The mission of the UTA School of Social Work is to prepare competent, effective social workers and generate and disseminate knowledge focused on promoting social and economic justice for human well-being in a global community. The School of Social Work is committed to lifelong learning through its academic and continuing education programs.
The School of Social Work was established as the Graduate School of Social Work in 1967 by an act of the Texas Legislature. It became the School of Social Work in 1991 when the University's undergraduate social work program in the College of Liberal Arts merged with the school's graduate program.
Currently, the school offers three programs of study: the Ph.D. in Social Work, the Master of Science in Social Work and the Bachelor of Social Work. The Ph.D. program offers two options: the Ph.D. in Social Work or an international dual-degree specialty in comparative social welfare policy with the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, in Monterrey, Mexico. The school provides training, counseling, consultation and research through four active adjunct centers: the Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare, the Community Service Clinic, the Community Services Development Center and the Center for Research, Evaluation and Technology. The Professional Development Program conducts training and development seminars for professional social workers that provide the continuing education units necessary for license renewals.
The school attracts and graduates more students than most of the other social work programs in the nation. More than 3,800 students have earned degrees at the school and many hold key management positions in public agencies and nonprofit organizations nationwide. Currently, SSW has a diverse student body of approximately 900 students. Many of these students also hold full- or part-time positions in public agencies and nonprofit organizations.
One distinguishing feature of the school is its location in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a rich urban laboratory of more than 150 cities with a total population of approximately 4.5 million. This complex social arena offers a wide array of opportunities for student projects, field placements and employment. Social work faculty, staff and students work on "real-life" social problems in cooperation with city governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations.
The Council on Social Work Education has fully accredited MSSW and BSW programs at the school. Accreditation is an important consideration for students because many professional social work positions require a degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given.
School of Social Work faculty engage in research and community-service projects that enhance the effectiveness and justify the programs of public and nonprofit social-service organizations, that promote social justice and equality, and that extend the body of knowledge about social issues. Typical projects include evaluations of state and federal child-welfare and community-service programs, cross-cultural adaptations to mental-health treatments, studies of exceptional social behavior, such as gang violence, and reports on the extent and quality of specific social services in the local community.
Faculty research takes either a direct practice or an administrative/community practice approach. Research benefits social-service organizations that lack the expertise and resources to conduct their own studies. Also, research includes applied research that is published in national journals, reference and text books. Research topics span the broad range of social-work issues, including feminist theory, minority rights, child abuse, mental illness, ethics, aging, sexual abuse, community development, lesbians and gay men, marital therapy, violence and social policy.
Recently, among the most important faculty accomplishments were the development of an international doctoral program specialty in comparative social policy with La Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, in Monterrey, Mexico; the completion of a four-year federal grant of $295,000 for a community-policing program evaluation; a federal grant of almost $1.9 million for an Americorps program; and a federal grant of more than $2.4 million for a child-welfare center.
The School of Social Work offers training, research and service opportunities to faculty and students through its four active centers. The Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare provides support and graduate training to current and potential child-welfare workers and supports faculty and student research on child-welfare issues. The Community Service Clinic provides affordable counseling, training for graduate students in clinical research and intervention technology, and research opportunities in social work practice. The Center for Research, Evaluation and Technology involves students and faculty in program evaluations for local social service agencies and in the development of new and innovative ways to support human services practice. The school's Professional Development Program provides continuing education seminars for social work practitioners and other human service professionals. The seminars are taught by professionals and provide the continuing education units necessary for license renewals.
Depending upon demand and resources, the school is responsive to requests from the community for MSSW programs taught in cooperation with other universities at remote locations across the state. Generally, these distance education programs allow students to complete two years, part time, at selected remote campuses, and one year, full time, in residency at UTA. More than 400 students have graduated from such programs in the last 20 years. These programs have been taught at seven universities across the state. Future programs include courses offered on the Internet and telecommunication for local students and distance education.
The school hosts a Guest Lecture Series which features professors, researchers, clinicians and national program directors, all experts in their fields. The series serves as an educational forum on social-work issues.
The School of Social Work currently offers three programs of study: the Ph.D. in Social Work, the Master of Science in Social Work and the Bachelor of Social Work. The Ph.D. program offers two options: the Ph.D. in Social Work or a specialty in comparative social policy, in collaboration with La Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, that is taught in Texas and Mexico and requires fluency in English and Spanish. Degrees are awarded from both universities.
The school also participates in dual-degree programs with the School of Nursing, the School of Urban and Public Affairs, the Sociology Program, and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program.
Ph.D. in Social Work
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In the MSSW Program, the School of Social work provides an academic and experiential process that prepares students for generalist practice in the foundation curriculum and advanced practice in areas of professional interest. The specific program goals that drive the MSSW Program are:
Goal 1: To produce professional social workers who can practice autonomously either as direct practitioners or as community or administrative practitioners.
Goal 2: To produce social work professionals who conduct their professional activities with the highest ethical values and practices.
Goal 3: To produce professional social workers knowledgeable of the various aspects of diversity and social justice.
Goal 4: To provide students the opportunity to begin and continue the lifelong process of critical thinking and professional development.
