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Master of Science in Social Work 63-hour Online

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This course focuses on the reciprocal relationships between social environments and human behavior with an emphasis on individuals, families and small groups. Multiple theoretical and empirical perspectives are used to analyze the biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual dimensions of human development across the life span among diverse groups with an emphasis on at-risk and vulnerable populations. Attention is given to factors that contribute to risk and resilience and the role of social and economic justice in promoting human well-being.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the reciprocal relationships between social environments and human behavior within large social systems. Theoretical and empirical perspectives are used to analyze the impact of the natural and physical environments, social structure, social institutions, communities and formal organizations on the well-being of diverse, at- risk and vulnerable populations. The course emphasizes processes of social change to challenge the inequitable distribution of power and resources.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the dimensions of social welfare policy, including conceptual frameworks for understanding policy formulation and the analysis of social policies. Special emphasis on policy issues that affect service delivery to families.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course traces the philosophy and historical development of social work and presents a general overview of the social work profession. The basic knowledge, values, ethics, necessary for generalist social work practice, along with the many and varied roles and competencies in which social workers function across different fields of practice, will be presented. Students are introduced to social work’s commitment to understand and appreciate human diversity; to understand and combat the dynamics and consequences of social and economic injustice; to achieve individual and collective social and economic justice for populations-at-risk. Prerequisites: Graduate standing with admission to the MSSW Program

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares students for effective professional intervention in a diverse world, and provides an understanding of how discrimination and oppression operate to limit the life opportunities of members of minority, vulnerable, at risk, and disenfranchised groups. A conceptual framework for understanding diversity, discrimination and oppression is presented and used to understand discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual orientation. Selected theoretical perspectives are used to critically analyze the manifestations of discrimination and oppression and their impact on affected populations. Social world’s responses to discrimination and inequality, including strategies for intervention, are also examined.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

The course is an introductory course in direct practice methods and skills of social work intervention with individuals. Attention is given to the historic development of social work practice, the nature and application of social work values and ethical principles in practice, the theoretical frameworks of helping methods and the helping process of assessment, planning, intervention, termination and evaluation. Emphasis is on a generalist and ecosystems approach. Prerequisites: Graduate standing with admission to the MSSW Program and/or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course presents a systems-ecological perspective on social work practice with families and small groups. The course emphasizes using both identified strengths and evidence-based approaches to working with clients. Students will have the opportunity to learn skills and apply knowledge and ethics to case material. Prerequisite: SOCW 6321.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to help students understand communities and the knowledge bases of social work generalist practice for interventions at this level. It provides an opportunity to explore selected macro models of practice and learn about human service organizations, which often serve as an immediate context for community practice. Prerequisites: Graduate standing with admission to the MSSW Program and SOCW 6321 taken concurrently with SOCW 6371.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the various scientific methods for research, with special attention upon survey research methodology, beginning practice assessment and the statistical application of related procedures, including correlations, T- test, Chi Square, analysis of variance and the visual presentation of data.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course, which is the first of two foundation internships, requires completion of 200 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares students for generalist social work practice. Prerequisite: Approval of the Office of Field Education and completion of SOCW 6321, 6300 and 6311.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course, which is a continuation of the first internship experience (SOCW 6370), requires completion of 200 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares students for generalist social work practice. This course is taken concurrently with SOCW 6323. Prerequisites: Approval by the Office of Field Education and completion of SOCW 6321, 6300, 6301, 6302, 6381, 6311 and 6322.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Administration and Community Practice Concentration:

Social work practice implications of the characteristics of the Latino population of the Southwest. The course will analyze distinctive practice in engagement, communication, and service with Latino clients, differential modalities and helping processes for clinical and macro practice with this population.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

A variety of methods to assess macro social systems are studied and experiences are provided to develop macro assessment skills. This includes the logic frameworks for assessment, organizational assessment and use of standardized measures for documenting organizational functioning. The course teaches community asset mapping and traditional community needs assessment methods. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation curriculum or admission and advanced standing

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Students gain advanced skills in organizational administration and management. Organizational assessment, human resources development, financial and board management, fund raising, policy planning and development, project management, and program evaluation are addressed. Students explore "use of self" as they develop leadership skills and a commitment to excellence necessary for strengthening agencies and improving human services critically needed in the Border Region of South Texas and beyond. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation curriculum or admission into advanced standing.

