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Programs - Graduate Course Descriptions

Social Work Practice Methods

SWK 560 Practice in Generalist Social Work I
Beginning graduate course focusing on development of knowledge, values and skills necessary for direct practice of generalist social work with small systems, including individuals, small groups and families. Social systems and problem solving framework.

SWK 563 Practice in Generalist Social Work II
Explores the theory and practice of purposive social change in social agencies and communities, participation of social workers in politics, and social worker roles of advocate, resource mobilizer, program planner, and organizer. Provides integration of the classroom and field instruction experience.

SWK 661 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice I with Individuals
Knowledge, skills, and values necessary for advanced generalist social work practice with individuals.

SWK 664 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice III with Families and Small Groups
Knowledge, skills, and values necessary for advanced generalist practice of social work with families and small groups.

SWK 665 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice II with Communities and Organizations
Knowledge, skills, and values necessary for advanced generalist practice of social work with emphasis on the roles of supervisor and administrator.

SWK 600 Advanced Integrative Professional Seminar
Professional integrative seminar focuses on purposes of the profession; the multi-disciplinary knowledge bases that inform practice; professional role, skill, and policy applications; and evaluation of practice.


Social Welfare Policy

SWK 540 Social Welfare Policy and Issues for Generalist Practitioners
Provides analytic perspective on the provision of social services and theĀ  interrelatedness of practice and policy analysis. The dimensions of choice in social welfare policy and major issues in provision are examined.

SWK 640 Advanced Social Policy
Policy analysis and evaluation with emphasis on skills in the use of government data, policy advocacy and analytic decision-making related to social welfare and advanced generalist social work practice.


Social Work Research

SWK 691 Social Work Research II
Application of social work research methods to the evaluation of social work practice, program, and policymaking.

SWK 692 Social Work Research III
Application of social work research methods to social work research project.


Field Practicum

SWK 595 MSW Field Practicum in Social Work
Generalist social work practice in community agencies designed to provide students the opportunity to apply social work knowledge and skills directed toward planned intervention and change efforts.

SWK 695 Advanced Field Practicum in Social Work
Advanced generalist social work practice in community agencies. Provides students the opportunity to apply advanced social work knowledge and skills directed toward planned intervention and change efforts.


Human Behavior and the Social Environment

SWK 550 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Examines research and traditional/alternative theories related to normative life span development as influenced by age, gender, social class, social structures, oppression, and other environmental factors. Uses a systems theory and person-in-environment as the analytical framework. Considers implications for social work practice and social welfare policy.

SWK 650 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Examines research and traditional/alternative theories related to normative development of families, small groups, and communities. Explores the impact of age, gender, social class, social structures, oppression, and other environmental factors. Examines the social structure and context of organizations and institutions and their impact on individuals, families, small groups, and communities. Considers implications for social work practice and social welfare policy.


Electives

SWK 571 Assessment and Intervention of Trauma in Social Work
Practice

Current research and controversies will be explored in the areas of psychobiology of trauma, memory, dissociation, developmental impacts, diagnosis, and treatment. Considers implications for social work practice.

SWK 572 Program Planning and Grant Writing
Integration of research methods, evaluation, policy analysis, advanced social work practice to develop, plan and pose strategies for social service program development and funding.

SWK 575 Family Therapy in Social Work Practice I
Overview of models of family therapy for social work practice. Emphasis on assessment and intervention with families, children and couples.

SWK 576 Family Therapy in Social Work Practice II
Emphasis on brief solution-focused and narrative models of family therapy in social work practice.

SWK 577 Group Strategies in Health/Mental Health Settings
Group strategies for social work practice in health and mental health settings including team-meetings, psychoeducational issues in health care, workshops, communities, organizations, counseling and psychotherapy.

SWK 580 Adult and Child Psychopathology
Overview of DSMIV, gender differences in mental illness, current conceptions of serious mental illness, impact of psychiatric labeling and stigma on individuals and families. This course meets requirement for clinical social work licensure.

Other Electives offered:

Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Gerontological Practice with Rural Elders
Expressive Therapies in Social Work Practice

Supporting Families Under Stress

Assessment and Intervention in Early Childhood

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School of Social Work
5770 Social Work Building
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2389 | Fax: (207) 581-2396E-mail: socialwork@umit.maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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