1 1 Master of Social Work Program School of Social Work College of Health and Public Affairs University of Central Florida Student Handbook
2 CONTENTS INTRODUCTION... 3 SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK MISSION STATEMENT... 3 SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK GOALS... 3 CSWE 2008 EPAS Competencies & Practice Behaviors... 3 ADVISING... 9 DEGREE REQUIREMENTS... 9 DEGREE PROGRAM OF STUDY FIELD EDUCATION MSW CORE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS MSW ELECTIVE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS INDEPENDENT STUDY GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS SERVING DIVERSE POPULATIONS AND PERFORMING PROFESSIONAL TASKS GENERAL POLICIES STUDENT POLICIES RELATED TO PROFESSIONALISM ACADEMIC DISHONESTY MISCONDUCT MATRICULATION POLICY MSW STUDENT ADVANCEMENT POLICY ADVANCEMENT PROCESS MSW PROGRAM GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT CRIMINAL CHARGES WHILE IN THE MSW PROGRAM GRADUATION LICENSING INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SOCIAL WORK RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS MICELLANEOUS FACULTY INFORMATION SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK DIRECTORY
3 3 INTRODUCTION The faculty and staff of the School of Social Work at the University of Central Florida (UCF) welcomes you to the Master of Social Work Program (MSW). For many students a career in social work is considered their mission in life. The MSW Program at UCF is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession. Your courses will offer opportunities to develop competence in the many practice behaviors used by social workers in their day to day work with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities. SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK MISSION STATEMENT The UCF School of Social Work MSW Program prepares generalist and advanced clinical social work students to become practitioners who promote optimal well-being, human rights, and social and economic justice. The school focuses on social change from a regional and global perspective with individuals, families, groups and communities in diverse practice settings through research informed practice. SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK GOALS To prepare professional MSW/clinical social work practitioners to: Offer the best undergraduate education available in Florida. Achieve international prominence in key programs of graduate study and research. Provide international focus to our curricula and research programs. Become more inclusive and diverse. Be America's leading partnership university. CSWE 2008 EPAS COMPETENCIES & PRACTICE BEHAVIORS Educational Policy Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly: Social workers serve as representatives of the profession, its mission, and its core values. They know the profession s history. Social workers commit themselves to the profession s enhancement and to their own professional conduct and growth. 1. Advocate for client access to the services of social work. 2. Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development. 3. Attend to professional roles and boundaries. 4. Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication. 5. Engage in career-long learning. 6. Use supervision and consultation. Educational Policy Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice: Social workers have an obligation to conduct themselves ethically and to engage in ethical decision-making. Social workers are knowledgeable about the value base of the profession, its ethical standards, and relevant law.
4 4 7. Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice. 8. Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles. 9. Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts. 10. Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions. Educational Policy Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments: Social workers are knowledgeable about the principles of logic, scientific inquiry, and reasoned discernment. They use critical thinking augmented by creativity and curiosity. Critical thinking also requires the synthesis and communication of relevant information. 11. Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge and practice wisdom. 12. Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation. 13. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues. Educational Policy Engage diversity and difference in practice: Social workers understand how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity. The dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. Social workers appreciate that, as a consequence of difference, a person s life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim. 14. Recognize the extent to which a culture s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power. 15. Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups. 16. Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences. 17. View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants. Educational Policy Advance human rights and social and economic justice: Each person, regardless of position in society, has basic human rights, such as freedom, safety, privacy, an adequate standard of living, health care, and education. Social workers recognize the global interconnections of oppression and are knowledgeable about theories of justice and strategies to promote human and civil rights. Social work incorporates social justice practices in organizations, institutions, and society to ensure that these basic human rights are distributed equitably and without prejudice. 18. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination. 19. Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. 20. Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.
