Graduate Department of Social Work

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 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 Castagna Lacet, Assistant Professor Keavy Hennessey Smith, Director of Social Work Field Education Diane Zipoli, Assistant Director Field Education

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 Organizational 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

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 and skills 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 group human rights action projects through the Integrative Project Seminar I and II, and in collaboration with community-based agencies and partners.

Upon completion of the MSW, 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).

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
Concentration Electives 6 credits

Optional Course Work: Students may choose to pursue an additional msw certificate in organizational leadership, which consists of four core courses. The certificate 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, and values 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, and values 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.

Advanced Standing MSW Program Requirements
SWK 800 Advanced Standing Summer Gateway 6 credits
SWK 610 SWK Leadership and Admin. 3 credits
SWK 640 SWK Practice with Children &Families I 3 credits
SWK 650 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar III 3 credits
SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I 3 credits
SWK 620 Social Policy Practice 3 credits
SWK 641 SWK Practice with Children &Families II 3 credits
SWK 651 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar IV 3 credits
SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II 3 credits
Concentration Electives 6 credits

Optional Course Work: Students may choose to pursue an additional MSW Certificate in Organizational 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.

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