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Master of Social Work
The mission of the master ’s program of the UALR School of Social Work is to prepare social workers for advanced practice and leadership roles who have the skills and knowledge to enhance individual, family, group, organization, and community well-being, to work for social and economic justice, and to meet the human service needs of Arkansas and the surrounding region.
The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program is offered in Little Rock. After completion of the foundation year, students choose one of two concentrations for their second academic year of study: advanced direct practice (ADP) or management and community practice (MCP). The M.S.W. curriculum consists of 60 hours of graduate work, including 32 foundation hours, 22 concentration hours, and six elective hours. Internships are an integral part of the curriculum design, totaling 18 hours of course work or 1200 practice hours by graduation (1000 hours for advanced-standing students). Advanced-standing students are given credit for 17 hours of graduate work and need 43 hours to graduate. For more information about the program, visit the following website.
- Baccalaureate degree with a liberal arts perspective from an accredited college or university.
- Overall GPA of 3.0 is required.
- Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) taken within the last five years. Test scores must be received before an admission decision can be made.
- Narrative statement of professional orientation. (format included in the application packet)
- Acceptable references indicating a propensity for both academics and social work practice.
- Three form letters of reference from professional, academic, or volunteer associates. (forms included in the application packet)
Volunteer, employment, and other life experiences relevant to the career choice of social work.
- Official transcripts with degree posted prior to the student’s enrolling in a graduate level course.
Advanced Standing Applicants ONLY
- Must have a bachelor ’s degree in social work (B.S.W.) from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Must have a 3.5 GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate studies.
- Degree must have been awarded within the last seven years.
- Must submit a copy of all field/internship evaluations.
- Must submit a recommendation written by a faculty member of the applicant’s undergraduate social work program.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Contact the admissions coordinator for information. Information on graduate assistantships can be located on the UALR Graduate School website.
Transfer of Credit
Only applicants from other Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited graduate social work programs will be considered for transfer admission. The applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in graduate work. No grade lower than a B will be accepted for credit. An official statement from the former school indicating the student is in good standing is required. The concentration year (28 hours) of graduate study must be completed at UALR.
Only one graduate-level course from the UALR MSW program, other departments at UALR, or other universities taken prior to the student’s beginning of core MSW courses at UALR may be considered for transfer as an elective course. Students must submit a request of transfer of credit at or before the time of their enrollment. The request should include a cover letter, which discusses the content of the course (other than UALR MSW courses) and its relevance to social work. A copy of the course outline shall be attached. This request should be addressed to the chair of the curriculum committee.
In the event that the curriculum committee accepts requests for transfer of credit, the application is forwarded to the Graduate School dean who then reviews the transfer of credit. Transfer grades are not computed as part of a student’s UALR cumulative GPA.
A number of stipends are available to students in the School of Social Work. Contact the field coordinator for information.
Academic Credit for Life/Professional Experience
Academic credit is not given for life experience and/or previous work experience, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field internship or of courses in the professional foundation areas specified in the Curriculum Policy Statement.
Internships are an integral part of the curriculum design. Students will have acquired a total of 1200 practice hours by graduation (1000 hours for advanced standing students). Through contact with clients and client systems in a helping relationship, students develop the requisite skills for social work practice. Full-time students are expected to complete the internship concurrently with other course work. Part-time students are expected to complete field work in the fall and spring of their 2nd part time year. Students must have completed or be in the process of completing all foundation requirements when doing internship placement. Students must petition the MSW Practice Committee in order to complete a summer block internship or other internship time periods outside of the standard time period allotted in the degree plan. All internships are under the supervision of field faculty, and all field agencies are approved in advance by the MSW Internship Coordinator and the appropriate curriculum committees.
Internship sites may include federal, state, and local government agencies; private, nonprofit organizations; and hospitals or other in-patient or out-patient facilities that work with or coordinate services for dysfunctional individuals, families, and groups. The agencies might be concerned with spouse or child abuse, physical or learning disabilities, long-term or terminal illness, drug or alcohol abuse, psychological disorders, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, economic distress, or other forms of dysfunction.
