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Master of Social Work

Introduction | Specializations
CALSWEC MSW Program | Master of Social Work
Master of Social Work Courses
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PROGRAM DIRECTOR
David Cherin

PROGRAM OFFICE
Education Classroom 405

PROGRAM WEBSITE
http://hhd.fullerton.edu/MSW

PROGRAM OFFERED
Master of Social Work

PROGRAM COUNCIL
Sean Hogan (Human Services)
Mikyong Kim-Goh (Chair, Human Services)
Susan Larsen (Human Services)
Trent Nguyen (Human Services)
Dennis Berg (Sociology)
Rebekah Smart (Counseling)
Sora Tanjasiri (Health Science)

INTRODUCTION
The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is to educate committed professionals for direct social work practice with vulnerable children and families, and underserved severely mentally ill individuals and groups with special sensitivity to the multicultural populations of Orange County and nearby Southern California regions. The program’s mission also includes a commitment to develop competent and accountable social workers who will contribute to the generation of practice knowledge and to provide leadership in addressing social problems and inequitable social policies affecting individuals, families and communities. This mission is consistent with the purposes of the social work profession as defined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The MSW program emphasizes ecological and open systems perspectives that focus on the fit and interactions of a person or family within a variety of dynamic social and economic systems. Effective social work practice is seen as a change-oriented process that seeks to improve the quality of life of clients, ensures equitable access to opportunities and resources, supports social participation and advocates for fairness within a multicultural context. The MSW curriculum helps students gain professional knowledge, values and skills in social work methods and the techniques required to undertake quality practice along the full spectrum of professional tasks. These expectations are accomplished through the integration of the knowledge and theories in the classroom, combined with supervised practical experience in a variety of social service settings. In addition, students are prepared for advanced, specialized direct practice in concentrations representing Child Welfare and Community Mental Health.

The MSW program is designed to address the growing need for social workers to work with individuals, families, groups and organizations in public and non-profit social service agencies. The goals of the MSW program include:

1) Preparing social work students to take leadership roles in public social service organizations charged with responding to societal problems such as poverty, family instability, mental illness, and child abuse;

2) Preparing students to enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by teaching strategies to involve targeted populations in accomplishing goals, developing resources, and preventing and alleviating distress;

3) Preparing social work students to be change agents and to work effectively in increasingly complex, culturally and racially diverse communities;

4) Preparing social work students to understand the impact of racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression in creating and maintaining barriers to effective participation in American society;

5) Preparing social work students to understand the relationship of the economic, political and social system to the maintenance of poverty and oppression in American society;

6) Preparing students to develop and use research, knowledge, and skills that advance social work practice.

Social workers are employed in varied settings, such as social services agencies and community-based organizations, including health and mental health agencies, child welfare agencies, and family services agencies and organizations, as well as in other sectors such as government, corrections, aging services, recreation, and industry. They work in many job classifications: direct service, community organization, supervision, consultation, management, administration, education and training, policy analysis and research.

The MSW program is progressing towards full accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Accreditation, 1725 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone number: 703-683-8080).

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SPECIALIZATIONS
The Master of Social Work degree offers opportunity for study in two substantive areas of specialization: Child Welfare and Community Mental Health. The specializations reflect two of the major areas of social concern and programs in our society. Child neglect and abuse, poverty, family violence, drugs, and gangs illustrate the tremendous need for services to children and their families. The Community Mental Health specialization responds to the issues of chronic mental illness, behavioral problems, substance abuse, and the homeless mentally ill. Professional social workers play a vital role in ensuring that services are available to support many in these vulnerable populations in our region.

Child Welfare Specialization (CW)
The Children Welfare (CW) specialization prepares students for practice in a variety of settings including child welfare/protective services, health care, mental health, public social services, schools, community-based outpatient agencies, corrections/juvenile justice, residential treatment, programs for persons with developmental disabilities, domestic violence shelters and other specialized programs.

