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SWK-Social Work-Grad

SWK701 - Generalist Practice I

Foundation framework for generalist social work practice, including the problem-solving process, social work values/ethics and social work roles as they apply to varying size client systems. Develops specific intervention skills, such as interviewing, assessment, contracting, goal setting and evaluation for diverse client systems with the emphasis on rural and small communities. Prerequisite: Program admission. (3 crs.)

SWK702 - Generalist Practice II

Continues foundation for generalist social work practice and builds on SWK 701, with a focus on the community/rural content of practice. Explores basic intervention/advocacy, management and evaluation. Provides examples from a variety of practice areas, including practice with populations throughout the lifespan. Prerequisite: SWK 701. (3 crs.)

SWK705 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment

This course provides the foundation for working with individuals, families, groups and communities. Basic concepts of human development throughout the life cycle are presented within the person-in-environment perspective. The framework is multidimensional, considering the impact of ability, age, aging, class, exploitation, ethnicity, gender, oppression, political belief system, race, religion, sexual orientation and the social environment on human behavior and development. Examples from social work practice integrating individual, family, groups, community, and organizational assessment and intervention strategies are taken from local, national and international rural and small communities. Prerequisite: Program admission or program director approval. (3 crs.)

SWK707 - Human Diversity

This course provides foundation knowledge about human diversity and an understanding of the emphasis of the social work profession on culturally competent social work practice. Students develop skills to identify strengths, bicultural adaptation, patterns of oppression, and both change and continuity during the aging process, with particular emphasis on rural and small town communities. The course assists students in understanding the impact of oppression on human growth and development and social functioning for the integration of individual, family, group, community and organization level interventions to promote or enhance social justice. Prerequisite: Program admission or program director approval. (3 crs.)

SWK709 - Social Welfare Policy

Examination of the history and value base of the social work profession and U.S. social policy with a framework for policy analysis from the definition of a social problem, through legislative adoption to actual program development. Special emphasis on the impact of these policies, and related services on small towns, rural communities, and diverse populations. Prerequisite: Program admission. (3 crs.)

SWK713 - Social Work Methodology Data Analyses

This course examines: the logic of scientific inquiry; the social work research process with an emphasis on problem conceptualization, measurement options, and research design; the use of descriptive and inferential data analyses; and the development of skills needed for understanding and conducting ethical qualitative and qualitative research related to social work practices and programs serving small towns, rural communities and diverse populations. Prerequisite: Program admission. (3 crs.)

SWK715 - Research Policy and Rural Practice

Use of research designs to inform and evaluate practice and policy in small town and rural contexts. Development of knowledge and skills for understanding and conducting applied research, with emphasis on research related to social work practices and programs serving small towns, rural communities and diverse populations. Prerequisite: Advanced standing. (3 crs.)

SWK716 - Social Welfare Research Method

This course examines: the logic of scientific inquiry; the social work research process with an emphasis on problem conceptualization, measurement options, and research design; the use of descriptive and inferential data analyses; and the development of skills needed for understanding and conducting ethical quantitative and qualitative research related to social work practices and programs serving small towns, rural communities and diverse populations. (3 crs.)

SWK730 - First Year Practicum II

MSW-supervised placement in a social agency that provides opportunities for generalist social work practice with individuals, families and groups of all ages from rural and small communities, including advocacy skills to enhance social justice. The minimum hours required in a field agency are 240 for SWK 730, equally a total of 480 hours for SWK 729 and SWK 730 combined. Prerequisites: SWK 701, SWK 705 and SWK 729. (6 crs.)

SWK801 - Advanced Generalist Practice

Builds on the generalist practice skills, knowledge and values taught in Generalist Practice I and II. Integrates the use of advanced individual, family, group and organizational skills within the agency and community settings that serve diverse rural and small town client systems. Addresses practice concerns such as acquiring sanction for work, assessing needed resources, supervision, certification and evaluation of practice. Prerequisites: SWK 702 and SWK 705 or advanced standing. (3 crs.)

