2014-16 Academic Catalog
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Department of Social Work

(College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

www.uni.edu/csbs/socialwork

The Department of Social Work offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs and program certificates.  Specific requirements for these programs are listed within this Department of Social Work section in the following order: 

  • Undergraduate Major (B.A.)
    • Social Work
  • Minor
    • Social Welfare
  • Graduate Major (M.S.W.)
    • Social Work
  • Program Certificates
    • Child Welfare
    • Social Work
    • Substance Abuse Counseling

The Social Work Department at the University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The undergraduate social work major prepares students for beginning level professional social work practice.

The mission of the Department of Social Work, in keeping with the broader mission of the University and the purposes of professional social work education, is to prepare students for competent, effective, and ethical-beginning and advanced-professional practice and leadership; to conduct scholarship that advances knowledge; and to provide service to local, state, national, and international communities.  Using multidimensional theory, knowledge and skills, students and faculty are committed to enhancing human potential and growth in diverse human systems.  This commitment is supported by the promotion of multi-cultural sensitivity, human rights, and social and economic justice within a framework of social work values and ethics.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

Social Work Major

The Social Work major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

Required
School of Applied Human Sciences:
FAM SERV 1055 (31F:055)Human Growth and Development3
or PSYCH 2202 (400:120) Developmental Psychology
Social Work: 41
Social Welfare: A World View
Social Services and Social Work
Social Work Practice I
Field Instruction *
Social Work Research
Social Work Practice II
Social Policies and Issues
Diversity and Difference
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Therapeutic Communication
Family and Group Practice
Community and Organizational Practice
Select at least two of the following: 6
Mental Deviance and Mental Health Institutions
Working With Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Stress and Stress Management in the Helping Professions
Addictions Treatment
Human Services Administration
Social Services for Older Adults
Child Welfare Policy and Practice
Therapeutic Communication **
Seminar in Social Work ***
Family and Group Practice **
Social Work:
SW 2080 (450:080)Statistics for Social Work ^3
or SOC 2020 (980:080) Statistics for Social Research
Total Hours53

*

SW 3184 (450:184) can also be taken for 4 additional credit hours on an elective basis.

**

SW 4193/5193 (450:193g) and SW 4195/5195 (450:195g) may be taken for elective credit if not taken to fulfill core course requirements.

***

SW 4194/5194 (450:194g) may be repeated on different topics.

^

SOC 2020 (980:080) may be substituted by PSYCH 3003 (400:102) or STAT 1772 (800:072)STAT 1772 (800:072) may be used to satisfy Category 1C of the Liberal Arts.

A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college work of 2.40 and a 2.40 grade point average for all UNI courses taken is required for admission to the Social Work major. A minimum UNI grade point average of 2.40 is required for graduation as a Social Work major.

Prior to the initiation of the second Social Work Practice course, Social Work majors are required to complete a departmentally-approved, 30-contact-hour service experience in a social service agency.

In order to enroll in SW 3184 (450:184) , a student must be a Social Work major and the following must be present: senior standing (90 or more credit hours); completion of SW 2091 (450:091) and SW 3192 (450:192) with a minimum grade of C in each course; SW 2042 (450:042) ; SW 4164/5164 (450:164g) ; SW 3185 (450:185) ; statistics course; and a minimum UNI grade point average of 2.40.

Students who graduate with a major in Social Work receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Social Work Certificate.

 

Minor

Social Welfare Minor

Students complete two required courses and four elective courses offered by the Department of Social Work for a total of 18 hours. If a student chooses to major in Social Work, all the courses taken for the Minor in Social Welfare will apply to the major; however, students cannot receive both a Minor in Social Welfare and a major in Social Work at the same time.

While the Minor in Social Welfare does not prepare students to practice as social workers or to be licensed as social workers in the State of Iowa (LBSW), it will provide an understanding of social welfare and social service programs, and introduce students to the wide variety of Social Work positions in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the for profit sector. The minor will provide a basic understanding of the profession of Social Work and prepare students for graduate studies in Social Work leading to a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree.

