid to practice choices will also be discussed.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Chana Lockerman
3
TBD
001 2024/03/18 - 2024/06/17
Monday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Leah Manzella
3
TBD
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Katie McCoy
3
TBD
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Talia Horowitz
3
TBD
04 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Vanessa Robinson-Dooley
3
TBD

SWO 422 - Substance Use and Social Work

Social workers across all sectors of practice are faced with individuals, families, and communities that are significantly affected by substance use disorders. The focus of the class is on exploring the nature, etiology, and treatment of substance use disorders and how they relate to social work practice. Set within a social justice framework, students critically analyze the intersections of substance use with racism and other forms of oppression. Ethical and legal frameworks for substance use treatment are identified and analyzed. Students explore the complex interactions of biological, psychological, and social causes and consequences of substance use, and learn how to develop a comprehensive, multidimensional biopsychosocial assessment. This 3 credit course prepares students to develop knowledge of, and skills in, evidence-informed substance use prevention, education, and treatment with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Linda Kingery
3
TBD
02 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
12:30PM - 2:00PM
Jeffrey Steen
3
TBD
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Meri Stiles
3
TBD

SWO 424A - Advanced Clinical Practice I

Building on knowledge and skills mastered from the foundation practice course, this 3 credit course is organized to expand and deepen students� practice understanding and skills using a framework that incorporates the following learning goals:Students will be able to understand, interpret, and organize appropriate clinical data using the major social work paradigms (ecological, social justice, cultural responsiveness, ethics, and use of evidence).Students will demonstrate an ability to collect, appraise, and organize appropriate clinical data executing the social work process (engagement, assessment, formulation, goal setting, intervention, and evaluation).Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze, compare, contrast, interpret, and apply major social work practice approaches (psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused and narrative) to appropriate clinical data from their internships and to their classroom colleagues� clients.Students will be able to assess and interpret specific client challenges demonstrating knowledge of course themes related to professional use of self, the therapeutic relationship, assessment skills, and brief treatment.Prerequisite: SWO 421B

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Megan Raymond
3
TBD
001 2024/03/20 - 2024/06/19
Wednesday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Francis Kuehn
3
TBD
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Kaitlin Scorzella
3
TBD
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Melissa Brown
3
TBD
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Jennifer Brennan
3
TBD

SWO 424B - Advanced Clinical Practice II

In this advanced 3 credit course, students combine theoretical knowledge and insights with evidence-based strategies for specific populations. Each practice approach reflects different ways of gathering, organizing, and reflecting on pertinent information and leads to distinct ways of conceptualizing issues and co-constructing clinical processes with clients. Students learn to identify which practice method or intervention is most beneficial for each specific client in achieving positive outcomes. Specific populations will be considered in this course, including children and adolescents, families, older adults, and sexual and gender minorities. The course focuses on deepening your knowledge and advanced clinical skills working with these populations. As this is a course that focuses on clinical practice, the aim is to include a significant amount of demonstration, role-play, and expert insight across the asynchronous and synchronous learning. 

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Linda Kingery
3
TBD
001 2024/03/20 - 2024/06/19
Wednesday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Sarah MacDonald
3
TBD
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Dana Harrison
3
TBD
002 2024/03/20 - 2024/06/19
Wednesday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Binta Alleyne-Green
3
TBD
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Matthew McCall
3
TBD
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Katie Hurley
3
TBD

SWO 425 - Family Approaches

This 3 credit course focuses on advanced ways to conceptualize, assess, and intervene in families. Modern and postmodern theories will be examined, practiced, and critiqued. Practice examples will include nontraditional and traditional families, and applications of family and systems theories to work with individuals and dyads will additionally be discussed. Developing one�s own clinical voice and attending to ethnicity, class, and other social identities will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to bring case materials and to take full advantage of varied experiential learning techniques.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Nina Johnston
3
TBD

SWO 441 - Social Work Research

This 3 credit course introduces the fundamental principles of social work research, stressing the link between research and practice. Students will develop their critical thought regarding ethical considerations in research and will learn to design a research project. Also, students will learn to be critical consumers of research and professional literature, with a focus on the specialized interests and needs of individuals, families, and communities served through social work practice and allied professions. Students will develop an understanding of how statistics are used in research. Readings and class discussions will present principles of evidence-based or evidence-informed practice. Emphasis will be placed on the application of research to the practice of social work in micro and macro settings.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
001 2024/03/20 - 2024/06/19
Wednesday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Stephanie Rohr
3
TBD
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Kristen Parker
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Bila Louima
3
TBD
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Jason Ostrander
3
TBD
04 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Jason Ostrander
3
TBD
05 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Christina Sellers
3
TBD
OL3 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Jason Ostrander
3
TBD

