Graduate Department of Social Work

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

Hope Haslam Straughan, Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Wendy Champagnie Williams, Chair, MSW Program &Instructor

Nina Aronoff, Associate Professor

Lenette Azzi-Lessing, Associate Professor

Deborah Beck, Chair, BSW Program and Assistant Professor

James Bourque, Instructor and Coordinator, MSW Worcester

Ashley Davis, Assistant Professor

Nicole Dubus, Assistant Professor

Sera Godfrey Grantz, Instructor

Heather Howard, Instructor

Lynn Sanford, Instructor

Wade Taylor, Assistant Professor

Devon Reber, Director of Social Work Field Education

Diane Zipoli, Assistant Director Field Education

Terry Moynahan, Social Work Field Education Advisor

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

Masters of Social Work- Full and Part time programs

Masters of Social Work- Advanced Standing

Dual Degree: Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Non-Profit Leadership

Master of Social Work Worcester Program-Part-time only

Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health

Certificate in Medical Social Work: Advocacy &Practice in Healthcare Settings

Master of Social Work/60 credits
Description of the MSW major

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to educate a diverse group of students who are committed to being leaders in justice-based social work practice, effecting change in the social conditions of children, families, and communities, especially those who are the most discriminated against, oppressed, and disadvantaged. Students will be prepared for advanced social work practice that is grounded in advancing human rights and justice for clients and client systems. 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.

Foundation and advanced coursework provide students with professional social work knowledge, skills, and values that are strengths-based and empowerment focused, so that graduates are able to work effectively toward change at the individual, family, community, and structural/systems levels. The focus of the program, to advance human rights and social justice, is contextualized throughout the curriculum by eleven curricular themes that form the basis for advanced professional education and lifelong practice. In the first year of the program, students prepare for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities through study in the five core areas of social work education. The second year of the program is organized around a singular concentration on human rights and justice, for those children, families, and their communities that are most at risk for not being able to participate fully in society’s services, resources, and supports. Some of the conditions that put families at risk include, but are not limited to; poverty, homelessness, violence, substance abuse, long-term individual and group marginalization and discrimination, incarceration, special health and education needs, immigrant or refugee status, and religious or spiritual diversity.

During their concentration year students use their policy, practice, research, human behavior, and field practicum experience to further refine and develop their knowledge, skills and competency in order to support their learning goals. Students will have the opportunity in their second year to choose a field practicum and elective courses that support and strengthen their learning. In their final year of study, MSW students take part in the yearlong capstone course, Integrative Project Seminar I and II, which is a human rights action project completed in collaboration with community-based agencies and partners Upon completion of the MSW program, students are eligible to sit for the intermediate social work licensure examination (LCSW) in Massachusetts. General questions about state licensure can be answered by searching the Massachusetts NASW website (http://www.naswma.org/associations/8381/files/LicensingFactSheet.pdf). Students planning to practice in other states can also consult other NASW state chapter websites for additional information on licensure, which can be located through the national website (http://www.naswdc.org).

Learning outcomes for the MSW major:

Students will:

  • Practice justice-based social work with client systems of all sizes with a concentration on children and families, based on advancing human rights and social and economic justice in both local and global contexts, and reflecting the values and ethics of the social work profession;
  • Utilize generalist knowledge and skills to critically analyze, implement, and evaluate the differential use of social work theories, practice models, social policies, and social work research in practice with children and families;
  • Demonstrate appropriate leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of social work practice that is strengths-based, multiculturally competent, family-centered, and community-based, using an ecosystemic and collaborative framework;
  • Engage in continuous self-reflection, ongoing professional development and evaluation of their own professional practice, with the aims of implementing best practices, enhancing personal development, and making the greatest contribution to the profession and the world.
Master of Social Work Degree (MSW)/Full and Part time/ 60 credits

Full-time study is completed on a four-semester, two-year (fall and spring semester) schedule. Part-time study can be completed within a variety of program plans ranging from three years, three years and an additional summer, or four years, usually including no more than six to eight part-time semesters. The MSW program begins in the fall semester.

