Academic programs

 

Ph.D. in Social Welfare

Master of Social Work

BS in Social Work

Certificate in Child Welfare Practice

Certificate in Social Work Practice with Elderly

Certificate in Addictions

Minor in Social Welfare

Academic Misconduct

Ph.D. in Social Welfare

The Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare aims to prepare students for careers in research, university teaching, and leadership in social welfare. Through a combination of courses, seminars, individual and collaborative study and research, as well as opportunities to teach, students are assisted to develop and strengthen their skills in methods of scientific inquiry, to deepen their understanding and analysis of social problems and public issues, and to contribute to the knowledge base of social welfare by evaluating the effects of social welfare interventions at all levels.

[ PhD in Social Welfare Website ]

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Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The degree prepares students for advanced clinical social work practice. The program educates students for empirically-based practice in clinical organizations and communities. The MSW program is based on a perspective that recognizes the interconnectedness between people and their environment as the source of both social problems and the appropriate interventions to ameliorate, treat, and prevent those problems.

The first year curriculum is based upon a generalist perspective based with life-span developmental foundation that emphasizes problem-solving critical thinking, empirically-based practice, economic and social justice, and the conduct of ethical practice. Students learn preventive and clinical interventions that enhance human functioning and quality of life. The program emphasizes the ability to work with clients in a variety of settings reflective of the diversity of South Florida.

Built on the generalist foundation, the second year advanced curriculum prepares students for clinical social work practice, with certificate options in Addictions, Social Work Practice with the Elderly. In addition, The School of Social Work offers a joint degree (MSW/JD) with the College of Law.

Students may complete the MSW degree (60 credit hours) on a full-time or part-time basis. The School also offers an Advanced Standing Program for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in Social Work (BSW or BSSW) received within the past five years from a program accredited by CSWE. Students accepted into the Advanced Standing Program can receive up to 30 semester hours credit toward the MSW degree. Effective FALL 2013 a grade of "C" or above in the prerequisites is required for the MSW program. MSW students interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in Social Welfare should contact the coordinator of the Ph.D. program.

Graduate students are eligible for student membership in the National Association of Social Work (NASW). A graduate may become a regular member of the Association. Students are also invited to join the Student Social Work Association (SSWA) and the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society.


[ MSW Handbook]

[ Goals and objectives ]-[ Degree Requirements ]-[ Curriculum ]

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BS in Social Work

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) is accredited by theCouncil on Social Work Education(CSWE). The BSSW Program educates students for empirically-based generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The BSSW program emphasizes the interrelationships between systems of all sizes and the environment.

The curriculum builds on a lifespan foundation, based on a generalist perspective, and the liberal arts. It emphasizes problem-solving approaches, critical thinking skills, empirically-based practice, economic and social justice, and ethical services for clients experiencing a wide range of problems. Students learn prevention and intervention strategies aimed at enhancing human functioning and quality of life. The program emphasizes the ability to work with diverse clients in a variety of settings reflective of the diversity of South Florida.

Students may complete the BSSW on a full-time or part-time basis. Students may elect to pursue a certificate in child welfare as part of their program of study. In addition, eligible BSSW graduates may apply to the MSW advanced-standing program.

A full-time social work student is eligible for student membership in theNational Association of Social Workers(NASW). A graduate may become a regular member of the Association. Students are also invited to join theStudent Social Work Association at the University and Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society.

[ BSSW Handbook ]

[Program Prerequisites]-[ Goals and objectives ]-[ Degree Requirements ]-[ Curriculum ]

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Certificate in Child Welfare Practice

Purpose

To provide BSSW students with the specialized skills, knowledge, and practice competencies in order to carry out the services and statutory responsibilities for the care and protection of children; and to provide the community-based care (CBC) providers with skilled staff, that are prepared to meet the critical service needs of Florida's children and families.

Benefits to Students

  • Students will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively assess and intervene with vulnerable children and families.
  • Students will receive direct practice experience with a community-based care (CBC) child protection agency.
  • Students will receive a Certificate in Child Welfare Practice.

