Further Educational Opportunities

Are you a CSSW alum who is interested in:

  • Advancing your clinical knowledge and skills?
  • Fulfilling course requirements for the LCSW in New York State?
  • Earning CEUs for New York State?

CSSW is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEUs) for New York State. Please check out our list of continuing education workshops, for which you can earn CEUs.

In addition, and as a benefit of being an alumna/us, you are eligible to enroll in a number of LCSW-approved for-credit courses every semester (Spring, Summer and Fall). Besides earning credits, alumni who successfully complete a full-semester course will receive 45 New York State CEUs (22.5 CEUs for a half-semester course), except as noted.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kinds of courses are typically offered?

    These two courses are typically offered and also tend to be popular with CSSW alumni:

    1) Normal and Pathological Aspects of Childhood
    This course takes a developmental approach to childhood psychopathology from infancy until adolescence. Biological and environmental influences on psychopathology, current concepts in using psychopathological criteria for diagnosis, issues of co-morbidity and of continuity and discontinuity of disorders are addressed from the developmental perspective. Actual case material is used to illustrate various clinical entities and to relate them to situations confronting the social worker.

    2) Adult Psychopathology and Pathways to Wellness
    Designed to give students an overall view of the psychopathology demonstrated by patients with the major psychiatric conditions, this course emphasizes background information concerning concepts of diagnosis in their historical context, and current concepts using specific psychopathological criteria to reach a diagnosis as expounded by DSM IV.

  • Are these courses open to all alumni, regardless of when they have graduated?

    Yes, however you are only eligible to take courses if you meet the pre-requisites for the course. Some courses are restricted to students in a particular method. Pre-requisites/restrictions are listed as a part of a course's information. If you cannot remember what method you studied while here or need to know if you have taken the pre-requisited please email swope@columbia.edu.

  • How many courses can I take per semester?

    Alumni may take a maximum of THREE three-credit courses per semester.

  • How much does each course cost?

    The minimum charge is $990. This covers:

    1. One full-semester, 3-credit course OR
    2. Two half-semester, 1.5-credit courses.

    NOTE: If you are already planning to take one 1.5 credit course, we recommend that you take two of them to get the full benefit of the $990 fee.

  • How does payment work?

    Once your online registration form has been processed, you will receive an e-bill from the University. NOTE: The University only sends out e-bills once a month. For the schedule, go to the Billing Statement Schedule.

    For complete information about payment methods, go to PAYMENT OPTIONS on the central Student Financial Services site.

    NOTE: Once you are registered for class, you will have access to Student Services Online (SSOL). Whenever you wish to check on your account details, log in to SSOL and click on "Account Details."

  • Where can I find information about the syllabus for the course(s) I've selected and required textbooks?

    Course information is available only to those who have registered. Once you are registered, you will be able to view all information about the class by logging into Courseworks (uni & PW required).

  • Will I be in class with other alumni?

    No. Most of your fellow students will be students who are enrolled in CSSW's full-time Master's degree program. We reserve a limited number of seats for alumni in each semester's class offerings. 

  • May I audit the courses instead?

    No, courses cannot be audited. They must be taken for a grade.

  • What if I register and then have to withdraw?

    If you drop any courses or make any changes to your schedule, please do so by the following dates:

    • for the Summer 2015 semester: Friday, May 29, 2015
    • for the Fall 2015 semester: Friday, September 18, 2015

    Please note that the University considers dropping all of your courses for a given semester (even if you are only enrolled in one course) a withdrawal. If you withdraw from all classes at any point after registering, you will be charged a $75 withdrawal fee. If you withdraw from a class by the above deadlines, your tuition will be fully refunded. If you withdraw from a class after the deadline, your tuition will not be refunded. The refund rate schedule is available at http://registrar.columbia.edu/students/withdrawal.

  • Still have questions?

    Still have questions?

    Please send any additional questions via email to swope@columbia.edu. NOTE: Also please email us to be placed on our mailing list for receiving bimonthly updates on upcoming continuing education opportunities.