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SWK 231 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK (3) A survey of the philosophy, history, and practice of social work profession in our society; an overview of the development, training, and ethics of social work professionals; develops a point of view (theory and practice) of social work related to the structure of our society and the worth of the individual. Includes a strong “growth in self-awareness” component which is crucial in the social work field. (Spring)

SWK 270 Social Work Research Methods (3) Course specifically designed for social work students embedded with the CSWE Core Competencies. It illustrates the value of research within evidence-based agency practice, from the basics of research to practice evaluation.  Students will learn to connect abstract theory with practical applications, providing them with the skills necessary to become effective practitioners.  The course also introduces complex concepts such as qualitative, quantitative, and statistical methods; ethical issues in research; sampling and measurement in a manner students will find readily accessible.  Prerequisite:  M132.  (Spring)

 SWK 321 SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK (3) Course is required for the State of Tennessee School Social Work Licensure Program. This course is a concentration elective. The course covers the varied roles and functions of school social workers in their practice with diverse groups of students, families, school personnel, and diverse communities. It emphasizes best practices in assessing, intervening, and evaluating social work practice across all system level (i.e., students, families, teachers, classrooms, schools, neighborhoods, communities), and the importance of the political environment of the school and its impact on social work practice. It also covers best practices in school-based prevention programs as well as best practices in consultation and collaboration.

 SWK 331 SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE (3) Course explores family violence throughout the life course, from child abuse and neglect to intimate partner violence and elder abuse. The student will examine family violence as a social problem, as well as the costs and the myths that surround it. The course will pay special attention to the social character and institutional causes of family violence allowing students to consider how social inequality, especially gender inequality contributes to tensions and explosive tendencies in family settings. Students learn about individual preventative measures and question the justice of our current social structure, with implications for social policy and reorganization.

SWK 333 INTERVIEWING SKILLS & THE HELPING RELATIONSHIP (3) Orientation to knowledge, values, and listening and interviewing skills for entry level generalist practice in variety of settings. Provides student with a better understanding of self and others through role play and other interactional experiences. Includes a strong “growth in self-awareness” component. (Fall)

SWK 334 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AND ISSUES (3) Course examines the development, structure, and function of the social welfare institution. Analyzes social welfare programs and impact of the institution on society. Emphasizes a major function of social work practice, “contribution to the development and modification of social policy.” Policy has a profound impact on practice in terms of what and how much is available, who the recipients are, and the delivery of social welfare services. If ignored, decisions which impact practice and the social well-being of others can be rendered by those who are ill-informed. This course will place special emphasis on diversity issues in social work and social welfare, populations-at-risk, social and economic justice, and leadership development by social work students and social work practitioners. (Spring)

SWK 341 FAMILY SYSTEMS IN SOCIAL WORK (3) Family Systems explores the systemic approach to family therapy. Students will explore the context and history of family therapy, family systems, and the theories and techniques of systemic therapy, as well as those pioneers who were theorists in each field. A segment on the ethical practice of marital and family therapy is included. Prerequisite: SWK 333 or permission of the instructor.

 SWK 351 ISSUES IN AGING (3) Course will explore the human and social meanings behind longevity and the demographic shift from a nation of youths to one of adults. Recent changes in the field of gerontology addressed; the dramatic effect of advances in science and technology on our story of human aging. Social Work students will explore the impact of these changes in regards to their career goals in the field of human services.

 SWK 361 SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS (3) A survey course that explores the range of behaviors that constitutes addiction. Topics will include use and abuse of psychoactive drugs, sports drugs, sexual addiction, addictive gambling behaviors, obsessive eating behaviors, along with internet, and other technology associated with obsessions. Overview will include historical and present social basis of addiction, the addictive process, screening & assessment, and current treatment perspectives.

SWK 434 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I: INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES (3) This course builds on knowledge and techniques introduced in SWK 333, preparing students for careers or graduate study in counseling or other helping professions; participants engage in role play, taped counseling sessions, and group learning experiences; students gain knowledge of their own personality and behavioral predispositions, and evaluate how these may influence relations with others. Prerequisites: SWK 231, SWK 333. (Spring)

SWK 435 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II: MENTAL HEALTH (3) This course builds on knowledge and techniques introduced in SWK 333, preparing students for careers or graduate study in counseling or other helping professions; participants engage in role play, taped counseling sessions, and group learning experiences; students gain knowledge of their own personality and behavioral predispositions, and evaluate how these may influence relations with others. Prerequisites: SWK 231, SWK 333. (Fall)

SWK 436 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III: COMMUNITY PRACTICE (3) Community practice is presented from a generalist social work perspective. Material presented throughout this course emphasizes micro and macro approaches to social work with groups and communities. Course work includes exploration into conducting needs assessments; planning for group work; treatment and organization theories and intervention techniques for work with groups; group leadership, identification of group dynamics and community diversity; and ethical considerations. The dynamics of grassroots organizations will be examined and a grant writing component will be included. (Spring)

SWK 441 ETHICS AND CLIENT RIGHTS (3) Course is designed to help students deal with professional and ethical issues that most affect the actual practice of counseling and related helping professions. Areas of focus include issues in multicultural counseling, informed consent and client rights, guidelines for working with special populations, and implications of the AIDS crisis for clinical practice. Designed to teach a process of ethical decision-making and to increase awareness of the complexities in practice. Prerequisite: SWK 333. (Fall)

 SWK 451 GROUP COUNSELING PROCESS (3) In order for Social Work and Behavioral Science majors to better understand and gain empathy for future clients, the student will attend their three free counseling sessions provided by TN Wesleyan at the Family Center. This experience, including on-going in-class psycho-educational group sessions will allow each student to process the experiences of individual and group counseling. The remainder of the class will cover basic issues and key concepts of group process and show how group leaders can apply those concepts in working with a variety of groups. This will further be accomplished through class discussions, video presentations, guest speakers and group session “hands on” experiences: “what would you do” scenarios. (Spring, Senior Year)

SWK 460 FIELD PRACTICUM I (5) A specialized, practical, service learning experience (200 hours) through field placement in a social service agency. Prerequisite: SWK 434.  (Fall)

 SWK 461 FIELD PRACTICUM SEMINAR I (1) Field Practicum Seminar students will participate in frequent review and evaluation of the activities in the social work setting. Prerequisite: SWK 434. (Fall)

 SWK 462 FIELD PRACTICUM II (5) Field Practicum II consists of a specialized, practical, service learning experience (200 hours) through field placement in a social service agency. Prerequisite:  SWK 434.  (Spring)

SWK 463 FIELD PRACTICUM SEMINAR II (1) Field Practicum Seminar requires students to participate in frequent review and evaluation of the activities in the work setting. Prerequisite:  SWK434. (Spring)

 SWK 471 CHILD WELFARE I (3) A study of the child welfare system that examines history, policies and programs, both state and federal, pertinent to child maltreatment and juvenile justice.

 SWK 472 CHILD WELFARE II (3) Course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of students interested in child welfare and subsequently improve the quality of services delivered by child welfare programs. Topics covered will include building trusting relationships with families; conducting family-centered assessments and planning; conducting family centered CPS investigations; permanence; and juvenile justice.