Goal 5: To prepare graduates to address the changing needs of practice.
In harmony with the University's mission and deriving from the MSSW Program Goals, seven major program objectives have been established as follows:
Objective 1: To produce scientifically oriented advanced practitioners, competent in one of two concentrations: Direct Practice with individuals, families and groups; or Administrative and Community Practice with organizations and communities.
Objective 2: To equip students with mastery of a social science knowledge base grounded in a liberal arts perspective incorporating theory from:
Objective 3: To prepare professionals who have the ability to understand, critique, interpret and apply empirical data to practice situations, and to conduct research and program and practice evaluation.
Objective 4: To enable students to gain an understanding of individual and societal functioning and of the relationship between them. To enable students to understand economic and social injustice, institutional discrimination, and prejudicial attitudes as impacting in particular oppressed groups based on poverty, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disabilities.
Objective 5: To develop in students a professional social work identity through a socialization process involving:
Objective 6: To produce a professional social worker who is able to analyze the reasons for interventive decisions in order to be an effective and accountable practitioner.
Objective 7: To produce a self-developing, self-evaluating professional.
Students are admitted to the program for Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters. Advanced Standing students only are admitted for Summer. Completed applications must be received no later than March 15, for Summer and Fall Semesters, and October 31, for Spring Semester.
Please note that the School of Social Work's deadline for application is different from the published deadlines of the Graduate School.
1. A bachelor's degree with a liberal arts perspective including instruction in the behavioral and biological sciences (including human biology) from an accredited college or university.
2. Undergraduate GPA must be equal to or greater than 3.0 in the last 60 hours as calculated by the Graduate School or 1000 GRE score (V&Q).
3. Three letters of reference indicating professional or academic promise.
4. Liberal Arts perspective in undergraduate coursework sufficient to provide sociobehavioral and human biological content.
5. Personal statement providing evidence of professional or academic goals consistent with the Social Work Program.
6. Personal qualifications considered essential to the successful practice of social work including leadership ability, personal maturity, motivation for a human service profession and experience in social work. A personal interview may be required.
7. Applicants to the school whose native language is not English must take, in addition to the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Test of Spoken English.
Unconditional MSSW Admission: An applicant is admitted unconditionally when all documentation relating to admissions criteria is received and performance on a majority of the criteria is acceptable.
Probationary Admission: Candidates with less than a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate program as calculated by the Graduate School and less than 1000 on the GRE (V&Q) may be admitted on probation if other admission criteria are satisfactory and indicate academic potential.
Provisional Admission: An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission decision deadline but that otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
Denial of Admission: Candidates may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admissions criteria.
Deferred Admission: A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
Neither probationary nor provisional admission will be granted to an applicant with less than a 3.0 GPA on the last two years of a bachelor's degree (approximately 60 hours) when the required GRE score is lacking.
Scholarships awarded annually and administered by the School of Social Work are listed below.
A limited number of traineeships is available through Child Protective Services. Other stipends, grants and scholarships are available on a limited basis.
Candidates for fellowship awards must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours of 3.0, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.
The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Social Work covers a minimum of four semesters for full-time students and requires the completion of 64 semester hours of graduate work including class and field instruction, as well as thesis or completion of the integrative seminar for non-thesis students.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, each graduate student in the social work program must (1) maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework; (2) demonstrate suitability for professional social work practice; and, (3) demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and the Code of Ethics as currently published by the Texas Council for Social Work Certification.
At such time as questions are raised by Social Work faculty or field instructors regarding a student's violation of any of the above requirements, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Academic and Professional Standards Committee. The committee will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision or continuation may be made to the Dean of the School of Social Work.
An applicant who has graduated from an accredited undergraduate program in social work may request admission to the graduate program with advanced standing. All regular admission requirements must be met and the bachelor's degree in social work must have been conferred no more than six years prior to the date of enrollment.
Advanced standing students may receive credit hour waivers for some undergraduate social work courses which are considered equivalent to the first and second semester courses, provided the student's grades in those courses are B or better. Students may receive course waivers for more than 20 hours, but only 20 hours may be applied to the 64 hour MSSW degree.
Students in social work may participate in one of five dual degree programs whereby they can earn a Master of Science in Social Work and 1) a Master of City and Regional Planning, 2) a Master of Public Administration, 3) a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs, 4) a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, or 5) a Master of Arts in Sociology. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply a number of semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from nine to 18 hours, subject to the approval of Graduate Advisors from both programs.
To participate in the dual degree program, students must make separate application to each program and must submit a separate Program of Work for each degree. Those interested in a dual degree program should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor(s) for further information on course requirements. See also the statement on Dual Degree Programs in the general information section of this catalog.
Admission and degree requirements for part-time students are the same as those for full-time students. Likewise, part-time students must maintain the performance level required of full-time students.
The Council on Social Work Education's Accreditation standards require that part-time students enroll for a minimum of two courses each semester and take no longer than four years to complete the M.S.S.W. program.
