Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Department of Social Work

Dr. Patricia Desrosiers

Academic Complex, Office 210
Phone: 270-745-5312; Fax: 270-745-6841
Website: http://www.wku.edu/socialwork

The undergraduate social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The social work profession grew out of societal concerns about individual and social problems associated with the distribution of resources and opportunities. Today’s social workers address social issues related to stresses on individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. As professionals, social workers give their attention to inequities in the distribution of resources and opportunities and other factors interfering with persons’ ability to reach their full potential.

The undergraduate social work program depends on a strong liberal arts base and a generalist practice foundation to achieve its mission and goals. The mission of the BSW program at WKU is to prepare culturally competent social workers for practice with diverse communities and client systems. The program promotes a commitment to professional ethics, leadership, professionalism, social justice, and lifelong learning in order for graduates to practice effectively in a global community. For more information regarding the BSW program and its goals, please visit the departmental webpage: http://www.wku.edu/socialwork/bsw.

When planning a program of study in this department, each student should be aware of the University’s academic requirements and regulations contained in this catalog in the chapter “Academic Information.” Specific attention should be given to the subsections in the chapter entitled (a) Academic Programs, (b) Colonnade Requirements, and (c) Academic Requirements and Regulations. Students should be aware that some academic programs may require additional scholastic regulations and standards not specified in the catalog. To obtain a copy of these regulations, students should contact the department or visit the departmental webpage.

Students may be required to undergo criminal background checks and drug testing and to provide proof of health insurance, liability insurance, and/or immunization records prior to participating in any required experiences at selected off-campus facilities/agencies. Additionally, there may be certifications, training seminars, or other requirements specified by the facility/agency that a student must meet in order to be eligible for field or practical experiences at the facility. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all institutional and/or facility requirements are met as a condition of participating in the off-campus experiences; students may be responsible in part or in full for any costs incurred to meet such requirements. Students are also responsible for transportation to and from off-campus experiences.

Faculty

Professor

Amy C. Cappiccie PhD (Social Work), University of Louisville, 2006

Wesley J. Gabbard PhD (Social Work), The University of Alabama, 2004

Dana J. Sullivan PhD (Social Work), University of Louisville, 2003

Associate Professor

Patricia L. Desrosiers PhD (Social Work), University of Louisville, 2009

Simon P. Funge PhD (Social Welfare), University of California-Los Angeles, 2013

Gayle M. Mallinger PhD (Social Work), University of Pitts Pittsburgh Camp, 2010

April L. Murphy PhD (Social Work), University of Louisville, 2012

Larry W. Owens EdD (Leadership Education), Spalding University, 2007

Assistant Professor

Daniel A. Boamah PhD (Social Work), University of Louisville, 2020

Austin G. Griffiths PhD (Social Work), University of Kentucky, 2017

Whitney R. Harper PhD (Human Devl and Family Studies), Michigan State University, 2015

Instructor I

Lynn M. Hazlett MSW, Western Kentucky University, 2010

Monica G. Hines MSW (Social Work), Western Kentucky University, 2010

Sandra S. McClain MSW (Social Work), Western Kentucky University, 2007

Kellye M. McIntyre MSW (Social Work), Western Kentucky University, 2003

Erin T. Warfel MSW (Social Work), Bryn Mawr College, 2001

Instructor II

Allison Gibson MSSW (Social Work), University of Louisville, 2005

Social Work (SWRK)

SWRK 101    Foundations of Human Services    3 Hours

Starting with the basic principles, concepts and a historical perspective, the course will examine problems addressed by diverse social service programs and explore their activities. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-SB | SB

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

SWRK 205    Introduction to Social Work    3 Hours

An introduction to the social work profession and its value, skill and knowledge bases. The history, development, and current status of the social work profession are explored. This introductory course emphasizes appreciation of and respect for human diversity as core concerns of professional social work practice.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