SWO 446B - Generalist Practicum Education I

Generalist Practicum Education I is an agency-based course in which students apply, in supervised practice, the theoretical concepts, principles, values, and ethics taught in the generalist curriculum. In addition to the supervised learning of clinical skills with individuals, families, and groups, students will learn the varied roles and skills used by social workers at the agency and community level. Case based learning is deepened and amplified through field instruction, process recordings, and required written assignments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Emily Mitchell
4
TBD
001 TBD TBD
Penny Carroll
4
TBD
02 TBD TBD
PANTEA RAHIMIAN
4
TBD
03 TBD TBD
Vanessa Norris
4
TBD
04 TBD TBD
Becky Dodson
4
TBD
05 TBD TBD
Anna Shustack
4
TBD

SWO 446X - Simulated Practicum Experience

The Simulated Field Experience (SFX), a 14-week, three credit course that constitutes the first term of the generalist field placement. The SFX involves weekly asynchronous content, live sessions, and select assignments designed to prepare students for the field placement. This course creates a learning lab guided by a strengths-based, anti-oppressive practice approach where students apply social work values, ethics, knowledge, and skills to simulated interactions with standardized client-actors, role plays, and practice scenarios. Accordingly, the course provides an opportunity for students to build social work competencies and to prepare for practice-based learning grounded in the exploration of affective and cognitive processes including self-reflection and self-regulation, critical thinking, and cultural humility. In addition, students are exposed to a generalist social work process, evidence-based modalities, ethical decision-making, risk assessment, and working in interprofessional teams. Agency and larger system contexts for services, as well as the impact of social and economic policy on agencies and clinical practice, will be woven throughout the course. Throughout the course, students practice use of field education learning methods, including a competency-based learning plan and evaluation, process recording, and other reflective practice tools. In addition, students are introduced to the purpose and practice of supervision, as well as field education expectations. After successful completion of the course, students enter the three-term agency-based placement, which comprises the final term of the generalist placement and both terms of the specialized placement.Simulation training is an evidence-based teaching and learning pedagogy and an essential method for applying knowledge to practice. It provides the highest level of experiential learning while retaining the safety of working with actors, instructors, and peers rather than actual clients. Importantly, simulation offers a unique opportunity for observed practice and learning in a supportive environment where students will benefit from instructor guidance, peer support, and engage in reflective practice for application to future practice. Scholarly research indicates that students who engage in simulation practice increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence as practitioners. 

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/18
Tuesday, Thursday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Lisa Kerzner-Sirois
3
TBD
001 2024/03/19 - 2024/06/20
Tuesday, Thursday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Vee Williams
3
TBD
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/18
Tuesday, Thursday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Emily Mitchell
3
TBD
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/18
Tuesday, Thursday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Alyssa Canada
3
TBD
05 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/18
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Amelia Mahan
3
TBD
06 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/18
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Anna Shustack
3
TBD

SWO 447AX - Practicum Education I

Specialized Practicum Education I is an agency-based course in which students apply, in supervised practice, the theoretical concepts, principles, values, and ethics taught in the specialist level curriculum. In addition to the supervised learning of clinical practice skills with individuals, families, and groups, students learn organizational level social work skills. Case based learning is deepened and amplified through instruction, process recordings and required written assignments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Jennifer Grant
5
TBD
001 TBD TBD
Jennifer Hannett
5
TBD
02 TBD TBD
Kelly Exley-Smith
5
TBD
03 TBD TBD
Nora Drane
5
TBD
04 TBD TBD
Lisa Kerzner-Sirois
5
TBD

SWO 447B - Practicum Education II

Specialized Practicum Education II is an agency-based course in which students apply, in supervised practice, the theoretical concepts, principles, values, and ethics taught in the specialist level curriculum. In addition to the supervised learning of clinical practice skills with individuals, families, and groups, students learn organizational level social work skills. Case based learning is deepened and amplified through instruction, process recordings and required written assignments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Becky Dodson
4
TBD

SWO 447BX - Practicum Education II

Specialized Practicum Education II is an agency-based course in which students apply, in supervised practice, the theoretical concepts, principles, values, and ethics taught in the specialist level curriculum. In addition to the supervised learning of clinical practice skills with individuals, families, and groups, students learn organizational level social work skills. Case based learning is deepened and amplified through instruction, process recordings and required written assignments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Elizabeth Egan
5
TBD
001 TBD TBD
C. Melissa Ryan
5
TBD
02 TBD TBD
Aisha Walters
5
TBD
002 TBD TBD
Renee Lubowich
5
TBD
03 TBD TBD
Kayley Walsh
5
TBD
04 TBD TBD
Folake Afolayan
5
TBD

