Agenda Item FA 17-02

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

College of Arts and Sciences (Graduate) – (Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work)

New Courses and Programs of Study (1 package)

01/12/17: Passed

01/20/17: Approved

Log Number: 201608-64

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work - Graduate


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Master of Social Work - MSW Major


Summary of the Changes:

The University of North Florida (UNF) Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work proposes to launch an accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree during the 2017-18 academic year. The MSW was added to UNF’s New Degree Program Master Plan in 2011, and the program was approved by the UNF Board of Trustees on January 12, 2016; see APC Log # 201508-4.
We are proposing a Traditional MSW program (with an Advanced Standing Program added in the spring). The Traditional Program will require 60 credit hours, and will admit students without a BSW degree from an accredited program. The Advanced Standing program will require 38 credit hours and is available to select students entering with a BSW from an accredited program (we anticipate admitting many UNF BSW students). The curriculum includes 900 hours of field education in accordance with the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. The program will offer a single concentration, in advanced generalist practice. Twenty-four new courses are part of the initial Traditional program.
The UNF MSW program will prepare students with the requisite theoretical knowledge, skills, and ethical framework for advanced social work practice with diverse client systems across practice settings. UNF MSW students will be uniquely trained through an integrated curriculum that merges historically disparate “clinical” and “administrative” social work practice roles in a more contemporary and transformative approach to social work practice and social change, emphasizing the social and economic well-being of those who are vulnerable, marginalized or oppressed. All MSW students will demonstrate advanced mastery of nine core competencies dictated by the Council on Social Work Education, which will allow them to assume clinical and administrative social work practice roles upon graduation. Students who wish to pursue licensure as clinical social workers after graduation will have the necessary course preparation and field experience to do so.
Social workers routinely provide services in the areas of child welfare, housing assistance, disaster relief, mental health, substance abuse, crisis intervention, vocational training, hospice and palliative care, juvenile justice and corrections, and victim advocacy. Demand for social workers is increasing nationally, statewide, and regionally. The State of Florida grants title protection to the social work profession: individuals who do not hold a BSW or MSW from an accredited institution are prohibited from calling themselves “social workers” or working in many social work positions (Section 491.016, F.S.). The 2014 Child Welfare bill (CS/SB 1666) granted hiring preference to social workers as child protective investigators, and set a goal that social workers constitute half of all child protective investigators by 2019. Each of these legislative acts has increased demand for undergraduate and graduate social work degrees from accredited institutions. To pursue clinical licensure in the State of Florida, Social Workers must hold a Master’s Degree from a CSWE-accredited program that includes substantial clinical coursework. Graduates of the proposed program will be qualified to meet these conditions for employment and advancement in the field of social work.
Northeast Florida human services agencies that hire large numbers of social workers, including Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF), Children’s Home Society, Jewish Family and Community Services, Daniel, and United Way, have attested that a UNF MSW program would have a positive impact on their ability to recruit qualified staff and serve their client populations. As detailed in the New Degree Program application, these organizations expressed unanimous support for development of an MSW at UNF, citing the ability of the program and its graduates to better serve the organizations’ missions and clients.
The MSW Program Budget was developed as part of the New Degree Program approval process required by UNF’s Board of Trustees and the State University System’s Board of Governors. This process required the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work to attest to the need and demand for the MSW program and consider the resources necessary to successfully support the program. This included a budget for the first five years of the MSW program, including salaries and benefits for faculty and support staff, library expenses, accreditation expenses, capital costs, and other types of expenses associated with a new academic program. The budget was previously approved and reflects the faculty resources needed to teach each of the proposed courses. No new resources are currently being requested.
This program is in pre-candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. We have made an initial application for accreditation, and that application has been accepted. The first accreditation visit is scheduled for spring 2017.
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Foundations of Social Work

 (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This foundation course explores the philosophy and practice of contemporary social work from a historical perspective. In addition to examining the historical evolution and context of the profession’s mission, values, ethics, and roles, students will critically analyze controversial policy and practice issues that impact the profession as well as the vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed populations historically served by social workers.

 

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Difference, Discrimination and Oppression (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course examines social work’s historical and current commitment to social justice as it relates to oppressed groups in a multicultural society. This course will seek to enhance student understanding of and appreciation for diversity in self and others. Course content will address issues of power, inequality, privilege, discrimination and the resulting oppression. Special emphasis will be given to the experience of oppressed groups in order to understand their strengths, needs, and responses. Course material will use a social justice perspective for the study of and practice with oppressed groups at all system levels, including those distinguished by race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, immigration status, religion and social class. This course will consider the ethical dilemmas faced by social workers in their empowerment and advocacy roles.

