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Advanced Level Courses

SWK500 Families in the Social Environment

This course is part of the advanced year of study for graduate students of social work, in which foundation knowledge of human behavior in the social environment is further developed into a specialized knowledge base. This knowledge is necessary for effective social work practice with and on behalf of families. Students will acquire a comprehensive conceptualization of the strengths and needs of diverse family forms and an understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political factors as well as the social service delivery system which influence and shape family life across the lifespan and the family as a social institution. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.

SWK555 Applied Family Policy and Family Service Programs 

This course will explore the interrelation between family functioning and public/private policies at the local, state, and federal level. Students will explore how the families contribute to social problems, how families are affected by these problems, and how a family focus can enhance the effectiveness of policies. Students will assess the consequences policies may have for family well-being with special attention to selected family policy issues. The course will include theoretical approaches for conceptualizing family policy and, most importantly, the roles professionals can play in using research to design, implement, and evaluate policies and programs. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.

SWK560 Applied Methods of Social Work Research

This course for the advanced year social work students, builds on the foundation level research course by allowing students to specialize in program and practice evaluation of services with and on behalf of families. Single system and group designs will be studied. Descriptive statistics and graphical representation of data using computer software will be utilized. Values and ethical issues related to research with particular sensitivity to populations at risk will be considered as an integral parts of any social work research. Qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis will be employed, and students will be introduced to the use of research in the prevention of social problems. Emphasis will be placed on the critical use of research at each phase of the problem solving process. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.

SWK581 Advanced Internship I 

This internship is the first of two advanced-level, graduate semesters (total 480 hours) of field instruction in social welfare agency settings which are offered to advanced-level students and required, under the supervision of a professional social worker. Students apply advanced knowledge of families in the social environment, advanced competence, and the highly articulated values and ethics of advanced generalist practice with and on behalf of families. Through supervision, students crystallize their unique professional use of self in the context of their placement. They refine written and oral communication skills necessary for analysis of professional practice and apply critical analytic skills for differential assessment, selecting interventions, implementing and evaluating agency policies and programs. Students operationalize the unique values, functions and roles of professional social work practice in their practicum setting and develop competency in identifying and assessing situations where the relationship of people and their social environment needs to be enhanced or changed. The professional responsibility of advocacy toward change and recognition of the impact of policy and programs on oppressed groups is an integral part of the applied learning, as is refinement of professional identity. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 582, Advanced Theories of Social Work Practice I. Prerequisites: SWK500, SWK560 (or can be taken concurrently). 4 S.H., 4 C.H.

SWK582 Advanced Theory in Family-Centered Generalist Social Work Practice I 

This is a concentration course, for specialized knowledge-building. It is the first in a series of two theoretical seminars for advanced-level MSW students. Course content is concentrated on the family as a universal social institution and may be classified into three areas: 1) the development of the values, knowledge and skills of the autonomous social work practitioner for work with and on behalf of families; 2) research on the advancement of knowledge about family functioning; and 3) the effective, efficient, and humane organization of social service delivery networks serving families. The course also offers students opportunities to interact and integrate knowledge related to their varied practica in order to expand their knowledge of the human services field beyond the confines of their own placement. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 581. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.

SWK583 Advanced Internship II 

This internship is the second of two advanced-level, graduate semesters (total 480 hours) of field instruction in social welfare agency settings which are offered to advanced-level students and required, under the supervision of a professional social worker. Students apply advanced knowledge of families in the social environment, advanced competence, and the highly articulated values and ethics of advanced generalist practice with and on behalf of families. Through supervision, students crystallize their unique professional use of self in the context of their placement. They refine written and oral communication skills necessary for analysis of professional practice and apply critical analytic skills for differential assessment, selecting interventions, implementing and evaluating agency policies and programs. Students operationalize the unique values, functions and roles of professional social work practice in their practicum setting and develop competency in identifying and assessing situations where the relationship of people and their social environment needs to be enhanced or changed. The professional responsibility of advocacy toward change and recognition of the impact of policy and programs on oppressed groups is an integral part of the applied learning, as is refinement of professional identity. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 584, Advanced Theories of Social Work Practice II. Prerequisites: SWK581, SWK582. 4 S.H., 4 C.H.

SWK 584 Advanced Theory in Family-Centered Generalist Social Work Practice II 

This is a concentration course, for specialized knowledge-building. It is the second in a series of two theoretical seminars for advanced-level MSW students. Course content is concentrated on the family as a universal social institution and may be classified into three areas: 1) the development of the values, knowledge and skills of the autonomous social work practitioner for work with and on behalf of families; 2) research on the advancement of knowledge about family functioning; and 3) the effective, efficient, and humane organization of social service delivery networks serving families. The course also offers students opportunities to interact and integrate knowledge related to their varied practica in order to expand their knowledge of the human services field beyond the confines of their own placement. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 583. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.

SWK595 Capstone Experience: Social Work and the Family-In-Environment

This advance-level course for graduate students in social work represents the culmination of students' educational experience. This course is designed to draw on all previous courses and to engage students in integrating and applying all previous course and field practica content. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.