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T SOCW 501 Social Policy and Economic Security (3)
Explores the U.S. social welfare system and its historical, philosophical, and cultural foundations within a social work context. Examines the nature of social policy and economic security in relation to income maintenance programs, particularly social insurance and social assistance programs, and the impact of racism and sexism on them. Focuses on issues of poverty, inequality, unemployment, disability, and homelessness. Discusses the future of the American welfare state.
T SOCW 502 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)
Focuses on the person-in-situation. Explores how to understand and influence human behavior through developmental and social system perspectives. Discusses the developmental stages across diverse backgrounds. Addresses the dynamics and processes of small group, family, organization and community systems from a social system perspective as socializing forces and as targets of change. Examines implications for social work practice, especially the assessment process.
T SOCW 503 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3)
Continuation of T SOCW 502. Focuses on the person-in-situation. Explores how to understand and influence human behavior through developmental and social system perspectives. Discusses the developmental stages across diverse backgrounds. Addresses the dynamics and processes of small group, family, organization and community systems from a social system perspective as socializing forces and as targets of change. Examines implications for social work practice, especially the assessment process.
T SOCW 504 Cultural Diversity and Societal Justice (3)
Focuses on social work practice with disadvantaged and oppressed groups over-represented in public sector practice. Explores the history and status of people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, gay men and lesbians, and poor and working-class people. Examines how prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion affect the experiences of members of these groups. Explores the unique strengths and capacities within each group which should be recognized and utilized in effective social work practice. Develops a framework for developing a social-change orientation for working toward social justice and equality. Credit/no credit only.
T SOCW 505 Introduction to Social Welfare Research (3)
Overview of research processes and methods in social work with a focus on both being able to interpret and perform practice-based research. Introduction to the principles and skills needed to evaluate one's own practice. Emphasizes critical understanding of the empirical literature; the development of useful and appropriate questions about social work practice, strategies and techniques for conducting practice research, and applying research findings to practice.
T SOCW 510 Social Work Practice I - Introduction to Social Work Practice (3)
Provides foundation knowledge and skills in direct practice with individuals, families, and groups. Explores social work values and ethics and their implications in guiding direct practice. Examines the person-in-environment perspective in assessment, intervention and evaluation; how the social worker, with his or her attendant class, race, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, family of origin, and life experiences, is influenced by and influences direct practice; and how ethnic racial minority status, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation and ability status affect the provision of direct services. Focuses on empowerment practice with diverse populations at-risk, effective communication skills, and the importance of self-evaluation and practice-evaluation strategies.
T SOCW 511 Social Work Practice II - Intermediate Direct Service Practice (3)
Foundation knowledge and skills for direct practice with individuals, families, and groups. Covers assessment, development of treatment plans based on theory and assessment information, goal-setting skills, and selection of appropriate interventions. Offered: A.
T SOCW 512 Practice III: Community and Organizational Practice (3)
Prepares students for generalist macro social work practice. Focuses on effective work in political, organizational, and community social service settings.
T SOCW 514 Social Work Practice V - Foundation Practice Skills (3)
Practice skills at the micro, meso, or macro levels.
T SOCW 523 Introduction to Practicum (1)
Workshops for preparation for agency-based placement. Interviewing and orientations occur at agencies. Credit/no credit only.
T SOCW 524 The Professional Foundation Practicum (2/3, max. 8)
Incorporates and builds upon content and skills acquired in the curriculum. Provides opportunities for students to develop social work knowledge and skills and to engage in a range of social work practice activities.
T SOCW 525 Advanced Concentration Practicum (3-5, max. 18)
Incorporates and builds upon content and skills acquired in all areas of the curriculum. Provides opportunities for students to develop social work knowledge and skills in the field and to engage in a range of social work practice activities. Credit/no credit only.
T SOCW 531 Advanced Integrative Policy and Advocacy (3) I&S
Examines current policy issues related to families; applied theoretical framework to selected policies and considers the political nature of policy choices. Evaluates the potential for system reform at both state and national levels, as well as local communities and agencies. Enhances advocacy skills for policy change to achieve social justice.
T SOCW 532 Advanced Integrative Practice I (3)
Focuses on the assumption of leadership roles in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research-informed intervention programs at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice.