The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work is designed primarily for those preparing for leadership positions in teaching, research, administration and planning, policy analysis, and clinical practice in the social work field. More specifically, the objectives of the program are for students to acquire (1) a broad analytic understanding of major policy and practice trends and issues in the field of social work; (2) substantive knowledge of some field or area of practice (e.g., health, mental health, public social services, aging, settings serving families and children and minority groups) with emphasis on issues and questions in that field which require scientific or scholarly attention; and (3) a competence to conduct independent, empirical research that extends the knowledge base of clinical practice with individuals, families, and small groups and/or administration and planning practice in some area of social work. Graduates of the program are expected to make a significant contribution to the field and to the profession through their own continued research, teaching, writing and practice.
A specialty in comparative social policy is offered in conjunction with the Universidad Autonoma De Nuevo Leon (UANL) Monterrey, Mexico. Students will complete their first year of doctoral courses at the UANL Graduate School of Social Work where they will take 12 hours per semester for two semesters (September-December; and January-May). Classes at UANL will be conducted in Spanish and taught by UANL faculty. Students will complete their second year at UTA where they will take another two semesters (September-May) earning another 24 hours of course credits. Classes will be taught in English by UTA faculty.
To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work program, an applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School and his or her academic record must show preparation for advanced study in social work. The students accepted for admission are those whose academic achievements, previous experience, and aptitude for research and scholarship indicate the potential for achieving the objectives of the program. In addition, admission to the program requires:
Unconditional Ph.D. Admission: An applicant is admitted unconditionally when all documentation relating to admissions criteria is received and performance on a majority of the criteria is acceptable. An applicant may also be admitted unconditionally with at least a 3.0 graduate GPA or with a score less than 1000 on the GRE or less than 500 on the PAEG if performance on all other criteria is acceptable.
Probationary Ph.D. Admission: An applicant whose Master's GPA is below 3.0 or that scores less than 1000 on the GRE or less than 500 on the PAEG may be admitted on probation when performance on the majority of the remaining criteria is acceptable.
Provisional Admission: An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission decision deadline but that otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
Denial of Ph.D. Admission: Candidates may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admissions criteria.
Deferred Admission: A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
An application for admission, transcripts of previous academic work and Graduate Record Examination scores must be submitted to the Graduate School of the University. An additional separate application and supporting materials must be sent to the Graduate Advisor, Ph.D. in Social Work Program.
The program leading to the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work covers six semesters (three years) of full-time study and requires the completion of 54 semester hours of graduate work including class, field instruction and a dissertation. Students and their faculty supervisory committee together develop a plan of study geared to the students' interests. Included in this plan are a set of required and elective courses in which students pursue their specialized interests.
Successful completion of the comprehensive examinations in both core and specialty areas of study advances the student to candidacy at which time he or she devotes time to the completion of the dissertation. The last step before the degree is awarded is the final examination, which is focused on the defense of the dissertation.
Doctoral students must demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and the Code of Ethics as currently published by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)
Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.
The curriculum is organized around five content areas and field instruction. Required and elective courses are offered in each content area. Students must complete all foundation (first year) required courses before taking advanced (second year) courses. First year courses have 5000 numbers; second year courses have 6000 numbers. Master's level students are also allowed to take doctoral level courses with permission of the instructor. The five areas and the courses offered under each are listed below.
Students are required to take SOCW 5301 (Human Behavior and the Social Environment) and SOCW 5317 (Race, Ethnicity, and Women). Additionally, students choose one other course from the Human Behavior and the Social Environment content area.
5301. HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I (3-0). Exploration of behavioral and social science knowledge of human behavior and development through the life course. Examines major systems in society: individual, group, family, and community; and the diversity of ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, and culture.
5317. HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS (3-0). Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to race, ethnicity, and women. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain racist and sexist values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and all levels of organizational behavior.
6310. SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S ISSUES (3-0). Examines women's development within psychological and sociological contexts; applies theories to understanding roles women take within families and the workplace.
6320. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS (3-0). Explores theoretical and empirical material on linkup initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention.
6323. PERSPECTIVES IN MENTAL HEALTH (3-0). Examination and analysis of theories of mental health and disorders, perspectives on the etiology and epidemiology of mental disorder and the institutional response to problems in mental health (e.g. "asylums", community mental health programs).
6330. CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3-0). Reviews and analyzes a number of theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the development of the child through adolescence; implications for practice and policy.
6331. THEORIES OF FAMILY (3-0). Reviews a variety of theoretical approaches useful in understanding the family. Implications for practice at the policy, community, and interpersonal levels are discussed.
6332. ADULT DEVELOPMENT (3-0). Explores selected issues and themes associated with early and middle adulthood. Issues pertinent to practice, such as the developmental change process, are also examined.
6333. AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY (3-0). Explores the elderly population in American society. Includes discussion of social gerontology, a description of the aged in the United States and across cultures. Changes among the elderly such as health, finances and social roles are studied.
6337. PSYCHODYNAMICS (3-0). Major aspects of psychodynamics theory derived from Freud and the recent ego psychologists are used in an analysis of the life cycle. Implications for social work practice are drawn, particularly application of the theory for practice with special groups: minorities, women, and lower socioeconomic groups.
