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MSSW Program Course Descriptions

MSSW Course Listings (as they appear in the UT Graduate Catalog.)

SOWK 500 - Thesis
1-15 Credit Hours
Grading Restriction: P/NP only.
Repeatability: May be repeated.
Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 502 - Registration for Use of Facilities
1-15 Credit Hours
Required for the student not otherwise registered during any semester when student uses university facilities and/or faculty time before degree is completed.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated.
Credit Restriction: May not be used toward degree requirements.
Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 509 - Graduate Seminar in Public Health
1 Credit Hours
(See Public Health 509.)

SOWK 510 - Social Work and Social Welfare Policies and Programs
3 Credit Hours
Will identify issues in social welfare policy and social service delivery at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice within the profession of social work. This includes neighborhood, local, state, national and international levels of policy practice. Will address methods which will expand the student's capacity to promote social, economic and environmental justice and access to services. Such areas of policy practice as policy analysis and advocacy will be discussed and simulated. The history of the social work profession's role in policy as well as ethical considerations will also be addressed.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 512 - Introduction to Macro Social Work Practice
2 Credit Hours
Will allow students to explore the social, economic, environmental, and political factors that impact society, particularly those groups who are negatively impacted by such societal forces. This knowledge will be applied to the practice of macro social work. Particularly, the essential skills of engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and termination while focused on strengths, capacities and resources of communities and organizations. Cultural competency and technological issues of concern within the macro practice environment will also be considered.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 513 - Lifespan and Neurophysiologic Development
4 Credit Hours
Theories, frameworks, and research that address culturally sensitive understanding of human development and behavior. Effects of risk/protective factors, culture, and other environmental effects, such as poverty, on developmental milestones. Includes neurophysiologic development across the lifespan, starting with early childhood; the profound influence of the environment on these processes; and implications for early prevention, treatment, policies, and services. Includes identification, assessment, and treatment of developmental delays and neurodevelopmental disorders. Processes critical to understanding human behavior and community risk and resilience for vulnerable populations are emphasized.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 519 - Social Work Research
3 Credit Hours
Social work practice-focused quantitative and qualitative research knowledge and skills. Includes critical evaluation of empirical literature and basic research methodology including construct operationalization; study design; selection, development, implementation, and evaluation of measures and instruments; and data management and analysis using statistical software.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 520 - Evidence-Based Practice
1 Credit Hour
Examines how to (1) convert information needs related to practice decisions into well-structured answerable questions; (2) efficiently locate the best evidence with which to answer such questions; (3) critically appraise such evidence; (4) apply results to practice and policy decisions; and (5) evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the application of such results to practice and policy decisions.
Comment(s): Admission to Advanced Standing program.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 522 - Introduction to Direct Social Work Practice
4 Credit Hours
Will introduce the student to the profession of social work, its history, ethical code and theories related to interpersonal practice. The course will allow students to compare and contrast evidence-based interventions and models of social work practice with clients/client systems in relation to their congruence with social work values, attention to all forms of diversity, evidence-bases and to engagement in practice-informed research. The course will address the essential skills of social work practice of engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation and termination. Students will identify personal biases and demonstrate the appropriate use of self, including self-care strategies, in social work practice with diverse populations.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 527 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
3 Credit Hours
Elective course. Focuses on empirically validated treatment approach, cognitive behavioral therapy. Will cover the theory, concepts, and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapies, with a particular emphasis on intervention methods that may be used by the social worker to help clients with specific problems or conditions.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 528 - Neurophysiology for Social Work Practice
1 Credit Hour
For Advanced Standing students. Covers the basis of neurophysiology. Students will explore the effects of genetics and epigenetics on human development and behavior; brain development and functioning; and physiological responses to stress and trauma. Particular focus is placed on understanding interactions between environment (including intra-uterine, cultural, and other environments) and physiological processes and how these topics relate to social work practice and all system levels.
Comment(s): Admission to Advanced Standing program.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 529 - Beyond Combat: Military Social Work Practice
3 Credit Hours
Elective course. Draws from research data that explore the effects of deployment and combat stress on the physical and mental health of active duty U.S. service members and their families. Modalities grounded in a synthesis of trauma, attachment and cognitive-behavioral theories include individual, couple/family, group and clinical case management approaches. Attention to issues of diversity, ethics and use of "professional self" will be included throughout all clinical case discussions. Clinical issues involve intimate partner violence, complex responses of PTSD, other anxiety disorders, depression/suicidality, substance abuse and traumatic brain injury. Managing secondary trauma and the role of transference/countertransference phenomena are central in all discussions. Priority is given to students who have worked with or who anticipate working with soldiers, veterans and their families. In order to include a global perspective, cultural relativity and universality of responses to traumatic events related to armed conflict and war are also highlighted.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 531 - Trauma Theory and Practice
3 Credit Hours
Will immerse students in knowledge and issues related to working ethically and effectively with child, adolescent, and adult victims of child maltreatment, interpersonal traumas, manmade/natural disasters, and other types of chronic stress and trauma. Embeds the student within a theoretical understanding of these traumas, their symptoms, and their evidence-based treatment. The primary mode for gaining such an understanding of these victims and how to work with them is through case examples supplemented with salient readings. Will pay particular attention to cultural status, including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability status, and others in understanding and working with traumatized victims and survivors within a strengths perspective. The information presented in this course is applicable to both EBIP and Organizational Leadership students.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 532 - Motivational Interviewing
3 Credit Hours
Theory and practice of planned short term, emergency, and crisis interventions. Provides an introduction to the evidence-based practice, motivational interviewing (MI). Learners will be introduced to application of MI to increasing motivation for substance use reduction, mental health service utilization, and other health behavior changes. Finally, students will understand the evidence based theory, the transtheoretical model of change and its foundational role in motivational interviewing.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 533 - Treatment of Trauma
3 Credit Hours
Elective course. Will present current bio-ecological research findings that inform our understanding of trauma. Emphasis is placed on understanding biopsychosocial influences on the incidence, course and treatment of acute stress and PTSD and the differential effect of these factors on diverse populations at risk. The course focuses on the acquisition of diagnostic skills as they relate to comprehensive social work assessment of adults, adolescents, and children. Assessment and interventions skills are taught for specific types of trauma, e.g. rape, war, natural disasters. Evidence-based interventions to treat victims of trauma will be presented. The treatment of trauma in this course is family focused and emphasizes the impact of trauma on family and provision of psychoeducation and support for family members. Knowledge of psychopharmacology and the roles social workers play regarding medication with clients as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team will be covered. This two credit advanced elective course examines roles, assessments, and intervention strategies for social workers in treating acute stress disorder and PTSD in a variety of service settings.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 535 - School Social Work
3 Credit Hours
Place of school as community institution and resource. Methods, processes, and techniques employed in school social work.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 536 - Generalist Field Practice Block
1-6 Credit Hours
Instruction and supervision in generalist social work practice. Practicum is completed on a block schedule. Students may take concurrent generalist courses, but are not required to do so. Students may complete block placements in Tennessee, in other states, or in other nations.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