Duration: 7 weeks
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Students gain advanced skills in community organizing and social advocacy. Community assessment, volunteer management, fund raising, campaign management, networking and project management are addressed. Students will continue to explore their "use of self" as they further develop the leadership skills necessary to strengthen at-risk Latino community groups in the Border Region of South Texas and beyond. SOCW 6341 taken concurrently with SOCW 6379.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides advanced skills in policy formulation, analysis, evaluation, advocacy, social marketing, lobbying, international development policy, and social action mobilization. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation curriculum or admission into advanced standing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares interns for community practice and administration. Course may be taken concurrently with the second internship course (SOCW 6379). Prerequisites: Approval by the Office of Field Education.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares Interns for macro practice. SOCW 6379 may be taken concurrently with SOCW 6378 or after completing SOCW 6378. SOCW 6379 must be taken concurrently with SOCW 6341. Prerequisites: SOCW 6315, 6336, & 6340; any outstanding courses which are required for graduation must be taken concurrently with this course.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on processes for monitoring and evaluating for evidence-based programming. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation curriculum or admission into advanced standing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Free Electives

Examination of current policies of government- sponsored child welfare programs and current issues in the service delivery aspect of practice with cases of child abuse and neglect.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines perspectives on human well-being within diverse spiritual and religious traditions; models of spiritual development; the role of spirituality and religion in fostering well- being or contributing to the oppression of diverse, at risk, and vulnerable populations; and values and ethics for spiritually sensitive practice. Tools for spiritual assessment and spiritually-based interventions are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families and Groups Concentration:

This course, which is the first of two family practice courses, focuses on theories and evidence-based practice models for working with populations-at-risk. Family practice models are critiqued with respect to their efficacy for work with Latinos. The course builds on a generalist foundation which includes a theoretical framework for working with families.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course is taken concurrently with the concentration internship (SOCW 6375 or SOCW 6975) and focuses on the application of evidence-based family practice models with populations-at-risk. This entails formulating family assessments, developing treatment plans, establishing therapeutic relationships, applying intervention strategies and evaluating outcomes using relevant family therapy approaches that can also be adapted for work with couples and individual clients. Prerequisites: SOCW 6330 Advanced Family Practice I.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Social work practice implications of the characteristics of the Latino population of the Southwest. The course will analyze distinctive practice in engagement, communication, and service with Latino clients, differential modalities and helping processes for clinical and macro practice with this population.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines diverse ways to assess mental health functioning with an emphasis on understanding, analyzing and assessing mental disorders and formulating treatment plans according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (latest edition). Attention is given to the significance of gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and culture in assessing mental health and mental disorders. Assessment models are analyzed in terms of their consideration of biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual aspects of human behavior. Coping strategies, adaptation and resiliency are addressed in the assessment process and a strengths-based perspective is used in formulating treatment plans. Attention is also given to the role of psychopharmacology in treatment. Criticisms and debates regarding the DSM are addressed. Prerequisites: Completion of foundation curriculum or admission into advanced standing program.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides advanced skills in policy formulation, analysis, evaluation, advocacy, social marketing, lobbying, international development policy, and social action mobilization. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation curriculum or admission into advanced standing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on knowledge and skills needed for advanced clinical social work practice with individual clients. Emphasis is given to the therapeutic process, empowerment and strengths perspectives, and clinical strategies for change. A variety of therapeutic models are examined with attention given to their efficacy for work with Latinos and vulnerable and at-risk populations. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation curriculum or admission into advanced standing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis is on the use of group dynamics and techniques to treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, conditions and addictions. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation curriculum or admission into advanced standing

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares interns for family focused practice with Latino individuals and families. Course may be taken concurrently with SOCW 6377. Prerequisites: Approval by the Office of Field Education and completion of SOCW 6330, 6332, 6335, 6338.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares interns for family focused practice with Latino individuals and families. SOCW 6376 and 6377 may be taken concurrently or SOCW 6376 can be taken first, followed by SOCW 6377. SOCW 6377 must be taken concurrently with SOCW 6331. Prerequisites: Approval by the Office of Field Education and completion of SOCW 6330, 6332, 6335; any outstanding courses must be taken concurrently with this course.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Free Electives

Examination of current policies of government- sponsored child welfare programs and current issues in the service delivery aspect of practice with cases of child abuse and neglect.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines perspectives on human well-being within diverse spiritual and religious traditions; models of spiritual development; the role of spirituality and religion in fostering well- being or contributing to the oppression of diverse, at risk, and vulnerable populations; and values and ethics for spiritually sensitive practice. Tools for spiritual assessment and spiritually-based interventions are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

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