Agencies are approved on the basis of their ability to further the educational objectives of the program. Selection criteria include adequacy of the learning environment, availability of client populations, opportunity to work with community resources, and opportunity for participation with staff in the agencies’ organizational processes.
The MSW program requires 60 credit hours and is divided into two academic years, the foundation year and the concentration year. Both years require an internship, which provides opportunities to apply classroom learning.
The first academic year for full-time students or the first two years for part-time students is referred to as the foundation year which grounds students in the common body of knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession transferable among settings, population groups, and problem areas. In the classroom, students are given content on social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, and research. In the internship, the student is expected to apply foundation knowledge, skills, values, and ethics to practice.
The second year for full-time students or the third year for part-time students of the program prepares students for advanced practice with a concentration in advanced direct practice or management and community practice. Students gain additional knowledge and skills in their chosen concentration through internships and electives.
Advanced Direct Practice
Students who graduate from the advanced direct practice concentration have advanced skills in working autonomously and ethically with individuals, families, and groups in agency settings.
Management and Community Practice
Students who graduate from the management and community practice concentration are prepared with the conceptual, analytical, technical, and interpersonal skills needed for planning, organizing, coordinating, evaluating, and leadership associated with management and community practice in community-based programs, hospital social services, and state health and human service bureaucracies.
There are three program options available to students pursuing an MSW degree. All programs are offered in Little Rock.
This program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work. It is designed to be completed in two years. The UALR MSW program requires students to have a baccalaureate degree or meet the program’s liberal arts requirements (see admission packet) with a liberal arts perspective from an accredited college or university.
The part-time program is designed to be completed in three years, although a student may take up to four calendar years from the initial date of enrollment to complete the degree. A minimum of two courses must be taken each semester, with appropriate sequencing of courses as outlined in the curriculum. One of the goals of the part-time program is to develop opportunities for students who are employed in the human services to be able to complete their internships. Students in this part-time alternative would need support from their employing agencies for completing field work requirements. In an effort to make this equivalent to more traditional options for completing the program, some restrictions may apply to field work. It is important to note that the experiences of the work site internship should differ significantly from the current roles and responsibilities assumed by the student.
Advanced Standing Program
This program allows qualified students who have earned a bachelor of social work degree from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (during the previous seven years) to complete the MSW degree in a shorter, concentrated program. This program may be completed on either a full-time (12 months) or part- time (21 months) basis.
Special Student Status
Some social work elective courses are open to interested individuals for professional advancement or enrichment. If an individual is later admitted to the social work program, one Social Work elective is transferable toward the MSW degree. Enrollment in these courses does not guarantee admission.
- Satisfactory completion of approved program of study as outlined above
- At least 3.0 GPA in all core courses
- Faculty recommendation for degree
Courses in Social Work
SOWK 5310 Social Gerontology
Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course explores the social aspects of aging – how do older adults affect society and how does society affect older adults? The interaction of older adults with society is examined along with many of our social institutions such as family, healthcare, government, and the economy. Also examined are the issues associated with our aging population and how those issues affect people of all ages. A number of current controversies associated with our changing population structure will be discussed in class.
SOWK 5331 Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy
This elective will explore the role of companion animals for people of all ages and the importance of including consideration of the role of animals in the helping professions. The course will cover the human-animal bond, physical and emotional health benefits of companion animals, the role of animals in the development of children and families, the use and impact of Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy with a variety of populations, including older adults, and ways in which professionals can include animals in their disciplines as teachers, companions, and facilitators. The course will include observations of AAT visits to human service settings, both in the community and long-term care, as well as web-enhanced classes. Students with credit for SOWK/GERO 4331 cannot receive credit for SOWK/GERO 5331. Cross-listed as GERO 5331.
SOWK 5336 Social Aspects of Death and Dying
Gerontology and social work seek to apply knowledge from the social sciences, medicine, and the humanities with the skills and values of the helping professions. The multidisciplinary study of death (thanatology) itself comes out of studying these different disciplines. There are many social, psychological, philosophical, and religious theories concerning the passage of death– for both ourselves and those around us. We will study many diverse contributions in the social aspects of death and dying.
