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Summer Bridge For Advanced Standing Courses

SWK491 Internship for Advanced Standing I

This internship is the first of two graduate semesters (total 480 hours) of field instruction in social welfare agency settings which are offered to students entering the graduate social work program under advanced-standing status under the supervision of a professional social worker prior to their advanced-year studies. Students re-visit and apply foundation knowledge, skills, values, and ethics of professional generalist practice. Through supervision, students enhance their awareness of self, develop written and oral communication skills necessary for analysis of professional practice, and apply critical analytic skills for implementing and evaluating agency policies and programs. Students review the unique values, functions and roles of professional social work practice and further 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 development of professional identity. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 492. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.

SWK 492 Generalist Social Work Practice for Advanced Standing I

This seminar, the first of two for incoming MSW students with advanced standing status, begins an effective bridge to align the beginning generalist practice expected of graduate-level students and the advanced level family-in-environment content. The following concepts will be reinforced: the history and philosophy of the social work profession, social work values and ethics, the Generalist Intervention Model of Social Work, populations at risk, cultural diversity, promotion of social and economic justice, and fields of social work practice. The seminars complement the Field Instruction and provide a structured learning opportunity where students process their practice experiences and integrate the common base of social work values, skills, and knowledge of generalist social work in a systems theory perspective. The seminars also assist students to expand their knowledge of the human services field beyond the confines of their own placement. Topics and policies of social work and social welfare are discussed, based in large part, on the experiences of students in the field through written logs, client summaries, and classroom discussions of experiences including feelings about their social work practice. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 491. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.

SWK493 Internship for Advanced Standing II

This is the second semester of field instruction (a total of 480 hours) in social welfare agency settings for students with advanced standing status, which is required under the supervision of a professional social worker prior to advanced-year studies. Students apply foundation knowledge, skills, values, and ethics of professional generalist practice. Through supervision, students enhance their awareness of self, develop written and oral communication skills necessary for analysis of professional practice, and apply critical analytic skills for implementing and evaluating agency policies and programs. Students operationalize the unique values, functions and roles of professional social work practice 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. An agency-based research project is required in this semester of fieldwork. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 494, Advanced Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice II. Prerequisites: SWK 491 and SWK 492. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.

SWK494 Generalist Social Work Practice for Advanced Standing II

This seminar, the second of two for incoming MSW students with advanced standing status, continues to align the beginning generalist practice expected of graduate-level students and the advanced level family-in-environment content. The following concepts will be integrated: professional use of self, social work values and ethics in the context of the mandate of the setting, the Generalist Intervention Model of Social Work, populations at risk, cultural diversity, promotion of social and economic justice, and fields of social work practice. The Seminars complement the Field Instruction and provide a structured learning opportunity where students process their practice experiences and integrate the common base of social work values, skills, and knowledge of generalist social work in a systems theory perspective. The seminars also assist students to expand their knowledge of the human services field beyond the confines of their own placement. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 493. 3 S.H., 3 C.H.