Social Work

SOWK 8026  SOCIAL WORK WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY (3 credits)

This course seeks to develop in students an awareness and understanding of some of the social and psychological/cognitive realities influencing the behavior of African American youth and families across the lifespan. The content draws upon theories, research and social work practice skills relevant to African American youth and families, as well as the cognitive process and social systems which impact African youth and families. Cross-listed with SOWK 4020.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 prior to or concurrent, or BSW degree. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8046  WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the differing status, attitudes and experiences of the elderly within minority groups. This course examines various service systems and practice models in terms of their relevance and effectiveness in meeting needs of the minority elderly (Cross-listed with GERO 4690, GERO 8696, SOWK 4040)

SOWK 8056  ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3 credits)

This course focuses on effective generalist social work practice with clients of ethnic diversity. (Cross-listed with SOWK 4050)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MSW degree students only. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8070  HUMAN BEHAVIOR & THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I (3 credits)

This course covers the major contributions of theories from the biological, behavioral and social sciences relevant to understanding human functioning across the lifespan, particularly infancy through adolescence, within the social environment at the micro- and macro-level (e.g., individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities) as they relate to effective generalist social work practice.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program and undergraduate human biology content. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8080  HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II (3 credits)

This course covers the major contributions of theories from the biological, behavioral and social sciences relevant to understanding human functioning across the life span, particularly young adulthood through late adulthood within the social environment at the micro- and macro-level (e.g., individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities) as they relate to effective generalist social work practice.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8070. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8090  SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to social welfare policy analysis. The course examines social welfare policy taking into account historical, political, economic, social, and cultural perspectives. Basic concepts and choices are examined in relation to values, ethics, context, social functioning and social consequences.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8110  INSTITUTIONAL OPPRESSION (3 credits)

This course is about institutional racism, sexism and classism as it relates to social policy and social injustice. The focus is on how institutional oppressions are related and are mutually reinforcing. The consequences of institutional racism, sexism and classism are examined at the individual, group, family, and agency levels.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to MSW Program or permission of the School of Social Work. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8130  GENERALIST PRACTICE I (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the values, ethics, knowledge, and skills of generalist social work practice. Using constructs from the Generalist Intervention Model, systems theory, and the strengths-based perspective, students learn about engagement, assessment, planning and contracting, intervention, evaluation, and termination. Diversity and case management are emphasized as part of bringing planned change to client systems, including individuals and families..

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8070 prior to or concurrent. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8150  GENERALIST PRACTICE II (3 credits)

This practice course is an introduction to a goal-oriented planned change process with an emphasis on educational, support, and task groups, organizations, and communities. The focus is on building knowledge and developing indirect practice skills in collaboration, planning, empowerment, and advocacy to effect social change using the Generalist Intervention Model.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 prior to, and SOWK 8080 prior to or concurrent. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8160  GENERALIST SOWK PRACTICUM I (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide supervised, individual and experiential learning offered within the setting of a selected social service agency. The student will be introduced to a variety of social work practice roles, develop professional relationships with client systems and learn to apply different interventions to effect change across the life span. In order to facilitate integration of classroom theory with practice, students will attend a seven-week practicum seminar (2 hours per week).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Prior: (deficiencies determined at admission)grad/undergrad research and grad/undergrad statistics, and permission of the School. Prior to or concurrent: SOWK 8070, SOWK 8090, and SOWK 8130. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8170  GENERALIST SOWK PRACTICUM II (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide supervised, individual, experiential learning offered within the setting of a social service agency, typically the same agency as in SOWK 8160. This course builds upon opportunities provided and competence achieved in Generalist Social Work Practicum I.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8160, SOWK 8080, SOWK 8110, and SOWK 8150 prior to or concurrent. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8190  RESEARCH & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3 credits)

This course focuses on the use of research and computer programs in social work practice. Social and behavioral science research methods are reviewed. Students learn to analyze existing data using SPSS and to write an empirical research report. The use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in social work practice are explored.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Undergraduate or graduate research course, undergraduate or graduate statistics course. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8220  CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS (3 credits)

