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Wilmer Hepker School of Social Work Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

GRADUATE COURSES - SOCIAL WORK 

SOWK 540 ADVANCED CLINICAL EVALUATION3
Advanced clinical evaluation skills for assessing effectiveness of intervention with single subjects and groups will be presented.  Content will include:  identification of problems and goals, clinical measuring and recording, principles of behavioral observation, methods of making rating scales, client logs, unobtrusive measures, and experimental designs.  Computer-assisted clinical evaluation software will be used to analyze data collected during the student's practice setting.  Prerequisite: SOWK 541, Advanced Standing, or SOWK 539; Corequisite: SOWK 530.
SOWK 541 ADVANCED PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS3
This course emphasizes clinical social work practice skills with individuals and knowledge of social problems commonly presented for therapeutic intervention. Students will apply their knowledge of theories for practice, demonstrate practice skills, look at ethical conflicts in practice, and develop professional use of self-awareness. Prerequisite: Advanced Standing, or SOWK 517 and SOWK 518; Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOWK 542; Corequisite: SOWK 530.
SOWK 542 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY3
The focus of this course is on the biological, psychological, social and environmental forces that impact upon behavior and functioning of moderately to severely impaired persons.  It is designed to familiarize the advanced practitioner with standardized diagnostic criteria and processes used within the field to categorize deviant and dysfunctional behavior.  Prerequisite: Advanced Standing; SOWK 517, SOWK 524, SOWK 525.
SOWK 543 SOCIAL WORK LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION3
Considers leadership and organizational theory; organization development and structure; leadership skills and decision making; principles of administration, including budgeting; and service delivery.  Incorporates macro focus.
SOWK 544 POLICY ANALYSIS AND ADVOCACY 3
This course builds on the student’s foundation of social welfare policy and social work practice to emphasize the integration of policy-practice as a social work intervention. Specific policy issues relevant to professional social work are examined by connecting the practice of clinical social work with its responsibility to affect social change. Prerequisites: SOWK 514; Advanced Standing.
SOWK 545 ADVANCED PRACTICE WITH COUPLES AND FAMILIES3
The second in a 2-course sequence of family therapy interventions.  Second-wave cybernetic approaches and postmodern influences in the field of family therapy will be presented.  Emphasizes theory-guided models of therapy and emphasizes the practice of family therapy as distinct from case management.  Prerequisites: Advanced Standing, SOWK 534, or permission of the instructor.
SOWK 546 CLINICAL TREATMENT IN SEXUAL ABUSE3
Assessment, treatment and risk management of adult and child survivors of sexual abuse; current understanding of psychological characteristics of adult and adolescent offenders of sexual abuse; psychological sequence of sexual abuse of childhood victims and their clinical presentation to social work practitioners. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOWK 541.
SOWK 547 CHILDREN AT RISK3
Study of intervention strategies when working with children at risk, in social services, school, medical or community settings.  Specific issues discussed include: child abuse and neglect, behavior management, family and child assessment, teen pregnancy and suicide, adoption and out-of-home placement, legal implications of working with children, and counseling techniques.
SOWK 548 COMPARATIVE THEORIES3
Study of intervention strategies, change theories, and therapeutic techniques employed at individual, family, and group levels. Emphasizes criteria for selecting alternative approaches and appropriate intervention activities.
SOWK 549 ATTACHMENT THEORY THROUGH THE LIFE SPAN3
Explores aspects of attachment through the life span and the implications for practice.  This course begins with an examination of parent-infant and childhood attachment, considers attachment in adulthood and middle-adulthood, and concludes by looking at attachment in later life. Prerequisite: Advanced Standing, Second year standing, or permission of the instructor.
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