 

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Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course examines foundational theories, and perspectives that are critical to professional social work practice across the lifespan. Theoretical frameworks will be used to illuminate the impact of environmental factors that influence individual health, development, and psychosocial-spiritual functioning. Biopsychosocial challenges and strategies for responding to or confronting the challenges will be explored.

 

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Generalist Practice I Integrative Seminar (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course provides a foundation in generalist social work knowledge and skills for practice at the micro-level with individuals and families with special emphasis given to oppressed and at-risk populations. Students will develop interpersonal communication, assessment, and service planning skills and learn to identify macro policy issues for consideration of advocacy. Students will engage in a process of self-assessment in order to recognize and mitigate the influence of personal values and biases as they relate to ethical social work practice. Strategies for the resolution of ethical dilemmas and culturally competent practice will be introduced and reinforced. Tools for addressing burnout and compassion fatigue will be examined.

 

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Field Education I (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:    
None

Course Description:

Field education, the signature pedagogy of the social work profession, is integral to the education and professional socialization of social work students. Through field education, graduate students are provided a structured and supervised environment in a human service organization in which they apply theoretical knowledge, test and refine practice skills, and adopt professional behaviors. Field Education I, the first of two consecutive courses in the foundation year, introduces and allows students to apply the generalist knowledge and skills acquired through academic courses to social work practice with a specific client system.

 

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U.S. Social Welfare Policies and Institutions (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course analyzes social welfare policy as it relates to social values, social problems, social structures, and social justice. In particular, students will consider the economic, political and ideological factors and processes that affect social welfare legislation, financing, implementation, and evaluation and examine frameworks for policy analysis and program evaluation, with applications to contemporary social service and income maintenance policies and delivery systems.

 

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Methods of Social Work Research (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course examines quantitative and qualitative research methods in an effort to equip students with the knowledge, ethics, and skills to utilize research to inform social work practice. Research literature will be considered to distinguish and critique the utility of research design, sampling, and measurement strategies to evaluate social work services. Emphasis will be placed upon scientific and analytic approaches to building knowledge and skills, including: the role of concepts and theory, hypothesis formulation, operationalization, research design, data collection, data processing, statistical analysis, computer skills, and report writing.

 

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Generalist Practice II Integrative Seminar (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course provides a foundation in generalist social work knowledge and skills for practice at the micro-level with individuals and families with special emphasis given to oppressed and at-risk populations. Students will develop interpersonal communication, assessment, and service planning skills and learn to identify macro policy issues for consideration of advocacy. Students will engage in a process of self-assessment in order to recognize and mitigate the influence of personal values and biases as they relate to ethical social work practice. Strategies for the resolution of ethical dilemmas and culturally competent practice will be introduced and reinforced. Tools for addressing burnout and compassion fatigue will be examined.

 

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Field Education II (3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Field education, the signature pedagogy of the social work profession, is integral to the education and professional socialization of social work students, providing a structured and supervised environment in which students will apply theoretical knowledge, test and refine practice skills, and adopt professional behaviors. Field Education II, the second of two consecutive courses, allows students to apply the generalist knowledge and refine interpersonal and organizational skills acquired through academic courses to social work practice with a specific client system in a human service organization.

 

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Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

(3 crs)

SOW

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

In this course, students will learn about the nature of organizations, government, and communities, and how these systems function and change. This course examines how organizational level policies inform social work practice and how practice informs policies, and reviews principles for evaluating and conducting research on organizations and their programs. The course will focus upon the process for policy development, including agenda building, analyzing problems, determining options, writing proposals, implementing policy, and evaluating practice.

 

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Advanced Interpersonal Practice with Adults and Elders (3 crs)

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Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

The first segment of this course will explore the aging process and its implications for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The purpose of this segment is to gain understanding about normative as well as idiosyncratic changes that accompany the aging process. In the second segment, the course will examine and explore the skills required to engage in effective practice with older adults and their families within a variety of clinical and community settings including medical hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospice, home-based care and other residential settings.

 

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Practice and Program Evaluation (3 crs)

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Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

In this course students will learn how to utilize qualitative and quantitative research methods to enhance and evaluate their direct practice with diverse client systems as well the efficacy of service delivery programs. Special attention will be paid to the design and implementation of evaluation strategies as well as to the practical and ethical dilemmas inherent in practice and program evaluation. Students will complete this course with an understanding of how to plan and conduct an evaluation and utilize findings to improve social work practice and service delivery.

 

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Psychopathology (3 crs)

SOW

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

In this course students will learn to apply a biopsychosocial model to the assessment and diagnosis of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders classified in the most current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). In addition to learning how to use the DSM in social work practice, students will engage in critical analyses of the DSM, exploring the impact of oppression and bias on the classification, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders as well as the social construction of “mental illness.”

