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KEENAN, ELIZABETH, Professor and Chairperson
GARDELLA, LORRIE GREENHOUSE, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
CAMERON, MARK, Professor
DRIPCHAK, VALERIE, Professor
GESINO, JACK, Associate Professor
HOWE, ESTHER, Professor
PERUMBILLY, SEBASTIAN, A., Assistant Professor
PIZZANELLO, HEATHER, Assistant Professor
RAKFELDT, JAAK, Professor
RODRIGUEZ-KEYES, ELIZABETH, Associate Professor
ROFUTH, TODD, Professor
SMOYER, AMY B., Assistant Professor
TOMCZAK, STEPHEN MONROE, Associate Professor

MFT 505 - Therapeutic Use of Self Introduction

Participants are introduced to Self of Therapist methodology and techniques, identification of significant Self of Therapist themes and awareness practice. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Matriculated MFT Students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 506 - Therapeutic Use of Self Intermediate

A continuation of the Self of Therapist training from MFT 505. Theory, tracking relational processes, awareness of social context and therapist's use of self as an instrument of change will be developed. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 505. Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 548 - Introduction to Family Clinic Policies and Procedures

This course will forcus on the policies and procedures of the SCSU Family Clinic, including working with courts, ancillary professionals and agencies, report writing and introductions to the therapeutic programs the Family Clinic offers clients.

1.5 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 562 - MFT Practicum in Case Management and Clinical Skill Development

The student is expected to see individuals in therapy, conduct supervised visits, lead anger management groups, and act as a co-therapist in couples and family therapy at the department's Marital and Family Therapy Clinic. In addition, the student may begin an outside placement for a limited number of hours. A supervision group at the university affords the student the opportunity to watch live therapy from behind the viewing mirror and to be a part of the group supervision of these cases. Scheduled spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 597 and departmental permission. Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 563 - Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum II

The student is expected to see individuals in therapy, conduct supervised visits, lead anger management groups, and act as a co-therapist in couples and family therapy at the department's Marital and Family Therapy Clinic. In addition, the student may begin an outside placement for a limited number of hours. A supervision group at the university affords the student the opportunity to watch live therapy from behind the viewing mirror and to be a part of the group supervision of these cases. Scheduled spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 597. Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

MFT 586 - Family and Individual Development Over the Life Cycle

An in-depth study of the family life cycle including adult development, the impact of specific factors such as adoption, homosexuality, and bi-raciality at different junctures of the family life cycle; and the multifaceted, interactive nature of systemic, psychological and biological stressors associated with the transitions from stage to stage in family development.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 587 - Family Therapy Outcome Research

Survey of research methods particular to family therapy. Highlights findings from family therapy outcome research. Students are expected to participate in a class research project and to complete a single case experiment. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 588 - Family Assessment

An extensive study of the assessment of family systems from a systemic perspective with introductions to other models of assessment.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 597, MFT 598 and departmental permiss ion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

MFT 597 - Family of Origin

An intensive study of each student’s trans-generational family of origin. Patterns and themes are studied as systemic links between past and present interactional processes. Scheduled fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 598 - Family Systems Theory I

History and overview of general systems theory, followed by an exploration of various systematic approaches to family therapy. Scheduled fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 600 - Independent Study in Marriage and Family Therapy

Identification and investigation of a problem relevant to the field of marriage and family therapy; preparation and presentation of a scholarly document summarizing the study or research. Scheduled irregularly.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 605 - Therapeutic Use of Self in Groups I

Experiential techniques, methodology and theory for working with groups, couples and families. Didactic small group work as therapist, client and observer.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 506. Open to Matriculated MFT Students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 606 - Therapeutic Use of Self in Groups II

Experiential techniques, methodology and theory for working with groups, couples and families. Didactic small group work as therapist, client and observer.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 605. Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 607 - Systemic Perspectives on Mental Health and Psychopathology

