Social Work

School of Social Work

 

Web www.uta.edu/ssw/

 

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Social Work, M.S.S.W.

Social Work, M.S.S.W. Non Thesis Advanced Specialty

Doctoral Degrees

Social Work, Ph.D.

Graduate Faculty

Yvonne Butler

Noelle Fields

Janet Finch

Assistant Professor in Practice

Jane Hickerson

Associate Dean for Research & Community Outreach

John Bricout

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Debra Woody

Professor

Beverly Black

Doreen Elliott

Rebecca Hegar

Richard Hoefer

Ski Hunter

Catheleen Jordan

Vijayan Pillai

Phillip Popple

Maria Scannapieco

Associate Professor

Randall Basham

Norman Cobb

Peter Lehmann

Diane Mitschke

Sung Moon

Alexa Smith-Osborne

Assistant Professor

Gail Adorno

Regina Aguirre

Joan Blakey

Courtney Cronley

Elissa Madden

Katherine Sanchez

Eusebius Small

Larry Watson

Professor Emeritus

James W Callicutt

Wayne Duehn

Peter G Gaupp

Santos Hernandez

Pedro J Lecca

John J Litrio

Nazneen Mayadas

Charles Mindel

Richard Schoech

M Coleen Shannon

Fernando G Torgerson

Thomas Watts

Graduate Advisors

Randall Basham

Social Work, M.S.S.W.

Beverly Black

Social Work, Ph.D.

Department Information

Courses

 

Department Information

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

 

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

MSSW Program Goals

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; and, (2) Mental Health Services, or

Concentration 2: Community and Administrative Practice.

MSSW FOUNDATION OBJECTIVES

  1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  2. Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
  3. Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients’ age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  4. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
  5. Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
  6. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.
  7. Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  8. Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.
  9. Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions.
  10. Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.
  11. Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.
  12. Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.

MSSW ADVANCED YEAR OBJECTIVES

Direct Practice Concentration Educational Objectives

By graduation, students specializing in Direct Practice will achieve the foundation objectives and the following advanced concentration objectives:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in direct practice with an area of specialization: child and family services or mental health services.
  2. Complete multidimensional, bio-psycho-social assessments with client systems and groups in their area of specialization, taking into account client strengths, diversity and social justice.
  3. Develop and apply appropriate, evidence-informed, empowerment-based intervention plans within their area of specialization.
  4. Critically analyze theoretical models of micro practice to challenge societal oppression and discrimination, as well as for decision-making in practice.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and other client characteristics, in conducting culturally sensitive, competent, and ethical social work practice.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate practice activities by use of outcome and process techniques, using the results to modify practice.
  7. Demonstrate ability to integrate micro and macro practice, policy and research into their area of service delivery in order to enhance client well-being.
  8. Engage in life-long learning and activities to update and improve professional knowledge and skills.
Community and Administrative Practice Concentration Educational Objectives

By graduation, students specializing in Community and Administrative Practice will achieve the foundation objectives and the following advance concentration objectives:

  1. Build on generalist skills in community assessment to design an intervention strategy including mission, goals, objective, budget, logic model, and evaluation.
  2. Identify, critically evaluate, and apply appropriate, evidence-informed interventions at the agency or community level.
  3. Critically analyze and apply a variety of community and administrative theories to practice.
  4. Demonstrate skills in ethically and empowerment-based social work practice, taking into account the impact of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, culture, religion, national origin and other client characteristics in organizations, and communities.
  5. Design practice evaluation activities to improve human service interventions in organizations and communities.
  6. Demonstrate ability to integrate micro and macro practice, policy, and research into their area of service delivery in order to enhance client well-being.
  7. Prepare to engage in life-long learning and activities to update and improve professional knowledge and skills.

Admission Criteria for the Master’s Program

Admission Procedures

Students are admitted to the MSSW program for Fall or Spring semester with the excecption of students that qualify for advanced standing with their undergraduate social work degree. Advanced Standing students can be admitted for a fall, spring or summer semester. Please contact the MSSW Admissions Office (sswadmissions@uta.edu) to obtain the complete application checklist and information concerning specific application deadlines. Applicants may also visit the MSSW Admissions webpage for more information (http://www/uta.edu/ssw/academics/mssw/mssw-admissions.php.

The admissions process is the same for all MSSW programs, including the Distance Education Cohorts.

*Please note that the School of Social Work’s deadline for application is different from the published deadlines of the Graduate School.

