The mission of the UT Arlington School of Social Work is to advance knowledge, pursue excellence, provide leadership and service for enhancing well being, and to promote social and economic justice and cultural competence with diverse cultures.
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.
More than 4,000 students have earned degrees at the school and many hold key management positions in public agencies and nonprofit organizations nationwide. Currently, the school has a diverse student body of approximately 600 M.S.S.W. graduate students and 60 Ph.D. 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 population over 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 the M.S.S.W. program. 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 of 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. 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, lesbian and gay persons, marital and family therapy, family violence, clinical assessment, stalking, constructivism, cognitive-behavioral treatment efficacy, adoption, siblings, foster care, African American fathers, substance abuse, social policy, and evaluations of state and federal child-welfare and community-service programs.
The School of Social Work currently offers two graduate programs of study: the Master of Science in Social Work (M.S.S.W.) and the Ph.D. 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 offers distance education M.S.S.W. programs in cooperation with other universities across the state. More than 400 students have graduated from such programs. Courses are also offered via the Internet and telecommunication for local students and those in distance education programs.
The school also offers training, research and service opportunities to faculty and students through its centers and other programs. 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 Services Center is an instructional facility that provides a university-community partnership addressing community issues. The partnership enables university students, faculty and neighborhood organizations to work together to tackle complex socioeconomic issues facing the neighborhoods that surround them, such as poverty, domestic violence, homelessness and community revitalization. The purpose of the center is twofold: to provide professional training for graduate students and to provide professional services to the community. Community development interns conduct needs assessments, write grant proposals, design new programs, conduct evaluations, perform research and organize action groups. Community clinic interns provide affordable counseling for children, adolescents and families. Counseling services include individual counseling, marriage counseling, premarital counseling, family therapy, group counseling, anger control therapy, and social skills training. The community clinic also provides graduate interns an opportunity to conduct research programs in the area of counseling. 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 Professional Development Program provides continuing education seminars for social work practitioners and other human services professionals. The seminars provide the continuing education units necessary for license renewals.
The school hosts an annual conference for students, alumni and community professionals.
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Santos H. Hernández. Ph.D.
211 Bldg A Social Work Complex
Thesis and Non-Thesis
Joan R. Rycraft, Ph.D
211 Bldg. A Social Work Complex, 817.272.5225
301 Bldg. A Social Work Complex, 817.272.2135
112 Bldg. A Social Work Complex, 817.272.5353
208 Bldg. A. Social Work Complex, 817-272-3209
Black, Duehn, Elliott, Granvold, Hegar, Hoefer, Hunter, Jordan, Pillai, Popple, Scannapieco, Schoech, Watts
Barrett, Cobb, Lehmann, Rycraft, Woody, Yu
Basham, Kang, Mitschke, Moon, Page, Praetorius, Smith-Osborne, Spence
Goal 1: The MSSW Program prepares students to practice effectively and ethically with the full range of social systems, emphasizing evidence-informed practice, a strengths approach, diversity, social justice, empowerment, and a critical thinking perspective.
Goal 2: The MSSW program prepares students who understand the global and organizational contexts of social work practice and who are prepared to assume the responsibility for leadership positions, as well as engaging in life long learning.
Goal 3: The MSSW Program prepares students, by valuing social work history and the integration of social work knowledge, to understand professional social work and to be prepared for advanced level concentration in either:
Concentration 1: Direct Practice with a specialization in (1) Child and Family Services, (2) Mental Health Services, (3) Health and Aging Services (in development), or in
Concentration 2: Community and Administrative Practice.
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.
Unconditional M.S.S.W. 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 GRE scores do not indicate ability to do satisfactory graduate work 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 who 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 are awarded annually and administered by the School of Social Work. Link to scholarship info: http://www.uta.edu/ssw/scholarships/
A limited number of traineeships are available through Child Protective Services.
Candidates for fellowship awards must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours and in any graduate credit hours, 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 integrative seminar.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, 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 if licensed in Texas the Code of Ethics as currently published by the Texas Council for Social Work Examiners.
At such time as questions are raised by Social Work faculty or field instructors regarding a student's violation of #2 or #3 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 recommendation may be made to the Dean of the School of Social Work.
An applicant meeting all regular admissions requirements who has graduated from an accredited undergraduate program in social work may request advanced standing status in the graduate program. Advanced standing is not granted to students admitted on probation.
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 M.S.S.W. degree.