Students apply systemically based diagnostic skills to mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders within the delivery of family therapy services. Students incorporate the DSM and elementary knowledge of psychopharmacology into case management and clinical practice.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 610 - Couples Therapy

Designed to present couples therapy from a multi-systemic view with particular emphasis on practical application and skill acquisition. Current research including client perceptions of ‘what works’, study and demonstrations of therapy, and case study will make up the matrix of study.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 597, MFT 598. Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 620 - Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy

Explores ideas and experiences and is designed to prepare the student to function as a professional therapist. Knowledge of and the ability to deal with major issues of the profession is one aspect of this. Legal and ethical knowledge and conduct are other hallmarks of a true professional. We will consider these topics in general and in the context of Connecticut state law. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 658 - Topics in Family Studies

An overview of major current topics such as eating disorders, violence, incest, and grief and loss, including treatment interventions in each instance. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 662 - MFT Internship in Case Management and Clinical Skill Development

Students work with couples and families both in an agency setting and at the Family Therapy Clinic while attending weekly supervision seminars. A total of 500 hours must be completed with a minimum of 300 of these hours being with couples and families present in the treatment room. Fifty of these hours must be accrued at the Family Therapy Clinic under direct, live supervision. Students receive individual and group supervision with a minimum of 50 hours of direct, live supervision. Scheduled fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 562. Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 663 - Marriage and Family Therapy Internship and Seminar II

Students work with couples and families both in an agency setting and at the Family Therapy Clinic while attending weekly supervision seminars. A total of 500 hours must be completed with a minimum of 300 of these hours being with couples and families present in the treatment room. Fifty of these hours must be accrued at the Family Therapy Clinic under direct, live supervision. Students receive individual and group supervision with a minimum of 50 hours of direct, live supervision. Scheduled fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 562, MFT 563. Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

MFT 664 - Marriage and Family Therapy Internship and Seminar III

Students work with couples and families both in an agency setting and at the Family Therapy Clinic while attending weekly supervision seminars. A total of 500 hours must be completed with a minimum of 300 of these hours being with couples and families present in the treatment room. Fifty of these hours must be accrued at the Family Therapy Clinic under direct, live supervision. Students receive individual and group supervision with a minimum of 50 hours of direct, live supervision. Scheduled fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): MFT 562, MFT 563. Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

MFT 665 - Field Work Internship Seminar

The seminar provides an opportunity for full or part time supervised MFT internship students working in off-site field settings to meet together weekly to intergrate field experiences, participate in case consultation and discuss topics of professional interest while striving to complete the 500 hours of clinical work required for graduation.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MFT 668 - Family Systems Theory II

An advanced course focusing on an investigation of specific brief evidence based and post-modern theories and methods. Content and practice includes brief therapies, the reflecting team, the use of strategic assignments, solution focused therapy and in-home therapy. Scheduled spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Matriculated MFT students. Non-matriculated students require department permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

MFT 669 - Family Systems Theory-III: Evidence Based In-Home Treatment

An overview of the history, theoretical foundations, and implementation of several evidence-based in-home family treatment models. Didactic presentations and discussions in class will be supplemented by case presentations from practitioners, and by testimonials from families who have received in-home services.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

MFT 672 - Understanding the Treatment of SubstanceAddictions in Couples and Families.

Family Systems view of the development and maintenance of substance abusing patterns and addiction. This course will focus on theories and treatment practices for the systemic, postmodern and evidence-based approaches to couples and family therapy.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

MFT 673 - Treatment Issues in MFT: Integrating Spirituality and Religion

Applications of systems approach to treatment of families in crisis and transition. Consideration of the role of spirituality and religion in understanding family dynamics. developing solutions to problems, and building on strengths and resilience.

