Social Work (SOWK)

Social Work (SOWK)

SOWK 500  Generalist Bridge Course  1 Credit Hour(s)  

The Generalist Bridge Course prepares the student for graduate work in social work, including basic introduction to competencies, orientation to social work values, writing and technology proficiencies.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 501  Generalist Social Work Concepts  3-4 Credit Hour(s)  

Generalist Social Work Concepts is a course that gives an overview of the field of social work practice and corresponding concepts. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to the ecclesiastical beginnings of the profession, cultural humility, social policy, self-care, the integration of faith and practice, as well as social work values and practice settings.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 510  Generalist Social Work Macro Practice  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 501 and SOWK 530

Social Work Macro Practice is the study of practice in community and organizational settings from a generalist social work point of view. Students practice skills associated with engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with communities and organizations.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 530  Human Behavior and the Social Environment  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Human Behavior and the Social Environment is a course that addresses theoretical perspectives as tools for understanding human behavior and its development across the life span. The interrelatedness of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects within the environment is the main area of focus.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 544  Generalist Field Enrollment I  0 Credit Hour(s)  

Generalist Field Enrollment I provides students with guidance in their efforts to secure a placement for their Generalist Field Experience. Initial documents are completed. Upon successful completion of the course, students are manually registered by the Department and enrolled in Generalist Field Experience II in which the placement is finalized.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 545  Generalist Field Enrollment II  0 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 544

Generalist Field Enrollment II provides students with guidance in their efforts to finalize a placement which was secured in SOWK 544 (Generalist Field Enrollment I) for their Generalist Field Experience. Upon successful completion of the course, students are enrolled in a field experience.

Registration Restrictions: GPA 2.75 or higher; Manual enrollment by Department

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 550  Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 501 and SOWK 530

Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families focuses on generalist social work practice utilizing the interactional approach to helping. Skill development in engagement, assessment, and intervention is the emphasis of the course.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 555  Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 501 and SOWK 530

Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of theories, methods, and skills in relation to generalist practice with social work groups. This course also provides the forum for students to gain an understanding of the cultural values of individuals and the influence of those values on the group process.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 570  Generalist Social Work Communication and Ethics  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Generalist Social Work Communication and Ethics is the study of social work communication and the values and principles of ethical decision-making. Topics in the course include social work documentation, APA format, and oral communication skills in the context of ethics. Students are encouraged to view the subject matter in light of a biblical worldview.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 575  Generalist Field Experience and Seminar A  4 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: ((SOWK 550 or SOWK 555) and SOWK 501 and SOWK 530 and SOWK 545 and SOWK 570 and SOWK 588 (may be taken concurrently))

Generalist Field Experience and Seminar A provides students with the opportunity to perform in the role of a social work practitioner under the supervision of an experienced master's level social worker. This is the first in a sequence of 2 courses. Students are engaged in a minimum of 200 field hours in a setting performing the duties of a social worker. Additionally, students meet for two hours weekly to discuss the theoretical and conceptual concepts learned in the classroom with the practical experiences in field placement. The course emphasizes the health and safety of the social work student.

Registration Restrictions: Manual Registration with consent of Department

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 577  Generalist Field Experience and Seminar B  4 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: ((SOWK 550 or SOWK 555) and SOWK 501 and SOWK 530 and SOWK 545 and SOWK 570 and SOWK 588 (may be taken concurrently))

Generalist Field Experience and Seminar B provides students with the opportunity to perform in the role of a social work practitioner under the supervision of an experienced master's level social worker. This is the second in a sequence of 2 courses. Students are engaged in a minimum of 200 field hours in a setting performing the duties of a social worker. Additionally, students meet for two hours weekly to discuss the theoretical and conceptual concepts learned in the classroom with the practical experiences in field placement. The course emphasizes the health and safety of the social work student.

Registration Restrictions: Manual Registration with consent of Department

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 580  Social Work Research Methods  3 Credit Hour(s)  

The course will provide an overview of qualitative, quantitative, mixed method research, and research design. It will provide basic foundational knowledge for social work research and how to evaluate and critique literature. Students will better understand the overall approaches of research, use of literature reviews, development of research proposals, and anticipation of ethical issues while developing writing strategies

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 588  Generalist Comprehensive Exam  0 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 501 and SOWK 510 (may be taken concurrently) and SOWK 530 and SOWK 545 and SOWK 550 and SOWK 555 and SOWK 560 (may be taken concurrently) and (SOWK 565 (may be taken concurrently) or SOWK 590 (may be taken concurrently)) and SOWK 570 and SOWK 580 (may be taken concurrently)

Students are required to pass the comprehensive exam with a 70% or higher.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 590  Generalist Field Experience and Seminar  8 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: ((SOWK 550 or SOWK 555) and SOWK 501 and SOWK 530 and SOWK 545 and SOWK 570 and SOWK 588 (may be taken concurrently))

Generalist Field Experience and Seminar provides students with the opportunity to perform in the role of a social work practitioner under the supervision of an experienced master's level social worker. Students are engaged in a minimum of 400 field hours in a setting performing the duties of a social worker. Additionally, students meet for two hours weekly to discuss the theoretical and conceptual concepts learned in the classroom with the practical experiences in field placement. The course emphasizes the health and safety of the social work student.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 600  Advanced Generalist Bridge Course  1 Credit Hour(s)  

The Advanced Generalist Bridge Course prepares the student for graduate work in social work, including an advanced introduction to competencies, emphasis on social work values and ethics, the biblical underpinnings of the profession, advanced writing skills, and technology proficiencies.

