Social Work

The Department of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing students are those students who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree at the time of admission into the Master of Social Work program.  These students' degree requirements are 32 hours for the one year degree.

Foundation Sequence

Foundation Sequence students are those students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work degree at the time of admission into the Master of Social Work program.  These students' degree requirements are 67 hours for the two year degree.

Master of Social Work Degree

Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Multicultural practice with Children Families
SOCW 5104Integrative Clinical Seminar I1
SOCW 5105Integrative Clinical Seminar II1
SOCW 5362Multicultural Practice Field Placement I3
SOCW 5363Multicultural Practice Field Placement II3
SOCW 5371Advanced Multicultural Practice I3
SOCW 5372Advanced Multicultural Practice II3
SOCW 5373DSM for Clinicians3
SOCW 5374Advanced Clinical Research3
SOCW 5381Clinical Supervision3
SOCW 5386Group Work3
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
Total Hours32
Community Organization, Research, Advocacy
SOCW 5103Community Organization Integrative Seminar II1
SOCW 5151Community Organization Integrative Seminar I1
SOCW 5352Community Organization Field Placement I3
SOCW 5353Community Organization Field Placement II3
SOCW 5360Administrative & Leadership Practice3
SOCW 5365Community Organizing & Engagement3
SOCW 5370Community & Evaluation Research3
SOCW 5375Grant Writing3
SOCW 5380Advanced Community Practice3
SOCW 5385Research Practicum3
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
Total Hours32
Foundation/Multicultural practice with Children Families
SOCW 5102Foundation Integrative Seminar II1
SOCW 5104Integrative Clinical Seminar I1
SOCW 5104Integrative Clinical Seminar I1
SOCW 5105Integrative Clinical Seminar II1
SOCW 5305Foundations of Community & Organization Practice3
SOCW 5310Direct Practice – Individuals, Families, & Groups3
SOCW 5315Social Policy & Policy Analysis3
SOCW 5320Service Learning3
SOCW 5322Foundation Field Placement I3
SOCW 5323Foundation Field Placement II3
SOCW 5325Research I3
SOCW 5330Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
SOCW 5340Social Justice & Disparities3
SOCW 5362Multicultural Practice Field Placement I3
SOCW 5363Multicultural Practice Field Placement II3
SOCW 5371Advanced Multicultural Practice I3
SOCW 5371Advanced Multicultural Practice I3
SOCW 5373DSM for Clinicians3
SOCW 5374Advanced Clinical Research3
SOCW 5381Clinical Supervision3
SOCW 5386Group Work3
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
Total Hours67
Foundation/Community Organization, Research, Advocacy
SOCW 5102Foundation Integrative Seminar II1
SOCW 5103Community Organization Integrative Seminar II1
SOCW 5104Integrative Clinical Seminar I1
SOCW 5151Community Organization Integrative Seminar I1
SOCW 5305Foundations of Community & Organization Practice3
SOCW 5310Direct Practice – Individuals, Families, & Groups3
SOCW 5315Social Policy & Policy Analysis3
SOCW 5320Service Learning3
SOCW 5322Foundation Field Placement I3
SOCW 5323Foundation Field Placement II3
SOCW 5325Research I3
SOCW 5330Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
SOCW 5340Social Justice & Disparities3
SOCW 5352Community Organization Field Placement I3
SOCW 5353Community Organization Field Placement II3
SOCW 5360Administrative & Leadership Practice3
SOCW 5365Community Organizing & Engagement3
SOCW 5370Community & Evaluation Research3
SOCW 5375Grant Writing3
SOCW 5380Advanced Community Practice3
SOCW 5385Research Practicum3
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
SOCW 5390Special Topics 13
Total Hours67
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Foundation Sequence students (students who do not have BSW degree at the time of admission) will be required to enroll in four SOCW 5390 Special Topics courses in each concentration. Advanced Standing students (students who have the BSW degree upon admission to the MSW program) will be required to enroll in two SOCW 5390 Special Topics courses in each concentration.

