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MSW - Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

School of Public Service Leadership

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Residency Requirements:

One six-day residency. See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

 

Field Experience Requirement(s):

Minimum of 600 supervised field experience hours. See the Field Experience section below for more information.

 

Eleven Required Courses

 

44 quarter credits

Required courses:

SWK5012 *
Cultural Competence and Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations

This course addresses diversity and difference, power and privilege, and oppression, as they relate to social work practice. Throughout the course, learners become knowledgeable of one’s biases toward race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, and disability; how those biases contribute to discrimination and oppression; and the ethics of culturally competent best practice. In addition, learners reflect on personal values, beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to practice effective social work with people of diverse backgrounds. Through the use of technology, learners then engage in strategy and leadership best practices for dealing with biases in social work practice. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MSW—Advanced Standing degree program. Prerequisite(s): SWK5007; completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5008. Learners in the MSW—Advanced Standing degree program are exempt from these prerequisites. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
SWK-R5014 *
Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice

Learners in this course develop and demonstrate advanced generalist best practice and leadership skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation from a strengths perspective grounded in social work values and ethics, social justice, human rights, cultural competence, policy practice, the integration of technology, and evidencebased practice. During this course, learners engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they integrate social work theories and methods with social work best practice. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): SWK5012, completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5013. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
SWK5013 *
Mental Health Practice and Advanced Interventions: Theory and Practice

This course prepares learners for advanced mental health best practice. Learners use multiple theoretical frameworks and technology to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within the mental health field. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): SWK5007; completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5008. Learners in the MSW—Advanced Standing degree program are exempt from these prerequisites. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program.

4 quarter credits
SWK5015 *
Advanced Statistics, Research, and Program Evaluation

This course provides learners with the opportunity to advance their knowledge in research methodology, data collection, and program evaluation in social work best practice. Learners integrate research practice, knowledge, and theory with leadership methods and data processing and analysis, in order to better understand the implications of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods data. Learners also use and interpret various statistical procedures for analyzing quantitative and qualitative data using analytical software and applications. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in SWK-R5014. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program.

4 quarter credits
SWK5016 *
Integrative Technology in Advanced Social Work Practice

This course is an introduction to transformative and innovative methods of client interviewing, follow up, documentation, evaluation, professional development, and communication through the use of technology, with particular emphasis on 21st-century social work practice skills used to serve diverse clients. Learners engage in interactive role-play activities and create a technology-based initiative that promotes social justice and best practices. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5015. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
SWK5017 *
Clinical Supervision and Leadership in Social Work Practice

This course is an introduction to leadership theories and skills, ethical decision-making, self-care efficacy, strategic planning, and administrative roles in social work organizations. Throughout the course, learners investigate technology integration; administrative, educational, and supportive supervision; supervision procedures; conduct of supervision; and legal and regulatory guidelines. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5016. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer except by coursework from a CSWE-accredited program.

4 quarter credits
SWK5018 *
Systems Analysis of Social Work Practice: Theories, Skills, Values, and Professional Practice

This course provides a synthesis of all social work practice systems. Learners apply critical-thinking skills as they delve into the identification of social work values and ethics; the assessment of professional behaviors and skills; the engagement of cultural competence; the integration of research, knowledge, human behavior, and theory; and the application and analysis of social work best practice, social justice, policy, technology, and leadership. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5528. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
SWK5525 *
Advanced Field Seminar/Lab

This course prepares learners for field placement. Throughout the interactive seminar, learners review social work best practices as well as the steps necessary for success in the field, including professionalism, interviewing techniques, process recording, documentation, evaluation, and safety. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Special permission is required for registration. Prerequisite(s): SWK5012, completion of or concurrent registration in SWK5013. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
SWK5526 *
Advanced Field Practicum 1

