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Social Work

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Jon Hudson, Co-Program Coordinator
Mary Weeden, Co-Program Coordinator
Office: Swart Hall 230
Telephone: (920) 424-1419

Website: uwosh.edu/socialwork/masters-program
E-mail: mswinfo@uwosh.edu

FACULTY

Collien, Eggum, Hudson, Perales, Power, Weeden, Williams

PURPOSE

The UW Oshkosh MSW program prepares competent professionals to meet the health care and mental health care practice needs of the Fox Valley and beyond.

The UW Oshkosh MSW has four Goals:

Prepare advanced degree social workers to assume leadership roles in clinical/mental health care and health care settings in order to meet the growing needs of the Fox Valley and beyond.
Prepare professional social workers to engage in activities that will contribute to the development and improvement of social policy at local, regional, state, and national levels as it pertains to culturally relevant mental health and health care services.
Engage in collaborative partnerships with other academic units and degree programs at UW Oshkosh, as well as with organizational entities in the Fox Valley region in order to improve community well-being.
Engage in teaching, research, and evaluation activities that promote best practices in mental health and health care practice and encourage innovation and discovery to improve the well-being of those in need.

MSW students in the Foundation Curriculum will become competent in the 9 practice competencies mandated by the 2015 Council on Social Work Education-Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. The MSW Program offers two concentrations in the Advanced Curriculum: Clinical/Mental Health Practice and Health Care Practice. Advanced coursework is interdisciplinary and allows students to take relevant elective courses in Public Administration, Counseling and Nursing, as well as Social Work. Graduates will be competent in the 9 CSWE Practice competencies and will have practice expertise specifically in mental health or health care practice.

The program offers a full-time curriculum, which can be completed in two calendar years. A part-time program is also available, which can be completed in three years for students entering at the foundation level or two years for students entering at the advanced level. To meet the needs of working students, most courses in the program are offered evenings and on Saturdays. Students also integrate and apply their classroom learning in a 450-hour field experience.

DEGREES/CERTIFICATES

Completion of the program will lead to the degree: Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS INFORMATION

In addition to the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies specified in the POLICIES section of this Bulletin, the program has established the following policies and procedures for admission:

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the MSW program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75, with 3.0 in the last two years of study;
  2. Have an academic background in the liberal arts and have completed a minimum of 18 credits in the social sciences from among courses in at least three of the following disciplines: psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics and political science (BSW students meet this criterion);
  3. Complete the supplemental program specific application online. This application allows applicants to express in writing their career goals, understanding of the social work profession and to describe their relevant skills, experiences, and background. Applicants should be prepared to provide specific information about their relevant/related work and volunteer history. This information will be used to determine the applicant’s readiness for the MSW program;
  4. Provide contact information for three professional references (including one academic reference) who can evaluate the applicant’s readiness for an MSW program;
  5. Have completed coursework in: biology, statistics, research methods and lifespan development or submit plans (at least two of these courses must be completed prior to admission) for completing this work prior to taking the advanced curriculum in the program;
  6. For advanced standing, have graduated from a CSWE accredited baccalaureate social work program within the last 8 years.

Applicants complete and submit the on-line UW System Graduate Admissions e-Application (apply.wisconsin.edu/) for the Office of Graduate Studies along with the $56 nonrefundable graduate application for admission fee. Additionally, applicants must submit the required supplemental materials, which include: online supplemental application and all transcripts from previous colleges attended. These instructions are available at: uwosh.edu/socialwork/masters-program.

Areas of Emphasis
In addition to requiring a common foundation of courses, the MSW program offers two Practice Concentrations: Mental Health Care and Health Care. This curriculum prepares students for practice in community-based, and institutional mental health and health care settings. Graduates in the mental health care concentration will be prepared to seek the Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential in Wisconsin and will meet the Wisconsin state requirements for completion of a clinical concentration. Graduates in the health care concentration will be competent to work with elders, long-term care, in hospital settings and in community-based health care settings. These are both high demand practice settings.

Location of Classes
Courses are located at the UW Oshkosh Campus. Some summer courses may be offered at the Executive Business Center in Appleton. Many courses are offered in a hybrid, online format.

