Wilma Hepker, Dean; Standley Gellineau, Director of Graduate
Program; Bobbie Sue Arias, Cindee Bailey, Darold Bigger, James Boyd, Sandra
Christian, Paul Cimmino, Pam Cress, Joyce Flansburg, Cindy Fleischer, Doug
Fleischer, Kevin Grussling, Randi Hankins, Harriett Hilario, Mary Laabs, Lisa
Lysne, Lana Martin, Marja McChesney, Janet Ockerman, Nancy Peters, Susan Smith,
The School of Social Work offers a two-year graduate program
that leads to a Master of Social Work degree. The program has a clinical focus
and takes a direct practice/systems approach to social work education by integrating
theory and practicum experience. The MSW program is fully accredited by the
Council on Social Work Education.
In addition to the two-year program (six quarters), a one-year
(four quarters) Advanced Standing program is offered for those who have graduated
with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an institution whose program has
been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Social Work is a profession dedicated to improving quality
of life. The Christian campus setting and the religious values of Walla Walla
College complement the caring aspect of the social work profession and provide
an appropriate environment for a social work program.
The objectives of the program are to prepare graduate social
work students to:
practice social work in clinical settings at an advanced level;
practice in both rural and urban settings;
exercise clinical skills in dealing with the variety of addictions that are
encompassed in our present day society;
work with children and families, including such areas as child protective
services, foster care, adoptions, domestic violence, incest and divorce;
develop clinical expertise in health and mental health;
practice school social work;
work as social work educators.
status is available to students with Bachelor of Social Work
degrees earned from accredited institutions within the last six years with
a 3.00 or better grade-point average for the social work curriculum. The School
of Social Work admissions committee reserves the right to accept or reject
applications for Advanced Standing based on its judgment of the student's
response to admission criteria.
. Classroom courses and/or supervised field practicum completed
in other nationally accredited graduate schools of social work may be accepted
for credit toward the MSW degree when such courses and supervised field practicum
are considered equivalent to work offered in the WWC social work program.
Students thus accepted must complete at least 39 hours of graduate credit
while in residence at Walla Walla College for the MSW degree. For policy on
transfer credit, see page 19.
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
All students must take a core of foundation courses during
the first year, except those who have completed the core curriculum at the
undergraduate level and have been admitted with advanced standing. Advanced
level students will begin their classes in the summer preceding the second
year of the program or the fall, thereby completing the graduate program in
four quarters. The program offers several areas of practice emphasis: Health
and Mental Health, Children and Families, School Social Work, Addiction,
Aging, and Child Welfare.
Core Courses: First Year
SOWK 510 Cultural and Ethnic Perspectives
514 Historical Development of Social Welfare
SOWK 517 Social Work Practice I
SOWK 518 Social Work Practice II
SOWK 519 Social Work Practice III
SOWK 520 Social Work Practice IV
SOWK 524 Human Behavior and Social
Environment I 3 -
SOWK 525 Human Behavior and Social
Environment II 3 -
SOWK 530 Field Practicum
SOWK 537 Social Work Research
SOWK 538 Research Applications in
Social Work I 1 -
SOWK 539 Research Applications in
Social Work II 1 -
SOWK 542 Dysfunctional Behavior in
Clinical Social 3 3
Core Courses: Second Year
SOWK 508 Social Work and Religion
SOWK 540 Advanced Clinical Evaluation
SOWK 589 Advanced Research Methods
SOWK 541 Advanced Practice
SOWK 544 Policy Analysis and Advocacy
for Clinicians 3 3
SOWK 545 Advanced Clinical Treatment
of Families 3 3
SOWK 530 Field Practicum
Total 80 52
*To be chosen from electives listed
below, of which a minimum of 5 credits must be in Advanced Clinical Practice
electives and 2-3 credits must be Advanced Theory Electives..
ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE ELECTIVES
Minimum of 5 credits must be taken of Advanced Clinical Practice Electives.)