Courses

SOCW 5086. Problems in Social Work. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent reading and research on various social work-related topics. Entry into the course will be arranged by Social Work Program Director.

SOCW 5101. Foundation Integrative Seminar I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the first of a two semester seminar designed to facilitate student integration of foundation social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: SOCW 5320 and must take concurrent with SOCW 5322.

SOCW 5102. Foundation Integrative Seminar II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the second of a two semester seminar designed to facilitate student integration of foundation social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: SOCW 5101 and taken concurrently with SOCW 5323.

SOCW 5103. Community Organization Integrative Seminar II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the second of a two semester seminar designed to facilitate student integration of advanced community social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: Must have completed Foundation Field placement 1 and Foundation Field placement II OR have Admission to the Advanced Standing Program. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5353.

SOCW 5104. Integrative Clinical Seminar I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This two semester seminar (SOCW 5104 & 5105) is designed to facilitate student integration of clinical social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies.

SOCW 5105. Integrative Clinical Seminar II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This two semester seminar (SOCW 5104 & 5105) is designed to facilitate student integration of clinical social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: Completion of SOCW 5104 with a "B" or higher.

SOCW 5151. Community Organization Integrative Seminar I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the first of a two semester seminar designed to facilitate student integration of advanced community social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: Must have completed Foundation Field placement 1 and Foundation Field placement II OR have Admission to the Advanced Standing Program. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5352.

SOCW 5305. Foundations of Community & Organization Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides a review of community organization theory and practice at both the macro and micro levels. Basic models of community organization theory and practice are highlighted, including locality development, social planning, and social action as well as major policy issues that relate to communities. Special attention is given to the historical base of community organization in America, citizen/consumer participation, volunteerism, assessment of community needs, impact of racism, and community work and intervention techniques. Students will examine the range of social work roles and functioning in community organization practice from the personal individual participant perspective to the social worker/ professional organizer perspective, and as a policy-maker.

SOCW 5310. Direct Practice – Individuals, Families, & Groups. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theory for social work practice is studied, using an integrated social systems and biopsychosocial-spiritual model. The student is introduced to the profession through its history, its conceptual development and through an examination of the values, knowledge and skills which characterize it. The course content focuses on the worker/client relationship and development of assessment, intervention and evaluation skills used in interventions with individual clients, families, and small groups. Appropriate worker intervention in individualized treatment planning and implementation and the dynamics of small group process are also examined.

SOCW 5315. Social Policy & Policy Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Foundation course on social policy, policy practice and practice in communities and organizations. Surveys historical evolution of social welfare policy and contemporary provision of social welfare services, including the role of values in policy formulation and principles of social and economic justice. Introduces the social work role as change agent in legislative, community and organizational arenas.

SOCW 5320. Service Learning. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to expose students to a variety of challenges facing communities in various regions of Texas and beyond. Students will also develop an understanding of their individual role in addressing those challenges through community engagement, participatory action research, group work, and volunteer activity. They will become familiar with social work functions in community settings and the basic foundations of community based research.

SOCW 5322. Foundation Field Placement I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the first foundation field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this foundation field course is 200 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate foundation field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 400 hours; this first course covers the first 200 of those required hours. Prerequisite: SOCW 5320 and must take concurrently with SOCW 5101.

SOCW 5323. Foundation Field Placement II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the second foundation field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this foundation field course is 200 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate foundation field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 400 hours; this second course covers the final 200 of those required hours. Prerequisite: SOCW 5322 and must take concurrently with SOCW 5102.

SOCW 5325. Research I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on foundation content in research design and methodology that can be used by social work practitioners to evaluate their individual practices, evaluate social programs, and advance practice knowledge. The major goals of the course are to enable students to develop a scientific perspective, to acquire an understanding of different research viewpoints that can be used to evaluate practice, and to incorporate that perspective and understanding into a broader conceptual base for social work practice. The course aids students in thinking critically about the methods and limitations of various systems of inquiry, and about society, people, and their problems.