SOWK 537 - Introduction to Psychopathology and Social Work Practice
3 Credit Hours
Examines psychopathology and mental disorders from an ecological perspective. Emphasis on understanding biopsychosocial influences on the incidence, course and treatment of the most commonly presented mental disorders and the differential effect of these factors on diverse populations. Emphasizes the acquisition of diagnostic skills as they relate to comprehensive social work assessment and the development of social work interventions. Stresses ethical issues, collaboration with families, knowledge of psychopharmacology and the varied roles social workers play in mental health settings.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 538 - Culturally Relevant Practice with Diverse Populations
3 Credit Hours
In-depth study of evidence-informed and evidenced-based practice models with diverse and at-risk populations. Assessment and interventions focus on individuals, families, groups, and communities. Integrates local to international information about our global, diverse, multicultural society with evidence-based knowledge and skills that are culturally affirming, address oppression, and promote social and economic justice, human dignity, and a human rights perspective.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 539 - Leadership Skills and Knowledge for Advanced Social Work Practice
2 Credit Hours
Organizational management knowledge, leadership skills and supervision required in development and management of structure, resources and cultures of human services delivery systems. Administrative financial knowledge and skills in budgeting, resource allocation, marketing and expenditure control. Issues regarding organizational management change in organizations, communities and national global contexts.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 540 - General Topics in Social Work
3 Credit Hours
Current topics in theories and practice for advanced social work.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 541 - Generalist Field Practice Extended I
1 Credit Hours
Field seminar in generalist social work practice.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major.