SOWK 546 Clinical Treatment of Sexual
SOWK 551 Family Violence
SOWK 552 Clinical Treatment of Children
and Adolescents 3
SOWK 555 School Social Work
SOWK 556 Play Therapy
SOWK 557 Solution Focused Brief Therapy
SOWK 558 Cognitive and Behavioral
SOWK 560 Clinical Treatment in Addictions*
SOWK 562 Clinical Skills with Addictive
SOWK 564 Reality Therapy
SOWK 565 Attachment Theory and Theraplay
SOWK 568 Gestalt Therapy
SOWK 570 Social Work Practice in a
Medical Setting 3
SOWK 571 Aging and Health Care
SOWK 572 Clinical Treatment in Mental
SOWK 573 Practice and Theories in
Clinical Group Work 3
SOWK 574 Social Work Supervision
SOWK 575 Clinical Practice of Crisis
ADVANCED THEORY ELECTIVES
Minimum of one Advanced Theory Elective must be taken.)
SOWK 557 Solution Focused Brief Therapy
SOWK 558 Cognitive and Behavioral
SOWK 564 Reality Therapy
SOWK 566 Object Relations Theory
SOWK 568 Gestalt Therapy
SOWK 531 Death and Dying
SOWK 535 Social Gerontology
SOWK 543 Social Work Administration
and Management 3
SOWK 547 Children at Risk
SOWK 548 Comparative Theories of Social
Work Practice 3
SOWK 550 Protective and Substitute
Care of Children 2
SOWK 553 Legal Aspects of Social Work
SOWK 554 Inter-generational Relationships
SOWK 561 Physiological Effects and
Pharmacology of Alcohol and Drugs* 3
SOWK 563 Grantsmanship
SOWK 567 Selfcare for the Social Worker
SOWK 576 Human Sexuality
SOWK 577 Introduction of Alcohol and
Addiction Treatment* 3
SOWK 578 Stress Management
579 Directed Research/Project
SOWK 580 Services to Families with
SOWK 590 Thesis
These courses apply toward Chemical Dependency Certification
in the State of Washington.
- SOCIAL WORK
SOWK 508 SOCIAL WORK AND RELIGION
The role of spirituality in the socialization process of the
practitioner and client. The potential of religious values, ethics, principles,
and philosophies as positive influences on social work practice, as well as
the negative effects of inappropriate application.
SOWK 510 CULTURAL AND ETHNIC PERSPECTIVES
The understanding of racial, cultural, and ethnic factors
in the assessment of social behaviors and the intervention process.
SOWK 514 HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE
The history of social services in the United States, beginning
with the Elizabethan Poor Laws in England and the subsequent development of
social ethics in the colonies. Considers historical influences which have
shaped the nation's responsibility to the social needs of its people. Exposure
to policy analysis within the context of current social services.
SOWK 517 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I
The development of communication and
assessment skills, improved self-awareness, as well as counseling and intervention
skills. Application of principles and philosophies of the social work discipline
to worker-client relationships and social problem solving from individual,
group, and community perspectives. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOWK 524.
SOWK 518 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II
The application and practice of group
process and dynamics, roles and behaviors, group formation and structuring,
and group-facilitating techniques for the social worker at various system
levels. Prerequisite: SOWK 517; Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOWK 525.
SOWK 519 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III
Family systems theory and the practice
of family therapy. The effects of societal systems, culture, and class on
the family unit, and consequent problem identification and intervention strategies
needed at various system levels. Prerequisite: SOWK 518.
SOWK 520 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IV
This course introduces the student
to a variety of macro interventions with both communities as well as larger
organizations. Students will be introduced to community planning skills and
interventions for social change necessary to provide effective social services
for meeting human needs. Prerequisite: SOWK 518
SOWK 524 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL
ENVIRONMENT I 3
The biological, psychological, social,
and cultural factors and theories of human development from birth through
adolescence. Considers the impact of ethnicity, racism, sexism, and socioeconomic
status on growth and behavior of pre-adults.
SOWK 525 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL
ENVIRONMENT II 3
The biological, psychological, social,
and cultural factors of human development affecting adult behavior. Considers
the impact of ethnicity, racism, sexism, and socioeconomic status on growth
and behavior of adults in community systems and organizations. Prerequisite:
SOWK 530 FIELD PRACTICUM Advanced
Standing 2-5;12 Regular Standing 2-5;18
Practice in a social service program;
the field application of course work knowledge and skills. Agency instructors
provide the supervision for the field experience, in cooperation with the
student's faculty field liaison. Advanced Standing Prerequisite or Corequisite:
SOWK 517 and SOWK 518.
SOWK 531 DEATH AND DYING
Study of the process of death and
dying from four distinct perspectives: cultural, social, personal, and professional.
