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Social Work

Tate Turner Kuralt Building, CB# 3550
(919) 962-1225

First Session, 2020

SOWO 520 Social Work Practicum I (3)

Students learn beginning practice skills through experimental opportunities, and apply core knowledge to direct (individuals, families, groups) and indirect (organizations, communities) social work practice in an agency setting five days per week. Field fee, $300.

SOWO 521 Social Work Practicum II (3)

A continuation of SOWO 520, providing opportunities for students to demonstrate increased ability to assess, plan, administer, and evaluate appropriate social work practice interventions. Field fee, $300.

SOWO 702 Human Development in Context (1.5)

This course provides an overview of human development in an environmental context, surveying major theoretical frameworks and highlighting the impact of different systems on the development, functioning and health of individuals, families and communities. Course frameworks will include definitions, structural variations, theories, strengths, stressors, and changes that affect functioning needed to carry out practice with clients. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon (Advanced Standing).

SOWO 709 Autism Spectrum Disorder: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Interventions (1.5)

This course provides an overview of the core social cognitive challenges faced by individuals with ASD. Selected evidence-based interventions will be reviewed with ASD across contexts. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

SOWO 712 Research and Evaluation (1.5)

Students will develop knowledge of evidence-based practice, including skills needed to identify, acquire and assess appropriate interventions for practice and basic skills required to evaluate their own social work practice.  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon (Advanced Standing).

SOWO 730 Social Work and the Law (3)

ONLINE. Course provides familiarity with legal processes, legal research, and legal analysis within the context of socio-legal issues important to social work practice.

SOWO 732 Confronting Oppression and Social Work Policy (1.5)

This course facilitates students’ transition from baccalaureate programs to the Advanced Standing MSW Program. The course will review and integrate selective core baccalaureate content in social policy and oppression. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon (Advanced Standing).

SOWO 741 Integrated Behavioral Health Care with Underserved Populations (1.5)

This course teachers practical mental health and addictions treatment skills delivered in primary care settings. The focus is developing expertise in providing brief interventions as part of an interprofessional team. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

SOWO 772 Social Work Practice (1.5)

Course is a brief overview of direct and macro practice social work. First half will focus on fundamentals of direct practice with individuals, families and groups and review assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and intervention selection. Second half will review the fundamentals of macro social work practice. Including exposure to methods that groups, organizations and communities utilize to assess communities and address needs of individuals and families, and the impact of interagency functioning on service delivery. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon (Advanced Standing).

SOWO 820 Social Work Practicum III (6)

The student applies specialized knowledge to social work practice at an advanced level with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and/or communities in an agency of their specialized field. Field fee, $300.

SOWO 821 Social Work Practicum IV (6)

A continuation of SOWO 820 providing opportunities for students to demonstrate increased ability to assess, plan, administer, and evaluate appropriate social work interventions in a specialized field of practice. Field fee, $300.

SOWO 840 Adult Mental Health: Theory & Practice (3)

This course focuses on mental health social work practice with adults, covering assessment and several theoretically based interventions with an emphasis on gaining practice skills. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SOWO 853 Approaches to Brief Treatment (3)

This advanced practice elective course covers theories and application of four models of brief psychotherapy. Skill building, critical thinking, and utilization of empirical support are emphasized. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.

SOWO 874 Administrative and Management: Theory and Practice (3)

This course explores contemporary theories, models, and practices for managing human service organizations, emphasizing skills in team building, motivation, organizational learning strategies, and cultural competence with a diverse staff. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SOWO 994 Doctoral Dissertation (3)

Second Session, 2020

SOWO 520 Social Work Practicum I (3)

Students learn beginning practice skills through experimental opportunities, and apply core knowledge to direct (individuals, families, groups) and indirect (organizations, communities) social work practice in an agency setting five days per week. Field fee, $300.

SOWO 521 Social Work Practicum II (3)

A continuation of SOWO 520, providing opportunities for students to demonstrate increased ability to assess, plan, administer, and evaluate appropriate social work practice interventions. Field fee, $300.

SOWO 522 Pre-Concentration Practicum for Advanced Standing Students (4)

Course designed to assist students in summer classroom learning with direct experience in specialized field of practices and serves to bridge the base practicum with advanced concentration practicum. Field fee, $300. ***Canceled***

SOWO 700 Substance Use and Addictions Specialist (SUAS): Foundations of Addictions (3)

ONLINE. Introduces students to the field of problematic substance use and addition. Explores historic and current theories of addiction, competencies of addiction counseling, and applicable ethical and legal considerations.

SOWO 709 Autism Spectrum Disorder: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Interventions (1.5)

This course provides an overview of the core social cognitive challenges faced by individuals with ASD. Selected evidence-based interventions will be reviewed with ASD across contexts. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

SOWO 740 Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice for Individuals, Families, and Groups (3)

Using a multi-cultural lens, this course introduces students to core evidence-based interventions common to most theoretical approaches. Focus is on building effective direct practice skills applicable across settings and populations. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Advanced Standing).

SOWO 758 Differential Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders (1.5)

This course focuses on the process of conducting a differential diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

SOWO 769 Professional Use of Self: What We Bring to Practice (1.5)

Course explores students’ professional use of self in clinical practice. Using scholarly literature, students examine practice situations in which personal characteristics and experiences positively and negatively shape clinical work. Tuesdays, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SOWO 770 Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice with Organizations and Communities (3)

This course provides an introduction to evidence-informed and best practices for program development. Focus is on building effective organizational and community practice skills in implementing new programs and interventions. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Advanced Standing).

SOWO 799 Facilitation Skills within the Organizational and Community Context (1.5)

Building from group relations theory, this course develops facilitation skills (e.g., agenda setting, process checking, participatory planning, navigating conflict) to engage culturally diverse task group members to achieve identified objectives. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

SOWO 820 Social Work Practicum III (6)

The student applies specialized knowledge to social work practice at an advanced level with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and/or communities in an agency of their specialized field. Field fee, $300.

SOWO 821 Social Work Practicum IV (6)

A continuation of SOWO 820, providing opportunities for students to demonstrate increased ability to assess, plan, administer, and evaluate appropriate social work interventions in a specialized field of practice. Field fee, $300

SOWO 834 Advanced Policy Practice (1.5)

Advanced Policy Practice focuses on skills development in advanced policy analysis and change at administrative and legislative levels and on multiple levels of advocacy and lobbying strategies. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

SOWO 994 Doctoral Dissertation (3)