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MSSW Program Courses

MSSW Course Listings as they appear in the UT Graduate Catalog:

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.

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.

503 – Introduction to Interpersonal Social Work Practice (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course, taken concurrently with Interpersonal Social Work Skills Lab, which covers micro and mezzo practice, specifically with individuals, families, and small groups. Introduces the profession of social work, its history, ethical code, and theories related to interpersonal practice with an emphasis on social justice, trauma-informed care, and interprofessional practice. Will allow students to compare and contrast evidence-based interventions and models of social work practice with clients/client systems in the context of social work values, attention to all forms of diversity, and professional engagement with clients.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.

 504 – Interpersonal Social Work Skills Lab (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course, taken concurrently with Introduction to Interpersonal Social Work Practice. This experiential course will address the essential skills of social work practice of empathy, engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and termination. Students will learn appropriate use of self, including self-care strategies. Skills will be addressed with consideration of the various frameworks of social work practice with diverse populations including trauma-informed care, interprofessional practice, and social justice.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.  

SOWK 509 – Graduate Seminar in Public Health (1 Credit Hour) (See Public Health 509.)

510 – Social Welfare Policy and Programs (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course. Explores the policies that shape the welfare system and influence social work practice. Will emphasize organizational and legislative systems at the federal, state, local levels and their impact on social services. Links social welfare policy and social work practice by critically analyzing the historic and contemporary contexts of social welfare practice. The processes of analyzing, influencing, developing, implementing, and advocating for policies and programs through the lens of social work values and ethics are addressed.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.

511 – Introduction to Macro Social Work Practice (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course covers systemic macro practice, specifically communities, organizations, and leadership roles. A range of methods, strategies, and skills applicable to diverse macro settings are examined. Taking into consideration the historical and contemporary relevance of macro practice, students will explore issues of social justice, inequality, and systemic oppression.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.

515 – Human Development in Context: Pre-Natal through Adolescence (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course examines biological, psychological, and social theories and frameworks for individuals and families, emphasizing the interaction between neurophysiological development and environmental contexts. Risk and protective factors that influence and shape development while promoting resilience are identified. The influences of culture, oppressive systems, and dynamic processes critical to risk and resilience for vulnerable populations are explored. Practice implications for early prevention, policies, and services for healthy and atypical developmental patterns are examined.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.

516 – Human Development in Context: Young Adulthood through Older Adulthood (3 Credit Hours)
Required generalist course examines biological, psychological, and social theories and frameworks for individuals and families, emphasizing the interaction between neurophysiological development and environmental contexts. Risk and protective factors that influence and shape development while promoting resilience are identified. The influences of culture, oppressive systems, and dynamic processes critical to risk and resilience for vulnerable populations are explored. Practice implications for working with adolescents and adults are examined, including behavioral health challenges, chronic illness, family and social relationships, and death and dying.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.

519 – Foundations of Social Work Research (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course. Includes the concepts and skills underlying social work research, including basic research terminology, the value of research in social work practice, research ethics, research with minoritized populations, problem formulation and conceptualization, measurement, research designs, sampling, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analytic techniques.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

531 – Trauma Theory (3 Credit Hours)
Will immerse students in the theoretical knowledge of trauma types, dynamics, and the neuro-biopsychosocial consequences that individuals who are survivors of maltreatment, interpersonal abuse, manmade/natural disasters, and other types of chronic stress and trauma across the lifespan experience. Will use case examples supplemented with salient readings regarding the epigenetics and neuroscience of trauma, evidence-based assessment practices, to discuss these theories. Particular attention will be paid to effectively and ethically working with 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 strength’s perspective. Information will be presented that is applicable to both EBIP and OL students.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

533 – Trauma Treatment with Adults (3 Credit Hours)
A concentration elective course. Emphasis is placed on understanding biopsychosocial influences on the incidence, course and treatment of PTSD and complex PTSD and the differential effect of these factors on diverse adult populations at risk. Will focus on the acquisition of diagnostic skills as they relate to comprehensive social work assessment of adults. Evidence‐based interventions to treat victims of trauma will be presented. Knowledge of psychopharmacology and the roles social workers play regarding medication with clients as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team will be covered. This three credit hour advanced elective course examines roles, assessments, and intervention strategies for social workers in treating PTSD and complex PTSD in a variety of service settings.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