SWRK 270    Mental Health and Social Policy    3 Hours

A survey course of the mental health delivery system in the United States. Services and issues will be discussed.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SWRK 300    Diversity and Social Welfare    3 Hours

This course engages students in the analysis of the nature and impact of economics, political and social ideologies, and cultural forces that shape the development of social welfare policies impacting diverse populations in the United States and abroad. The course emphasizes comparative approaches to the analysis of welfare policies influencing service delivery locally and globally. Policies covered include those that address: poverty, public assistance, health and behavioral health care, criminal justice, child welfare, food insecurity, and homelessness. Specific attention will be paid to the implications of social welfare policies for economic, environmental, and social justice issues and their impact on marginalized populations. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; fall 2020

SWRK 301    Social Work Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion    3 Hours

Explores how students' personal identity and experiences shape their view of social, economic, and environmental justice issues affecting marginalized populations. Focuses on building upon this understanding to begin to develop cultural competence in preparation for social work practice with vulnerable client systems. Note: Admission to the BSW program required.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 101

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Social Work (459) or Social Work (594)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 305    Environmental Justice: Theory, Policy, and Practice    3 Hours

Relationships between the environment and inequity with regard to race/ethnicity and social class are explored by introducing key theories, policies and intervention skills related to environmental justice. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SY

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SWRK 324    Opioid Epidemic    3 Hours

Prepares students to recognize the repercussions of opioid addiction, address root causes of the crisis, and review federal, state, and local policies aimed at reducing opioid use. The role of the social environment, implications of culture, access, and policy regarding substance abuse services are applied to opioid-related issues.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SWRK 325    Social Work & Women in Society    3 Hours

This course will provide an analysis of women's status and position within our society, based on the premise that women's experiences emerge from society's political, social, and economic structures. Content areas emphasized include women and social change, violence, poverty, men, and feminist change strategies.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SWRK 326    Services for the Older American    3 Hours

This course focuses on individual and societal aspects of aging with emphasis on programs, resources and services to meet the social tasks of later life. Field trips to off-campus locations are required. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 330    Human Behavior in the Social Environment    3 Hours

The social, natural, and behavioral sciences are used to examine human behavior across the life span, especially as influenced by ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SY

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

SWRK 344    Social Work Statistics and Data Analysis    3 Hours

Enrollment limited to a social work major or minor.An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, focusing on integrating research and social work practice, and computer applications in research.

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 109 or MATH 112 or MATH 115 or MATH 116 or MATH 117 or MATH 123 or MATH 136 or MATH 142 or MATH 183 or CS 146 or PHIL 215)

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019; summer 2020; summer 2021

SWRK 345    Social Work Research Methods    3 Hours

An introduction to concepts, research design, and program evaluation in social work research. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in utilizing research information in social work practice.

Prerequisite(s): (SWRK 378 and SWRK 379)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 356    Services for Juvenile Offenders and Their Families    3 Hours

The nature and extent of delinquency, structure, and function of the juvenile court will be stressed. Emphasis will be on the provision of services to the juvenile offenders and their families. Field trips to off-campus locations are required. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 357    Case Management    3 Hours

This course introduces students to the fundamental aspects of case management (service coordination), including common case management roles, processes, responsibilities, and employment challenges. Major content areas include: case management roles, (including advocate, broker, resource coordinator), the roles and responsibilities of the multidisciplinary team (including nurses, social worker, physicians, and other disciplines), case management with special populations(forensic,geriatric, children, diverse populations), and the responsibilities of a case manager working in health care and mental health settings. Students will be introduced to the employment challenges of case management (types of programs that hire case managers, workforce retention issues, expectations of case manager, and job satisfaction). Students will develop familiarity with how case managers and clients interface with individual, group, and family systems. Students will develop knowledge of case ma nagement ethics and explore common ethical dilemmas and boundaries issues that confront case managers.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