Required Courses for CW Specialization

MSW 503 Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior III (3)
MSW 512 Child Welfare: Advanced Practice I (3)
MSW 513 Child Welfare: Advanced Practice II (3)
MSW 522 Child Welfare Policy and Social Work (3)
MSW 531 Applied Social Work Research Methods II (3)
*MSW 542 Advanced Social Work Field Instruction I (3)
*MSW 543 Advanced Social Work Field Instruction II (3)
MSW 560 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work (3)
MSW 597 Master’s Project (3)

One Elective

*Fieldwork placement in a child welfare agency.

Community Mental Health Specialization (CMH)
The Community Mental Health (CMH) specialization prepares students for practice in a variety of mental health settings including psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment, county mental health clinics, correctional institutions, substance abuse treatment and other specialized programs.

Required Courses For CMH Specialization

MSW 503 Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior III (3)
MSW 514 Community Mental Health: Advanced Practice I (3)
MSW 515 Community Mental Health: Advanced Practice II (3)
MSW 523 Mental Health Policy and Social Work (3)
MSW 531 Applied Social Work Research Methods II (3)
*MSW 542 Advanced Social Work Field Instruction I (3)
*MSW 543 Advanced Social Work Field Instruction II (3)
MSW 560 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work (3)
MSW 597 Master’s Project (3)

One Elective

*Fieldwork placement in a community mental health agency.

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CALSWEC MSW PROGRAM
The MSW Program at CSUF is currently in the process of establishing eligibility for the CalSWEC Title IV - E training funds.

California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) is a unique partnership between social work education and the publicly supported child welfare structure. The mission and goals of the CalSWEC program is to re-professionalize public child welfare. CalSWEC provides financial support to MSW students in exchange for a commitment to work in a public child welfare agency for a minimum of one year for every year of support received. The intent of the program is to strengthen and enhance the quality of practice by professionally trained and educated public child welfare social workers. Priority is given to applicants representing diverse population groups currently served by child welfare agencies in California. Fluency in a high demand language is also given priority. Years of service and other child welfare experience also weighs significantly into the selection process. Students in the program must be U.S. citizens or have a permanent visa.

The IV-E stipends provide for two (2) years of support for students enrolled in the MSW program. The student signs a contract to secure full-time employment in a public child welfare agency for two (2) years (one year of employment for each year of support) but is expected to remain in public child welfare employment for longer than this minimum period. Once accepted into the program, students must undergo pre-screening for county employment, including fingerprinting and participation in the criminal clearance process.

With the passage of the Mental Health Services Act, a parallel training stipend program was established in California for MSW students who specialize in mental health. Similar to the child welfare training, the Mental Health Initiative, also managed by CalSWEC, offers training stipends for two (2) years of support for students enrolled in the MSW program in exchange for a commitment to work in a public mental health agency for a minimum of one year for every year of support received.

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MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
Admission Requirements
Minimum requirements for admission to conditionally classified standing in the program include the following:

  1. Commitment to a two-year, full-time cohort course of study for completion of the MSW.

  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree in good standing from an accredited institution of higher education.

  3. Have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter units or last 60 semester units as documented by official transcript(s) from all higher education institutions attended.

  4. Successful completion of 3-unit prerequisite or equivalent courses in: (1) social science research methods; (2) human development; (3) human biology or human anatomy and physiology; and (4) upper division expository writing.

  5. Evidence of language skills and/or cultural experiences appropriate to the diverse communities to be served.

  6. At least one year of paid or volunteer experience in a human service context or related area.

  7. Submission of a four-page personal statement self-assessment essay. Students must submit a written essay explaining why they would be good candidates for the program, including describing their experience and/or commitment to social work, evidence of personal qualifications, motivation and potential that shows promise of becoming a successful social worker.

  8. Submission of a one-page experience profile describing social work related experiences.

  9. Submission of three letters of reference from individuals who are familiar with the student’s academic work potential, level of maturity, and relevant experiences.