Program Requirements

  • Students eligible for this program must be fully admitted into the Social Work BSSW program and must be registered as full-time students (12 credits for BSSW).
  • Students also must complete clearance for CBC employment prior to program acceptance. The assessment and evaluation process may include an abuse registry check, driver's license check, drug screening, references check, fingerprint and background screening and an interview.
  • After graduation, students will be required to fulfill employment at a community-based care (CBC) provider for one year.
  • Students must complete the following:
  1. SOW 4654 Child Welfare Practice: Assessment and Planning
  2. SOW 4658 Mental Health Services for Children & Adolescents in Child Welfare
  3. Two consecutive field internships in the same CBC agency.

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Certificate in Social Work Practice with Elderly

 

The following certificate program is offered as an option to MSW.

Required Courses (15 Credits Total):
SOW 6125 Human Behavior & Social Environment II – Psychopathology 3 Credits
SOW 6236 Social Welfare Policy& Services II 3 Credits

SOW 5532
or
SOW 6534

Clinical Practicum I (in an Elderly/Aging Setting)

Clinical Practicum III (in an Elderly/Aging Setting)
6 Credits
Select 2 from the following (those with a BSSW degree must select 4 courses):
SOW 5641 Understanding the Process of Aging 3 Credits
SOW 6359 Social Work Treatment with Families of the Elderly 3 Credits
SOW 6646 Social Work Practice with the Elderly 3 Credits
SOW 5605 Medical Social Work 3 Credits
SOW 5805 Counseling the Elderly 3 Credits

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Certificate in Addictions

The following certificate program is offered as an option to MSW students.

Required Courses (30 Credits Total):
SOW 5105 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I or BSSW equivalent 3 Credits
SOW 6125 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II-Psychopathology 3 Credits
SOW 5324 Theory and Practice w/ Groups or BSSW equivalent 3 Credits
SOW 5342 Theory and Practice with Individuals & Families 3 Credits
SOW 5629 Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations or BSSW equivalent 3 Credits
SOW 6351 Clinical Interventions in Couples & Family Social Work Practice 3 Credits
SOW 6435 Evaluating Empirically Based Social Work Practice 3 Credits
SOW 5710 Current Issues in Addiction Practices 3 Credits
SOW 6114 Assessment & Treatment of Addiction & Related Problems 3 Credits
SOW 6711 Prevention of Addiction & Related Problems 3 Credits

This certificate meets all of the educational coursework requirements of the Florida Certification Board for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP).

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Minor in Social Welfare

A five course (15 credits) minor in social welfare is available to baccalaureate degree-seeking students who are interested in careers in the human service field or who wish to study how common human needs are addressed by social welfare programs.
The courses that comprise the minor will provide students with the opportunity to relate to the special concerns of our region, including poverty, crime and delinquency, child abuse and neglect, and family instability.
Please note that a student who completes the Minor in Social Welfare is NOT allowed to refer to herself or himself as a “Social Worker.” This title can only be used by those who have completed an accredited bachelors or masters degree in Social Work (Florida Statutes § 491.016)
Requirements:

  • Active degree seeking student
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
  • 15 Credits (5 Courses) in upper division social work courses (must include SOW 3203)
Courses
Credits
Pre-Requisite
SOW 3113 The Social Environment and Human Behavior I
3
BSC 2023 or
BSC 1010
SOW 3100 The Social Environment and Human Behavior II
3
SOW 3113
SOW 3203* Introduction to Social Work *
3
 
SOW 3232 Social Welfare Policy and Services I
3
POS 2042 & ECO2013 – or – 2023 
SOW 3233 Social Welfare Policy and Services II
3
SOW 3232
SOW 3801 Self-Awareness, Self-Modification, and Services
3
 
SOW 4654 Child Welfare Practice: Assessment and Planning
3
SOW 3113 and SOW 3232
SOW 4658

Interventions in Child Maltreatments

3
SOW 3113
SOW 4932 Current Topics in Social Work
3
 

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