5 5 Educational Policy Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research: Social workers use practice experience to inform research, employ evidence-based interventions, evaluate their own practice, and use research findings to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery. Social workers comprehend quantitative and qualitative research and understand scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge. 21. Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry. 22. Use research evidence to inform practice. Educational Policy Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment: Social workers are knowledgeable about human behavior across the life course; the range of social systems in which people live; and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. Social workers apply theories and knowledge from the liberal arts to understand biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development. 23. Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the process of assessment, intervention, and evaluation. 24. Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment. Educational Policy Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services: Social work practitioners understand that policy affects service delivery, and they actively engage in policy practice. Social workers know the history and current structures of social policies and services; the role of policy in service delivery; and the role of practice in policy development. 25. Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being. 26. Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action. Educational Policy Respond to contexts that shape practice: Social workers are informed, resourceful, and proactive in responding to evolving organizational, community, and societal contexts at all levels of practice. Social workers recognize that the context of practice is dynamic, and use knowledge and skill to respond proactively. 27. Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services. 28. Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services. Educational Policy Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities: Professional practice involves the dynamic and interactive processes of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation at multiple levels. Social workers have the knowledge and skills to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Practice knowledge includes identifying, analyzing, and implementing evidence-based interventions designed to achieve client goals; using research and technological advances; evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness; developing, analyzing, advocating, and providing leadership for policies and services; and promoting social and economic justice. Educational Policy (a) Engagement
6 6 29. Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 30. Use empathy and other interpersonal skills. 31. Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes. Educational Policy (b) Assessment 32. Collect, organize, and interpret client data. 33. Assess client strengths and limitations. 34. Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives. 35. Select appropriate intervention strategies. Educational Policy (c) Intervention 36. Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals. 37. Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities. 38. Help clients resolve problems. 39. Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients. 40. Facilitate transitions and endings. Educational Policy (d) Evaluation 41. Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions. Educational Policy Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly: Advanced practitioners in clinical social work recognize the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the person-in-environment and strengths perspectives, the professional use of self with clients, and adherence to ethical guidelines of professional behavior. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work readily identify as social work professionals and: 42. Demonstrate professional use of self with client(s); 43. Understand and identify professional strengths, limitations and challenges; and 44. Develop, manage and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients within the person-inenvironment and strengths perspectives. Educational Policy Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice: Advanced practitioners in clinical social work are knowledgeable about ethical issues, legal parameters and shifting societal mores that affect the therapeutic relationship. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 45. Apply ethical decision-making skills to issues specific to clinical social work; 46. Identify and use knowledge of relationship dynamics, including power differentials; and 47. Recognize and manage personal biases as they affect the therapeutic relationship in the service of the clients well-being. Educational Policy Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments: Advanced practitioners understand and differentiate the strengths and limitations of multiple practice theories and methods, clinical processes and technical tools, including differential diagnosis. They deconstruct theories and methods to evaluate how they relate to clients and client systems within their environmental context. They regularly question and reflect on their
7 7 own assumptions and consider how these might affect practice. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 48. Engage in reflective practice; 49. Identify and articulate clients strengths and vulnerabilities; 50. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of multiple theoretical perspectives and differentially apply them to client situations; and 51. Communicate professional judgments to other social workers and to professionals from other disciplines in both verbal and written format. Educational Policy Engage diversity and difference in practice: Advanced practitioners are knowledgeable about many forms of diversity and difference and how these influence the therapeutic relationship and clients presenting issues. Advanced practitioners are knowledgeable about the ways in which various dimensions of diversity affect (a) explanations of illness, (b) helpseeking behaviors and (c) healing practices (Cal-SWEC, 2006). Advanced practitioners are cultural beings and understand how clinical practice choices can be culture-bound. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 52. Research and apply knowledge of diverse populations to enhance client wellbeing; 53. Work effectively with diverse populations; and 54. Identify and use practitioner/client differences from a strengths perspective. Educational Policy Advance human rights and social and economic justice: Advanced practitioners in clinical social work understand the oppressive nature of systems/policies that deny access and professions that employ methods of coercion. Advanced practitioners understand the ways in which systems and policies violate rights and deny justice. Advanced practitioners also understand the ways in which social work can be used for both oppressive and anti-oppressive purposes. They understand strategies for advancing human rights and social and economic justice through anti-oppressive practice, system change and policy change. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 55. Advocate for the creation and revision of practices and tools that support anti-oppressive practice; and 56. Advocate for systems and policies that create and provide equal access for all populations. Educational Policy Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research: Advanced clinical practitioners are knowledgeable about evidence-based interventions, best practices, and the evidence-based research process. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 57. Use the evidence-based practice process in clinical assessment and intervention with clients Educational Policy Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment: Advanced practitioners understand how to synthesize and differentially apply the theories of human behavior and the social environment (biological, developmental, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual). They are familiar with diagnostic classification systems used in the formulation of a comprehensive assessment. Advanced practitioners understand how familial and