6342. Human Behavior in Macro Environments (3-0). Offers advanced students the opportunity to study people's behavior within large and complex social settings including: natural helping networks and ontological communities, organizations and bureaucracies, and social and political movements. Meets the advanced Human Behavior requirement for students pursuing CAP specializations. Prerequisites: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.
6365. LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER DEVELOPMENT ISSUES (3-0). Reviews various life experiences and psychosocial challenges characteristic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. Interventions for these populations will be identified.
Students are required to take SOCW 5303 (Foundations of Social Welfare Policy and Services) and one other course from this content area.
5303. FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL POLICY AND SERVICES (3-0). Examines how social goals are met by social welfare institutions. Conceptual schemes are developed for analyzing the structure of social welfare institutions and evaluating social welfare sub-systems. The social work profession also is examined in the context of the evolution and function of the contemporary American social welfare system. Required of all first-year students.
6301. POLITICS AND SOCIAL POLICY (3-0). Politics are key to developing social policy. Students learn theory and skills to impact policy processes at local, state and national levels. Examines the role of the social work profession in politics. This course may be chosen as a Policy, Administrative Practice or Community Practice elective. Prerequisite: 5303 or equivalent.
6303. POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL POLICY (3-0). This course examines the nature and extent of poverty and inequality in the United States, their causes and consequences, and the debate concerning the role of government in providing anti-poverty programs. Many points of view are presented, from the radical left to radical right. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
6304. SOCIAL POLICY AND CHILD WELFARE (3-0). Examination of current policies, programs, and practices. Attention given to new perspectives on the delivery system and staffing in child welfare. Through analysis and research, students are provided knowledge for more effective practice in the field of child welfare.
6319. SOCIAL POLICY AND MENTAL HEALTH (3-0). Studies programs and policies in the field of mental health. An analytical model is employed in the process of examining critical issues in the mental health arena.
6321. SOCIAL POLICY AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE (3-0). Examines policies and programs regarding substance abuse. An analytical model is employed in the process of studying critical issues in the substance abuse arena.
6334. WOMEN AND FAMILY POLICY (3-0). Policies affecting women and the family; interaction of women with other social institutions (family, economy, policy); the unique impact of policies upon families and women of color; cross cultural comparisons and political strategies; the role of the social work profession in this policy field.
6338. SOCIAL SERVICES AND SOCIAL POLICY (3-0). Broad acquaintance with, and analysis of, the social services and their role within social welfare policy. A variety of social services examined as well as modes and methods of providing these services, degree of effectiveness of various services in adequately serving clients, service gaps or duplication, and related areas.
6345. HEALTH POLICY (3-0). Historical, current, and projected national and local health policies and roles of providers and consumers of health care examined; service demands, economic, access, and regulatory issues analyzed; relationships between governmental, voluntary, and commercial sectors studied; analytic frameworks for the understanding and development of policies developed.
6349. AGING AND SOCIAL POLICY (3-0). Social welfare policies and programs are examined in terms of the overall impact on the aged and society. Needs and gaps in services to the aged are evaluated, especially concerning minority and low-income aged. Current issues in aging policy are examined.
6354. SOCIALLY OPPRESSED GROUPS, SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (3-0). Past and present policies are examined related to people with disabilities, substance abusers, lesbians and gay men, juvenile delinquents, women convicted of criminal offenses, sex offenders and others who for various reasons experience social exclusion, stigma and social control. Theoretical bases of societal reaction to these groups and the impact on social policy and social work practice is considered.
Students are required to take SOCW 5304 (Direct Social Work Practice I) and 5305 (Direct Social Work Practice II). Students who choose a direct practice concentration take two additional courses from those listed below.
5304. GENERALIST MICRO PRACTICE (3-0). This foundation level course introduces graduate students to both theory and methods for social work practice with individuals, families, and small groups. It emphasizes a generalist perspective, beginning interviewing and relationship skills, problem assessment, goal setting, and contracting. Special attention is given to the common roles assumed by social workers (e.g. facilitator, broker, advocate). Required of all except advanced standing students.
5309. PROFESSIONAL FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL WORK (3-0). Gives students a broad perspective on the profession of social work including its history, mission, goals, values and ethics, educational and organizational structure, and legal regulations. Required of all except advanced standing students.
6306. CLINICAL ASSESSMENT (3-0). Reviews and builds on the fundamentals of clinical assessment. Topics are covered in considerable depth and practiced with social work clients. Advanced topics include behavioral observation, self-anchored rating scales, client surveys, standardized measurement and scales, single-subject designs, family assessment tools and categorical systems.
6308. ADVANCED CASE MANAGEMENT (3-0). Case management is recognized as a major social work practice strategy. It is essential to effective service delivery in diverse settings. This course examines case management models and functions guiding practice.
6311. SEMINAR IN DIRECT METHODS IN COUPLES COUNSELING (3-0). Examination of various psychological, social, and cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches to problems in intimate coupling. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of the sources and patterns of dissatisfaction and conflict, the selection and ordering of treatment strategies, and application of treatment techniques consistent with determined goals.