  10. Completion of an interview.

  11. Submission of two applications, one to the MSW Program Council and one to CSUF’s Graduate Admissions.

  12. For international students from countries where English is not the official language, a score of 575 on the paper exam, 230 on the computer based exam, or 89 on the Internet based TOEFL is required. A student scoring between 555-574 on the paper exam, 215-229 on the computer-based exam, or 83-88 on the Internet based TOEFL may be admitted conditionally depending upon an evaluation of the entire application file.
  13. Accessibility Issues: Special accommodations for disabled students will be made on an individual student, as-needed basis in compliance with the CSUF Catalog (online catalog at http://www.fullerton.edu/disabledservices/handbook/SupportiveServices.htm). Please contact the instructor and Program Coordinator.

Classification and Advancement to Candidacy
Advancement to classified standing and candidacy requires the student to maintain continued good academic standing in all coursework and field experiences. In the case of unsatisfactory academic performance, the Director of the program, with the approval of the MSW Program Council and the Office of Graduate Studies, shall recommend remediation or dismissal of a student.

Under special circumstances, a graduate student may be approved for a one-semester leave of absence or, with approval of the MSW Program Council, for a two-semester leave in extraordinary circumstances. For such consideration, the student must be in good academic standing. (See the “Graduate Regulations” section of this catalog for additional details concerning advancement to classified standing or candidacy.)

ADVISEMENT
Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned to a faculty adviser. Advisers provide academic assistance, help students develop official study plans, and monitor their progress throughout the duration of enrollment. Students should consult their adviser on a regular basis.

MSW CURRICULUM
The MSW at CSUF requires completion of 60 semester credit hours over two years of full time study. Foundation coursework is based on a generalist social work practice curriculum that prepares students for advanced academic work in one of two specialization options, Child Welfare or Community Mental Health. Students are exposed to lifespan perspectives that address life cycle issues and concepts from birth to old age. While the options are designed to allow students to focus on a particular population, it is expected that the student’s education will involve sufficient foundational content to allow him or her to transfer this knowledge to any population or service setting.

The program will emphasize a Direct Practice method concentration. This methodological approach is designed to prepare students for advanced practice and leadership roles in public and non-profit social services agencies and in voluntary agencies serving children, youth, and families and in those providing community mental health services to the chronically and seriously mentally ill.

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COURSE SEQUENCE
First Year Foundation Curriculum

MSW 501 Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior I (3)
MSW 502 Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior II (3)
MSW 510 Social Work Practice I (3)
MSW 511 Social Work Practice II (3)
MSW 520 Social Welfare Policy and Services I (3)
MSW 521 Social Welfare Policy and Services II (3)
MSW 530 Applied Social Work Research Methods I (3)
MSW 540 Social Work Field Instruction I (3)
MSW 541 Social Work Field Instruction II (3)
MSW 550 Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations (3)

Second Year Advanced Curriculum

Child Welfare Specialization
MSW 503 Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior III (3)
MSW 512 Child Welfare: Advanced Practice I (3)
MSW 513 Child Welfare: Advanced Practice II (3)
MSW 522 Child Welfare Policy and Social Work (3)
MSW 531 Applied Social Work Research Methods II (3)
MSW 542 Advanced Social Work Field Instruction I (3)
MSW 543 Advanced Social Work Field Instruction II (3)
MSW 560 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work (3)
MSW 597 Master’s Project (3)

One Elective - May choose one of the following:
MSW 561 Social Work Practice and the Law (3)
MSW 570 Social Work Practice in Substance Abuse Treatment (3)
COUN 522 Techniques of Brief Treatment and Assessment (3)
COUN 525 Psychopharmacology for Counselors (3)
COUN 535 Addictions Counseling (3)
HESC 520 Advanced Topics in Community Health (3)
PSYC 545 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
SOCI 503/GERO 503 Aging and Public Policy (3)

