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One Credit Elective Courses

SWK501 Treatment Modalities for Social Work with Families

This one-credit elective course is designed to help the advanced-year graduate student in social work who is interested in direct practice with families toward a fuller understanding of the applications of specialized methods of intervention in social work practice with a broad array of families. It builds on knowledge of families in the social environment as considered in SWK500 as well as knowledge related to generalist social work practice. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK502 Social Work Crisis Intervention with Families

This one-credit elective course is designed to help the student who is interested in direct practice with families toward a fuller understanding of the application of crisis intervention methods in social work practice with a broad array of families. It builds on knowledge of families in the social environment as considered in SWK500 as well as knowledge related to generalist social work practice. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK503 Social Work with Family Groups

This one-credit, elective course is offered for advanced-year graduate students in social work who are specializing in direct practice with families. The course introduces students to the use of multifamily group therapy in social work practice. An efficient use of often scarce social work resources, this modality provides a unique opportunity to combine professional help with mutual aid within and across families.1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK504 Short-Term Treatment Models in Social Work with Families

This one-credit elective course is designed to help the advanced-year graduate student in social work who is interested in direct practice with families toward a fuller understanding of the applications of specialized methods of intervention in social work practice with a broad array of families. It is concerned specifically with time-limited methods of intervention, building on knowledge of families in the social environment as considered in SWK500 as well as knowledge related to generalist social work practice. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK505 Psychopharmacology for Social Workers

Students will be presented with an overview of the current therapeutic use of psychotropic drugs as well as pharmacological terminology and reference books. The clinical use of psychotropic drugs such as narcotic analgesics, the sedative hypnotics, stimulants, anxiolytics, neuroleptics, antidepressants and lithium will be examined. Societal and ethical issues of psychopharmacology will be explored. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK507 Differential Assessment Techniques for Social Workers

This one-credit elective course is designed to help the student who is interested in direct practice with families toward a fuller understanding of holistic assessment, including theoretical and value foundations as well as practice techniques. It builds on knowledge of families in the social environment as considered in SWK500 as well as knowledge related to generalist social work practice. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK508 Maltreatment in the Family: Social Work Practice

This one-credit elective course is designed to help the advanced-year graduate student in social work who is interested in direct practice with families toward a fuller understanding of the applications of specialized methods of intervention related to abuse in the family context with a broad array of families. It builds on knowledge of families in the social environment as considered in SWK500 as well as knowledge related to generalist social work practice. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK516 Social Work in Health Care

This one-credit elective course is designed to help the advanced-year graduate student in social work who is interested in direct practice with families in health care settings toward a fuller understanding of the applications of specialized methods of intervention in social work practice with a broad array of families. It builds on knowledge of families in the social environment as considered in SWK500 as well as knowledge related to generalist social work practice and the current social policy environment in healthcare. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK519 Qualitative Research In Social Work

This one-credit, elective course for advanced-year graduate students in social work builds on the foundations in social science research as presented in the Master's of Social Work curriculum. Its particular focus is on the critique and practice of qualitative research methods. Students will be introduced to the philosophy behind qualitative research, with attention to its applicability to the study of diverse client groups. Students will develop an understanding of the interpretive perspective through examination of grounded theory, qualitative research design, and methods of data collection, analysis and presentation. 1 C.H., 1 S.H.

SWK520 Community Social Needs Assessment

This course will focus on community needs assessment techniques. In particular students will be exposed to a variety of approaches to needs assessment including social indicators, key informants, community forums and focused groups, and community surveys. Issues associated with particular methods and techniques in using these approaches will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on designing data collection and analysis techniques. Ethical and policy issues will be examined. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK 524 Program Evaluation and Social Work

This short-term course will develop the students' capacity to be an intelligent consumer and a producer of program evaluation. It provides an in-depth examination of the issues associated with the design and implementation of a program evaluation, introduces a model of outcome measures, examines community needs assessment techniques and provides an framework for a cost benefit analysis. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK525 Information Technology and Social Work Practice I

This short-term course is the first in a series of information technology courses aimed at developing skills for effective use of computers and information technology in social work practice, research, and the administration of social service programs. Students will become familiar with information processing concepts and develop social work applications using popular microcomputer word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK526 Information Technology and Social Work Practice II

This short-term course is the second in a series of information technology courses aimed at developing skills for effective use of computers and information technology in social work practice, research, and the administration of social service programs. Students will develop social work applications using popular microcomputer-based web, database management, statistical, and presentation software. In addition, students will be sensitized to the ethical questions and issues arising from the use of information technology. Prerequisites: SWK 525, or permission of the instructor. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK527 Social Entrepreneurship and Social Work

This course is one of a group of social work elective courses in entrepreneurial social work. This course applies to concepts of social entrepreneurship to social work practice including agency program development and private social work practice. Students will build upon foundation level graduate curriculum in social work where students are exposed to change strategies with agencies and communities. Students will develop an understanding of social entrepreneurship, its application to social work practice, and its difference from social service delivery. It will identify entrepreneurial opportunities that can impact social change and benefit the larger community and society. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK528 Social Work and Non-Profit Leadership

