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Regular Standing Track

Length: 2 years (60 credits). First cohort begins Fall 2013.

This track is for students with bachelor's degrees from fields other than social work. The track includes one year of foundational coursework built around core professional competencies. This is followed by a second year within the program in an advanced concentration.

The Regular Standing track includes a minimum of 900 hours of supervised field practicum instruction. 

Advanced Standing Track

Length: 1 year (36 credits). First cohort begins Summer 2014.

This track, for students with a bachelor's degree in social work, includes an advanced concentration, focusing a student's studies on a particular area of interest within the field.

The Advanced Standing track includes a minimum of 450 hours of supervised field practicum instruction.

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Expand and Collapse SWK 6100 - Social Welfare Policy and Service Delivery

Designed for graduate social work students who will be participating in the first field practicum placement the following semester. Students assess their interests and abilities, familiarize themselves with available field placement sites, explore and develop professional interviewing skills, complete necessary documentation, and interview with prospective field placement sites. Assignments will cover placement readiness, personal learning style, how to choose a field placement site, the role of the professional social worker through the NASW Code of Ethics, student application process for field placement, interviewing skills, contracting with an agency, developing a learning plan, and the effective utilization of supervision.

Expand and Collapse SWK 6101 - Direct Practice I

Designed for graduate social work students who will be participating in the first field practicum placement the following semester. Students assess their interests and abilities, familiarize themselves with available field placement sites, explore and develop professional interviewing skills, complete necessary documentation, and interview with prospective field placement sites. Assignments will cover placement readiness, personal learning style, how to choose a field placement site, the role of the professional social worker through the NASW Code of Ethics, student application process for field placement, interviewing skills, contracting with an agency, developing a learning plan, and the effective utilization of supervision.

Expand and Collapse SWK 6102 - Foundations of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Designed for graduate social work students who will be participating in the first field practicum placement the following semester. Students assess their interests and abilities, familiarize themselves with available field placement sites, explore and develop professional interviewing skills, complete necessary documentation, and interview with prospective field placement sites. Assignments will cover placement readiness, personal learning style, how to choose a field placement site, the role of the professional social worker through the NASW Code of Ethics, student application process for field placement, interviewing skills, contracting with an agency, developing a learning plan, and the effective utilization of supervision.

Expand and Collapse SWK 6103 - Foundations of Social Justice

Helps students understand the dynamics of economic, social, and cultural factors in the lives of clients and client systems. Strategies for advancing human rights and social and economic justice in various contexts are explored. Students will use knowledge of the effects of oppression, discrimination, and historical trauma on client systems to guide treatment planning and intervention.

Expand and Collapse SWK 6201 - Direct Practice II

Examines and uses evidence-based practice theories and frameworks, methods, skills, ethics and values for service delivery in working with individuals, groups, families and communities. Emphasis on multi-dimensional approaches in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation .

Expand and Collapse SWK 6202 - Research Design in Social Work

Provides foundation-level knowledge of the scientific approach used in social work research methodology and evidence-based practice. Students gain knowledge and skills necessary to understand the problems that social workers in advanced clinical practice encounter as well as the methods for evaluating change in all areas of practice. Students gain an appreciation and understanding that research (both quantitative and qualitative) is a basic tool for advanced social work clinical practice. The course emphasizes the practice-research link focusing on ethics and human diversity related to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability.

Expand and Collapse SWK 6205 - Preparation for Field Practicum I

Designed for graduate social work students who will be participating in the first field practicum placement the following semester. Students assess their interests and abilities, familiarize themselves with available field placement sites, explore and develop professional interviewing skills, complete necessary documentation, and interview with prospective field placement sites. Assignments will cover placement readiness, personal learning style, how to choose a field placement site, the role of the professional social worker through the NASW Code of Ethics, student application process for field placement, interviewing skills, contracting with an agency, developing a learning plan, and the effective utilization of supervision.

Expand and Collapse SWK 6255 - Field Practicum I

Provides students with the opportunity to integrate direct practice with acquired theoretical knowledge and skills. The seminar facilitates the integration of classroom content and direct practice experience from the field experience. Attention is given to the relationship between the purpose, values, and principles expressed in the NASW Code of Ethics and evidence-informed practice of social work. The practicum socializes students to perform the role of practitioner and contributes to the development and assessment of requisite foundation competencies.

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