SOWK 5337 Adult Development and Aging
This course emphasizes the life course perspective as it looks at adult development and aging within the context of the social environment. Aspects of “successful aging” that will be examined cover growth and development from emerging adulthood to old age, and the impact that culture, gender, ethnicity, and individual differences have on these processes. Human development and aging is examined during early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood. We will study aspects of development that are common to persons at all ages across the life course, individual differences in development, and differences that characterize the separate age cohorts.
SOWK 7301 Foundations of Social Work Practice I
Pre- or co-requisite: SOWK 7330. Study of social work profession and roles, values, and ethics of the profession; the generalist perspective; ecosystems perspective; strengths focus; empowerment practice; and the skills of engagement, assessment, and planning.
SOWK 7302 Foundations of Social Work Practice II
Prerequisite: SOWK 7301. Continuation of SOWK 7301. Study of strategies and techniques of intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; practice evaluation; and termination.
SOWK 7316 Advanced Standing Seminar
Prerequisite: advanced standing admission. Corequisite: SOWK 7603 and pre or corequisite SOWK 7370, 7391. Course is integrated with advanced standing internship to foster in-depth development of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation skills with a variety of client systems.
SOWK 7320 Health and Biology of Aging
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Understanding the consequences of aging and the extension of life expectancy requires the concurrent understanding of the interrelationship of biology and behavior. Research on “normal” aging over the life span offers the potential of understanding the changes that occur with age so that we can use this understanding to anticipate and cope with those physiological and behavioral functions altered by aging in ourselves and as caregivers. The course will examine physiological and epidemiological studies of disease and aging as well as the alteration in sensory perception, muscle function, etc. Finally, the issues of interventions, realistic expectations, and ethics will also be examined.
SOWK 7321 Aging and Social Policy
Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course offers an overview of aging and social policy issues, especially at the state and federal levels of government. Non-governmental agencies and organizations are also included. The aging network, healthcare including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as Social Security and retirement financing are highlighted. The course begins with a historical perspective on how we have gotten to our present health care policies. It then describes the aging network as well as the programs and services for the older adult that comprise this network.
SOWK 7322 Assessment and Care Management of the Older Adult
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Assessment and Care Management with the Older Adult will offer students a comprehensive review of the emerging professional practice of Geriatric Care Management (GCM). Throughout this course students will review a variety of geriatric assessments as well as study case management tools such as engaging, assessing, planning, intervening, evaluating and terminating client cases. Critical thinking as an ethical professional will be emphasized as well as beginning interviewing skills.
SOWK 7323 Impact of Illness and Disability
This course prepares professionals to work with those experiencing illness and disability across the life course, emphasizing strengths and resiliency. Ethical, as well as the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of illness and disability in the individual, family and wider community are highlighted. Three credit hours.
SOWK 7327 Grief, Loss, and Social Work Practice
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Individuals, families, groups, and communities all experience loss. Losses may be developmental and expected, and some are traumatically unexpected. Losses come with life transitions, changing relationships, and, of course, death. Many clients with whom social workers will interact will need assistance understanding and adjusting to losses and grief reactions. Basic assessment and intervention skills for practice with client systems experiencing grief and loss will be emphasized. Three credit hours.
SOWK 7330 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
Prerequisite: program admission. This course covers human behavior theories supporting social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The ecological perspective and its impact on human development and non-mainstream groups will be addressed.
SOWK 7331 Foundations of Social Work Practice III
Prerequisite: SOWK 7330. This course explores the application of social work skills to practice within communities and organizations. Students will assess a target community, write grant proposals, and learn the practice of interactive supervision.
SOWK 7350 Social Welfare Policies and Services
Prerequisite: program admission. Study of the history and current structure of social welfare policy, the impact of discrimination, poverty and oppression on populations-at-risk, the response of society to social problems, and the skill of policy analysis.
SOWK 7370 Social Work Research Methods
Prerequisite: program admission or special permission from instructor. The study of social work research methodology, critical evaluation of published research, the values and ethics of research practice.
