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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


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(Updated 4/13/2021)

Florida Atlantic University has announced Naelys Luna, Ph.D., MSW, Dean and Professor, as its founding dean of the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice. Prior to appointment as Interim Dean on July 1, 2019 and subsequent appointment as Dean, Dr. Luna served for three years as Professor and Director of the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. 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). 

Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement 

The Robin Rubin Center for Happiness & Life Enhancement offers
weekly self-care sessions. All sessions are free, on Zoom, and open to everyone - students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family. Simply register once and use the Zoom links to join as often as you can. You'll be glad you did. See you soon!

​​​​​​​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!

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LCSW Exam Prep Course

  • Presenter: David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D, LCSW
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until April 24, 2021
  • CEUs: none

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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, 9am-4pm
  • Location: ONLINE
  • Cost: $775; $650 Early Bird until April 26, 2021
  • CEUs: 40

Click here for more information and to register

FAU Names Dean for College of Social Work and Criminal Justice


Student and Faculty Conference Presentations

Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D, professor, is presenting on “Anti-racism, privilege, and social justice in regulatory practices” in a panel discussion with the Association of Social Work Boards in May.

Student and Faculty Research and Publications

LeaAnne DeRigne, Ph.D., MSW, associate professor, has had their article “Losing Hold of the American Dream: A Qualitative Exploration of the Relationship Between Foreclosure and Psychological and Physical Health”, published in Volume 42, Issue 4 of Journal of Family Issues. Click here to access the article. 

Juyoung Park, Ph.D, MSW, associate professor, has had the following manuscript on chair yoga in older adults with osteoarthritis recently accepted for publication:

    Park, J., & Herron, C. (2021). The effects of movement-based mind-body intervention in managing symptoms in older adults      with osteoarthritis: Gender, age, and living arrangement differences, Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

Student and Faculty Achievements and Honors

Congratulations to Dani Groton, Ph.D., assistant professor, on being awarded the 2020-21 FAU Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. Exclusively selected by students, the DTOY is given to the teacher who, in the eyes of the student selection committee, represents the highest level of excellence in teaching, student advising and service to the university, the community and their academic discipline. Dr. Groton’s area of expertise is on homelessness, particularly related to how health disparities and employment opportunities impact women experiencing homelessness. Dr. Groton will deliver the keynote address virtually at the 52nd annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. 

Congratulations to Morgan Cooley, Ph.D., LCSW, assistant professor, for being awarded the CHIPS fellowship. CHIPS (Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services) is funded by the NIHM Division of Services and Intervention, and is a interdisciplinary training consortium, created to enhance career development for early career scientists pursuing research careers in the areas of intervention, prevention, and the provision of services for children and adolescents. Dr. Cooley’s research is greatly influenced by a background in both social work and family science and focuses on examining the relationships between child mental health and family system or child welfare context. As a CHIPS fellow, Dr. Cooley will participate in a one-week training institute followed by a year or more of ongoing supervision by an assigned CHIPS mentor, and participation in CHIPS web seminars.