534 – Trauma Treatment with Children and Adolescents (3 Credit Hours)
Intended to prepare students for direct social work practice with traumatized youth and their families within trauma informed care organizations. It centers on building skills necessary to provide developmentally fitting, culturally sensitive techniques, and treatment methods evidenced for facilitating healing of trauma symptoms caused by single events and more complex traumatic experiences. In addition to emphasizing the critical role of the therapeutic relationship that supports feelings of safety and security during trauma treatment, students will develop skills for using creative interventions, art, and play therapy to supplement evidence based trauma informed assessment and treatment approaches.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

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.

538 – Social Justice and Anti-oppressive Practices (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course designed to increase students’ awareness of the dimensions of human diversity and forms of oppression, discrimination, and inequality. Students will learn to apply and articulate social justice frameworks, critical theory, and a human rights perspective to complex social problems. Students will be prepared to integrate these concepts into future ethical decision-making and practice with marginalized populations.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

542 – Generalist Field Practice I (2-3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course with a focus on integrating social work theory and practice in an organizational setting. The first in a sequence of required field practicum courses. Includes an agency-based placement and a seminar. This experiential course gives students the opportunity to apply, practice, and refine generalist social work competencies, knowledge, and skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The seminar content, assignments, and activities prepare students for successful engagement and learning in a professional practice setting.
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 

544 – Generalist Field Practice II (3-4 Credit Hours)
A required generalist course with a focus on integrating social work theory and practice in an organizational setting. The second in a sequence of required field practicum courses. Includes an agency-based placement and a seminar. Students continue and complete the agency placement that they commenced in Generalist Field Practice I. Students apply, practice, and demonstrate appropriate mastery of all generalist competencies in preparation for their concentration placement experience. The seminar focuses on processing student learning and content related to ethical and professional practice.
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.

545 – Resource Development and Management (3 Credit Hours)
In this required course for the Organizational Leadership concentration, students will learn the fundamentals of organizational management in the social service sector. This course will provide an overview of the skills required by leaders of organizations and will discuss the purpose or mission of the organization and its place in society, including laws, regulations, and policies. The important logistics of nonprofit management are addressed including financial management, human resources, fund development, accreditation, resource management, trauma responsive systems, and grant acquisition and management. These concepts are all addressed through the lens of the NASW Code of Ethics with a special emphasis on the components of social justice such as contributive and distributive justice.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

547 – Advanced Organizational Theory and Practice (3 Credit Hours)
In this required course for the Organizational Leadership concentration, students will be introduced to social service/nonprofit organizations through a trauma-informed, social, anti-racist, economic, and environmental justice lens. The students will gain the knowledge/skill needed for entrance into management positions in human service/nonprofit/governmental/quasi-governmental organizations. Topics addressed 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. The course 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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

549 – Program Development and Continuous Improvement (3 Credit Hours)
In this required course for the Organizational Leadership concentration, students will address the important aspects of measuring and demonstrating the impact that social programming has on clients, organizations, and communities. Content includes the basic principles of program development, needs assessments, program implementation, impact measurements, applied data analysis, and dissemination of outcomes related to topics such as social justice, anti-racism, and trauma responsiveness.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

550 – Generalist Seminar I: Micro Social Work Practice (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist seminar designed to provide incoming advanced standing students with the required foundation before starting the concentration program of study. Seminar will address essential social work skills related to inter-professional practice including values, ethics, and the impact of trauma and traumatic stress on the human person. Will learn basic neuro-biological theories as related to the practice of social work. A foundational framework for diagnostic criteria related to psycholoical dysfunction will be reviewed in preparation for advanced social work practice. The course material will be presented through the lens of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice.
Comment(s): Admission to Advanced Standing program.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.  