Only students who graduate with a major in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) will be considered for Advanced Standing in the MSW program.

Required Core Courses:
SW 1041 (450:041)Social Welfare: A World View3
SW 2042 (450:042)Social Services and Social Work3
Electives (Select four courses from the following):12
American Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Conflict Resolution
Mental Deviance and Mental Health Institutions
Stress and Stress Management in the Helping Professions
Social Policies and Issues
Diversity and Difference
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Addictions Treatment
Human Services Administration
Social Services for Older Adults
Child Welfare Policy and Practice
Total Hours18

 

Master of Social Work Degree

Major in Social Work

The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The Master’s Degree in Social Work (M.S.W.) is available only on the non-thesis option. The M.S.W. program is designed to prepare students for the advanced practice of social work in a variety of public and nonprofit settings. There are two avenues to the M.S.W. degree: the Two Year program, open to persons with baccalaureate degrees in other fields from an accredited college or university, and the Advanced Standing program, which is available only for qualified students who have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.) accredited baccalaureate social work program. 

All M.S.W. students complete a concentration in either Trauma Informed Practice or Social Administration Practice. The Trauma Informed Practice concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, and groups using a trauma informed approach. The Social Administration concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced administrative practice including: leadership, program planning and development; organizational development and change; and how to seek effective funding for programs. The social administration concentration also incorporates a trauma informed approach.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

A minimum of 20 hours of 6000-level course work is required for the two-year and the advanced standing programs.

Any 5000 level social work course or any 6000 level MSW concentration course not required on the degree will apply as an elective to the student's Plan of Study.

The Two Year program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours, which consists of a generalist Foundation Core of 26 semester hours, an Advanced Core of 6 hours, followed by the completion of one of the two concentrations (28 semester hours) and field practicum/seminar. The program is offered in cohort groups and consists of five consecutive terms of course work and field practicum/seminar An Extended-Enrollment option is available to students in the Two Year program who can attend classes at times offered (three-hour blocks) and participate in the field practicum at agencies that generally operate during regular business hours.

The Advanced Standing program requires a minimum of 37 semester hours. The program consists of a summer Advanced Core of 9 hours, preceding two academic terms of concentration courses and field practicum/seminar. An Extended Enrollment option is available to Advanced Standing students who can attend classes at times offered (three-hour blocks) and participate in the field practicum at agencies that generally operate during regular business hours.

Students interested in the two-year or advanced standing program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Social Work for any other application requirements. General graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at  www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program; however, applicants may wish to submit GRE scores in support of their application. 

Admission to the M.S.W. is competitive. Applicants must comply with all of the policies and procedures pertaining to admission to graduate study as set forth in this University Catalog. In addition, applicants are required to submit the following in order to be considered for admission.

  1. The Department of Social Work M.S.W. application.
  2. Three letters of reference, using the official M.S.W. departmental reference forms.
  3. An experience narrative.
  4. A personal statement.
  5. A resume'.
  6. As part of normal admission to graduate study at UNI, official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (with the exception of the University of Northern Iowa), must be sent directly from the college or university attended to the Office of Admissions at the University of Northern Iowa.

For information concerning admission or required courses for the M.S.W., contact the Department of Social Work, M.S.W. Program, 235 Sabin, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0405, or phone 319-273-5910, or visit www.uni.edu/csbs/socialwork/msw-graduate-degree.

Required for Two Year Program:

Social Work foundation core: (for all two year students)
SW 6212 (450:212)Human Behavior and the Social Environment Micro3
SW 6214 (450:214)Social Work Practice I3
SW 6215 (450:215)Social Work Practice II3
SW 6216 (450:216)Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities3
SW 6218 (450:218)Introduction to Social Work Research3
SW 6230 (450:230)Injustice and Oppression3
Social Work Advanced Core: (for all two-year students)
SW 6234Primary and Secondary Trauma3
SW 6235Systems Redesign and Community Collaboration3
Social Work practicum and seminar:8
Foundation Practicum
Foundation Practicum Seminar
Or students may substitute the following for SW 6220 and SW 6221:
Foundation Practicum I
Foundation Practicum Seminar I
Foundation Practicum II
Foundation Practicum Seminar II
Concentration: (select Trauma Informed Practice or Social Administration)28
Total Hours60

