Policy Sequence

SWK A607 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3 credits)

Prepares students for the generalist social work policy practice as they learn to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social, economic and environmental justice and to collaborate with colleagues, clients and constituencies to carry out effective policy action. Course is offered concurrent with the Alaska Legislature session.

SWK A608 Social Policy for Advanced Generalist Practice (3 credits)

Prepares practitioners for developing policies and programs in a political economy.  Examines contemporary social needs in a diverse and inequitable society.  Emphasizes role of research and evaluation in the policy process.

Research Sequence

SWK A624 Foundation Research Methods (4 credits)

Explores the strengths, weaknesses and the challenges of quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis approaches. Provides a foundation for using research methods and findings to inform practice, to engage in the evidence-based practice process, and to evaluate programs and practice.

SWK A628 Program Evaluation (3 credits)

Theory and practice of agency or community-based research and evaluation. Course topics include commonly used evaluation models and research designs, politics and ethics of conducting and using research in an applied setting, communicating findings.

SWK A698 MSW Research Seminar (3 credits)

Students use practice knowledge to inform and complete an applied research study or program evaluation. The course involves the conceptualization, design, implementation and dissemination of results.

Practice Sequence

SWK A630 Practice I: Individuals (3 credit)

Provides foundation generalist social work practice knowledge and skills for implementing the planned change process with individuals. Utilizes evidence-based practice guided by values, ethics, culture, research, theory, client preferences, and the needs of Alaska.

SWK A631 Introduction to Social Work Practice (3 credits)

Introduction to generalist social work practice, focusing on the use of the planned change and evidence-based practice processes with clients and systems in need of professional intervention. Emphasis is on professional identity, values, and ethics in social work practice.

SWK A632 Direct Practice I (3 credits)

Continues the problem-solving/planned change approach with attention to assessment, intervention, and termination. Emphasis is on ways of knowing. Includes evidence-based practice and introduction to bio/psycho/social theories which inform social work practice with individuals, families, and groups. The course also addresses “being a practitioner” within an agency setting.

SWK A633 Advanced Generalist Practice II: Families & Groups (3 credits)

Focuses on the use of the planned change process through the application of theory and evidence-based practice knowledge to provide competent and effective clinical services and interventions for families and groups in Alaska.

SWK A634 Advanced Generalist Practice III: Organizations & Communities (3 credits)

Provides an advanced generalist eco-systemic perspective for community and organizational social work practice with communities, organizations, programs, staff & larger systems. Addresses advanced generalist roles such as agency administrator, program planner, supervisor, and community organizer.

SWK A635 Advanced Generalist Integrative Seminar (3 credits)

Provides students with the opportunity to integrate ecosystem perspective and problem-solving approaches with direct and organizational practice through the completion of literature review and federal, state, municipal, or foundation grant request for proposal (RFP).

SWK A636 Practice III: Organizations & Communities (3 credits)

Provides foundation generalist social work practice knowledge and skills in implementing the planned change process with organizations and communities. Utilizes evidence-based practice guided by values, ethics, culture, research, theory, client preferences, and the needs of Alaska.

SWK A638 Practice Evaluation Lab (3 credits)

Supports students with engaging in evidence-based practice process while in the field practicum placement (SWK 646 & 647 or SWK 639). Students develop and implement a plan for evaluating their social work practice with individuals, families, groups, or organizations.

Field Education Sequence

SWK A644 Social Work Practicum I (3 credits).

Part one of generalist practicum sequence. Emphasis is on integration and demonstration of the generalist competencies and practice behaviors. The student completes 240 practicum hours in an approved setting under the supervision of  social work faculty and a MSW field instructor.

SWK A645 Social Work Practicum II (3 credits)

Part II of the generalist practicum sequence. Emphasis is on the integration and demonstration of the generalis competencies and practice behaviors. The student completes 240 practicum hours in an approved setting under the supervision of social work faculty and a MSW field instructor.

SWK A646 Advanced Generalist Practicum I (3 credits).

Part one of advanced generalist practicum sequence in which student performs as an advanced generalist social worker within an organization and/or community context. The student completes 240 practicum hours in an approved setting under the supervision of a MSW field instructor.

SWK A647 Advanced Generalist Practicum II (3 credits).

Part two of advanced generalist practicum sequence. Emphasis is on integration and demonstration of the advanced generalist competencies and practice behaviors.  The student completes 240 practicum hours in an approved setting under the supervision of a MSW field instructor.

SWK A639 Advanced Generalist Intensive Practicum (6 credits).

Advanced generalist block practicum in which student performs as an advanced generalist social worker. Emphasis is on integration and demonstration of the advanced generalist compentcies and practice behaviors. The student completes seminar and 480 hours in an approved setting under the supervision of a MSW field instructor.

 

Human Behavior Sequence

SWK A642 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credits).

Advanced application of theoretical knowledge about human behavior across the life-span, the ranges of social systems in which people live, and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being.

SWK A643 Human Diversity in Social Work Practice (3 credits).

Examination of intersecting dimensions of human diversity in relation to oppression, privilege, power, and the social justice commitments of social work generalist practice.

 

Electives

SWK A651 Social Work Practice in Addictions and Mental Health (3 credits)

Preparation for work in a variety of social service settings in which clients may be coping with problems related to mental disorders and/or addiction. A research based analysis of addictions and mental disorders as they are manifested independently and in combination; and the impact of those disorders upon clients involved in a variety of service systems such as child welfare, corrections and domestic violence.