Field Hours
Students in the Foundation curriculum will complete a 450-hour Field internship with a generalist focus. This internship is completed during the spring and summer terms over the course of 25 weeks and typically requires 18 hours per week at the placement. Students in the Advanced curriculum will complete a 459-hour Field Internship in a setting that is specific to the identified practice concentration. This internship is completed during the fall and spring terms over 34 weeks and typically requires 13.5 hours per week at the placement.

Accreditation
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The current accreditation for the MSW Program is valid through June 2018. This MSW program will be a candidate for accreditation beginning September 2016 and will be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in October 2017.

SUMMARY

A. Structure
The program is comprised of core courses and electives.

B. Academic Plans of Study
Social Work is the description for the Social Work plan of study.

C. Minimum Credit Requirements

  1. For program applicants who do not have a BSW degree completed within the last eight years or all non-BSW students, 55 credits are required for graduation. This includes a 27 credit, three-semester foundation curriculum (fall, spring and summer) and a 28 credit, two-semester advanced curriculum (fall and spring).
  2. Applicants who have completed a BSW degree within the last eight years receive advanced standing for all foundation requirements.
  3. All students are required to take 19 credits of required advanced coursework. In addition, each concentration has a 3-credit required concentration-specific practice course. Students also complete six (6) credits of concentration-specific electives.

D. Admission to Candidacy
Students must satisfy fully the Office of Graduate Studies requirements for advancement to candidacy as stated in the POLICIES section of this Bulletin. Students must confer with their program coordinator/advisor to plan and receive program approval for their admission to candidacy. Students should apply for Admission to Candidacy after completing 9-21 credits. The Office of Graduate Studies gives final approval to Admission to Candidacy.

E. Graduation Requirements
Candidates must satisfy all program and Office of Graduate Studies academic, culminating, and degree requirements to be eligible for graduation and degree conferral.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Foundation Curriculum: 27 credits

The following courses are required for all students without a BSW degree earned within 8 years prior to enrollment.

Core Courses:

Social Work
701 2 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work
702 3 Generalist Practice I: Individuals, Families, and Small Groups
703 2 Generalist Practice Lab: Interviewing
704 3 Generalist Social Work Practice II
707 3 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
708 2 Social Welfare Policy: Contemporary Approaches
709 5 Foundation Field and Seminar I
710 5 Foundation Field and Seminar II
720 2 Practice Competence in a Diverse Community

Advanced Curriculum: 19 credits

Core Courses:

Social Work
727 3 Psychopathology and Strengths-based Assessment
728 2 Advanced Social Work Policy Practice
729 5 Advanced Field and Seminar I
731 2 Program Evaluation, Practice Outcomes and Evidence-based Practice
733 5 Advanced Field and Seminar II
741 3 Qualitative Research Methods

In addition to requirements listed, students will choose a Practice Concentrations: Mental Health Care Practice or Health Care Practice

Mental Health Care Practice Concentration: 9 credits

Social Work
724 3 Advanced Practice Methods in Mental Health Care

6 Credits from the Following List:

571 3 Child and Family Welfare
575 3 Treatment and Mistreatment of Offenders
722 3 Social Work Management and Supervision in the Social Sciences
732 3 Field Research Project
737 3 Social Work and Crisis Intervention with Vulnerable Populations
757 3 Mental Health Theories
777 3 Legal Aspects of Social Work Practice
795 3 Special Topics
798 3 Independent Study

Professional Counseling

711 3 Life Span Development in Counseling
725 3 Trauma and Crisis Counseling
726 3 Wellness, Spirituality, and Mindfulness in Counseling
776 3 Addictions in Counseling

Health Care Practice Concentration: 9 credits

Social Work

723 3 Advanced Practice Methods in Health Care

6 Credits from the Following List:

722 3 Social Work Management and Supervision in the Social Sciences
732 3 Field Research Project
777 3 Legal Aspects of Social Work Practice
795 3 Special Topics
798 3 Independent Study

Public Administration

715 3 Leadership and Ethics
729 3 Health Care Organization and Management
762 3 Health Care Administrative Law
773 3 Health Care Policy

Nursing

702 3 Health Care Systems Policy and Advocacy
703 3 Clinical Prevention and Population Health
719 3 Roles in Advanced Nursing and Interprofessional Collaboration
746 3 Quality Improvement and Safety
783 3 Healthcare Infomatics

COURSE OFFERING(S)

Social Work 571

3 (crs.)