Required for Advanced Standing Program:

Social Work advanced core: (for all advanced standing students)
SW 6234Primary and Secondary Trauma3
SW 6235Systems Redesign and Community Collaboration3
SW 6245Advanced Standing Research3
Concentration: (select Trauma Informed Practice or Social Administration)28
Total Hours37

Trauma Informed Practice Concentration:

Social Work:
SW 6242 (450:242)Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals3
SW 6243 (450:243)Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups3
SW 6244 (450:244)Advanced Social Work Practice with Families3
SW 6263 (450:263)Grant Writing, Fund Raising, Contracting, and Marketing3
SW 6266Trauma Informed Practice Practicum8
SW 6267Trauma Informed Practice Practicum Seminar2
Or students may substitute the following for SW 6266 and SW 6267:
Trauma Informed Practice Practicum I
Trauma Informed Practice Practicum I Seminar
Trauma Informed Practice Practicum II
Trauma Informed Practice Practicum II Seminar
*Electives to be selected in consultation with program advisor6
Total Hours28

Social Administration Concentration:

SW 6213 (450:213)Human Behavior and the Social Environment Macro3
SW 6262 (450:262)Administrative Social Work Practice3
SW 6263 (450:263)Grant Writing, Fund Raising, Contracting, and Marketing3
SW 6264 (450:264)Organizational Development and Networking3
SW 6272Advanced Social Administration Practicum8
SW 6273Advanced Social Administration Practicum Seminar2
Or students may substitute the following for SW 6272 and SW 6273:
Advanced Social Administration Practicum I
Advanced Social Administration Practicum I Seminar
Advanced Social Administration Practicum II
Advanced Social Administration Practicum II Seminar
*Electives to be selected in consultation with program advisor 6
Total Hours28

* Any 5000-level social work course or any 6000-level MSW concentration course not required on the degree will apply as an elective to the student's Plan of Study.

Program Certificates

The University of Northern Iowa makes available, in addition to traditional programs, the opportunity for students to earn program certificates. Program certificates provide an alternative to programs leading to a degree, a major, or a minor; they certify that an individual has completed a program approved by the university. For information on the following program certificates, contact the Department of Social Work or the Office of the Registrar, which serves as the centralized registry.

Child Welfare Certificate

 

 Must be a major in Social Work to complete this program certificate.

Required:
SW 4175/5175 (450:175g)Child Welfare Policy and Practice3
POL AMER 4142/5142 (942:142g)Problems in Juvenile and Family Law3
SW 3184 (450:184)Field Instruction *11-15
Select one of the following:3
Conflict Resolution
Addictions Treatment
Family and Group Practice
Select one of the following:3
Abnormal Psychology
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Therapeutic Communication
Total Hours23-27

Students will do their field placement (11-15 hours) at a site approved by the Director of Field Instruction.

*Prerequisites for SW 3184: SW 2042 (450:042)SW 4164/5164 (450:164g); SW 3185 (450:185) and a statistics course; completion of SW 2091 (450:091) and SW 3192 (450:192) with a minimum grade of C in each course; Social Work major; minimum UNI GPA of 2.40; senior standing.

 

Social Work Certificate

Students who graduate with a major in Social Work from UNI receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Social Work Certificate. For information on this major see Social Work major within this Department of Social Work section.

Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate

This UNI certificate program is designed to prepare Social Work majors for the field of substance abuse treatment. To receive a UNI certificate, a student must complete the requirements for the Social Work major (including graduation with the B.A.) and the specific course work and field instruction experiences as indicated.

