Social Work 792

SOWK 792: Concentration Practicum and Seminar II

Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program in social work or permission of the instructor. SOWK 784 can be a prerequisite with a C or better or a co-requisite and SOWK 791 with a B or better.

Pre- or Corequisites: Completion of SOWK 791 with a B or better; SOWK 784 as a pre- or co-requisite

Credit Hours: (5)

This is the second concentration practicum experience of 300 hours accompanied by six class meetings designed to integrate the academic curriculum with the practicum experience.

Detailed Course Description

This second semester of a two semester concentration practicum and six required class meetings provides a forum in which the knowledge, skills, and values of professional social work practice, along with the concepts and theories which support community-based family practice (CBFP) are applied. The ecological, systems, empowerment, and social construction theories provide the frame for critical analysis, assessment, and practice evaluation. The skills and knowledge taught in SOWK 784 are applied through multiple environments and across the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Service delivery issues, agency/organizational dynamics, and practice skills are emphasized. The knowledge and skills for micro- and macro-practice with diverse populations are developed and applied, emphasizing the dismantling of oppression and applying methods which work toward social and economic justice for populations at risk. The seminar supports the exploration of ethical decision making grounded in social work values as a base for professional development. This is a practicum experience (300 hours per semester) in which electronic and/or face-to-face classes are embedded.

SOWK 792 (5 credits)

Semester = 300 hours in the field + 18 hours in seminar

(21-22 hours per week per 14 weeks)

Course Goals and Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1) Analyze, intervene, and evaluate, with a high degree of autonomy and proficiency;

2) Promote social and economic justice; to confront injustice and oppression; and to work to eliminate poverty and social problems with individuals, families, groups, and organizations, locally, nationally, and globally;

3) Demonstrate reciprocity in their practice, as a part of the ecological perspective, collaborating, communicating, and consulting at every level; joining with allies to confront oppression, engage in social change, and affect policy; practicing empowering, strengths-based multicultural practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities;

4) Critically evaluate and modify the quality of their own practice, analyzing their own values and those of the profession;

5) Apply advanced information technology to inform community based family practice;

6) Demonstrate skills in research design, analysis, and knowledge dissemination, and assume accountability for ethical practice.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will utilize practical experience and additionally may use but is not limited to: lectures, large and small class discussions, and small writing assignments as a means to learning. Please refer to your field manual for the specific format for field practicums.

Assessment Measures

Each student is expected to attend every seminar class (18 total hours) and complete the appropriate hours required for field practicum (300 hours total for the semester). A variety of methods used in the course of study which students complete may include, but are not limited to: a log of field experiences; discussion of field experiences; advocacy project and discussion; a presentation of a case study; an analysis of service agency/field practicum, and a write up and analysis of field experience (final).

Review and Approval

May 2, 2016