General Admission Criteria

  1. A bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts perspective 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 GRE score that evidences an ability to do satisfactory graduate work.
  3. Three letters of reference indicating professional or academic promise.
  4. Personal statement providing evidence of professional or academic goals consistent with the Social Work Program.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 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 whom 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.

Financial Aid

Scholarships are awarded annually and administered by the School of Social Work. Link to scholarship info: www.uta.edu/ssw/student-resources/scholarships.php

A limited number of traineeships are available through Child Protective Services.

Graduate Fellowships

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.

Curriculum: Master of Science in Social Work

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, 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 and MSSW Program Director.

Degree Requirements

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 61 semester hours of graduate work including class and field instruction, as well as thesis or integrative seminar (non-thesis option).

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.

Special Note: No credit is given for life and/or work experience.

Advanced Standing

An applicant meeting all regular admissions requirements who have graduated from an accredited undergraduate program in social work will automatically be considered for 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 23 hours, but only 23 hours may be applied to the 61-hour MSSW degree.

Students requesting advanced standing status who completed their BSW 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 BSW 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.

Advanced Specialty Program

An applicant meeting all regular admissions requirements who has completed the foundation year at an accredited master’s program in social work may request admission into the Advanced Specialty MSSW program.

Students in the Advanced Specialty MSSW Program may receive credit hour waivers for some graduate level social work courses which are considered equivalent to the foundation year courses taken at an accredited social work program, provided that the grades in those courses are B or better. Students applying to the Advanced Specialty MSSW Program may be required to provide course syllabi for each course taken in the foundation year at their MSSW program prior to entering UT Arlington’s program. Students may receive course waivers for more than 23 credit hours, but only 23 hours may be applied to the 61-hour MSSW degree. Additionally, three credit hours may be transferred from foundation year courses taken at another accredited social work program.

Students requesting admission into the Advanced Specialty MSSW program must have completed the foundation year course work no more than six years prior to the semester in which they seek admissions. Admission to the Advanced Specialty MSSW program will be granted on a case-by-case basis contingent upon evaluation of transcripts and any other required supporting information.

Dual Degree Programs - On Campus

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.

MSSW Programs - Distance Education Programs

UT Arlington Fort Worth Center MSSW Cohort Program

The UT Arlington School of Social Work offers an MSSW Degree with a Concentration in Direct Practice that includes a specialization in Children and Families with a Certificate in Administration through our Fort Worth Center location. This program will prepare students to work directly with families and children while also acquiring knowledge in administration that will enhance their ability to assume leadership and administrative positions in social service agencies.

This program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Students will take one class at a time in 5-week blocks. Classes will be offered twice each week in the evening (scheduling may be subject to change during the summer semester as well as the intersessions). This will enable students to remain employed full time. The program of work for the degree is scheduled to be completed in 2 years. A new cohort of students will be admitted to the MSSW program at the UTA Fort Worth Center every fall.

Students applying to this program must meet all regular admissions requirements. The application process is the same as for students applying to our traditional MSSW program.

UT Arlington / Lubbock Christian University Cooperative MSSW Program

The UT Arlington School of Social Work in conjunction with LCU offers an Advanced Standing MSSW Degree with a Concentration in Direct Practice that includes a specialization in Children and Families.

This program is designed the needs of students in the Lubbock area. Students applying to this program can expect to complete the required courses both on the LCU campus and online through UT Arlington.

Students applying to this program must meet all regular admissions requirements. An applicant meeting all regular admissions requirements who has graduated from an accredited undergraduate program in social work and meets the Advanced Standing criteria will be eligible for this program. Advanced Standing status is not granted to students admitted on probation.

The application process is the same as for students applying to our traditional MSSW program.

MSSW Online Program

The MSSW Online Program is designed as a cohort that begins every fall and continues through a predetermined 61 hour degree plan at a part-time pace for three years. If you qualify for advanced standing then you will follow a 38-hour degree plan at a part-time pace for two years. Students in this cohort focus on Direct Practice (Children and Families) as their concentration area and are required to complete two field practicums for a total of about 900 hours. The practicum is the only face to face requirement; all of the courses are fully online. Expectations of the courses (assignment requirements, deadlines, discussions, etc…) will vary by instructor.

This program is open for anyone who qualifies for admission into the MSSW Program. At this time you must be a Texas resident currently living in Texas to apply to the MSSW Online Program.