Required
Social Work:
SW 4171/5171 (450:171g)Addictions Treatment3
Electives: select three of the following9
Psychology:
Drugs and Individual Behavior
Social Work:
Mental Deviance and Mental Health Institutions
Working With Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Stress and Stress Management in the Helping Professions
Child Welfare Policy and Practice
Total Hours12

Field Instruction: Students will spend a total of 440 service hours in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. To secure a field placement site the student may need to travel out of town. Experience with individuals, families, and groups will be required.

 

 

 

Social Work, B.A.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core12-13Liberal Arts Core12-13
SOC 1000 (980:001)3PSYCH 1001 (400:001)3
 15-16 15-16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core9Liberal Arts Core6
BIOL 1014 (840:014)3SW 2042 (450:042)3
SW 1041 (450:041)3SW 2091 (450:091)(requires a minimum grade of C)3
 PSYCH 2202 (400:120) (or FAMSERV 1055 Human Growth & Development)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
SW Required Course3SW Required Course3
Statistics Course3-4University Electives6
University Elective3SW 3185 (450:185)3
SW 3192 (450:192)(requires a minimum grade of C)3SW 4164/5164 (450:164g)3
SW 4163/5163 (450:163g)3 
 15-16 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
University Electives7University Electives3
SW 4144/5144 (450:144g)3SW 3184 (450:184)11-15
SW 4196/5196 (450:196g)3 
SW 4193/5193 (450:193g) (or SW 4195 Family and Group Practice)3 
 16 14-18
Total credit hours: 120-127

*

 Minimum UNI GPA of 2.4 required for graduation as a Social Work major.


 

Courses

SW 1041 (450:041). Social Welfare: A World View — 3 hrs.

Comparative study of social welfare (social insurance, public welfare, charity and philanthropy, social services, and mutual aid) in the United States, and selected nations from five regions of the world as defined by the International Congress of Schools of Social Work (African, Asian, European, Latin American, and North American regions). (Same as SOC SCI 1041 (900:041)) (Fall and Spring)

SW 2042 (450:042). Social Services and Social Work — 3 hrs.

Legal aspects, goals, and values of the social work profession, and roles of the social worker in social service agencies. Prerequisite(s): SW 1041 (450:041) or consent of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

SW 2045 (450:045). American Racial and Ethnic Minorities — 3 hrs.

Survey of several American minorities, including Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, and Native Americans. Multi-disciplinary study of these groups with particular emphasis on geographic origins, linguistic traditions and current modes of economic subsistence. Introduction to folkways and mores of each group. (Same as SOC SCI 1045 (900:045)) (Fall and Spring)

SW 2080 (450:080). Statistics for Social Work — 3 hrs.

Data-analytic techniques appropriate to social work research. Reasons to learn statistics, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion and variability, levels of measurement, frequency tables and histograms, percentiles, Z-scores, inferential statistics, p-values, confidence intervals, Type I and Type II errors, chi-square, Pearson, Spearman, and point bi-serial correlations, shared variance, one-way ANOVA, multi-way ANOVA, linear regression, ANCOVA. Introduction to LISREL and basic epidemiological analyses including incidence, prevalence, relative risk, and odds-ratio. Prerequisite(s): completion of mathematics requirement for the Liberal Arts Core. (Variable)

SW 2091 (450:091). Social Work Practice I — 3 hrs.

Knowledge, skills, and values for generalist social work practice utilizing a problem-solving approach and a phase-based model to social work practice. Emphasis is on skill development and essential competencies and corresponding practice behaviors consistent with the purpose and scope of the Social Work profession and the Council on Social Work Education. Prerequisite(s): SW 1041 (450:041); SW 2042 (450:042) (may be corequisite); or consent of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

SW 3102 (450:102). Conflict Resolution — 3 hrs.

Survey of social science theory and research in conflict resolution with emphasis on development of less destructive modes of problem solving in social formations. (Same as ANTH 3470 (990:102) and SOC 3090 (980:102)) (Variable)

SW 3184 (450:184). Field Instruction — 11-15 hrs.