SWO 455 - Human Sexuality and Social Work Practice

Sexuality is an essential component of the human experience. Exploring our attitudes and belief systems about human sexuality, and how they are informed by our social location, is important so that we can be self-aware and mindful in how we engage in conversations with our clients about their sexuality, gender identity, and social location. This 3 credit course presents a multifaceted overview of the challenges, concerns, and attitudes about human sexuality�"how it evolves over the lifespan and is directly informed by social, familial, and political contexts. Regardless of client population or method of practice, all social workers will be required to address sex and sexuality with clients and will need to understand best practices as well as when and how to put personal values aside and be present for the client with a curious and nonjudgmental stance. The course integrates macro, mezzo, and micro approaches to sex and sexuality, and explores the historical, political, and biological aspects of sex and sexuality, sexual health, safe sex education and prevention, violence, and trauma, and helps students develop clinical skills for practice with adolescents and adults across the life span. Ethical considerations will also be explored.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Jennifer Dembo
3
TBD

SWO 462 - Advanced Group Work with Vulnerable Populations

<b>Social group work is most effective when providing communal support to vulnerable and marginalized clients. For clients who are stressed or overwhelmed by the effects of mental or physical illnesses, addiction, aging, physical, sexual, or communal trauma, poverty, and oppression, groups can provide a space for the acquisition of knowledge, the development of coping skills, and a sense of solidarity and belonging. It is in groups that members who have been rendered �other� by social stigma, racism, or systemic oppressions may experience connection, community, feel cared for, and validated. All of these therapeutic benefits can enhance health and well-being, improve interpersonal relationships, and mitigate the negative effects of problem-saturated lives. </b><b>This 3 credit course builds on the skills and competencies that emerging group work practitioners began to develop in SW 577, in that it will deepen students� capacity to see and interact in groups that are systems of mutual aid in the making. Additionally, students will gain exposure and skills related to the most empirically supported and effected evidence-informed group work approaches: cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. Students will also explore and practice narrative therapeutic approaches to group work, and non-deliberative approaches that employ activities of all kinds. </b><b>We cannot attend to our growing fund of knowledge without nurturing process. Through the use of experiential group learning during the live sessions, emerging group work practitioners will have opportunities to consider group dynamics, facilitation, transference, and countertransference as they participate in an eight-week in-class experiential group that they will create and co-facilitate. </b>

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
001 2024/03/19 - 2024/06/18
Tuesday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Leah Tennen
3
TBD

SWO 464 - Understanding Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

This three credit course will examine the public health problem of suicide, with specific attention to prevention, intervention, and postvention approaches. Students will gain an understanding of suicide epidemiology and underlying theory, as well as risk and protective factors for suicide. This course will familiarize students with evidence-based practices and ethical considerations with suicidal clients, including learning directly from individuals with lived experience with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Students will also learn about the current state and national strategies for suicide prevention, as well as policies related to suicide. Upon completion of this course, students will gain skills in assessment and management of suicide risk, intervention, and treatment techniques with suicidal clients, and postvention approaches with survivors of suicide loss.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Joanna Almeida
3
TBD

SWO 472 - Evidence-Based Approaches to SW Practice

In this 3 credit course, students will gain relevant knowledge and practice skills in order to practice motivational interviewing and dialectical behavior therapy �with� diverse client populations in an array of settings. In the first half of the course, students will gain exposure to the spirit of motivational interviewing as both a philosophy about client engagement and an approach that is sensitive to and respectful of the client�s ambivalence about change. They will learn how to ask questions and respond to clients in a way that is curious, reflective, supportive, and ultimately strives to promote client self-determination, well-being, and readiness for change. MI has been proven to be an effective approach for clients who struggle with substance use disorders and other addictive disorders, as well as suicidal ideation. In the second half of the course, students will focus on dialectical behavior therapy, which is a manualized curriculum developed by Marsha Linehan and teaches clients the skills that enable self-regulation of affect, and to consider how their own meaning making and perceptions impact their behaviors that inform their sense of self and relationship with others, and is used with clients in both individual and group settings. Students will also learn how to integrate MI and DBT as a combined intervention strategy when appropriate.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Alison Trenk
3
TBD