Child & Family Welfare

Examines the historical trends in services to children and their families within the framework of supportive, supplemental, and substitute services which have evolved over time as part of the service structure in child welfare. While recognizing the impact of impoverishment, changing family structures, and other aspects of pressures on contemporary parenting, attention is given to resiliency forces and practitioner approaches which encourage parenting strengths and home-based intervention options as preventive strategies in child welfare services. 371/571

Social Work 575

3 (crs.)

Treatment and Mistreatment of Offenders

Examines the application of generalist social work practice within the criminal justice system focusing on the change agent role in working with juvenile and adult offenders in both community-based corrections and institutional settings. Prepares social workers for an understanding of correctional models and their inherent values, bio-psycho-social theories of crime causation and develops assessment and intervention skills within a generalist framework. 375/575

Social Work 643

3 (crs.)

Family Practice in Systems Perspective

Application of family theory and current research findings to social work practice with families. Topics include role theory, communications theory, and major systems-oriented theories and techniques of family counseling and intervention. The family as a small problem-solving group. Prerequisite: Social Work 220 or consent of instructor.

Social Work 701

2 (crs.)

Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work

This course introduces the student to the framework of ethics in a diverse society for advanced generalist practice in health and mental health settings. To clarify ethical issues, social workers will need to use ethical concepts paired with social work knowledge, skills and values, when dealing with populations at risk. This course presents the student with basic philosophical theories and moral and ethical decision making models to prepare the student to fully understand the logic system of the client as well as one’s own values and behaviors. (2 credits) Prerequisites: Admission to the MSW program. Special fees may apply.

Social Work 702

3 (crs.)

Generalist Practice I: Individuals, Families, and Small Groups

This course is one of two graduate foundation MSW courses, emphasizing the development of competency with engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation with individuals, families and small groups at the master’s level. Integrating theories, models, and methodologies used with evidenced based practice students incorporate the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills needed for competence reflected in a culturally diverse practice setting, applying a strengths-based approach. Developing an understanding of self, how one’s values impact relationships with client systems through application of critical thinking, students will acquire an understanding of advanced-level generalist practice and the change process at all points using evidence-based practice models. (3 credits) Prerequisite: Admission to the UWOSH MSW Program. Special fees may apply.

Social Work 703

2 (crs.)

Generalist Practice Lab: Interviewing

In this lab course students will practice developing rapport, assessment and intervention skills with individuals and families. Students will be introduced to a range of skills required for effective practice, and will build on knowledge acquired in SW 702. This course focuses on interviewing methods of social work practice and outlines the change process model, which is taken from different theoretical perspectives. Students will learn about the use of self when establishing relationships, exploring issues, and implementing strategies for problem-solving. Students will practice effective termination of services in social work practice with individuals and families. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSW Program.

Social Work 704

3 (crs.)

Generalist Social Work Practice II

This course promotes master’s level development of knowledge, values and skills necessary to practice social work with diverse groups and within organizations and communities. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSW Program.

Social Work 705

1 (crs.)

Skills Lab with Large Groups and Communities

This practice lab introduces students to a range of skills required for effective work with various professional and community groups, with organizations, and with communities. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Soc Work 704.

Social Work 706

3 (crs.)

Social Welfare Institutions

This course examines the origins of and changes in American social welfare arrangements to meet human needs. It traces the evolution of the social work profession and social welfare efforts in relation to major economic, social, and political forces over time defining populations at risk and the nature of social and economic justice in the U.S. This course prepares students for the study of social welfare policy that is informed by its past. Prerequisites: Students enroll in this course during their first semester in the Program.

Social Work 707

3 (crs.)

Human Behavior in the Social Environment

This course will introduce students to the integration of theories and models examining the complexity of person/environment functioning with respect to the wide variety of social work practice contexts. Applying an ecological and strengths-based approach, the biological, cultural, psychological and social contexts of human behavior and functioning are examined. This approach prepares students with a theoretical foundation and multi-level understanding of client systems. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSW Program.

Social Work 708

2 (crs.)

Social Welfare Policy: Contemporary Approaches

This course prepares foundation year MSW students for competent generalist social work policy practice. Students will develop an understanding of Social Work’s historical, contextual view of social welfare policy, commitment to human rights and social justice, access to services and resources and advocacy for evidence-based social service policies. Students will develop competent knowledge and skills for policy practice at the local, state, national and international levels. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW Program.

