School of Social Work
JACK M. RICHMAN, Dean
Gary L. Bowen (98) Social Work with Families, Middle and High School Success, Crime and Violence in Schools, Work and Family Linkages, Military Families, Community Capacity Building, Neighborhood Effects, Performance-Driven Management
Mark W. Fraser (229) Children and Families at Risk, Antisocial and Aggressive Behavior in Childhood, Early Adolescence, and Adolescence, Risk and Resilience in Childhood, Prevention of Conduct Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
Matthew O. Howard (310) Adolescent Substance Abuse, Consequences of Inhalant and Ecstasy Abuse, Delinquency and Conduct Problems in Children and Adolescents, Evidence-Based Social Work and Chemical Dependency Practice
Rebecca J. Macy (325) Interpersonal and Relationship Violence, Coping with Personal Threats and Trauma, Prevention and Practice Interventions
Gary M. Nelson (83) Organizational and Community Change, Social Gerontology, Self-Evaluation
Kimberly J. Strom-Gottfried (038) Managed Care, Professional Ethics, Social Work Education, Bereavement
Mark Testa (217) Kinship Foster Care, Adoption and Guardianship, Child Welfare Consent Decrees and Class-Action Litigation, Social Indicators and Child and Family Policy, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs
Marie O. Weil (95) Community Practice, Social Planning, Community Development, Social Administration, Social Policy, International-Global Practice, Services to Families and Children
Sheryl Zimmerman (295) Evaluation of Practice, Social Gerontology, Psychosocial Aspects of Health, Long-Term Care, Outcome Research, Methods for Studying Older Populations, Dementia, Hip Fracture
Natasha K. Bowen (103) Mental Health of Children and Adolescents, Prevention and Treatment of Behavior Problems, Evaluation of Practice, Developmental Psychopathology, Risk and Protection, School Social Work, Research Methods and Statistics
Iris B. Carlton-LaNey (239) Social Welfare History (Especially African Americans and the Progressive Era), Rural Elderly African American Women and Social Support
Michael Lambert (102) Research and Measurement of Biopsychosocial Adjustment in Children, Youth, Adults and Families; Cross-nationally. Clinical Interest in Treatment of Trauma, Family and Individual Psychotherapy
Kathleen A. Rounds (033) Public Health and Social Work, Maternal and Child Health, Program Evaluation
Dean F. Duncan III (218) Human Trafficking, Child Welfare, Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, Management of Human Services Agencies, Research Methods, Community Collaboration
Paul R. Smokowski (101) At-Risk Youth, Acculturation and Latino Families, Mixed-Methods Research Design, Developmental Science, Technology in Social Work Practice
Sarah E. Bledsoe (202) Mental Health Services Research, Evidence-Based Practice, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mood, Anxiety, and Trauma Disorders, Developmental Impact of Interpersonal Trauma, Clinical Intervention Research, Culturally Relevant Practices, Low-Income Populations
Mimi V. Chapman (293) Social Work Practice, Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Health and Mental Health, Immigration, Acculturation, Mental Health
Gina A. Chowa (206) International Social Development, particularly in Asset Building, HIV/AIDS, Social Protection and Financial Capability
Gary S. Cuddeback (279) Severe Mental Illness, Criminal Justice, Mental Health Services
Anne C. Jones (224) Women's Health Issues, International Social Work, Practice with Couples and Families, Step-Families
Irene Zipper (34) Disabilities, Family Functioning, Family Support, and Early Intervention
Clinical Associate Professors
Deborah Barrett (246) Direct Practice, Chronic Pain, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Group Work
Rebecca B. Brigham (091) Child Welfare and Public Policy, Foster Care and Adoption, Adult Learning Theory, International Social Work Education
Lane G. Cooke (244) Family-Centered Services/Home-Based Services Delivery Systems in Communities and Neighborhoods, Family Preservation Programs, Child Abuse/Neglect, Family Violence, Rapid Assessment and Planning
Mathieu Despard (333) Community Economic and Asset Development for Lower-Income Communities, Community-Level Interventions and Problem Solving through Public-Private Partnerships, Social Entrepreneurship, Capacity Building with Small Nonprofits and Grassroots Organizations, Local and State Health Coverage Policies for the Uninsured and Community-Academy Partnerships
John D. McMahon (232) Family and Children's Services, Child Welfare, Improving Outcomes for Families