440 clock hours required. Eleven credit hours may be earned by: (1) 3-1/2 days per week on a semester basis; or (2) full-time for eleven weeks during a semester; or (3) full-time for eleven weeks during the summer. Additional credit hours will require additional clock hours in field instruction. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): SW 2042 (450:042); SW 4164/5164 (450:164g); SW 3185 (450:185) and a statistics course; completion of SW 2091 (450:091) and SW 3192 (450:192) with a minimum grade of C in each course; Social Work major; minimum UNI GPA of 2.40; senior standing. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SW 3185 (450:185). Social Work Research — 3 hrs.

Application of research to social work practice including formulation of research questions and hypotheses, strategies of research design, measurement and methods of collecting data, questionnaire construction, data presentation, and report writing. Prerequisite(s): MATH 1100 (800:023) or equivalent; SOC 2020 (980:080); junior standing. (Fall and Spring)

SW 3189 (450:189). Readings in Social Work — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated only with consent of department. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours in social work; consent of department. (Fall and Spring)

SW 3192 (450:192). Social Work Practice II — 3 hrs.

This is the second course in the B.A.S.W. practice sequence, and it is at an intermediate level. This course, which builds on the skills and competencies learned in the Social Work Practice I, employs selected models of practice for in-depth study with emphasis on the theoretical basis of each model and the acquisition of skills and knowledge for work with individuals and families. This course includes experiential exercises, including behavior rehearsal, discussions, and presentations. Prerequisite(s): Social Work major; completion of SW 2091 (450:091) with a minimum grade of C; minimum UNI GPA of 2.40. (Fall and Spring)

SW 4121/5121 (450:121g). Mental Deviance and Mental Health Institutions — 3 hrs.

Study of social factors associated with mental illness, its onset, the organizational context of its care and treatment, and its effects on various societal institutions. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4142/5142 (450:142g). Working With Racial and Ethnic Minorities — 3 hrs.

Examination of values and behaviors related to ethnic group membership and social class. Utilization of such knowledge for problem assessment and intervention. Development of ethnic-sensitive practice skills. Prerequisite(s): SW 1041 (450:041); junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4143/5143 (450:143g). Stress and Stress Management in the Helping Professions — 3 hrs.

Stress and stress management for helping professionals and their clientele. Physiological, psychological, social, and economic factors producing stress. Coping, management, and prevention procedures. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4144/5144 (450:144g). Social Policies and Issues — 3 hrs.

Policy development and the consequences of policy for social welfare institutions. Frameworks for policy analysis. Planning, program design, and policy decisions for administration of social services. Prerequisite(s): SW 1041 (450:041); SW 2042 (450:042); senior standing. (Fall and Spring)

SW 4163/5163 (450:163g). Diversity and Difference — 3 hrs.

Study of interpersonal and social relations of minority groups within the larger American society. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); junior standing. (Fall and Spring)

SW 4164/5164 (450:164g). Human Behavior and the Social Environment — 3 hrs.

Integrates multiple sources of knowledge in the analysis of models of human behavior from a person-environment perspective;attention is paid to structural components in oppression and the importance of difference in shaping life experiences. Prerequisite(s): FAM SERV 1055 (31F:055) or PSYCH 2202 (400:120); BIOL 1014 (840:014) or a course in biology; junior standing. (Fall and Spring)

SW 4171/5171 (450:171g). Addictions Treatment — 3 hrs.

Social, legal, political, psychological, biological, spiritual, and ethical factors related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, eating disorders, and behavioral additions such as shopping and gambling. Various intervention models with an emphasis on harm reduction, stages of change, and a strengths perspective. The role of a professional social work in the field of addictions treatment, application of social work ethical principles to guide professional practice, and response to contexts that shape practice. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4172/5172 (450:172g). Human Services Administration — 3 hrs.

Major concepts, principles, methods, and theories of administration of human services agencies, public and private. Application of systems theories to administration of these agencies. Prerequisite(s): SW 1041 (450:041); junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4173/5173 (450:173g). Social Services for Older Adults — 3 hrs.