This advanced course provides an in-depth study of several theories of personality and behavior, and of therapeutic approaches derived from the theories. Major focus is on therapy with individuals across the life span, but application to family systems is also considered, as well as the fit of each theory within the broader social systems framework.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8160 or admitted as an Advanced Standing student. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8230  CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS (3 credits)

This advanced course provides knowledge of and experience in working with groups as systems. It includes both assessment of dynamics as well as developing skills in intervention modalities appropriate for working with various types of groups.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8220; Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8240  SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN (3 credits)

This advanced practice course provides an overview of several social work interventions used with children and adolescents. A brief review of normal child development and the family life cycle is the context for presenting a range of children's problems and special needs. The course will cover several intervention models and address their application in various service settings and in individual, family, group, and social action formats. Children in diverse family settings, institutions, and in minority families and cultures are considered to understand unique therapeutic issues present for them.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8220. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8250  SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES (3 credits)

This course considers the family context as a system for therapeutic intervention. The family unit and its diverse forms are defined; theories for assessment and understanding family's interactions across the lifespan are considered, and the alternative modalities useful for treating family dysfunction are presented. As a practice-oriented course, it emphasizes the development of professional skills in working with the family across the lifespan.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8220. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8260  SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH OLDER ADULTS (3 credits)

This course in the advanced social work practice curriculum focuses on micro- and macro-level practice skills essential to effective social work practice with older adults. This course emphasizes clinical interventions that focus on individuals and small groups as well as community practice skills that involve social marketing and community organizing, networking, and collaborating with community professionals.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8220. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8270  SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH SEXUAL CONCERNS (3 credits)

This course provides a survey of the current knowledge base, theory and research in human sexuality with a focus on advanced practice intervention and prevention approaches for a variety of sexuality issues faced by individuals, couples, and families throughout the lifespan.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8220. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8280  SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COUPLES AND CHANGING FAMILY STRUCTURES (3 credits)

This is an advanced practice course designed to prepare students to provide therapy for couples and families at all life stages who are experiencing problems in intimacy, marital, divorce, or remarriage adjustment.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8220. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8290  SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH (3 credits)

This course emphasizes the development of advanced level clinical and social work practice skills for working with selected acute and chronic health and mental health conditions affecting individuals across the life cycle.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8220. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8400  ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM I (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide supervised, individual professional learning experiences offered within the setting of a selected social service agency in the student's chosen concentration. The student will be introduced to a variety of advanced direct and indirect social work practices. The Dual Degree Program is a part of Integrated Practice. Dual Degree students may take SOWK 8400 as their administrative practicum. If so, then PA 8010, 8050 and 8090 must be taken prior to and one course from concentration prior to or concurrently.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8190, SOWK 8220, and permission of the School. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8410  ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM II (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide supervised, individual professional learning experiences offered within the setting of a social service agency in the student's chosen concentration, typically the same agency as in SOWK 8400. This course builds upon opportunities provided and competence achieved in Advanced Social Work Practicum I.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8400 prior to or concurrent. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8420  ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM III (1-3 credits)

This course is designed to provide a third supervised, individual professional learning experience offered within the setting of a social service agency in the student's chosen concentration. This course builds upon opportunities provided and competence achieved in Advanced Social Work Practicum II.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8410 prior to or concurrent, and permission of the School. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8510  SUPERVISION AND PERSONNEL ADMININISTRATION (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the administration of social welfare programs in the areas of clinical supervision, administrative leadership, and personnel practices. It provides a basic understanding for professionals who work in agency settings and a foundation for supervisory and administrative practice. It is expected that those who become administrators will build upon this base with specific legal, technical, and procedural knowledge related to their type of agency and level of responsibility.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8170 or admitted as an Advanced Standing student. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8516  TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY (3 credits)

