Casework (CSWK)

5301. Casework Helping Process: The Work and Ending Phases

Three credits. Prerequisite: BASC 5390 and 5391; FED 5301 and 5351; open only to M.S.W. students in the Casework concentration. Corequisite: FED 5302 and 5352.

Builds upon foundation theory of ecological strengths and capacity building perspectives and the method base of social work practice. Course content focuses on the interventive facet and transactional nature of the casework process in helping people with a wide range of life transition stressors and environmental obstacles. Substantial attention is paid to working with people of special populations. Students focus upon the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills and the ability to be self-observant. Required course for students in the Casework concentration.

5302. Casework Practice Approaches: Differential Applications

Three credits. Prerequisite: CSWK 5301, FED 5352 and FED 5302; open only to M.S.W. students in the Casework concentration. Corequisite: CSWK 5353 and FED 5310.

Builds upon knowledge, skills, and values developed previously and deepens the understanding of theoretical, method, and empirical bases of casework practice, while maintaining simultaneous concern for people and environments. Examines the ways that assessment and interventive strategies are informed by different theoretical orientations and research findings. Students continue to develop skills related to work with special populations and to develop professional self-awareness. Required for students in the Casework concentration.

5303. Casework with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations

Three credits. Prerequisite: CSWK 5302 and 5353 and FED 5310; open only to M.S.W. students in the Casework concentration. Corequisite:CSWK 5354 and FED 5311.

Consolidates casework theory and methods established in the prior casework courses. Unifying concept is the application of differential casework interventions with vulnerable and resilient populations over the life course. Also focuses on contemporary issues and ethical dilemmas affecting professional function, roles and identity. Students are challenged to locate and critically examine empirical and practice theory literature necessary for working with different populations. Required for students in the Casework concentration.

5340. Skills Laboratory in Casework Practice

One credit. Prerequisite: open only to students in the Advanced Standing option in the M.S.W. Casework concentration. Corequisite:BASC 5301 and CSWK 5301.

Builds upon casework interviewing, assessment, and intervention skills developed in the student’s BSW coursework and fieldwork. Students will have the opportunity to identify, practice, and critique a range of assessment, intervention skills. Students will use materials and cases from the concurrent CSWK 301 course to further develop their casework skills. Required course for students in the Advanced Standing option in the Casework Concentration and must be taken in the summer prior to the beginning of full time study for the M.S.W. degree.

5345. Clinical Conditions with Children and Adolescents

Three credits. Prerequisite: FED 5301 and 5351. Corequisite: FED 5302 or 5310 or 5311.

Practice course that pays equal attention to the values, skills, and knowledge required for social work practice with children and adolescents and their families. These youth have a range of bio psychosocial problems related to mental disorders. Students will learn a range of assessment and intervention skills and will become familiar with current psychiatric classification systems, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Students will demonstrate the ability to access the most recent empirical and practice knowledge, and to develop skills related to work in a variety of mental health settings. Mental disorders will be learned within the context of larger bio psychosocial systems. Attention is paid to differences based upon such variables as age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

5346. Clinical Conditions with Adults and Older Adults

Three credits. Prerequisite: FED 5301 and 5351. Corequisite: FED 5302 or 5310 or 5311.

Practice course that pays equal attention to the values, skills, and knowledge required for social work practice with adults and older adults who have a range of bio psychosocial problems related to mental disorders. Students will learn a range of assessment and intervention skills and become familiarized with current psychiatric classification systems, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Students will demonstrate the ability to access the most recent empirical and practice knowledge and to develop skills related to work in a variety of mental health settings. Mental disorders will be learned within the context of the larger bio psychosocial system and attention is paid to differences based upon such variables as age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

5353. Field Education in Social Casework III

Four credits. Prerequisite: FED 5352 and FED 5302; open only to M.S.W. students in the Casework concentration. Corequisite: CSWK 5302 and FED 5310. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Focuses primarily on the student’s major method, emphasizing preparation for competent, advanced specialized practice. Required for students in the Casework concentration.

5354. Field Education in Social Casework IV

Four credits. Prerequisite: CSWK 5353 and FED 5310; open only to M.S.W. students in the Casework concentration. Corequisite: CSWK 5303 and FED 5311. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Focuses primarily on the student’s major method, emphasizing preparation for competent, advanced specialized practice. Required for students in the Casework concentration.

5355. Block Placement in Casework

Eight credits. Prerequisite: FED 5352 and FED 5302; open only to M.S.W. students in the Casework concentration. Corequisite: CSWK 5302 and CSWK 5303 and FED 5350; instructor consent required. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Field Education in Casework for well-prepared students who have completed all course requirements except the second year of field education and the appropriate method/s course. Required for students in the M.S.W. program completing a Block Field Placement.