This course will provide an introduction to the various programs and services designed to serve older Americans. Related literature on population demographics and trends, social perceptions of the elderly, and current and projected needs of an increasingly older population will be discussed. Examination of the legislative bases and policies formulated to create administrative structures and programs will be included. Prerequisite(s): SW 1041 (450:041); junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4175/5175 (450:175g). Child Welfare Policy and Practice — 3 hrs.

Review of development of family and children's services and practice, focusing on current services, programs, and social work practice issues. Examination of policies and legislation, emphasizing how such policies affect family functioning and the delivery of services. Prerequisite(s): SW 1041 (450:041); junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4190 (450:190). Specialized Field Placement — 1-6 hrs.

Specialized Field Placement can be designed to meet unique situations; beyond SW 3184 (450:184). Students may elect 1-6 hours credit; 40 clock hours equals 1 credit hour. Student may enroll for maximum of 18 credit hours in a combination of SW 3184 (450:184) and SW 4190 (450:190). Prerequisite(s): SW 3192 (450:192); minimum UNI GPA of 2.40. Enrollment by consent of the Field Coordinator only. (Fall and Spring)

SW 4193/5193 (450:193g). Therapeutic Communication — 3 hrs.

Survey of practice approaches with individuals, examination of integrative approaches to practice (common factors, and technical, theoretical, and assimilative integration); and, analysis of the advantages and limitations of using empirically supported treatments. Prerequisite(s): SW 3192 (450:192); junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4194/5194 (450:194g). Seminar in Social Work — 3 hrs.

In-depth exploration of an advanced topic in social work practice or social welfare policy. May be repeated on different topics. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4195/5195 (450:195g). Family and Group Practice — 3 hrs.

Family, family network, and group work intervention skills. Prerequisite(s): SW 3192 (450:192); junior standing. (Variable)

SW 4196/5196 (450:196g). Community and Organizational Practice — 3 hrs.

This course is designed for students to develop a knowledge base and practice skills fundamental to effect social change within communities and organizations. Students will learn methods of assessing macro systems as well as developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate intervention strategies to advance human rights and socio-economic and political justice for the society as a whole, especially, for populations at risk. Prerequisite(s): SW 3192 (450:192); junior standing. (Fall and Spring)

SW 6212 (450:212). Human Behavior and the Social Environment Micro — 3 hrs.

Overview of systemic factors that shape behavior across the life span of the individual with particular attention to diversity and oppressed populations. Examination of person-environment interactions as they relate to generalist social work. Prerequisite(s): admission to graduate program in Social Work or written consent of instructor. (Fall)

SW 6213 (450:213). Human Behavior and the Social Environment Macro — 3 hrs.

Integrates environmental systems as a framework for generalist social work practice. Emphasis on macro systems-groups, organizations, communities, and societal and global influences. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Spring)

SW 6214 (450:214). Social Work Practice I — 3 hrs.

Introduces foundation core of the generalist social work practice approach. Develops practice skills in context of social work values and ethics. Prerequisite(s): admission to graduate program in Social Work or written consent of instructor. (Fall)

SW 6215 (450:215). Social Work Practice II — 3 hrs.

Builds on SW 6214 (450:214) addressing social work practice from a generalist perspective and includes mezzo-system knowledge and intervention skills for working with small groups and families. Prerequisite(s): SW 6214 (450:214). (Spring)

SW 6216 (450:216). Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities — 3 hrs.

This course is designed for students to develop a knowledge base and practice skills fundamental to effect social change within communities and organizations. Students will learn methods of assessing macro systems as well as developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate intervention strategies to advance human rights and socio-economic and political justice for the society as a whole, especially, for populations at risk. Prerequisite(s): SW 6214 (450:214). (Spring)

SW 6218 (450:218). Introduction to Social Work Research — 3 hrs.

This course provides an overview of the basic concepts, principles, and procedures used by social workers in applied research. Students will learn about a variety of aspects of scientific inquiry that will help them understand the role of research in the field of social work. The course will provide special emphases on the different stages of the research process, including problem formulation, sampling, measurement, design, data collection, and data analysis within the context of professional values, ethics, and commitment to social and economic justice. Prerequisite(s): admission to graduate program in Social Work or written consent of instructor and completion of a college level course in statistical methods. (Fall)

SW 6220. Foundation Practicum — 6 hrs.

