Where will the conference be held?

The Advancing Social Work Practice with Clients: Understanding the DSM-5  Conference will be held on Friday December 6th, 2013 at the Columbia School of Social Work. CSSW is located at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue between West 121st Street and West 122nd Street in Manhattan. For Directions and Parking, please see below.


What is the Advanced Clinical Practice area offered at the Columbia School of Social Work?

The Columbia School of Social Work Masters Program offers students the opportunity to specialize in Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP), one of four areas of specialization available. The ACP concentration emphasizes the thoughtful application of contemporary theories and research on risk and resilience to prevention and intervention with individuals, families, and groups. Our coordinated classroom and field curricula exposes students to current theoretical and empirical knowledge about clinical issues and practice, encourages critical evaluation of these issues and practices across multiple contexts, and guides differential assessment, intervention, and evaluation within a particular field of practice.  Additionally, students can elect to enter programs of study focused on specific areas of clinical interventions such Dialectical Behavior Therapy or Evidence Based Practice for Persons with Serious Mental Health Conditions.  CSSW’s clinical faculty are renown across the nation and internationally for their significant contributions to and influence on social work clinical practice.


Will Continuing Education Units (CEU) be offered?

Yes.  Full day attendance at this conference is worth six (6) continuing education credits offered by Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW).  Partial units are available upon request for those individual who will not stay the entire day. Individuals interested in receiving CEUs must register at the conference desk in the School lobby when they arrive. Certificates will be available at the end of the conference. Individuals requesting partial units will receive their certificates via email within 10 days of the conference.


Can I bring a non-CSSW colleague?

The DSM 5 Conference is currently booked to capacity.  Priority for attendance is given to the following CSSW community members: field instructors from the past two years (2012-2013 academic year, 2013-2014 academic year), advisors, alumni, and faculty.

Can I bring my CSSW student intern?

We are looking for student volunteers! Although this conference is offered for CSSW field and classroom instructors, CSSW advisors, and CSSW alumni, if you are a CSSW field instructor, your CSSW student intern is eligible to volunteer at the conference (and thus attend) with your permission.

All student volunteers must assist with morning registration and CEU certifications at the end of the day.  In addition, students will be assigned to work one shift through the day so that they will miss one program offering but will be available to attend the remainder of the conference.   If you are a field instructor attending the conference and your CSSW intern is interested in volunteering please let us know by sending their name and email address to swdsm5@columbia.edu.


I won’t be able to make the conference after all. Is there anything I should do?

We have a waiting list for this conference. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can free up your spot for someone else. Please email swdsm5@columbia.edu


Can I view the conference remotely?

Yes. Please visit the “Digital Conference” page for more information.

Which two breakout sessions will be chosen for livestream.com?

We have sent all registered guests an update email that includes a survey. One of the 6 questions in the survey asks participants to tell us which sessions they plan on attending. Based on these responses we will identify the two most popular break out sessions.


How can I get a copy of the materials distributed at the conference?

Each presenter will be submitting a summary document of their presentation that we will be organizing into conference proceedings. These will be available on our School website free of charge in early 2014.  In addition, we will be posting podcasts with each presenter in which they will discuss the significance of the changes within the DSM-5.


Will there be lunch options for a range of dietary preferences?

We will have lunch options available for those who adhere to a gluten-free, halal, kosher, or vegan/vegetarian diet.  All registered attendees have received an update email that includes a survey. One of the 6 questions in the survey asks participants to tell us what dietary preferences they have so we can plan adequately.


I know of the work of a wonderful organization that would make an ideal field placement.  Are you interested in knowing?

We are! We are always looking for new partners in field education. If you send us your ideas, we will be happy to follow up.  CSSW will work with a wide range of non profit and corporate settings to create and support excellent social work field learning experiences.  If you have ideas, please email Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education Ovita Williams at ofw1@columbia.edu


How do I get to the conference by New York City Public Transportation

Five bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) and two subway lines (the No. 1 local and the A Express) serve the Columbia neighborhood. The Columbia stop for the subway is 116th Street on the No. 1 train and 125th Street on the A train. Do not use the Nos. 2 and 3 express subway trains, which follow a different route and do not stop at Columbia University. If you take the No. 2 or 3, transfer at 96th Street to the No. 1 local train.  The M60 bus is a direct link between campus and LaGuardia Airport. Exit the M60 bus at Amsterdam and proceed south to 122nd Street.  Columbia School of Social Work is on the left.

Where can I park?

Parking is available on the streets surrounding Columbia’s campus.  Alternatively, several nearby parking garages are listed below.  Additional information about parking can be found here: http://www.columbia.edu/content/directions-parking.html

  • PAO Parking – 214 West 95th Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam)
  • West Side Parking – 234 West 108th Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam)
  • E&B Operating Group – 143 West 108th Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam)
  • GGMC Parking – 512 West 112th Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam)
  • Pro Park America – 1090 West 114th Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam)
  • Claremont Parking Corp. – Riverside Church, 120th Street (between Claremont & Riverside Drive)
  • GMC Garage – 532 West 122nd Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam)
  • More Than Parking – 631-635 West 131st Street (between Broadway & 12th Avenue)

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