Social Work (SWRK)

SWRK 433G   Ethical Issues and Dilemmas in Social Work    3 Hours

An examination of professional ethics and common ethical dilemmas in social work. Models of ethical decision making are applied in case vignettes.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2017

SWRK 436G   Services to Children    3 Hours

A survey of institutional and community services with focus on principles of social services for children and their families.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015

SWRK 501   Cultural Competency in Social Work Practice    3 Hours

Not appropriate for advanced standing MSW students. Expands culturally competent standards of practice used in making effective assessments and providing interventions across cultures, including rurality.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 510   Human Behavior in the Social Environment    3 Hours

Examines behavior within the context of families, groups, organizations, communities, and cultures. Topics include developmental stages of the individual within multiple systems with a particular focus on issues of diversity.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 520   Generalist Social Work Practice    3 Hours

Presents micro level theories as they apply to individuals and families. Foundation level skills are tied to theory for practice including communication skills, case management skills, and assessment skills. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 560.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 522   Group Dynamics in Social Work Practice    3 Hours

An introduction to group work based interventions in social work, including dynamics of group interaction, stages of group development, and group types. Experiential exercises are used to promote understanding of group processes.
Prerequisite(s): SWRK 501, SWRK 510, SWRK 520, and SWRK 560.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 561.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 523   Rural Community Organization and Development    3 Hours

Teaches knowledge, skills, and values of advanced macro level social work practice with a focus on complex skills in community development, economic development, and organizational change within the rural community.
Prerequisite(s): SWRK 501, SWRK 510, and SWRK 520.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 530   Foundation of Social Welfare Policy    3 Hours

Foundations to social policy, social welfare, and the American society. Introduction to analytical and critical thinking about social welfare policy and processes.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 540   Foundations of Social Work Research Methods    3 Hours

Basic skills, knowledge, and values of social work research methods. Introduces single subject design and program evaluation.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 560   Generalist Field Practicum I    3 Hours

A beginning application of advanced social work principles and practice skills in a human services environment. Field experiences in an appropriate off-campus setting is required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 520.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 561   Generalist Field Practicum II    3 Hours

Continued application of advanced social work principles and practice skills in a human services environment. This is a continuation of SWRK 560. Field experiences in an appropriate off-campus setting are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designating or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): SWRK 520 and SWRK 560.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 522.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 571   Introduction to Kentucky Child Welfare Practice    3 Hours

Focuses on understanding problems and issues faced by children and families within an ecological framework. Examination of the complexities of social work practice within the Kentucky child welfare system.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SWRK 572   Family Violence: Social Work Practice    3 Hours

Provides students with the research, practice, and policy knowledge necessary for understanding, assessing, and intervening in various forms of family violence - child, partner, elder and sibling abuse. Additionally, students examine their own values, beliefs, and biases related to working in this area of social work practice in the public child welfare system.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SWRK 573   Assessment and Case Management of Child Sexual Abuse    3 Hours

Prepares students to identify family dynamics associated with childhood sexual abuse, advocacy, crisis assistance and intervention. Students gain knowledge and skills required to interview children, families, and offenders, assess needs, make appropriate referrals, and prepare for the placement of the child. Students will learn the social worker's role in a multi-disciplinary team and increase their preparation for and participation in related judicial proceedings.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SWRK 574   Enhancing Safety and Permanency for Children    3 Hours

Students develop professional social work practice knowledge and skills in the delivery of services to children and youth in foster and out of home care as well as families (birth, relative, foster, and adoptive) who care for them. Students are prepared to enhance the safety and permanency of children receiving services from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Students are responsible for their own transportation.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SWRK 576   Advanced Casework Practice in Child Welfare    3 Hours

Training in advanced levels of casework in a child welfare practice setting. This is one of three administration and supervision courses offered by the Credit for Learning Program along with SWRK 577 and SWRK 578.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Credit for Learning (CFL) Program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 577 and SWRK 578.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

SWRK 577   Supervision of Advanced Casework in Child Welfare    3 Hours

Core concepts and competencies in casework supervision in child welfare. This is one of three administration and supervision courses offered by the Credit for Learning Program along with SWRK 576 and SWRK 578.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Credit for Learning (CFL) Program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 576 and SWRK 578.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

SWRK 578   Coaching and Mentoring Child Welfare Practice    3 Hours

Supervision, coaching and mentoring theory, research, practices, and policies in child welfare. This is one of three administration and supervision courses offered by the Credit for Learning Program along with SWRK 576 and SWRK 577.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Credit for Learning (CFL) Program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 576 and SWRK 577.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

SWRK 579   Partnership in Assessing Children and Families    3 Hours

Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to assessment and provision of ongoing services in cases of child maltreatment as well as abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.
Prerequisite(s): Approval of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SWRK 610   Social Work Administration and Supervision    3 Hours

Develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for advanced practice focusing on the social work roles of administration and supervision.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 612   Social Work in Diverse Rural Areas    3 Hours