Practicum placement for first year M.S.W. students, spring semester. 400 clock hours required. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate program in Social Work or written consent of instructor. (Spring)

SW 6221. Foundation Practicum Seminar — 2 hrs.

This seminar complements SW 6220 Foundation Practicum. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Spring)

SW 6222. Foundation Practicum I — 2 hrs.

Practicum placement for first year M.S.W. students, fall semester. 150 clock hours required; concurrent with classes. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): admission to graduate program in Social Work or written consent of instructor. (Fall)

SW 6223. Foundation Practicum Seminar I — 1 hr.

This seminar complements SW 6222 Foundation Practicum I. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Fall)

SW 6224. Foundation Practicum II — 4 hrs.

Practicum placement for first year M.S.W. students, spring semester. 250 clock hours required; concurrent with classes. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): SW 6222. (Spring)

SW 6225. Foundation Practicum Seminar II — 1 hr.

This seminar complements SW 6224 Foundation Practicum II. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Spring)

SW 6230 (450:230). Injustice and Oppression — 3 hrs.

Examination of the psychological, social, and economic genesis of the conditions, dynamics, and consequences of social and economic injustice. Social work commitment of advocacy in addressing social and economic injustice and institutionalized oppression. Prerequisite(s): admission to graduate program in Social Work or consent of instructor. (Fall)

SW 6234. Primary and Secondary Trauma — 3 hrs.

This course serves as an introduction to understanding the key concepts of trauma informed systems of care in generalist social work practice. Students will learn to identify and understand the various types of trauma along with the behaviors and responses seen in survivors of trauma, diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma reactions, basic neurological and biological effects of trauma, and the relationships between trauma and other mental health disorders. An overview of the central principles and key concepts of trauma informed care along with examples will also be provided, including a review of the concept of secondary (or vicarious) trauma affecting caregivers and professionals. This will involve knowledge and skills related to self-exploration and awareness and self-care. Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Summer)

SW 6235. Systems Redesign and Community Collaboration — 3 hrs.

The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge and skills that students will need as employees, change agents, or consultants of organizations. Students are provided opportunities to increase their knowledge of organizational change to reduce secondary trauma to clients and collaboration between agencies to become more user-friendly to clients with multiple issues. In addition, students learn about their behavior and the behavior of others in the organizational setting and how that may influence clients, staff, and administration, especially those with traumatic histories. Interventions that promote safety and reduce vulnerability of clients and staff are explored and skills to effectively communicate with interdisciplinary teams are reviewed. Agency policies and procedures and advocacy strategies are examined with the goal of reducing secondary trauma. Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Summer)

SW 6242 (450:242). Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals — 3 hrs.

Advanced social work assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation skills, including person-in-environment and strengths perspectives, and evidence-based practice, are covered in this course.The impact of trauma on individuals in the context of diverse identities and life experiences are examined and increased self-awareness when working with individuals is addressed. Strategies for empowering trauma services are provided. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Fall)

SW 6243 (450:243). Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups — 3 hrs.

Application of knowledge of small group structure and dynamics to social work intervention using groups as a medium for individual change and growth as well as facilitation of groups. Differential social work group practice with diverse populations using a trauma informed approach. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Fall and Spring)

SW 6244 (450:244). Advanced Social Work Practice with Families — 3 hrs.

Development of advanced social work practice skills, techniques, and interventions with families, building on the core foundation of generalist social work practice. Special attention is given to culturally-diverse and rural families using a trauma informed approach to practice. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Fall and Spring)

SW 6245. Advanced Standing Research — 3 hrs.