Social Work 709

6 (crs.)

Foundation Field and Seminar I

This course facilitates student application of classroom learning in a social service agency. Students will demonstrate their practice competency in all nine CSWE areas of social work practice competency. In this internship students will gain a generalist perspective of social work practice and prepare to move into an advanced area of practice concentration. This course prepares students to apply theories, models, and ethical principles in a specific social service delivery system. Emphasis is placed on promoting competence through strength-based, culturally competent, generalist practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW Program.

Social Work 710

4 (crs.)

Foundation Field and Seminar II

This course is a continuation of the SW 709 Foundation Field and seminar course and facilitates student application of classroom learning in a social service agency. Students will demonstrate their practice competency in all nine CSWE areas of social work practice competency. In this internship students will gain a generalist perspective of social work practice, enhance their professional social work skills, and prepare to move into an advanced area of practice concentration. This course prepares students to apply practice theories, models, and ethical principles in a specific social service delivery system. Emphasis is placed on promoting competence through strength-based, culturally competent, generalist practice. Prerequisite: Complete and pass SW 709.

Social Work 720

2 (crs.)

Practice Competence in a Diverse Community

Ethical and proficient social work practice requires that program graduates be able to “understand how diversity and difference characterize and shape the human experience and are critical to the formation of identity. The dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including but not limited to age, class, color, culture, disability and ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, marital status, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual imitation, and tribal sovereign status.” Taught from a decolonizing social work perspective, this course contributes to the development of such proficiency and preparation for advanced level social work practice for MSW students. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW Program

Social Work 721

3 (crs.)

Multi-Level Family Intervention

Advanced social work practice techniques for direct practice students working with families of many types and in varied settings. Prerequisites: Completion of Soc Work 720 and 731; concurrent enrollment in Soc Work 729.

Social Work 722

3 (crs.)

Social Work Management & Supervision in the Social Services

Advanced social work practice of management and supervision methods for students working in management positions at any level in social service agencies. Prerequisites: Completion of Soc Work 720 and 731; concurrent enrollment in Soc Work 729

Social Work 723

3 (crs.)

Advanced Practice Methods in Health Care

This course prepares students in the Health Care concentration for interprofessional practice in health care service settings. Students will learn to apply the strengths-based model, and incorporate theory and evidenced based practice. Focusing on a collaborative, interprofessional approach to health care, students advance intervention skills in working with a broad, diverse population. The course facilitates knowledge regarding policy, advocacy, direct client care, and service leadership. Students will implement strategies that foster a team approach in health care services. Prerequisite: Admission to the Advanced MSW Curriculum. Special fees may apply.

Social Work 724

3 (crs.)

Advanced Practice Methods in Mental Health Care

This strengths-based Clinical Mental Health course uses an in-depth analytical framework for teaching students mental health theories, diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and a collaborative and exploratory approach to clinical mental health in Social Work. Particular attention is paid to cultural diversity in mental illness prevention, diagnosis, and effective treatment. Students develop therapeutic skills to work with individuals, families, and groups. This course is designed to facilitate student ability to carry out leadership roles in the mental health system, work within multidisciplinary teams, and help maintain the clients’ ability to cope in society from social, psychological, and physical perspectives. Prerequisite: Admission to the Advanced MSW Curriculum. Special fees may apply.

Social Work 727

3 (crs.)

Psychopathology & Strength-Based Assessment

This course examines mental health and mental illness from a strengths-based social work perspective. Cultural and community factors defining these issues are addressed. Prerequisites: Admission to the Advanced MSW Curriculum or instructor permission.

Social Work 728

2 (crs.)

Advanced Social Work Policy Practice

This course prepares advanced year MSW students for competent policy practice in health care and mental health care practice contexts. Students will develop leadership skills to promote human rights and social justice, improve service access and delivery and evaluate policy outcomes. Students will engage in policy practice at the local, state, national and international levels. Prerequisites: Advanced standing admission to the MSW program or completion of Foundation Curriculum.

Social Work 729

5 (crs.)