SOWK 7380 Global Perspectives in Social Work
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Building on first-year domestic social policy courses, the purpose of this course is to expose students to a variety of global social issues related to social welfare and social development. Engaging in critical thinking and analysis of social welfare issues, students will explore how political, economic, cultural, religious, historical, and environmental factors impact social welfare policies and the delivery of human services in different regions of the world, primarily North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Special emphasis will be given to the social issues created by HIV/AIDS, poverty, genocide, immigration, and war. By examining international models of social work practice, this course is also relevant to students who are working or having an interest in working with immigrant/refugee populations in the United States.
SOWK 7390 Diversity and Oppression
Prerequisite: program admission. Ethnic, racial, gender issues as related to social policy, human behavior and the social environment, practice issues; developmental, socioeconomic factors influencing gender roles; historical considerations and cultural and social context for social work practice among oppressed persons, people of color.
SOWK 7391 Assessment and Differential Diagnosis
Prerequisite: SOWK 7330. Psychopathology in children, adults; uses individual life cycle as framework for biological, social forces that prevent, limit individual social, psychological adaptation to environment during maturation process; emphasis on influence of gender and race on development of mental disorders, individual adaptation to social environment; use of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-IIIR as diagnostic reporting tool.
SOWK 7392 Special Topics in Clinical Social Work
This course is focused on evidence-based practice models for clinical social work practice. This course presents current and contemporary mental and behavioral health treatment models and is highly application oriented. The overall goal of the course is to help students develop beginning level knowledge and skills in the treatment and prevention of psychosocial dysfunction, disability, or impairment, including emotional and mental disorders.
SOWK 7394 Social Work Practice in Schools
This course is an elective course designed to prepare students to be informed, resourceful, and proactive in providing services in the complex and dynamic context of the schools. The purpose of this course is to provide the social work student with knowledge of theories, concepts, and research about social work practice in schools. This course encourages students to engage in critical thinking which requires the synthesis and communication of relevant information about school social work theory and practice.
SOWK 7395 Addictions Treatment
This course is intended to introduce the dynamic topic of addiction and its treatment. In this course, these topics will be investigated and discussed: the foundations and assessment of addiction, substances commonly abused, special populations (i.e. behavioral addictions, addictions in the workplace), and treatments for addictions. Three credit hours.
SOWK 7396 Crisis Problem Solving
This course is an advanced generalist practice course designed to teach practice skills and model techniques for assessment, initial intervention, and follow up with individuals, families, and groups/organizations. The emphasis is on expanding knowledge of theoretical concepts and evidence-based treatment strategies aimed at crisis situations. Students will learn initial safety assessment models as well as intervention techniques with children, families, and communities. Three credit hours.
SOWK 7397 Domestic Violence
This course will provide an overview of conceptual models of violence, current research, and social work practice issues used in addressing domestic violence (violence between intimates). While the primary focus will be on violence against women and the physical and sexual abuse of children, populations that are disproportionately affected by interpersonal violence, there will also be discussion of elder abuse, dating violence, interpersonal violence with LGBT populations, and prevention. Three credit hours.
SOWK 7398 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy provides an overview of Freudian drive/structural theory and the central concepts of early psychoanalytic thinking. The basic principles of psychodynamic psychotherapy will then be covered with a review of how certain concepts proposed by Freud have been adhered to, changed, modified, or abandoned altogether. The theoretical basis for dynamic therapy will then be covered along with a brief overview of current schools of psychodynamic theory. An evidence-based ego-psycholoical/object relations approach to assessment and treatment of neurotic, borderline, and psychotic disorders is then be presented. The ego psychological component will address the assessment of person-in-situation factors; issues related to adaptation; and ego functions, including defense mechanisms that span the range of mature-higher/lower level-psychotic. Particular emphasis will be placed on the object relations component of this theory, focusing on the developmental trajectory of object relations and specific fixation points that result in character pathology, organized at a psychotic, borderline or neurotic level.
