Mount Vernon Nazarene University

2011-2012 Catalog

Social Work Department

Traditional Social Work Department Chair, Kathleen A. Clark

Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair, Karen S. Boyd

Faculty

Karen S. Boyd, MSW

Kathleen Clark, PhD

Wayne E. Dunlop, EdD

Traci McCarty, MSW

Trudy P. Singletary, MSW

Social Work Program Objectives

The courses and curriculum of the social work program are designed to achieve the following student outcomes:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the profession of social work, including its history and contemporary structure and issues;
  • practice within the ethical standards, principles, and values of social work;
  • demonstrate cultural competency through nondiscriminatory practice at all system levels;
  • apply the generalist model and critical thinking skills to social work practice at all systems levels;
  • apply empirically based knowledge of human development and behavior across the life span at all system levels;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics and consequences of social and economic injustice and human rights violations;
  • utilize evidence based knowledge and skills to evaluate personal practice and program effectiveness;
  • engage in campus, local, state, national, or international advocacy activities that reflect a commitment of service to others and the core values of social work.
  • apply strategies, including the social policy process, to promote and advocate for human rights and social and economic justice at all system levels;
  • utilize supervision to function within the organizational purpose, structure, policies, and programs of agencies and consultation to seek organizational change;
  • demonstrate oral, written and non-verbal communication skills appropriate to generalist social work practice;
  • demonstrate the professional use of self through the integration of personal and professional values; and
  • demonstrate a commitment to life-long professional development.

Social Work Departmental Programs

Bachelor of Social Work

Required Courses

SWK1012 Social Work Field Observation I

2

SWK1013 Introduction to Social Work

3

SWK2001 Social Work Documentation

1

SWK2003 Cultural and Human Diversity

3

SWK2012 Social Work Field Observation II

2

SWK2022 Social Work Interviewing

2

SWK2073 Social Welfare Systems

3

SWK3003 Social Science Research Methods

3

SWK3013 Social Work Micropractice

3

SWK3023 Social Work Mezzopractice

3

SWK3063 Human Behavior and the Social
Environment I

3

SWK3073 Human Behavior and the Social
Environment II

3

SWK4013 Social Work Macropractice

3

SWK4033 Analysis of Social Policy

3

SWK4041 Social Work Seminar I

1

SWK4046 Social Work Practicum I

6

SWK4051 Social Work Seminar II

1

SWK4056 Social Work Practicum II

6

Required Cognates (Pre-Social Work Fundamentals)

BIO1014G Principles of Biology with Laboratory

4

POL1003 American Politics and Government

3

PSY1013G General Psychology

3

SOC1013G Introduction to Sociology

3

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

ECO1033G Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Total

70

In lieu of a minor, the student with a major in social work must complete the cognate courses included above.

Bachelor of Social Work (Non-traditional degree-completion program)

Required Courses

SWK3003 Social Science Research Methods

3

SWK3013 Social Work Micropractice

3

SWK3023 Social Work Mezzopractice

3

SWK3063 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SWK3073 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3

SWK3093 Foundations of Generalist Social Work Practice

3

SWK3113 Foundations and Issues of Social Welfare

3

SWK4004 Integrated Social Work Seminar

4

SWK4012 Social Work Practicum

12

SWK4013 Social Work Macropractice

3

SWK4033 Analysis of Social Policy

3

Required Cognates (Pre-social Work Fundamentals)

BIO1014G Principles of Biology with Laboratory

4

POL1003 American Politics and Government

3

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

ECO1033G Principles of Macroeconomics

3

BIB3033 Foundations of a Biblical World View

3

SOC1013 Introduction to Sociology

3

PSY1013 General Psychology

3

Total

65 Hours

Social Work Minor

A social work minor provides a basic understanding of the social service system, the social work perspective, and professional ethics. The minor can enhance other majors that work with or within the social service community. However; a social work minor does not lead to social work licensure eligibility or to the professional designation of social worker. A four-year degree in social work is required for social work licensure and to obtain the competencies necessary for entry-level social work employment. All courses in the social work minor must be passed with a grade of "C" or better to count toward the minor.

