Jun 18, 2024  
2020-2021 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2020-2021 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Courses


 
  
  • SWK 819B - Integrated Practice and Theory for Adolescents and Families II

    3 Credit(s) This course is the second of a year-long course designed to prepare students for practice with children, adolescents and families in community-based settings. The course incorporates curricula on adolescent and family development along with specific practice models. The course emphasizes the development and measurement of competencies required in integrated care settings where knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive as well as affective processes specific to addressing the transactional relationship between behavioral and physical health are critical. 3 lecture hours.
    Pre-requisite:  SWK 819A  
  
  • SWK 820 - Agency Management and Leadership Practice

    3 Credit(s) This course is designed to prepare advanced generalist practitioners to assume middle management leadership positions and engage in the facilitation of change in contemporary human service practice. It provides an introduction to the processes and practices involved in program development, organizational management, program advocacy, and sound administrative social work practice. It extends student competence in the differential selection of group process, organizational analysis, and change models that address the strengths in organizations and agencies.
    Pre-requisite: SWK 722  

     

  
  • SWK 821R - Social Work Intervention with Families

    3 Credit(s) This course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in social work practice, human behavior and field courses regarding family functioning and interventive approaches. It addresses a broad range of interventions designed to assist families through therapeutic, supportive, educational and skill-building methods, and to link families with needed resources.
    Prerequisites: Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 822 - Social Work and Spirituality

    3 Credit(s) This course explores the multifaceted relationships between social work practice and the spirituality of clients, workers, and their surrounding social systems. It aims to provide a framework for the clarification of the students’ values, their continuing acquisition of knowledge of diverse religious and spiritual traditions, as well as skills in applying these values and the relevant knowledge on behalf of their clients in a spiritually-sensitive manner.
    Pre-requisite or Co-requisite:   or SWK 797  
  
  • SWK 833 - Child, Youth and Family Policy

    3 Credit(s) Building on policy analysis skills acquired in previous two policy courses, this course prepares students for generalist practice in child, youth and family welfare by deepening the student’s substantive knowledge of the relevant service systems, the challenges of policy implementation and by providing preparation for participation in the policy-making process through legislative and/or administrative advocacy.
    Pre-requisite:  SWK 703  
  
  • SWK 835R - Social Work and the Law

    3 Credit(s) This course provides a basic understanding of the roles of the different branches of government in making and interpreting law. The role of the courts and their importance in substantive areas of social work practice are examined. The role of social workers in the legal system is studied.
    Pre-requisites: Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
    104572
  
  • SWK 838 - Health and Behavioral Health Policy in Child, Youth and Family Services

    3 Credit(s) Building on policy analysis skills acquired in the introductory policy course, this course prepares students for practice in child, youth and family welfare by deepening the student’s substantive knowledge of health, mental health, and related policies and services. Students engage in policy implementation analysis and evaluation and learn how to participate in the policy-making process through legislative advocacy. Three lecture hours per week.
    Pre-requisite: SWK 703  
  
  • SWK 840 - Health and Behavioral Health Policy in Disability Services

    3 Credit(s) Building on policy analysis skills acquired in the introductory policy course, this course prepares students for practice with people in various disability settings by deepening the student’s substantive knowledge of health, mental health, substance abuse, and related disability policies and services. Students engage in policy implementation analysis and evaluation and learn how to participate in the policy-making process through legislative advocacy. Three lecture hours per week.
    Pre-requisite: SWK 703  
  
  • SWK 841 - Field Education III and Integrated Seminar III

    4 Credit(s) In this advanced year practicum course, students refine and expand their understanding of and ability to demonstrate the professional knowledge, values, ethics, and skills mastered in the foundation year. As emerging professional social workers, students demonstrate their ability to provide integrated health and behavioral health practice across the social work intervention continua and across the life span. Four credit hours.
    Pre-or co-requisite: SWK 818A  or SWK 819A  or SWK 810 .
     

