Columbia University School of Social Work Office of Professional Excellence—Course Directory
 
Columbia School of Social Work
Office of Professional Excellence
Course Offerings
as of 4/25/2017 8:51:39 AM
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New York State LCSW Content Areas
Codes following course descriptions indicate the New York State LCSW content area(s) satisfied by the course. Courses without codes do not satisfy any of the content areas.
For more information see General Information on LMSW and LCSW Licensing in New York State and the List of Courses Meeting LCSW Requirements.
DIAG DSM, diagnosis
ASMT Assessment in clincial social work process
TRMT Clincial social work treatment
POPS Clinical social work practice with general and special populations
T6009 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Social Policy Analysis
3 points. 45 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). This course introduces students to research and statistical concepts using real-world examples that are tailored to the social work profession and hands-on data analysis. The purpose of this course is thus to provide practical experience conducting empirical analyses and to ensure that students are both critical consumers and effective producers of research evidence presented in support of practice or policy arguments. Upon completing this course, students will have the capacity to analyze and evaluate arguments based on descriptive statistics and multivariate regression analysis. Student will also receive hands-on training in the creation of convincing statistical reports, from manipulating datasets to conducting sensitivity analysis and presenting results. This course will be heavily based on using existing datasets for analyses. Students currently engaged in their own research, or research with a CU faculty member, may use data from that project. However, alternative data sets must be suitable for the methods covered in class and approved by the instructor. The instructor will provide datasets for analyses if the students do not have datasets with which to work.
 

Spring 2017
Section 003. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 2:00pm-3:50pm (room 401). Qin Gao. Call number: 96748.

 
T6009 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Social Policy Analysis (Lab)
0 points. Co-requisite: T6009 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Social Policy Analysis.
 

Spring 2017
Section 004. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 4:00pm-5:00pm (room 401). Qin Gao. Call number: 96848.

 
T6133 Social Work Practice with Women
(Prerequisite: T7100 Foundations of Social Work Practice.) 3 points. 45 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). This course focuses on problems faced by women and the practice implications at both the direct practice and planning/administrative levels. Students will explore new approaches to practice with women in different roles and stages of life, as well as in specialized populations such as abused partners, female offenders, rape victims, and women with addictions.   DIAG ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 001. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Thursday 6:10pm-8:00pm (room 301). Lauren Taylor. Call number: 68197.

 
T6205 Social Work Practice with Children
(Prerequisite: T7100 Foundations of Social Work Practice.) 3 points. 45 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Students study assessment and intervention with children and their parents; differentiation between socio-cultural, developmental, functional, and organic deviations and variations; and various techniques and skills (e.g., play, dramatization, and verbalization) that can be helpful when working with children.   DIAG ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 001. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 2:00pm-3:50pm (room 304). Heidi Horsley. Call number: 71196.

 
T6604 Normal and Pathological Aspects of Childhood
(Prerequisite: T660A, T660B Human Behavior and the Social Environment A and B.) 3 points. 45 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). This course takes a developmental approach to childhood psychopathology from infancy until adolescence. Biological and environmental influences on psychopathology, current concepts in using psychopathological criteria for diagnosis, issues of co-morbidity and of continuity and discontinuity of disorders are addressed from the developmental perspective. Actual case material is used to illustrate various clinical entities and to relate them to situations confronting the social worker.   DIAG ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 002. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 6:10pm-8:00pm (room 406). Prudence Fisher. Call number: 77534.

 
T7114 Clinical Practice with Couples
(Prerequisite: T7113 Advanced Clinical Practice in a Field of Practice.) 1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). The purpose of this course is for students to acquire the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to work with couples. Course material will center on experiential learning that will include VITAL exercises and role-plays. Lectures and discussion will draw from systems, cognitive-behavioral, social-constructionist, psychodynamic, and narrative theories. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and intervening using appropriate theoretical perspectives, as well as working with diverse populations including gay and lesbian couples, couples of color, and cross-cultural couples. Students will develop knowledge and skills for practice with specific problem areas such as chronic illness, and abuse. Issues of gender, class, age, culture, and ethnicity will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to present their own cases whenever possible.   ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section D38. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. ONLINE COURSE. Wednesday 2:30pm-4:00pm (room TBA). Martin Babits. Call number: 19287.