This course addresses chemical dependency treatment issues including denial, minimization, relapse and its prevention, resistance, family dynamics, poly-substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, spirituality and the influence of self-help groups. The education will include the clinical treatment needs of individuals suffering from chemical dependency, taking into consideration diversity, gender, culture and lifestyle. (Cross-listed with COUN 4510, COUN 8516, SOWK 4510).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to counseling program or social work programs or permission of instructor. For social work students, SOWK 8686 or COUN 8696 and SOWK 8696 or COUN 8696 must be taken prior to COUN 8516 or SOWK 8516. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8540  SOCIAL WELFARE PLANNING (3 credits)

This course is a macro practice course in social planning in the context of strategic planning and its application to social policy and program change, administrative planning for social services, and planning at the program, agency, and community level.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8170 or admitted as an Advanced Standing student. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8550  SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ADVOCACY (3 credits)

This course provides a perspective on national and international social and economic injustices experienced by people under corporate globalization. Practice implications for social workers are addressed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8170 or admitted as an Advanced Standing student or permission of the School. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8560  ADVANCED COMMUNITY PRACTICE (3 credits)

The course uses a community-based service-learning pedagogy designed to help students develop an analytical and empirical approach to empowering communities. The course builds on the social work "person-in-environment" perspective by focusing on the client system and their environmental contexts as a partner in practice. This course is particularly relevant to direct practice with and advocacy for diverse disempowered groups in society.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BSW Degree or SOWK 8170. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8570  ADMINISTRATION OF SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES (3 credits)

This course is an advanced macro practice course in administration of social welfare agencies and programs which focuses on resource acquisition, leadership, and financial management in public, non-profit, and for-profit social agencies.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8540. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8600  PERMANENCE FOR CHILDREN (3 credits)

This course is about the child welfare system and focuses on policies, laws, and agency structures designed to help abused and neglected children and their families.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8170 prior to or concurrent, or admitted as an Advanced Standing student. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8610  FAMILY AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE (3 credits)

This course covers family and community violence across the life span with an emphasis on gaining knowledge of the issue, skills in policy analysis, and a broad framework for developing effective services in various service settings.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 or admitted as an Advanced Standing student. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8626  TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of issues related to trauma including: the factors related to development of trauma, definitions of trauma, the impact of trauma on individuals, families and communities, and the programs and practices that are most effective and appropriate regarding the social work role in responding to trauma. (Cross-listed with SOWK 4620)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8070 and SOWK 8080

SOWK 8650  HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES FOR SOCIAL WORK (3 credits)

This course emphasizes the development of health and mental health policy analysis skills and knowledge for social work students. Major topics include government response to health care, cultural and historical perspectives, service provision, and epidemiological trends across the life span. It provides a framework for clinical interventions in a variety of health and mental health settings.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 or admitted as an Advanced Standing student. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8686  MEDICAL & PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF ALCOHOL/DRUG USE AND ADDICTION (3 credits)

This course introduces students to substance abuse disorders and their impact on the individual, family, and society. It covers psychopharmacology, alcohol and drug interactions, drug classifications, theories of chemical dependency, various models of treatment, vulnerable populations, and ethical and legal issues. (Cross-listed with SOWK 4680, COUN 4680, COUN 8686)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program or permission of the School. Open to those admitted to the Counseling program or by permission.

SOWK 8696  ASSESSMENT AND CASE ASSESSMENT IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE (3 credits)

This course focuses on assessment of clients and their environment, and diagnosis and referral for substance abuse treatment. Emphasis is given to assessment instruments, treatment levels, treatment planning, case management, and social justice. (Cross-listed with COUN 4690, COUN 8696, SOWK 4690).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to MSW program or permission of the School and SOWK 8686 or COUN 8686 (or equivalent course) prior to or concurrent.