1.5 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

SWK 510 - Social Welfare Policies and Delivery Systems

Philosophical, historical, analytical framework from which to view the practice of social work and human service programs in the context of the U.S. social welfare system. Scheduled fall and spring semesters. Open to non-matriculated students.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 512 - Child Welfare Policies and Practice

The child’s rights, the child and the family, the child and the court, neglect and abuse, advocacy, foster care, and adoption are explored. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Special Information: policy course for C&F specialization.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 510. Matriculated Social Work students only. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 516 - Social Welfare Policy: The Aged

Numerous theoretical frameworks, advanced practice analysis, the impact of cultural, economic, political, and social factors on policy development and service systems for elders are explored. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 510. Matriculated Social Work students only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 518 - Social Welfare Policy: Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Historical overview of mental health and substance abuse policy from colonial times to the present with cross-cultural comparisons to other societies. Current policies are stressed. Scheduled in spring and fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 510. Matriculated Social Work students only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 521 - Contemporary Issues in Working with Alcoholic and Chemically Dependent Individuals and Families

Provides the theoretical knowledge and practice orientation to alcoholism and substance abuse required for students to effectively provide social work interventions to alcoholic and substance abusing individuals and families. Scheduled fall semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 523 - Clinical Social Work Practice with Children

Provides knowledge, skills, and values for social work practice with children. Emphasis will be given to vulnerable and at-risk children. Scheduled fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 571. Matriculated Social Work students only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 525 - Faith Perspectives and Human Services

Impact of faith perspectives on human services; issues and dilemmas of workers who perceive helping as a lay ministry; understanding of diverse ethnic and cultural faith perspectives, cults and religious movements; and ecological and dual perspectives. Non-denominational and non-sectarian.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

SWK 530 - Social Work Policies in Educational Settings

The challenges and opportunities of social work practice in educational settings are examined with particular focus on non-academic barriers to educational achievement with middle to high school age children. School internship or work experience in schools required. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 510.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 532 - Theory and Practice I - Individuals

A re-conceptualization of problems, objectives, helping processes, service arrangements, worker and client roles based on the common factors model of social work practice. Matriculated Social Work students only. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 533 - Theory and Practice II - Groups

Generic method applied to groups as client, action or target systems, and professional teams. Models of intervention, skills, strategies, program and tasks. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Matriculated Social Work student.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 534 - Theory and Practice III - Organizations and Communities

Analytical and transactional skills necessary for social work intervention with communities and organizations. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Matriculated Social Work students only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 537 - Clinical Social Work Supervision

Components of effective social work supervision: administrative, educational, and supportive; skill development, assessing performance, planning in-service programs, accountability technologies, and managing socio-political relationships. Scheduled fall semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 539 - Advanced Clinical Practice with Adolescents

Social science knowledge in social work assessment and intervention with children and teenagers who have been identified as "deviant." Scheduled spring semesters of even numbered years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 540 - Advanced Clinical Practice With Elders

Knowledge, skills, and methods needed to demonstrate effective clinical practice with the aged. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 571 or departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 545 - Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Adults

Knowledge, skills and methods needed for effective direct practice with children and families. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 571. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 548 - Advanced Clinical Practice with Families

Provides students with social work theories, skills and values essential for practice with families. Emphasis will be given to special needs of vulnerable populations, diverse ethnic groups, prevention and empowerment. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 571. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 549 - Advanced Clinical Practice with Later Life Families

Provides an overview of later life families (60 years or older) using social and psychological perspectives for understanding adaptive and non-adaptive changes to family restructuring to late life developmental changes for the purposes of social work family interventions. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 571. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 550 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Development of human behavior throughout the life cycle in various environments will be explored. The ecological, dual, conflict, psychodynamics and developmental perspectives will be emphasized. Open to non-matriculated students. Scheduled fall and summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 551 - Diversity, Oppression, and Social Functioning

Provides students with a theoretical understanding of culture, ethnicity, oppression, gender and race that informs clinical assessment and intervention. Focus is on the psychosocial dimensions of disempowerment and social work practice building on client strengths. Scheduled spring semesters. Open to non matriculated graduate students.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 552 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment — Psychopathology