8 8 sociocultural contexts influence definitions of psychopathology. They have a working knowledge of psychotropic medications that are typically used in the treatment of mental health disorders, including expected results and side effects. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 58. Synthesize and differentially apply theories of human behavior and the social environment to guide clinical practice; 59. Use bio-psycho-social-spiritual theories and systems in formulation of comprehensive assessments. Educational Policy Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic wellbeing and to deliver effective social work services: Advanced practitioners in clinical social work understand the power of decision-making within inter-disciplinary teams and systems. Further, they understand the implications of these decisions for the well-being of their clients and the importance of the social work role within these decision-making spheres. They understand strategies for advancing both the well-being of the client and the voice of the profession. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 60. Analyze policy with regard to the policy s impact on clients and practice; and 61. Advocate for social policies or agency policies that will advance the social and economic wellbeing of clients. Educational Policy Respond to contexts that shape practice: Advanced practitioners in clinical social work are knowledgeable about how relational, organizational, and community systems may impact clients. They anticipate and react to evolving cultural, technological, geographical, political, legal, economic, and environmental contexts. They encourage clients to affect changes within these contexts. Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 62. Assess the quality of clients interactions within their social contexts; and 63. Work collaboratively with others to impact systemic change that is sustainable. Educational Policy (a) (d) Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Educational Policy (a) Engagement Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 64. Develop a culturally responsive therapeutic relationship; and 65. Establish a relationally based process that encourages clients to be equal participants in the establishment of treatment goals and expected outcomes. Educational Policy (b) Assessment Advanced practitioners in clinical social work: 66. Use bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment tools that are evidence-based and culturally sensitive; 67. Assess clients readiness for change; and 68. Assess client coping strategies to reinforce and improve adaptation to life situations, circumstances and events; and engage in continuous clinical assessment and modify as needed. Educational Policy (c) Intervention Advanced practitioners in clinical social work:
9 9 69. Critically evaluate, select, and apply best practice theories and evidence-based interventions; 70. Demonstrate the use of appropriate clinical techniques for a range of presenting concerns identified in the assessment, including crisis intervention strategies as needed; and 71. Collaborate with other professionals to coordinate treatment interventions. Educational Policy (d) Evaluation Advanced practitioners in clinical social work 72. Use clinical evaluation of the process and/or outcomes to develop best practice interventions for a range of bio-psycho-social-spiritual conditions. ADVISING Academic Advising The MSW Advisor will meet with MSW students at Orientation and review with them their Program of Study which will detail the specific courses and sequence of courses they will take to complete their degree. Students are encouraged to meet with the MSW Advisor to discuss concerns or problems in their Program of Study. Students MUST meet with the MSW Advisor if they are going to petition to change their Program of Study (pg ). Common Reasons Why You May Want To See the Advisor: Alternatives within the program (e.g. needing to take time off) Clarification of policies and procedures Reviewing academic requirements Campus Resources Professional Advising Faculty and agency supervisors through classroom and field experiences contribute to students professional advisement relative to knowledge and skills in areas of study or fields of practice and professional practice roles. Faculty are a great resource for careers in social work related to their fields of expertise. Individual faculty members are available by appointment to provide professional advising. A. Course of Study DEGREE REQUIREMENTS The MSW degree requires 62 credit hours. Fifty percent of courses must be at the 6000 level. Students who complete a BSW at an accredited social work program and who are accepted into the Advanced Standing program can receive up to 30 credits toward their MSW degree program depending upon approved prior course work. Educational standards for all social work programs are established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accreditation body for professional social work education. Curriculum direction and content is regulated by the CSWE through its accreditation standards.
10 10 Our overall mission is to prepare advanced clinical social work students to become practitioners who promote optimal well-being, human rights and social and economic justice. All graduate social work programs provide material in the foundation areas: social welfare policies and services; social work research; human behavior and the social environment; social work practice; field education/internship. Differences in programs emerge in the advanced curriculum or areas of specialization. The foundation curriculum provides the generalist perspective as the foundation for the advanced curriculum. The first year of study in the two-year curriculum provides students with the theoretical generalist perspective. Classes are completed in Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work Practice, Social Welfare Policies and Services, Social Work Research, and Social Work Field Placement. Movement to specialization takes place in the second year of the curriculum. Often referred to as the advanced curriculum, the educational content focuses on community based social work practice. While enrolled in courses, students will complete a field placement, also referred to as an internship, at an area social service agency. You will be placed in one setting for your generalist year of the MSW Program and a second, different setting, during your advanced year. You will also be participating in a field seminar designed to help you further integrate theoretical content from the courses with your field experience. The School offers a graduate certificate in Military Social Work and participates in an interdisciplinary certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy. These certificates involve specific courses in the Social Work program. See the Graduate Catalog for these specific requirements. B. Timelines for completing the degree program The Program of Study lists the courses and the sequence of courses (by semester) required for the student s program track (e.g., full-time, part-time, or advanced standing). All degree requirements must be met within six years from beginning the program. Students MUST meet with the MSW Advisor if they are going to petition to change their Program of Study. C. Graduate Research The MSW program includes one required research course (SOW 5404) and a non-clinical elective research course (SOW 6914): SOW 5404 Social Work Research provides an overview of research methodology. SOW 6914 Integrative Research Project provides an opportunity to develop a research project. Students will also engage in research as individuals and as group members in various forms in other courses in the program.