Joint Master’s in Social Work and Masters in Public Health (MSSW/MPH)

The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSSW/MPH) joint degree is a collaborative program between The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work and The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH). The MSSW/MPH joint degree program was developed to respond to the need for a greater integration of the knowledge and skills shared by social work and public health professionals. The MSSW/MPH program will prepare students to integrate social work and public health knowledge and skills in their professional lives as practitioners and researchers.

The curriculum is a general plan for the MSSW/MPH. By taking a specified number of approved courses in both programs, it is possible for students to complete both degrees in three years (two years for Advanced Standing students), while customizing the program to meet their interests and educational goals. Flexibility in the program allows most students to combine the MPH and MSSW requirements of a practicum with other learning experiences from the MSSW program. Students are guided by a Student Advisory Committee comprised of faculty from both participating school programs.

Students seeking admission to the MSSW/MPH program must meet the application requirements of each University, apply and be admitted to both degree programs before being considered for acceptance into the dual degree program by the MSSW/MPH Coordinating Committee. Please note: admission to one program does not ensure admission to the other.

Students are responsible for tuition and fee payments for courses taken in both schools, and upon successful completion of the degree requirements will receive a diploma from each university. Current MSSW or MPH students may decide to add the joint degree option to their educational plan and receive credit for courses. MPH students must declare their intent to enter the program by the completion of their second semester. MSSW students must declare their intent to enter the program by the completion of the foundation year (2 year students) or completion of 9 credit hours (advanced standing students)

Part-Time Students

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.

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

Ph.D. Program Goals

The Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work is designed to prepare scholars to advance knowledge development and dissemination for the profession of social work. The program builds on the premise that social welfare and social work must be scientifically and theoretically based and continually responsive to changing local and global societal needs. 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 their home institution. Student will complete second year courses at the alternate institution. Classes at UANL are conducted in Spanish and taught bt UANL faculty. Classes at UT Arlington are conducted in English and are taught by UT Arlington faculty.

Ph.D. Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Ph.D. Program students will display competency in:

  1. Theory and theory development.
  2. Knowledge and skills in research methods and data analysis.
  3. Theory, research, and policy as applied to a specialty practice area.
  4. Understanding and commitment to the underlying values, ethics, and social and economic justice perspectives in the scientific inquiry in social work.
  5. Theory and research as applied to social work practice, policy and social work education.

Admission Criteria for the Ph.D. Program

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:

  1. Master’s degree in Social Work or related field. For applicants with a master’s in a related field, a background in social and behavioral science and research methods is desirable.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum, in the last 60 hours as calculated by the Graduate School.
  3. Master’s GPA of 3.4 minimum as calculated by the Graduate School.
  4. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or EXADEP score that evidences an ability to do satisfactory graduate work if master’s GPA is less than 3.4.
  5. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  6. Curriculum vita.
  7. Academic goals consistent with the Social Work Program.
  8. Professional writing sample.
  9. Evidence of statistics course in the last 5 years.
  10. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from those holding a Ph.D., indicating professional and academic potential and addressing the areas of writing skills and analytical ability.
  11. International applicants must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score fo at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 90 with additional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the written section, 23 for the speaking section, 22 for the reading section, and 22 for the listening section to meet this requirement.

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 who’s 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.

Degree Requirements

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 48 semester hours of graduate work including coursework, a qualifying examination, a comprehensive specialty examination 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.

  1. 18 hours of Core coursework.
  2. The core coursework qualifying examination must be satisfactorily completed before progressing in the program.
  3. Six hours of nine hours Research Practicum.
  4. Six hours electives selected from relevant graduate courses offered outside the School of Social Work.
  5. Upon completion of 36 hours of required or elective coursework, the specialty comprehensive examination is taken prior to application for candidacy and registration for dissertation.
  6. Three hours of dissertation tutorial taken upon successful completion of comprehensive specialty examination.
  7. Nine total hours of dissertation must be taken for a student to graduate.

Successful completion of both the core qualifying examination and the comprehensive specialty examination in the area of study to advance 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 successful final 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.

 

SOCW Courses

SOCW5301 – HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines generalist community and administrative practice roles, the perspectives of strengths, empowerment, evidence-based practice, and global practice along with the values of social justice, diversity, and participation. Specific attention is given to assessing community assets and needs. Required of all except advanced standing students.

 

SOCW5310 – MICRO AND MACRO PRACTICE FIELD SEMINAR

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Integration of social work knowledge, theory, and skills learned in the classroom with practical application in social work setting. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301, 5304, 5306, and concurrent enrollment in SOCW 5551.

