Social Work courses

SW 310: Introduction to Social Work

Provides students with an introduction to the history, mission, values and ethics, practice settings, and knowledge base of the social work profession. Emphasizes social work practice skills with diverse individuals, families, and populations at risk. (Offered every semester.) (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

SW 405: Social Work Practice

This course presents an ecological, strength-based perspective to the problem-solving process. It emphasizes the need for cultural sensitivity in social work. The models, theories, and process learned in this course serve as the foundation for generalist social work practice. The course teaches interviewing skills including client engagement, assessment, goal-setting, contracting, intervention, evaluation, and termination with individuals, families and groups. (Prereq: SW 310: Introduction to Social Work (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SW 415: Social Work with Children, Youth and Families

This undergraduate elective is an overview of early childhood disorders, child maltreatment, and the public child welfare system, especially case management, treatment planning, and case monitoring. It will also cover family systems and supports, and common settings for social workers specializing in practice with children, youth, and families. It emphasizes the skills of engagement, assessment, and intervention using a strengths perspective. (Prereq: SW 310: Introduction to Social Work (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SW 425: Social Welfare Policy

Introduces undergraduate students to social policy development in the United States and to policy analysis. It is specifically designed to strengthen students' recognition of social, political, and economic forces that shape social welfare policy, how policy affects people's lives, and ways to influence it. The course covers basic concepts, theories, and critiques social welfare policies relevant to generalist social work practice. (Prereq: SW 310: Introduction to Social Work (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SW 435: Introduction to Substance Use Disorders

This course is designed to introduce the field of substance use disorders to social workers. It will provide specific information recommended by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) including moderation and non 12-Step interventions. This course will also include an overview of the policy and practice issues related to working with substance users and evidence-based interventions to assist families. A strengths-based recovery perspective is emphasized. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: SW 310: Introduction to Social Work (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SW 455: Social Work with Older Adults

Overview of the impact of aging, using the biopsychosocial-spiritual, ecological, and strengths perspectives. Federal, state, and local programs, services, and social policies are reviewed. Generalist practice models are introduced for working with older adults and their families, with a focus on empowerment. The roles of bachelor-level social workers and career opportunities are examined. (Prereq: SW 310: Introduction to Social Work (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

SW 495: Special Topics

Explores a particular topic in social work. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (Offered every semester) (Credit/ No Credit Available)

Units: 1 — 4

SW 497: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

SW 501: Diversity & Social Justice

This course will explore the historical context of diversity and oppression, models and process of group and intergroup relations, and cultural variables significant to ethnic, racial, and minority populations. It will also explore the role of social workers as border-crosser, cultural learner, and change agent. There will be opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue, critical reflection and skills development. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Restricted to MSW Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 510: Foundations of Social Work

Addresses the history, mission, values and service delivery system of the social work profession. It will provide a framework for generalist practice that emphasizes strengths and person-in-the-environment perspectives, an empowerment approach, and the NASW Code of Ethics. The course will also explore various fields of practice in the social work profession, emphasizing knowledge and skills for effective practice and the development of professional identity. (Credit/No Credit Available) (Restricted to MSW Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 520: Generalist Practice: Individuals and Families

This foundation generalist practice course prepares students for direct services work with individuals and families through an introduction to strengths-based assessments and effective, evidence-informed interventions using a cross-cultural perspective. The course emphasizes interviewing, assessment, case planning, and case management skills, and knowledge of theoretical frameworks as they apply to individuals and families. May be offered as a classroom or hybrid-based course. [(Coreq: SW 596: Field Practicum I (3 units)) and (Restricted to MSW Majors)]

Units: 3 — 3

SW 530: Generalist Practice: Groups

This foundation generalist practice course prepares students for direct practice with groups through an introduction to strengths-based assessment and effective, evidence-informed intervention using a cross-cultural perspective. It prepares students to understand group dynamics and formation by learning and applying various theoretical frameworks to group work. It is highly experiential with opportunities to facilitate groups in class. May be offered as a classroom or hybrid-based course     (Coreq: SW 598: Field Practicum II (3 units)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 531: Generalist Practice: Community and Policy Practice