Sarah M. Naylor (256) Academic Advising, Qualitative Research, Higher Education, Evaluation
Tamara Norris (107) Family Support, Disability Policy and Practice, Macro Practice, Community Impact
Wanda F. Reives (012) Public Child Welfare, Family-Based Service, Public Human Services Management/Leadership
Mary Anne P. Salmon (219) Aging Issues (with Focus on Underserved Populations), Survey Development, Aging and Demographics, Family Caregiving
Tina M. Souders (007) Professional Ethics, Social Work and the Law, Macro Practice with Organizations and Communities, Instructional Design and Technology
Evelyn S. Williams (105) Child Abuse Prevention, Domestic Violence, Cultural Competence, Staff Development, Training and Supervision, Organizational Change
Research Associate Professor
Steven H. Day (387) Program Evaluation, Intervention Research, Delinquency Prevention, Arts-Based Intervention
David Ansong (082) Educational and Economic Disparities, Youth Asset Development, International Social Development, Community Development
Trenette Clark (304) Etiology and Prevention of Adolescent Drug Use, Problem and Risky Behaviors during Childhood and Adolescence, Risk and Resilience in Childhood and Adolescence, Preventive Interventions
Cynthia M. Fraga (234) Intimate Partner Violence, Child Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence, Latina and Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, Coping, Evaluation
Rainier Masa (23) Economic and Social Aspects of Health, HIV Prevention and Treatment, Food Insecurity and Health, International Social Development
Paul J. Lanier (027) Child Maltreatment Prevention, Child Well-being, Parenting, Evidence-based Practice
Melissa A. Lippold (260) The Role of Parent-Child Relationships in the Development of Risky Behavior and the Promotion of Adolescent Health; Design and Implementation of Preventive Interventions
Amy E. Wilson (225) Public Mental Health Services, Dual Diagnosis, Serious Mental Illness, Reentry from Jails/Prisons, Mental Illness and Criminal Justice
Clinical Assistant Professors
Travis J. Albritton (200) Public Child Welfare, Substance Abuse Services, Spirituality and Social Work Practice, Family and Community Social Supports
Mellicent O. Blythe (203) Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare, Foster Care, and Clinical Practice
Tara L. Bohley (110) Family Systems, Child Welfare, Adolescent Mental Health, Nonprofit management, Public Policy
Lyndin W. Bolton (294) Substance Abuse Services, Mental Health
Jean L. Byassee (291) Children's Mental Health, Parent/Provider Partnerships, Learning and Attention Disorders in Children and Adults
Selena B. Childs (205) Child Welfare, Evidence-Informed Practice, Research, Workforce Development, Policy Development, Advocacy
Denisé G. Dews (005) Aging, End-of-Life Care, Medical Social Work, Field Education, Child Welfare Workforce
Jodon A. Flick (298) Clinical Safety, Suicide, Mental Health, Child Welfare
Marilyn A. Ghezzi (243) Severe Mental Illness, Group Work, Psychotherapy Approaches and Integration
Melissa L. Godwin (210) Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, School-Based Mental Health Services, Gender Issues, Clinical Social Work
Daniel C. Hudgins (038) Aging, Social Welfare Policy, Human Services Management, Community Collaboration
Lisa R. Lackmann (247) Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Integrated Care, Family Support
Rodney D. Little (226) Group Process and Facilitation, Leadership Development for Supervisors/Managers in Public Social Services, Conflict Resolution, Rural Social Work Practice and Culture, Grief Loss and Bereavement
Ronald L. Mangum (230) Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Individual and Group Facilitation, Risk-Focused Prevention
Sherry C. Mergner (275) Advocacy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Families of Children with Special Needs, Social Cognitive Strategies for Children with Social Challenges, LGBTQ, Women's Issues, Spirituality and Psychotherapy
Tanya M. Richmond (236) Older Adults, End of Life Issues, Long-Term Care, Children with Special Needs, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Social Work Licensure, Training, Strategic Planning
Laurie J. Selz-Campbell (240) Community-Based Services, Mental Illness and Identity, Early Intervention, Children's Mental Health, Activity-Based Therapies, Peer Support, Intervention Design and Evaluation
Barbara B. Smith (253) Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Health, Mental Health Advocacy, Empowerment of People with Psychiatric Disabilities, Schizophrenia, Severe Mental Illness, Early Psychosis, Family Psychoeducation, Mental Health Recovery