This course is one of a group of social work elective courses in entrepreneurial social work. This course examines and applies leadership of social entrepreneurial enterprise and its relationship to the social work practice of understanding and addressing social change. Students will build upon foundation level graduate curriculum in social work where students are exposed to change strategies with agencies and communities. Students will utilize this course to develop an understanding of transformational leadership capable of influencing others to bring about change in agencies and communities. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK529 Financial Sustainability of Entrepreneurial Social Work

This course is one of a group of social work elective courses in entrepreneurial social work. This course introduces financial management of social entrepreneurial enterprise and its relationship to the social work practice of understanding and addressing social change. Students will build upon foundation level graduate curriculum in social work where students are exposed to change strategies with agencies and communities. Students will utilize this course to develop an understanding of multiple sources of financing including grant writing, philanthropy, and fundraising, along with financial management of entrepreneurial opportunities that can impact social change that benefits the larger community and society. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK536 Skills for Working with the New Immigrant Family

With the increase in the U.S. immigration in the recent years, the number of immigrants and their families needing social services has risen dramatically. Assisting the new immigrants and their families to adjust to their new host environment has been a challenge to social work professionals. This course takes an eco-systems perspective on working with the immigrant family, paying special attention to the interactions between and amongst family members and their social environment. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK 538 Practice of Family Group Decision Making I

In this course students develop an overview of family group decision making (FGDM) in the field of child welfare. They develop an understanding of the implications of FGDM and family-centered social work practice on foster care, adoption and the goal of child permanence. This will include an understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political factors affecting the quest for permanence in a setting the child perceives to be his or her own family. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK539 Practice of Family Group Decision Making II

In this course students refine their understanding of the implications of family group decision making (FGDM) and family-centered social work practice on child permanence. They also observe the practice of FGDM and practice the skills necessary to carry it out. Learning includes experience applying the family-in-environment practice perspective in the context of the social, cultural, economic, and political systems affecting the quest for permanence in a setting the child perceives to be his or her own family. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK540 Practice of Family Group Decision Making III

In this course students refine their understanding of the implications of family group decision making and family-centered social work practice on child permanence and its reciprocal influence on social welfare policy. They also practice the policy change skills necessary to make organizations change in order to carry out the ideals of the Family Decision Making Model as it is sanctioned by the communities in which it operates. Learning includes experiential understanding of the family-in-environment perspective and the macro-level change component of advanced generalist social work practice. The social, cultural, economic, and political factors affecting the quest for permanence in a setting the child perceives to be his or her own family form the context for this consideration of macro-level practice. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK545 Child Permanence and the Family-In-Environment

Students will acquire the multi-level skills necessary for achieving permanency for children in the child welfare system. They will develop a comprehensive conceptualization of the implications of family-centered social work practice on child permanence. This will include an understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political factors affecting the quest for permanence in a setting the child perceives to be his or her own family. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK559 Social Work Intervention with Substance Abusing Populations: A Systems Approach to Chemical Dependency Treatment

This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to examine intervention strategies with adult populations of substance abusers. The students will explore the overarching frameworks of substance abuse treatment, integration of the strength perspective for advanced generalist practice with substance abusing populations and its application to gender issues in substance abuse treatment. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK561 Motivational Interviewing Skills: Social Work Strategies in Gender Sensitive Addiction Treatment

This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to examine motivational interviewing and the stages of change model with adult populations of substance abusers. In addition to integrating the strength perspective students will be introduced to motivational interviewing and its application to gender issues in substance abuse treatment. Prerequisite SWK559 or permission of the instructor. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK573 Publishing and Professional Presentations in Social Work

This course provides students with the tools needed to disseminate social work knowledge and research findings in a variety of forums, including: peer-reviewed journals, books and book chapters, practitioners' periodicals, juried conferences, and invitational workshops. Ethical considerations specific to disseminating research will be discussed. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK574 Family Mediation

This one-credit elective course is designed to help the advanced-year graduate social worker who is interested in direct practice with families acquire an understanding of the application of the unique and focused methods of family mediation as they are practiced in forensic and other settings. It builds on knowledge of families in the social environment as well as knowledge related to generalist social work practice. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK575 Clinical Supervision in Social Work

This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to provide quality, ethical supervision to practicing social workers. Students will explore the purposes of the clinical (as opposed to administrative) aspects of supervision along with methods for achieving those purposes and evaluating supervisory outcomes. In addition, students will be introduced to the professional literature available for their future reference and to methods for supervisors to engage in ongoing professional growth within their own supervisory processes. 1 S.H., 1 C.H.

SWK579 Independent Study in Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice

This is an individualized, independent course of study in an area of advanced generalist social work practice. The area of study may be used to expand upon specialized knowledge gained in previous course-work or practicum experience. The focus of the independent study may be to add further depth to specialized knowledge of a field of practice (e.g. aging, mental health, mental retardation, child welfare and family studies, etc.) or a practice modality (e.g. program administration, clinical supervision, clinical practice, etc.). The area of study will be identified via consultation among the student, a field representative/supervisor, and the student's faculty advisor. The independent study may be conducted under the direction of any social work faculty member. 1-3 S.H., 1-3 C.H.