     

     

  
  • SWK 842 - Field Education IV and Integrated Seminar IV

    4 Credit(s) Moving towards independent practice as a professional social worker, students demonstrate ethical and evidence-based practice across the social intervention continua. Students will continue to hone their ability to provide integrated health and behavioral health practice grounded in self-reflection and critical thinking. Four credit hours.
    Pre-requisite: SWK 841  
  
  • SWK 844 - Death, Dying, Grief, & Bereavement Across the Life Span

    3 Credit(s) This survey course explores death, dying, life and living, from student and client perspectives. The material focuses on illness, care giving, the dying process, and grief and bereavement across the life span. In addition, the impact of gender, culture, religion, etc. on the topics is considered. Finally, we examine the characteristics that allow us to survive if not thrive in the face of life’s traumas and tragic events. You may not take this course if you have already taken   
  
  • SWK 845 - Adult Mental Health Policy and Services

    3 Credit(s) After a review of the historical background, current mental health policies and trends will be discussed, with a focus on Massachusetts state and local systems. General frameworks for mental health programming including various preventive strategies and methods of financing and administering these programs will be studied. Three lecture hours.
    Pre-requisite: SWK 703  
  
  • SWK 846 - Health and Behavioral Health Policy and Services

    3 Credit(s) Building on policy analysis skills acquired in the introductory policy course, this course prepares students for practice in health care by deepening the student’s substantive knowledge of policies and services. Students engage in policy implementation analysis and evaluation and learn how to participate in the policy-making process through legislative advocacy. Three lecture hours per week.
    Pre-requisite:  SWK 703  

     

  
  • SWK 847 - School Social Work: Policy and Practice

    3 Credit(s) This course prepares students to apply social work knowledge and skills in school settings through prevention, assessment, intervention and evaluation from an ecological, multilevel approach focused on students, families, and the interprofessional practice in schools and communities. Three lecture hours per week.
    Pre-requisites: SWK 704  and SWK 705 . Required for students for SWK/SAC licensure.
  
  • SWK 850R - Selected Topics: Children and Family Services

    3 Credit(s) This course is designed to provide increased knowledge, skills, and competencies for work within the field of children and families. Topics vary according to students’ interests and faculty expertise.
    Pre-requisites: Admission to MSW Program or permission of Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 854 - Policies and Services for Older Adults and End-of-Life Care

    3 Credit(s) Building on policy analysis skills acquired in the introductory policy course, this course prepares students for practice in the older adult and end-of-life service arenas by deepening the student’s substantive knowledge of health, mental health and related policies and services. Students engage in policy implementation analysis and evaluation and learn how to participate in the policy-making process through legislative advocacy. Three lecture hours per week.
    Pre-requisites:  SWK 703 , SWK 722 , SWK 797 .
  
  • SWK 855 - Designing Social Work Research

    3 Credit(s) This course is the first half of a year-long applied research course during which students design a research project. Students will select a research topic, review relevant literature, construct data collection instruments or processes, prepare a research proposal and obtain approval from the relevant Institutional Review Board/s.
    Pre-requisite: SWK 722  or SWK 797  or waiver examination.
  
  • SWK 856 - Conducting Social Work Research

    3 Credit(s) This course is the second half of a year applied research course during which students conduct a research project. Students will collect data, analyze data using appropriate computer technology, submit a formal final paper and present their findings to the University community.
    Pre-requisite: SWK 855  
  
  • SWK 859 - Political Action and Health Care Advocacy for Social Workers

    3 Credit(s) This elective course in political action and legislative advocacy contains both classroom and experiential components, including three classes at Salem State University and an intensive week of study in Washington, D.C. The course focuses on a selected public health care policy or program which is known to respond to the critical health care needs of at-risk populations.
    Pre-requisites: SWK 702 & SWK 703 . Course instructor will determine eligibility in consultation with Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 860R - Selected Topics: Health/Mental Health Services

    3 Credit(s) This course is designed to provide increased knowledge, skills, and competencies for work within the field of health and mental health. Topics vary according to students’ interests and faculty expertise.
    Pre-requisites:   or SWK 797  or permission of the Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.

