Social Work

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Elizabeth Keenan
CHAIRPERSON (effective 10/12/2016)
Lang 201
(203) 392-6573 – Fax (203) 392-6580
keenane1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-6559

Mark Cameron, Professor
Valerie Dripchak, Professor
Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, Associate Professor
Jack Gesino, Associate Professor
Steven Hoffler, Assistant Professor
Esther Howe, Professor
Elizabeth Keenan, Professor
Heather Pizzanello, Assistant Professor
Jaak Rakfeldt, Professor
Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes, Associate Professor
William Rowe, Professor
Todd Rofuth, Professor
Amy Smoyer, Assistant Professor
Stephen Monroe Tomczak, Associate Professor

MAJOR PROGRAM IN SOCIAL WORK

Social work has been designated as a growth profession for this century. The social work program prepares students for beginning generalist practice and for graduate degree programs.

Freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students must consult with their social work adviser when registering for classes in order to ensure that they fulfill prerequisite and recommended university requirements. Pre-advisement is available to students currently enrolled in two-year institutions who are interested in transferring to the bachelor's degree program in social work. These students should make an appointment with the BS-SWK program coordinator.

BSW Admission Standards and Procedure

Students interested in majoring in social work must complete a two-step admission process. Initially, students must be accepted into the University by the Admissions Office.  Then, application is made for admission to the Bachelor's of Social Work Program in the spring semester prior to the fall semester in which students anticipate enrolling in 300-level social work courses. Applications are available on the Department of Social Work website. The Department of Social Work admissions deadline is March 1.

To be accepted into the program and given permission to enroll in 300-level and above social work courses, all social work prerequisites must be completed:

  • Completion of 57 credits of university requirements.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.50 and good standing with the University.
  • Successful completion of SWK 200 or its equivalent with a minimum grade of B.
  • Successful completion of ENG 112 and MAT 107 or course equivalents.

Admission is competitive, with a GPA of 2.5 being the minimum considered for acceptance. Qualified applicants may not be accepted because enrollment caps are based on Department of Social Work resources. Applications are accepted once a year.

GPA, as well as other pre-admission criteria, will be used as a way of evaluating students for acceptance into the social work program. These may include, but are not limited to, completion of prerequisite courses, personal essay, and an evaluation of the student's program plan for completion of remaining university requirements. Consistent with SCSU admission requirements, preference is given to those candidates who, in the judgment of Social Work Department faculty, present through academic and personal qualifications the greatest potential for program success. Those students who meet eligibility criteria at the time of the priority admission deadline will be accepted provisionally so long as those criteria continue to be met at the end of the spring semester.

After a determination is made concerning the student's readiness to enter the program, a formal letter of acceptance is forwarded to the student. Each student is then assigned to a faculty adviser and a planned program is established.

Students interested in entering the BSW program but who do not meet the minimum academic standards are encouraged to reapply.

Standards for Continuation in and Graduation from the Program

Continuation in and graduation from the program are dependent upon satisfactory academic and professional performance. The minimum criteria for continuation includes a GPA of 2.5 overall, a GPA of 2.75 in social work courses, satisfactory field education practica evaluations, and a minimum of a "C" grade in field practice seminars.

If, in the professional judgment of the faculty, a student demonstrates practices that are harmful to clients, unethical, or unprofessional behavior, he or she will be placed on probation or requested to withdraw from the program.

The social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The department offers the following:

Social Work, B.S.

SWK 200 - Social Welfare and Social Services in America

Addresses the social structures, policies, values, tensions, and collaborations associated with social work practice. Knowledge regarding the relationships between institutions, context, interactions, and activities of social workers is presented for a range of practice settings. Particular attention is paid to the tensions and competing interests between social services and social change. The course includes 30 hours of community service in a social service organization. Required for social work majors and an elective for others who think they might be interested in a career in the helping professions.

Special Information: 30 hours of community service in a social service organization.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 294 - Social Work Tier 3 Capstone

Topics vary.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

SWK 320 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Application of a social systems framework to identify and understand the relationships between such variables as race, culture, ethnicity, sex, and class, and their impact on human behavior.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 321 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

Study of families, groups, communities, and organizations from social systems framework, and how they interact with variables such as race, culture, ethnicity, sex, and class.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 330 - Social Welfare Institutions and Policies I

Theoretical and philosophical foundations of the social work profession focusing on the social, cultural, political, economic, and historical factors of social welfare services in the United States. The community survey method is used in applying these concepts.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 350 - Social Work Research Methods

Introduction to the methods for conducting practice evaluation in social work. Written class projects based on agency practice are required.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 376 - Methods of Intervention I

Theories, principles, tasks, and skills of the generic helping process in social work practice. Introduces the student to the engagement, assessment, planning, intervention, and interviewing processes as applied to individuals and families.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 377 - Methods of Intervention II

Group processes and structures; generic method applied to groups as client, target and action systems; professional teamwork; phases of group development and worker roles, tasks and direct/indirect interventions.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 378 - Methods of Intervention III

Analysis of methods and skills underlying generalist social work practice in larger settings, focusing on organizations and communities. Emphasis is on the development of beginning competence in interventive methods with formal/ informal organizations and communities.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 380 - Children and Families in Child Welfare: A Practice and Perspective

Presents a family-focused, child-centered model for helping families at risk. Examines the complex interplay of policy and law as they affect practice and service delivery. Utilizes knowledge from ecological approaches, cultural competency, principles of family continuity, and the historic values of the social work profession.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 381 - Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Practice with Adults

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. Focuses on 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.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 382 - Gerontological Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

Provides a theoretical understanding of growing older, including concepts related to social theories of aging, the biological and physiological context of aging, health status, social context of aging, including family and social supports, racial/ethnic aging, and societal context of aging, including social and health care policies. Focuses on specific skills of intervention for gerontological social work practice.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 390 - Social Work Interviewing Skills

A study of the communication skills used in the professional helping process. Focus is on the deliberate selection and application of interpersonal skills for relationship building, assessment, planning ,intervention, evaluation, and termination. Students practice and evaluate their skills using specific client/worker situations in order to develop a beginning competency level.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 430 - Social Welfare Institutions and Policies II

Study of social welfare policies and programs as a means to bring about social change.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 490 - Field Practice: Seminar I

The student assumes progressive responsibility for professional practice and is expected to function at a higher level of professional competence and more autonomously. Concurrent with 16 hours of weekly field practice in a social agency.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SWK 491 - Field Practice Seminar II

Concurrent with 16 hours of weekly field practice in the SWK 490 social agency.

Prerequisite(s): SWK major and SWK 490.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SWK 499 - Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016