SWK A654 Supervisory Management in Social Work (3 credits)

Prepares graduate students and practitioners for social work supervisory management roles. The course provides a theoretical framework for supervisory management methods and processes and will address essential knowledge, values and skills in these professional functions.  Issues of gender and race as it relates to supervisory management will also be explored.

SWK A656 Treatment of Families (3 credits)

Explores a range of theories to inform social work practice with families and couples.  The course traces the evolution of family systems theories and other perspectives with emphasis upon development of skills to apply evidence based interventions with diverse families in need.

SWK A659 Leadership and Decision Making in Social Work (3 credits)

Focuses on knowledge and skills related to leadership and decision-making for potential leaders of social service organizations.  Emphases include leadership theory and analysis of leadership styles, decision-making theory and techniques.  Issues of gender and race as they relate to leadership and decision-making will also be explored.

SWK A660 Financial Leadership for Social Work Administrators (2 credits)

Focuses on the budgeting process and how it relates to social service program planning, accounting methods and procedures, financial evaluation, and financial accountability. Values and ethics relating to financial administration in the nonprofit sector are emphasized.  Gender and race and their interpersonal/social influences on the financial management process are explored.

SWK A661 Marketing in the Social Sector (2 credits)

Focuses on the nature, role and relevance of social sector marketing, the nature of public relations activities, the major concepts and tools to analyze an organization’s markets, and potential strategies/guidelines for the development and implementation of marketing programs.

SWK A662 Financial Resource Development for Social Services (2 credits)

Explores the planning, conducting, and evaluation of fundraising activities, the development of mission-based fundraising, donor identification and relations, spectrum-wide fundraising (in-kind support, private support, private/public grants), social entrepreneurship and fundraising ethics and accountability.

SWK A663 Clinical Social Work with Children and Adolescents (2 credits)

Preparation for clinical work with children, adolescents and their families. Review of fundamental issues in child and adolescent development will provide the groundwork for development of effective assessment and treatment skills.  Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the child/adolescent within the family, community and cultural context, incorporating these factors into treatment approaches and planning.

SWK A664 Clinical Social Work with Adults (2 credits)

Prepares students for advanced clinical social work in a variety of settings with adults suffering from behavioral disorders and problems coping with environmental stressors.  Focus upon skills for assessment, application of evidenced-based interventions and evaluations.

SWK A665 Comparative Group Work (3 credits)

Equips students with theoretical and practical knowledge to differentially implement group interventions in a variety of settings with diverse populations. This course focuses on professional practice with groups.

SWK A666 Family Development (3 credit)

Explores the reciprocal relationships of individuals and systems on family growth and development across the life cycle. Examines the impact of individual family members, extended family, community, cultural group and larger society on family development.

SWK A667 Clinical Group Therapy (2 credits)

Equips students with knowledge and skills to independently practice clinical group therapy. Theoretical concepts and scientific findings will be applied to understand the practice of clinical group therapy that is short-term, structured and theme-centered.

SWK A672 Social Work with Families and Couples (2 credits)

Prepares students for the application of family and couple therapy in clinical settings.  Theoretical concepts, assessment methods and intervention technique will provide students the ability to formulate interventions with families and couples.

SWK A673 Geriatric Social Work Practice (3 credits)

Develops the knowledge, skills, and values needed for effective social work practice with older adults and their families. Students will have the opportunity to develop the capability for accurate multidimensional assessments and effective interventions with and on behalf of older adults and their families.

SWK A674 Advanced Family Therapy (3 credits)

Focuses on the assessment of families and the process of family therapy through an examination of classic and contemporary family therapy theory, models, research, and practice. A variety of therapeutic approaches will be presented. students will identify their own theoretical style of family therapy..

SWK A676 Couples Therapy (3 credits)

Focuses on the assessment of couples and the process of couples therapy through an examination of classic and contemporary theory, models, research, and practice. A variety of therapeutic approaches will be presented. Students will identify their own theoretical style of couples therapy.

SWK A677 Multidisciplinary Seminar in Children's Mental Health (1 credit)

Seminar. Students will conduct site visits to various agencies serving the mental health needs of children and families, participate in class discussions, interact with guest speakers, and present cases from their various mental health disciplines. Instructors will facilitate discussion coordinate guest speakers, provide case examples, and deliver lectures.

SWK A683 Innovative Practices in Telehealth (3 credits)

Provides an overview of telehealth with an emphasis on telebehavioral health in Alaska. Includes topics on the history of telehealth and current legal, technical and logistical considerations to prepare leaders in the expanding field of telehealth technology and clinical exercises.

SWK A685 Social Work Services in Schools (3 credits)

Explores the multiple roles practiced by social workers who provide social work services in a school setting with emphasis on practice with populations at risk and culturally diverse students and families. Provides a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of providing social work services in a school setting.

SWK A686 Social Work Services in Alaska Schools (1 credit)

Provides an in depth knowledge and understanding of providing social work services in school settings in Alaska. Explores the multiple roles of social workers who provide services in rural and urban schools in Alaska.

SWK A690 Selected Topics in Social Work (1-3 credits)

Focus on current topics related to social work with various system levels (individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations),fields of practice, and settings. Special note: May be repeated with a different subtitle for maximum of 9 credits.

SWK A691 Children's Mental Health Systems of Care (3 credits)

Introduces systems of care as a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that are organized, multidisciplinary, in partnership with youth and family, and address the cultural and linguistic needs of families in order to meet the challenges of children and youth with serious mental health needs.

SWK 698 MSW Research Seminar (3 credits)

Students use practice knowledge to inform and complete an applied research study or program evaluation. The course involves the conceptualization, design, implementation and dissemination of results.