Graduate Departments of Social Work and Organizational Leadership and Policy

    The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

    Dual Degree - Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership/ 78 Credits

    The dual MSW/MS in Organizational Leadership degree offers the student interested in human service administration careers a unique opportunity. Students will develop justice-based social work competence as well as the organizational leadership skills and general orientation to human services that are necessary to perform as a leader in the human services sector. Dual degree graduates are well positioned to become administrators and policy leaders in organizations that deliver social services. Students will complete all requirements for the MSW program which is designed to educate a diverse group of students who are committed to effecting change in the social conditions of diverse, oppressed and disadvantaged groups. Toward this goal, students will be prepared for advanced social work practice with a series of required and elective courses that will provide them with knowledge, skills and values that reflect strengths-based and empowerment approaches that are family-centered, community-based and interprofessional, and are directed toward change at the individual, family, community and system level.

    The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students will attain an appropriate level of mastery of the Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors identified in the Educational Policy and Standards set out by this accrediting agency. Students will also complete all requirements for the Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, preparing them to take on administrative, executive and leadership positions. Through a series of required courses and advanced electives, students gain the knowledge, skills and values necessary to assume leadership roles. Students will learn to build effective multicultural organizations, where the talents and contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds are recognized, respected, and valued. Students complete the MSW degree in its entirety and are eligible for social work licensure enabling them to work as a social worker while they complete the final part-time year of Organizational Leadership courses. There are three program options. Students can enroll in the Dual Degree program as full-time, part-time or Advanced-Standing MSW students.

    Dual Degree Full Time Degree - Master of Social Work (MSE) and Part Time Master of Science in Organizational Leadership/ 78 Credits

    Full time study is completed on a 6-semester, 3-year schedule. The first two years are full-time MSW and ORL courses, and the third year is part-time ORL courses. Part-time study can be completed within five years, consisting typically of 10 part-time semesters, on a fall and spring semester schedule.

    Requirements
    SWK 510 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 credits
    SWK 520 Social Policy 3 credits
    SWK 540 Generalist Social Work Practice I 3 credits
    SWK 550 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar I 3 credits
    SWK 511 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3 credits
    SWK 530 Foundations of Social Research 3 credits
    SWK 541 Generalist Social Work Practice II 3 credits
    SWK 546 Multicultural SWK Assessment 3 credits
    SWK 551 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar II 3 credits
    SWK 561 Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege 3 credits
    SWK 640 Social Work Practice with Children &Families I 3 credits
    SWK 650 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar III 3 credits
    SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I 3 credits
    SWK 620 Social Policy Practice 3 credits
    SWK 641 Social Work Practice with Children &Families II 3 credits
    SWK 651 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar IV 3 credits
    SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II 3 credits
    ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy 3 credits
    ORL 520 Leading People: Developing Human Potential 3 credits
    ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing 3 credits
    ORL 540 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management 3 credits
    ORL 610 Leading Organizational Change 3 credits
    ORL 620 Organizational Governance 3 credits
    ORL 710 Capstone I 3 credits
    ORL 711 Capstone II 3 credits
    Advanced Elective (1) 3 credits

    Dual Degree Full Time Degree - Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing (MSW) and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership/ 54 Credits

    Full-time Advanced Standing MSW students complete the 36-credit program in 3 consecutive semesters (summer, fall and spring), and then continue for 2 semesters of part-time study to complete the Organizational Leadership degree. Part-time Advanced Standing MSW students complete the 36-credit program in five semesters (summer, fall, spring, fall, spring), and then continue for 2 semesters of part-time study to complete the Organizational Leadership degree.

    Requirements
    SWK 800 Adv. Standing Summer Gateway 6 credits
    SWK 640 Social Work Practice with Children &Families I 3 credits
    SWK 650 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar III 3 credits
    SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I 3 credits
    SWK 620 Social Policy Practice 3 credits
    SWK 641 Social Work Practice with Children &Families II 3 credits
    SWK 651 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar IV 3 credits
    SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II 3 credits
    ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy 3 credits
    ORL 520 Leading People: Developing Human Potential 3 credits
    ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing 3 credits
    ORL 540 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management 3 credits
    ORL 610 Leading Organizational Change 3 credits
    ORL 620 Organizational Governance 3 credits
    ORL 710 Capstone I 3 credits
    ORL 711 Capstone II 3 credits
    ORL Advanced Elective 3 credits

    Master of Social Work Worcester Off-Campus Degree (MSW)/Part Time/ 60 Credits

    This 3-year part-time, 60 credit MSW program offers an educational setting in Worcester, about an hour from Wheelock College's Boston-based campus. This program runs in a cohort model, of 15-20 students, and the courses and content parallel that taught on the Boston campus. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students will attain an appropriate level of mastery of the Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors identified in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards set out by this accrediting agency. Students complete this program in 8 semesters, with the first summer off as reflected in the Course Sequence below. The MSW program begins in the fall semester.