Master of Social Work Degree (MSW): Full and part-Time/60 credits
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 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 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
Graduate Electives 6 credits

Optional Course Work: Students may choose to pursue additional graduate coursework while enrolled in the MSW program. The Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership consists of four core courses. The certificates may be taken in addition to the 60 credit MSW degree or in conjunction with the regular program, by using two or three of the certificate courses to fulfill MSW program requirements. In addition, students may take either the Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health, or the Certificate in Medical Social Work: Advocacy and Practice in Health Care Settings by utilizing two of the four required courses in either certificate as electives, and taking two additional courses to complete the certificate.

Master of Social Work Degree (MSW): Advanced Standing Full Time/Minimum 36 credits

Any student who has graduated with a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program is welcome to apply for advanced standing status. If accepted into the advanced standing program, students enter directly into the Advanced Standing Summer Gateway Program. This 6-credit summer course is designed to immerse these graduate students in Wheelock’s justice-based philosophy and the curricular themes that are foundational to our courses and field work. It builds on the students’ knowledge, skills, values and beginning competencies through a six week intensive course and field-based experience, furthering the mastery of the Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors set forth in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards requirements of CSWE. Upon successful completion of the Gateway, the students enter into the 30-credit advanced curriculum. Students enter directly into the concentration (advanced) year of study. The concentration year curriculum provides students with advanced professional social work knowledge, skills, values and core competencies that are strengths-based and empowerment focused, so that, as graduates, they are able to work effectively toward justice-based change at the individual, family, group, community, and structural/systems levels. All students in the advanced year concentrate in social work practice with children and families that will actively advance human rights and social and economic justice in partnership with client systems and their providers, through the study of advanced theory, research, policy, direct practice skills, an advanced field practicum, as well as an integrative capstone project that is focused on human rights action in a specific area.

The concentration/advanced year of the program is organized around a singular concentration on human rights and justice, particularly in the lives of children, families, and their communities that are most at risk for not being able to participate fully in society’s services, resources, and supports. Some of the conditions that put families at risk include, but are not limited to; poverty, homelessness, violence, substance abuse, long-term individual and group marginalization and discrimination, incarceration, special health and education needs, immigrant or refugee status, and religious or spiritual diversity.

Advanced Standing full time study is completed in a three-semester, one year (summer, fall and spring) schedule. Advanced Standing part-time study is completed in a two year (summer, followed by two consecutive years of fall and spring) study schedule.

Requirements
SWK 801       Gateway Research and Policy In Larger System Environments/2 cr
SWK 802 Gateway Practice and Field Seminar/2 cr
SWK 803 Gateway Multicultural Assessment: Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege/2 cr
SWK 610 SWK Leadership and Admin/3 cr
SWK 640 SWK Practice with Children & Families I/3 cr
SWK 650 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar III/3 cr
SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I/3 cr
SWK 620 Social Policy Practice/3 cr
SWK 641 SWK Practice with Children & Families II/3 cr
SWK 651 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar IV/3 cr
SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II/3 cr
Graduate Electives/6 cr

Optional Course Work: Students may choose to pursue an additional MSW Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership, which consists of four core courses. The certificate may be taken in addition to the 36 credit Advanced Standing MSW degree or in conjunction with the regular program, by using two or three of the certificate courses to fulfill MSW program requirements. In addition, students may take either the Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health, or the Certificate in Medical Social Work: Advocacy and Practice in Health Care Settings by utilizing two of the four required courses in either certificate as electives, and taking two additional courses to complete the certificate.

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

The dual MSW/MS in Non-Profit 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 inter-professional, 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 Nonprofit 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 Nonprofit 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 (MSW) and Part Time Master of Science in Nonprofit 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 Nonprofit 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 Nonprofit 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 Nonprofit Leadership degree.

Requirements
SWK 801       Gateway Research and Policy In Larger System Environments/2 cr
SWK 802 Gateway Practice and Field Seminar/2 cr
SWK 803 Gateway Multicultural Assessment: Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege/2 cr
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
Graduate 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 – 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. Extending the time in the field via the flexible field option may require that students complete an additional 2 credit course, SWK554/654 Social Work Field Practicum & Seminar Summer I &II, in order to support this choice. 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 & 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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