T SOCW 533 Advanced Integrative Practice II (3)
Focuses on the ethics, values, critical thinking, and program development skills needed to accomplish the intervention program research in TSOC W 532.
T SOCW 535 Research for Advanced Integrative Practice (3)
Focuses on data collection, management, analysis, the write up of research results, and appropriate dissemination of findings. Prerequisite: T SOCW 505.
T SOCW 540 Child Welfare and Permanency Planning (3)
Focuses on family-centered, culturally competent, and legally effective child welfare practice. Emphasizes the public foster care system, with additional content in child protective services, adoptions, assessment of child safety, and programming to assist healthy family functioning.
T SOCW 541 Adult Interpersonal Violence and Treatment (3)
Focuses on theoretical frameworks of interpersonal violence and treatment approaches for both survivors and perpetrators of such violence. Includes examination of domestic violence, sexual violence, and the impact of violence on children.
T SOCW 542 Social Work in Schools (3)
Focuses on the specialized nature of social work in school settings and examines legal and ethical aspects of work in preK-12 schools. Emphasizes practice with students with special needs, bullying, child abuse and neglect, school and family law, truancy, and school violence.
T SOCW 543 Supervision and Leadership in Social Work (3)
Focuses on the social worker as supervisor and leader, both in agencies and in the profession. Examines specific models of supervision and leadership, with emphasis on the values and ethics of the profession in the context of leadership.
T SOCW 544 Gerontological Social Work: Health and Mental Health in Older Adults (3)
Examines psychosocial aspects of common age-related problems using an empowerment perspective. Emphasizes the development of skills for assessing the needs of older adults and providing services directly to those individuals. Includes content on end-of-life issues and social work practice.
T SOCW 545 Group Interventions in Social Work Practice (3)
Focuses on the theory and practice of group social work intervention. Emphasizes beginning, middle, and end stages of group intervention as well as specific skills building for a variety of group types, including support, psychoeducational, and process-oriented.
T SOCW 546 Multicultural Theory and Social Work Practice (3)
Emphasizes the multicultural nature of society and the development of social work skills to work with oppressed populations. Focuses on the intersectionality of oppression and means of intervening on behalf of and in conjunction with vulnerable populations.
T SOCW 547 Chemical Dependency: Drug Affects, Assessment, and Treatment Referral Issues (3)
Focuses on the impact of chemical dependency on individuals, including specific reactions to various substance. Examines social work assessment techniques and treatment referral options for chemically addicted clients.
Instructor Course Description: Thomas R. Jackson
T SOCW 548 Spirituality and Social Work Practice (3)
Focuses on the spiritual component of a holistic assessment of client systems. Emphasizes development of spirituality-sensitive practice skills and practitioner self-awareness. In-depth examination of faith practices and beliefs, including theistic, nontheistic, and animistic traditions.
T SOCW 549 Crisis Intervention in Mental Health (3)
Focuses on the nature, causes, and differences between psychological crisis and psychological emergencies. In-depth examination of the cognitive, relational, and risk management skills used during crisis interventions across a variety of treatment settings. Emphasizes development of intervention skills.
T SOCW 550 Social Work in Health Care (3)
Focuses on skill-building for social work practice in medical settings, including hospitals, clinics, home health programs, and other agencies. Also examines the impact of social policy on access to health care and social work service provision.
T SOCW 551 Social Work with Military Personnel and Veterans (3)
Focuses on social work practice in military-related settings, including active duty personnel and veterans. Pays special attention to military culture and systems, military families, and the special needs of soldiers returning from combat.
T SOCW 590 Independent Research in Social Work (3, max. 6)
Advancing research skills through training and development in some or all of the following research tasks: literature review, interviewing, data entry and coding, data collection, data analysis, and other tasks commonly found when conducting research in social work.
T SOCW 597 Social Welfare Research (2)
Provides supervision for the research project development and a structured environment to hone previously learned research methods and content.
T SOCW 598 Advanced Standing Integrative Seminar (5)
Integrates the domains of social work practice, research, policy, cultural diversity, and human behavior and the social environment.
T SOCW 599 Readings in Social Work (1-5, max.5)
Student-originated, individually contracted projects on topics of interest in social welfare/social work not covered by other Social Work program offerings. Credit/no credit only.