Clinical and Community Practice with focus on Health
Clinical and Community Practice #
The Clinical and Community Practice Concentration curriculum prepares students to work across the micro-to-macro continuum of social work services. Students will learn more breadth and depth in their knowledge base, including theories that underlie various types of social work practice. In addition, the curriculum serves to advance their critical thinking and foundation practice skills for entry into advanced practice courses in a variety of focus areas.
Focus on Health #
Students who elect to practice in the health arena, apply the knowledge and skills of advanced social work practice to build and work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams that include physicians, nurses, dentists, psychiatrists and other health care professionals. Students learn the medical terminology to conduct bio-psycho-social assessments based on myriad disease entities and patient dynamics. As social workers, they understand how healthcare is financed in the United States, analyze how financial resources for healthcare affect individual patient care, and advocate for change that improves access for all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors.
The MSW curriculum includes three distinct levels #
The MSW curriculum includes three distinct levels through which students progress toward the advanced degree in social work.
Focus Area: Health
Foundation Courses #
All courses are required for regular standing students.
- SWK-S 506 Introduction to the SW Profession (1 cr.)
- SWK-S 507 Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 502 Research I (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 505 Social Policy Analysis and Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 508 Generalist Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 509 SWK Practice: Organizations, Communities and Societies (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 555 Practicum I (3 cr.)
Concentration Courses #
Students with a BSW, advanced standing, start in the concentration level of courses. All courses are required for all students.
- SWK-S 517 Assessment in Mental Health and Addictions (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 518 Clinical Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 519 Community and Global Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 661 Executive Leadership Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 618 Social Policy and Services (Health) (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 623 Practice Evaluation (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 651 Practicum II (4 cr.)
- SWK-S 652 Practicum III (4 – 5 cr.)
Focus Area Courses #
Course requirements for the focus area.
- SWK-S 692 Practice Skills for Health Care Settings (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 693 Practice with Individuals, Families & Communities in Healthcare Settings (3 cr.)
- Must take either the SWK-S 694 or SWK-S 696, but can take both. If only one is chosen, a 3 credit hour social work elective is required.
- A 3 credit hour social work elective is required (courses available).