SOCW 5330. Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines the life cycle of the individual from in utero through old age and death from a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective via multiple theoretical frameworks. Individual growth and development is studied in the context of culture, race, ethnicity, social class, gender, families and other social systems. Attention is also given to the impact of trauma, loss, and environmental stressors on the individual and the family.

SOCW 5340. Social Justice & Disparities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will introduce students to the importance of operating from a lens of equity by familiarizing students with culture and diversity within and between groups. Students will learn and apply an integral framework of equity using generalist practice skills at the micro, mezzo, and macro level to address social justice and disparity issues in society. Various diverse areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, spirituality, physical and mental ability are explored with specific attention to the historical aspects of oppression and discrimination of each area. Students will also engage in critical self-exploration and self-awareness as it relates to each of the diverse areas taught in this course to advance his/her own self-identity. Prerequisite: Because this is an introductory course, which is required for all graduate students, no prerequisites are needed for this course.

SOCW 5352. Community Organization Field Placement I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the concentration field course for the Community Organizing and Advanced Research concentration. The course is designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar must be taken along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this concentration field course is 250 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate concentration field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 500 hours; this first course covers the first 250 of those required hours. Prerequisites: Foundation Field Classes OR Admission to Advanced Standing Program. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5151 CO Integrative Seminar I.

SOCW 5353. Community Organization Field Placement II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the second Community Organization and Advanced Research field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this concentration field course is 250 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate concentration field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 500 hours; this second course covers the final 250 of those required hours. Prerequisites: Foundation Field 1 and II OR Admission to the Advanced Standing Program and must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5103.

SOCW 5360. Administrative & Leadership Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course teaches theories and strategies for effective leadership in organizations and in the communities. The course examines strategies to combat marginalization and institutional oppression, as well as those that promote social and economic justice in organizations and community environments. Students will leadership skills in a variety of settings in both formal and informal capacities. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses or Admission to Advanced Standing Program.

SOCW 5362. Multicultural Practice Field Placement I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the first clinical field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this clinical field course is 250 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate clinical field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 500 hours; this first course covers the first 250 of those required hours.

SOCW 5363. Multicultural Practice Field Placement II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the second clinical field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this clinical field course is 250 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate clinical field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 500 hours; this second course covers the last 250 of those required hours. Prerequisite: Completion of SOCW 5362 with a "B" or higher.

SOCW 5365. Community Organizing & Engagement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines the challenges and benefits of constructively engaging diverse community groups toward a solution that encompasses the voices of relevant stakeholders. The course proposes that working toward social and economic justice means addressing root causes of social issues, such as poverty, and working to end oppression, rather than creating mechanisms that institutionalize marginalization. Students learn how to build communities by enhancing their capacity to solve problems and implement solutions through strategic partnerships that engage stakeholders in meaningful partnerships, mutual learning, shared responsibility, and collective action. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses or Admission to Advanced Standing Program.

SOCW 5370. Community & Evaluation Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the ability to use research to address community and organizational problems. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be taught and students will learn to develop community plans, develop programs, and submit grants based on research findings. The course includes content in advanced research design, implementation, methodology, and data analysis. The course will also explore time studies and policy research. Student will prepare a research proposal to be implemented in the Research Practicum. Prerequisite:.

SOCW 5371. Advanced Multicultural Practice I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will expand student’s knowledge of critical analysis and holistic application of clinical practice skills building from the foundation level practice-based courses (SOCW 5327 & SOCW 5334), specifically when working with individuals. Through the use of evidence based theoretical models students will learn how to integrate the knowledge of culture in practice and effectively implement interventions when working with diverse populations who have historically experienced discrimination and oppression. Various historical and current cultural perspectives are provided to enhance student’s personal and professional awareness and critical holistic application of multicultural practice. Holistic refers to capturing a biological, cultural, psychological, social, and spiritual framework.