11 11 Research in the School is guided by ethical principles. Research involving human subjects requires permission from the UCF Institutional Review Board. All students will take the online human subjects course called CITI as an assignment in their required research course. DEGREE PROGRAM OF STUDY See the Graduate Catalog for Specific Degree requirements and course descriptions. The specific degree Program of Study varies depending on whether students are full-time, part-time or advanced standing. Students are expected to follow the sequence and timing of courses in their Program of Study. Students are required to meet with the MSW Advisor and receive authorization from the MSW Program Coordinator in order to petition to change their Program of Study. Required courses are typically offered only in the semester indicated. If you take courses out of sequence it may delay your graduation. Students should use the online course registration system to enroll in courses. Some courses (e.g., if they are not in your Program of Study) will require special permission codes provided by the MSW Program Coordinator s office for access to registration. Please note: Drop/Add deadlines are posted on the UCF Academic Calendar. Changes in registration must be made before these deadlines or you will forfeit tuition payment. Students are responsible for knowing deadlines. ORLANDO ADVANCED STANDING TRACK First Semester (Summer) SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology SOW 6434 Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Social Work Practice First Semester (Fall) SOW 6348 Practice with Individuals SOW 6612 Practice with Families SOW 6324 Practice with Groups SOW 6531 FT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I Second Semester (Spring) SOW 6246 Policy Analysis Social Change SOW 6xxx Clinical Elective SOW 6xxx Clinical Elective SOW 6536 FT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II ORLANDO ADVANCED STANDING PART-TIME TRACK
12 12 First Semester (Summer)* SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-Based Practice Third Semester (Spring) SOW 6246 Policy Analysis Social Change SOW 6324 Practice with Groups SOW 6562 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II Second Semester (Fall) SOW 6348 Practice with Individuals SOW 6612 Practice with Families SOW 6561 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I Fourth Semester (Summer)* SOW 6563 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar III SOW 6xxx Clinical Elective SOW 6xxx Clinical Elective ORLANDO FULL-TIME TRACK First Semester (Fall) SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I SOW 5105 Human Behavior I: Individual SOW 5404 Social Work Research SOW 5235 Social Welfare Policies SOW 5538 FT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar I Third Semester (Summer) SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Social Work Practice Fourth Semester (Fall) SOW 6348 Practice with Individual SOW 6612 Practice with Families SOW 6324 Practice with Groups SOW 6531 FT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I Second Semester (Spring) SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II SOW 5106 Human Behavior II: Systems SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations SOW Elective SOW 5539 FT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar II Fifth Semester (Spring) SOW 6246 Policy Analysis Social Change SOW Clinical Elective SOW Clinical Elective SOW 6536 FT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II ORLANDO PART-TIME TRACK First Semester (Fall) SOW 5105 Human Behavior I: Individuals SOW 5235 Social Welfare Policies Third Semester (Summer) SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I SOW Elective Fifth Semester (Spring) SOW 5566 PT MSW Generalist Field/ Seminar II SOW 6246 Policy Analysis Social Change SOW Clinical Elective Second Semester (Spring) SOW 5106 Human Behavior II: Systems SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations Fourth Semester (Fall) SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II SOW 5404 Social Work Research SOW 5565 PT MSW Generalist Field/ Seminar I Sixth Semester (Summer) SOW 5567 PT MSW Generalist Field/ Seminar III SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology
13 13 Seventh Semester (Fall) SOW 6348 Practice with Individuals SOW 6612 Practice with Families SOW 6561 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I Ninth Semester (Summer) SOW 6563 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar III SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Social Work Practice Eighth Semester (Spring) SOW 6562 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II SOW 6324 Practice with Groups SOW Clinical Elective FIELD EDUCATION Field Education is where social work comes alive! It is where students begin to apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom to the practice of social work in the field. The Field Education Office faculty are responsible for assigning students to their field placement sites. Students begin this process by submitting an application for field placement to the Field Education Office. Upon receipt of the application, a meeting is scheduled with the student and a member of the field faculty to plan for their field placement. Students are not allowed to contact agencies on their own to discuss the possibility of an internship with any agency. Making contact with an agency without going through the Field Education Office will result in that agency being disqualified as a potential internship site for the student. Any changes in the field placement location must be approved in writing by the Field Education Office faculty before the change can be made. For detailed policies related to Field Education, see the online Field Manual at Field Education Hours and Seminar In the generalist year field internship, students are assigned to an agency placement for 400 total hours. Full-time students complete these hours over Fall and Spring semesters (200 FA/SP) for an average of 14 hours per week. Part-time students complete the 400 hours over fall, spring, and summer semesters (150 FA/SP; 100 SU) for an average of 10 hours each week. In addition to completing hours at the internship, students will attend a field education seminar held bi-weekly. During the clinical field placement, students are placed in a different setting for a total of 600 internship hours. Full-time students complete the clinical internship hours over Fall and Spring semesters (300 hours FA/SP) for an average of 19 hours per week. Part-time students complete the 600 hours over Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters (225 FA/SP; 150 SU) for an average of 15 hours each week during Fall and Spring semesters and 13.5 hours during Summer semester. Each field education course has an accompanying field seminar that meets bi-weekly. Field Education hours may be given for attendance of LEAD Day. This event must be approved by the Field Education Office in advance in order for hours to be counted.