SOWK 542 - Generalist Field Practice Full Time I/Extended II
2 Credit Hours
Instruction and supervision in generalist social work practice. Includes a seminar and agency-based internship.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 543 - Generalist Field Practice Extended III
3 Credit Hours
Instruction and supervision in generalist work practice. Includes a seminar and agency-based internship.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 542.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major.

SOWK 544 - Generalist Field Practice Full Time II
4 Credit Hours
Instruction and supervision in generalist and transition to advanced social work practice. This course includes a seminar and agency-based internship.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 542.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 545 - Resource Development and Management
3 Credit Hours
Focuses on financial matters involved in the leadership of a non-profit or governmental agency. Key factors such as fund attainment and accounting/budgeting resources will be addressed with a grounding in concepts of social justice, contributive justice, and distributive justice - all based on the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Specific content addressed in the course includes financial management, budgeting processes, basic accounting principles, financial reporting requirements, IRS standards, audits, financial software utilization, grant management including application writing skills, fund development, donor cultivation, fundraising, social agency mergers and acquisitions, real estate planning, impact of public policy on fiscal climate and justice, and ethics in resource development..
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 546 - Evidence-based Social and Economic Development Practice Across Systems
3 Credit Hours
Advanced course examining programmatic, national, and global issues related to social and economic development. Topics include history, philosophies, alternative approaches and critical thinking about social and economic development, applied across multiple, at-risk and culturally diverse systems: individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, nations, and the world. Students will develop knowledge and skills for assessing and planning ethically sound, evidence-based sustainable development interventions across systems and environments including micro-enterprise and asset-building, participatory change strategies, and other skills.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 547 - Advanced Organizational Theory and Practice
3 Credit Hours
Serves as an introduction to social service/nonprofit organizations through the lens of social, economic and environmental justice. The content provided will afford the knowledge/skill needed for entrance into management positions in human service/nonprofit/governmental/quasi-governmental organizations. Topics will include multi-organization initiatives such as partnerships, community coalitions and alliances, theories in economic development such as how economic factors affect the social sector with particular attention to entrepreneurship/venture philanthropy, and collective impact. Will consider aspects of governmental relations, operational best practices including practical skills such as running meetings, employee development, advanced strategic planning and futuring, understanding and incorporating accreditation standards, organizational culture and ethical practice in organizations. Topics such as nonprofit governance and accountability, human resource development, supervision, compensation strategies, management theories and employment law will also be addressed.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 548 - Advanced Change Management and Policy Practice
3 Credit Hours
Instructs students in the traditions of social work change and the empowerment of clients from within an organizational system and as an individual change agent. Topics addressed will include advanced advocacy skills, coalition building in order to impact legislation, policy research, congressional testifying, policy development and analysis at organizational/local/state/federal levels, use of information technology and social media in bringing about change, and organizational government relations. Empowerment of recipients of service and implementation science will be addressed.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 549 - Program Development and Continuous Improvement
3 Credit Hours
Addresses the important aspects of measuring and demonstrating the impact that a social program has on clients. Topics such as assessment, evaluation in social sector, fidelity to evidence-based practices, basic principles of program development, needs assessments, environmental scan, impact measurements, process evaluation, information management through technology, data driven decision-making, and translational research skills will be addressed.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 553 - Clinical Social Work Practice in Hospitals and Health Settings
3 Credit Hours
Elective course. Focus will be on becoming an effective practitioner in working with individuals and families affected by chronic and acute illnesses across the lifespan. Will also focus on increasing clinical practice skills used in hospital and health care settings. Will address the areas of managed care systems, clinical assessment, treatment planning, evidence-based interventions, culturally relevant practice, spirituality, legal and ethical issues, impact of acute and chronic illness on patients and families, interdisciplinary teams and the social work role, discharge planning, advocacy, information technology, and end-of-life care. Will address health disparities in acute and chronic illnesses among various racial/ethnic groups and explore barrier to quality of care for the uninsured and underinsured. Will highlight the role of individual differences (e.g., spirituality, gender, mental health, social support, etc.) and societal/cultural differences as they impact acute and chronic illnesses.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 555 - Psychological Development and Mental Health in Later Life
3 Credit Hours