SOCW 5372. Advanced Multicultural Practice II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will expand student’s knowledge of critical analysis and holistic application of clinical practice skills building from the foundation level practice-based courses (SOCW 5327 & SOCW 5334), specifically when working with families. Through the use of evidence based theoretical models students will learn how to integrate the knowledge of culture in practice and effectively implement interventions when working with families. Various historical and current cultural perspectives are provided to enhance student’s personal and professional awareness and critical holistic application of multicultural practice with families.

SOCW 5373. DSM for Clinicians. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces students to various diagnostic codes of emotional and mental disorders categorized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5 or the latest version) often experienced by individuals and families to help build students’ knowledge about mental illness and its role in advanced social work practice. Through the use of various assessment tools, students will learn how to utilize assessments as part of the process for interventions with children and families. The pathology of persons suffering from the most common disorders is also explored with specific emphasis on documentation skills of assessment, interviewing, and treatment planning of clinical social workers.

SOCW 5374. Advanced Clinical Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course builds on SOCW 5325 Research foundation course and delves into an in depth research process of quantitative and qualitative evaluation of clinical practice. Primary areas of focus include integrating research skills related to single subject research design, data collection, data analysis, measurement, and reporting. Practice informed research and research informed practice application is emphasized along with assessing student’s critical consciousness and scholarly application of standardized and self-constructed measurement instruments as it relates to various modes of micro and mezzo practice.

SOCW 5375. Grant Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in program development, proposal writing and grant development. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses or Admission to Advanced Standing Program.

SOCW 5380. Advanced Community Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course teaches advanced skills in community organizing and organizational leadership as well as advanced skills in policy analysis and development. Students will practice advanced macro skills in the class using model organizations and community situations. Students will learn how to engage diverse populations in the communities and in organizations. Further, students will use their findings from the research performed in the Research Practicum to develop proposals, recommendations, and policy briefs so that they can understand how research is utilized to make positive changes in organizations and communities as well as promoting social and economic justice through policy change. This course will incorporate advanced theories of community, organizational theories, and policy analysis frameworks. Prerequisite: SOCW 5365 and Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5385.

SOCW 5381. Clinical Supervision. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course facilitates the student’s exploration of supervision as both supervisee and supervisor. Students will be taught supervision and management theories including organizational and classical theories of management and application. Different models of supervision techniques and styles of supervision will be integrated into the learning process for students along with the ethical and legal issues associated with supervision.

SOCW 5385. Research Practicum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is the second part of SOCW 5370 Community & Evaluation Research. Students will use the proposal developed in that course to implement their research plan, analyze results, and develop recommendations and program/ grant ideas based on the research findings. This course focuses on the ability to use research to address community and organizational problems and the research will be conducted in the community and a professional presentation of results is expected in a community venue. Students will learn to write up results using scientific language. Students will also be encouraged to consider writing for publication and/ or presenting findings at professional conferences. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses or Admission to Advanced Standing Program and completion of SOCW 5370.

SOCW 5386. Group Work. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course builds on the foundational courses of practice skills and relates those skills to group work, group development, and group types (psychoeducational, support, task-oriented, therapeutic). Students will learn and apply the facilitation of groups in various agency and community based settings with culturally diverse groups and situations. The course will also provide additional knowledge about assessment of group dynamics to assist students in determining appropriate intervention skills within groups.

SOCW 5390. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on contemporary issues in Social Work. This course may be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

Dr. Darla Beaty, Interim Director
Social Work Program
1400 College Drive
Waco, Texas 76708
(254) 299-8268
beaty@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/socialwork

Assistant professors

  • Beaty
  • Ferrales
  • Hall
  • Jones
  • Prather
  • Pratt
  • Randle
  • Smith