Sharon H. Thomas (261) Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention/Risk Behaviors; Families and Children; Interventions with Families of Color; International Social Work Education
Jennifer S. Vaughn (250) Health and Mental Health Policy, Child Welfare Policy, Human Services Policy
Martha A. Weems (252) Clinical Practice, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
Lisa D. Zerden (222) HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment, Health Disparities and Access, Healthcare Policy, Injection Drug Use and Harm Reduction, Social Welfare Policy and History, Integrated Care
Research Assistant Professors
Roderick A. Rose (398) Child Development and Welfare, Income Maintenance, Advanced Statistical Methods, Methods for Causal Inference
Crystal Joy Stewart (242) Child Welfare, Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Data Science, Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, Trauma-Informed Care, Human Trafficking
Shenyang Guo (213) Research Methods, Quantitative Data Analysis, Child Welfare, Child Mental Health Services, Welfare Policies
Daniel Comer (212) Family Engagement, Change Management, Implementation Science
Susana G. Eguez (208) Special Education, Developmental Disabilities, Curriculum and Support Program Development
Annie M. Francis (104) Child Welfare, Human Services Management, Higher Education, Poverty
Annamae T. Giles (216) Healthcare, Aging, Death and Dying
Quentin J. Hinson (241) Immigration, Immigrant Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Community Organizing, Sustainable Development, Refugees, Refugee Mental Health
Tonia R. Jacobs (209) Family Systems Theory, Child Mental Health, Trauma, and the Impact of Culture on Family Outcomes
Andrea J. Murray Lichtman (281) Individuals, Couples and Family Practice, Life Stage Transitions, Addiction, Spirituality and Mental Health
Michael B. Owen (337) Workforce Development, Behavioral Health Training Programs, Client Rights
M. Theresa Palmer (258) Clinical Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Families, Clinical Supervision, Microagression and Hidden Bias, Field Education, Environmental Social Work
Laura Phipps (257) Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, Trauma-Informed Child Welfare, Implementation Science and Outcomes Focused Practice
Lawrence J. Rosenfeld (111) Family Violence Prevention, Child Welfare, Technology-Facilitated Social Work
Ashton P. Williams (235)
Tauchiana V. Williams (259) Social Work Services to Families and Children, School Social Work, Clinical Practice
Ronni L. Zuckerman (052) Families and Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
Robert G. Colby (25)
Harlene C. Gogan (391) Child Welfare, Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Data Analysis
Sarah E. Marsh (228)
S. Rachel Dedmon
Andrew W. Dobelstein
Dorothy N. Gamble
H. Carlisle Henley Jr.
Albert L. Johnson
Hortense K. McClinton
Morton I. Teicher
Charles Lindsey (Lynn) Usher
The M.S.W. Program
Students complete the foundation curriculum of 32 credit hours of content in the areas of human behavior and the social environment, institutionalized discrimination, social work practice, social policy, and research. In the advanced curriculum, students choose among three concentration areas for an additional 30 academic credit hours, including (1) the community, management and policy practice concentration area, (2) the direct practice concentration area, and (3) the self-directed concentration area.
The community, management and policy practice concentration prepares students for advanced work in social work administration, management, community and policy practice. The direct practice concentration prepares students for advanced practice with individuals, families, and groups. The self-directed concentration allows students who have specific career goals requiring an equal mix of direct and community or management skills to craft a blended concentration, combining direct and community, management and policy practice courses to gain the skills needed for their particular professional goals.
In both the M.S.W. foundation and advanced curriculum, students also enroll in field education in addition to their classroom-based coursework. In field education, M.S.W. students are placed in more than 250 government, nonprofit, and other human services agencies throughout North Carolina each semester of their studies. Through these field placements, students receive hands-on experience working in various areas, such as anti-poverty programs, child welfare, community and program development, family violence, geriatrics, healthcare, mental health, and substance abuse.