Offered: Resident

SOWK 610  Advanced Social Work Macro Practice  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 510 and SOWK 588 and SOWK 655

Advanced Social Work Macro Practice addresses an in-depth approach to social work practice with communities and organizations. Students engage members of a community or organization and identify strengths, needs, opportunities, and threats. Emphasis is placed on the strengths of the entity and students are encouraged to use an empowerment model to aid the entity in capitalizing on their strengths.

Registration Restrictions: Master of Social Work students

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 612  Program Development and Supervision  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 588 and SOWK 655

Program Development and Supervision provides the opportunity for students to develop competency in the use of and provision of supervision. Additionally, students will gain knowledge in the area of program development through experiential learning.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 625  Social Policy, Justice, and Advocacy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 588

Social Justice, Policy, and Advocacy addresses social policy and advocacy from a social and environmental justice perspective. Students will have the opportunity to assess policy, recognizing the influence it has on individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. Students will engage in advocacy for socially just policies.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 641  Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 655

Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice provides the opportunity for students to develop clinical skills in working with individuals, families, and groups struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 643  Child and Family Social Work Clinical Practice  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 655

Child and Family Social Work Clinical Practice provides the opportunity for students to develop competency in child and family therapeutic practice. Emphasis is placed on the use of research-informed practice.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 644  Social Development and International Social Work Practice  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 588 and SOWK 655

Social Development and International Social Work Practice provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in working with international populations. Students will gain an understanding of global social work in developing and developed countries.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 645  Psychopathology and Addictions  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 588

Psychopathology and Addictions exposes students to mental health diagnoses and addictive behavior. Students gain an understanding of the use of the DSM-5 and the ICD 10 in social work practice. Students will learn the basics of diagnosis.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 647  Military Social Work Practice  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 588 and SOWK 655

Military Social Work Practice provides the opportunity for students to develop competency in assessment, engagement, and intervention with military populations. Emphasis is placed on the use of research-informed practice.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 650  Diversity and Cultural Humility  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 588

Diversity and Cultural Humility provides students with a basic understanding of the multifaceted complex diversities in society. The course emphasizes cultural humility and cultural intelligence.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 655  Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 588 or Generalist Comp Exam (SOWK588) with a score of 5

Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice provides an overview to a variety of theoretical approaches to helping individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. The course emphasizes the necessity of utilizing research-informed practice in a competent manner.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 664  Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment I  0 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: ((SOWK 590 or SOWK 560 and SOWK 565) and SOWK 545 and SOWK 588 )

Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment I provides students with guidance in their efforts to secure a placement for their Advanced Generalist Field Experience. Initial documents are completed. Upon successful completion of the course, students are manually registered by the Department and enrolled in Advanced Generalist Field Experience II in which the placement is finalized.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 665  Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment II  0 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: ((SOWK 590 or SOWK 560 and SOWK 565)) and SOWK 545 and SOWK 588 and SOWK 664

Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment II provides students with guidance in their efforts to finalize a placement which was secured in SOWK 664 (Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment I) for their Advanced Generalist Field Experience. Upon successful completion of the course, students are enrolled in a field experience.

Registration Restrictions: GPA of 3.0 or higher; Manual enrollment by the department

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 675  Advanced Generalist Field Experience and Seminar A  4 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 655 and SOWK 665

Advanced Field Experience and Seminar provides students with the opportunity to perform in the role of a social work practitioner under the supervision of an experienced master's level social worker. Students are engaged in a minimum of 300 field hours performing the duties of a social worker. Additionally, students meet for two hours weekly to discuss the theoretical and conceptual concepts learned in the classroom with the practical experiences in field placement. The course emphasizes the health and safety of the social work student.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 677  Advanced Generalist Field Experience and Seminar B  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 655 and SOWK 665 and SOWK 675

Advanced Field Experience and Seminar provides students with the opportunity to perform in the role of a social work practitioner under the supervision of an experienced master's level social worker. Students are engaged in a minimum of 300 field hours performing the duties of a social worker. Additionally, students meet for two hours weekly to discuss the theoretical and conceptual concepts learned in the classroom with the practical experiences in field placement. The course emphasizes the health and safety of the social work student.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 680  Applied Research and Ethics  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 580

The SOWK 680 Applied Research and Ethics course builds on basic research knowledge, expanding to assessment, evaluation, and ethical program research in social work practice. Developing the necessary skills and cognitive and effective processes to conduct program evaluation, practice evaluation, and the critique of evidence-based practice literature to constantly enhance social work practice and programs is the focus of the course. Students will enhance their skills in research informed practice and practice informed research.

Registration Restrictions: Master of Social Work students

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 688  Advanced Generalist Comprehensive Exam  0 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 588 and SOWK 625 (may be taken concurrently) and SOWK 650 (may be taken concurrently) and SOWK 655 (may be taken concurrently) and SOWK 665 (may be taken concurrently) and SOWK 670 (may be taken concurrently) and SOWK 680 (may be taken concurrently)

Students are required to pass the comprehensive exam with a 70% or higher.

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 690  Advanced Generalist Field Experience and Seminar  6-9 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 655 and SOWK 665

Advanced Field Experience and Seminar provides students with the opportunity to perform in the role of a social work practitioner under the supervision of an experienced master's level social worker. Students are engaged in a minimum of 600 field hours performing the duties of a social worker. Additionally, students meet for two hours weekly to discuss the theoretical and conceptual concepts learned in the classroom with the practical experiences in field placement. The course emphasizes the health and safety of the social work student.

Registration Restrictions: Manual Registration with consent of Department

Offered: Resident and Online

SOWK 697  Special Topics in Advanced Generalist Social Work  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: SOWK 501

An in-depth study of a specific aspect of social work practice.

Registration Restrictions: Instructor approval

Offered: Resident and Online

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