14 14 Employment Based Internships NOTE: STUDENTS ARE LIMITED TO ONE EMPLOYMENT BASED INTERNSHIP. Students may be allowed to complete one field placement in their current place of employment. A number of critical requirements must be met in order to complete a placement in a student s employment site including: The agency must meet all social work field requirements and be affiliated with the School of Social Work (including supervision is provided by an approved MSW). The field assignments must be significantly different from the student s current work responsibilities. The learning competencies for the employment based internship must relate to the student s level of internship. The student and agency administrator must complete the Employment Based Internship Agreement form found on the Field Education website and submit it to the Field Education Office at least 30 days prior to the start of the internship. Students should not assume that these placements will be automatically approved. Applications will not be accepted after the 30 day deadline. Advanced Standing and Two Year Full-Time Students New full-time students will be ed a Field Education Application and should submit the application to the Field Education Office. Returning full-time students must complete the MSW Returning Students Field Education Application during their second semester of study and submit the completed application to the Field Education Office by the designated date. Evening (after 5pm) and weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such placements. Consequently, field placements cannot be guaranteed to students who require evening and weekend placements. Students must complete at least 50% of their field hours during the agency s normal business hours. Part-Time Students Part-time students must complete a Field Education Application and submit the application to the Field Education Office during their second semester of study by the designated date. Evening (after 5pm) and weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such placements. Consequently, field placements cannot be guaranteed to students who require evening and weekend placements. Students must complete at least 50% of their field hours during the agency s normal business hours. Field Education Requirements Students must meet with the faculty of the Field Education Office to discuss and determine their placement site. Please DO NOT contact any agency regarding an internship on your own. This process is handled through the Field Office and any agency you contact outside the process will be DISQUALIFIED as a possible internship site. Students are limited to one field placement per internship site while a student in the School of Social Work.
15 15 Students must complete and submit a signed Placement Confirmation Form to the Field Education Office prior to starting their internship. Any hours accrued prior to submitting the Placement Confirmation Form will not be counted. Students will be provided with a copy of this form during their interview with a field faculty member to discuss their field placement. Students must attend MANDATORY field education orientation prior to starting their internship. Students may not begin their field placement until they have attended orientation. Hours accrued at an internship site will not be counted if a student has not attended orientation. Please contact the Field Education Office in advance if you are unable to attend field education orientation due to extraordinary circumstances. If a student is terminated from a field placement, the student will earn a U in their field placement/field seminar. Students earning a U in their field placement/field seminar course will be dismissed from the Master of Social Work program. Manners in which a student may earn an Unsatisfactory grade if the student is asked to leave the field placement for one or more of the following reasons: Poor performance as evidenced by mid-term/final field evaluation or and written feedback from the agency. Inability to meet attendance policies as set by the field placement. Behavior and actions not in compliance with the profession s NASW Code of Ethics. Midterm and/or final field evaluation demonstrates student s inability to follow supervisory guidelines for meeting the field placement requirements and/or the 2008 EPAS Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors. Steps taken before U grade is administered: Agency Field Instructor will contact UCF field office with concerns and provide written documentation on areas for student s improvement. UCF Field liaison will meet with student and Agency Field Instructor to discuss concerns. A corrective action plan will be created o Corrective action plan will include areas of concern, clearly stated goals and tasks student must meet to improve in those areas. o Corrective action plan will include a clear timeline in which student must demonstrate improvement. UCF Field liaison will again meet at an agreed upon time as stated in the corrective action plan with student and Agency Field Instructor to discuss progress made towards or completion of corrective action plan. If goals have not been met and tasks have not been completed by the end of the designated corrective action plan the student will earn a grade of U for the field education course for the semester.
