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MSW - School Social Worker Focus

The Master of Social Work - Traditional program offers students who have not previously completed a BSW the flexibility to complete the program with different options. The full-time option requires two years to complete the 62 credit hours of coursework and field work. The part-time option requires four years to complete. A combination of full and part-time is also available requiring three years.

For those who have already completed their BSW, the MSW Advanced Standing program provides an accelerated track to degree completion.

Newman's Trauma-Competent Practice Curriculum

The Master of Social Work prepares students for a rewarding and challenging career where you can be the Difference with a Degree of Difference. Our exciting Trauma-Competent curriculum is based on clinical and trauma competencies to fully prepare you to deliver responsive, 21st century practice.

Course Delivery

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All traditional programs start in the fall semester.

Full-Time Traditional Curriculum (Complete in 2 years)

GENERALIST PRACTICE COURSES:

First Semester – Fall (14 credit hours)

  • SWK 6003 Social Welfare & Social Justice (3)
  • SWK 6103 HBSE  (3)
  • SWK 6503 Generalist Practice 1 (3)
  • SWK 7125 Field Practicum 1 (4)*
  • SWK 7126 Integrative Seminar 1 (1)*

Second Semester – Spring (14 credit hours)

  • SWK 6803 Impact of Social Policy (3)
  • SWK 7003 Research Methods (3)
  • SWK 7103 Generalist Practice 2 (3)
  • SWK 7135 Field Practicum 2 (4)*
  • SWK 7136 Integrative Seminar 2 (1)*

*For Full-time students in the Traditional Program, the Field Practicum consists of 16 hours per week over 30 weeks during the fall and spring semesters of the first year of study, totaling 480 hours of practicum experience in the field agency.  Another 20 hours in the Integrative Seminar classes will give the student a total of 500 clock-hours of training and field experience.

SPECIALIST PRACTICE COURSES:

Third Semester – Summer (6 credit hours)

  • SWK 6883 Selected Topics in SW (Elective) (3)
  • SWK 7443 Crisis Intervention (3)

Fourth Semester – Fall (14 credit hours)

  • SWK 7403 Assessment and Diagnosis (3)
  • SWK 7453 Introduction to Trauma Competencies (3)
  • SWK 7703 Clinical Practice 1 (3)
  • SWK 7225 Field Practicum 3 (4)*
  • SWK 7226 Integrative Seminar 3 (1)*

Fifth Semester – Spring (14 credit hours)

  • SWK 7463 Advanced Trauma Competencies (3)
  • SWK 7713 Clinical Practice 2 (3)
  • SWK 7235 Field Practicum 4 (4)*
  • SWK 7236 Integrative Seminar 4 (1)*
  • SWK 7590 Comprehensive Seminar (3)

*For Full-time students in the Specialist Program, the Field Practicum consists of 20 hours per week over 30 weeks during the fall and spring semesters of the second year of study, for a total of 600 hours of practicum experience in the field agency.  Along with the 20 hours of Integrative Seminar class time, the student will complete 620 clock-hours of training and field experience.

Part-time Traditional Curriculum (Complete in 4 years)

GENERALIST PRACTICE COURSES:

First Semester – Fall (6 credit hours)

  • SWK 6003 Social Welfare & Social Justice (3)
  • SWK 6103 HBSE (3)

Second Semester – Spring (6 credit hours)

  • SWK 6803 Impact of Social Policy (3)
  • SWK 7003 Research Methods (3)

Third Semester – Summer

  • No class

Fourth Semester – Fall (8 credit hours)

  • SWK 6503 Generalist Practice 1 (3)
  • SWK 7125 Field Practicum 1 (4)*
  • SWK 7126 Integrative Seminar 1 (1)*

Fifth Semester – Spring (8 credit hours)

  • SWK 7103 Generalist Practice 2 (3)
  • SWK 7135 Field Practicum 2 (4)*
  • SWK 7136 Integrative Seminar 2 (1)*

For Part-time students in the Traditional Program, the Field Practicum consists of 16 hours per week over 30 weeks during the fourth and fifth semesters of study, for a total of 480 hours of practicum  experience in the field agency.  Another 20 hours in the Integrative Seminar classes will give the student a total of 500 clock-hours of training and field experience.