Students develop coherent and cohesive plans of study to meet their MSW degree requirements in consultation with faculty advisors. Working with their advisors, students select courses to meet their individual professional and educational goals while also meeting the academic requirements of their concentration. In addition, students can explore content outside of their concentration, and use elective credits to pursue learning goals related to diverse areas of interest.
Admission into the M.S.W. program is based on an evaluation of the applicant's transcripts, references, written statement of interest in the field, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, prior experience, and readiness to undertake graduate professional education. To be considered for admission, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a broad liberal arts preparation in social and biological sciences and the humanities.
The school offers two distance education programs. One program is in the Triangle, and the other is located in Winston-Salem. Students in these programs complete M.S.W. degree requirements over the course of three years. The first two years of M.S.W. study take place at the distance education program site. In the first year, students take two courses each semester. In the second year of these programs, students take two courses each semester, participate in a field seminar and complete 16 hours per week in a field placement each semester. In the final year, distance education students complete the degree as full-time students on the Chapel Hill campus.
The typical time for degree completion is four semesters of full-time study. However, graduates of undergraduate social work programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and who meet specific course and admissions requirements are eligible to apply for the advanced standing program. In the advanced standing program, students fulfill the degree requirements in 12 months beginning in May of each year.
The Ph.D. Program in Social Work
The Ph.D. program in social work is designed to meet the growing demand for social work and social welfare research scholars in academic and research settings. Graduates are prepared to conduct a variety of theory construction and research activities that include building, testing and refining both explanatory theory for understanding social problems, and practice theory for understanding change processes; designing social interventions that test explanatory and/or practice theory; and assessing the effects of planned social interventions, including policies, through models of process, outcome, and impact evaluation.
The curriculum is grounded in core social work and social welfare courses and thorough training in research methodology and data analysis. At the same time, students design their program of study to focus on a social problem and intervention in their area(s) of interest. Students also complete a teaching practicum and are provided opportunities to teach in the M.S.W. program.
In the admissions process, students are asked to provide evidence of:
A master's degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
Academic ability, as demonstrated in academic achievement and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
Writing ability, as demonstrated in a writing sample
Commitment to the values, goals, and purposes of the social work profession
Professional experience in human services, and
A direction for and commitment to scholarly work congruent with the objectives and resources of the doctoral program
Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
401 Managing the Effects of Disasters on Families and Children (3). Designed to examine the effects that disasters have on children, their families, and on communities, this course gives students an understanding of how to deal with survivors' reactions to trauma and how to decrease the chances of long-term damage when disaster strikes.
403 Social Work Study Abroad (16). Variable content. Course examines international social issues, programs, and policies and their impact on client populations and cultures in a particular country or global region.
404 Social Work Study Abroad: Africa (16). Course examines social issues, development strategies, health/mental health programs. Explores how country's fledgling democracy and people are redesigning organizations and interventions to respond to the needs of South Africans.
489 Public Service and Social Change (4). Course examines the role of volunteer involvement and citizen participation in community development, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and other efforts to create a more just and democratic society. Includes a service-learning requirement.
490 Preprofessional Special Topic (1-6). Focuses on current professional social work issues. The focus will be specified each time the course is offered.
491Community Organizing for Social Change (4). Course examines different types of advocacy strategies and their use in efforts both to enhance the delivery of services to disadvantaged populations and to promote social change in communities.
492 Seminar in Service Learning (1-6). Participants explore frameworks, values, and skills around the democratic principles of service, citizenship, and social justice. Accompanies an intensive, paid internship in a local nonprofit agency.
500 Human Development in Context I: Infancy to Adolescence (3). This course provides an overview of child and adolescent development in context, surveying major theoretical frameworks and highlighting the impact of different factors on individual development, functioning, and health.
501 Confronting Oppression and Institutional Discrimination (3). This course examines institutionalized oppression and its implications for social work practice at all levels, emphasizing the consequences of social inequality and the social worker's responsibilities to fight oppression.
505 Human Development in Context II: Adulthood to Older Adulthood (3). This course reviews typical and divergent adult development in context, surveys major theoretical frameworks, and highlights the impact of social injustices on adult development.
