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Casework Helping Process: The Work and Ending Phases

CSWK 5301 - Casework Helping Process: The Work and Ending Phases

Builds upon foundation theory of ecological strengths and capacity building perspectives and the method base of social work practice. Course content focuses on the interventive facet and transactional nature of the casework process in helping people with a wide range of life transition stressors and environmental obstacles. Substantial attention is paid to working with people of special populations. Students focus upon the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills and the ability to be self-observant. Required course for students in the Casework concentration.

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CSWK 5302 - Casework Practice Approaches: Differential Applications

This course builds upon knowledge, skills, and values developed previously and deepens the understanding of theoretical, method, and empirical bases of casework practice, while maintaining simultaneous concern for people and environments. The course examines the ways that assessment and interventive strategies are informed by different theoretical orientations and research findings. Students continue to develop skills related to work with special populations and to develop professional self awareness. Required course for students in the Casework concentration.

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CSWK 5303 - Casework with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations

This course consolidates casework theory and methods established in the prior casework courses. The unifying concept in this course is the application of differential casework interventions with vulnerable and resilient populations over the life course. The course will also focus on contemporary issues and ethical dilemmas affecting professional function, roles and identity. Students are challenged to locate and critically examine empirical and practice theory literature necessary for working with different populations. Required course for students in the Casework concentration.

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CSWK 5340 - Skills Laboratory in Casework Practice

This course builds upon casework interviewing, assessment, and intervention skills developed in the student’s BSW coursework and fieldwork. Students will have the opportunity to identify, practice, and critique a range of assessment, intervention skills. Students will use materials and cases from the concurrent CSWK 301 course to further develop their casework skills. Required course for students in the Advanced Standing Option in the Casework Concentration and must be taken in the summer prior to the beginning of full time study for the M.S.W. degree..

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CSWK 5345 - Clinical Conditions with Children and Adolescents

This is a practice course which pays equal attention to the values, skills, and knowledge required for social work practice with children and adolescents and their families. These youth have a range of bio psychosocial problems related to mental disorders. Students will learn a range of assessment and intervention skills and will become familiar with current psychiatric classification systems, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (lCD). Students will demonstrate the ability to access the most recent empirical and practice knowledge, and to develop skills related to work in a variety of mental health settings. Mental disorders will be learned within the context of larger bio psychosocial systems. Attention is paid to differences based upon such variables as age, gender, etlmicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

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CSWK 5346 - Clinical Conditions with Adults and Older Adults

This is a practice course which pays equal attention to the values, skills, and knowledge required for social work practice with adults and older adults who have a range of bio psychosocial problems related to mental disorders. Students will learn a range of assessment and intervention skills and become familiarized with current psychiatric classification systems, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (lCD). Students will demonstrate the ability to access the most recent empirical and practice knowledge and to develop skills related to work in a variety of mental health settings. Mental disorders will be learned within the context of the larger bio psychosocial system and attention is paid to differences based upon such variables as age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

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CSWK 5353 - Field Education in Social Casework III

Focuses primarily on the student’s major method, emphasizing preparation for competent, advanced specialized practice. Required course for students in the Casework concentration.

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CSWK 5354 - Field Education in Social Casework IV.

Focuses primarily on the student’s major method, emphasizing preparation for competent, advanced specialized practice. Required course for students in the Casework concentration.

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CSWK 5355 - Block Placement in Casework.

Field Education in Casework for well-prepared students who have completed all course requirements except the second year of field education and the appropriate method/s course. Required course for students in the M.S.W. program completing a Block Field Placement.

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CSWK 5365 - Family Therapy: Theory and Practice

Provides a knowledge of significant theories, theorists, practice skills and techniques for family therapy, as well as the growing professional self-awareness of the therapist. Provides: a) opportunities for study of the use of family therapy with particular problem situations; b) critical study of changes in current theories, emerging theories and integration of theories; c) analysis of research in family therapy; and, d) an ongoing seminar for discussion of cases.

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