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Advanced Standing Master of Social Work, MSW

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Fran Gomory
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The FSU College of Social Work offers an accredited Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) degree online, the first program of its kind in the country. The goal of the master's program in Social Work is to provide quality preparation for advanced practitioners who will work with diverse client systems and problems. If you have completed and undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and live in a geographical area that is served by the program you may apply for the MSW, Online Advanced Standing Program.

Visit the official MSW website for additional information.

Accreditation

Accredited through SACS and the Council on Social Work Education

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Students must reside in one of the program's coverage areas. The advanced clinical field placement can be completed over two semesters in a part-time format in the student's area of residence.

Time to Completion

It is recommended that students take 2 courses for a total of 6 credit hours each semester. This allows most students to finish in six semesters (2 years).

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • SOW5125 Psychopathology in Clinical Practice (3)
    This course provides an overview of mental health assessment and diagnostic tools, including the Diagnostic Statistical Manual categories, and touches on treatment strategies and techniques. Building on the knowledge base acquired in the foundation course, SOW 5105, this course examines the relationship between the biological, psychological, social, environmental, and cultural influences and emotional and mental health from an ecological context. Particular attention is given to variations in the assessment process and access to treatment for populations at social and economic risk. In addition, students examine the political and social implications of mental health and their relations to social work values and ethics.
  • SOW5367 Theories and Practice of Crisis Intervention (3)
    This course introduces students to the theoretical foundations and practice models of crisis intervention and other forms of brief treatment.
  • SOW5369 Integrative Seminar in Advanced Social Work Practice (3)
    This course integrates theoretical models and concepts with practice gained in internships. The course utilizes an ecosystems perspective, focusing on the dynamic interaction between the individual, family, communities, organizations, and other social systems. A major focus is on the social worker's role in responding effectively to the challenges of working with these systems, and exploring their own personal views of such issues as ethics, gender, ethnic minorities, gays, lesbians, and disabled people.
  • SOW5432 Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3)
    In this course, major emphasis is given to the use of single systems designs in client assessment and evaluation. Students consider the philosophical and ethical aspects of an evaluative approach to treatment and examine the policy implications of professional participation (or lack thereof) in evaluation processes. Topics include the operational "diagnosis" of client problems, measurement and monitoring of symptoms, goals, and interventions, and analysis, interpretation, and reporting of case material for accountable social work practice. Issues of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability are also explored through application of course content to appropriate case examples.
  • SOW5535 Graduate Field Instruction II (6 to 12)
    This course is required for advanced graduate students and taken concurrently with Advanced Seminar in Social Work Practice. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

Total Credit Hours

39

Prerequisites

Students must have earned a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution or be interested in transferring from a two-year Traditional CSWE accredited MSW program and have completed their first year of studies to include a generalist field placement in addition to living in a geographical area that is served by the program.

Application Procedures

One official copy of your transcripts from each undergraduate and/or graduate school you have attended, official GRE scores, your application, personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation, a copy of your final field evaluation, and the petition for exceptional consideration (if applicable) must be submitted to the College of Social Work. Visit the College's website to complete the online application. Application deadlines are May first for Fall and October first for Spring.

Program Requirements

All course work must be completed within four years of starting the program. A GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • SOW5125 Psychopathology in Clinical Practice (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides an overview of mental health assessment and diagnostic tools, including the Diagnostic Statistical Manual categories, and touches on treatment strategies and techniques. Building on the knowledge base acquired in the foundation course, SOW 5105, this course examines the relationship between the biological, psychological, social, environmental, and cultural influences and emotional and mental health from an ecological context. Particular attention is given to variations in the assessment process and access to treatment for populations at social and economic risk. In addition, students examine the political and social implications of mental health and their relations to social work values and ethics.
  • SOW5369 Integrative Seminar in Advanced Social Work Practice (3)
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOW5535.
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course integrates theoretical models and concepts with practice gained in internships. The course utilizes an ecosystems perspective, focusing on the dynamic interaction between the individual, family, communities, organizations, and other social systems. A major focus is on the social worker's role in responding effectively to the challenges of working with these systems, and exploring their own personal views of such issues as ethics, gender, ethnic minorities, gays, lesbians, and disabled people.
  • SOW5432 Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3)
    Prerequisite: SOW5404. Coursework equivalent to SOW5404 may be acceptable.
    In this course, major emphasis is given to the use of single systems designs in client assessment and evaluation. Students consider the philosophical and ethical aspects of an evaluative approach to treatment and examine the policy implications of professional participation (or lack thereof) in evaluation processes. Topics include the operational "diagnosis" of client problems, measurement and monitoring of symptoms, goals, and interventions, and analysis, interpretation, and reporting of case material for accountable social work practice. Issues of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability are also explored through application of course content to appropriate case examples.
  • SOW5535 Graduate Field Instruction II (6 to 12)
    Prerequisite: SOW5369.
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is required for advanced graduate students and taken concurrently with Advanced Seminar in Social Work Practice. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.
  • SOW5603 Social Work in Health Settings (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course focuses on social work practice in health settings from a "person-in-environment" perspective, preparing students with an understanding of the roles that social workers play in health settings; the structure of health care delivery systems; organizational and professional ethics and standards; challenges we face in health care policy; patient issues and how to help address these issues. Specific knowledge and skills in a health care setting are addressed, including biopsychosocial assessments, chart documentation, treatment planning, and discharge planning.
  • SOW5646 Aging and Old Age: Social Work with the Aged (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course introduces students to the field of social gerontology and gerontological social work. Topics include the demography, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of aging; health-care and social policies that impact older persons, caregivers, and the aging network of services; ways in which forms of oppression (such as ageism, sexism, racism, ablebodyism, beautism, and homophobia) impact our work with older people; as well as ways to promote dignity, self-determination, and socio-economic justice for older persons.
  • SOW5659 Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides students with knowledge and skills related to the theory, research, and implications of child and adolescent maltreatment for child development and well-being. Course content is presented within the context of child welfare practice and social work with children and adolescents in public agencies and programs. Issues related to children, families, and communities are covered and attention is given to working with ethnic minorities, women, gays and lesbians, and persons with disabilities. Particular attention is given to federal and state child welfare statutes including Chapter 39, Florida statutes including the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the range of services provided by the Department of Children and Families and other agencies.
  • SOW5712 Chemical Dependency (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is designed to provide fundamental knowledge of the aspects of chemical dependency in American society. Students examine the etiology and epidemiology of substance abuse, treatment approaches, and major policies and programs relevant to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse through the use of readings, PowerPoint lectures, Web sites, and structured discussions. Special attention is given to substance use and abuse among specific populations including adolescents, older adults, women, racial and ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, and persons with disabilities. The effect of substance abuse on families, communities, and social systems is examined utilizing a systems approach.
  • SOW5807 Clinical Practice (3)
    This advanced practice course emphasizes development of clinical skills. Students refine their clinical skills, building on the research-based non-specific (common factors) components of therapeutic work (i.e., therapeutic alliance, empathy, goal consensus/collaboration, positive regard/affirmation, and genuineness) and specific factors (validated treatments). The course provides in-depth coverage of three empirically-based models: Solution Focused, Motivation Interviewing, and Interpersonal Therapy. Learning application of techniques informed by these models provides opportunities to enhance professional use of self. The course examines similarities and differences among models and allows students to discern appropriate use of techniques, client populations, settings, and problem interactions. Students develop competency in the ethical and strength-based use of these models.