SPECIALIST PRACTICE COURSES:

Sixth Semester – Summer (6 credit hours)

  • SWK 7443 Crisis Intervention (3)
  • SWK 6883 Selected Topics in SW (Elective) (3) [taken now or during 9th semester]

Seventh Semester – Fall (6 credit hours)

  • SWK 7403 Assessment and Diagnosis (3)
  • SWK 7703 Clinical Practice 1 (3)

Eighth Semester – Spring (6 credit hours)

  • SWK 7453 Intro to Trauma Competencies (3)
  • SWK 7713 Clinical Practice 2 (3)

Ninth Semester – Summer (3 credit hours)

  • SWK 7463 Advanced Trauma Competencies (3)
  • SWK 6883 Selected Topics in SW (Elective) (3) [taken now or during 6th semester]

Tenth Semester – Fall (5 credit hours)

  • SWK 7225 Field Practicum 3 (4)*
  • SWK 7226 Integrative Seminar 3 (1)*

Eleventh Semester – Spring (8 credit hours)

  • SWK 7235 Field Practicum 4 (4)*
  • SWK 7236 Integrative Seminar 4 (1)*
  • SWK 7590 Comprehensive Seminar (3)

*For Part-time Specialist Program students, the Field Practicum consists of 20 hours per week over 30 weeks during the tenth and eleventh semesters of study, for a total of 600 clock hours spent in the field agency.  Along with the 20 hours of Integrative Seminar class time, the student will complete 620 clock-hours of training and field experience. 



School social workers have been employed since 1907 in the United States. The school social work role is unique in its approach as it focuses on the student in the school environment in order to facilitate successful learning outcomes through the relief of distress, the removal of barriers or inequities, and the development of safe and inclusive schools and communities. School social work is a vast area of practice that responds to the needs of the student population and school community. Most importantly, in their commitment to human rights and social justice, school social workers advocate for the rights of students against the discrimination and reduced opportunities they can sometimes experience.

School social workers work across primary and secondary education to assist students to realize their full potential through learning.  With students as their focus, school social workers also provide support to principals, teachers, school staff and families so that they can best meet the learning, social and emotional needs of students. Students have diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities and needs and it is the belief of social workers that all students are entitled to a quality and supportive educational environment.

Why Unique School Social Worker

School social workers provide interventions regarding a wide range of social, school, family and emotional issues that may impact negatively on school engagement and learning, including:

  • Social and emotional
  • Grief and loss
  • Mental health issues
  • Trauma, abuse and neglect
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Life transitions and family change
  • Personal and social skill development, e.g. problem-solving, anger management
  • Bullying and anti-social behaviors
  • Disability
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Social relationships and supports
  • Lowered social inclusion on the basis of cultural or linguistic background
  • Students in juvenile justice, out-of-home care Family issues
  • Family relationships and parenting
  • Family poverty
  • Family violence
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Housing and transience
  • Limited community and social supports
  • Alcohol and other drugs Schooling issues
  • Home-school relationship
  • Support for students with disabilities
  • Engagement and attendance

The Scope of Practice

As a specialist practice area in the broader profession of social work, school social workers use a broad range of methods and interventions. The scope of practice of school social work includes:

  • Casework: Psychosocial assessments identifying barriers (at a personal, family, social or school level) to learning and engagement; risk assessments; student and family counseling; advocacy; education and resourcing, consultation; referrals; crisis interventions.
  • Group work: Development and implementation of therapeutic group work; prevention and early intervention programs; personal or social skills education groups for students; parent education.
  • Advocacy: Advocacy, consultation and professional development with school staff with the aim of making schools’ environments that are more inclusive.
  • Research and policy: Development of research projects focusing on student wellbeing; the evaluation of practice, including individual and group interventions; school policy analysis and development.
  • Community and professional development: Teacher and school staff professional development; liaison with external community service providers.
  • Critical incident management: Emergency management and critical incidents response; interventions to reduce the negative impacts of traumatic incidents; planning for school responses; provision of psychological first aid, counselling and support; referrals and service coordination; monitoring recovery.

Potential Careers:

  • Working in a school environment providing services and/or counseling services to K-12.

 

Potential Audience:

Alums, Community Colleges, Social Agencies, BSW students,

New Program Requirements:

Advance Standing: student will need a BSW; GPA 3.0 and complete the program within a year. However, students can be part-time.

 If students do not have a BSW then they can finish the program within 2 years. These students can be full-time, or part-time as well.

Things I do not know:

  • Faculty who will be teaching
  • Name of potential students/stories