Addresses issues of diversity, including rurality, in multi-level advanced social work practice for Advanced Standing students.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Advanced Standing MSW Program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 620   Advanced Psycho-Social Approaches for Rural Practice    3 Hours

Focuses on knowledge, skills, and values for advanced micro level social work within a rural area. Topics include clinical interventions with individuals, families, and groups, empowerment and interdisciplinary approaches.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 660.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 622   Integrated Social Work Practice with Families    3 Hours

This course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the generalist social work practice classes. Knowledge and skills related to the social work processes for planned change using engagement, assessment, planning, implementing, evaluating, terminating, and follow up in working with families will be taught.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program; SWRK 610, SWRK 620, SWRK 623 and SWRK 660.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 661.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 623   Social Work Clinical Assessment and Intervention    3 Hours

Focuses on clinical processes of assessment and diagnosis for rural-centered social work practice. Topics include theories within the Bio-Psycho-Social paradigm, frameworks for organizing and formulating diagnostic understanding with diverse populations.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 630   Rural Social Welfare Policy    3 Hours

Focuses on policy analysis with emphasis on skills in legislative advocacy and decision making related to social policy and services for rural areas. Includes local and state government decision-making.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 660.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 637   Theories of Addiction    3 Hours

This course involves introduction to theoretical, philosophical and historical premises of addictions. Topics include professional ethics, diversity, family roles and relationships, and dual diagnosis.
Equivalent(s): CNS 637, PSY 637.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in helping profession, and instructor's permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SWRK 640   Applied Social Work Research    3 Hours

Focuses on skills, knowledge, and values for evaluation of advanced rural social work with emphasis on single subject design and program evaluation. Students conduct a research project on their practice.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 661.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 647   Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning    3 Hours

This course involves the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessment methods and techniques used to diagnose addiction disorders, as well as the development of appropriate treatment plans and issues involved in treatment planning.
Equivalent(s): CNS 647, PSY 647.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in a helping profession, and instructor permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SWRK 660   Advanced Generalist Field Practicum I    3 Hours

An advanced application of social work principles and practice skills in a human services environment with a specific population. Field experiences in an appropriate off-campus setting are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 620.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SWRK 661   Advanced Generalist Field Practicum II    3 Hours

The capstone course, a continuation of SWRK 660. Application of advanced social work principles and practice skills in a human services environment with a specific population. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program; SWRK 620 and SWRK 660.
Corequisite(s): SWRK 622.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 667   Counseling Substance Abusers and Their Families    3 Hours

Counseling issues related to substance abuse diagnosis, treatment and aftercare programs; family roles and relationships; the counselor's role in elementary, secondary, post-secondary school and community drug abuse programs.
Equivalent(s): CNS 667, PSY 667.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SWRK 671   Social Work and the Law    3 Hours

Introduction to legal issues in social work. Identifies similarities and differences between legal and ethical obligations and dilemmas. Topics include courtroom evidence, procedure and testimony.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 672   Child Sexual Abuse    3 Hours

Dynamics, causes, and effects of child sexual abuse across the life span. Focuses on interventions, skills, and knowledge for working with families and individuals experiencing child sexual abuse.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2016; winter 2017

SWRK 673   Grief and Loss: Issues and Interventions    3 Hours

Dynamics of grief and loss. Theories/models for interventions that are relevant for advanced direct social work practice in rural settings.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2016

SWRK 675   Expressive Therapies in Social Work Practice    3 Hours

This course will focus on the use of expressive therapies in social work practice from a holistic perspective that embraces alternative practices for personal change and growth. Students will obtain knowledge from various theories and models with interventions that are relevant for individual, family and group social work practice which extends what is known as the traditional "talking cure".
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 500 level MSW courses or admission to the Advanced Standing MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 676   Social Work with Migrants    3 Hours

Examine terms associated with migrants, the history of immigration in the U.S., cultural competency and migrant populations, theoretical underpinnings, effective interventions, the most vulnerable migrant groups, and the role of social work.
Prerequisite(s): MSW admission or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015

SWRK 678   Environmental Justice: Theory, Policy, and Practice    3 Hours

Examines the relationship between environmental practice and social inequity, with grounding in relevant theories, policies, practice and evaluation of micro, mezzo, and macro intervention.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

SWRK 679   Professional Social Work Writing Seminar    3 Hours

Common social work writing tasks include documentation of client services, psychosocial assessments including diagnostic impressions, court reports often including recommendations for removal of children or jail time, grant proposals, and additional discipline specific writing requirements. This course will help students develop advanced social work writing skills in these areas critical for successful advanced professional practice.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

SWRK 695   Special Topics in Social Work    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

An in-depth examination of a selected topic in social work. Topics will vary.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW program or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; summer 2017

SWRK 698   Selected Readings in Social Work    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

An independent study with a faculty member focusing on the development of a literature review or thesis topic pertaining to an agreed upon area within rural centered social work practice.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the 1st year of MSW or advanced standing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

SWRK 699   Selected Research in Social Work    3,6 Hours

An independent study with a faculty member focusing on the completion of the research proposal initiated in SWRK 698.
Prerequisite(s): SWRK 698.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: None