16 16 It is the student s responsibility to communicate with their UCF field seminar instructor, Agency Field Instructor and/or task supervisor, and the field office when issues arise within the field placement. Students must complete a majority of field hours (minimum of 75%) prior to the end of the semester in order to receive an Incomplete for field education for that semester. Hours must be completed within the following semester. MSW CORE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS SOW 5105 SOW 5106 SOW 5132 SOW 5235 SOW 5305 Human Behavior and Social Environment I: Individual Study of human development and the psychosocial functioning of individuals at various life stages, with particular attention to implications of human diversity. Human Behavior and Social Environment II: Social Systems PR: SOW Study of the patterns and dynamics of families, groups, organizations, and communities from a social work and a systems perspective. Diverse Client Populations Study of human diversity, focusing on the needs, resources, problems, and service issues of several identified minority client populations. Social Welfare Policies Study of societal responses to human needs; forces shaping social welfare systems; introduces frameworks for analyzing social policies and programs. Social Work Practice I: Generalist Practice. Study of social work functions, knowledge, values, roles and skills; the use of a generalist model of practice. SOW 5306 SOW 5404 SOW 5538 SOW 5539 Social Work Practice II: Intervention Approaches Study of selected social work theories, strategies, and techniques for helping people and improving system responsiveness to human needs. Social Work Research Study of group research designs in social work; quantitative analyses; and related ethical issues. Full time MSW Generalist Field/Seminar I Field education for full-time MSW generalist students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 200 clock hours. Graded S/U. Full time MSW Generalist Field/Seminar II Field education for full-time MSW generalist students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 200 clock hours. Graded S/U.
17 17 SOW 5565 SOW 5566 SOW 5567 SOW 6123 SOW 6246 SOW 6324 SOW 6348 SOW 6424 SOW 6531 SOW 6536 SOW 6561 SOW 6562 Part time MSW Generalist Field/Seminar I Field education for part-time MSW generalist students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 150 clock hours. Graded S/U. Part time MSW Generalist Field/Seminar II Field education for part-time MSW generalist students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 150 clock hours. Graded S/U. Part time MSW Generalist Field/Seminar III Field education for part-time MSW generalist students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 100 clock hours. Graded S/U. Psychosocial Pathology Study of psychosocial dynamics of dysfunctional behavior in individuals. Policy Analysis and Social Change Study of urban problems, policies, and planning from the perspective of their impact on individuals and families. Clinical Practice with Groups Group work theories, interventions, and techniques applied to persons with emotional, social, and psychological problems. Clinical Practice with Individuals Behavioral, crisis, and psychosocial theories applied to persons with emotional, social, and psychological problems. Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Social Work Descriptive information regarding the wide range of theoretical perspectives that support clinical social work. The focus is on knowledge building and critical thinking. Full time MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I Field education for full-time MSW clinical students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 300 clock hours. Graded S/U. Full time MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II Field education for full-time MSW clinical students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 300 clock hours. Graded S/U. Part time MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I Field education for part-time MSW clinical students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 225 clock hours. Graded S/U. Part time MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II
18 18 Field education for part-time MSW clinical students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 225 clock hours. Graded S/U. SOW 6563 SOW 6612 Part time MSW Clinical Field/Seminar III Field education for part-time MSW clinical students; includes seminar and supervised practice of social work in an agency for 150 clock hours. Graded S/U. Clinical Practice with Families Family-focused models of intervention applied to families in transition and to problems such as divorce, single parenting, and blended families. MSW ELECTIVE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Here is a list of electives and descriptions in our program. They are classified as either clinical or non-clinical. You need to have two clinical electives if you are planning to apply for Florida State licensure following graduation. You will also need to take two clinical electives to fulfill graduation requirements of the program. Certain electives are available online. Check the course schedules for each semester to determine which electives are available. Electives are offered when we have the faculty to teach them and when we have room in the curriculum to offer them. Thus, you will not find all electives available to you during your Program of Study. SOW 5149 Military and Veteran Culture with Historical Framework (Non-Clinical) Thorough analysis of military and veteran systems. Provides frameworks to assist social workers in better understanding, communicating, and practicing with veterans and their families. SOW 6109 Violence against Women: A Global Perspective (Clinical) An introduction to the types of violence that impact women from a global perspective. Community, political, and economic issues that support violence against women will be discussed by country, ethnic group(s) within countries, and religious principles. SOW 6155 Human Sexuality in Social Work Practice (Clinical) Study of human sexuality with emphasis on assessment and intervention skills for social workers with clients experiencing problems involving sexual issues. SOW 6383 Social Work Administration (Non-Clinical) Designed as a general introduction to the multi-faceted nature of social work administration in public and private non-profit settings. SOW 6603 Social Work in Health Settings (Clinical) Study of social work roles, interventions, and issues related to helping clients in health settings.
