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Fall 2019
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MSWK 501 - THEORY, PRACTICE AND FIELD INSTRUCTION I
Theory, Practice and Field I (TPF I) is the first in a required sequence of four social work theory, practice, and field instruction courses in the MSW Program. In TPF I, students gain a general overview of the history, philosophy, process, and efficacy of direct social work practice with individuals and families in diverse settings and of diverse identities. Students discover the various roles that generalist social workers take and the importance of working across a range of systems that includes individuals, couples, families, agencies, and communities. The field instruction component facilitates the development of the student in the profession by engaging the historic signature pedagogy of hands-on-learning. Through the resources of the Field Education Department, students will be placed in an agency for 200 hours of supervised practice. Students are expected to utilize critical thinking to link social work theories with appropriate practice skills, to critically evaluate their work I class and field, and to utilize research-informed practice to understand how agencies provide services.
0.000 TO 7.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 7.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 502 - THEORY, PRACTICE AND FIELD INSTRUCTION II
Social Work Theory, Practice, and Field Instruction II (TPF II) builds on the values, knowledge and behavioral skills introduced in Social Work Practice I. In this course, students gain better understanding of short-term, crisis and extended interventions models; self-evaluation and evaluation of practice approaches and models; agency and community practice; advanced practice skills with individuals and families, and the process of termination. The field instruction component facilitates the development of the student in the profession by engaging the signature pedagogy of hands-on-learning. Through the resources of the Field Education Department, students will be placed in an agency for 200 hours (continued from TPF I) of supervised practice where students are expected to move to a competent level of performance as a generalist social worker.
0.000 TO 7.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 7.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 503 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (HBSE I) is the first of three courses in the Human Behavior sequence. HBSE I and HBSE II examine human development, and HBSE III covers psychosocial-pathology. This course introduces students to the salient aspects of the human condition. Learning emphasizes the reciprocal and transactional influences between persons and their environment and examining bio-psycho-social factors influencing human development throughout the life cycle. Known as person-in-environment, this interaction forms the basis of an ecological approach to human development, brining into focus current knowledge and theories regarding human behavior and the social environment as they influence each other. The course examines human development beginning with conception through middle childhood. The course focuses on issues that deal with the self in an ecological context, with specific attention to the study of individual, physical, intellectual, and temperamental endowment in transaction with sociocultural norms and family patterns. The crises, struggles, conflicts, risks and opportunities associated with these conditions and transactions are explored. The emphasis is placed on differences and similarities in the life experience and lifestyles of men and women and minority groups. The relationship between individual experience and wider system forces is examined. Emphasis is placed on the capacity of the individual, groups and organizations, to improve their own life and their community’s in response to macro-system forces.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 504 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (HBSE II) is the second course of three in a sequence that examines the reciprocal and transactional influences between people and their environment multi-dimensionally in the context of biophysical, familial, institutional and societal factors. A major focus is on development of the human biological, psychological and social structure occurring throughout the life span. The course stresses the centrality of culture, race, ethnicity, gender and the socioeconomic environment. This course pays particular attention to the development of human life and experience from adolescence through the adult life cycle. Using systems theory as a critical theoretical underpinning, Human Behavior in the Social Environment II stresses a non-linear view of development in which there is a continuous reciprocal interchange and mutual impact among different systems (individual, family, group, community, organizations). Human Behavior in the Social Environment I covers the life cycle from birth to late childhood. Human Behavior in the Social Environment II continues from early adolescence to old age.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 505 - SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMS AND POLICIES I
Social Welfare Programs and Policies is a foundation course that prepares students with tools for critical thinking regarding major social policies and programs that affect human well-being or quality of life, as well as various aspects of social service delivery. Students will understand the ways in which direct social work practice responds to social policies and is shaped by them. At the foundation level, students will develop expertise to understand social policy content, policy actions of agencies, professional associations and political bodies, and the skills necessary to influence social policy.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course
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Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 506 - SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH I
The first of two in the graduate social work research sequence, this course introduces the principles and methods of basic social work research. The development of both substantive research knowledge and methodological research are highlighted. The ethical conduct of research is taught within the context of social work purposes and values. The formulation of problems for study that address the social needs of diverse groups is emphasized. This course 1) fosters methods of research, 2) promotes a systematic examination of current knowledge, service delivery and outcomes, and 3) further the purposes of professional accountability.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 507 - CULTURAL DIVERSITY, RACISM, OPPRESSION AND PRIVILEGE
This course is designed to help students work more effectively with clients from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. From developmental and ecological systems perspectives, the course examines racism, sexism, ethnicity, ageism, homophobia, social class, and discrimination against persons with physical disabilities and illness, such as HIV/AIDS. Students will identify their own relationship to diversity and the factors of oppression and privilege that are relevant in social work practice. They will learn to cultivate a cultural consciouness through awareness of self, of the client’s identity through history and cultural contributions, and by paying attention to systems of oppressin and privilge that contribute to our own self-concept and our perceptions of others. The effect of these considerations will be viewed in the context of globalization, immigration, and current events that affect social work practice in urban America.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course
All Sections for this Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 508 - CLINICAL PRACTICE WITH GROUPS
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to social work practice in groups. It is expected that students will learn basic skills through course readings, papers, videos/films and role-playing of the different approaches to social work with groups. This course builds upon the Human Behavior and Practice foundation courses, and is grounded in developmental, psychodynamic and cognitive theories and linked to fieldwork experience through in class assignments and class discussion. The course reviews the various ways groups are used in social work practice, i.e., socialization, social support, psychological treatment, self-help, advocacy and prevention. Particular attention is given to the recruitment and composition of groups, contracting and goal setting, leadership, structure of groups, phases of group development, group processing such as decision making, tension reduction, conflict resolution, termination and evaluation of evidenced based group interventions. Emphasis is given to how group work practice takes place with particular client systems and within current societal and professional contexts.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 590 - TOPICS:
The topics studied in this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course, Seminar