This is the first course in a sequence of three required practicum courses during which learners complete a minimum of 600 supervised field experience hours. Throughout the practicum, learners engage in experiential learning in a field agency setting and apply social work best practice theories, professional values, practice techniques, and technology integration skills gained from their advanced generalist coursework. This course includes an integrative seminar that facilitates learners’ leadership development with regard to graduate-level generalist social work practice. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Special permission is required for registration. Prerequisite(s): SWK-R5014; SWK5026 with a grade of “B” or higher or SWK5525. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
SWK5527 *
Advanced Field Practicum 2

This is the second course in a sequence of three required practicum courses during which learners complete a minimum of 600 supervised field experience hours. Throughout the practicum, learners engage in experiential learning in a field agency setting and apply social work best practice theories, professional values, practice techniques, and technology integration skills gained from their advanced generalist coursework. This course includes an integrative seminar that facilitates learners’ leadership development with regard to graduate-level generalist social work practice. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Special permission is required for registration. Prerequisite(s): SWK5526 with a grade of “B” or higher. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
SWK5528 *
Advanced Field Practicum 3

This is the third course in a sequence of three required practicum courses during which learners complete a minimum of 600 supervised field experience hours. Throughout the practicum, learners engage in experiential learning in a field agency setting and apply social work best practice theories, professional values, practice techniques, and technology integration skills gained from their advanced generalist coursework. This course includes an integrative seminar that facilitates learners’ leadership development with regard to graduate-level generalist social work practice. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Special permission is required for registration. Prerequisite(s): SWK5527 with a grade of “B” or higher. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

 

Two Elective Courses

 

8 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

SWK5800 *
Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Children and Youth

Learners in this course acquire the advanced knowledge and skills required to engage in the clinical treatment of children and youth. Learners examine theoretical frameworks, including developmental, ecological systems, cognitive/behavioral, and psychodynamic. In addition, learners analyze assessment styles and intervention planning, with an emphasis on cultural and environmental factors. Throughout the course, learners use technology and leadership skills to synthesize, integrate, and apply that which they have learned, in order to provide assessment and treatment that is grounded in professional social work ethics and best practices to children and youth. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): SWK5013. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
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SWK5801 *
Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice Screening, Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Children and Youth

This course provides a bio-psychosocial approach to identification, screening, assessment, and diagnosis of common psychosocial problems experienced by children and youth. Learners analyze etiology, recognition, and diagnosis of these problems in the context of the socio-cultural formation of disordered behavior. Throughout the course, learners apply social work best practices, leadership skills, techniques gained throughout their coursework, the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the use of technology to screen, assess and diagnose issues, such as serious mental illness, suicidality, depression and anxiety, substance abuse, child abuse, and the effects of trauma. For MSW and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): SWK5800. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

OR

Choose any graduate courses related to social work within the fields of psychology, counseling, human services, health care, public administration, criminal justice, emergency management, education, or related area as approved by the faculty chair.

 

Total

 

52 quarter credits

 

Capella University’s Master of Social Work Advanced Standing and Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. Some states require graduation from a fully accredited CSWE program to be eligible for a social work license or to participate in post-graduate supervision hours necessary for licensure. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, other professional credentials or salary advancement. It is each learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with these requirements. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu).

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Field Experience

Learners enrolled in the Master of Social Work (MSW)—Advanced Standing degree program are required to complete a minimum of 600 supervised hours of hands-on field experience in an agency setting that is specific to the learner’s area of interest.

In the MSW—Advanced Standing field experience, learners integrate theory, practice, and intellectual contributions from their courseroom activities to develop advanced generalist practice skills under the leadership and supervision of an experienced professional social worker. This field experience provides learners with the opportunity to participate in advanced practice with individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Additionally, learners engage in an advanced integrated field seminar to support their advanced generalist practice development. Learners use their field experience to help them achieve their program outcomes and advanced generalist practice skills.

Concentrations

If you have elective courses yet to satisfy in your program, you may be able to add a concentration and satisfy those degree requirements at the same time, with no additional program cost or time commitment. Concentrations available for this program include:

  • Continuity Management
  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR)
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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