This course builds on the concepts, principles, and procedures of applied research that were covered in the undergraduate program. Students will learn about a variety of aspects of scientific inquiry that will help them understand the role of research in the field of social work. The course will provide special emphases on the different stages of the research process, including problem formulation, sampling, measurement, design, data collection, and data analysis within the context of professional values, ethics, and commitment to social and economic justice. Prerequisite(s): Graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Summer)

SW 6262 (450:262). Administrative Social Work Practice — 3 hrs.

Development of skills to manage human service organizations. Organizational theory, strategic planning, board development, supervision and personnel management, budgeting and financial management, case management and collaboration, and cultural diversity. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Fall)

SW 6263 (450:263). Grant Writing, Fund Raising, Contracting, and Marketing — 3 hrs.

Securing funding for human service agencies and programs. Grant writing to private foundations and public agencies, fund-raising from individuals and corporations, planning and implementing comprehensive fund-raising programs, and developing service contracts. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Fall and Spring)

SW 6264 (450:264). Organizational Development and Networking — 3 hrs.

Review of research literature on organizational development, examination of the processes and problems endemic to human service organizations, staff skill development, and networking. (Fall)

SW 6265. Advanced Social Work Research — 3 hrs.

Evaluation of direct social work practice and social service programs. Qualitative research methods; single system design, quantitative program evaluation; quasi-experimental design, the use of observation, interviewing, participatory evaluation, and user-controlled evaluation. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Fall)

SW 6266. Trauma Informed Practice Practicum — 8 hrs.

Field practicum for second year M.S.W. Trauma Informed Practice concentration students. 500 clock hours required. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Spring and Summer)

SW 6267. Trauma Informed Practice Practicum Seminar — 2 hrs.

This seminar complements SW 6266 Trauma Informed Practice Practicum. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Spring and Summer)

SW 6268. Trauma Informed Practice Practicum I — 4 hrs.

Fall semester practicum for second year M.S.W. Trauma Focused Clinical Practice concentration students. 250 clock hours required; concurrent with classes. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Fall)

SW 6269. Trauma Informed Practice Practicum I Seminar — 1 hr.

This seminar complements SW 6268 Trauma Informed Practice Practicum I. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Fall)

SW 6270. Trauma Informed Practice Practicum II — 4 hrs.

Practicum placement for second year M.S.W. Trauma Informed Practice concentration students, spring semester or summer. 250 clock hours required; concurrent with classes or summer following second year classes. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): SW 6268; SW 6269. (Spring)

SW 6271. Trauma Informed Practice Practicum II Seminar — 1 hr.

This seminar complements SW 6270 Trauma Informed Practice Practicum II. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Spring)

SW 6272. Advanced Social Administration Practicum — 8 hrs.

Field practicum for second year M.S.W. Social Administration concentration students. 500 clock hours required. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. (Spring and Summer)

SW 6273. Advanced Social Administration Practicum Seminar — 2 hrs.

This seminar complements SW 6272 Advanced Social Administration Practicum. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Spring and Summer)

SW 6274. Advanced Social Administration Practicum I — 4 hrs.

Practicum placement for second year M.S.W. Social Administration concentration students, fall semester. 250 clock hours, concurrent with classes. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum. (Fall)

SW 6275. Advanced Social Administration Practicum I Seminar — 1 hr.

This seminar complements SW 6274 Advanced Social Administration Practicum I. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Fall)

SW 6276. Advanced Social Administration Practicum II — 4 hrs.

Practicum placement of second year M.S.W. Social Administration concentration students, spring semester or summer. 250 clock hours. Practicum established by arrangement with Department of Social Work Field Director. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): SW 6274; SW 6275. (Spring)

SW 6277. Advanced Social Administration Practicum II Seminar — 1 hr.

This seminar complements SW 6276 Advanced Social Administration Practicum II. This is a graded portion of field practicum. (Spring)

SW 6280 (450:280). Crisis Intervention — 3 hrs.

Introduction to the theoretical foundations and social work practice techniques of crisis intervention. Life events that often trigger crisis, coping mechanisms, and social work practice techniques. Prerequisite(s): SW 6214 (450:214). (Variable)

SW 6285 (450:285). Readings — 1-6 hrs.

Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall and Spring)