510 Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice and Program Evaluation (3). Develop knowledge of evidence-based practice, including skills needed to acquire and assess appropriate interventions for practice and skills required to evaluate social work practice.
517 Integrated Social Work Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 540 and 570. Examines practice theories and models with individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and human service systems. Identifies and builds evidence-based skills to create change in multiple levels of social work practice.
520 Social Work Practicum I (3). Students learn beginning practice skills through experimental opportunities and apply core knowledge to direct (individuals, families, groups) and macro (organizations, communities) social work practice two days per week in an agency setting. (Field fee: $300.)
521 Social Work Practicum II (3). A continuation of SOWO 520, providing opportunities for students to demonstrate increased ability to assess, plan, administer, and evaluate appropriate social work practice interventions. (Field fee: $300.)
522 Pre-Concentration Practicum for Advanced Standing Students (4). Course designed to assist students in summer classroom learning with direct experience in specialized field of practices. Serves to bridge the B.A.S.W. practicum with advanced concentration practicum. (Field fee: $300.)
523 Foundation Field Seminar I (1). Course is designed to assist students in integrating and applying classroom learning with the direct experience of the foundation field practicum. Opportunities are provided for discussion, support, and skills practice.
524 Foundation Field Seminar II (1). Course is designed to assist students in integrating and applying classroom learning with the direct experience of the foundation field practicum. Opportunities are provided for discussion, support, and skills practice.
530 Foundations of Social Welfare and Social Work (3). Introduces public welfare policy through lecture and discussion of the purposes public welfare serves; describes the most important programs created by those policies.
540 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (3). Provides the foundation for social work practice with individuals, families, and groups. It emphasizes basic knowledge, analytic and practice skills, and values necessary for practice.
570 Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities (3). Participants explore frameworks, values, and skills to meet individual and family needs through interventions with work groups, organizations, and communities.
604I Aging and Health (DENT 604I, HMSC 904I, MEDI 604I, NURS 782I, PHCY 604I, PHYT 904I, PSYC 904I, SOCI 824) (3). Introduction to normal aging, diseases of aging, mental health issues and the use of health services by older adults.
607I Aging and Public Policy (DENT 607I, FMME 607I, HMSC 951I, HPM 961I, MEDI 607I, NURS 783I, PHCY 607I, PSYC 907I) (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 530. Students learn of social service, health and income policy with the aged. Issues pertaining to informal support systems and disadvantaged groups are explored in the context of aging policy.
613I Intermediate Spanish for Health Care I (AHSC 613I, NURS 613I, PHCY 613I, PUBH 613) (3). See PUBH 613 for description.
614I Intermediate Spanish for Health Care II (AHSC 614I, NURS 614I, PHCY 614I, PUBH 614I). See PUBH 614I for description.
615I Advanced Spanish for Health Care I (AHSC 615I, DENT 615I, MEDI 615I, NURS 615I, PHCY 615I, PUBH 615) (3). See PUBH 615 for description.
Courses for Graduate Students
700 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD): Abuse and Dependence (3). Surveys the field of substance use, abuse, and dependency, providing an overview of macro and micro issues and the use of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of addictions.
701 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD): Biomedical Basis (3). Pre- or corequisite, SOWO 700. This course covers the biomedical basis of substance-related disorders. Students will develop a broad scientific perspective on different classes of substances of abuse and the biological basis of substance dependence.
703 Ethical Decision Making in Social Work Practice (3). A study of ethical decision making, along with potential guidelines for resolving dilemmas, and an in-depth examination of current illustrative practice issues.
704 Advanced Seminar on Health Inequality (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 500 and 505. This advanced seminar addresses social determinants of health inequities associated with race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and environment. Students will develop independent or group health disparity projects.
705 Mental Health Recovery and Psychiatric Rehabilitation (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 500 and 505. The concept of mental health recovery is introduced, exploring theoretical foundations and lived experiences of consumers. Psychiatric rehabilitation is discussed as a framework and set of interventions supporting recovery.
709 Special Topics in Human Behavior and Social Environment (16). Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.
715 Advanced Standing Bridge Course (6). Course facilitates students' transition from baccalaureate programs to Advanced Standing M.S.W. Program. Course will review and integrate selective core baccalaureate content in practice, human behavior, diversity, social policy, and research.
