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Bachelor of Social Work

  • Florida’s largest BSW program with an average of 600 students
  • Florida’s Top 3 BSW program based on monthly alumni earnings within a year of graduation 

Master of Social Work

  • U.S. News & World Report Top 100 program
  • #3 MSW in the nation based on student evaluations
  • One of FAU’s largest graduate programs with an average of 300 students

Doctor of Social Work

  • Florida’s first DSW program, which trains scholarly clinicians for leadership positions

FAU Names Dean for College of Social Work and Criminal Justice 

Florida Atlantic University has announced Naelys Luna, Ph.D. as its founding dean of the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice. The College of Social Work and Criminal Justice encompasses the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The College offers one doctoral, two master’s and two undergraduate degree programs; three specialization certificate programs in child welfare, healthy aging and addiction; and four post-graduate certificate programs, including Paralegal, Legal Nurse Consultant, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The College also houses a number of research and service centers, including the Child Welfare Institute, the Healthy Aging Academy, and the Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement.

Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement 

The Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement is in full swing providing online weekly programs for students, faculty, and community members. Now more than ever we know this connection is so necessary! 

The Center is offering a self-care series, a weekly social hour, online yoga, and 3 weekly meditations. In addition to those weekly opportunities, the center is hosting 4 incredible workshops dealing with Nutrition for the New Year, Healthy Relationships, Financial Self Care, and Meditation.
For more information you can go online to our website.

Community Conversations 

Join us for “Community Conversations: An Illuminating Discussion Series at the Intersection of Social Work and Criminal Justice,” brought to you by the FAU College of Social Work and Criminal Justice. The motto of our discussion series is “when we know better, we can do better”.
Click here to watch our kickoff event video on demand, and for details and sign up information on our next conversation.

​​​​​​​Professional Development Courses

To honor social distancing guidelines and continue meeting your professional development needs, all Professional Development courses have been moved to Zoom, a synchronous online platform, until further notice. We believe that, under the circumstances, a “live” virtual experience will provide the richest possible learning environment, while also helping to protect everyone’s well-being. 

To make it easier for you to pursue your professional development during these challenging times, we have extended our discounts on courses through May 2021. 

Additionally, we are thrilled to announce that we are now reserving a select number of specially-priced seats for current graduate students, FAU Social Work alumni, field instructors and coordinators. 

Check out the courses below and register today!

You can also visit our website for a complete course listing and frequent additions. To make sure you’re the first to know about new courses, you can request email notifications and like us on Facebook for course updates and School news. 

Florida needs every one of us to be on top of our game. It is our pleasure and privilege to help you get there. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

The FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, the Florida Board of Psychology, the Florida Office of School Psychology, and the Florida Board of Nursing (BAP #50-6251), as well as the Florida Certification Board (#5350-A) and the Council on Social Work Education. Many states accept CEUs from CSWE-accredited institutions in other states.

Did you know?

Funds raised through the Office of Professional Development provide students’ scholarships and assistantships, and support faculty and students with research projects, attendance and presentations at national and international conferences, and other projects related to advancing our school's academic excellence and community engagement. 

Agency Training Available

With faculty expertise in a variety of clinical areas, we also bring courses to community agencies tailored to their specific needs. You can view some trainings we can offer to your team
here. Please contact Sara Dochterman, LCSW, at (561) 297-6680 or for more information and to discuss your agency’s training needs.

​Save The Dates - Featured CEU Courses through Spring 2021!

Click here for full course descriptions and registration

LCSW Exam Prep Course

  • Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW
  • Date/Time: Sunday, January 24, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until January 10, 2021
  • CEUs: none


  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until April 24, 2021
  • CEUs: none

Click for more information and to register

Foundations in Trauma and Resilience

  • Presenters: Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP; Suzanne Spencer, Ed.D.; Sherrie Raz, Psy.D.; Gavin Malcolm, LCSW; Erin McNamee, LCSW, DSW; Anne Marie Brown, LCSW, MCAP, CIP, ICADC 
  • Dates/Times: Fridays, February 5 (9 am -4 pm), 12, 19, 26 (all 1 pm -4 pm) 
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $375; $325 Early Bird until January 22, 2021
  • CEUs: 15

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Suicide Prevention Training

  • Presenter: Aisha T. McDonald, LMHC 
  • Dates/Times: Friday, March 12, 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $75; $65 Early Bird until February 26, 2021
  • CEUs: 3

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Motivational Interviewing: Understanding the Key Concepts

  • Presenter: Aisha T. McDonald, LMHC
  • Dates/Times: Friday, March 19, 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $75; $65 Early Bird until March 6, 2021
  • CEUs: 3

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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship

  • Presenter: Michael Barnett, MA, EdS, LPC
  • Dates/Times: Thursdays - Saturdays, April 15-17 and April 29-May 1, 2021, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Location:  ONLINE
  • Cost: $975; Early Bird $850 until April 1, 2021
  • CEUs: 28

Click here for more information and to register

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate Course

  • Presenters: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW; Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP
  • Dates/Times: Monday – Friday, May 10-14, 2021
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $775; $650 Early Bird until April 26, 2021
  • CEUs: 40

Click here for more information and to register​

Student and Faculty Conference Presentations

The Sandler School of Social Work recently co-sponsored the 10th Annual Transgender Medical Conference, a two-day virtual conference aimed at educating the medical community on issues impacting transgender patients, including topics such as mental health, transgender and nonbinary youth, hormone therapy, sexual health screenings and more.

​Student and Faculty Research and Publications

Congratulations to Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, for one of his ethics articles in The New Social Worker magazine, Ethical exceptions for social workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing, selected as "Article of the Year” for 2020. Click here to read this, and more ethics articles, by Dr. Barsky. 

Precious Skinner-Osei, Ph.D, MSW, instructor and BSW program coordinator, co-authored the recent publication “An Ecological Approach to Improving Reentry Programs for Justice-Involved African American Men” , in Journal of Prison Education and Reentry (Vol. 6, 2019-2020, No. 3) 

Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, had the following article published: Barsky, A. E. (2020). Sexuality- and gender-inclusive genograms: Avoiding heteronormativity and cisnormativity. Journal of Social Work Education, 56(4), 1-11. 

Danielle Groton, Ph.D, assistant professor, co-authored the following article, which discussed existing services and recommendations by providers on emergency housing for youth survivors of trafficking: Groton, D.B. & Gomory, T. (2020). Emergency housing services for youth survivors of sexual exploitation: current approaches, their challenges, and future opportunities. National Youth At Risk Journal, 4(2), 1-21

Student and Faculty Achievements and Honors

Congratulations to Morgan Cooley, Ph.D, LCSW, assistant professor, for recently receiving the Emerging Mentor Award from the National Council on Family Relations. Check out her interview with the FAU Division of Research.