Advanced Field and Seminar I

This course is part of the MSW capstone experience. Students apply their knowledge and skills in this advanced, concentration specific, field practicum. Students integrate and apply the material learned in the classroom and in the foundation internship/BSW Internship. Students are afforded the opportunity to demonstrate all nine practice competencies and behaviors in the Advanced field internship. The Field Seminar offers students the opportunity to address questions and challenges experienced in the social work agency field placement, and integrate practice, policy and research. Students will develop their capacity as leaders in the field and contribute to the welfare of the agency through integration of advanced practice methods. Prerequisites: Admissions to the MSW Program with Advanced Standing status or complete and pass SW 710. Special fees may apply.

Social Work 731

2 (crs.)

Program Evaluation, Practice Outcomes and Evidence-based Practice

This course prepares students to engage in practice-informed research and research informed practice. Students will critically evaluate practice interventions and determine if theory-based, best/evidence-based practices are being employed in the practice setting. Students will be equipped to suggest evidence-based service delivery improvements. This course will prepare students to evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities and to apply quantitative research methodologies in mental health and health care practice settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Advanced MSW curriculum. Special fees may apply.

Social Work 732

3 (crs.)

Field Research Project

Students work independently with the instructor to complete a social work research project related to their Advanced Concentration Field Internship or social service employment. The instructor provides technical assistance, advice, and problem-solving regarding research question development, IRB proposals, participant recruitment, data collection and management, data analysis and report development. Students obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze project data and write a final report. Prerequisites: Admission to the Advanced MSW Curriculum or instructor permission. This course was previously required and will now be an elective.

Social Work 733

5 (crs.)

Advanced Field and Seminar II

This course is a continuation of the SW 729 course and is part of the MSW capstone experience. Students continue to develop, broaden, and sharpen their knowledge and skills in their practice concentration. In the final semester of the MSW Field internship students integrate and apply the material learned in the classroom and in prior Field practicum experiences. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in all nine areas of practice in the Advanced Field internship. In the integrative seminar students will address issues in the social work field placement, and integrate practice, policy and research. Students will complete an agency-based program evaluation in this course and demonstrate their capacity as professional leaders. Prerequisite: Complete and pass SW 729.

Social Work 735

3 (crs.)

Emerging Issues in Child Welfare

Advanced standing elective course considering major new issues in child welfare practice, administration, funding and research. Prerequisites: Completion of foundation requirements or advanced standing.

Social Work 737

3 (crs.)

Social Work & Crisis Intervention with Vulnerable Populations

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to…people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty (NASW Code of Ethics). This course contributes to the development of such proficiency for advanced level MSW students. The course teaches crisis intervention and emergency treatment approaches and then applies them to vulnerable populations of males and females in the United States. Prerequisites: Students must have a BSW degree, or have completed the MSW Foundation Curriculum.

Social Work 741

2 (crs.)

Qualitative Research Methods

This course introduces Advanced MSW students to qualitative methods for social work practice and research. The purpose of the course is twofold. The first purpose is to help students expand their understanding of qualitative methods and their implications for practice and research. The second is to help students understand the importance of context and the social justice implications of voice and story in social work research and practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the Advanced MSW curriculum.

Social Work 747

3 (crs.)

Mental Health

This course examines the current mental health theories influencing social work direct practice. Prerequisites: Admission to a UWOSH graduate program, or special student status with MSW degree.

Social Work 777

3 (crs.)

Legal Aspects of Social Work Practice

This course provides students with the understanding of the field of forensic social work practice, which includes both criminal and civic issues. Students will learn to conduct forensic assessments, write court reports, act as expert and fact witnesses and facilitate guardianships. The course covers practice knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts, including: child welfare and juvenile justice, adult corrections, victim/witness services, health/long-term care, mental health, domestic abuse and disability services. Students will apply knowledge to ethical dilemmas encountered in the legal system and learn to advocate on behalf of clients. Completion of MSW Foundation Courses or Advance Standing.

Social Work 795

3 (crs.)

Special Topics

This course provides students opportunity to strengthen practice skills while working with clients or in agencies, focusing on mental health concerns, addictions or violence issues. Prerequisites: Completion of foundation requirements or advanced standing.

Social Work 798

1 – 3 (crs.)

Independent Study

Reading and research under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty. Independent Study credits may only be earned when this activity is included as part of an approved program plan. Prerequisites: Approved program plan and consent of instructor.