This foundation generalist practice course introduces students to tools and strategies for agency and community engagement, community organizing, and understanding social justice theory as it is practiced in the community and organizations in which social workers serve. It develops students¿ capacities to critically engage in reflection in order to address oppression and utilize the concept of social justice to alleviate human suffering.  May be offered as a classroom or hybrid-based course. (Prereq: SW 501: Diversity & Social Justice (3 units) and Master's in Social Work Majors only)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 540: Cross-Cultural Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

This graduate foundation course emphasizes the development, resilience, behavioral assessment, and functioning of persons and families across the life span from a cross-cultural perspective utilizing eco-systems theory. Special topics of family acculturation, immigration, generational conflicts, gender, ability, poverty, and human sexuality will be explored using an anti-oppressive framework. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. (Restricted to MSW Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 550: Social Work Research

This graduate course is an introduction to social work research, emphasizing the importance of using critical thinking skills in the research process. It will cover all of the steps, including planning, selecting a research design, reviewing the literature, and techniques for collecting, organizing, and interpreting data. Computer applications will be utilized to illustrate how to analyze data. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online. (Prereq: Restricted to MSW Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 551: Data Analysis

Course content will cover techniques of quantitative and qualitative data analysis; interpreting and using statistics to improve social work practice; probability theory and hypothesis testing, descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Diversity-sensitive research and ethical issues will be imbedded and discussed in relation to social work research. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: SW 550: Social Work Research (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 560: Community Research Methods

This graduate foundation research course utilizes scientific inquiry methods to conduct a community assessment. This course emphasizes the importance of cultural and diversity awareness in community collaboration. Community assessment tools include archival records searching, use of existing databases, Geographic Information Systems, focus groups, and survey methods. Service/program development and evaluation plans will be developed. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. [Prereq: SW 550: Social Work Research (3 units) and (Restricted to MSW Majors)]

Units: 3 — 3

SW 561: Leadership & Administration

This graduate elective covers the theories and models of administration, cross-system collaboration, ethical leadership as they apply to supervisory and management roles in human services. It explores the role of community stakeholders as advocates of social policy initiatives and collaborative policy activities. Students assume advocacy and leadership roles with community stakeholders. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: SW 540: Cross-Cultural Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 562: Social Work with Latino Families

The elective graduate course provides a comprehensive Latino practice model and reviews promising practices for working with Latino families across generational cultural values, psychosocial and health challenges. It emphasizes effective engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation for this diverse ethnic group. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: SW 540: Cross-Cultural Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 563: Advanced Conflict Resolution

This graduate course focuses on the skills of conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation, and advocacy in interpersonal and inter-organizational settings. These skills are needed to provide collaborative leadership in promoting changes in the service delivery system and to improve quality of service. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. (Credit/No Credit available) (Prereq: SW 540: Cross-Cultural Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 564: Trauma-Informed Practice

This graduate elective course is designed to enhance practitioners' empathic understanding of the nature of a traumatic experience from the child's perspective, and how traumatic experiences and their aftermath may influence the person's life. This focus on the impact of trauma on the child and family provides a foundation for assessment, crisis intervention, and intervention planning leading to the provision of effective, tailored services that reflect the client's unique needs and strengths. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: SW 540: Cross-Cultural Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 565: School Social Work

This elective graduate course focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to resolving school-related problems, and on social workers as facilitators and advocates in aiding students, families, schools, and communities to achieve educational goals. It focuses on the history, policies, theories and skills needed to provide services within the environment of the local educational agency. School is viewed as a social institution within its societal context. Required for PPS credential in Social Work. (Credit/ No Credit Available) (Prereq: SW 540: Cross-Cultural Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 566: Crafting a Grant Proposal

