Social Work Courses (SWK)

SWK 6601
Social Welfare Policy and the Social Work Profession (3)
  This course is designed to assist students in developing a working understanding of American social policy, and the social welfare system, its response to human need and its relation to the organized profession of social work. Emphasis is placed on identifying and examining social, political, economic, legal and cultural concepts that influence policy formation, program development and service delivery.
   
SWK 6604
Human Behavior In The Social Environment I (3)
  The overall purpose and primary focus of this course is the exposure to and acquisition of knowledge about the development of human behavior within the social systems of individuals, families, groups, communities, institutions, and organizations. This course will provide through a series of lectures, participatory discussions and in-class activities, a framework with which to gain a professional understanding of human behavior from an ecological systems perspective.
   
SWK 6605
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3)
  The overall purpose and primary focus of this course is the exposure to and acquisition of knowledge about the development of human behavior within the social systems of individuals, families, groups, communities, institutions, and organizations as this relates to the adult to elderly aspects of the life span. This course will provide through a series of lectures, participatory discussions and in-class activities, a framework with which to gain a professional understanding of human behavior from an ecological systems perspective.
   
SWK 6606
Direct Practice Methods with Individuals and-Families (3)
  This course focuses on direct social work practice with individuals and families based on an ecological multi-level systems framework and a strengths perspective. Knowledge, skills and values essential to the professional relationships (including mutuality, collaboration and respect for the client system) are developed. Knowledge, skills and values essential to implementation of a variety of social work roles are acquired through examination and analysis of appropriate practice models through experiential classroom activities and critiques of case studies.
   
SWK 6608
Theory and Practice with Groups (3)
  This course is an introduction to theory and practice with diverse groups to assist students in developing a contextual understanding of group dynamics over the course of the group process. Viewed through the lens of race, culture, and gender, this course will emphasize group functioning within a strengths- based, resiliency framework.
   
SWK 6612
Theory and Practice with Communities Organizations (3)
  Explores social work interventions at the community level, including organization, planning, and development. Discusses strategies for mobilizing community members, using community organizations, formulating coalitions, engaging in participatory planning, and social and economic development.
   
SWK 6614
Cultural Diversity (3)
  The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to examine and integrate current trends, issues, and dynamics as they relate to professional social work practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. The effects of race, class, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation are examined as related to interpersonal, inter-group, inter-group, and inter-system power struggles and differences.
   
SWK 6620
Social Work Practice with Women (3)
  This course is designed to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of diversity among women utilizing multiple practice perspectives (including feminist theories). In addition, it is designed to foster a critical understanding of the dynamics and consequences of social and economic injustices, inclusive of but not limited to discrimination and oppression in formulating our assessment and treatment plans with women and the critically assessment and challenge of policies that negatively impact women.
   
SWK 6622
Crisis Intervention (3)
  Direct Practice techniques for dealing with crisis. Crisis theory, stress management and time-limited intervention will be examined.
   
SWK 6691
Foundation Research Methods (3)
  Basic principles of developing, testing, refining, and using scientific knowledge for social work practice are presented. Consideration is given to the development of theory, formulation of testable problem statements, the design of appropriate strategies for obtaining and analyzing relevant information, drawing conclusions and applications for use in professional practice, and communication of findings to others. Prerequisites: Undergraduate or higher course in statistics
   
SWK 6696
Foundation Practicum and Seminar I (2)
  The Foundation Field Practicum and Seminar engages the student in an assigned human service agency. In addition to providing an orientation to the practicum experience, this course directs the student’s study of the practicum client population and agency, promotes the student’s self-assessment and learning goals for professional social work development. This course is the first 134 contact hours at an agency; a second course (SWK 6697, 134 contact hours); and a third course (SWK 6698, 134 contact hours) will complete a total of 402 contact hours at the same agency. Prerequisites: Approved by Director of Field Education
   
SWK 6697
Foundation Practicum and Seminar II (2)
  The Foundation Field Practicum and Seminar engages the student in an assigned human service agency. In addition to providing an orientation to the practicum experience, this course directs the student’s study of the practicum client population and agency, promotes the student’s self-assessment and learning goals for professional social work development. This course is the second 134 contact hours at the same agency. There will be a third course (SWK 6698, 134 contact hours) completing the Foundation Practicum requirements of 402 contact hours. Prerequisites: Approved by Director of Field Education
   
SWK 6698
Foundation Practicum and Seminar III (2)
  The Foundation Field Practicum and Seminar engages the student in an assigned human service agency. In addition to providing an orientation to the practicum experience, this course directs the student’s study of the practicum client population and agency, promotes the student’s self-assessment and learning goals for professional social work development. This course is the third and final 134 contact hours at the same agency, completing the Foundation Practicum requirements of 402 contact hours. Prerequisites: Approved by Director of Field Education
   
SWK 7701
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (3)
  Advanced practice with individuals within family systems and community environments are addressed. The course builds from the knowledge acquired in SWK 6604 and SWK 6606 by expanding the conceptual dynamics of the ecological perspective related to individuals. Topics will include assessing individuals within a family and community context using multiple theoretical orientations.
Prerequisites: SWK 6604 and SWK 6606
   
SWK 7703
Direct Practice Evaluation (3)
  This course is the second research course in the graduate social work curriculum. Building upon the principles of social science research methods acquired in SWK 6691, the content of this course focuses upon the linkages between family centered social work practice and social research. Prerequisites: SWK 6691
   
SWK 7705
Assessment and Psychopathology (3)
  This course provides an overview of social work assessment methods applicable to family-centered clinical practice. Topics include the basic principles of social work assessment (including reliability and validity) and a review of common methods of empirically supported assessment methods.
   