SWO 475 - Narrative Approaches to Social Work

This 3 credit elective course will focus on acquisition of practice skills using a narrative therapeutic approach with individuals, families, groups, and communities. It aims at teaching a therapeutic process based on a belief in the power of the specific language or languages used and the value of multiple perspectives in helping people reach preferred outcomes and maintain relationships. The course builds on knowledge, skills, and values acquired in the foundation year to assist students in developing narrative practice approaches. It also examines the research and conceptual underpinnings of narrative therapy. The course will address issues of cultural diversity and narrative practice approaches with different populations and groups. Using experiential methods and exercises, the course will engage participants in practice skills that promote collaboration through stances of openness, accountability, respect for power of community, and the belief in client competence and reliance on clients� own expertise. The course will pay attention to social problems on a micro and macro level. Students will be encouraged to observe and give feedback to one another. The course will be divided in three parts. In the first part, we will review theories and models of narrative therapy, the second part will address interventions and techniques of narrative practice, and the last part will attend to special populations and special issues. Special issues will include illness, disability, spirituality, abuse, eating disorders, the elderly, families and children, groups, organizations, and larger systems.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Ashley Jackson
3
TBD
001 2024/03/21 - 2024/06/20
Thursday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Sharon Pedrosa
3
TBD

SWO 478 - Social Work Practice in Health Care

This 3 credit course focuses on developing advanced social work practice knowledge, skills, and core competencies with a focus on health care delivery. The course content emphasizes critical thinking, group discussion, demonstration, and integrative practice learning to increase students� conceptual and practice skills in order to be well-trained practitioners in health care. The course aims to teach students to develop knowledge and the full range of social work skills used in health care. The components of psychosocial assessment and treatment are integrated with the aspects of the medical and physical functioning of the person-situation configuration. Coping tasks of individuals and family members are viewed from a perspective of growth based upon psychosocial capacities, pre-illness coping patterns, phases of the illness process, and prognosis for physical functioning and life. Cultural and class factors are emphasized relative to health belief systems and how such factors interact with access to and utilization of health care services. Given the ongoing changes in health care, attention will be paid to the opportunities as well as the threats posed by emerging developments, and the adaptation of skills needed to respond to this changing environment including work carried out in the fast-paced context of crisis and time constraints.  Specific content areas covered in this course include unique social work roles in health care practice context of policy, technology, organization and health behavior theory; use of evidence-based assessment tools, treatment, and clinical intervention models within a variety of health settings; working with children, adults, elderly, and special populations; grief and loss dynamics; discharge planning; case management and managed care; legal and ethical issues; and interdisciplinary team work.   This course will: Aid students in developing the advanced skills and knowledge required to adapt social work skills to the fast-paced and changing health care environment while retaining an emphasis on social work values and ethics. Aid students in developing the requisite knowledge and skills to work effectively with diverse vulnerable and oppressed populations, especially minority persons, people from different ethnic groups and the immigrant groups, people of varying sexual orientation, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Deepen practice knowledge and skills with an emphasis on those especially applicable to health care social work practice such as crisis intervention and the structured approaches found effective with people experiencing profound health problems. Develop understanding of the complex nature of health care delivery systems and skills in interdisciplinary practice.Consider approaches for evaluating health care social work practic<b>e. </b>

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Gaynell Simpson
3
TBD

SWO 483 - Cognitive Behavioral Approaches & Treatment

The object of this 3 credit course is to provide a working knowledge of the basic principles and specific techniques of a contemporary multimodal approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with consideration of its integration with other therapeutic approaches such as dialectic behavior therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Issues presented include depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, phobias, psychosis, and working with children and adolescents.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
12:30PM - 2:00PM
Ashley Jackson
3
TBD

SWO 509 - Evaluation in Social Work Practice

This 3 credit course is designed to prepare students in the basic principles of program and practice evaluation and their application to social work practice in agency settings. Using both case examples and their agency settings as laboratories, students will learn major approaches to evaluation (needs assessment, process, and outcome) with attention to the value, tensions, and ambiguities related to adapting current evaluation models to agency requirements for evaluation.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Amelia Mahan
3
TBD
001 2024/03/18 - 2024/06/17
Monday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Stephanie Rohr
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Lauren Fallon
3
TBD
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Wendy DuCasse
3
TBD
04 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Danelle Marable
3
TBD
05 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Leah Maihos
3
TBD

SWO 528A - Child and Adolescent Trauma

In this 3 credit course we will begin examining best practices for trauma treatment with children, adolescents and families.  Using the social work assessment process we will begin to use a phase oriented treatment paradigm to examine clinical applications of trauma treatment across various settings and client presentations.  Special attention will be given to the in vivo utilization or role plays to deepen and enhance our clinical skill set when working with diverse traumatized clients. Our clinical social work practice will focus on integrating the social work paradigms of engagement, assessment, practice and evaluation while incorporating methods of addressing social justice and client-centered policy engagement.The course will build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the foundation year Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Practice courses.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Julia Colpitts
3
TBD
001 2024/03/24 - 2024/06/23
Sunday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Michele Livingood
3
TBD
02 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Leah Sherman
3
TBD