19 19 SOW 6604 Medications in Social Work Practice (Advanced Clinical) PR: SOW 6123 The study of the effects that psychotropic medications can have within the counseling/helping relationship. SOW 6608 Understanding and Managing Combat Related Behavioral and Mental Health Disorders (Clinical) PR: SOW 5149 and admission to Military Certificate Program Advances students knowledge about the unique nature of trauma, PTSD and other mental health disorders as they relate to combat-exposed soldiers, veterans, their families, and other military experiences. SOW 6610 Clinical Practice with Military and Veteran Families (Clinical) PR: SOW 5149 and admission to Military Certificate Program Theoretical/practical approaches to clinical practice with military families and groups. Examines the demands of military service on family/group dynamic, composition and related issues. SOW 6644 Interventions with Older Adults and Their Families (Clinical) Study of concepts, skills, models and theories for intervening with aged. Special attention is given to minority populations. SOW 6655 Child Abuse: Treatment and Prevention (Clinical) Study of various forms of child abuse, the social worker's role and interventions with victims of child abuse and their family members. SOW 6670 Gay and Lesbian Experience in American Society (Advanced Clinical) PR: SOW 6123 The course will focus on social work resources, social policy and clinical assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions of LGBTQ+ individuals, families, groups, and communities. SOW 6712 Interventions with Substance Abusers (Clinical) Strategies for working with persons who abuse drugs, alcohol, and other substances. SOW 6726 Social Work Practice with Children from Birth to Age Five and Their Families (Clinical) Social Work practice and treatment of children from birth to five years of age and their families. SOW 6756 Forensic Social Work (Clinical) Course develops the understanding of the role of social workers with clients within criminal justice system and legal system. SOW 6846 Spirituality in Clinical Social Work Practice (Clinical) Faith development theory, study of spirituality in various settings and development of strategies for use in practice designed to heighten sensitivity to spiritual dimensions of life.