Students requesting advanced standing status who completed their B.S.W. degrees more than six years prior to the semester in which they propose to begin their graduate studies must provide a documented summary of their work as a social worker. Students who have completed their B.S.W. degrees within six years of their planned start of studies are not required to submit these materials. Advanced standing will be granted on a case-by-case basis contingent upon evaluation of transcripts and any other required supporting information.
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 some 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 6 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 information on Dual Degree Programs in the Advanced Degree Requirements 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 program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work is designed to prepare scholars to advance knowledge development and dissemination for the profession of social work. Upon completion of the Ph.D. Program students will display competency in theory and theory development; knowledge and skills in research methods and data analysis; theory, research, and policy as applied to a specialty practice area; understanding and commitment to the underlying values, ethics, and social and economic justice perspectives in the scientific inquiry in social work; and theory and research as applied to social work practice, policy, and social work education. Graduates of the program are expected to make a significant contribution to the profession of social work through their own continued research, teaching, scholarship and service.
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. Classes at UANL will be conducted in Spanish and taught by UANL faculty. Students will complete their second year at the U.T. Arlington School of Social Work. Classes will be taught in English by U.T. Arlington 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 the criteria is acceptable.
Probationary Ph.D. Admission: An applicant whose Master's GPA is below 3.4 or that scores GRE or the EXADEP do not indicate ability to do satisfactory graduate work 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 or EXADEP 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 nine semesters (three years) of full-time study and requires the completion of 54 semester hours of graduate work including coursework, comprehensive examinations 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 curriculum is organized around five curriculum areas: Direct Practice, Community and Administration Practice, Research, Policy, and Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Required and elective courses are offered in each curriculum area. Students must complete foundation (first year) required courses before taking advanced (second year) courses. In the advanced year, a specialty is selected in child/family, mental health, administration, community practice, and a combination of administration and community practice. 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.
SOCW5301 - 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.
SOCW5303 - 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.
SOCW5304 - 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.
SOCW5306 - 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.
SOCW5309 - 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.
SOCW5310 - MICRO AND MACRO PRACTICE FIELD SEMINAR (3 - 0)
Integration of social work knowledge, theory, and skills learned in the classroom with practical application in social work setting. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301, 5304, 5306, 5309 and concurrent enrollment in SOCW 5551.
SOCW5317 - 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.
SOCW5322 - 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.
SOCW5551 - APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (5 - 0)
SOCW6151 - APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (1 - 0)
SOCW6190 - TUTORIAL (1 - 0)
Arrangements may be made for a directed and supervised tutorial in a select area of special interest to the student.
SOCW6251 - APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (2 - 0)
SOCW6301 - ADVOCACY 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: SOCW 6371 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6303 - 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.
SOCW6304 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6305 - 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 C or better must be earned in this seminar to pass. If this requirement is not met, the student must repeat the course. Milestone: all courses have been taken for the degree except those left in the last semester, including this course. If fall or spring, no more than 15 hours can be left; if summer, no more than 12 hours can be left.
SOCW6310 - 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.
SOCW6311 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6312 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6314 - 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 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6315 - 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 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6317 - 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.
SOCW6318 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6319 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6320 - PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS (3 - 0)
Explores theoretical and empirical material on linkup initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
SOCW6323 - 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).
SOCW6324 - 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. Required of all students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5322.
SOCW6325 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
SOCW6326 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6328 - SOCIAL POLICY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS (3 - 0)
Seminar examining methods for analyzing social policies and for assessing effects of policy. Students evaluate and apply different models for social policy analysis, including comparative models. Students work with social indicators and other data sources used in policy research. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.
SOCW6329 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment. CAP students: SOCW 6371.
SOCW6330 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
SOCW6331 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
SOCW6332 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
SOCW6333 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
SOCW6334 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6336 - 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 addresses 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325.
SOCW6337 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
SOCW6338 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6339 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5322. CAP students: SOCW 6371 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6340 - 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. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.
SOCW6341 - 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.
SOCW6342 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
SOCW6343 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6344 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6345 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6346 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6328, 6340, 6348, 6373.
SOCW6347 - 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: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.
SOCW6348 - 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. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.
SOCW6349 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6350 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6353 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6354 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6355 - 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 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment. CAP students: SOCW 6371 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6356 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6347.