Course examines psychological, mental health and mental illness aspects of the aging process, with special emphasis on age, gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and psychological resources across various mental health domains. The domains investigated include memory, cognition, intelligence, personality, mood and anxiety disorders, emotion, elder abuse, spirituality, and culture.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 556 - Social Policy of North America
3 Credit Hours
Concentration elective course. Intended to prepare students for internship experiences and post-graduation professional practice in and across the countries of North America. The course utilizes the process of critical thinking to locate, and examine best evidence for practice and policy decisions in policy creation and the delivery systems of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, as well as the cultural factors that both influence and are influenced by policies. Includes common social problems of the countries, and comparison, and contrasting social welfare policy in each country that are intended to address them, including NAFTA and its differential effects across the participating countries.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 557 - Principles and Techniques of Mediation
3 Credit Hours
Concentration elective course on the principles and techniques of mediation. Mediation is an alternative approach to dispute resolution in which an impartial third party, called the mediator, works with parties involved in a dispute in order to facilitate the peaceful and satisfactory resolution of the dispute. This course is designed to introduce the student to theory and techniques of mediation.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 558 - Legislative Advocacy and Political Social Work
3 Credit Hours
Concentration elective course focusing on the political process and the importance of lobbying and political action as tools for advanced advocacy and political action. Provides experiential opportunities to participate in the legislative arena by following state legislation, meeting with legislators, attending committee hearings and interfacing with lobbyists. Students are expected to critically assess and participate in professional political social work activities. Using the framework of evidenced-based practice and critical thinking students will track current legislation and review literature to prepare for their experience.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 559 - Community Based Practice in Mexico and the United States
3 Credit Hours
Concentration elective course. Provides an understanding of community based social work practice as carried out in Mexico and the United States. Focuses on social work community practice trends as they affect the delivery of human services and the requisite knowledge and problem solving skills needed to address them. Critical thinking skills and the principles of evidence-based practice are emphasized in order to analyze the extent to which trends are transformed in the delivery of human services both in the United States and in Mexico. Particular emphasis is placed on social and economic development, including community organizing, activism, and micro enterprise.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 560 - Evidence-based Interpersonal Practice with Groups
3 Credit Hours
Course focuses on recruitment and composition of group members, leadership structure of small groups, phases of group development, and such group processes as decision-making, tension reduction, conflict resolution, goal setting, contracting, and evaluation. Students will learn how to assess and address group problems, to employ a variety of intra-group strategies and techniques such as programs, structured activities, exercises, etc. Also considers how gender, ethnicity, race, social class, sexual orientation, and different abilities will impact on various aspects of group functioning such as purpose, composition, leadership, selection of intervention strategies, and group development.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 561 - Spirituality in Clinical Social Work Practice
3 Credit Hours
Elective course. Will examine the role of spirituality in clinical social work practice, and provides an introduction to current evidence based practices that incorporate spirituality. Will emphasize the consideration of the spiritual beliefs of both the practitioner and client in clinical practice, and the use of spiritually-based psychotherapies in practice. Ethical issues, intervention skills, and critical review of the evidence-base for spiritually-based psychotherapies are the central topics of the course.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 562 - Evidence-based Interpersonal Practice with Adult Individuals
3 Credit Hours
Provides the foundation for clinical social work practice. Advanced knowledge and skills are developed in the areas of interviewing, the therapeutic alliance, risk assessment, and case formulation. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of evidence-based treatments for specific mental health problems and populations.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 563 - Systematic Planning and Evaluation for Interpersonal Practice
3 Credit Hours
Focuses on the development of knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to systematically plan and evaluate interpersonal practice for the purpose of informing clinical decision-making. Builds upon the foundation research, human behavior, and practice courses, and examines evidence-based methods for conducting assessments; identifying and implementing evidence-based interventions; and measuring and monitoring outcomes for individuals, couples, families, and small groups.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538 and 539.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 564 - Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment
3 Credit Hours
Prepares students for evidence-based practice in the field of substance abuse treatment. Presents an integrative biopsychosocial model for the understanding and treatment of substance abuse. Content includes overview of the history of substance abuse, review of models of addiction, multidimensional model of the addiction process, physiological effects of commonly abused substances, assessment and diagnosis of substance abuse disorders, and specific, evidence-based interventions adolescent and adult clients.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 566 - Social and Cultural Aspects of Aging