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

  • SOW5125 Psychopathology in Clinical Practice (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides an overview of mental health assessment and diagnostic tools, including the Diagnostic Statistical Manual categories, and touches on treatment strategies and techniques. Building on the knowledge base acquired in the foundation course, SOW 5105, this course examines the relationship between the biological, psychological, social, environmental, and cultural influences and emotional and mental health from an ecological context. Particular attention is given to variations in the assessment process and access to treatment for populations at social and economic risk. In addition, students examine the political and social implications of mental health and their relations to social work values and ethics.
  • SOW5369 Integrative Seminar in Advanced Social Work Practice (3)
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOW5535.
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course integrates theoretical models and concepts with practice gained in internships. The course utilizes an ecosystems perspective, focusing on the dynamic interaction between the individual, family, communities, organizations, and other social systems. A major focus is on the social worker's role in responding effectively to the challenges of working with these systems, and exploring their own personal views of such issues as ethics, gender, ethnic minorities, gays, lesbians, and disabled people.
  • SOW5377 Personnel Administration in the Social Services (3)
    This course develops students' skills in personnel management in human service organizations to ensure effective service delivery to clients. Attention is given to staff management approaches, staff supervision, employee recruitment and retention, motivation, job design, staff development, and issues of diversity.
  • SOW5432 Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3)
    Prerequisite: SOW5404. Coursework equivalent to SOW5404 may be acceptable.
    In this course, major emphasis is given to the use of single systems designs in client assessment and evaluation. Students consider the philosophical and ethical aspects of an evaluative approach to treatment and examine the policy implications of professional participation (or lack thereof) in evaluation processes. Topics include the operational "diagnosis" of client problems, measurement and monitoring of symptoms, goals, and interventions, and analysis, interpretation, and reporting of case material for accountable social work practice. Issues of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability are also explored through application of course content to appropriate case examples.
  • SOW5455 Grant Writing and Grant Management (3)
    This course covers the basics of proposals: purpose statements, background and justification, aims or objectives, personnel, time line, methods, budget, evaluation, and how to effectively manage grants once they are funded. The needs of disenfranchised groups or communities are discussed in this course, along with the particulars of proposals that may be most effective in meeting such needs.
  • SOW5535 Graduate Field Instruction II (6 to 12)
    Prerequisite: SOW5369.
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is required for advanced graduate students and taken concurrently with Advanced Seminar in Social Work Practice. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.
  • SOW5603 Social Work in Health Settings (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course focuses on social work practice in health settings from a "person-in-environment" perspective, preparing students with an understanding of the roles that social workers play in health settings; the structure of health care delivery systems; organizational and professional ethics and standards; challenges we face in health care policy; patient issues and how to help address these issues. Specific knowledge and skills in a health care setting are addressed, including biopsychosocial assessments, chart documentation, treatment planning, and discharge planning.
  • SOW5648 Physical Aspects of Aging (3)
    This course covers age and health demographics, as well as attitudes toward aging and health. Topics include basic cellular or molecular theories of aging, how the human body's organ systems typically change over time, pathologies associated with aging, as well as psychological responses to normal and pathological changes.
  • SOW5656 Child Welfare Practice (3)
    This course is designed to provide a framework of values, knowledge, and skills necessary to practice with vulnerable children and their families. The major focus is on social work in public child welfare agencies and children's mental health agencies. The course utilizes an ecosystem perspective for understanding and assessing the special needs of at-risk children and families. Specific attention is on assessing families and children using the State of Florida's risk and safety assessment protocols and other family assessment instruments.
  • SOW5659 Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides students with knowledge and skills related to the theory, research, and implications of child and adolescent maltreatment for child development and well-being. Course content is presented within the context of child welfare practice and social work with children and adolescents in public agencies and programs. Issues related to children, families, and communities are covered and attention is given to working with ethnic minorities, women, gays and lesbians, and persons with disabilities. Particular attention is given to federal and state child welfare statutes including Chapter 39, Florida statutes including the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the range of services provided by the Department of Children and Families and other agencies.


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