SOWK 7403 Social Work Internship I
Pre-requisites or co-requisites: SOWK 7301, 7330, 7350, 7390. (SOWK 7403 and 7404 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Supervised direct service activities; practical experience in applying foundation theory, skills; developing integrated social work practice skills with individuals, families, groups, communities; focus on developing professional relationships, initial intervention stages with client systems; requires 240 clock hours of placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 7404 Social Work Internship II
Prerequisite: SOWK 7403. Pre-requisites or co-requisites: SOWK 7302, 7331, 7370, 7391. (SOWK 7403 and 7404 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Continuation of SOWK 7403; requires 240 clock hours of placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 7603 Advanced Standing Social Work Internship
Prerequisites: Advanced Standing admission. Pre or co- requisites: SOWK 7370, 7391, 7316 and 7316 co-requisites. Supervised direct service activities; practical experience in applying foundation theory, skills; developing integrated work practice skills with individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations; focus an professional relationships, initial intervention stages with clients systems; requires 240 clock hours of placement. Six credit hours.
SOWK 7803 Social Work Block Internship
Co-requisites: SOWK 7301, 7302, 7330, 7331, 7350, 7370, 7390, 7391. 480 hours of supervised social work practice in applying foundation year theory, skills and social work values and ethics. Students practice engagement, interviewing, assessment planning, basic intervention, evaluation and termination skills at all systems levels.
SOWK 8159 Evaluation Research II
Prerequisite: SOWK 8259. Evaluation research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting; the political contexts of needs assessment and program evaluation.
SOWK 8191 Guided Study
Prerequisites: consent of instructor, advisor, program director (Available, with a two-hour social work elective, to students from other graduate programs who wish to take social work electives but require three credit hours for their own program.). Directed individual study arranged by student.
SOWK 8204 Crisis Problem Solving
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. Theoretical concepts, treatment strategies for crisis situations; focus on planned brief treatment of individuals or families in stressful situations using cognitive or problem- solving approaches.
SOWK 8205 Group Treatment
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Group leadership to provide therapeutic intervention to members; leading groups with different needs, such as mental illness, antisocial behavior, addictions, neurosis, behavior changes.
SOWK 8206 Psychodrama
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. Technique originated by J.L. Moreno; personality makeup, interpersonal relationships, emotional problems, decisions, conflicts are explored by dramatic enactment in a positive, supportive setting.
SOWK 8207 Child Behavior and Treatment
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. Psychosexual, social, cognitive, physical development of children; major diagnostic categories; treatment approaches reviewed, evaluated for appropriateness according to individual child, family environment needs.
SOWK 8208 Child Abuse and Treatment
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. Variables in child maltreatment; physical, psychological, emotional, social implications; social work methodologies; role of multi-disciplinary teams.
SOWK 8209 Community Social Work
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Social context, practice parameters of community social work; emphasis on organizational analysis, problem identification, community organization strategies for social change and institution building, leadership development, community research.
SOWK 8211 Social Work Practice with Older Adults
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Biopsychosocial/cultural approach to aging; includes demographic, attitudinal aspects; impact of race, gender, class, ethnicity; health, mental health issues; assessment factors; long-term care continuum; roles of families; special policy issues; social work approaches.
SOWK 8213 Supervision
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Purpose, functions, processes; emphasis on beginning-level interactional skills.
SOWK 8230 Evidence-based Social Work Practice in Adult Mental Health
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Evidence-based Social Work Practice in Adult Mental Health builds on Assessment & Differential Diagnosis and provides knowledge of evidence-based practice approaches for adult clients who have a DSM- IV-TR diagnostic condition. This course will cover those psychiatric disorders commonly encountered in social work practice: anxiety, personality, mood, substance use, and psychotic disorders. Emphasis is placed on cultural and social aspects of mental health and issues important to populations at risk. An ecological and bio-psychosocial perspective is utilized to develop assessment and treatment strategies that are evidence-based and consistent with cultural and other issues related to diversity. The course will explore mental health care as it is delivered in a variety of settings: outpatient versus inpatient, residential and day treatment, acute versus long term, and private practice versus the community mental health setting. The course will enlighten the student to the range of issues, ethical and otherwise, that impact this population: legal, economic, relational, medical, and educational.
