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Contact Information

Dr. Deborah Jacobs
Shippensburg University
717-477-1276
 dfjaco@ship.edu 

Shippensburg Social Work website 

Dr. Heather Girvin
Millersville University
717-871-2157  
heather.girvin@
millersville.edu


Millersville Social Work website 
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Course Descriptions 

SWK501 Principles and Philosophies of Social Work (3 crs.)

 Introduces the generalist model for practice, which serves as a base for subsequent social work courses and provides initial understanding of the needs and issues of special populations in relation to social welfare policies and services as well as social work practice. The course provides an introduction to the profession and the M.S.W. program while helping to prepare students for their subsequent field placements. Fifteen volunteer hours are required. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: None.


SWK505 Understanding Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations (3 crs.)

Focuses on issues of understanding human diversity, risk, societal power and privilege, including issues related to sexism, heterosexism, classism, ageism, religion and spirituality, cultural identity development oppression, risk, resilience, and empowerment. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: None.


SWK510 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 crs.)

Examines the life span approach to human development with a focus on the interaction between the individual's bio-psycho-social functioning and the social environment. It considers the impact of micro and mezzo (i.e. families and small groups) systems on behavior with particular emphasis given to populations considered to be at risk. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: SWK 501 Principles and Philosophies of Social Work.


SWK511 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3 crs.)

Emphasizes 1) the interaction of social and economic forces with young, middle-aged, and older adults and social systems; 2) traditional and alternative theories about systems as they interact with people, promoting and impeding health, welfare, and well-being, in context of human culture and diversity; and 3) knowledge about opportunity structures and how they promote and deter human development and need-meeting. Students evaluate theory and apply it to practice situations. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: SWK 510 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I.


SWK515 Social Welfare Policy (3 crs.)

Furnishes students with the orienting knowledge and skills needed to examine social welfare policies and to understand their relevance to social service delivery and social work practice. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: SWK 501 Principles and Philosophies of Social Work.


SWK520 Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice (3 crs.)

Offers opportunities for applying and studying advanced generalist practice with individuals, families and groups. Course content is presented in a face-to-face format with web-based supplements. Students will learn and apply intervention skills to their specific area of interest, which enable development of individuals, families, and groups in environment processes for improving social functioning. Prerequisite: SWK 501 Principles and Philosophies of Social Work; co-requisite: SWK 530 Field Practicum I.


SWK521 Macro Social Work Practice (3 crs.)

Course conceptualizes macro social work as the profession that brings about social change. The course extends from understanding theories about communities and organizations to assessment and practice. Students will focus on analysis of the community as a social system, common strategies for producing change in community work, and the nature of formal organizations as environments through which social services are provided in the community, and the knowledge and skills necessary to affect change within organizations. Students will examine the role of a macro social worker as program developer, program administrator and organization developer. This course will meet 2/3 in the classroom with 1/3 of the schedule involving on-line work. Prerequisite: SWK 520 Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice; co-requisite: SWK 531 Practicum.


SWK525 Research Methods (3 crs.)

Introduces research concepts, procedures for conducting research and their application to social work practice. Advanced knowledge of scientific inquiry, the ethics that guide research, and the roles of social workers as researchers are 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. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: None.


SWK530, 531 Field Practicum I/II (3 crs./3 crs.)

Provides students with practical experience (200 hours each) in supervised direct service activities across all client systems from the individuals level to that of the community. This initial field experience allows the student to apply theory and skills acquired in the generalist foundation areas while simultaneously fostering the development of a professionally reflective, ethical, knowledgeable, and self-evaluating social worker. Prerequisite: None; co-requisites: SWK 520 Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice/SWK 521 Macro Social Work Practice.


SWK601 Integrative Seminar (3 crs.)

Course builds upon the foundation content from students' B.S.W. programs. It serves as a "bridge" course to integrate B.S.W. learning in preparation for M.S.W. courses. A major focus in the course is an in-depth look at the history of social welfare services and the relationship to current social work knowledge, skills, and values. A volunteer experience is required that serves as the basis for the course project. The course will be primarily taught via distance learning with some meetings with the instructor. Offered in Summer. Prerequisite: Advanced standing admission status.


SWK602 Behavioral Health Care Settings (3 crs.)

Extends and elaborates the advanced generalist approach to social work practice to a special field of practice. Introduces the social worker's role in behavioral health care and the policy issues that impact on practice. Focuses on four content areas: 1) what the social worker's role is in adult and child behavioral health care settings; 2) historic and current policy that affect behavioral health care services; 3) current research in behavioral health care related issues and 4) international models of care. The special field is studied through the examination of curricular areas: human behavior, practice, policy, and services, research and special populations. Designed to help prepare students for advanced generalist social work practice with client systems and social resource systems relating to mental or behavioral health. Social workers are frequently involved in the delivery of services to people and families troubled by mental disorder in settings designed to deal specifically with those problems, as well as in other practice areas such as corrections, schools, child welfare, and gerontology. Prerequisite: SWK601 Integrative Seminar or completion of Foundation year.


SWK603 Gender Issues (3 crs.)

In-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices, and research in the field of gender studies. Examines institutionalized gender socialization, current gender issues and controversies, feminist theory for understanding behavior, and guiding principles and practices for helping professionals. Students are encouraged to develop heightened self-awareness about their gender related attitudes and values for functioning as a helping professional. Prerequisite: SWK601 Integrative Seminar or completion of Foundation year.


SWK604 Health Care Settings (3 crs.)

Extends and elaborates the advanced generalist approach to social work practice to a special field of practice. Introduces the social worker's role in health care and the policy issues that impact on practice. Focuses on four content areas: 1) what the social worker's role is in various health care settings; 2) historic and current policy that affect health care services; 3) current research in various health care related issues, e.g. living wills and AIDS and 4) international models of care. The special field is studies through the examination of curricular areas: human behavior, practice, policy, and services, research and special populations. Prerequisite: SWK601 Integrative Seminar or completion of Foundation year.