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  • SWK 861 - Social Work With Groups

    3 Credit(s) This course provides an overview of social work’s pioneering role in the early development of the theory and practice of social group work with diverse populations. The focus will be on the common aspects of all groups - e.g. leadership, stages of group development and group dynamics with an emphasis on a generalist perspective.
    Pre-requisites:   or SWK 797  or permission of the Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 862R - Substance Abuse

    3 Credit(s) This course provides students with both macro and micro understanding of the phenomena of abuse of alcohol and other drugs nationally. The course emphasizes a complex systemic view of substance use and treatment which is grounded in the available addictions research, and consistent with a bio-psycho-social view of social work practice.
    Pre-requisites: Admission to MSW Program or permission of Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 863N - Aids and Social Work

    3 Credit(s) This course provides a framework for understanding the impact of the AIDS epidemic upon clinical social work practice and public health policy. The global epidemiology of AIDS, its modes of transmission, and the shifting demographic trends will be examined. Special emphasis will be on the biopsychosocial needs of those groups who have been most affected by AIDS: gay men, IV drug users, black and Hispanic men, women and children.
    Pre-requisites: Admission to the MSW Program or permission of Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 864 - Short-Term Models and Brief Interventions

    3 Credit(s) This course is designed to supplement direct practice content. Students explore assessment and diagnostic concerns related to short-term practice models with adults, families and children. Course focuses on crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral, brief couples and family intervention, and psychodynamic models.
    Pre-requisites: SWK 705  or SWK 797  or permission of Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 865 - Psychological Trauma: Assessment and Intervention in Social Work Practice

    3 Credit(s) This elective will focus on the assessment, intervention and prevention of maladaptive responses of children, adolescents and adults who have been exposed to acute or chronic traumatic events and/or environmental situations. From the perspective of individual, family and community practice methods, emphasizing resiliency and empowerment, the course will introduce theoretical and practice issues to be considered in effective social work practice with this population.
    Pre-requisites:   or SWK 797  or permission of the instructor or MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 867 - Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities

    3 Credit(s) This course provides instruction on the models of disability, types of disability, and common social work practices used when working with persons with disabilities. This course includes social work practice knowledge and skills for use across the lifespan, across cultures, and for use in various settings. A review of the service delivery systems in which policies and programs are implemented are also reviewed in preparation for direct practice with a spectrum of people with disabilities Three lecture hours per week.
     
  
  • SWK 868 - Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents

    3 Credit(s) This elective course will concentrate on specific practice methods in assessment and direct work with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including schools and child welfare systems. There will be a special emphasis on enabling students to develop a sound, coherent and articulated conceptual base for assessment and intervention with children and adolescents individually as well as in families, groups, and social systems.
    Pre-requisite:   or   or permission of the instructor or MSW Program Coordinator
  
  • SWK 869 - Evaluation Research in the Human Services

    3 Credit(s) This seminar explores quantitative research methods for human services workers. Specific topics include differential application of methods, needs assessment, intervention model fidelity, impact assessment (with special attention to the effects of sociocultural context), process and outcome measurement, client satisfaction surveys, best practices in focus groups, continuous quality improvement and cost-benefit and effectiveness analysis. Students gain practical experience through development of a three-part evaluation plan for later implementation in their own work settings.Three lecture hours
    Pre-requisites: SWK 707  
  
  • SWK 870R - Selected Topics: Older Adult Services

    3 Credit(s) This course is designed to provide increased knowledge, skills and competencies for work with older adults. Topics vary according to students’ interests and faculty expertise.
    Pre-requisites:   or SWK 797  or permission of the instructor or MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 871 - Social Work with Elders and their Families

    3 Credit(s) This elective addresses the experience of normal aging and the challenges associated with the transition into aging. Discussions include the role of family members in relation to the elderly family member, the impact of illness and disability on both elders and caregivers, and prevention and treatment of elder abuse.
    Pre-requisites: Permission of the MSW Program Coordinator; course intended for professionals working in relevant practice area.
  