Identify and understand etiology, symptoms and course of psychiatric disorders. Impact of bio-psychosocial variables, genetic factors, and human diversity on onset and course of psychopathology will be studied. Matriculated Social Work students only. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 550. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 554 - Violence in the Family: Interventive Strategies

Themes of violence in the family; socio-political theories of violence; diverse interventions; violence and oppression; implications for social work, law, and medical professions. Scheduled spring semesters. Cross-listed as WMS 554. Open to non-matriculated students.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

SWK 556 - Advanced Clinical Practice in Mental Health and Substance Use

Principles and practices requiring specialized knowledge and skills to work with persons and families with severe and prolonged mental illness and/or substance abuse problems. An emphasis on cognitive behavioral approaches is stressed. Open to matriculated Social Work students only. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 571.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 559 - Current Issues in Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Explores innovative community care approaches as well as emerging trends for working with persons with severe and prolonged mental disorder and substance abuse/addictions in the field of community mental health. Emphasizes social work intervention using psychosocial rehabilitation approaches for individuals and families seeking services from public mental health agencies, emphasizing evidence-based best practices, and client-centered, recovery-oriented approaches Scheduled fall semesters. (Required for Cohort students, can be used as an elective for non-cohort students).

Prerequisite(s):Open to matriculated Social Work students only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

SWK 561 - Social Work Research Methods

Principles and applications of scientific research methods will be presented. Students develop a model of a social work practice research study as a final assignment. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Open to matriculated social work students only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 567 - Social Work Practice in Crisis Situations

Different types of crisis situations experienced by individuals, families, and groups. Emphasis on the assessment of developmental and situational crises. Effective social work intervention strategies to use within person-in-environment prespective with at risk groups.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2018

SWK 568 - Addictive Behaviors: Intervention Strategies for Clinical Practice

Identification of the addictive behaviors of substance use, gambling, sex and over-eating in individuals across the life-span. Emphasis on effective social work strategies with addicted individuals and their families within the person in environment perspective. Open to matriculated social work students only. Scheduled spring semesters.

Special Information: Advanced practice course for MHSU-COD and EDU specializations.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 571

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 569 - Clinical Sexuality and Social Work Practice

Knowledge of male/female sexual development, patterns of sexual response and the psychobiological tenets of love and skill acquisition for working with clients who experience sexual disorders, problems, worries and forcible sexual behavior.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 570 - Generalist Social Work Field Practicum I

The supervised field practicum provides opportunities for the student to apply conceptual material to practice situations and to develop professional practice competency. Weekly seminar required which focuses on micro-counseling skills and intervention models. Open to matriculated students in Social Work. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 571 - Generalist Social Work Field Practicum II

Supervised field practicum and weekly seminar is a continuation of SWK 570. The seminar focuses on developing professional assessment skills and procedures employed in various settings. Open only to matriculated students in Social Work. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Matriculated Social Work student.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 572 - Practicum III and Capstone Proposal

A supervised field practicum in the specialization concurrent with weekly seminar. The field practicum provides opportunity to develop professional practice competency and to produce a research proposal in the specialization. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 571.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 573 - Practicum IV and Capstone

A supervised field practicum in the specialization concurrent with weekly seminar. The field practicum provides opportunity to develop professional practice competence and to submit an acceptable research project in the specialization. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 572. 

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 580 - Seminar in Social Work Practice

Seminar in Social Work Practice

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SWK 583 - Information Systems for Social Service Management

This course provides knowledge of management information systems design and implementation; evaluative research design and methods; and utilization of both for organizational decision making and policy settings.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

SWK 584 - Non Profit Fiscal Management

Administrative decision-making related to financial planning and resource allocation in government, non-profit, or human service organizations. Knowledge and skills in budgeting, allocating, and expenditure control are studied in detail. Related activities such as fundraising, grant writing, public relations, and evaluation are briefly covered.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

SWK 599 - Special Topics

Special Topics in Social Work (Topics vary.)

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SWK 600 - Independent Study and Research

Study of an area of social work practice under the direction of a faculty member and with the consent of the chairperson of the department.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017