719 Special Topics in Research (16). Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.
720 Individualized Field Practicum (16). (Field fee: $300.)
730 Social Work and the Law (3). Course provides familiarity with legal processes, legal research and legal analysis within the context of socio-legal issues important to social work practice.
732 International Comparative Policy (1.5). Prerequisite, SOWO 530. Engages students in comparative policy approaches and preparing tripartite policy analyses of a specific U.S. policy with comparable policies in two other nations in different stages of economic development.
739 Special Topics in Policy (16). Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.
750 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This course will use the CBT framework to teach students how to move from an assessment to intervention using the model.
751 Behavioral Intervention with Children (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This course teaches basic principles of behavior theory and intervention, current applications, and how to assess, design, and implement behavior plans for children.
752 Ethical Decisions and Actions (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 540 and 570. Addresses knowledge and skills for exploring and addressing ethical dilemmas encountered in social work practice.
753 Interpersonal Psychotherapy (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This practice course focuses on interpersonal psychotherapy, an empirically supported intervention for depression in adolescents and adults. Adaptations for other mental health disorders are discussed.
754 Managing Sensitive and Dangerous Situations (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. Apply cognitive-behavioral, strategic, structural, and motivational models in challenging practice situations common to public and nonprofit agency social work. Extensive, observed, skill practice is followed by analysis, feedback, and reflection.
755 Issues for Contemporary Clinical Practice (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This is a seminar designed to help prepare students for contemporary clinical practice, covering topics such as managed care, independent practice and self-care.
756 Evidence Based Practice in School Social Work (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. Students will learn an evidence-based approach to school social work practice that includes ecological assessment, team data-based goal selection, and the identification of best practices to better promote school success.
757 Professional Use of Self: What We Bring to Practice (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This course explores students' professional use of self in clinical practice. Using scholarly literature, students examine practice situations in which personal characteristics and experiences positively and negatively shape clinical work.
758 The Process of Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This course focuses on the process of conducting a differential diagnosis of mental health disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV.
760 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD): Clinical Practice (3). Pre- or corequisites, SOWO 540 and 700. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the pre- or corequisites. Students develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes specific to substance use, abuse, and dependency in order to work effectively in a variety of clinical settings with clients experiencing substance-related problems.
761 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD): Social Work Practice with Culturally Diverse Populations (3). Pre- or corequisites, SOWO 540 and 700. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the pre- or corequisites. Provides an overview of the unique problems and needs of diverse populations who misuse ATOD, and focuses on the application of culturally sensitive intervention strategies.
762 Special Topics in Social Work (16). Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.
763 Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Geriatrics (3). Emphasizes the acquisition of skills and competencies necessary for effective interdisciplinary geriatrics care and leadership with a focus on a variety of settings in rural and/or underserved communities.
764 Motivational Interviewing (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This course presents the theoretical basis of motivational interviewing, its basic principles, and key strategies for facilitating behavior change.
765 Social Work Practice with Groups (1.5). The course is designed to enable students to become more knowledgeable and skillful as direct practice group workers.
766 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 540. This course provides an introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), exploring both its theoretical underpinnings ad well as its practical application.
769 Special Topics in Direct Practice (16). Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.
790 The Facilitative Leader (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. In this highly interactive course, participants will learn how to use facilitative skills in their roles as leaders and members of groups/teams to help these groups become more effective.
791 Disaster Planning and Response: Social Work Role in Large Systems (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570. Focus on the social work role at the macro system level (school, public health, community, government) when planning for and responding to disasters.
792 Program Development and Proposal Preparation (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570. In this skills-oriented course, students will learn to apply three approaches to program development and prepare a proposal draft suitable for submission to a foundation or governmental organization.
793 Asset Development Practice and Policy (1.5). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570. This course explores community-based efforts and social policies to help lower-income individuals and families build wealth through increased access to financial services and asset-building opportunities.
799 Special Topics in Macro Practice (16). Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.
810 Evaluation of Social Work Interventions (1.5). Prerequisite, SOWO 510. Students apply knowledge of evidence-based practice to evaluation of social work interventions, including development of a detailed proposal to conduct evaluation of specific social work organization and client or service population.