 
T7114 Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families Coping With Life-Threatening Medical Illness
(Prerequisite: T7113 Advanced Clinical Practice in a Field of Practice.) 1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). This course is designed to provide a framework for clinical practice with individuals and families who are coping with a life-threatening physical illness. The course will enhance the skills and knowledge base of clinical practice students and may be particularly useful to those students concentrating in the Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities or Family and Children's Services fields of practice. Life-threatening physical illness is surrounded by a complex set of issues that will be addressed throughout the course. These include medical treatment choices, sociocultural forces that shape care provision and coping, multicultural perspectives on illness and death, psychosocial challenges and tasks associated with developmental stages, countertransference, and stresses connected with this type of work. Social work skills vital in health care practice will be examined, including biopsychosocial assessment, interventions including discharge planning, case management, advocacy and outreach, interdisciplinary collaboration, crisis intervention, supportive, grief and bereavement therapy, and psychoeducation. Values and ethics in clinical practice will be openly discussed as the health care environment is rapidly changing.   DIAG ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 017. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. Wednesday 10:00am-11:50am (room 406). Mary Sormanti. Call number: 28460.
Section D39. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. ONLINE COURSE. Tuesday 4:00pm-5:30pm (room TBA). Mary Sormanti. Call number: 63051.

 
T7114 Introduction to Grief Therapy
(Prerequisite: T7113 Advanced Clinical Practice in a Field of Practice.) 1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Social workers are the primary providers of grief therapy and yet there is little in the social work curriculum devoted to this topic. This mini-course fills that gap by presenting an approach that is informed by our proven efficacious treatment for complicated grief. You will learn to work in ways that ease distress and foster resilience. Our goal is to engender optimism about grief therapy which comes from knowing how to manage your own reactions to loss and death and from having knowledge and skills to work effectively with bereavement. With this in mind, we designed the course to build self-awareness, knowledge and skills that can prepare you to work effectively with clients who are struggling with difficult losses.
 

Spring 2017
Section D35. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. ONLINE COURSE. Tuesday 10:00am-11:30am (room TBA). Katherine Shear. Call number: 86797.
Section D37. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. ONLINE COURSE. Tuesday 10:00am-11:30am (room TBA). Katherine Shear. Call number: 88453.

 
T7114 Motivational Interviewing
(Prerequisite: T7113 Advanced Clinical Practice in a Field of Practice.) 1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Motivational Interviewing belongs to a category of motivational enhancements and interventions aimed at increasing clients' commitment to change. It draws on strategies from strengths-based (solution-focused) and empowerment social work practice, humanistic psychology (client-centered counseling), narrative and cognitive therapy, as well as systems theory. In this seven-week practice course on working with multiple client populations, we will explore the theories of motivation and focus on the facilitative skills involved in building motivation to change, maintaining behavior change, as well as overdose and relapse prevention.   ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 013. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. Tuesday 6:10pm-8:00pm (room 304). Andrew Hamid. Call number: 27786.

 
T7114 Social Work with Sexually Abused Children
(Prerequisite: T7113 Advanced Clinical Practice in a Field of Practice.) 1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). This course explores the incidence and prevalence of sexual abuse and its impact across life stages and within specific populations. Current biopsychosocial theories of trauma will be analyzed and evaluated as they relate to social work treatment of children and adults who have been sexually abused. Through readings, class discussion, and expert guest lecturers, the class will address assessment, treatment approaches, therapeutic techniques, and monitoring and evaluation. The broader social and institutional conditions that help shape the experience of victim, abuser, and therapist will be examined and processed each week. Special emphasis will be placed on the implications and challenges of work with a sexually abused population within the forensic setting.   ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 014. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. Wednesday 10:00am-11:50am (room 304). Richard Beck. Call number: 28290.
Section 028. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. Wednesday 10:00am-11:50am (room 304). Richard Beck. Call number: 29615.

