FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

School Website: https://www.fau.edu/ssw/


(Updated 4/14/2022)

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

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MSW PROGRAM RANKING JUMPS NEARLY 20 SPOTS

U.S. News & World Report has increased the ranking of the Florida Atlantic Master of Social Work (MSW) program to 79th in the nation, nearly 20 points up from just one year ago when it earned the highly coveted "Top 100" ranking. The MSW program is coordinated by Dr. Joy McClellan, and the full curriculum is now offered at the Boca Raton and Davie campuses. Read More | Explore MSW Program


​​​​​Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement 

The Robin Rubin Center for Happiness & Life Enhancement has announced its updated Wellness Calendar for 2021-22. Everyone is invited and welcome. Click here for more information. You can find past events by viewing the Archives on the bottom of our home page.


Weekly Meditations via Zoom:

  • Tuesdays at 8:00 AM with Gail Horton, Ph.D. Register
  • Fridays at 12:00 PM with Anna Anoufrieva, MA, MFT. Register​


Free Wellness and Educational Events at FAU


The Office of Professional Development within the FAU Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social work is committed to providing impactful and meaningful training opportunities to clinical social workers and allied disciplinary practitioners so that, together, we can empower and uplift our communities. When it comes to supporting our network of clinicians and community partners, we understand the importance of nurturing a culture of wellness and self-care.


As a result, we are excited to introduce the The Wellness Corner, which will now be featured in all our outreach emails and includes free upcoming wellness and educational opportunities. From virtual meditation sessions and monthly workshops being offered by the Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement, to free CEU events and dynamic community discussions being hosted by the FU College of Social Work and Criminal Justice, we’ve got you covered with the most up-to-date events happening at FAU. 


For more information, please visit the
Robin Rubin Center for Happiness & Life Enhancement website, or contact the Office of Professional Development.

​​​​​​​​​Professional Development Courses


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.


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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 us at socialworkprodev@fau.edu for more information and to discuss your agency’s training needs.


​Save The Dates - Featured CEU Courses through Spring 2022!


Click here for full course descriptions and registration


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Qualified Supervisor Renewal Training

  • Presenter: Erin McNamee, LCSW, DSW
  • Date/Time: Friday, May 6, 2022, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: $120; $100 Early Bird until April 22, 2022
  • CEUs: 4 Qualified Supervisor


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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate Course

  • Presenters: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW, and Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP
  • Dates/Times: Monday - Friday, May 9-13, 2022, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: FAU Boca Raton Campus, Social Science Building, Room 112
  • Cost: $875; $750 Early Bird until April 25, 2022
  • CEUs: 30


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 Consultation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


  • Presenters: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW, and Jeff Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP
  • Dates/Times: Fridays, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, 2022, 8:00 am – 10:00 am (Participants may miss one session and receive CEU credit for the series. Partial credit is not offered.)
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: $525; $450 Early Bird until May 6, 2022
  • CEUs: 10
  • Prerequisite: Completion of the FAU Sandler School of Social Work Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate Course


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LCSW Exam Prep Course

  • Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until May 7, 2022
  • CEUs: 0


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News Update


Lunchtime MSW Q&A Every 3rd Wednesday
Join social work faculty and advisors on Zoom for
MSW Q&A sessions at noon every third Wednesday of each month. Ask Q's, get A's, and see if the Master of Social Work degree is your right next thing. Spring 2022 date:  April 20.


Join the Zoom Room.


On April 7, 2022, the WHO launched a campaign to focus global attention on the interconnectedness between the planet and out health. FAU’s College of Social Work & Criminal Justice produced a short YouTube with
8 Things You Can Do to Honor World Health Day 2022.


Student and Faculty Publications

Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, has published a protocol with his colleagues in a peer reviewed journal (BMJ Open). The title is Technology-Based Group Exercise Interventions for People Living With Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment: A scoping review protocol. This scoping review is exploring evidence relating to the use of technology-based group exercise by people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment. This scoping review followed the Joanna Briggs Institute scoping review methodology to review literature published between June and December 2021. This review was designed to identify existing types of technology-based group exercise interventions for people with dementia.

Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, has published his latest “Ethics Alive” article in the New Social Worker. Barsky, A. E. (2022, April).
Ethics alive! Anticipatory dual relationships. The New Social Worker, 28(4), 4-5.


Student and Faculty Achievements and Honors 

Congratulations to Precious Skinner-Osei, Ph.D, MSW, who received her promotion to senior instructor in recognition of her excellence in teaching, service, and professional development. Although we know she will join us as an Assistant Professor in August, we are very excited to celebrate this accomplishment of hers.

Heather Howard, MSW, Ph.D, LICSW, was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure. This is quite an accomplishment and is indicative of Dr. Howard’s many accomplishments in teaching, research and service.

Congratulations to Heather Howard, MSW, Ph.D, LICSW, associate professor, who has been selected for the Presidential Award for Engaged Faculty in the area of research. Dr. Howard was presented the award at the 2022 Honors Convocation ceremony, held on Wednesday, April 13th.

Elizabeth Woodruff, DSW student, successfully defended her capstone Project titled Feasibility and Preliminary Effectiveness of EYE Movement Desensitization Reprocessing on Addiction Cravings in Adults with Substance Use Disorder: Pilot Study. Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, has served as her capstone project Chair. Heather Howard, MSW, Ph.D, LICSW, assistant professor, and Manny Gonzales, Ph.D., LCSW-R, associate professor, have served as committee. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the feasibility of conducting EMDR and to test its effects on cravings and perseverations associated with addiction and irrational cognitions related to addiction compared to treatment as usual (TAU). This study used a two-arm randomized controlled trial (RCT) design with an experimental group (EMDR + TAU) and a control group (TAU only). With non-probability convenience sampling, participants were recruited from a residential program or a partial hospitalization program (PHP) with AION Health Group in Palm Beach County, Florida.


Alumni News Updates


Attention, FAU Alumni! The FAU SSW Alumni Society is planning future in-person and virtual mixer events. Click here to fill out and submit the form to receive emails about these alumni gatherings. Please share this link with FAU SSW alumni friends. We hope to see you at a future event!