SWO 528B - Lifespan of Trauma Treatment: Adults

This 3 credit course provides a current review of trauma-informed practices for adult survivors of complex trauma and trauma, as well as trauma-informed practice interventions designed to work with families that have experienced chronic stress and complex trauma. Clinical social work with traumatized individuals and families requires a flexible and informed skill set. This course provides an overview of current literature and empirical evidence relating to the treatment of complex trauma in adulthood and family systems, with an emphasis placed on work with vulnerable and oppressed populations. Students will engage in live in vivo role-plays with trained actors several times throughout the semester so that they may enhance their clinical skills and gain greater mastery of intervention strategies. This course provides students with the opportunity to understand and engage in a variety of treatment approaches, as well as examine ethical issues, policy issues, and issues pertaining to social justice, and their relationship to trauma treatment.The course is the second semester of the Lifespan of Trauma Treatment course, and builds upon 528A: Lifespan of Trauma Treatment With Children and Adolescents. Additionally, the course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the foundation-year Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Practice courses.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Kaitlin Scorzella
3
TBD
001 2024/03/18 - 2024/06/17
Monday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
LaTanya Robinson
3
TBD
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
10:00PM - 11:30PM
Chelsea Reddin
3
TBD

SWO 569 - Advanced Standing Seminar

This 3 credit course is designed to provide a bridge to the concentration year clinical curriculum and practicum placement. A strong emphasis is on exploring the development of a professional social work identity and on supporting student's increasing self-awareness and ability to learn from practice experience. The course will focus on broadening the capacity for the use of self, promoting reflective practice, conceptualizing various theoretical perspectives and their application to clinical work, and enhancing the ability to work across difference.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Sonali Zoracki
3
TBD

SWO 578 - Perspectives Severe Mental Ill

This 3 credit course is designed to increase interest in working with, and sensitivity to, those with severe mental illness and their families. We will explore the question of what constitutes mental illness, evaluate historical explanations, and address the implication of stigma associated with the illnesses. Various theoretical and treatment models will be presented including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral understandings, psychoeducational, and empowerment perspectives. First-hand experiences of both those with the illnesses and their families will be highlighted through readings, film, and guest speakers. Specific treatment modalities will also be a focus of our work. Students are expected to bring in material from their work for discussion.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Roger Sherman
3
TBD

SWO 582 - Attachment, Neurobiology, and Social Work Practice

This 3 credit course introduces students to the theory of attachment, covering areas such as patterns of attachment across the life span, relevant development theories, challenges of adolescence, adult attachment styles and relationships, how different attachment issues may manifest at different stages of life, and practical implications of attachment for conducting clinical therapy sessions. The neurobiology of attachment, the implications for attachment in trauma recovery, and the development of psychopathology from an attachment and neurobiological perspective are explored. Special attention is paid to the early life experiences including preverbal life experiences, adverse experiences of childhood, and the impact of abuse and neglect in childhood. This course explores clinical applications and usefulness of case conceptualization from an attachment and neurobiological aspect. Evidence-based approaches are utilized as the foundation for our exploration of clinical applications.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Amelia Finney
3
TBD
001 2024/03/20 - 2024/06/19
Wednesday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Julia Colpitts
3
TBD
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Hannah Jones-Lewis
3
TBD

SWO 596 - Advanced Practicum Education I

Advanced Standing Field Education is an agency-based course in which students apply, in supervised practice, the theoretical concepts, principles, values, and ethics taught in the specialist level curriculum. In addition to the supervised learning of clinical practice skills with individuals, families, and groups, students learn organizational level social work skills. Case based learning is deepened and amplified through instruction, process recordings and required written assignments. The course also includes asynchronous content to be reviewed on 2SW, and six live-session classes held during the term.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Jill Schreider
5
TBD

SWO 597 - Advanced Practicum Education II

Advanced Standing Practicum Education II is an agency-based course in which students apply, in supervised practice, the theoretical concepts, principles, values, and ethics taught in the generalist curriculum. In addition to the supervised learning of clinical skills with individuals, families, and groups, students will learn the varied roles and skills used by social workers at the agency and community level. Case based learning is deepened and amplified through practicum instruction, process recordings, and required written assignments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Maria Sierra-Ortiz
5
TBD

SWO 701 - Transformation, Inspiration, and Inclusion: Social Work Leadership for the Future