551 – Generalist Seminar II: Macro Social Work Practice (3 Credit Hours)
A required generalist seminar is designed to provide incoming advanced standing students with the required foundation before starting the concentration program of study. Will learn the essentials of community-based social work practice, ethics, and leadership skills. Foundational aspects of macro practice through the lens of anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed theory are examined. Practice behaviors related to combatting systemic oppression in organizations and communities are addressed.
Comment(s): Admission to Advanced Standing program.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major. Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate. 
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with permission of program director.  

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 5503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

560 – Evidence-based Interpersonal Practice with Groups (3 Credit Hours)
This required concentration 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. The course will also address aspects of clinical and advanced policy practice in the contemporary environment of behavioral health including such concepts as telehealth, integrated care, trauma responsive care, and professional use of self all grounded in the concepts of social justice and anti-racist practice.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

562 – Interpersonal Practice with Adult Individuals (3 Credit Hours)
A required concentration course that provides the foundation for clinical social work practice. Advanced knowledge and skills are developed in the areas of interviewing, building the therapeutic alliance, case formulation/conceptualization, and treatment planning and intervention, all from a strengths-based perspective. Particular emphasis is placed on effective case conceptualization and the use of evidence‐based treatments for common mental health problems across populations. The course will also address aspects of clinical and advanced policy practice in the contemporary environment of behavioral health including such concepts as telehealth, integrated care, trauma responsive care, and professional use of self all grounded in the concepts of social justice and anti-racist practice.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

563 – Systematic Planning and Evaluation for Interpersonal Practice (3 Credit Hours)
This required concentration course 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 and investigate policies that impact clinical practice. Builds upon the foundation research, human behavior, and practice courses, and examines evidence-based methods for conducting trauma-informed assessments through an anti-racist and social justice lens; identifying and implementing culturally relevant evidence-based interventions; and measuring and monitoring outcomes for individuals, couples, families, and small groups within a variety of settings, including interprofessional practice contexts.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

564 – Substance Use Disorders (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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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 565 – Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Formulation in Behavioral Health (3 Credit Hours)
Required course for the Advanced Clinical concentration provides knowledge of the major categories of diagnoses for adults as formulated in the DSM-5 and of theoretical perspectives in those categories. Attention is given to the dynamics of development and culture, and to the interrelationship among biological, psychological, and social/cultural systems that impact diagnosis. Focus will be on utilizing these elements in order to provide a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment. Treatments specifically related to these diagnoses will be noted. The course will also address aspects of clinical and advanced policy practice in the contemporary environment of behavioral health including such concepts as telehealth, integrated care, trauma responsive care, and professional use of self all grounded in the concepts of social justice and anti-racist practice.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): SOWK 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

573 – Forensic Social Work (3 Credit Hours)
Provides an introduction to and overview of the field of forensic social work. Students will be equipped to collaborate with the criminal justice system and to utilize policy and practice skills to work toward ensuring all individuals have the opportunity to be safe, healthy, contributing members of their communities. It provides an opportunity for students to gain knowledge about a system impacting many people and will broadly expose students to the criminal justice system through a focused look at forensic social work. Social workers have increasing opportunities to practice in a diversity of criminal justice settings. Will assist students in developing knowledge and skills for generalist practice in these diverse arenas. Content will focus on forensic social work including ethics, roles, functions, skills; utilization of community assets; the criminal justice system; and trans-systemic interactions.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

577 – Veterinary Social Work Capstone (3 Credit Hours)
The Veterinary Social Work Capstone Course provides a consolidated experience and cumulative evidence for VSW graduate certificate students to demonstrate the attainment of certificate program competencies.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites. SW 557 and SW 567 can be taken in the same semester as the capstone course.
Registration Restriction(s): Graduate students only. Minimum student level graduate.
Registration Permission: Non-MSSW students may register with consent of instructor.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 544.
Comment(s): Advanced Standing satisfies prerequisites.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Social Work – social work major.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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): 503, 504, 510, 511, 515, 516, 519, 538, 542 and 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.

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.