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 599 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Online

Grad Social Work Department

MSWK 600 - IS:
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Grad Social Work Department

MSWK 601 - THEORY, PRACTICE AND FIELD INSTRUCTION III
The Theory, Practice and Field Instruction III course provides knowledge of the foundations of clinical social work practice, including theories and methods for clinical practice with individuals and families. Students will learn to differentially approach assessment and intervention as well as advanced skills in engagement, assessment, goal setting, planning, and implementing interventions making research informed decisions. Professional practice skills in monitoring one’s own work and evaluating the effectiveness of one’s interventions will be covered. This course will also develop students’ knowledge of the various theoretical approaches and their implications for clinical intervention relevant to clinical practice with individuals and families with an emphasis on synthesizing and critique knowledge from previous courses.
0.000 TO 7.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 7.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 602 - THEORY, PRACTICE & FIELD INSTRUCTION IV
The Theory, Practice and Field Instruction IV course is the final required practice course. This course is conducted in a seminar style with the goal of helping students synthesize content knowledge from not only practice course, but also diversity and policy. Students are guided in advanced practice topics that support the development of a professional social work identity and advanced ethical practice. Topics include professional boundaries, supervision, use of self in practice, termination, leadership, professional licensure and development.
0.000 TO 7.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 7.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course, Seminar