6312. GROUP DYNAMICS I AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3-0). Examines contemporary social-psychological concepts and small group research, with a view to testing their applicability to practice propositions and operational principles, in work with both task and personality satisfaction groups.
6313. GROUP METHODS IN COUNSELING II AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3-0). Critical investigation of the therapeutic processes which are directed toward behavior change in persons through the structured medium of group interaction, and planful management, by the therapist, of group processes which emerge through interactional patterns between group members. Prerequisite: SOCW 6312.
6316. OUT OF HOME CARE AND TREATMENT (3-0). This course reviews current research and practice relevant to services provided to children and adolescents who reside in foster care, residential treatment, kinship care or psychiatric hospital settings.
6317. DIRECT PRACTICE IN HEALTH CARE (3-0). Explores central contribution of social work to comprehensive health care; social work interventions to assess and ameliorate the psychosocial effects of illness and disability are included along with emerging roles for social work in prevention and health maintenance.
6318. DIRECT PRACTICE WITH AGING (3-0). Course presents an overview of current issues in the care, treatment, and delivery of social services to the aging. Students learn practice procedures designed to equip them with the skills needed for effective social work practice and review major theories on aging.
6325. ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE (3-0). Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students.
6326. DIRECT PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (3-0). Focuses on the characteristics, strengths, and service needs of children and their families. Addresses assessment and intervention skills to work effectively with a variety of child, parent(s), and family problems. Specific techniques considered include child therapy, play therapy, behavioral contracting, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and crisis intervention. Required of all DP students specializing in Children and Families.
6336. DIRECT PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH (3-0).
Focuses on assessment and intervention with those evidencing acute
and chronic mental health problems and disabilities. The course
the delivery of services to various populations (children, adolescents, and adults), service delivery systems (community mental health, managed behavioral health care), and a wide range of problems. Topics include well-being, ethics, case management, treatment planning, managed care, DSM, PIE, and substance abuse. Required of all DP students specializing in Mental Health.
6343. VIOLENCE IN FAMILIES (3-0). Addresses two areas: Models for effective treatment of violence-prone families and creation of legal and social service systems for treatment. Students undertake field research and learn procedures for conducting their own anger abatement training programs.
6344. TREATMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (3-0). Overview of the literature which describes physical, psychological, and cultural characteristics unique to childhood and adolescence. Attention then turned to treatment principles, and the specification of procedures for the amelioration of problems common to children and adolescents.
6350. SEMINAR IN COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION STRATEGIES (3-0). Explores various covert conditioning, cognitive restructuring, and self-instruction therapies. Recent theoretical formulations and relevant research will be investigated as they pertain to the efficacy of cognitive intervention strategies with various clinical problems.
6353. SEMINAR IN FAMILY THERAPY (3-0). Comparison of various approaches to working with the family as a total system; enhancement of cognitive understanding of similarities and differences in theory and goals of family treatment in many fields of practice; integration of strategies and techniques of each method into an individual style of therapy.
6358. SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION (3-0). Introduction to roles, functions, and contextual dimensions of social work supervision. Administrative and clinical perspectives are examined within contextual framework of social work supervisor as manager, mentor, mediator, and leader in the human service organization.
6360. CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF CHILD MALTREATMENT (3-0). Examines knowledge/technique in child physical/emotional/sexual abuse, physical/emotional neglect, and exploitation interventions. Includes interviewing, identification, legal issues, assessment/evaluation, case management, intervention, follow-up.
6361. STRESS, CRISIS, AND COPING (3-0). The impact of specific crises on individuals and families will be examined. Typical crises will include life-threatening illness, trauma, physical and mental disability, and death. Assessment and evaluation of an individual's coping ability and appropriate strategies for social work interventions will be studied.
6362. STRESS MANAGEMENT (3-0). Stress management is a specialized area of clinical social work practice found in health, mental health, and occupational settings. Course content includes theory, assessment, and intervention methods.
6368. SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN: IDENTIFICATION, ASSESSMENT, CASE MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT (3-0). Seminar focused on examination of current knowledge and intervention strategies related to child sexual abuse. Topics addressed include techniques of obtaining information, sexual assault assessment procedures, validation, case management, application of change methods, case monitoring and relapse prevention.
6369. INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SEXUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3-0). Overview of human sexuality as it relates to social work practice. Human sexuality considered from a bio-psychosocial perspective. Emphasis on viewing human sexuality as an interactive process of the total personality. Attention given to various psychological, social and behavioral educational/treatment approaches.
6370. TREATING PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS (3-0). Treatment strategies and evaluation methods and research findings relevant to the treatment of parent-child relationships; review of existing parent training literature and commercially available parenting programs.
6380. TREATMENT OF ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS (3-0). Surveys major treatment alternatives, showing addictive behavior patterns such as alcohol/drug abuse or eating disorders. Student conducts field research of 12-step programs, practices interventions, and studies inpatient and outpatient treatment methods with emphasis on relapse prevention.