Provides an introduction to the process of securing grant funding for public and nonprofit organizations. Students will develop knowledge and skill in the areas of: qualifying prospective grantors and evaluation requests for proposals, developing letters of intent, and preparing key components of a successful funding application. Topics will also include fundraising as relationship building, using logic models, and creating program sustainability. (Credit/No Credit Available) [Prereq: SW 540: Cross-Cultural Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 units) and (Restricted to MSW Majors or other graduate program)]

Units: 3 — 3

SW 570: Social Policy and Analysis

This graduate foundation course reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the social policy analytical models and frameworks, particularly in light of population diversity. Selected social welfare policy areas are examined to illustrate the policy formation process, the legislative process, the challenges of policy implementation, directions for new policies/programs, and advocacy/action plans. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. (Restricted to MSW Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 595: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in the major. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

SW 596: Field Practicum I

This graduate foundation field course emphasizes the development of professional identity and conduct, professional values and ethics, and the skills of client engagement. In addition to classroom sessions, students will participate in an internship at an agency site approved by the MSW program. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. [(Coreq: SW 520: Generalist Practice: Individuals and Families (3 units) or SW 530: Generalist Practice: Groups (3 units)) and (Restricted to MSW Majors)]

Units: 3 — 3

SW 597: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

SW 598: Field Practicum II

This graduate foundation field course emphasizes cultural competence, advocacy, and practice evaluation skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. [(Coreq: SW 520: Generalist Practice: Individuals and Families (3 units) or SW 530: Generalist Practice: Groups (3 units)) and (Restricted to MSW Majors)]

Units: 3 — 3

SW 600: Applied Social Work Research Project I

Part 1 of the research project guides students thru the process of designing and conducting an independent study that responds to a social work practice or policy problem. Students will identify a research question, select a research strategy, develop their recruitment and research tools with accompanying protocols. The final assignment will be the submission of a human subjects application by the end of the term. (Prereq: SW 550: Social Work Research (3 units) and SW 551: Data Analysis (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 601: Applied Social Work Research Project II

Part 2 of the research project will focus on study implementation, data collection and analysis. Students will be expected to prepare monthly reports demonstrating their use of fidelity measures and protocols and data analysis techniques. Findings will be presented thru a presentation and final report with a plan to disseminate the results to community partners. (Prereq: SW 600: Applied Social Work Research Project I (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 610: Intro to Behavioral Health

This advanced elective course introduces content about client populations, social policy, and practice in the area of Behavioral Health. This course will emphasize the policies, programs, and services related to behavioral health as well as evidence-informed interventions and skills for effective practice. Special topics include the etiology of mental illness, dual diagnosis clients, consumer participation, and culturally relevant services. Required for CalSWEC MH & MHSA students. (Prereq: SW 541)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 611: Intro to Children, Youth, & Families

This advanced elective course introduces content about client populations, social policy, and practice in the area of children, youth, and families. This course will emphasize the policies, programs, and services related to child welfare as well as evidence-informed interventions and skills for effective practice. Special topics include child development, parenting practices, legal and ethical mandated reporting, and culturally relevant services. Required for CalSWEC IV-E students. (Prereq: SW 541)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 612: Gerontological Social Work

This advanced elective course provides students with an overview of gerontological social work with emphasis on principle of practice, application of research, and the formulation of policies as they relate to older adults. It defines the role of the social worker from a gerontological perspective. Students will be introduced to special populations that are most vulnerable as they age, including women and people of color, the disabled, and sexual minorities. Required for CalSWEC Aging students. (Prereq: SW 541)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 620: Advanced Generalist Practice: Engagement and Assessment

This advanced practice course focuses on culturally sensitive clinical assessment, risk assessment, and diagnosis; case planning with the goals of motivational engagement; and working with diverse, non-voluntary clients. May be offered as a classroom or hybrid-based course. [(Prereq: (SW 520: Generalist Practice: Individuals and Families (3 units) and SW 530: Generalist Practice: Groups (3 units) and SW 531: Generalist Practice: Community and Policy Practice (3 units)) and Restricted to MSW majors)]