    Requirements
    SWK 510 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 credits
    SWK 520 Social Policy 3 credits
    SWK 540 Generalist Social Work Practice I 3 credits
    SWK 550 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar I 3 credits
    SWK 511 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3 credits
    SWK 530 Foundations of Social Research 3 credits
    SWK 541 Generalist Social Work Practice II 3 credits
    SWK 546 Multicultural SWK Assessment 3 credits
    SWK 551 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar II 3 credits
    SWK 561 Dynamics of Oppression &Privilege 3 credits
    SWK 610 Social Work Leadership and Administration 3 credits
    SWK 640 Social Work Practice with Children &Families I 3 credits
    SWK 650 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar III 2 credits
    SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I 3 credits
    SWK 620 Social Policy Practice 3 credits
    SWK 641 Social Work Practice with Children &Families II 3 credits
    SWK 651 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar IV 2 credits
    SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II 3 credits
    SWK 654 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar V 2 credits
    Concentration Electives 6 credits

    Master of Social Work Field Practicum

    Basic Requirements: Following acceptance into Wheelock's MSW program, each student will meet with staff in the Social Work Field Education office to discuss his/her areas of interest and begin the process of identifying an internship for the academic year. All students who are eligible for field practicum are in the field for a full academic year and must complete the following requirements. Foundation Year students are required to be in the field 16 hours per week, a minimum of 240 hours per semester for a total of 480 hours for the academic year.Days in the field are not predetermined; the schedule is established through a collaborative effort between the student and the field site. Students must receive a minimum of 1 hour of supervision per week provided by an MSW licensed at the LCSW or LICSW level. Concentration Year Students (including advanced standing) are required to be in the field 24 hours per week, a minimum of 360 hours per semester, for a total of 720 hours for the academic year. Advanced standing students complete a total of 820 hours, which reflects the additional 100 hours of field experience completed during the Summer Gateway program. Days in the field are not predetermined; the schedule is established through a collaborative effort between the student and the field site. The student must receive a minimum of 1 hour of supervision per week provided by an MSW licensed at the LCSW or LICSW level. The concentration year practicum and supervision hours count towards licensure.

    FLEXIBLE FIELD OPTION

    The MSW program is committed to our students' success in achieving their academic and professional goals. Being mindful that many of our students are not only graduate students but also may be juggling a variety of professional and personal responsibilities, we offer a flexible field option when possible. The Social Work Field Education staff meets with each of our students in order to assess individual needs and, in some situations, to collaborate with the student and potential field practicum sites to craft a flexible field practicum experience. The goal is to assist students in fulfilling the required number of hours in a more flexible format â€" generally over a longer period of time than what is typical - while also allowing for a rich, yet challenging, field experience. The flex field option must be approved by the Social Work Field Education staff and the field instructor prior to the student starting their field placement. Requirements for the total number of hours at the practicum site and for supervision are consistent with those in the regular field options, specified by the program year.

    Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health/12 Credits

    Recent discoveries in brain science and growing recognition of the importance and life-long implications of early-life social and emotional development has led to the expansion of opportunities and funding to provide early childhood mental health services. These services are increasingly provided in early care and education centers, mental health and family service agencies, as well as in early intervention and other home-based programs. The supply of mental health professionals with expertise in working with very young children and their families is lagging behind the demand for such professionals. This shortage is especially acute for mental health professionals prepared to work with young children and families affected by poverty, oppression, and other forms of disadvantage. Organizations that would utilize certificate holders include: Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten Programs, Head Start, Early Head Start, Early Intervention, K-3 Programs, Pediatric Health Care Organizations, Community Mental Health and Family Service Agencies, Child Protective Agencies, Other Home-Visitation Programs (Healthy Families, Parents as Teachers, etc.)

    Prerequisite for admission to the certificate program: Masters degree in social work or other mental health-related discipline, or completion of the first semester of the foundation year in Wheelock's Masters in Social Work program.

    Requirements12 credits
    HDF 504 Child Development/3 cre
    HDF 560 Risk and Resiliency in Infancy/3 cr
    SWK XXX Early Childhood Mental Health, Practice, Policy &Research/3 cr
    SWK XXX Clinical Practice with Young Children and Their Families/3 cr

    Certificate in Medical Social Work: Advocacy and Practice in Health Care Settings /12 Credits

    The graduate certificate in Medical Social Work: Advocacy &Practice in Healthcare Settings is a four course program that prepares students to work within the health care field in a variety of social work roles. Students wishing to complete the certificate will need to be students currently enrolled in the MSW program at Wheelock, or have a MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program. Every student must have at least 100 hours of social work experience or volunteer experience within a health care setting. Fifty of these hours need to be completed prior to declaring the intent to complete the certificate program (waiver for this requirement with the approval of the Certificate Coordinator). Current MSW students are eligible for course enrollment after their first semester in the MSW program. BSW students may take two of the four courses but are not eligible for the certificate (student must complete a form requesting permission to take Graduate level courses).

    Requirements12 credits
    One of the following (3 credits)
    CFS 617 Bereavement Care or
    CFS 622 Issues in Death and Dying or
    CPS 632 Cross Cultural Perspective on Grief
    SWK XXX Medical Social Work through the Life Course/3 cr
    SWK XXX Culture, Health, Health Disparities and Human Rights/3 cr
    SWK XXX U.S. Health Care Systems: Programs and Policies/3 cr

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