All students are required to take SOCW 5306 (Introduction to Administrative and Community Practice) and 5307 (Administrative and Community Practice Skills). Students who choose a concentration in administrative practice are required to take 6314 (Advanced Administrative Practice) and one additional course from those listed below. Students who choose a concentration in community practice are required to take 6315 (Advanced Community Practice) and one additional course from those listed below. Students who choose a concentration in both administrative and community practice are required to take both 6314 and 6315.
5306. GENERALIST MACRO PRACTICE (3-0). Examines generalist community and administrative practice roles, the perspectives of strengths, empowerment, and evidence-based practice along with the values of social justice, diversity, and participation. Specific attention is given to designing intervention programs that address community needs. Required of all except advanced standing students.
6314. ADVANCED ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE (3-0). Focuses on selected topics, issues, and skills for effective social work administration. Content includes leadership, worker motivation, resource development, interagency relations and managing conflict and diversity in a climate of scarce resources. Prerequisite: SOCW 6371.
6315. ADVANCED COMMUNITY PRACTICE (3-0). Focuses on topics, issues, and skills for mobilizing neighborhoods, communities, and client groups to solve collective human problems. Content includes the politics of empowerment, mobilizing coalitions, locating resources, and mediating conflict. Prerequisite: SOCW 6371.
6339. PROGRAM EVALUATION (3-0). Presumes basic research competence on part of student. Focus on sociopolitical aspects of program evaluation as a specialized use of scientific methods and community practice skills. Relationships between program evaluation and program planning or administration stressed.
6355. ADVANCED USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN HUMAN SERVICES (3-0). Provides the knowledge and skills to assess needs/capacities and develop technology-based solutions to individual, group, family, administrative and community problems. Covers information systems, decision support systems, multimedia, human services software and Internet. Classes held in classroom and chat room, see http://www2.uta.edu/cussn/courses/6355/. Prerequisite: SOCW 5319.
6358. SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION (3-0). Introduction to roles, functions, and contextual dimensions of social work supervision. Administrative and clinical perspectives are examined within the contextual framework of the social work supervisor as manager, mentor, mediator, and leader in human service organizations.
6363. BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3-0). Basic overview of financial management applied specifically to human service agencies; emphases on basic concepts and skill building in budgeting, grant writing, and fund raising; accounting principles, financial statements, and computerized financial information systems also covered.
6364. SOCIAL WORK IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS (3-0). An introductory course for those students interested in medical social work practice; health settings examined from organizational, administrative, and clinical perspectives to provide an understanding of intra/interdisciplinary practice in the health care system.
6371. COMMUNITY AND ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE (3-0). Surveys theory and builds skills in roles associated specifically with community practice (e.g. community/locality development, social planning, social action) and administrative practice (e.g. supervision, administration, management and management systems). Students complete an advanced assignment in community and/or organizational assessment and intervention and refine skills in making professional presentations. Required of all CAP students.
6384. MANAGEMENT OF CHILDREN'S AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS (3-0). Prepares students for mid-management and administrative roles in public and private child-serving agencies and programs. Includes content about the legal context of child welfare practice. Emphasis is on the community context of practice and how agencies can adapt their work to the cultural milieu of clients and others in the environment.
6385. SOCIAL WORK AND MANAGED CARE (3-0). Explores the history of managed care in health and social services, the underlying philosophy, and current trends and practice issues. Assesses the potential for conflict between social work values and managed care systems. Builds skills for administrative roles in managed care settings.
Students are required to take SOCW 5322 and 6324 (Research and Evaluation Methods in Social Work I and II). Thesis students are required to take 6393 (Thesis Research) and 6398 (Thesis). Non-Thesis students must take 6305 (Integrative Seminar) and one additional elective. Students must be enrolled in Thesis or Integrative Seminar during their final semester.
5319. TECHNOLOGY USE IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3-0). Introduces basic computer concepts, spreadsheets, word processing, assessment and intervention software, graphics packages and statistical packages and their applications in social work. Required of all students. Graded P/F.
5322. RESEARCH AND EVALUATION METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK I (3-0). Introduction to the methods of scientific inquiry and their relevance to social work. Topics include problem formulation, single subject and group research design, elementary statistics such as chi squares, correlations, analyses of variance, and report writing. Required of all students.
6324. RESEARCH AND EVALUATION METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK II (3-0). Advanced course in the application of research principles and techniques. Topics include regression and statistical control, analysis of variance, questionnaire construction, evaluation research, and computerized tabulation and analysis of data. Mini-projects require the student to apply these techniques in the context of social work practice. Prerequisite: SOCW 5322. Required of all students.
6393. THESIS RESEARCH. Initial research in the student's area of concentration, leading to thesis. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite for 6398.
6395. APPLIED RESEARCH. Individual or small group research project in the student's major area of concentration with emphasis on applying research principles and procedures. A substantial research report is due at the conclusion of the course. May be taken as an elective only. Graded P/F/R.
6398. THESIS. Requires an individual research project in the individual's area of concentration, with a minimum of six semester hours total needed for the project. Satisfactory completion requires approval of the instructor in charge, a supervising committee appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Defense in a final oral examination is required. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor and the instructor in charge.