811 Advanced Evaluation of Social Work Interventions (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 510. Students gain and apply advanced knowledge of research methods and evidence-based practice to the evaluation of social work interventions by conducting a detailed evaluation of a social work intervention.
820 Social Work Practicum III (6). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, 540, and 570. Students apply specialized knowledge to social work practice at an advanced level with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and/or communities in an agency of a specialized field. (Field fee: $300.)
821 Social Work Practicum IV (6). A continuation of SOWO 820, providing opportunities for the students to demonstrate increased ability to assess, plan, administer, and evaluate appropriate social work interventions in a specialized field of practice (Field fee: $300.)
832 Multi-Generational Family Policy (1.5). Prerequisite, SOWO 530. This course will provide students with a framework for advanced policy analysis and strategies for policy change, with a focus on multi-generational families.
834 Advanced Policy Practice (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 530. Advanced Policy Practice focuses on skills development in advanced policy analysis and change at administrative and legislative levels and on multiple levels of advocacy and lobbying strategies.
835 Poverty Policy (1.5). Prerequisite, SOWO 530. Using an advanced policy analysis framework, this course focuses on strategies for policy change, national and state policy, and legal and socio-political factors influencing financing, access, and service delivery.
836 Health Access and Health Disparities (1.5). Examines factors leading to disparities in health outcomes for persons disadvantaged by income, age, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. Critically evaluates health and social policies aimed at resolving disparities.
837 Disability Policy (1.5). Using an advanced policy analysis framework, this course focuses on strategies for policy change, national and state policy, and legal and socio-political factors influencing financing, access and service delivery.
838 Policies Impacting Military Families (1.5). Prerequisite, SOWO 530. This course will provide students with a framework for advanced policy analysis and strategies for policy change, with a focus on military families.
840 Adult Mental Health: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 540. This course focuses on mental health social work practice with adults, covering assessment and several theoretically based interventions with an emphasis on gaining practice skills.
841 Child Mental Health: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 540. This course presents knowledge and theories from various disciplines to understand mental health and well-being in children and their families with an emphasis on gaining practice skills.
842 Families: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 540. This course covers explanatory and practice theories for understanding family functioning and interaction and practice skills for intervention.
843 Older Adults: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 540. This course fosters understanding of normal aging, illness, and common challenges associated with aging, and also practice skills to treat older adults and their families.
844 Adolescent Mental Health: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 540. This course covers both the social context of adolescent mental health problems and intervention theories and skills to address those problems. It covers assessment, practice theories, and evidenced-based interventions.
845 Health: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 540. This course focuses on social work practice in healthcare covering the social context of health problems, and the theories and interventions that facilitate prevention of and coping with health problems.
850 School Social Work Policy/Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. An examination of public school social work policy and practice. The course emphasizes an ecological approach within the context of the school-family-community environment.
851 Social Work Practice with Groups (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. Enables students to become more knowledgeable and skillful as social group workers. Phases of group development and worker tasks in each phase provide the course framework.
852 Social Work Practice with Couples (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. A clinical seminar that analyzes the operations and character of couples counseling as a human services technique.
853 Brief Treatment (3). This advanced practice elective course covers theories and application of four models of brief psychotherapy. Skill building, critical thinking, and utilization of empirical support are emphasized.
854 Antisocial Behavior in Childhood and Early Adolescence: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This course explores theories and interventive methods related to practice with children who have antisocial, aggressive behavior. Emphasis is placed on using protective/risk factors to design multisystemic service strategies.
855 Treatment of Trauma and Violence (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 540. This course provides an in-depth analysis of the etiology, effects and dynamics of family violence, as well as the identification of appropriate assessment and treatment strategies.
856 Care of the Dying and Bereaved (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 517 and 540. This interdisciplinary clinical course addresses issues and practice models relating to terminal illness and bereavement faced throughout the life span.
857 Clinical Practice with Families (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 517 and 540. This practice course is devoted to intervention with families. Intervention methods will be applied to families coping with major life stressors and relational problems. Family therapy models are covered.