 

SOCW5317 – HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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. The importance and contribution of globalization, social justice and diversity are explored.

 

SOCW5322 – RESEARCH AND EVALUATION METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK I

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of and ability to use the evidence-informed practice process to identify, analyze and apply evidence-informed interventions. Students will be able to comprehend both quantitative and qualitative research and to synthesize strengths and weaknesses of the social work literature. Students will be able to synthesize and evaluate research in terms of its content, quality, and applicability to clients. Students will understand scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge to apply to and evaluate the impact of interventions on clients or clientsA presenting problems.

 

SOCW5551 – APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I

5 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Practical internship experience in the field with a social work agency. Course hours are completed by contacting the agency you are assigned to. Please contact the Field Office for more information. Prerequisites: SOCW 5301, 5304, and 5306.

 

SOCW6151 – APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

SOCW6190 – TUTORIAL

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

SOCW6301 – ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Politics are key to developing social policy. Students learn theory and skills to impact social and distributive justice 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 5303. Corequisite: SOCW 5310 & SOCW 5551.

 

SOCW6303 – POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 concerning social and distributive justice are presented, from the radical left to radical right. Prerequisite: SOCW 5303. Corequisites: SOCW 5310 & SOCW 5551.

 

SOCW6304 – SOCIAL POLICY AND CHILD WELFARE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6451 or SOCW 6851

 

SOCW6306 – CLINICAL ASSESSMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.

 

SOCW6310 – SEMINAR IN GENDER ISSUES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Explores women's issues in human behavior theory, practice theory, and policy. The historical, political, and socioeconomic forces that maintain sexism are discussed. Environmental influences are examined in relation to social justice, social work values, knowledge, and skills. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301, SOCW 5317.

 

SOCW6311 – SEMINAR IN DIRECT METHODS IN COUPLES COUNSELING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Explores the central contribution of social work to comprehensive health care and health in environment theory and evidence; advanced knowledge and skills in human behavior theory relevant to health care, as well as social work interventions to assess and ameliorate the psychological effects of illness and disability, are included along with emerging roles for social work in prevention and health maintenance. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325.

 

SOCW6318 – DIRECT PRACTICE WITH AGING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Explores theoretical and empirical data on diverse personal relationships at the follow stages of relationship: initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.

 

SOCW6323 – PERSPECTIVES IN MENTAL HEALTH

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines and analyzes theories of mental health and disorders, perspectives on the etiology and epidemiology of mental disorder and the societal response to problems in mental health of vulnerable and oppressed populations. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301, SOCW 5317.

 

SOCW6324 – RESEARCH AND EVALUATION METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK II

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of and ability to analyze, monitor, and evaluate evidence informed interventions and human service programs. In this course quantitative and qualitative research methods and approaches are applied to the scientific and ethical evaluation of evidence informed interventions and human service programs. Research skills and knowledge are presented from the perspective of promoting diversity and social and economic justice in the evaluation of social work. Prerequisite: SOCW 5322 or advanced standing status.

 

SOCW6325 – ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Reviews and analyzes theoretical and empirical approaches to understand the development of children through adolescence; explores implications for practice and policy with children and adolescents. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.

 

SOCW6331 – THEORIES OF FAMILY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Explores selected issues and analyzes theories related to early and middle adulthood. Issues pertinent to practice, such as the developmental change processes of diverse populations, are also examined. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.

 

SOCW6333 – AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course presents the major theories of aging, in the United States and across cultures, and explores the diverse factors of aging from various perspectives including psychological, biological, sociological, and spiritual. Theories are integrated into practice thus providing students a sound foundation for social work practice with older adults. Students develop skills for completing multi-dimensional assessments, and effective social work interventions with and on behalf of older adults. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.

 

SOCW6334 – WOMEN AND FAMILY POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Applies psychodynamic theory derived from Freud and ego psychologists to the life cycle. Draws implications for social work practice with diverse groups. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.

 

SOCW6338 – SOCIAL SERVICES AND SOCIAL POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 the Community and Administrative Practice (CAP) specialization. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317 or advanced standing status.

 

SOCW6343 – INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course covers theoretical frameworks for understanding and addressing intimate partner violence as well as culturally sensitive prevention and intervention practice models. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; Co-requisite: SOCW 6326 or SOCW 6336.

