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MSW - Courses

The foundation level of the MSW program (the first year in the two year program) focuses on basic social work values, knowledge, and skills to enable the student to work with client systems of various sizes. From this point, students will begin an advanced practice concentration in Mental Health or Child & Family Services.

Foundation Year Practice Framework

In the initial stage of the program, students build on an undergraduate base with requisite knowledge about basic human systems, including:

  • Biological systems
  • Psychological systems
  • Sociological systems
  • Humanities

Graduate level exposure to these subjects gives special attention to values and ethics, diversity, economic and social justice issues, and at-risk populations. Students assess client transactions, framed by the Strengths Oriented Life Model, with a foundational perspective of the Spiritually Enriched Ecological Systems.

Advanced Practice Concentration

The Mental Health Concentration prepares students for advanced direct agency-based social work practice in health settings. In the advanced practice terms, students explore social work knowledge and skills pertaining to persons needing physical and mental health services. This requires a broad theoretical framework and an array of intervention skills to allow for specific knowledge about health care settings and flexibility when working in the health care field.

Particular emphasis is given to the time-limited or short-term therapy approaches, crisis intervention, bereavement services, and psycho-social assessment and intervention for Managed Care and Hospital settings.

The Child & Family Services Concentration prepares students for advanced direct social work practice within public and private agencies serving children and families. In-depth attention is given to intergenerational and environmental systems that have a direct impact on the whole or part of a family system. With knowledge of various family therapy approaches, students can be integrative and select one or more treatment approaches based on the philosophy of the agency, their own professional “use of self” in the treatment process, and the assessed areas for intervention as identified by the client/family system. Major focus is given to the client/family system’s “construction of reality.”

The foundation of these concentrations is a multidimensional assessment strategy, which places the practice perspective firmly in the social work tradition. Students are exposed to a wide range of theoretical models to be synthesized into an individualized, unified practice model to maximize the strengths of each student’s personality and experiences.

Course Schedule

Foundation Practice Framework Sequence
SWK520 (3 hrs)
Social and Cultural Diversity
SWK560 (3 hrs)
Social Work Practice & Religion
SWK560 (3 hrs)
Social Work Practice & Religion
SWK525 (3 hrs)
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SWK526 (3 hrs)
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SWK565 (3 hrs)
Psychopathology
SWK530 (3 hrs)
Social Welfare Policy & Services
SWK540 (3 hrs)
Social Work Research
SWK540 (3 hrs)
Social Work Research
SWK550 (3 hrs)
Individual, Family, and Group Intervention
SWK552 (3 hrs)
Organization and Community Interventions

SWK520 (3 hrs)

Social & Cultural Diversity

SWK570 (3 hrs)
Field Instruction I & Field Seminar
SWK575 (3 hrs)
Field Instruction II & Field Seminar

SWK615 (3 hrs)

Justice, Values & Ethics

OR

SWK715 (3 hrs)

Integration of SW & Christian Theology

SWK565 (3 hrs)
Psychopathology
SWK565 (3 hrs)
Psychopathology
Elective - only one required (3 hrs)

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Advanced Standing Sequence
SW545 (3 hrs)
Advanced Standing Seminar I
SW557 (2 hrs)
Advanced Standing Seminar II
SW560 (3 hrs)
Social Work Practice & Religion

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Mental Health Concentration Sequence

SWK664 (2 hrs)

Group Work

SWK615 (3 hrs)
Justice, Values & Ethics

OR

SWK715

Integration of Social Work & Christian Theology

Summer Option

SWK565 (3 hrs)
Psychopathology

SWK626 (3 hrs)

Mental Health Multidimensional Assessment

SWK635 (2 hrs)
Mental Health Policy

SWK615 (3 hrs)

Justice, Values & Ethics

OR

SWK715 (3 hrs)

Integration of SW & Christian Theology

SWK661 (3 hrs)

Mental Health Theories

SWK662 (3 hrs)
Mental Health Interventions
Elective - only one required (3 hrs)

SWK642 (2 hrs)

Applied Research

OR Spring

SWK 642 (2 hrs)

Applied Research

OR Fall

 

SWK670 (3 hrs)

Field Instruction III & Field Seminar

SWK675 (3 hrs)

Field Instruction IV & Field Seminar

 

SWK 565 (3 hrs)

Psychopathology

Summer Option

Elective - Only one required (3 hrs)

Summer Option

 

*SWK680 Field Instruction for Summer Block Placement may be taken in the summer (6credits) if all other course work is complete. 900 field hours must be documented by the close of the summer session to qualify for a degree dated in August of the graduation year. This option is available for concentration year students only.

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Child & Family Services Concentration Sequence

SWK664 (2 hrs)

Group Work

SWK615 (3 hrs)
Justice, Values & Ethics

OR

SWK715

Integration of Social Work & Christian Theology

(Summer Option)

SWK565 (3 hrs)
Psychopathology

SWK625 (3 hrs)

Child & Family Multidimensional Assessment

SWK630 (2 hrs)
Child and Family Policy

SWK615 (3 hrs)

Justice, Values & Ethics

OR

SWK715 (3 hrs)

Integration of SW & Christian Theology

SWK651 (3 hrs)

Family Therapy

SWK652 (3 hrs)
Child and Family Interventions
Elective - only one required (3 hrs)

SWK642 (2 hrs)

Applied Research

OR Spring

SWK 642 (2 hrs)

Applied Research

OR Fall

 

SWK670 (3 hrs)

Field Instruction III & Field Seminar

SWK675 (3 hrs)

Field Instruction IV & Field Seminar

 

SWK 565 (3 hrs)

Psychopathology

Summer Option

Elective - Only one required (3 hrs)

Summer Option

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