860 Child Welfare Perspectives and Practices (3). Focus on the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for effective practice in child welfare. Students examine their own perspectives regarding pertinent research, current events, and initiatives in the state.
874 Administrative and Management: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 570. This course explores contemporary theories, models, and practices for managing human service organizations, emphasizing skills in team building, motivation, organizational learning strategies, and cultural competence with a diverse staff.
875 Community: Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 570. Engages students in examining theory and planning strategies for community practice within complex political and economic environments, emphasizing values and intervention methods.
880 Sustainable Development (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570. Examines perspectives and models of sustainable development. Students will analyze a project and present a participatory plan for engaging in sustainable development work.
881 Community Practice: Global Perspectives (3). This course prepares students for work in global community practice and development, provides analytic frameworks, and builds skills for engagement and facilitative leadership.
882 Citizen Participation and Volunteer Involvement (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570. Examines the role of grassroots organization in advocacy, self-help and social development, the involvement of citizens in public planning, and the development of volunteer programs.
883 Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570. This course helps students to develop skills and practices associated with marketing and fundraising strategies for nonprofit organizations at the macro level.
884 Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570. An in-depth analysis of the executive role in nonprofit organizations, particularly in leadership transitions, strategic planning, board development, policy administration, governance, employee relations, and resource planning and acquisition.
885 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PUBA 757) (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570. Provides basic financial skills for leaders of nonprofits, including bookkeeping fundamentals, interpreting financial statements, budgeting, cash management and investment, and legal compliance.
886 Human Resources Management and Supervision (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, 517, and 570. Addresses the knowledge and skills needed to effectively institute and carry our HRM, supervision, and consultation processes in nonprofit, public, and for profit settings.
900 Foundations for Theory Construction (3). A critical and historical understanding of social work knowledge, values, and intervention provides students with a foundation for theory construction.
910 Research Methods in Social Intervention (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 304 and 510. An introduction to the basic principles of research for planning and evaluating social interventions. Topics include problem formulation, design, measurement, analysis, and the application of findings to theory and practice.
911 Introduction to Social Statistics and Data Analysis (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 510. Designed to explore basic principles and to provide advanced instruction in data analysis, including the construction and analysis of tables, statistical tests and an introduction to the use of computer programs.
912 Research Practicum I (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 911. Students develop independent research competence through work on a research project under the direction of an experienced researcher.
913 Advanced Research Methods in Social Intervention (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 900 and 940. Students build advanced competence in research design, data collection, data analysis, and statistics by analyzing exemplary social work research and presenting independent learning projects within specialized areas of study.
914 Measurement in Social Intervention Research (3). Prerequisites, SOWO 910 and 911. Course deals with quantitative and qualitative measurement strategies. Readings focus on theoretical and conceptual foundations of qualitative and quantitative measurement. Students develop skill through two field studies.
915 Research Practicum II (121). Continuation of Research Practicum I.
916 Structural Equation Modeling (3). In this course, students will learn fundamental concepts and skills to conduct structural equation modeling and will learn how to apply these techniques to social work research.
917 Longitudinal and Multilevel Analysis (3). This course introduces statistical frameworks, analytical tools, and social behavioral applications of three types of models: event history analysis, hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), and growth curve analysis.
918 Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models (3). Permission of the instructor. This course introduces statistical frameworks, analytical tools, and social behavioral applications of OLS regression model, weighted least-square regression, logistic regression models, and generalized linear models.
919 Special Topics in Doctoral Research (16). Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.
920 Special Topics in Social Work Doctoral Studies (1-6). Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.
921 Qualitative Research Methods (3). This course will introduce the application of qualitative research methods for social work research.
922 Advanced Topics in Causal Inference: Propensity Score and Related Models (3). This course focuses on advanced topics in causal inference by reviewing four recent methods developed for observational studies and evaluation of quasi-experimental programs.
940 Development of Social Intervention Models (3). Prerequisite, SOWO 900. A systematic approach to the design, implementation, and evaluation of social interventions provides the framework for developing models that address a range of social issues and needs.
941 Teaching Practicum (3). This practicum provides a range of supervised classroom or training opportunities designed to prepare advanced doctoral students for faculty positions in undergraduate- and graduate-level social work education.
994 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (3). Dissertation work.