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Wilmer Hepker School of Social Work Graduate Bulletin 2010-2012

Graduate Course Descriptions: SOWK 529-539

SOWK529 FIELD PRACTICUM-FOUNDATIONRegular Standing 2-4; 6

Field application of generalist course work knowledge and skills in social service programs. Agency instructors provide supervision for the foundation field experience in cooperation with the student's faculty field liaison. Students are not eligible to register for SOWK 530 with IP's in this course. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: SOWK517, SOWK518.

SOWK 530 FIELD PRACTICUM-ADVANCEDRegular Standing 2nd year,
Advanced Standing 2-5;12
Field application of course work knowledge and skills in social service programs. Agency instructors provide the supervision for the advanced field experience in cooperation with the student's faculty field liaison.  Students are not eligible to continue registering for field if they have two or more IP's in field. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Regular standing 2nd year or Advanced standing.
SOWK 531 DEATH AND DYING3
Study of the process of death and dying from four distinct perspectives: cultural, social, personal, and professional.  Considers the effect of death, dying and bereavement on the socialization process of both the client and the professional.
SOWK 532 CLINICAL TREATMENT OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS3
An advanced clinical elective expanding knowledge of personality disorders. Course is designed to provide a functional understanding of the development of, and empirically validated treatments for, personality disorders. Treatment pathways for clusters A, B, and C. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition will be emphasized. Prerequisite: SOWK 542, Dysfunctional Behavior.
SOWK 533 CLINICAL ISSUES IN RELATIONSHIPS3
Considers contemporary challenges in finding and maintaining healthy adult relationships. Examines marriage, divorce, remarriage and blended families. Behavioral, cognitive behavioral, choice therapy and psychodynamic approaches to these issues presented. Prerequisite: Advanced Standing, Second year or permission of instructor.
SOWK 534 CLINICAL TREATMENT OF FAMILIES I3
A foundational family therapy course that presents the history of family therapy development and surveys first-wave cybernetic approaches. Family therapy assessment instruments introduced. Emphasizes theory guided models of therapy and emphasizes the practice of family therapy as distinct from case management.
SOWK 535 SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY3
Study of the social issues of aging and the social work practice response to these issues, with particular reference to community and family resource obligation.
SOWK 536 CLINICAL TREATMENT OF TRAUMA3
This course will explore the theoretical underpinnings and best clinical practices in working with victims of trauma. Students will be invited to participate in experiential learning of appropriate therapies which will be demonstrated throughout the quarter. Prerequisite: Advanced standing, Second Year standing or permission of the instructor.
SOWK 537 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH3
An introduction to the principles of scientific methods as applied to social work and the professional epistemological debate. Various designs are presented, along with basic research methods, such as problem formulation, empirical literature review, operationalization, instrumentation, scaling, sampling, data collection, and single subject design. A research project proposal will be completed by the end of the course.
SOWK 538, 539 RESEARCH APPLICATIONS IN SOCIAL WORK I, II1;1
Continuation of social work research, emphasizing data analysis, reporting, and utilization. Students will use computer-assisted statistical software and complete a final research report.  Prerequisite: SOWK 537
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