SWK 7707
Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups (3)
  This advanced clinical practice course teaches group practice skill development for use as a primary treatment modality in clinical social work practice. Theoretical and practice principles of group work are emphasized to enhance understanding and use of "group" as a complex system of roles and interrelationships in a highly experiential format. Prerequisites: Complete Foundation course work
   
SWK 7720
Special Topics (Social Work with Abusing and Neglecting Families) (3)
  This course is a critical examination of current knowledge about the causality and interventions to prevent or remedy child abuse and neglect (more recently referred to as child maltreatment). Attention is given to ethical and cultural issues in defining and intervening with abusive and neglectful families. Legal aspects and implications for social policy and social work practice for prevention and remediation with families are emphasized. The course provides specialized content for graduate students interested in social work practice with families and children. It builds upon foundation content in social policy, social work theory and practice, and research provided during the first year of the graduate study in social work.
   
SWK 7722
Social Work in Health Care Settings (3)
  This course enables students to explore and evaluate the issues involved in offering effective psychosocial interventions in a health care setting, understand managed care, compete within this environment, and influence the quality of health care. Emphasis on a holistic approach to health care will examine the biological, behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual components of the client within the health care system. The importance of these components as they interact with the individual’s gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation will also be explored. The complex but necessary interaction of the individual’s experiences with family, social, political, and legal systems will also be examined. Finally, and with equal importance, the student’s attitudes and feelings regarding the practice of social work in health care will be explored.
   
SWK 7724
Topics in Grant Writing and Program Development (3)
  This course examines current issues, major concepts, and principles in grant writing (primarily) and program development (secondarily). Specific content is focused on development of proposals for human service agencies and related programs. The components of a human service proposal are examined including: needs assessment, objectives, program designs and models, evaluation designs, budgeting, and future funding.
   
SWK 7726
Social Work with Military Families (3)
  The course is designed as an elective for graduate students in the School of Social Work who wish to increase knowledge and skills for practice with military personnel, Veterans, and their families. Students will learn about the role of social work within the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs in meeting the needs of active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, Veterans and their families. Students will develop a working understanding of the history of military social work, aspects of the military culture that they will need to know in order to be able to develop a strong therapeutic alliance, social and mental health needs and issues facing this ethnically and culturally diverse population, military social work policies and services, and needed advocacy efforts in that regard, evidence-based and other mental health interventions with emerging empirical support for this population, and other ethnic and cultural diversity issues in military social work.
   
SWK 7730
ORGM Evaluation (3)
  This course is designed to teach the integration of systems of care practices with the essential tools of ongoing assessment and development. There is a direct linkage between SWK 7730 and SWK 7732 (Program Design and Development). The student will examine quantitative tools such as Logic Models, Tylerian model, and other utilitarian models in addition to qualitative tools such as action research, participants’ model, and other pluralistic models.
  
SWK 7732
Program Design and Development (3)
  The student learns current issues, theories, policies, and methods in the development and management of nonprofit organizations, with emphasis upon strategic planning; resource acquisition through marketing, fund-raising, and grants; financial and managerial accounting; and human resources development, including the board, staff, and volunteers. Prerequisites: Graduate student, completion of core curriculum.
  
SWK 7734
Advanced Policy Analysis (3)
  This course is designed to provide students with the ability to analyze contemporary social welfare policy issues and programs and to understand the relationship between social policy theory and social work practice. The course focuses on historical, political, economic, and other social conditions that influence policy development in the United States and some other countries.
   
SWK 7736
Organizational Leadership and Management (3)
  This course examines current issues, theories, policies, and methods in the development and management of organizations, with emphasis upon strategic planning; resource acquisition through marketing, fundraising, and grants; financial and managerial accounting; and human resources development, including the board, staff, and volunteers. Prerequisites: Foundation Courses completed
   
SWK 7738
Organizational Leadership and Management Senior Seminar (3)
  This course is conceptualized as a mechanism for students to draw upon all previous courses in the MSW program and integrate and apply all that they have learned. The course is taken concurrently with the final block field placement. Students demonstrate mastery of the current issues, theories, policies, and methods in the development and management of organizations.
  
SWK 7769
Advanced Direct Practice Senior Seminar (3)
  This course is conceptualized as a mechanism for students to draw upon all previous courses int eh MSW Program and integrate and apply all that they have learned. The course is taken concurrently with the final block field placement. Students demonstrate mastery of the theoretical and empirically-based knowledge from all components of the curriculum, and the ability to apply this knowledge in advanced social work practice with children, youth, and families.
  
SWK 7796
Concentration Practicum I (3)
  Placement in a social service agency which provides the opportunity to practice and develop beginning professional social work skills under the joint supervision of a faculty and an agency supervisor. Includes a weekly seminar plus a minimum of 170 hours in a concentration agency setting. This is the first of three required practicum courses. Prerequisites: Completion of all Foundation Courses. Must have approval of Director of Field Education.
   
SWK 7797
Concentration Practicum II (3)
  Placement in a social service agency which provides the opportunity to practice and develop beginning professional social work skills under the joint supervision of a faculty and an agency supervisor. Includes a weekly seminar plus a minimum of 170 hours in a concentration agency setting. This is the second of three required practicum courses. Prerequisites: Completion of all Foundation Courses. Must have approval of Director of Field Education.
   

SWK 7797

Concentration Practicum III (3)
  Placement in a social service agency which provides the opportunity to practice and develop beginning professional social work skills under the joint supervision of a faculty and an agency supervisor. Includes a weekly seminar plus a minimum of 170 hours in a concentration agency setting. This is the third of three required practicum courses. Prerequisites: Completion of all Foundation Courses. Must have approval of Director of Field Education.
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