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    Department of Social Work & Gerontology
    Shippensburg University
    382 Shippen Hall
    1871 Old Main Drive
    Shippensburg, PA 17257
    (717) 477-1717
    dfjaco@ship.edu  

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    Course Descriptions

    SWK102 SOCIAL WORK IN SOCIAL WELFARE (3 CRS.)

    Examines the social work profession within the social welfare system. Develops an understanding of contemporary social work practice by examining its history, knowledge base, values, skills, methods and fields of practice. Introduces the generalist model for practice which serves as a base for subsequent social work courses. Provides initial understanding of the needs and issues of special populations in relation to social welfare policies and services and social work practice. Requires a volunteer experience with a social service agency. Provides introduction to the profession and serves as resource to make an informed decision about social work as a career.

    SWK150 HUMAN RELATIONS LAB (3 CRS.)

    Develops effective generic interpersonal skills. Uses a laboratory design which has a variety of experiential and didactic experiences to 1) understand components of effective interaction; 2) develop self awareness about your own strengths and limitations; 3) gain feedback about others’ perception of you; 4) establish personal goals for growth and development; and 5) evaluate your ongoing progress in communication competencies.

    SWK250 ASSESSING INDIVIDUALS IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (3 CRS.)

    Focuses on assessment skills to understand human behavior of individuals in the social environment. Assessments based on biological, psychological and social data as well as life cycle or situational specifics that may influence behavior. This is a required course for all social work majors. Is the basis of social work practice with individuals.

    SWK265 UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (3 CRS.)

    Helps students develop tools for increased understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity and cultures different from their own. This “human behavior in the social environment lens” approach calls for students to examine their own cultural roots, learn more about other cultures/human diversities and be exposed to the role of history on present day diversity issues. Students will be asked to self investigate and identify areas where differing customs or values could have an impact upon intervention, identify their own biases and be willing to develop a reversible mind set. Course rests on the generalist approach to social work practice, which encompasses the ethnic sensitive model for intervention and management of human diversity issues. Includes work with, but is not limited to, populations of people who are oppressed due to racial, cultural, religion, gender or sexual orientation or other minority status groups in society.

    SWK270 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS (3 CRS.)

    Presents entry-level social work students with basic social work principles, values and generic skills needed for work with individuals utilizing a direct-service generalist approach to social work practice. Also provides the foundation of generic skills that are deemed applicable to all practice contexts, i.e., individual, family, group organization and communities. Range of competencies and skills covered includes, but is not limited to, the use of the ecological perspective, developing the social history, problem-solving/critical thinking, an overview of the single subject design, the four phases of the Interactional Approach to Helping Model, the Dual Perspective and service planning. These skills are studied in the classroom and made operational via classroom and lab exercises, simulated experiences and external assignments. During the latter part of this course, a student who is successfully completing this course must apply to the Social Work Program for Professional Status in order to continue to take higher-level social work courses. Policies and application procedures are described in the Social Work Handbook. Prerequisites: SWK102, SWK150 and SWK250.

    SWK275 SOCIAL WORK SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH GROUPS (3 CRS.)

    Expands the assessment and intervention skills learned in SWK270 to working with groups. Students will learn how group theories should inform their developing of group leadership skills. Emphasizes the planning, facilitating and evaluating of groups often used in social work practice. Prerequisite: SWK270.

    SWK327 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES (3 CRS.)

    This practice course offers a skills foundation for generalist practice with families. As mediators with families, students will learn intervention skills which enable development of family in environment processes for improving social functioning. Prerequisite: SWK270.

    SWK340 ASSESSING ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES IN SOCIETY (3 CRS.)

    Examines human behavior concepts in organization and community systems. Builds upon
    the ecological/system’s framework introduced in SWK250 to extend this approach to larger systems in the social environment context. Considers the implications of system resources and
    configuration for meeting human needs. The role and function of generalist social workers to
    understand and advocate for system development and change is emphasized. Prerequisites:
    SWK250 and SWK360.

    SWK347 THROUGH SWK359 SPECIAL FIELDS OF SOCIAL WORK (3 CRS.)

    Extends and elaborates the generalist approach to social work practice to a specific field of practice. The special field is studied through the examination of curricular areas: human behavior, practice, policy and services, research and special populations. Special field courses include, but are not limited to: Behavioral Health (SWK347), Substance Abuse (SWK348), Aging (SWK351), Child Welfare (SWK352), Developmental Disabilities (SWK356), Health Care (SWK357), Schools (SWK358) and Violence in Interpersonal Relationships (SWK359). Prerequisite: SWK270.