The required course supports students in their ongoing leadership development. As the first leadership course in the DSW, it sets the foundation for developing skills to prepare students for leadership roles.  This course acknowledges the range of leadership experiences DSW students bring to the program and the potential to expand leader-manager roles following program completion. The course covers a variety of leadership theories and perspectives, challenging students to develop and assess their own leadership style, with a particular emphasis on inclusive leadership.  Building on the work of Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, the course puts significant attention on leadership values of diversity, equity, respect, cultural intelligence, and collaboration.  Inclusive leadership has these values at its core.  Specific skills of leadership, including assessment, communication, human capital development, decision-making, and collaboration are explored.  The course culminates with a focus on leadership for the future, exploring innovation, technology, and change.  Throughout the course, students are required to apply course materials to practice situations and develop strategies for social work leadership.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Carmela Daniels
3
TBD
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Tina Atherall
3
TBD
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Allah-Fard Sharrieff
3
TBD
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Mary Semerod
3
TBD
05 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Christina Crow Cruz
3
TBD

SWO 702 - The Inner Life of the Adult Learner: Introduction to Theory and Practice

There is more to teaching than the transmission of information from one human being to another. Teaching is about building a culture of trust, a relationship that supports intellectual growth through shared purpose and mutual aid, and a willingness to take risk and be uncomfortable. Each individual learner brings unique life experiences, preferences, and a mindset to their learning.  The instructor�s role is to understand how human beings learn and then work with their students to create an environment that will enable them to feel supported, visible, and respected- a learning environment in which they can thrive and experience the transformation that can occur when learning occurs in context with others. We will begin this course by imagining the inner life of the adult learner as we examine social learning theory, cognitive and metacognitive science, contemplative practices, the interconnectedness between emotions and knowledge acquisition and retention, and other diverse approaches to student engagement.  As we consider different frameworks for understanding adult learning, we will explore the impediments and barriers to learning that result from complex trauma, poverty, oppression, and most notably, racism.  These experiences can greatly impact a learner�s ability to learn and to feel like a contributing and valued member of a learning community. As social work educators, we frequently  teach learners who are living with many of the exigencies that affect their clients.The second half of this course focuses on the principles and practices of contemporary approaches to teaching that emphasize the learner�s agency and voice, and the importance of making course content relevant, interactive, experiential, and applicable to learners as human beings and professionals.  Throughout the course we will deconstruct the impact of structural racism on higher education, and on our students� sense of belonging within the classroom and to the programs and institutions in which they are enrolled.  These themes will be threaded throughout all of the course curriculum and learning activities.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Leah Giangrande
3
TBD
02 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Leah Giangrande
3
TBD
03 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
9:00AM - 10:30AM
Vanessa Robinson-Dooley
3
TBD
04 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Leta Planz
3
TBD
05 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Mary Acri
3
TBD
06 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Mary Acri
3
TBD
07 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Vanessa Robinson-Dooley
3
TBD
08 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Leta Planz
3
TBD
09 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Aisha Hall
3
TBD

SWO 703 - Seminar in Ethics & Social Justice

This seminar is grounded in the NASW Code of Ethics, which suggests that all actions that social workers take have ethical implications and consequences and that social justice considerations, in particular, must be weighed with every action. Through examination of ethics literature, public records of ethical violations, class discussions, and case-based learning, students will develop knowledge and skill in using an anti-racist, ethics-informed approach to decision making and taking action in the core areas of the DSW program: practice, teaching, and leadership.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
5:45PM - 7:15PM
Maria Hu
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Amy Mayes
3
TBD

SWO 704 - Deconstruction and Development of Clinical Social Work Knowledge and Practice

This course will examine how professional social work knowledge evolves in philosophy and the social sciences. Traditional and postmodern theories will be examined and deconstructed in relation to clinical practice with vulnerable populations traditionally served by social workers. It will also explore the elements of racial trauma which is a form of race-based stress and the hidden wounds associated with it. Specific strategies for healing and transformation will further be examined that involve an integration of cultural humility and a DEIPAR social justice approach to clinical practice.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
2:00PM - 3:30PM
Maria Hu
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Gina Crean
3
TBD
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Kate Lufkin
3
TBD
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
8:00AM - 9:30AM
Jacoba Rock
3
TBD
05 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
2:00PM - 3:30PM
Stephanie Felder
3
TBD