SOWK 535 SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
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 537 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
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, II 1;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
SOWK 540 ADVANCED CLINICAL EVALUATION
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: Advanced Standing or SOWK 539;
Corequisite: SOWK 530.
SOWK 541 ADVANCED PRACTICE
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:
class=msoIns>Advanced Standing or SOWK 519; Prerequisite or
Corequisite: SOWK 542; Corequisite: SOWK 530.
SOWK 542 DYSFUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR IN CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK
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 class=msoIns>or SOWK 525.
SOWK 543 SOCIAL WORK LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
Considers leadership and organizational theory; organization
development and structure; leadership skills and decision making; principles
of administration, including budgeting; and service delivery. Incorporates
SOWK 544 POLICY ANALYSIS AND ADVOCACY FOR CLINICIANS
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 CLINICAL TREATMENT OF FAMILIES
Advanced theories and concepts of family therapy and their
application to the treatment of families. Prerequisite: SOWK 519, SOWK
541 or permission of instructor.
SOWK 546 CLINICAL TREATMENT IN SEXUAL ABUSE
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 RISK
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 THEORIES OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
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 550 PROTECTIVE AND SUBSTITUTE CARE OF CHILDREN
Intervention skills to provide protective services for children
of disrupted families, and permanency planning for children.
SOWK 551 FAMILY VIOLENCE
Theories of behavior accounting for family violence; methods
of prevention, intervention, and treatment of intra-family violence. Prerequisite:
Second year standing or permission of instructor.
SOWK 552 CLINICAL TREATMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Neuroses, psychoses, and other behavior disorders
their assessment and treatment in
children and adolescents. Prerequisite: SOWK 541.
SOWK 553 LEGAL ASPECTS OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
The laws and legal issues governing social work practice.
Both legal and psycho-social perspectives considered.
SOWK 554 INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
The course examines social issues and relationship dynamics
from an intergenerational perspective. Intervention approaches are examined
that focus on the promotion of positive interaction between people from different
SOWK 555 SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK
This course is intended to familiarize students with the history,
legalities, and practice of social work in an educational setting. This course
will describe how social work knowledge, skill, and values provide an ecological
approach to preventative, crisis, and remedial care for school children and
their families. Required of all school social work practicum students.
SOWK 556 PLAY THERAPY
This course covers varied play therapy theories from directive
to non-directive. Includes practice of techniques; and discussion of issues
and research unique to children and families.
SOWK 557 SOLUTION-FOCUSED BRIEF THERAPY
Methods of collaboration and cooperation with clients to set
up goals for treatment. Focus on client’
s previous successes and on solutions.
Prerequisite: Second year standing.
SOWK 558 COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Includes theory and practice of relatively short-term, problem-focused
intervention styles. Interventions learned include cognitive therapy, relaxation
training, and systematic desensitization as applied in various social work
practice settings. Lecture, small group work, and role playing with a hands-on
practice-oriented approach. Prerequisite: Second year standing or permission
SOWK 560 CLINICAL TREATMENT IN ADDICTIONS
Chemical dependency and other addictions
a comparative study of their etiology,
diagnosis, and treatment. Prerequisite: SOWK 577 or permission of instructor.
SOWK 561 PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS AND PHARMACOLOGY OF
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
The absorption, metabolism, excretion, and pathology of drugs
and alcohol, and their behavioral effects. Prerequisite: SOWK 577 or permission
SOWK 562 CLINICAL SKILLS WITH ADDICTIVE FAMILIES
Chemical dependency and other addiction-related problems in
the family. Includes study of compulsive behaviors such as overeating, workaholism,
relationship addictions, etc. This course integrates recent knowledge from
the field of addictions with the knowledge of solution-focused family therapy
to enhance the practitioners' clinical skills with addictive families. Prerequisite:
SOWK 577 or permission of instructor.
SOWK 563 GRANTSMANSHIP
This course will provide a in-depth opportunity in all areas
of grantsmanship, including finding funding sources, developing a needs assessment
and problem statement, writing narrative and rationale sections, writing goals
and objectives, activities, evaluation, budget, and time line. The student
will prepare an actual grant application.