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 603 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT III - PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Human behavior in the Social Environment III will provide the student with exposure to major issues in the area of child and adult psychopathology and diagnosis of mental disorders. The course examines psychopathology and mental disorders from a biopsychosocial and ethnocultural perspective. Emphasis is placed on understanding biopsychosocial influences on the incidence, manifestation, and course of the most commonly presented mental disorders and the differential effect of these factors on diverse populations. Current research from biological psychiatry and the behavioral sciences regarding the impact of poverty, race/ethnicity, class, and labeling theories and the stress and social support model are highlighted. Students pay special attention to understanding the human experience of mental illness and the experience of family members and significant others. Students deepen and extend their assessment and intervention skills in work with individuals and families who face challenges with a range of problems commonly found in clients with mental illness such as: dual diagnoses, substance abuse, trauma, physical illness, disability, and poverty. The DSM 5 is used as an organizing framework to teach diagnostic skills so the student may be adept at providing a comprehensive assessment to insure appropriate intervention.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 604 - ADVANCED SOCIAL POLICY
Advanced Social Policy is a required course in the advanced concentration year of the MSW program and is taken after successful completion of Social Welfare Programs and Policy I. This advanced concentration course examines local, state and federal social problems from the perspective of their impact on individuals, families, and communities, focusing on at-risk populations in the context of an urban environment. The course builds on the policy content offered in the Professional Foundation Year and links policy to practice and research skills that have been developed. Emphasis is placed on the link between social and economic justice and issues relating to diversity and social action. The first part of the course is an examination of the policy making cycle, inclusive of social problem definition, policy formulation, implementation and critical analysis of policy. A detailed section on evaluation of policies as they affect societal structures, communities, agencies, clients and practitioners is then discussed. Finally, a major section of the course presents theories related to organizational change and strategies for practitioners to influence policies and promote change at the client level, the agency level, the community level and the broader society.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 605 - SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH II - PRACTICE EVALUATION
This course is the second of a two-course research sequence. The course builds upon the qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and statistical techniques practiced in SWRK-506 and builds upon an advanced generalist perspective learned in other advanced practice courses. The course explores advanced techniques for evaluating systems of all sizes and is specifically designed for those in the advanced practice stage of learning who are going to evaluate practice. Methods and strategies for conducting program evaluation and single system research will be emphasized. Special emphasis will be placed on developing strengths-based performance indicators.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 610 - PUBLIC HEALTH IN WEST AFRICA
The objective of this study course to Ghana, West Africa is to expose students to differences in social, political and healthcare environments and the cultural implications for social work practice and healthcare. This course offers a comprehensive overview of the state of mental health in Ghana and social work practices as well as introduction to African civilization, society, and culture. By the end of the study course, students will appreciate the impact that politics play on the delivery of social work practice and healthcare in sub-Sahara Africa. Students will understand how Ghana’s recent economic and political history has shaped its society and current healthcare environment. Students will also be introduced to the work that Ramapo faculty are doing to help transform the Social Work curriculum at Kumasi University. This course involves a travel abroad fee to be determined. This is cross listed with NURS-365.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 615 - CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN & ADOLESCENCE
This course builds upon foundational social work practice knowledge, values, methods, and skills in providing a concentration on clinical interventions with children and adolescents. The course emphasizes the development of direct practice skills in working with children and adolescents, their families, and relevant environmental systems. The course addresses normative socio0cultural variations in developmental life tasks and expectations, childrearing practices, and life stage concerns pertinent to adolescents, with a focus on diversity issues. Particular emphasis is given to gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and other types of diversity. The course introduces and explores evidence-based practice methodologies in addressing behavioral, emotional, and situational problems of children/adolescents and their families in a range of social work intervention settings, and includes a focus on individual, family, and group intervention modalities. Pertinent theoretical frames and strategies for engaging and intervening with children and adolescents are presented, with behavioral and developmental norms for adolescents considered from a cross-cultural, comparative perspective. Additionally, environmental factors and social justice issues are addressed with respect to the wellbeing of children/adolescents and their families. As such, the course offers an integral foundation and knowledge base pertaining to social work values, ethics, and empirically-based research that support direct practice interventions with adolescent populations.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 620 - SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN TRAUMA
This course integrates trauma theory and practice and expands practice knowledge to include the treatment and assessment of the survivors of trauma. Emphasis is placed on differentiating PTSD from Complex Trauma in order to identify appropriate, evidence-based and evidence-supported intervention strategies. Topics covered in this course include a historical overview of the development of our understanding of trauma and the exploration of various types of trauma including war trauma, domestic violence, childhood sexual and physical abuse, natural disasters, and experiences of refugees and organizational trauma. Among the interventions covered in this course are Trauma-Focused CBT, Narrative Exposure Therapy, and Psychological First Aid. Students will consider issues that affect those treating the survivors of trauma, such as secondary, vicarious, and shared trauma, and will explore approaches to self-care. This course is intended to develop the clinical skills and theoretical knowledge of advanced social work students who work with survivors of trauma. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply core social work values to case material and readings. Trauma will be viewed from the perspective of its effect on the individual. At the same time, students will understand the structural phenomena that perpetuate cycles of trauma in our society, such as race, gender, gender identity, age, immigration status and poverty. The readings include empirical literature, theory, biography and memoir and are intended to inform students of evidence-based and evidence supported interventions and the latest theories of trauma.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 625 - SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
This course will explore the concept of spirituality as it broadly relates to the profession of social work. A number of holistic concepts under the definition of spirituality will be explored, and recognition of the need to include spirituality in the biopsychosocial perspective. Participants will be introduced to various definitions of spirituality, which will be differentiated from formal religion throughout the course.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 630 - SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN END OF LIFE AND PALLIATIVE CARE