SWO 706 - Theories to Advance Practice

This course is designed to deepen students� understanding of theories inclusive of theories previously explored in Practice 1, that advance practice using DEIP &amp; anti-racist (DEIPAR) lenses to help understand the relevance and supporting science of incorporating theories of historical and generational trauma. Theories of institutional, structural and individualized oppression will be discussed in the context of increasing awareness regarding: personal benefit of members of the dominant society from historical dehumanization of others, the impact of internalized and accommodated dehumanization in non-dominant and dominant societal members, personal and corporate responsibility for creating the conditions of dehumanization; how culture creates and recreates dehumanization and acceptance of dehumanization; ethical implications of being complicit in dehumanization; and the role of resistance to rejection in the struggle to use DEIPAR frameworks.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Anthony Nicotera
3
TBD
02 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
5:45PM - 7:15PM
Robert Arroyo
3
TBD
03 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Amy Mayes
3
TBD
04 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Gina Crean
3
TBD
05 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
9:00AM - 10:30AM
Jacoba Rock
3
TBD
06 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
8:30PM - 10:00PM
Catherine Carballeira
3
TBD
07 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Lisa Rasheed
3
TBD

SWO 707 - The Research-Informed Practitioner

This course focuses on developing students� knowledge of research methods to evaluate and utilize evidence for practice in clinical settings. Students will explore both quantitative and qualitative methods such that students are able to read and critique published research and determine the implications for evidence-based and evidence-informed practices with a particular focus on underserved and underrepresented populations. Students will also examine these methods for implementing practice evaluations for evidence-based and evidence-informed practice.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Jaymie Lorthridge
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Jaymie Lorthridge
3
TBD
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Nadine Diaz
3
TBD

SWO 708 - The Fundamentals of Inclusive Course Design and Effective Instruction

This course provides DSW students with the foundation needed to develop and design a course from a Learner Centered and Anti-Racist Approach. The student will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill related to the creation of learning objectives, assessments, syllabi and other key elements of a course. In addition, DSW students will learn to design and execute a Learner Centered instructional plan, rooted in inclusive pedagogy. Strategies will be discussed for effective instruction and management of classroom dynamics.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Aisha Hall
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Walt Paquin
3
TBD
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Lataya Hawkins
3
TBD

SWO 709 - Strategies for Decolonized Clinical Supervision & Leadership

This course is designed to focus the broader themes of the first leadership course into examination of social justice and anti-racist considerations in clinical program supervsion and management, including challenging oppressive workplace structures and building decolonized work climates and cultures. Discussions and coursework will address the range of internal program dynamics addressing diversity, equity and inclusion issues in clinical supervision, managing complaints and conflict.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Frank McAlpin
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Denetria Brooks-James
3
TBD
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Christina Crow Cruz
3
TBD

SWO 710 - Complex Learning Environments

In this course students will be engaged in developing culturally responsive approaches to navigating classroom dynamics. They will also learn to implement learning strategies for developing classrooms grounded in cultural humility, as well as to create space for debate in classrooms. Additionally, students will learn to apply strategies for the building of anti-racist (using DEIPAR principles) and inclusive classrooms in the complex learning environment. This will be done by way of synthesizing the knowledge gained through self-reflection, and analysis and evaluation of scholarly pedagogical literature.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Walt Paquin
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Jeanna Jacobsen
3
TBD
03 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Samuel Odom
3
TBD

SWO 711 - Working with Complex & Diverse Populations

This course builds on SWO-704 Deconstruction and Development of Clinical Social Work Knowledge and Practice and SWO-706 Theories to Advance Practice content to examine clinical processes working with complex and diverse populations. Building on critical skills of inquiry and analysis of critical race theory and intersectionality, students will explore the impact of clinical processes when working with complex and diverse populations inclusive of but not limited to: intersubjectivity, therapeutic relationship, transference and countertransference, containment, holding, the use of defenses, hope, and justice. The course will help students learn to apply tenets of radical social work and a decolonizing lens to explore processes of change toward a (re)imagined social work practice for complex and diverse populations. Using case material, students will interrogate the assumptions of theory, research and practice as they relate to working with complex and diverse populations. The course will challenge students toward skill and knowledge generation regarding conceptualization, critique, and analysis of culturally-informed formulation and in responsive working alliances with clients.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Frank McAlpin
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
9:30PM - 11:00PM
Shakira Kennedy
3
TBD
04 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Heather Bense
3
TBD

SWO 712 - Interdisciplinary Social Work

This course focuses on the development of expert level knowledge, skills, and competencies in interdisciplinary social work practice. The aims of the course are to familiarize students with 1.) the application of varying models of interdisciplinary practice 2.) approaches to working with and across disciplines while centering the stakeholder within the experience and 3.) the skills necessary to assume leadership roles on interdisciplinary teams. Students explore the complex interactions of different disciplines while examining the impact of interdisciplinary practice on outcomes, satisfaction, and greater structural change in the context of social determinants of health. Students embrace the foundations of social work as a frame for interdisciplinary practice as anti-racist, anti-oppressive practitioners, educators, and leaders. The course content emphasizes critical thinking, peer discussion, demonstration, and case-based learning to enhance students� conceptual and practice skills to not only participate in, but lead interdisciplinary teams. 