6305. INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR (3-0). Focuses on issues and aspects of practice of broad concern to the profession of social work. Faculty members serve as consultants and resource persons to seminar members. Required of all non-thesis students in their final semester of coursework. Grade of B or better must be earned in this seminar. Graded R.
6329. SOCIAL WORK, LAW, AND THE FAMILY CODE (3-0). Overview of legal principles and procedures as they apply to social workers and their interaction with clients. Particular attention given to the broad area of family law. Areas of mental health law, children's rights, consumerism, malpractice, courtroom testimony, criminal law, estates, and community legal services covered. This course is an elective only; does not meet the requirements for a second year policy course.
6190, 6290, 6390. TUTORIAL. Arrangements may be made for a directed and supervised tutorial in a select area of special interest to the student. Prerequisite: permission of the Graduate Advisor. May be repeated for credit.
6292, 6392. SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL WELFARE. Topics vary from semester to semester depending on the needs and interest of the students. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor. May be repeated for credit.
Field instruction is an essential component of professional education for social work practice. Its purpose is to provide adequate opportunity and support for the application of social work knowledge and skills gained by the student in the classroom and to acquaint students with the realities of practice in organizational settings.
Students are assigned to affiliated agencies where they are administratively responsible to an agency supervisor, the field instructor. A campus professor or a community-based social worker acts as liaison and consultant to the agency field instructor and to the student in regard to the educational experience, to insure that classroom and field curricula are related and integrated.
Students are assigned to two different agency- or campus-based placements for field instruction and complete a total of 13 credit hours and 900 clock hours. First year students must complete 400 clock hours of generalist practice in one agency during one semester. Students should have completed at least 12 credit hours before enrolling for the first field placement. Students must complete Direct Practice I, ACPI, HBSE, and Policy prior to applying for first year field. Direct Practice II and Administration and Planning II must be taken either prior to or during the first field placement.
Second year students normally complete field instruction in two consecutive semesters at the same agency for a total of 500 clock hours in their method of concentration (250 clock hours each semester) and receive a total of 8 credit hours. Before enrolling for second year field instruction, a student must have completed all first year coursework and be taking a second year methods course with each semester of field instruction. Students may do second year field instruction in one semester (called a block placement) if approved by the Director of Field Instruction.
Field Placements cannot be provided totally at night and on weekends. Students must have flexibility in scheduling time for classes and field instruction. Students must meet the requirements of the field agency including but not limited to the days and times required for initial screening procedures, orientation, training, and supervision.
Students are permitted to do one of their field placements in an agency where they have been employed provided that the agency is affiliated with the School of Social Work for the provision of field instruction, that the agency has a qualified field instructor who is not the employment supervisor, and that the proposed educational experience is approved by the Director of Field Instruction. A proposal must be submitted to the Director of Field Instruction for review and approval.
The school affiliates with social service agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for provision of both first and second year field instruction. Occasionally, other field placements are arranged outside the Metroplex dependent upon the resources of the school and at the discretion of the Director of Field Instruction. Placements that are arranged outside of the Metroplex for the sole benefit and convenience of students will require that actual expenses for site visits and liaison visits be reimbursed by the student in accordance with the official travel reimbursement guidelines of the State of Texas.
All social work students enrolling in field instruction courses will be assessed a fee in order to include them in the School's group professional liability insurance policy. Coverage is for $250,000 limit each claim and $500,000 limit aggregate.
The first field placement (SOCW 5551) is generalist. All students taking 5551 must concurrently enroll in Micro and Macro Practice Field Seminar (SOCW 5310).
5310. MICRO AND MACRO PRACTICE FIELD SEMINAR (3-0). Focused on the integration of social work knowledge, theory, and skills learned in the classroom with practical application in social work settings. Provides the opportunity for exchange of ideas, feelings, and experiences relative to practice issues, professional growth and development, cultural diversity, the helping process, and social work values and ethics. Required of all students and must be taken concurrently with Applied Social Work Practice I (SOCW 5551).
The second field placement must be taken in the student's method of concentration. The number of field placements is not unlimited. Courses may sometimes be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R only.
5151, 5251, 5351. 5551. APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I. Graded P/F/R.
6151, 6251, 6351, 6451, 6452, 6551, 6651, 6751,6851, 6951. APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II. Prerequisite: Applied Social Work Practice I. Graded P/F/R.
6152, 6252, 6352, 6452, 6552, 6651, 6652, 6752, 6852, 6952. APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III. Prerequisite: Applied Social Work Practice II. Graded P/F/R.
The Ph.D. core curriculum provides an overview of relevant social science theories and emphasizes research methods and statistical procedures necessary for conducting research in the student's area of specialization. Courses that constitute the core curriculum are described below.
6340. ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS IN HUMAN SERVICES (3-0). Acquaints students at an advanced level with research methodology as it applies to the human services. Includes techniques and tools of research, problem conceptualization, measurement, research and instrument design and data collection methods. Prerequisites: SOCW 5322 and 6324 or equivalent within the last five years.
6341. ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS IN HUMAN SERVICES (3-0). Advanced statistical applications in the human services. Emphasis on multivariate statistical approaches including multiple regression analysis, logistic regression, structural model analysis using LISREL or EQS. Prerequisite: SOCW 6347.