Community Mental Health Specialization
MSW 503 Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior III (3)
MSW 514 Community Mental Health: Advanced Practice I (3)
MSW 515 Community Mental Health: Advanced Practice II (3)
MSW 523 Mental Health Policy and Social Work (3)
MSW 531 Applied Social Work Research Methods II (3)
MSW 542 Advanced Social Work Field Instruction I (3)
MSW 543 Advanced Social Work Field Instruction II (3)
MSW 560 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work (3)
MSW 597 Master’s Project (3)

One Elective - May choose one of the following:
MSW 561 Social Work Practice and the Law (3)
MSW 570 Social Work Practice in Substance Abuse Treatment (3)
MSW 580 Social Practice with the Poor and the Homeless (3)
COUN 522 Techniques of Brief Treatment and Assessment (3)
COUN 525 Psychopharmacology for Counselors (3)
COUN 535 Addictions Counseling (3)
HESC 520 Advanced Topics in Community Health (3)
PSYC 545 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
SOCI 503/GERO 503 Aging and Public Policy (3)

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SOCIAL WORK COURSES
Courses are designated as MSW in the class schedule.

MSW 501    Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior I

Description: Prerequisite: Admission to MSW program. Overview of ecological systems theory used in the social work profession for clinical and policy-oriented assessments of human functioning and needs during infancy, childhood and adolescence. Emphasis is on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and the social environment.???
Units: (3)

MSW 502    Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior II

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 501. Overview of ecological model used in the social work profession for clinical and policy oriented assessments of human functioning and needs from young adulthood through old age. Emphasis is on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and the social environment.
Units: (3)

MSW 503    Social Work Perspectives on Human Behavior III

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 502. Advanced social work theory and application regarding development of human psychopathology across the life span, including understanding and diagnosing dysfunctional behaviors with the DSM-IV TR.
Units: (3)

MSW 510    Social Work Practice I

Description: Prerequisite: Admission to MSW program. Critical analysis and examination of social work roles and integration of those roles within a person-environment perspective. Focuses on an integrative framework combining direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities with a commitment to organizational and social change.
Units: (3)

MSW 511    Social Work Practice II

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 510. Further deepens students’ knowledge and skills essential for social work practice, including individual, family, group, community and organizational interventions. Focus on cultural responsiveness, commitment to professional competence and ethics, interprofessional development, social and economics justice and client empowerment.
Units: (3)

MSW 512    Child Welfare: Advanced Practice I

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 511. Designed for students preparing for careers in public child welfare. Examines continuum of services, impact of chemical dependency and domestic violence, intervention models, and the practice of social work within the legal context of the dependency court.
Units: (3)

MSW 513    Child Welfare: Advanced Practice II

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 512. Integration of theory and practice pertaining to social workers’ roles in child welfare settings. Application of direct intervention models and development of advanced specialized skills for addressing the behavioral, emotional and situational problems of children and families.
Units: (3)

MSW 514    Community Mental Health: Advanced Practice I

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 511. Application of theory and practice with diverse populations utilizing a multicultural framework and case materials to analyze treatment issues and empowerment strategies in community mental health. Emphasis on individual, family and group strategies.
Units: (3)

MSW 515    Community Mental Health: Advanced Practice II

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 514. Analysis of the psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery as the dominant treatment model in contemporary community mental health programs.Focus on the use of psychoeducation to address chronic mental illness, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and family violence.
Units: (3)

MSW 520    Social Welfare Policy and Services I

Description: Prerequisite: Admission to MSW program. Comprehensive overview of the history of social welfare and the social work profession, the evolution of social work values and ethics, and a broad array of U.S. social welfare services including income maintenance, health care, mental health, and child welfare.
Units: (3)

MSW 521    Social Welfare Policy and Services II

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 520. Course builds policy practice knowledge, skills, advocacy strategies, values and ethics regarding the political processes underlying social welfare policy development and practice. Course also examines diverse methods of policy analysis and addresses policy issues that are important to multicultural populations. Fulfills Graduate Writing Requirement.
Units: (3)