SOWK 8806  SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW (3 credits)

This course presents the fundamental principles of criminal and civil law that have relevance to the practice of social work. Topics include the legal system; legal research methods; professional ethical/legal responsibilities and liabilities; family law; elder law; criminal law; juvenile law; personal injury law; employment discrimination law; capacity to make contracts and wills; rights of institutionalized patients; and rights of handicapped children to an education. (Cross-listed with SOWK 4800)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 prior to or concurrent, or BSW degree. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8816  SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3 credits)

Social work literature defines spirituality as the human striving for a sense of meaning, purpose, values, and fulfillment. Spirituality is expressed through diverse forms throughout a client's lifespan; it is central to clients' understanding of suffering and their attempts to resolve it. This course examines major issues pertaining to spiritually-sensitive social work practice with clients of diverse religious and non-religious (i.e., outside sectarian institutional contexts) perspectives. (Cross-listed with SOWK 4810)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 prior to or concurrent, or BSW degree. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8836  CRISIS INTERVENTION (3 credits)

This course is designed to increase knowledge and skills for practice with crisis situations. The prevalence of crisis experiences within our society and lifespan development necessitates that social workers acquire a knowledge and skill-base for effective and professional crisis intervention practice. Students will study the ABC Model of Crisis Intervention and how to ethically practice with diverse and vulnerable populations. Students will apply crisis intervention theory and models of intervention to various concern areas including but not limited to: suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse, grief and loss, and violence. A systems, strengths, and cultural emphasis will be applied to the various crisis situations covered. (Cross-listed with SOWK 4830)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 or admitted as an Advanced Standing student. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8856  HOSPICE & OTHER SERVICES FOR THE DYING PATIENT/FAMILY (3 credits)

This course examines the hospice concept and other related services available in the community. The student will learn that hospice is an alternative to the traditional medical model. (Cross-listed with GERO 4850, GERO 8856, SOWK 4850.)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 prior to or concurrent, or admitted as Advanced Standing. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8880  TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK (3 credits)

Specific seminar topics will focus on advanced content in social work theory and practice. The course description will be announced when a specific topical seminar is proposed. The topics selected will be consistent with School of Social Work program objectives, faculty expertise, and student needs. This course may be repeated for up to nine hours credit.

SOWK 8886  TOPICAL SEMINAR SOCIAL WORK (3 credits)

Specific seminar topics will focus on advanced content in social work theory and practice. The course description will be announced when a specific topical seminar is proposed. The topics selected will be consistent with School of Social Work program objectives, faculty expertise, and student needs. This course may be repeated for up to nine hours credit. (Cross-listed with SOWK 4880)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8130 or admitted as an Advanced Standing student.

SOWK 8900  SPECIAL STUDIES IN SOCIAL WELFARE (1-3 credits)

This independent study course allows students to pursue a special selected area or topic within social welfare in order to deepen knowledge and/or skills in that particular area.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the School, and permission of the School. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8940  EVALUATION OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS (3 credits)

This is an advanced research course in the evaluation of social programs and social agencies which focuses on agency organizational structure, program design and effectiveness, and social impact.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8190 prior to.

SOWK 8950  RESEARCH METHODS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE (3 credits)

This course provides a study of the issues involved in clinical research methodology. Students are introduced to the tools for documenting the effects of clinical practice interventions for individuals, couples, families and groups (including qualitative and quantitative methodologies: single-case design, standardized measurement, self-report data, self-monitoring, case study, grounded theory etc.).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8190 and SOWK 8220. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8960  RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS (3 credits)

This course enables students, under faculty supervision, to prepare a research proposal, carry out the study, and prepare a detailed report of the purpose, design, outcome, and significance of the study.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8190 and permission of the School. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SOWK 8990  MASTER'S THESIS (3-6 credits)

The Master's thesis provides students the opportunity to acquire first-hand experience in research methods under faculty direction. With the guidance of the thesis coordinator and a supervisory committee, the student prepares a research proposal, conducts the proposed study, and prepares a detailed report of the purpose, design, results, and implications of the findings.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8190 and permission of the School. Not open to non-degree graduate students.