NYU Silver School of Social Work has trained over 20,000 leaders in every area of the profession since 1960.

With a commitment to social justice, emphasis on research, and reputation for robust clinical practice training, the School offers degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels.


This course provides an overview of supportive, supplemental, and substantive services for children and their families. Special emphasis is on funding patterns, the current legal structure and requirements, child welfare research and theories of child development (particularly those related to maternal deprivation and separation), and the implications for social work practice with children in their own homes and in foster care.

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In the midst of the national and global climate of tension and uncertainty, and an increasingly interconnected global community, where the disparity between the “haves” and “have-nots” continues to grow, this course studies the words and deeds of many considered to be social justice laborers and peacemakers. It questions their motives and actions; asks how their work contributes to global justice and peace; and what they have to teach us as engaged citizens in our contemporary society.

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This course focuses on assessment of and intervention with substance abusers and their families. It prepares students with the skills essential to a range of social work roles and practice modalities that can be used with this population. Stereotyped attitudes toward substance abusers are discussed. Special issues related to women, youth, the homeless, and dually diagnosed mentally ill/substance abusing populations are explored. Selected social policy and service delivery issues and research findings are considered.

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This 10-hour course addresses current neuroscience and psychopharmacological research in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as well as the significant contributions of psychosocial research and intervention. The latter includes, but is not limited to, the following: group and individual psychotherapy, need-adapted treatment, psycho education, multiple family groups, cognitive-behavioral approaches, case management, therapeutic communities, etc.

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This course examines the major premises of behavior and change that have informed clinical social work practice. It includes an examination of the values, assumptions, methods and research evidence for each practice theory. The focus is on theories that were prominent during the early and mid-twentieth century, through selections of original contributions from the analytic, object relations, self-psychology, family systems, behavioral and cognitive theorists.

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This course provides an overview of social science theories that are relevant to social work. Students will develop a critical understanding of the history and application of social science concepts. Wherever possible, the Professor has selected theories that have an historical foundation and a forward trajectory toward contemporary issues. The Professor also includes articles or research with an alternative or critical view of the theories in question.

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