DSW Members Programs

State University of New York at Buffalo

School of Social Work

Our 39-credit DSW program builds on the signature strengths of the school’s trauma-informed and human rights (TI-HR) perspective, and is aimed at experienced social workers with a desire to advance their professional practice. DSW students have the opportunity to build knowledge and learn to more effectively incorporate these concepts into the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions with vulnerable populations. As a part-time, fully online program that is accessible to students regardless of geographic location, the DSW capitalizes on the latest digital technologies to innovate social work education and practice. The DSW program is intended for experienced social work practitioners with access to a target population. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership in the implementation and dissemination of advanced social work practice knowledge and skills,and contribute to bringing a TI-HR perspective into practice.

The following highlight the three fundamental aspects that make our online DSW program unique:

  • Utilizes implementation science to translate research into best practice interventions and identify barriers and facilitators of effective treatment.
  • Incorporates a trauma-informed and human rights perspective (TI-HR) to truly transform social work practice.
  • Integrates state-of-the-art digital technologies to innovate social work education and practice, including developing a global professional collaborative network.
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Public
  • DSW Program
  • Online Program Only
  • Part-time Enrollment Only
  • 12 Students or More
  • Yes
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW required
  • Yes

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • School Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice


Dr. Louanne Bakk [email protected] 716-645-1861