 
T7126 Asset Development and Microfinance: Innovation, Policy, and Practice
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). This seven-week course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills needed for practice in the asset-building policy and microfinance fields as complements to income-related support policies. Similar to an international social development-focused course, the perspective of this mini-course is that there is a lot in common between "asset-poverty" in the western industrialized countries and "asset-poverty" in the transitional and poor developing countries. Against that backdrop, the course covers asset-development and microfinance innovations, research and policy development in selected western industrialized countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom) as well as policy and program development in selected countries in Asia (e.g., Singapore and Bangladesh), Latin and South America (e.g., Colombia, Brazil and Mexico), and sub-Saharan Africa (e.g., Uganda and Nigeria). Multiple theoretical and practical approaches will be covered that inform the nature and scope of asset building and microfinance development. The course will provide an overview of social justice and economic issues that underpin social work and policy practice in this area. The content for this course will be presented in a framework that stresses the interconnectedness of asset-building innovations, research, policy, and practice. The course builds on both the core curriculum and the foundation courses in the Social Enterprise Administration, and Social Policy Practice concentrations. Students will be expected to demonstrate basic understanding of issues in social policy, planning, research and at least the beginning skills in the use of comparative social policy methodologies in addressing issues related to asset-development. Special emphasis will be given to relevant evidence-based models for practitioners across multiple levels with an emphasis on their application to a variety of oppressed and disadvantaged populations. The course will also emphasize capacity building and social change. The course will also address the relationship of asset-development and microfinance, with social work ethics and values as related to race, gender, social class, culture, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, and physical and mental ability.
 

Spring 2017
Section 005. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. Tuesday 6:10pm-8:00pm (room 301). James Boss. Call number: 78783.

 
T7126 Building Personal Capacities as a Manager
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Managers across sectors, in large, mid-size, and small organizations, international, national and local, rely on their human capacities and skills to manage the challenging, enlivening, and sometimes enervating circumstances that constitute the dynamics of an organization. This course will focus directly on identifying and building students' personal capacities and skills as managers. Informed by evidence and best practices, skill development will include: awareness of self and other in management relationships; attending to inclusion and exclusion patterns and alliances to heighten individual and collective performance; effective communication skills and strategies--within and across cultures--in organizational management context; coaching; conflict management; ethical decision making, problem solving and creating innovation; building effective teams; using one's influence effectively, and caring for oneself and others in the process.
 

Spring 2017
Section 009. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 9:00am-10:50am (room 406). Rick Greenberg. Call number: 81034.

 
T7126 Development and Fundraising
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Through this course, students will develop an inventory of skill for meeting the challenges of effective fundraising. Effective fundraising and program development requires sophisticated methods of identifying, cultivating and soliciting potential funders. This course provides an overview of the specific techniques and required processes social workers in leadership positions must master in order to succeed in securing new program dollars from government, foundations and private donors. Various fundraising vehicles are surveyed and participants will learn to apply fundraising strategies as they balance a wide array of organizational needs. Relationship building, the funding solicitation and selection process, the psychological dynamics and the realities of asking for money are examined as students refine their skills through the development of a fundraising strategy.
 

Spring 2017
Section 004. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. Tuesday 6:10pm-8:00pm (room 1109). Gabrielle Gilliam. Call number: 78531.
Section 011. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 6:10pm-8:00pm (room 1109). Gabrielle Gilliam. Call number: 81790.

 
T7126 Entrepreneurial Activism
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). In this course, we will explore a nascent movement that is quickly gaining momentum within the aid work/social work community--a movement that utilizes responsible business and business methodologies to fuel meaningful change. Within this conversation, we will examine several different models that apply principles and tactics from the private sector to push for lasting public good. These models include social enterprise, microfinance, corporate social responsibility and impact investing. Theoretical content will be supplemented with rigorous practical skills-building activities focused on lean program design, creative problem solving, professional network building, presentation technique and more. Students will finish the course with some new and powerful entrepreneurial tools to apply to their practice and a broadened view of the meaning and possibilities of social work overall.
 

Spring 2017
Section D19. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. ONLINE COURSE. Monday 8:00pm-9:30pm (room TBA). Caroline Maldovan. Call number: 17546.

