Policy Sequence

SWK A607 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3 credits)

Provides a basic understanding of the history and current patterns of provision of social welfare services in the United States. Content includes the response of the social welfare system to those in need and the role of the legislature, interest groups, and advocates in the policy-making process.  Problems and issues that people confront as a result of discrimination are examined.  Policy analysis frameworks are used to identify key issues, understand policy development, and assess the impact of social welfare policy in providing economic and social justice for poor and at-risk populations.

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)

Introduces students to fundamental research principles and practices in Social Work.  Emphasis is on preparing students to be informed consumers of the professional research literature.

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 Project (3 credits)

Students complete an applied research project of use to a social service program and/or the profession. Completion of the project, including statement of the problem, literature review, design methodology, data analysis, and implications of the findings. Public presentation of the project culminates the research sequence.

Practice Sequence

SWK A630 Practice Skills Laboratory (1 credit)

Knowledge and understanding of basic interpersonal skills needed for generalist social work practice.  Experience in applying the skills to individual, family and group settings.  Attention to  cross-cultural communication skills and non-traditional settings.

SWK A631 Foundation 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.

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 Direct Practice II (3 credits)

Focuses on the application of practice theory in the context of advanced generalist practice. Emphasizes the refinement of skills for assessment, intervention, and evaluation of social work practice with a variety of client systems focusing on the theoretical and empirical justification for those interventions.

SWK A634 Organizational Practice (3 credits)

Provides an ecosystemic perspective for organizational social work practice with programs, staff, organizations, and larger systems. Covers advanced generalist roles such as agency administrator, program planner, supervisor, and community organizer. Specific attention is also given to the challenges encountered when working with larger systems.

SWK A635 Advanced Generalist Integrative Seminar (3 credits)

Capstone course for the advanced generalist practice sequence. Provides students with the opportunity to integrate ecosystemic theory and problem-solving approaches with direct and organizational practice. Fulfills competency exam requirement.

SWK A636 Community Practice (3 credits)

Focuses on practice roles and skills in community development, community planning, and community organizing, and analysis of community practice models.

Field Education Sequence

SWK A644 Generalist Practicum I (3 credits).

Part one of generalist practicum sequence. Student applies social work knowledge, skills, values, and ethics 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 appointed by the university.

SWK A645 Part II of generalist practicum sequence.

Student applies social work knowledge, skills, values, and ethics 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 appointed by the university.

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 (4 credits).

Part two 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 300 practicum hours in an approved setting under the supervision of a field instructor.

SWK A639 Advanced Generalist Intensive Practicum (7 credits).

Advanced generalist block practicum in which student performs as an advanced generalist social worker within an organization and/or community context. The student completes seminar and 540 practicum 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).

Identification and advanced analysis of various theoretical frameworks for understanding human behavior with emphasis on the reciprocal interactions between the individual and the systems of social environment including families, groups, organizations, and communities.

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

Examination of human diversity in relation to discrimination, oppression, and populations at risk. Exploration of strategies that advance social and economic justice. Historical and contemporary influences on group membership and affiliation are addressed along with values, knowledge, and skills for effective generalist social work practice with diverse populations and clients.

 

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)

Preparation 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 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 A668 Group Supervision I (1 credit)

Provides the beginning phase of clinical group supervision of entry-level MSW graduates.Group supervision is a forum for learning values, knowledge and skills as a disciplined approach to clinical social work practice.

SWK A669 Group Supervision II (1 credit)

Provides the middle phase of clinical group supervision of entry-level MSW graduates.  Group supervision is a forum for learning values, knowledge and skills as a disciplined approach to clinical social work practice.

SWK A670 Group Supervision III (1 credit)

Provides the ending phase of clinical group supervision of entry-level MSW graduates.  Group supervision is a forum for learning values, knowledge and skills as a disciplined approach to clinical social work practice.

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 690 Special Topics (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.  SWK 690 may be repeated for credit with different subtitles for a maximum of nine credits.