Units: 3 — 3

SW 630: Advanced Generalist Practice: Intervention and Evaluation

This advanced practice course builds on the theory and techniques of SW 620: Advanced Generalist Practice: Engagement and Assessment (3 units) with emphases on application and evaluation of effective intervention strategies with diverse clients in a wide range of settings. Case scenarios will be used intensively. May be offered as a classroom or hybrid-based course.   [(Prereq: (SW 520: Generalist Practice: Individuals and Families (3 units) and SW 530: Generalist Practice: Groups (3 units) and SW 531: Generalist Practice: Community and Policy Practice (3 units)) and Restricted to MSW majors)]

Units: 3 — 3

SW 660: Substance Abuse Intervention

This elective graduate course provides students with social work practice skills related to the area of substance abuse such as use, abuse, and dependency issues and their impacts on the individual, family and community systems. Students will learn effective engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies for addressing the consequences of substance abuse. (Prereq: SW 530: Generalist Practice: Groups (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 662: Advanced Family Therapy

This elective graduate course reviews family therapy models and contemporary issues in the family therapy field. Students integrate and apply therapy approaches to diverse populations who are experiencing a range of social problems. Students are expected to develop their own model of family-centered social work practice through seminar-style interactions and individualized and group application assignments. (Prereq: SW 541)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 663: Crisis Intervention

The elective graduate course covers theoretical and practical approaches to crisis intervention. It will advance student's knowledge of culturally competence practices and current evidence-based models on crisis intervention. Resiliency in survivors is presented as basis for interventions. (Prereq: SW 541)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 664: Advanced Psychotherapy

This elective graduate course surveys a range of treatment models supportive in behavioral health settings. Students explore and contrast treatment models and methods, examine assumptions in different theories, and strategies for managing resistances. Various approaches such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-oriented therapies will be covered. Client empowerment across the lifespan is highlighted. (Prereq: SW 541)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 666: Integrated Health Care

This graduate elective course introduces students to the direct practice of integrated health in primary care. Students will become knowledgeable of the roles of behavioral health providers working in primary care settings, theories and models of care, and cross-cultural issues. They will develop skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and practice evaluation. Students will develop competencies in engaging and supporting patients across a range of health conditions. (Prereq: SW 541)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 669: Veterans & Military Families

This advanced elective course surveys the many facets of working with veterans and military families including Military Culture and Language, Title 38, the structure and history of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veteran0BFs Health and Mental Health Issues, generational differences among veterans, VA Benefits and Eligibility, etc. Students will gain basic knowledge and skills essential for working with veterans and their families. (Prereq: SW 541)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 670: Social Policy & Advocacy

Building on the foundation content of SW 570: Social Policy and Analysis (3 units), this advanced course focuses on policy practice and advocacy. The effects of social policies on marginalized and vulnerable populations will be analyzed via goal versus policy outcomes. Students will learn the nature of the legislative policy-making process, coalition and interest groups, politics, lobbying, and advocacy skills and strategies. Participation in NASW Lobby Day is required. May be offered as classroom-based, hybrid or online course. (Prereq: SW 570: Social Policy and Analysis (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SW 696: Advanced Field Practicum I

This advanced field seminar introduces students to social work practice with selected populations. It facilitates the integration of cross-cultural knowledge and skills in a selected area of practice. The seminar emphasizes prevention and intervention strategies to enhance client capacities as well as advancing skills in crisis intervention. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. (Restricted to MSW Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

SW 698: Advanced Field Practicum II

This advanced field seminar continues to facilitate the integration of cross-cultural knowledge and practice in a specialized area. The seminar emphasizes continued skill building in intervention and intervention strategies to enhance client capacities as well as advancing skills in crisis intervention. May be offered as classroom based, hybrid or online course. [(Prereq: SW 696: Advanced Field Practicum I (3 units)) and (Restricted to MSW Majors Only)]

Units: 3 — 3