MSW 522    Child Welfare Policy and Social Work

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 521. Students examine and analyze the conceptual and pragmatic underpinnings of federal, state, and local policies as well as specific laws and regulations influencing social work practice with children, youth, and their caregivers.
Units: (3)

MSW 523    Mental Health Policy and Social Work

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 521. Overview of social welfare policy issues in the understanding and treatment of mental disorders at the national, state and local levels. Focus on major factors influencing the provision of mental health services such as managed care.
Units: (3)

MSW 530    Applied Social Work Research Methods I

Description: Prerequisite: Admission to MSW program. Evaluation, appraisal, and application of the concepts, design, and process of applied research in social work, focusing on foundation skills in conducting empirical research within the context of theory, literature review, research design and measurement, research ethics, and professional practice.
Units: (3)

MSW 531    Applied Social Work Research Methods II

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 530. Application of research concepts and principles to the actual conduct of studies addressing questions relevant to direct practice with individuals, families, and groups. The course prepares students for active roles in social work practice and program evaluation.
Units: (3)

MSW 540    Social Work Field Instruction I

Description: Prerequisite: Admission to MSW program. Fieldwork experience in a social services agency under the supervision of professional social workers. Course introduces students to the range of professional roles, social services infrastructure and policies, professional ethical standards, case management principles, and social work intervention modalities.
Units: (3)

MSW 541    Social Work Field Instruction II

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 540. Continued and advanced supervised social work practice experience in a community agency utilizing direct social service practice skills. Greater in-depth focus on collaborative client case management to prepare students for professional employment with emphasis on effective practice with diverse populations.
Units: (3)

MSW 542    Advanced Social Work Field Instruction I

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 541. Advanced supervised social work practice in a community agency with focus on the range of professional social work roles in child welfare or community mental health settings. Requires 2 hrs/wk seminar and 20 hrs/wk agency placement.
Units: (3)

MSW 543    Advanced Social Work Field Instruction II

Description: Prerequisite: MSW 542. Continuation and intensification of supervised social work practice in a community agency with focus on advanced practice skills in community mental health or child welfare settings. Requires 2 hrs/wk. seminar and 20 hrs/wk agency placement.
Units: (3)

MSW 550    Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations

Description: Prerequisites: Admission to MSW program. Prepares future social workers to examine social work case management issues related to disadvantaged client groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability status. Focus is on ecological diversity-sensitive practice, advocacy, and empowerment of vulnerable clients.
Units: (3)

MSW 560    Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work

Description: Analysis of ethical and legal standards as related to critical social work issues such as ethical decision-making, informed consent, confidentiality limits, child and elder abuse reporting, harm to self and others, intimate partner violence laws and professional code of ethics.
Units: (3)

MSW 561    Social Work Practice and the Law

Description: Survey of major legal issues, policies, and resources relevant to social workers. Focus on issues such as abortion, adoption, child custody, right to treatment, mental health commitment procedures, children’s rights, rights of the elderly, marriage and divorce.
Units: (3)

MSW 570    Social Work Practice in Substance Abuse Treatment

Description: Theories and methods in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse disorders focusing on the role of social workers in the prevention/intervention of substance abusers and their families. Emphases on dual diagnoses, prenatal drug/alcohol exposure and challenges for special group.
Units: (3)

MSW 580    Social Work Practice with the Poor and the Homeless

Description: Analysis of homelessness in the context of social responsibility for the poor. Focus on legal, social, and economic context of homelessness; examines the diversity of the homeless, their special needs and behaviors and assesses systems of care and treatment.
Units: (3)

MSW 597    Master’s Project

Description: Under the direction and approval of a faculty advisor, a student selects and develops a project that integrates knowledge of cross-cultural practice, human behavior and research in the context of identifying solutions to social problems.
Units: (3)

 

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