SWK605 Child Welfare Settings (3 crs.)

In-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices, and research in the field of child welfare and family and children services. Provides an introduction to the child welfare field, an overview of the development of services for children, a detailed examination of the provision of services; and an exploration of the ethical implications of child welfare practice. Focuses on the spectrum of services designed to support, supplement, or substitute for the care traditionally given by biological parents, and explores the major issues confronting the practitioner today with implications for the future. Views family events within their ecological context and strives to create sensitivity to various family forms and orientations. In concert with the generalist perspective and program goals and objectives, students will have learning experiences designed to develop and integrate their knowledge, values, and skills essential for the attainment of advanced level competency in child welfare and family and children service. Prerequisite: SWK601 Integrative Seminar or completion of Foundation year.


SWK 606 School Settings (3 crs.)

Designed to provide graduate students with an in-depth understanding of the field of social work practice within schools settings. Covers policy, research, practice, and human behavior content within the field of schools through the exploration of broad content and the use of a variety of educational approaches. Examines the roles and functions of social workers within educational institutions, and provides students with opportunities for exploration of the application of social work values and ethics within a host setting. Issues of economic and social justice as well as diversity are also examined in the content of the educational systems of the United States. Prerequisite: SWK601 Integrative Seminar or completion of Foundation year.


SWK607 Emergency Mental Health and Trauma (3 crs.)

In-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices, and research in crisis intervention during disasters. Provides introduction to the disaster field, a detailed examination of the human service delivery systems; and guidelines for attending to the emotional and mental health needs of both disaster survivors and responders, using the Critical Incident Stress Management model. Prerequisite: SWK601 Integrative Seminar or completion of Foundation year.


SWK608 Program Management (3 crs.)

Designed to expand students' knowledge of and skills in effective program management of human services organizations and to provide approaches for managing service program effectively. Organizational and management theories and principles are applied to a range of human services. Prerequisites: Co or Prerequisites: SWK601 Integrative Seminar or completion of Foundation year (500 level required courses).


SWK609 Introduction to Art Therapy (3 crs.)

Advanced elective course explores the principles and the techniques of art therapy and considers the usefulness of art therapy in providing alternatives and supplements to the customary verbal methods of intervention. Ways of working with clients at various stages of the life cycle, childhood through old age, and with clients who are on different levels of psychosocial functioning are examined. Issues in art therapy are explored both cognitively and experientially. Previous training in the visual arts and artistic ability are not required. Prerequisite: SWK601 Integrative Seminar or completion of Foundation year.


SWK 610 Advanced Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 crs.)

The required HBSE course during the advanced year for all students will put emphasis on the application of material in the student's area of interest. Students will be encouraged to help develop their knowledge through a variety of reading, activities and lecture. Additional material will focus on diversity and populations at risk, and social and economic justice. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: SWK 511 Human Behavior in the Social Environment.


SWK 612 Social Work and the Law (3 crs.)

Social workers understand that virtually everything they do professionally in the 21st century has to include evaluations of risk, legality, funding and unintended consequences. Malpractice appropriately receives much attention in this regard but legislative and regulatory requirements regarding funding, grants and contracts, definitions of disabilities, responsibilities of different levels of government and many other legal aspects of the profession must also be considered. Law, for most people, is a foreign language and social workers need to be somewhat fluent in this language so they can deal with the convergence of law and social work, social services and social policy. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SWK 601 Integrative Seminar.


SWK 615 Advanced Social Welfare Policy (3 crs.)

Course introduces conceptual approaches to policy analysis and assesses selected social policies, programs and services in the areas of income maintenance, health care and personal social services in accordance with these approaches and with specific reference to their impact on special populations. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: SWK 515 Social Welfare Policy.


SWK 620 Advanced Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice (3 crs.)

Provides advanced knowledge, practice experience and consultation in both a classroom setting and in collaboration with practice in the student's field placement, which focuses on individuals, families, and/or groups. The use of the supervisory model in agencies will be explored in depth. Prerequisite: SWK 520 Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice; co-requisite: SWK 630 Field Practicum I.


SWK 621 Advanced Macro Social Work Practice (3 crs.)

Assists the student in developing knowledge of administration supervision, grant writing, fundraising, and budgeting. The macro social work practice course will provide models for developing programs that promote social and economic justice for the underserved, the poor, and the oppressed populations. This course will meet 2/3 in the classroom and 1/3 on-line. Prerequisite: SWK 521 Macro Social Work Practice; co-requisite: SWK 630 Advanced Field Practicum I.


SWK 625 Advanced Research Methods (3 crs.)

Focuses on social work practice research paradigms, models, and methods. Particular attention is given to the conduct of evaluation and assessments projects. Students will conduct independent evaluative research within their field placement settings. This course also give the student a more in depth exploration of gender and ethnic minority research issues and computer-assisted, descriptive and exploratory data analysis. Approximately one-third of this class will include online content, one-third will be in person with the instructor, and one-third will be via video conferencing. Prerequisite: SWK 525 Research Methods.


SWK 630,631 Advanced Field Practicum I/II (3 crs. SWK 630, 3 crs. SWK 631)

Students complete 250 hours of supervised agency/organization practice experience during the first semester of the second year. Students will be in the field three days per week. The same course requirements and hourly expectation will be in place for Advance Field Practicum II in the second semester of the second year. Prerequisite: SWK 530/531 Field Practicum I/II or Advanced Standing Status; co-requisite: SWK 620 Advanced Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice or SWK 621 Advanced Macro Social Work Practice.