3 Credit Hours
Explores the reciprocal relationship between society and those considered older by society. Examines the social and cultural forces that impinge on the aging process, including socially constructed images of older adults, and patterns of inequality of gender, race, and economics. Theoretical perspectives relevant to the aging process, from activity theory and life span development to postmodern constructions of aging are examined. Emphasis is placed on current critical aging-related issues and how these issues are experienced personally and societally. Students are challenged to critically analyze prevailing assumptions and perspective on aging and how these impact older adults, family members and society.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 567 - Veterinary Social Work
3 Credit Hours
Concentration elective on the introductory principles and applications of veterinary social work. Reviews research, practice settings, and policy needs in the four areas of veterinary social work: the link between human and animal violence, animal assisted interventions, grief and bereavement, and compassion fatigue. Students will be expected to become knowledgeable about research findings and apply them to social work practice skills and policy advocacy. Will engage in service learning, reflective critical thinking about course content, and teaching through class presentations.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 570 - Evidence-based Policy and Practice with Families
3 Credit Hours
One of three Interpersonal Practice concentration electives. This survey course provides an overview of problems affecting families in social work settings, the interventions that are ethically sound and empirically supported for addressing these problems, and the policies and regulations guiding the interventions and organizations affecting families in the field of social work. Attention is given to issues, interventions and programs that have been shown to treat a variety of behavioral and emotional concerns in families across culture, race and ethnicity. Particular interest is in the policy practice challenges to provide support for evidence-based interventions and appropriate programs for families. Critical examination of skills and strategies with this population is addressed with/within interdisciplinary organizations, diverse communities and related policies and policy issues.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 571 - Evidence-based Policy and Practice with Children and Adolescents
3 Credit Hours
One of three Interpersonal Practice concentration electives. This survey course provides an overview of problems affecting children and adolescents in social work settings, the interventions that are ethically sound and empirically supported for addressing these problems, and the policies and regulations guiding the interventions and organizations affecting families in the field of social work. Attention is given to issues, interventions and programs that have been shown to treat a variety of behavioral and emotional concerns in children and adolescents across culture, race and ethnicity. Particular interest is in the policy practice challenges to provide support for evidence-based interventions and appropriate programs for families. Critical examination of skills and strategies with this population is addressed with/within interdisciplinary organizations, diverse communities and related policies and policy issues.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 572 - Evidence-based Policy and Practice with Older Adults
3 Credit Hours
One of three Interpersonal Practice concentration electives. This survey course provides an overview of problems and issues with the older population within the context of health and mental health care, the interventions that are ethically sound and empirically supported for addressing these problems, and the policies and regulations guiding the interventions and organizations affecting older adults in the field of social work. Attention is given to issues, interventions and programs that have been shown to treat a variety of behavioral and emotional concerns in older adults across culture, race and ethnicity. Particular interest is in the policy practice challenges to provide support for evidence-based interventions and appropriate programs for older adults. Critical examination of skills and strategies with this population is addressed with/within interdisciplinary organizations, diverse communities and related policies and policy issues.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

SOWK 584 - Advanced Field Practice Extended
4 Credit Hours
Instruction and supervision in advanced evidence-based social work practice. Includes an agency-based experience. Students may take concurrent required concentration and elective courses, but are not required to do so.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major.

SOWK 586 - Advanced Field Practice Full Time
6 Credit Hours
Instruction and supervision in advanced evidence-based social work practice. Includes an agency-based experience. Students may take concurrent required concentration and elective courses, but are not required to do so.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

SOWK 587 - Advanced Field Practice Block
1-12 Credit Hours
Instruction and supervision in advanced evidence-based social work practice. Practicum is completed on a block schedule. Students may take concurrent required concentration and elective courses, but are not required to do so. Students may complete block placements in Tennessee, in other states, or in other nations.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 510, 512, 513, 519, 522, 537, 538, 539 and 543 or 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work - social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

SOWK 593 - Independent Study
1-6 Credit Hours
Individualized study, student selects, designs, and completes examination of special issue or problem.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level ? graduate.

 


 

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