 

SOCW6344 – TREATMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Explores the integration of cognitive-behavioral and constructivist intervention methods in the treatment of various problems and clinical populations. The theoretical bases of cognitivism, behaviorism, and constructivism are identified and current issues in cognitive-behavioral and in constructivist methods are addressed. Assessment and interventions taught in this course are drawn from evidence-based practice knowledge and informed practice wisdom. Client strengths and individual empowerment are emphasized in formulating assessment and intervention strategies. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.

 

SOCW6353 – SEMINAR IN FAMILY THERAPY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

SOCW6356 – SEMINAR IN PROGRAM AND PRACTICE EVALUATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

SOCW6358 – SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduces the roles, functions, and contexts of social work supervision. Covers administrative and clinical perspectives on the social work supervisor as manager, educator, mentor, mediator, and leader in human service organizations. Prerequisite: Community and Administrative Practice (CAP) students: SOCW 6371 or concurrent enrollment. Direct Practice (DP) students: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.

 

SOCW6359 – SOCIAL WORK IN SCHOOLS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Basic overview of financial management applied specifically to human service agencies; emphases on basic concepts and skill building in budgeting, 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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Reviews various life experiences, challenges and psychosocial ctheories affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. Identifies social work interventions. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317 or advanced standing status.

 

SOCW6367 – SEMINAR IN ADVANCED STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 program design. Required of all CAP (Community and Administrative Practice) students. Prerequisite: Advanced Standing Student or SOCW 5306, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.

 

SOCW6373 – THEORY AND MODELING BUILDING IN SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course gives special emphasis on ways in which theory informs social work research.This course prepares students to perform application and critical analysis of social science and social work theory and theory-driven research. The course involves students in integrating theory, research, and social work practice with the goal of producing models of interventions, programs, and policies. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Ph.D. program.

 

SOCW6380 – TREATMENT OF ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

SOCW6384 – MANAGEMENT OF CHILDREN'S AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Course prepares students for mid-management and administrative roles in public and private child-serving agencies and programs. Includes content about state licensure of child care agencies and administrators and of child placing agencies and administrators, as well as about the legal aspects of child welfare practice. Emphasizes 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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

SOCW6389 – BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is a second-year blended option in the HBSE, Direct Practice, and CAP sequences. The focus of this course is on current advances in knowledge of the neurobiological underpinnings of human behavior and development, the interaction between those underpinnings and the social context and environment, the relevance to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, programs/organizations, and communities, and related assessment and intervention practice behaviors across several practice domains. The domains include human development, genetics, mental health and substance abuse, cognition, stress and trauma, and violence and aggression. The implications of neurobiological and environmental influences (including public health issues and health disparities) will be examined in terms of social justice, social work values, knowledge, and skills, as well as in terms of the structural and systematic arrangement and delivery of social welfare services at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.

 

SOCW6390 – TUTORIAL

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Topics vary from semester to semester depending on the needs and interest of the students. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

SOCW6393 – THESIS RESEARCH

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Initial research in the student's area of concentration, leading to thesis. Prerequisite for 6398. Prequisite: permission of instructor.

 

SOCW6394 – APPLIED RESEARCH PRACTICUM

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Students engage in an active program of applied research under direct supervision of a faculty member.

 

SOCW6396 – SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION: PRINCIPLES AND SKILLS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area in social work.

 

SOCW6451 – APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II

4 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

SOCW6452 – APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III

4 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

SOCW6694 – APPLIED RESEARCH PRACTICUM

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Students engage in an active program of applied research under direct supervision of a faculty member.

 

SOCW6698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area in social work.

 

SOCW6851 – APPLIED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II

8 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Practical application of social work skills in real world environment. Student is assigned to field agency to enhance and practice learned theories. This course is 500 hours of direct client contact in agency setting as provided by the Field Experience Office. Prerequisite: SOCW 5310/5551 and SOCW 6325.

 

SOCW6999 – DISSERTATION

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area in social work.

 

SOCW7399 – DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course may be taken during the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree and graduate. Enrolling in this course meets minimum enrollment requirements for graduation, for holding fellowships awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies and for full-time GTA or GRA positions. Students should verify that enrollment in this course meets other applicable enrollment requirements. To remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Additional hours may also be required to meet to requirements set by immigration law or by the policies of the student's degree program. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office, other sources of funding, Office of International Education and/or their graduate advisor to verify enrollment requirements before registering for this course. This course may only be taken once and may not be repeated. Students who do not complete all graduation requirements while enrolled in this course must enroll in a minimum of 6 dissertation hours (6699 or 6999) in their graduation term. Graded P/F/R.