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
5:45PM - 7:15PM
Nicole Saint-Louis
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Robin Quinterno
3
TBD
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Allah-Fard Sharrieff
3
TBD
04 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Denetria Brooks-James
3
TBD
05 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
8:00AM - 9:30AM
Nicole Saint-Louis
3
TBD

SWO 713 - Adaptive Leadership: Implementing Leadership Through Social Justice Lens

This course will examine the nature of leadership adaptation in the context of the life-cycle of non-profit agencies. This course builds on content learned in prior leadership courses: SWO 701 Transformation, Inspiration, and Inclusion, and SWO 705 Power, Passion, and Social Change. The course will frame the knowledge and comprehension of adaptive leadership using the Judith Simon model of the five stages of the agency life-cycle. Students will engage in grouped discussion of this framed progression model to build contextual understanding of theories of power and social justice concerns regarding adaptive leadership. The class will explore tensions and ambiguities of leadership, as well as personal and public resistances to DEIPAR (diversity, equity, inclusion, power, anti-racist) considerations. At this stage, there is an emphasis on collaborative learning where students engage in the development and application of concepts relating to adaptive leadership found in readings and real world examples. Students will collaboratively synthesize and apply their emerging leadership in the area around which they are developing their expertise (their Capstone projects), using adaptive and socially just (DEIPAR) leadership lenses. Class discussions unfold using workshop style discussions to facilitate student application of ideas in new ways and/or in new contexts.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
9:00PM - 10:30PM
Mary Semerod
3
TBD
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Stephanie Felder
3
TBD
03 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Carmela Daniels
3
TBD

SWO 714 - Integrative Seminar

This is a process intensive course toward degree completion. Students will work with course faculty to refine their Proposal and build toward oral defense of their Capstone proposal. This is done through a scaffolding process where the students first develop their comprehensive exam, then develop their literature review, and construct their proposal. In this course, students will integrate their learning and knowledge from previous curricular content. The first paper of this course is the comprehensive exam where students will demonstrate knowledge of comprehensive integration of the three pillars (teaching, leadership and practice) as it relates to their developing area of expertise (Capstone project), and the DEIPAR framework. Students who received a passing grade on this comprehensive exam can then begin work on their second paper, the Literature Review, which justifies the project being proposed. A passing grade on the Literature Review paves the way to develop the Capstone Proposal.  Students will work with course faculty to refine their Proposal and prepare for oral defense of their Capstone proposal.  Content creation and application of knowledge and skills are expected weekly throughout the term.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/21 - 2024/04/21
Sunday
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Missy Malone
3
TBD
02 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Vanessa Robinson-Dooley
3
TBD
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
8:00PM - 11:00PM
Carol Collard
3
TBD
04 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Vanessa Robinson-Dooley
3
TBD
05 2024/01/19 - 2024/04/19
Friday
10:30AM - 1:30PM
Carol Collard
3
TBD

SWO 715 - Capstone

The Capstone Seminar course builds on the Integrative Seminar, in which students demonstrated their expertise in DSW curricular content and defended their Capstone proposal (and obtained IRB approval as was needed). In this Seminar, students will implement the projects that were approved in the Integrative Seminar, which sets the stage for their post�"DSW career trajectory.  The Capstone is the culminating degree project designed to address a problem, gap or unmet need in social work practice, leadership, or teaching. The strategy used to address the identified concern can be creative and delivery of the project can be varied. Through the Capstone, students will demonstrate their expertise in their chosen area through application of knowledge and theory gained in the three program pillars of practice, incorporating the DEIPAR social justice lens.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/21
Wednesday, Sunday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
So'Nia Gilkey
6
TBD
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/21
Wednesday, Sunday
8:00PM - 11:00PM
Folusho Otuyelu
6
TBD
03 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/17
Monday, Wednesday
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Jennifer Meade
6
TBD
04 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/17
Monday, Wednesday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Raquel Ellis
6
TBD
05 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/18
Monday, Thursday
7:30PM - 10:30PM
Aisha Mitchell
6
TBD
06 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/18
Tuesday, Thursday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Kendra Flores-Carter
6
TBD
07 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/18
Tuesday, Thursday
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Raquel Ellis
6
TBD
08 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/19
Tuesday, Friday
10:00AM - 1:00PM
JENNIE SUCILSKY
6
TBD
09 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/21
Wednesday, Sunday
8:00PM - 11:00PM
JENNIE SUCILSKY
6
TBD
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