6347. INTERMEDIATE STATISTICS (3-0). Statistical applications for doctoral social work students. Emphasizes both parametric and non-parametric techniques, including t-tests, ANOVA, correlation and regression, chi-square, and other non-parametrics. Designed to provide a foundation for advanced multivariate statistical techniques. Prerequisite: SOCW 6324 or equivalent.
6348. SEMINAR IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (3-0). Explores a variety of qualitative approaches to knowledge building and research. Designed to prepare students to carry out research projects within their areas of interest. Content includes discussions of knowledge development, study designs, data collection, analysis, and report writing.
6356. SEMINAR IN PROGRAM AND PRACTICE EVALUATION (3-0). This course provides hands on opportunities to develop program and clinical evaluation plans for social work/welfare agencies. Educational principles and theoretical foundations are discussed as the actual plans are developed. Students work with agency decision makers and the instructor to generate a plan acceptable to the agency for implementation.
6373. SCIENCE AND ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3-0). Involves the study of the philosophy of science and an examination of the contributions and limitations of science in the shaping of social work practice; involves as well the identifications and considerations of other factors which have a systemic effect on the epistemology and technology of the profession.
6309. PROSEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION, MANAGEMENT, AND POLICY (3-0). Provides an orientation to and overview of human services administration, management, and policy. Embracing a philosophical and historical perspective, it also focuses on some theoretical and conceptual approaches to human services administration. Selected research in the field is reviewed. The goal of the seminar is to provide a foundation for further study and research in this area. Required for all doctoral students concentrating in administration as well as all doctoral students who do not possess a master's degree in social work.
6322. SEMINAR IN SOCIAL SYSTEMS (3-0). Concepts and models of general and social systems theory; examination of the origins, elements, and application of the systems approach to problem solving and the planning of change.
6328. SOCIAL POLICY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS (3-0). Seminar on methods of analyzing social welfare policies and the programs through which they are implemented and policy objectives achieved. Inquiries and investigations regarding control or management of policy considered, as well as more formal research designed to add to professional knowledge concerning intervention in macro-systems. Prerequisites: SOCW 5322 and 6324 or equivalents and permission of the instructor. Required of all doctoral students concentrating in Human Services Administration.
6335. ADVANCED SEMINAR IN THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK ADMINISTRATION (3-0). Examines theories and concepts of administration; critically explores the utility of these theories to social work administrative practice; provides a forum for students to analyze the fit of administrative theories to the ethical and philosophical bases of social work.
6357. PRINCIPLES OF ADMINISTRATION: A DOCTORAL SEMINAR (3-0). Focuses on applications of administrative principles; attention is directed at examining effective administrative practices; explores the students' development of professional ethics and their application to administrative practice.
6372. THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE (3-0). Students engage in critical thinking regarding global social welfare issues. It analyzes theories of causation and alternative models for national or international interventions.
6374. COMPARATIVE SEMINAR ON TREATMENT MODALITIES (3-0). In-depth review of the major empirically based treatment modalities; attention given to efficacy with various populations and problems as well as to theoretical underpinnings, analysis of empirical validation and relationship to alternate theories of human behavior.
6375. CLINICAL ASSESSMENT (3-0). A critical examination of selected assessment approaches in clinical social work. Included are social treatment models, psychometric methods, DSM III-R assessment and review of selected family models.
6379. SEMINAR IN ADVANCED MARITAL/DIVORCE INTERVENTION (3-0). Addresses cognitive and behavioral assessment and treatment methodologies as applied to the maritally distressed (intact and separated) and divorced.
6381. ADVANCED CLINICAL ASSESSMENT (3-0). Advanced topics include statistical tools for the development and validations of scales, behavioral observation and analysis, survey construction, and in-depth assessment of mental health categorical systems. Knowledge of basic clinical assessment skills is required. Clinical assessment is an advanced course for doctoral students.
6383. COMPUTER-SUPPORTED PRACTICE (3-0). Examines the data/information/knowledge basis of social work and the computer-based tools and techniques to support micro and macro practice. Tools examined include databases, spreadsheets, multimedia, expert systems, performance support systems, neural networks, and electronic networks. Prerequisite: SOCW 5319, or equivalent, or instructor's permission.
6396. SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION: PRINCIPLES AND SKILLS (3-0). Considers a range of ideas in educational thought relevant to the formulation of an analytical appraisal of social work education and training. Educational methods and skills relevant to social work are addressed and practice opportunities offered.
6397. ADVANCED FAMILY THERAPY (3-0). Advanced theory and practice methods are presented for family therapy. Students also practice and evaluate advanced assessment and intervention techniques.
6399, 6699, 6999. DISSERTATION. Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area in social work. 6399 and 6699 graded R/F only; 6999 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. in social work.
6346. TEACHING PRACTICUM (3-0). Introduces students to the academic role through teaching practice at graduate and/or undergraduate level supervised by a full-time faculty member.
6394, 6694, 6994. APPLIED RESEARCH PRACTICUM. Students engage in an active program of applied research under direct supervision of a faculty member.