  • SWK 875 - Directed Study in Social Work

    3 Credit(s) This course is developed in consultation with a faculty member who will supervise the work. The student chooses a topic that is not covered by other graduate elective course offerings. The proposal includes: name of faculty sponsor, rationale for taking the proposed course, specific number of contact hours with the sponsor, products of the course, and exact method of evaluation of student performance.
    Pre-requisites: SWK 722  or SWK 797  or permission of MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 880R - International Travel and Seminar

    3 Credit(s) This course involves travel abroad as well as pre and post-trip seminars. Students will engage with human services professionals in a host organization or university in a foreign country and gain comparative knowledge about social work practice, social service programs and policies, and critical human rights campaigns. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.
    Pre-requisites: Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 881R - Institute for Undoing Racism

    3 Credit(s) The Institute on Undoing Racism is a series of programs and activities designed to enhance people’s awareness of the phenomenon of racism and the methods and ways to undo it. The Institute provides knowledge, emphasizes values and offers skills to eliminate racism on a personal and institutional level.
    Pre-requisites: Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 882 - International Perspectives in Social Welfare

    3 Credit(s) This course examines social welfare issues in a global context. Topics include poverty, inequality, human rights, the oppression of women and girls, welfare state alternatives, migration, international institutions, and the debate over globalization. The experiences of rich, middle-income, and poor countries will be explored.
    Pre-requisites: SWK 703  or permission of Instructor and MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 889 - Partnerships for Families: An Interprofessional Approach

    3 Credit(s) “Helping professionals” - educators, social workers and nurses - will share perspectives and learn new ways of working effectively with children and their families in school settings. Drawing on the knowledge bases and resources of each field and using a family-centered approach, participants will increase their understanding of family processes, cultural contexts and strategies for promoting professional-family partnerships.
    Pre-requisites: Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the MSW Program Coordinator; course intended for professionals working in relevant practice area.
  
  • SWK 899 - MSW Capstone

    3 Credit(s) This course provides students the opportunity to demostrate their mastery of the MSW curriculum through decision-based case methodology. Through the creation of a portfoio, students will provide evidence of MSW health and behavioral health competencies.Three lecture hours per week.
    Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: SWK 842  
  
  • SWK 916R - Supervision, Staff Development and Consultation

    3 Credit(s) This course examines the principles and techniques of supervision, staff development, and consultation. The supervisory process will be reviewed in relation to administrative, educational, supportive, and catalytic functions. Emphasis throughout the course will be on the supervisory and staff development skills necessary for the development of a staff capable of functioning creatively and independently.
    Pre-requisite:   or SWK 797  or permission of the instructor or MSW Program Coordinator.
  
  • SWK 918 - Community-Based and Applied Research: Qualitative Methods

    3 Credit(s) This course introduces students to the principles, process, and design of qualitative research. Study focuses on grounded theory and other qualitative approaches such as ethnographies, case studies, and life history narratives. Students will engage in data and content analyses and the use of software designed for qualitative analyses. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the use of qualitative methods in community-based and applied research as well as community-based participatory research.
  
  • SWK 919 - Community-Based and Applied Research: Quantitative Methods

    3 Credit(s) This course continues the preparation of students in applied research methods, particularly those that are community based. It focuses on the logic and use of selected quantitative methods in the building of knowledge for applied social work studies. After a review of applied social work research, including basic quantitative methods, the course covers three of the major areas of community-based and participatory social work research: needs assessment, risk assessment, and program evaluation.
 

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