 
T7126 Leading and Sustaining Organization Change: Frameworks, Tools and Skills
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). All organizations must adapt to shifting circumstances in order to succeed. This course aims to equip students with tools and skills to lead and sustain change initiatives, either directly or in support of a more senior manager. The specific focus will be on change that is: (1) transformational, in that it impacts every person in the organization to some degree; (2) globally-scaled, in that it requires collaboration among diverse and dispersed teams; and (3) time-sensitive, in that a lag in communications and a "business as usual" pace can often threaten a successful change outcome. This course is about the "how", and will be case-based and operate within the realistic environment of an online course delivery. Students should expect to develop and apply a framework for identifying typical resistances to change, an understanding of effective tool selection and practical skills developed as the tools are applied to plausible and relevant cases.
 

Spring 2017
Section D18. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. ONLINE COURSE. Wednesday 10:30am-12:00pm (room TBA). Harry Silver. Call number: 79284.

 
T7126 Managing Non-Governmental Organizations
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). In the last twenty years, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have acquired a central role in international social development. Few governmental and multinational organizations would dispute that NGOs deserve to be heard. It is probably a sign of their prominence that when institutions like the World Bank and IMF make their routine rounds to developing countries, they often meet with NGOs. This course is designed to give students the conceptual and practice skills they need in working with international governmental and non-governmental organizations (including civil society) in advancing the notion of social entrepreneurship development and administration within the western industrialized countries, the transitional economies and the poor developing countries. Specifically, the course seeks to help students interested in social enterprise development and administration to understand their role in planning, developing and administering non-governmental organizations aimed and improving the socio-economic wellbeing of individuals at national levels using social entrepreneurship models. Similar to an international social development-focused course, the perspective of this course is that there is a lot in common between "working with NGOs" in the western industrialized countries and "working with NGOs" in the transitional and poor developing countries. The course focuses on how to apply social entrepreneurship models to address global poverty, social injustices and inequality. The course builds on both the core curriculum and the foundation courses in the Social Enterprise Administration, Social Policy Practice and AGPP concentrations. Students will be expected to demonstrate basic understanding of issues in social planning, community development and at least the beginning skills in the use of comparative social planning methodologies in addressing social development. The underlying premise of the course is that it is essential for social enterprise administrators to take a leading role not simply in managing and administering social enterprise endeavors, but also in coming up with "innovative ideas" that would address the challenges to social development.
 

Spring 2017
Section 002. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. Tuesday 2:00pm-3:50pm (room 305). Martin Englisher. Call number: 77284.
Section 010. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 11:00am-12:50pm (room 311). Martin Englisher. Call number: 81282.

 
T7126 Managing Organizational Change
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Change including new regulations, new information technology, new funding sources, new missions among others, has been identified as a constant in the environment of the social service sector, representing a challenge to managerial efforts to operate agencies that deliver quality services effectively and to gain commitment from staff members. Performance based contracting, that specifies the expected outcome, has become a top priority among the many recent changes faced by social agencies. Agencies unable to respond to these new directions will find their funding threatened or will be unable to access new financial resources. This course will examine the forces restraining and promoting change and will consider what it takes to achieve and support the necessary change in the policies and procedures in social agency settings to create a future oriented focus. Using a systems approach to problem solving and program development, the content will focus on strategies that prepare students to understand and intervene at the individual, organizational and community level with initiatives that are a key to supporting organizational .change. The class assignment will require students to work in teams by field of practice to develop a plan for an agency to achieve a needed change.
 

Spring 2017
Section 001. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. Tuesday 11:00am-12:50pm (room 405). William Cabin. Call number: 76779.

 
T7126 Marketing and Social Marketing
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Effective marketing strategies have become increasing important for many both public and non-profit human service organizations. This course will review major concepts and findings from the marketing and social marketing literature. The course intends to describe, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of various models/theories germane to these two areas. Students will be expected to demonstrate a basic understanding of these literatures and an ability to apply this knowledge to the development of a marketing and social marketing plan.
 

Spring 2017
Section 012. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 11:00am-12:50pm (room 405). William Cabin. Call number: 82281.