This course is both an introduction to the study of thanatology (death and dying) andan opportunity to focus on questions surrounding life anddeath. As such, the course will examine the historical evolution of the socio-cultural influences that shape the current attitudes and practices of our death-related experiences.As we explore these death-related issues, we will utilize aninterdisciplinary approach examining contributions from sociology, theology, medicine, psychology, philosophy andother relevant practices. The specific topics of each session will cover: cultural diversity in death and loss, the American death system, living with life-threatening illness, the dying process, bereavement, traumatic loss, caregiving, ethical dilemmas, children and death, and suicide. Oftentimes, the study of thanatology begins a personaljourney as we explore concepts surrounding death and understand the relationship to our life experiences, death-related experiences, andour own mortality.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 635 - SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS
This course will examine essential content knowledge for working with clients who abuse substances with the expectationthat students will synthesize and integrate thatknowledge with previous social work practice knowledge to effectively work with this specialized population. Students will learntheories relevantto substance abuse counseling and how to applythem to theirpractice. This is the first oftwo substance abuse electives thatsatisfy the academic requirements for students who are interested in pursuinga licensure in clinical alcohol and drugcounseling (LCADC). Each week students will be required to complete various assignments to account for the .5 hours of class time that is not onsite.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 640 - COGNITIVE & DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS
This course considers the theoretical underpinnings of cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy and their use and integration within a biopsychosocial perspective. Specific therapeutic techniques will be explored and applied to various diagnostic categories. Upon completion of the course, the social work student will be familiar with current Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, and their use within social work practice settings. Furthermore, the social work student will have several techniques that could be utilized in an integrated biopsychosocial framework. Opportunities to practice the techniques and to present relevant case materials will be provided during the course. Application of these techniques will cover interventions with adults, children, and adolescents.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 645 - ADVANCED SEMINAR OF TOPICS ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
This course will examine an array of topics necessary for comprehensive practice in the field of addictions. Topics include using research to inform practice, ethical practice, culturally competent practice, specific interventions for compulsive gamblers, and practitioner self-care. Students will synthesize and integrate that knowledge with previous social work practice knowledge to effectively work with this specialized population. This is the second of two substance abuse electives that satisfy the academic requirements for students who are interested in pursuing a licensure in clinical alcohol and drug counseling (LCADC). This course will also look at the role of policy related to substance use disorders such as the war on drugs and its impact on treatment. There is also a study abroad option available to add on to this course in Portugal during spring break where students will compare policy and treatment approaches within the Portuguese system to the system in the United States.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 646 - ADVANCED TOPICS: DECRIMINALIZATION OF DRUG POLICY IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
This course will examine policies relevant to those with substance use disorders from an international perspective. This course will require students to think critically and question everything they may know about substance use. This course will take place in Lisbon, Portugal engaging in multiple presentation and site visits to learn about the Portuguese system of decriminalization. Students will meet with a parliament member active in passing decriminalization legislation, neurobiologist who shares state of the art research on addictive disorders, researchers from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), treatment providers, and law enforcement officials. The experience includes trips to the Portuguese parliament, a treatment facility, and the EMCDDA as well as cultural excursions to Cascais and Sintra. Students will be responsible for travel expenses.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 650 - MACRO PRACTICE IN SOCIAL WORK
This course is an electlve in the Master of Socral Work Program. The focus will be on the dimensions of macro social work practice. Macro practice encompasses agency administration, program planning, policy analysis, community organization, commumty development, and focuses on planned change in organizations and commumties. Case histories of community organization efforts and community organization methods will be analyzed for the purpose of integrating theoretical and practice material with actual cases. In addition students will be involved in a community-planning project which incorporates various aspects of agency administration and planning.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 655 - NEUROBIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
The Neurobiology and Social Work Practice course provides knowledge ofthe foundations of clinical social work practice from a neurobiological framework. Basic brain anatomy and function as it relates to emotional regulation, attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, neuroplasticity and memory will be the focus of this course. Students will learn to differentially approach assessment and intervention from a neurobiological lens. Professional practice skills in monitoring one’s own work and evaluating the effectiveness of one’s interventions will be covered. This course will also develop students’ knowledge of the various theoretical approaches and their implications for clinical intervention relevant to clinical practice with individuals and families with an emphasis on intergenerational emotional patterns, how memory is stored and the effects of trauma on the brain.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 660 - NARRATIVE THEORY AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL WORK
Social workers are continually searching for ways to engage clients, and to help them grow in their understanding of themselves and the meaning oftheir experience. In this way, we strive to help our clients find healing, growth, and deeper satisfaction in their daily living. Narrative offers a clinical approach that is as rich as it may be complex. This one credit intensive course will present an introduction to contemporary narrative theory and its application to a number of topics pertinent to social work practice today, including race and ethnicity, immigration, trauma, and grief and loss. The course will offer an understanding of the narrative approach to clinical practice as well as how to apply that approach to intervention with clients. Additionally, the application of narrative to mezzo and macro level social work practice will be explored.
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 661 - GRANT WRITING
This one credit intensive coursefocuses on the identification, preparation and acquisition of grant funding for non-profit organizations.*Basic grant writing terminology, types of funding sources and their priorities, the process for acquiring grant funds, essential proposal components, and procedures for submission and follow up of proposals are examined with the goal of preparing students for practice as a social work administrator in a non-profit organization. Issues that arise in the grant writing process, as well as ethical considerations for social workers as grant writers will be also be described.
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