SOCW6357 - COMPARATIVE SOCIAL POLICY (3 - 0)
This course introduces models and methods for comparative analysis of social policy. Particular attention is devoted to the extent of involvement in social policy and services on the part of the governmental, voluntary nonprofit, and for-profit sectors. Other topics include the nature of public/private sector relations, the assessment of social policy with regard to both outcome (e.g. adequacy, efficiency) and values (e.g. freedom and choice, equality and equity, fraternity or solidarity), and tools for comparative policy research. The course is open to M.S.S.W. and Ph.D. students for social policy or elective credit. In different semesters, readings and seminar sessions may emphasize comparisons involving different countries and different areas of social policy. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6358 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment. CAP students: SOCW 6371 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6359 - SOCIAL WORK IN SCHOOLS (3 - 0)
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the various social work related theoretical perspectives, models, and programs for intervention with children and their families in the school setting. This includes skills in assessment, prevention, and intervention in providing services to "high risk" students, such as students in poverty and students with disabilities, and addressing issues such as teen parenting, drug and alcohol abuse, and conflict management in the school setting. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6360 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6361 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6363 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6371 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6365 - SEXUAL AND GENDER IDENTITIES (3 - 0)
Reviews various life experiences and psychosocial challenges characteristic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. Interventions for these populations will be identified. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
SOCW6367 - SEMINAR IN ADVANCED STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS (3 - 0)
This seminar covers statistical analysis of experimental designs, the General Linear Model and other advanced statistics. The course focuses on applications of statistics using various data sets. Prerequisite: Knowledge of SPSS; SOCW 6341 and 6347.
SOCW6368 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6369 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6370 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6371 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 5306, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
SOCW6373 - 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. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.
SOCW6380 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6383 - 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: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.
SOCW6384 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6371 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6385 - 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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6371 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6386 - GRANT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (3 - 0)
Grant proposal development is a fundamental method of accessing funds and developing new programs in the social service arena. In this class, students will identify key funding opportunities in their fields of interest and will write a proposal using an actual federal application and a foundation funding announcement. The majority of the course will be devoted to the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to produce a competitive proposal. These include, but are not limited to: a) needs and capacities assessment, b) program development, c) strategic planning, d) budgeting, e) evaluation, and f) community collaboration. The prerequisite for this course is SOCW 6371 (or concurrent enrollment) or SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
SOCW6387 - CHILD AND YOUTH POLICY (3 - 0)
The course centers on a critical examination of current and proposed social policies impacting "at-risk" children and youth. An analytical approach to address the wide arena of national, international, and state child and youth social policies that mandate child custody, health, education, economic supports, juvenile justice, and child protection services. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the social work practitioner in enhancing the well being of children and youth through social policy analysis, development, implementation, and reform. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303.
SOCW6390 - TUTORIAL (3 - 0)
Arrangements may be made for a directed and supervised tutorial in a select area of special interest to the student.
SOCW6392 - SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL WELFARE (3 - 0)
Topics vary from semester to semester depending on the needs and interest of the students. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
SOCW6393 - THESIS RESEARCH (3 - 0)
Initial research in the student's area of concentration, leading to thesis. Prerequisite for 6398. Prrequisite: permission of instructor.
SOCW6394 - APPLIED RESEARCH PRACTICUM (3 - 0)
Students engage in an active program of applied research under direct supervision of a faculty member.
SOCW6396 - 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. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.
SOCW6397 - WRITING FOR PUBLICATION (3 - 0)
This course will explore the world of academic publishing. Students will provide peer reviews of manuscripts, prepare and critique their ideas and draft sections of a manuscript, and present a final manuscript and publication plan. The intent is to help the students increase their chance of publishing manuscripts as a Ph.D. student and as a new faculty member. Although nothing can substitute for having information and research relevant for the field, the art of writing for publication should not be underestimated. Journal publishing, like any other human service endeavor, is easier as you become proficient. Most academics become proficient at communicating their ideas and research through trial and error. However, one's chances of becoming published can be increased by learning from experts in the field. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.
SOCW6398 - THESIS (3 - 0)
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. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
SOCW6399 - DISSERTATION (3 - 0)
Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area in social work.
SOCW6451 - APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (4 - 0)
SOCW6452 - APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III (4 - 0)
SOCW6694 - APPLIED RESEARCH PRACTICUM (6 - 0)
Students engage in an active program of applied research under direct supervision of a faculty member.
SOCW6698 - THESIS (6 - 0)
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.
SOCW6699 - DISSERTATION (6 - 0)
Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area in social work.
SOCW6851 - APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (8 - 0)
SOCW6999 - DISSERTATION (9 - 0)
Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area in social work.
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 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 foundation courses in Direct Practice, CAP, 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 practice 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).