 
T7126 Social Enterprise Business--International Settings
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Social enterprise (SE) exists in both formal economies and in informal, transitional and developing economies. This course is designed to expose students to social enterprise businesses in international settings as another option for alleviating poverty, providing access to life-saving technologies, or meeting the needs of mission-based organizations and their clients. The course will give an overview of SE that compares and contrasts models that seek to integrate partnership and innovative approaches and aim at poverty alleviation and various forms of local empowerment. It will also introduce students to concrete challenges to sustainable development interventions and the role of social entrepreneurs in managing, addressing, and resolving such challenges. The course utilizes a case-based and skill-development approach in the context of a seminar. Critical topics include planning, funding options, evaluation methodologies, sustainability, and exit strategies.
 

Spring 2017
Section 014. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. Wednesday 2:00pm-3:50pm (room 805). Marina Kaneti. Call number: 84032.

 
T7126 Social Entrepreneurship: Innovation in the Social Sector
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Social services exist in a dynamic environment. Changes in funding sources, the way services are funded, approved intervention models, client groups, social problems and other issues constantly affect managing human services. Within that mix, staying on top of and creating innovation becomes increasingly important for the social services leader. This course is about creating social innovation by and for traditional social services populations, with a particular focus on market-involved innovations. These are typically known as social enterprises. This course approaches innovation utilizing design paradigms; provides a framework for understanding where social enterprises fit within social services; addresses contrasting management styles for traditional and social enterprise organizations; exposes students to the variety of social enterprises in social services; and gives students the opportunity to design social enterprises and other types of social innovation in social services.
 

Spring 2017
Section 007. 1/17/2017 - 3/2/2017. Wednesday 2:00pm-3:50pm (room 805). Marina Kaneti. Call number: 79534.

 
T7126 Staff Development, Training, and Coaching
1.5 points. 22.5 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). This course will help students understand how to identify the gaps in staffing competencies and know how to design, test, implement and evaluate a combination of approaches that will assure that employees develop and reach their own career goals and have the knowledge and skill to meet organizational needs. A wide range of internal and external resources will be explored and styles of supervision, coaching and mentoring will be practiced through experiential exercises. Students will design a training program to meet a need identified at their field sites.
 

Spring 2017
Section 008. 3/7/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 4:10pm-6:00pm (room 311). Danielle Elleman. Call number: 80535.

 
T7307 Social Work Practice in the AIDS Epidemic
(Prerequisite: T7100 Foundations of Social Work Practice.) 3 points. 45 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). The course focuses on enabling, mediating, and advocating intervention for HIV-affected populations, and provides a unique opportunity to unite case and cause.   ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 001. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Wednesday 4:10pm-6:00pm (room 805). Adam Viera. Call number: 29789.

 
T7311 Social Work Practice and Domestic Violence
(Prerequisite: T7100 Foundations of Social Work Practice.) 3 points. 45 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Students examine the issue of violence against women in families. The demographics of the population, theories of domestic violence, crisis intervention, and short- and long-term clinical issues will be examined, as will service modalities for women victims and survivors, batterers, and their children.   ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 002. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Wednesday 6:10pm-8:00pm (room 405). Patricia Moles. Call number: 29715.

 
T7320 Adult Psychopathology and Pathways to Wellness
(Prerequisite: T7100 Foundations of Social Work Practice.) 3 points. 45 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). Designed to give students an overall view of the psychopathology demonstrated by patients with the major psychiatric conditions, this course emphasizes background information concerning concepts of diagnosis in their historical context, and current concepts using specific psychopathological criteria to reach a diagnosis as expounded by DSM-5. This course is strongly recommended for clinical students, especially Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities.   DIAG ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 002. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Thursday 6:10pm-8:00pm (room 404). Pascale Jean-Noel. Call number: 19281.

 
T7612 Ego Psychology and Object Relations Theory
(Prerequisite: T7100 Foundations of Social Work Practice.) 3 points. 45 contact hours (continuing education units/CEUs). The purpose of this course is to provide students with an accessible introduction to ego psychology and object relations theories and to enable them to begin to apply concepts of these theories in practice. The course reviews the development and evolution of these psychoanalytically oriented theories from the time of Freud through their contemporary conceptualizations and applications.   ASMT TRMT POPS 
 

Spring 2017
Section 002. 1/17/2017 - 4/27/2017. Tuesday 9:00am-10:50am (room 405). Arthur Lynch. Call number: 62550.