A Silver Education
Seeing the People Others Overlooked
As a housing advocate for the Coalition for the Homeless, Lauren May, MSW ’15, helps single homeless adults with serious mental illness diagnoses apply for supportive housing and other services.
“I am so thankful for my clinical training at Silver. Truly listening and engaging a client are the most essential skills I learned, and I utilize what I learned every day in my work to build strong bonds with clients. Many clients experienced unfathomable traumas before coming to my office, so being able to hold the space with them has made my clinical work stronger.”
What’s Next in Your Journey?
Bachelor of Science
Our BS in social work program teaches a set of skills that are centered around making human connections, problem-solving, leadership, advocacy, human rights, interprofessional collaboration, and social and economic justice.
Master of Social Work
Our MSW program provides outstanding training in clinical social work practice. Our curriculum, which is infused with a global perspective, focuses on social and economic justice and emphasizes links between theory and practice, research and policy.
Doctorate in Clinical Social Work
Our DSW program prepares licensed social workers for leadership roles in academic and agency settings. This executive-style program is designed to enhance students’ clinical knowledge as it pertains to advances in theoretical and practice models, clinical research, and policies that directly impact practice.
Doctor of Philosophy
Our PhD program provides the rigorous methodological, conceptual, and statistical research training critical for careers as independent researchers, scholars, and educators. Graduates are competitively positioned to address contemporary global social welfare challenges at top-tier research-intensive institutions.
Our post-master's programs, including certificate programs, workshops, seminars, and online modules, provide advanced learning opportunities encompassing theoretical and evidence-based practice models for social work and related health professionals.
Exploring Social Work
Both our in-person Non-Matriculated and our fully-online ONRAMP options enable students to explore social work and experience NYU Silver’s rigorous coursework without being admitted to our MSW program.
By being part of the Silver Affinity Collective, I learned how to look out for my peers, hold space for each other’s experiences, and to come together and learn from each other.
A Virtual Celebration of Leadership and Community
At the end of each academic year, NYU Silver recognizes students who have made exemplary contributions, individually or collectively, to the School, the profession, and society. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Annual Student Awards celebration was held virtually, with both presenters and recipients sharing their remarks on video. “In this very stressful and challenging time,” said Dean Neil B. Guterman, “it is all the more important to recognize the particularly special accomplishments of some of our students. In celebrating these few, and participating in this event, we are honoring and helping to uplift our entire school community.”
Some Journeys Take Surprising Turns
A conversation with a homeless neighbor changed the course of Adina Lichtman’s career
Humanizing Homelessness One Sock at a Time
I lead a nonprofit that encourages companies, campuses, and communities to host sock drives for their homeless neighbors, and then offers them the opportunity to host a dinner as well with the aim of breaking stigmas while breaking bread.
During my Sophomore year as the Community Service Chair for Hillel, I was giving out sandwiches to people experiencing homelessness. One of the men said what he and other homeless people could really use are socks. I got a pair from my dorm room and then knocked on every door on my floor to get 40 more pairs. From there, Knock Knock Give a Sock was born.
At Silver, I’ve been pushed to reconsider the world I’ve always lived in but have only just begun to learn about through the lens of social justice and service. My social work education continues to be a challenging and invigorating process that I’m grateful for daily.
From Victim of Mass Incarceration to Criminal Justice Reformer
After three years as Community Affairs Liaison for The Doe Fund, I am continuing to advocate for criminal justice reform full-time through my leadership of Educate Don’t Incarcerate, as well as my teaching, speaking, writing, and producing.
I started my academic career earning my GED at Marion Correctional Institution. With the support of a social worker at The Doe Fund, I graduated from Bronx Community College. I went on to earn my BS and MSW from NYU Silver, where I received the Excellence in Leadership Award and NASW-NYC’s Student of the Year Award.
A Close, Supportive Community
The classes and the career skills I gained helped to fuel my passion, while the people I interacted with helped enrich my academic experience. At NYU, I did not feel like a number but a significant person that can actively contribute to society.
Vibrant campuses in NYC, Rockland, Westchester, and Shanghai
At all of our locations, you'll find supportive academic communities grounded in the values of service, compassion, inclusion, and social justice
How We Support You
Earning your social work degree is an intensive endeavor. NYU Silver provides you with a wide range of supports while you are in school and throughout your journey.
- Self and Community Care
- Student Ombuds Support & Advocacy
- Career and Professional Development
- Student Wellness Services
- Student Affinity and Interest Groups
- Inclusive Leadership Development
- Social Justice Programming
- Connection to a Vibrant Alumni Network
- Continuing Education Seminars & Events
This course draws on classic examples from literature and film to highlight and understand aspects of mental health in ways that are more vivid and visceral than any text book can illustrate. Materials are chosen from novels, poems, and films to illustrate various mental health issues, including post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia.
This course explores how deviance and social taboos are defined, determined, and socially constructed; how they function in society; the causes of such behavior; how those who are considered deviant manage their behavior and identities; how social, economic, and political power dictate who and what is deviant or taboo; and how some behaviors that were considered deviant and taboo historically have changed over time.
The course examines the history, values, and ethics of the profession; the societal and organizational context of practice; and the impact of racism and oppression. Skills taught include systems assessment, engagement, interviewing, and the practice principles of both crisis and extended intervention. A social work laboratory component provides experiential learning.
This course centers on expanding the student's understanding of the meaning of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and culture, as well as the concepts of prejudice, discrimination, oppression, stigma, and stereotyping.
Differences over epistemology are integral to debates over clinical theory and research methodology. This course consides selected topics and controversies in philosophy of science and their application to debates over the nature of clinical theory and research.
This course covers the history of social work in the U.S. and social policies that affect it. It also covers the emergence of the institutions, organizations, and systems of care that address mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use/abuse.
This seminar introduces students to selected literature on teaching and learning in higher education, including theories of adult learning, the social work education literature, the range of roles and responsibilities of faculty members, and current issues in social work education.
This course prepares students to assess intervention research studies that address psychosocial needs, problems, and conditions. It focuses on essential conceptual, methodological and practical issues involved in planning and carrying out such interevention research.
This course begins with the foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches and quickly progresses to application of these techniques to issues commonly seen in clinical practice. "Third wave" CBT approaches are weaved into many of the sessions to enhance standard CBT practices.