SWK803 - Differential Assessment

Students in this course learn how to work with clients and client systems to help them identify needs and assess problems as well as strengths. A number of different assessment methods are explored, with particular emphasis on those appropriate for diverse populations across the lifespan from local, national and international rural and small communities. Prerequisites: Program admission, SWK 705 and 707 or program director approval. (3 crs.)

SWK806 - Rural Family/Community Policy

Explores the design, function and impact of community and family policies. Historical development of specific policies and the effects of policy on rural family and community institutions and organizations. Skills in analyzing and synthesizing policy are applied to rural situations and change strategies. Prerequisites: SWK 705, SWK 709, SWK 710 and SWK 713 or advanced standing. (3 crs.)

SWK808 - Advanced Practice Evaluation

Advanced use of research to evaluate social work practices and programs, particularly those serving small towns, rural communities, and aging and diverse populations. Includes single system design and program evaluation. Skills developed for assessing and adding to the knowledge base of social work practice. Prerequisite: SWK 714. (3 crs.)

SWK811 - Practice in Agin In Rural and Small Town Environments

Integration of knowledge about aging, rural aging, services for the aging and the principles of social work and practice with various diverse populations in rural environments. Prerequisites: Second year standing, SWK 701, SWK 702 or permission of MSW program director. (3 crs.)

SWK812 - Practice Supervision Administration

Supervision, management and control in human service organizations. Theoretical and functional models to assist staff to grow and function competently as professionals. Understanding the elements of programming, budgeting, staffing, communications and control within the organization. Identifying formal and informal systems, the impact of human diversity, and how all of this functions in the rural setting. Prerequisite: SWK 701 and SWK 702 or program director approval. (3 crs.)

SWK813 - Practice with Health Care and Health Care Planning in Rural and Small Town Environments

Examines roles of the social worker and the place of social work values and practice in health care planning, modern medical ethics and professional practice. Prerequisite: Second-year standing or program director approval. (3 crs.)

SWK814 - Practice in Mental Health in Rural and Small Town Environments

Overview of MH/MR policies and services; issues of rehabilitation, advocacy and case management; and how treatment approaches (crisis behavioral and chemical) are related to social work roles and values in the context of community needs. Prerequisite: Second-year standing or program director approval. (3 crs.)

SWK815 - Practice in Juvenile and Adult Justice System in Rural and Small Town Environments

Overview of the juvenile and adult criminal justice system in urban and rural communities. Places emphasis on the development of an understanding of the ever-changing philosophies that undergird the criminal justice system. In addition, the focus of the course will include an examination of the relationship between human diversity and aging in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program or approval of the MSW program director. (3 crs.)

SWK816 - Practice In Children and Youth in Rural and Small Town Environments

Examines the major problems and legal and clinical issues encountered when working with children. Special concern for victimized and at-risk children in rural settings. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSW program or approval of the MSW program director. (3 crs.)

SWK821 - Practice in Substance Abuse/Addictions in Rural and Small Town Environments

This course provides students with a substantive knowledge base and critical skills for planning to work in the addictions fields as well as for those who will encounter chemical dependency problems in their work with different age groups in the variety of arenas in which they practice. Prerequisite: MSW program admission or permission of MSW program director. (3 crs.)

SWK829 - Advanced Practice I

First semester advanced MSW-supervised placement in a social agency setting for three days a week, requiring advanced generalist practice with varying sizes and types of client systems, working in rural and small town communities. Students are required to complete a minimum of 330 hours. Prerequisites: Second-year standing, SWK 729 and SWK 730. (6 crs.)

SWK830 - Advanced Practice II

Second of a two-semester advanced MSW-supervised placement in a social agency setting for three days a week, providing an opportunity for advanced generalist practice with varying sizes and types of systems for working in rural environments. Students are required to complete a minimum of 330 hours. Prerequisites: Second-year standing and SWK 829. (6 crs.)

SWK840 - Electives

Study of selected topics of significance or current importance and interest to the social work profession. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (3 crs.)