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MSWK 662 - PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
This one credit intensive course addresses major psychoactive drugs used in the treatment of psychological and behavioral disorders in both a behavioral and primary care setting. Theoretical and practical approaches to treatment of depression, anxiety, insomnia, attention deficit, psychosis and trauma-related stress disorders are examined with the goal of advancing students’ knowledge of best practices that compliment current evidence-based interventions. will review diagnostic categories and symptoms of the major mental illnesses. Appropriate medications for particular conditions will be described along with potential side effects. Clinical issues around social work with clients on medication, such as taking or not taking meds, will be discussed. Issues that arise in collaborative work with interdisciplinary teams will be described.
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 663 - SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
This one credit intensive course addresses a trauma-informed approach to practice with children, adolescents and their families. Trauma, Attaclnnent and Development theories anchor assessment and interventions with children, adolescents and their families. Models of best practices informed by evidence based interventions such as play therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy will be reviewed. Clinical issues related to culturally competent practice and the role and purpose of collaborative practices working with children and families (caretakers, schools, community services, child welfare, day care centers, etc.) will be examined.
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

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MSWK 664 - JANE ADAMS AND HULL HOUSE
Jane Addams is often referred to the “mother” of Social Work. She was a social worker, activist, author and a co-founder of Hull House, the longest running settlement house in the US. Many of the social problems identified by Jane Addams are problems we still have today. This one credit intensive course addresses the history of Jane Addams, Hull House and the use of digital archives. Topics will include the history of Jane Addams, creation of Hull House and impact on social work profession.
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

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MSWK 665 - WORKING WITH MILITARY FAMILIES
This one credit intensive course addresses foundations of social work with service members and their families. Topics will include military culture, impact of military service on families and appropriate behavioral health interventions.
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

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MSWK 670 - SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES IN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH
Social Welfare Policies in Health and Mental Health is an advanced policy course that focuses on a selected social welfare issues that apply it to a specialized issue. It will teach students the analytic skills needed to critically synthesize and interpret the complexities of social welfare policy. The course explores policy dynamics, pattems, and changes through a closer look at history, theories, frameworks, ethical issues, forces of oppression and the paths to social, economic, and political justice relevant to health and mental health policy. The focus on health and mental health includes the recognition of the needs of diverse groups within this group, policies that impact this population and health disparities that result from the issues. Students will develop expertise about particular clients, communities, social agencies, and govemment programs impacting health and mental health policies in the United States and globally. Students will learn that social welfare principles applicable to one group can be generalized to other populations and policies.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

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MSWK 675 - CUBA: A COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION MODEL FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (STUDY ABROAD IN HAVANA, CUBA)
This course will examine the history and evolution of social work practice in Cuba. Students will learn about the role of social workers in health care and the importance of their participation in interdisciplinary work as the foundation of a community-organizing” model of social work practice. This course will require students to think critically, students will draw from their existing knowledge of social work practice in the US to integrate their understanding of how policies, political forces and culture shape the delivery of health care services including mental health and social services. This course will take place in Havana, Cuba, it will include attending presentations and site visits to health care settings such as a polyclinic (community health center),
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 690 - TOPICS:
The topics studied in this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. PALLIATIVE CARE AND END OF LIFE: This course is both an introduction to the study of thanatology (death and dying) and an opportunity to focus on questions surrounding life and death. As such, the course will examine the historical evolution of the socio-cultural influences that shape the current attitudes and practices of our death-related experiences. As we explore these death-related issues, we will utilize an interdisciplinary approach examining contributions from sociology, theology, medicine, psychology, philosophy and other relevant practices. CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION: This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of conflict resolution with an emphasis on social work applications. Students will learn the communication skills necessary for conflict resolution processes. Topics covered will include neutrality skills, causes of conflict, intervention strategies, differential use of the conflict resolution process. Practical skills in mediation, negotiation and conciliation will be covered. Multi-party conflict resolution and application of conflict resolution skills to organizational practice will be touched on. Uses of mediation in divorce and custody cases, criminal justice and special education will be covered.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 695 - TOPICS:
The topics studied in this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. EATING DISORDERS: This course will examine the many facets of Eating Disorders. We will review symptoms, warning signs, etiological factors including current research on genetics, disordered eating-versus-eating disorders, types of eating disorders, prevalence and those components found in an eating disorder diagnosis. We will discuss assessment and treatment methods and review the theoretical frameworks which inform eating disorder treatment. Types of treatment and levels of care for eating disorders will also be reviewed. The use of lecture, video and group exercises will be incorporated to illustrate course material.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Grad Social Work Department

Course Attributes:
MSW COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

MSWK 699 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Online

Grad Social Work Department


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