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Division of Social Work

Division of Social Work

Course Descriptions

SWK-S 616 : Social Work Practice in Schools (085529)

This advanced level practice course is designed to provide students with an overview of contemporary social work practice in school settings. Specific topical areas include the historical and contemporary contexts of social work service in school settings, legal mandates for social work practice in schools, social policies and trends in education affecting school settings and social work practice in schools, preventive and intervention methods and roles applicable to diverse populations in school settings, research issues and practice effectiveness, and multiculturalism and diversity issues in social work practice in schools.

SWK-S 618 : Social Policy and Services II (078400)

A group of courses covering topics or content including social problems, special populations, particular social service delivery areas, and social indicators that predict areas of future social policy transformations.

SWK-S 619 : Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents (085530)

This course is designed to develop and broaden student knowledge and skill in direct practice with children and adolescents. Social work practice will be examined within the context of meta-frameworks that include developmental stages/tasks, sexual development and orientation, gender issues, family context, culture, larger environmental systems, discrimination/oppression, and legal rights and responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on practice methods including assessment, interviewing, comparative treatment models, and practice with special populations.

SWK-S 694 : Social Work Practice with Older Adults (084231)

The purpose of this course is to provide health practice concentration students with increased depth of knowledge in the area of practice with older adults in healthcare areas, such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, adult day care and long-term care facilities. Effective social work practice relies on evidence-based theories on aging, biopsychosocial assessment, and relevant research on aging. Older adults are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, and advances in technology have enhanced longevity. However, increased longevity has engendered complex and demanding issues, such as quality of life, right of self-determination, biopsychosocial issues and the responsibility to protect a vulnerable population. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively work with older adults.