SOWK 564 REALITY THERAPY
Historical and theoretical background of this approach and
the application to individuals, couples, families and groups. This approach
is particularly useful with unwilling clients such as court-referred individuals,
perpetrators of violence, delinquent adolescents, and persons abusing chemical
substances. Use of lecture, video, live demonstrations and individual role-play
practice will be utilized. Prerequisite: Second year standing.
SOWK 565 ATTACHMENT THEORY AND THERAPLAY
This course will explore the interactional basis of parent-infant
attachment disruptions. Theraplay bonding and attachment techniques, designed
to enhance attachment, raise self-esteem, improve trust in others, and create
joyful engagement, will be presented and practiced by participants.
SOWK 566 OBJECT RELATIONS THEORY
An introduction to the psychoanalytic treatment model for
long term therapy in contrast to the brief models. Course includes historical
development of ORT, assessment, interventions and integration with other models
of therapy. The students who register for two credits for the course as a
survey of the theory will focus their research to a particular aspect of the
model that they would like to understand more fully. Students desiring to
register for three credits would complete an in depth research study of the
theory and integrate their knowledge with a clinical practice application.
Prerequisite: Second year standing.
SOWK 567 SELFCARE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS
Promotes an understanding of the importance of self care for
social work professionals. Covers both personal and professional self care
issues. Helps students learn the techniques available to prevent burnout
and develop a self care program.
SOWK 568 GESTALT THERAPY
This class will cover extensively the theoretical foundation
of Gestalt Therapy. It will examine its historical roots in psychoanalysis
as well as its current state of development. Students will use didactic experiential
learning modes and discuss many rare films of Frederick Perls conducting a
SOWK 570 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN A MEDICAL SETTING
The psychosocial components of patient-family responses to
physical illness; the role of social services and intervention in a medical
setting. Prerequisite: Second year standing or permission of instructor.
SOWK 571 AGING AND HEALTH CARE
Senescence, geriatric pathology, preventive health measures,
management of chronic conditions, rehabilitation services, and health care
policies affecting older adults. Prerequisite: Second year standing.
SOWK 572 CLINICAL TREATMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH
The assessment and diagnosis of the mentally ill
treatment, planning and implementation.
Includes application of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health.
Prerequisite: SOWK 542.
SOWK 573 PRACTICE AND THEORIES IN CLINICAL GROUP WORK
Application of theories to clinical group work practice in
the context of different populations. Prerequisite: SOWK 518 or Advanced Standing.
SOWK 574 SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION
Emphasis upon clinical social work supervision in a variety
of settings. Considers the needs of supervisors as well as the role and function
of the supervisor. Attention is given to administrative supervision, ethics,
competency skills through supervision, and cultural awareness. Prerequisite:
Advanced Standing or second year standing.
SOWK 575 CLINICAL PRACTICE OF CRISIS INTERVENTION
The study of human mental functions in crisis or high stress
situations. Develops specific assessment, classification, and intervention
skills for use in actual crisis situations. Prerequisite: Second year standing
or permission of instructor.
SOWK 576 HUMAN SEXUALITY
Study of the Christian perspective of human sexuality which
forms a basis for appropriate intervention with sexual problems.
SOWK 577 INTRODUCTION TO ALCOHOLISM AND ADDICTION
A comprehensive survey covering the basic aspects of alcohol,
alcoholism, prevention and intervention, rehabilitation and treatment. Alcoholism
and other addictions are studied as disease processes.
SOWK 578 STRESS MANAGEMENT
Designed to guide the student in planning practical strategies
for personal stress management. A holistic approach emphasizing physical,
mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a positive Christian lifestyle.
The works of Hans Selye and other theoreticians of modern stress management
are considered. Students will develop skills in time management, and techniques
of meditation and relaxation and exercise. Also considered is the market for
stress management education in Employee Assistance Programs.
SOWK 580 SERVICES TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
Development of child welfare services, their structure and
function today, current challenges facing America in the welfare of its children,
the role of social work in child abuse investigations, treatment provisions,
and regulation. Required of all Title IV-E students.
SOWK 589 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK
Principles of social work research and evaluation will be
presented. After consultation with the student's adviser and thesis committee,
a research topic will be selected. Students will prepare and defend a thesis
proposal for original social work research. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
and Advanced Standing or SOWK 539.
SOWK 590 THESIS
Students will complete and defend the research project begun
in SOWK 589. This process will be supervised by the student's adviser and
the thesis committee. Prerequisite: SOWK 589.