SOWK 8234 Personality Theory
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Several frames of reference on personality theory; includes historical antecedents, major concepts, applicability to social work practice, limitations of various theories.
SOWK 8235 Spirituality in Social Work
Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course provides the general framework for dealing with spiritually sensitive social work situations. It provides the students with the content for dealing with the matters of the human spirit.
SOWK 8236 Human Sexuality and Social Work Practice
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. This course provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to human sexuality. Students will have the opportunity to explore views experiences, values, and beliefs and how these impact on the clients which they serve along with the societal and cultural issues that may impact upon clients of social work and other mental health professionals.
SOWK 8238 Women & Family Issues in Social Work
This course will examine women’s and family issues in social welfare with particular attention to the social service delivery system, significant historical and contemporary federal/state policy issues, and the social work profession. Several special populations of women will be considered, including poor women, survivors of violence, and older women. Specific topics to be addressed in this course are work/family issues, welfare and poverty, violence against women, and care giving.
SOWK 8242 Global Perspective in Social Work
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Building a first-year domestic social policy course, the purpose of this course is to expose students to a variety of global social issues related to social welfare and social development. Using film as the medium students will engage in critical thinking and analysis of social welfare issues, and explore how political, economic, cultural, religious, historical and environmental factors impact social welfare policies and the delivery of human services in different regions of the world. This course is useful for those who have had previous international experience and/or those who are interested in international social work and are looking for a forum in which such experiences and interests can be processed in the context of existing theoretical frameworks and models of social welfare service delivery.
SOWK 8251 Juvenile Delinquency
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Forms of unlawful behavior during adolescence, early adulthood; major theories of delinquent behavior, including control, anomie, subcultural, interactionalist, labeling, classical; major theories of justice, including classical, just desserts, deterrence, rehabilitation models.
SOWK 8253 Law and Social Work
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Areas of law that shape, regulate the social work profession; contributions, significance of legal issues to client services, the profession; legal policies that may control, restrict clients’ lives.
SOWK 8259 Evaluation Research I
Prerequisite: SOWK 7370. Management and community practice applied to the methods of social work practice evaluation through needs assessment and program evaluation. Builds on foundations provided in SOWK 7370, extending into macro-practice research at the organizational and community level. Emphasizes empowerment evaluation as a mechanism to foster improvement and self-determination. A theories-of- change approach is used to guide evaluation.
SOWK 8271 Research Project
Prerequisites: SOWK 7370 and 8371 or consent of instructor. Steps in carrying out a research project; all phases of research methodology.
SOWK 8292 Guided Study
Prerequisites: consent of instructor, approval of course outline by school’s Curriculum Committee. Directed individual study arranged by student.
SOWK 8301 Advanced Directed Practice I
Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Developing biopsychosocial framework for assessment, intervention; focus on careful assessment, diagnosis prior to clinical interventions.
SOWK 8302 Advanced Directed Practice II
Prerequisite: SOWK 8301 or MFT-GC admission. This course provides knowledge and skills about social work practice with couples and families. It studies the major schools of family theory, methods for practice with families, and systemic links between family, culture, and society.
SOWK 8303 Couples Treatment
Prerequisite: completion of the Foundation Year of the MSW or similar MA program and admission to the MFT certificate program. Couples Treatment is a course designed to apply principles of family therapy theory to work with couples. Students are challenged to consider differences and similarities between individual, family, and couples treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy, Object Relations Couples Therapy, Brief Strategic Couples Therapy, and Narrative Couples Therapy will provide the theoretical foundation for examining issues couples face. Issues related to same-sex couples, domestic violence, infidelity, and addiction will be examined as part of the course.
SOWK 8305 Management and Community Practice I
Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Management, administration in social work, human services; includes decision making, leadership styles; basic tasks, roles, skills of managers; management processes such as financial, human resource management.
SOWK 8306 Management and Community Practice II
Prerequisite: SOWK 8305. Continuation of SOWK 8305; use of competing values framework (a meta-theoretical model) to integrate management skills of boundary-spanning, human relations, coordinating, directing.