SWRK 375    Social Work Practice I    3 Hours

The first of three practice classes that equip students with theory and skills for effective generalist social work practice with individuals and their interpersonal networks.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 330 (may be taken concurrently)

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Social Work (594)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 378    Social Work Practice II    3 Hours

The second of three practice classes that equip students with theory and skills for effective generalist social work practice with groups.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 330 and SWRK 375

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

SWRK 379    Introduction to Social Work Communication Skills    3 Hours

Study and practice of interviewing individuals, families, and groups. The skill of relationship building as it relates to both micro and macro practice of social work is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 330 and SWRK 375

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

SWRK 381    Social Work Practice III    3 Hours

The third of three practice classes that equip students with theory and skills for effective generalist social work practice with organizations and communities.

Prerequisite(s): (SWRK 378 and SWRK 379)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 395    Social Welfare Policy and Issues    3 Hours

An understanding of the historical perspectives of social welfare policies as they affect current policy issues. Includes examination of the processes of policy formulation. Models of policy analysis assist students identifying, and their impact on citizens representing a diversity of backgrounds.

Prerequisite(s): (SWRK 345 and SWRK 381)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2021

SWRK 433    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): SWRK 101

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020

SWRK 436    Services to Children    3 Hours

A survey of institutional and community services with focus on principles of social services for children and their families.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

SWRK 437    Military Social Work    3 Hours

This course is designed to increase knowledge and competence in the area of social work services delivered to military personnel, Veterans and their families. Knowledge, values and skills required to work with this special population will be covered, along with evidence-based interventions that would be best suited for this area of social work practice.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

SWRK 438    Understanding Trauma    3 Hours

Comprehensive exploration of trauma with a focus on understanding trauma events, symptoms, theoretical practices and assessment relevant to social services and mental health.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 101 or PSY 100 or PSYS 100

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

SWRK 450    Child Maltreatment    3 Hours

Comprehensive introduction to child abuse and neglect from a social work perspective. The extent of the problem, effects on children, treatment issues, the social worker's role, and advocacy on behalf of individuals and families are explored. This course is the first of two specific course requirements for the Public Child Welfare Certification Program available through WKU and the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children. Note: Consent of Instructor required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 451    Child Maltreatment Interventions    3 Hours

Second of two specific course requirements for the Public Child Welfare Certification Program available through WKU and the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children. Covers various practice skills and treatment interventions related to social work with abused neglected children and their families. Students will have several opportunities to develop their own skills through a variety of teaching methods.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 375 and SWRK 450

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

SWRK 480    Social Work Field Practicum I    3 Hours

Social Work practice experience in a social service agency. Note: Field director approval required.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 378 and SWRK 379

Corequisite(s): SWRK 481

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 481    Social Work Field Seminar I    3 Hours

Integration of the knowledge, skills, values, and experiences gained in the internship. Note: Field director approval required.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 378 and SWRK 379

Corequisite(s): SWRK 480

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

SWRK 482    Social Work Field Practicum II    3 Hours

Continued social work practice experience in a social service agency.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 480 with a minimum grade of P and SWRK 481

Corequisite(s): SWRK 483

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; spring 2021

SWRK 483    Social Work Field Seminar II    3 Hours

Integrates the knowledge, skills, values, and experiences gained during the second semester of the internship.

Prerequisite(s): SWRK 480 with a minimum grade of P and SWRK 481

Corequisite(s): SWRK 482

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; spring 2021

SWRK 490    Selected Topics in Social Work    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

This course permits in-depth examination of selected topics in social work. The specific topics vary. May be repeated with different topics.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019; winter 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021

SWRK 495    Directed Study    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Available to students who wish to conduct individual, intensive reading and research in a specific area of social work, in close cooperation with supervising faculty. Approval required prior to enrollment.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020

SWRK 496    Directed Study    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Available to students who wish to conduct individual, intensive reading and research in a specific area of social work, in close cooperation with supervising faculty. Approval required prior to enrollment.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None