 

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Field Education III with Integrated Seminar (3 crs)

SOW

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Field education, the signature pedagogy of the social work profession, is integral to the education and professional socialization of social work students, providing a structured and supervised environment in which students will apply and begin to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge, test and refine practice skills, and adopt professional behaviors. This course provides students with an opportunity to expand social work practice to include advanced generalist interventions with clients in a human service organization. Advanced generalist practice emphasizes both clinical and administrative elements of social work practice, preparing students to assume a variety of roles. Students will utilize the seminar component of this course to address appropriate boundary setting and self-care associated with sound practice skills in clinical and administrative contexts.

 

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Advanced Interpersonal Practice with Children/Adolescents & Families (3 crs)

SOW

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

A primary goal for this course is to explore the spectrum of mental disorders that appear across the developmental span from childhood to adolescence. The disorders will be examined within the contexts of current knowledge and research and other factors that function as risks or protective factors that impact the mental health of children and adolescents. Through the lens of labeling and stigmatization, conceptualizations of mental disorders childhood and adolescence will be explored. In addition, the predominant classification system of disorders of childhood and adolescence, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will be presented. Indications for individual, group, and family treatment modalities will be defined.

 

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Hospice and Palliative Care

(3 crs)

SOW

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course will focus on social work roles in hospice and palliative care. Academic content will include: psychodynamic and developmental theories in death and dying, bereavement, spirituality, legal and ethical issues, pain and symptom management, hospice and palliative care with marginalized populations, care of LGBTQ persons who are dying, and hospice and palliative care at a mezzo and macro level. The course will train social workers to conduct comprehensive biopsychosocial spiritual assessments, coordination of care within family systems, and work within interdisciplinary teams. The course will also equip social workers with an understanding the impact of chronic life limiting illnesses and the impact of trauma on the death and dying process.

 

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Advanced Seminar in Clinical Practice (3 crs)

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Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course will introduce advanced clinical/therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and other evidence-based interventions. Special emphasis will be placed on linking theoretical framework to psychotherapeutic practice and skill development.

 

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Directed Independent Study in Social Work (3 crs)

SOW

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This is a three credit course open to current graduate students in the UNF Social Work Program who have completed all generalist (first year) year requirements. The course provides opportunity for independent research of advanced generalist social work practice in both agency and policy-related settings with diverse populations. The course will focus upon various fields of practice and populations within the social work profession. This course can be repeated for a total of nine credit hours with the permission of the Program Director or Instructor.

 

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Child Welfare and Social Work Practice (3 crs)

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Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course will examine the role of social work practice in the child welfare system. Special emphasis will be placed on the etiology of child maltreatment as well as an analysis of interactive systems. Students will develop skills and knowledge associated with effective practice in the prevention of child maltreatment and intervention in cases of abuse and/or neglect. Students will engage in consultation of the research associated with child welfare policy and procedures.
Child maltreatment and intervention in cases of abuse and/or neglect.

 

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Social Work Practice with the Military, Veterans, and their Families (3 crs)

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Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course will provide an introduction to social work practice with military service members, veterans, and family members. This course will explore military culture and its systemic influence on human functioning and social relationships. Special emphasis will be given to the specific needs of military families and the role of the social worker in addressing those needs. Course content will emphasize evidence-based interventions and resources for working with military families.

 

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Social Work in Health Care Settings (3 crs)

SOW

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

The primary focus of this course is the development of knowledge and understanding of social work practice methods in health care settings. The course is presented in three segments: 1) conducting biopsychosocial-spiritual assessments; 2) engaging in comprehensive and coordinated patient and family centered care strategies via the medical home model; and 3) understanding the implications for social work as a result of changes in federal health care policies. Throughout the course, students will discuss ethical issues, management of interdisciplinary challenges, diversity issues, and issues related to specific health conditions and disabilities.

 

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Field Education IV & Integrative Seminar (3 crs)

SOW

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Field education is integral to the education and professional socialization of social work students, providing a structured and supervised environment in which students demonstrate mastery of and the capacity to apply theoretical knowledge, test and refine practice skills, and adopt professional behaviors. This course provides students with an opportunity to refine advanced generalist practice skills. Students will utilize the seminar component of this course to address appropriate boundary setting and self-care associated with the development of clinical and administrative skills. The students will also demonstrate that they have matured professionally and are able to effectively utilize supervision, function within complex organizations, form collaborative relationships with clients and colleagues, and are able to articulate the role of a MSW within an organizational setting.

 

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Advanced Topics in Human Behavior (3 crs)

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Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This special topics course will examine human behavior in the context of an advanced social work practice area, setting, or population. This course will focus upon the analysis, from a social justice perspective, of major theoretical frameworks used to explain development in children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Each advanced topics course will focus upon specific diverse populations in the context of the social environment such as immigrant populations, LGBT populations, etc. Course may be repeated under different titles.