20 20 SOW 6938 Special Topics: Behavioral Health Skills for Clinical Social Workers (Advanced Clinical) PR: SOW 6123 The purpose of this course is to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills for providing behavioral health interventions in medical and behavioral health settings. For additional information on graduate course descriptions: INDEPENDENT STUDY Purpose: Independent Study (IS) provides an opportunity for the student to explore in depth an area of particular interest. It may not be taken in lieu of, or as a substitute for, those courses which are specified in the curriculum as requirements (core classes or electives). Rather the IS serves to extend the student s knowledge in a particular subject which may not have been included or covered in depth within the content of scheduled courses. Independent Study may also be appropriately used when the School as well as the student would receive benefit from a particular research study. Requirements: 1. Independent Study (IS) may be requested by a Social Work student with a grade point average of 3.00 who has completed at least twelve hours of course work in social work. 2. The outside limit of IS course credit in Social Work is six hours, with a maximum of four hours permitted in any one semester. 3. Although IS is ordinarily taken by one student with one or more faculty members, on occasion more than one student may be jointly participating in a study. When more than one student is involved in the project and more than one instructor, students and faculty should clarify arrangements for meetings and should be clear about procedures to be followed with respect to grading. 4. No student may receive IS credit for covering only that content found in another course. 5. It is necessary that a plan for the IS be developed by the student and the instructor. The plan should include objectives, justification of study criteria, a brief content outline, bibliography, frequency of student-faculty contact, expectations for a research paper or report (see Procedure #3), and the methods of evaluation. 6. MSW students may obtain credit hours to meet Social Work requirements from an IS course taken in another department of the university. IS outside the School is acceptable if the study is related to the student s specific educational objectives. The same procedures must be followed by the student and the instructor as if the student were taking the IS in the School of Social Work (see Procedures). It is the student s responsibility to see to it that the instructor in the other department is acquainted with these procedures. Procedures:
21 21 1. The formal IS procedure begins with the student seeking authorization from the Program Advisor who establishes the student s eligibility for the IS in accordance with the policy established above. 2. The student obtains an agreement from an instructor to perform the IS under that instructor s guidance. 3. The student and the faculty member meet to arrange an appropriate course of study and the required outcome. 4. The student and faculty member complete the IS per their agreement. 5. The Instructor needs to contact the Program Advisor to arrange for the online permission for the student to register for the course. The Program Advisor informs the student when it is approved. AFTER PERMISSION HAS BEEN GRANTED THE STUDENT WILL ONLY HAVE 48 HOURS TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS. GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS There are two optional certificates currently being offered. Students are only able to complete one certificate during their MSW graduate program. See the Graduate Catalog for these specific requirements. The Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work will prepare students to provide behavioral health services, including: mental health counseling aimed at building psychological resilience; treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, suicide risk assessment and prevention techniques; and family therapy for strengthening military, veterans and their families during and after deployment. The Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy is housed within the Counselor Education Program in the College of Education. The certificate program is designed to provide advanced training to students in the Counselor Education and Social Work programs and for practicing counselors and therapists working with families, couples, and children. SERVING DIVERSE POPULATIONS AND PERFORMING PROFESSIONAL TASKS Social Work is not an easy profession; it requires disciplined delivery of services, set within a conceptual framework based on scientifically tested theories. Ethical professional practice is guided by complex social, behavioral, and practice theories. Social Work is an art and a science. Not all individuals are able to do Social Work. Populations Served: Social workers intervene directly with and on behalf of diverse populations. Thus, students are expected to be agreeable to working with adult men and women; people from all nationalities, cultures, religions; children; people with disabilities; older adults; people who are lesbian, gay, transgendered +; persons with HIV/AIDS and/or other physical and mental conditions; and people who are economically disadvantaged.
22 22 Modes of Intervention: Additionally, social workers provide services through a variety of helping strategies. Therefore, students are expected to perform tasks that may include, but are not limited to: assessments; contracting; home visits; office interviews; individual, family, and group counseling; referrals; case management; program and community evaluations; grant writing; advocacy; education; and follow-up. A student, who in the judgment of the faculty is unwilling or unable to meet the expectations of serving diverse populations and performing professional tasks may be denied admission or may be deemed ineligible to complete the degree requirements. In such cases, the student and his/her academic advisor may explore alternative educational and career options. GENERAL POLICIES Knight s You must use your Knights when communicating with UCF faculty and staff. Faculty and staff will not respond to s sent from personal (gmail, etc.) or employment accounts. Course Changes and Schedule Exceptions The instructor reserves the right to make announced changes in course requirements, content, schedule, and assignments. Health Concerns Special Accommodations: The University of Central Florida is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. Students with disabilities must contact the professor at the beginning/or prior to the semester to discuss the needed accommodations. No accommodations will be provided until the student has met with the professor to request accommodations. Students who need accommodations must be registered with the Student Disability Services, Student Resource Center, Room 132, Phone (407) , TTY/TDD only Phone (407) , before requesting accommodations from the professor. Illness or Injury: It is the responsibility of each student to inform the program faculty of any illness or injury that may prevent him or her from performing any activity in the class or clinical setting. The instructor and the Program Director must agree upon any modification or postponement or required work. Policy on Class Behavior Class Participation and Attendance: Professional functioning typically involves collegial sharing and peer support. By being present in class, students develop a commitment to, and a skill in, mutual problem solving and team work. In some classes, part of the student s grade is based on participation, team work, and attendance. Class attendance requirements are posted on every course syllabus. A student s grade may be lowered for lack of participation, tardiness, and absences. Three or more absences, regardless of reason, may, according to the course syllabus, result in a letter grade reduction in the course.
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