SOWK 8308 Ethical Issues in Couple and Family Therapy
Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program or the MFT-GC program. Designed to provide knowledge necessary for understanding legal and ethical issues that confront practice. The legal responsibilities of the family therapist are examined with emphasis on personal and professional development. Ethical issues related to diversity are considered within the context of couple and family therapy.
SOWK 8309 Intergenerational Family Therapy
Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program or the MFT-GC program. Provides students with knowledge on family functioning across generations based on Murray Bowen’s theories. Application of theories through the use of family assessment and intervention techniques.
SOWK 8310 Sociology of the Family
Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program or the MFT-GC program. Course will focus on the family as an institution responsive to social and economic change. It will provide a knowledge base in institutional and historical aspects of the family. The course is required for the Marriage and Family Certificate.
SOWK 8311 Family Life Cycle
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Focus on the theoretical underpinnings of the many and varied life cycles families experience. Particular emphasis will be placed on cultural influences and populations at risk.
SOWK 8312 Play Therapy
Prerequisite: concentration year standing, MFT-GC, program or instructor permission. This course provides introductory instruction in history, theories, and applications of play therapy consistent with Association of Play Therapy (APT) requirements. Students are expected to have successfully completed course work in child development (e.g., Advanced Direct Practices I) Special issues affecting oppressed children will be addressed, including: parent-child problems, divorce, abuse/neglect /abandonment, etc. Diversity issues will also be explored as key components of competent play therapy practice. Students will be challenged to apply what they are learning about work with children in mock clinical sessions. This three-hour graduate level semester course, according to APA, is consistent with APT requirements for instruction, and provides 67.5 Continuing Education (CE) hours toward the mandatory 150 required for RPT certification.
SOWK 8320 Family Mediation
Focuses on social work practice in family mediation. It will equip students with the skills and information needed to meet requirements of the Arkansas Dispute Resolution Commission for their family mediation roster.
SOWK 8340 Aging and Social Policy II
Health needs of the elderly and health care systems that address them; mechanisms for health care delivery and for financing institutional community-based care; effects for elderly of reform proposals.
SOWK 8346 Family in Late Life
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Family life of the elderly; includes late-life marital relationships; widowhood, living alone; relations with children, grandchildren, siblings, other kin; alternative, innovative lifestyles; neglect, abuse of the elderly; demographic, structural changes in family, society that affect these matters; core concept is the family as a natural support system for the elderly; its potential and limitations in a context of community support networks.
SOWK 8371 Statistics for Social Work
Prerequisite: SOWK 7370 or special permission from Instructor. Statistics, their use in analyzing data; probability, inferential, decision-making, basic statistics; includes central tendencies, variability, data distributions, bivariate, multivariate procedures; critiquing articles in social work journals.
SOWK 8390 Advanced Direct Practice III
Prerequisite: SOWK 8301. Corequisite: SOWK 8302. This course provides knowledge about social work practice with groups with an emphasis on the application of group theory to many forms of groups in a variety of settings. This course will include content on supervision of workers learning group practice skills.
SOWK 8503 Advanced Direct Practice Internship I
Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Pre or corequisite: SOWK 8301. (SOWK 8503 and 8504 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Hands-on experience with individuals, groups, families; emphasis on applying concepts from SOWK 8301; requires 360 clock hours of internship placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 8504 Advanced Direct Practice Internship II
Prerequisites: Social Work 8301, 8503. Pre or corequisite: SOWK 8302. (Social Work 8503 and 8504 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Continuation of Social Work 8503; focus on integrating knowledge in preparation for professional practice; requires 360 clock hours of placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 8507 Internship I Management & Community Practice
Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Corequisite: SOWK 8305. (SOWK 8507 and 8508 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Experience working in a social service agency in an administrative capacity; requires 360 clock hours of placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 8508 Internship II Management & Community Practice
Prerequisites: SOWK 8305, 8507. Corequisite: SOWK 8306, 8159. (SOWK 8507 and 8508 must be completed consecutively and in the same agency setting). Continuation of SOWK 8507; focus on integrating knowledge, assuming responsibility for administrative functions, including planning, evaluation. Graded credit/no credit.