    SWK360 RESEARCH TECHNIQUES FOR SOCIAL WORKERS (3 CRS.)

    Introduces basic research concepts, procedures for conducting research and their application to social work practice. Basic knowledge of scientific inquiry, the ethics that guide research and the roles of social workers as researchers is also covered. Both qualitative and quantitative methods of collecting and analyzing data are given major attention. Students learn the procedure for developing a research proposal. Prerequisites: SWK250 and MAT170.

    SWK370 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES (3 CRS.)

    Content is an essential, integral part of the generalist approach to social work practice. Extends the generic and direct service generalist frameworks learned in SWK270 and the assessment knowledge learned in SWK340 to practice interventions with organizations and communities. Considers the prevailing social work approaches for organization and community development and changes. The theory and skills of these approaches are studied in the classroom and made operational in simulated and field experiences. Prerequisites: SWK270 and SWK340.

    SWK383 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL WELFARE (1-3 CRS.)

    Provides the opportunity for the department to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest not covered by the regular courses.

    SWK388 PREPARATION FOR PRACTICUM (1 CR.)

    Explores some professional aspects of social work. Combines new and practical information to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the field practicum experience. Offers senior social work students seminars and individual consultation about the field practicum process. These will include topics about field work objectives, procedures and roles and responsibilities of all parties involved. Also addresses a wide range of practice issues e.g., ethical and legal issues, clinical record keeping, professional standards for behavior, stress management and use of supervision. All preliminary procedures for the establishment of a field practicum will be met through this course. This course is required of all social work majors in the semester prior to registering for field practicum. Prerequisite: SWK270.

    SWK389 FIELD WORK IN SOCIAL WORK I (3 CRS.)

    Majors in social work must take all of these, (SWK389, SWK390, SWK391, SWK392 and SWK393) concurrently for a total of 12 credit hours. Provides experience in social work practice in a community-based agency under supervision and instruction from agency staff. Involves providing agency services while further developing and enhancing social work practice skills by supplementing and reinforcing classroom learning. Practicum includes spending a minimum of 450 clock hours in placement. The program outcomes are the evaluation criteria for successful completion of the field work. Prerequisites: Social work major and successful completion of all courses in the major (exception may be made to take SWK450 concurrently.) Note: Students must have earned a C or better in all required social work courses before enrolling.

    SWK390 FIELD WORK IN SOCIAL WORK II (3 CRS.)

    See SWK389 for the course description.

    SWK391 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK METHODS (3 CRS.)

    Builds on the field work experience and must be taken concurrently with Field I-IV to integrate the concepts and skills constituting the program outcomes for entry-level social work practice. Emphasis is on the generalist approach covering the basic elements of assessment and intervention as applied to field learning. In conjunction with the field experience, integrates theory with practice across systems (i.e., individual, family, group organizations and community processes). Major research project is required. Prerequisites: Social work major and SWK370; SWK388.

    SWK392 FIELD WORK IN SOCIAL WORK III (3 CRS.)

    See SWK389 for the course description.

    SWK393 FIELD WORK IN SOCIAL WORK IV (3 CRS.)

    See SWK389 for the course description.

    SWK420 GENDER ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS (3 CRS.)

    Examines institutionalized gender socialization, current gender issues and controversies, feminist theory for understanding behavior and guiding principles and practices for helping professionals. Students encouraged to develop heightened self awareness about their gender-related attitudes and values for functioning as a helping professional. May be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: SWK270 or junior status.

    SWK450 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AND SERVICES (3 CRS.)

    Presents analytical framework for social welfare policies and services analysis and formulation. Critically examines social welfare policy issues related to the context of social welfare policy analysis and current policies, programs and services. These practice areas might be: income maintenance, poverty, health and behavioral health, housing, aging, child welfare and corrections. Relates social welfare policy to social service delivery systems; social action, planning and administration; racism, sexism and pluralistic society; and alternative programs to meet social welfare needs. Prerequisites: SWK270 and PLS100.

    SWK490 SELECTED TOPICS IIN SOCIAL WELFARE (1-3 CRS.)

    Provides the opportunity for the department to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest not covered by the regular courses.