Required Courses

 

SWK1012 Social Work Field Observation I

2

SWK1013 Introduction to Social Work

3

SWK2001 Social Work Documentation

1

SWK2003 Cultural and Human Diversity

3

SWK2012 Social Work Field Observation II

2

SWK2022 Social Work Interviewing

2

SWK2073 Social Welfare Systems

3

Select two of the following social work elective courses:

6

SWK3043 Child Welfare

 

SWK3053 Case Management

 

SWK3083 Crisis Intervention

 

SWK3089 Special Topics in Social Work

 

SWK3099 Cross-cultural Service Learning

 

Total

22 Hours

Social Work Program

The Bachelor of Social Work Degree is offered in two formats, traditional and a degree completion program. The Bachelor of Social Work degree is the entry educational-level for the social work profession and licensure.

The Social Work degree completion program allows individuals with a two-year degree in Human Services who have completed required foundation and cognate courses, an opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Individuals with two-year degrees in other disciplines, such as criminal justice, are eligible to apply, but must have completed required foundation and cognate courses. Students in the degree completion program attend class one evening per week for four hours, and take one course at a time. The program structure gives working adults a chance to complete a degree with minimal interruption to work or family time.

Social Work Program Policies

Admission Requirements to the Traditional Social Work Program

  1. The social work traditional student submits an application to the Director of the Social Work Program by April 1 of the second year. The student must complete the required cognates (pre-social work fundamentals) and 1000 and 2000-level required social work courses prior to formal admission to the social work program.
  2. Admission criteria to the traditional social work program include:
    • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher on all course work attempted at the University or accepted by transfer;
    • no grade below "C" in 1000 and 2000-level social work courses;
    • recommendations from three references as to the student’s fitness and suitability for social work practice;
    • completion of an interview with the Social Work Admissions Committee and a positive recommendation as to the student’s fitness and suitability for the practice of social work;
    • completion of the application for admission to the social work program;
    • status of "student in good standing" with the University’s Student Life Office;
    • receipt of satisfactory evaluations from Social Work Field Observation I and II; and
    • demonstration of behavior congruent with accepted social work practice, such as, but not limited to: acceptance of diversity, non-judgmentalism, good oral and written communication skills, and adherence to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and State of Ohio Standards of Ethical Behavior and Professional Conduct.
  3. Admission into the social work program is a prerequisite for enrolling in any social work course numbered 3000 or above.
  4. Admission to the social work program does not guarantee admission to the practica experiences or completion of the program for graduation.

Admission Requirements for the Non-traditional Social Work Degree Completion Program

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work degree completion program requires:

  • completion of an associate degree in Human Services or completion of 56 traditional semester hours (84 quarter hours) from college-level courses taken at an accredited institution of higher learning;
  • completion of two (2) years of full-time work experience;
  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale in all previous college course work;
  • completion of a social work program admissions application, including three references; one reference must be from a human services program or previous college about the student’s fitness and suitability for the social work profession;
  • completion of required cognates, including SOC1013G Introduction to Sociology, ECO1033G Principles of Macroeconomics, BIO1014G Principles of Biology with Laboratory, and PSY1013G General Psychology;
  • completion of an entrance interview and receipt of a positive recommendation for admission as to the student’s fitness and suitability for the practice of social work;
  • completion of foundation courses in social work, including SWK1013 Introduction to Social Work, SWK1012 Social Work Field Observation I and SWK2012 Social Work Field Observation II, SWK2003 Cultural and Human Diversity, SWK2022 Social Work Interviewing, SWK2001 Social Work Documentation, and SWK2073 Social Welfare Systems. Courses must be successfully passed with a minimum grade of "C";
  • status of "student in good standing" from previous college or university;
  • submission of final performance evaluation from supervised field experience indicating a satisfactory evaluation;
  • demonstration of behavior congruent with accepted social work practice, such as, but not limited to, acceptance of diversity, non-judgmentalism, good oral and written communication skills, and adherence to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and State of Ohio Standards of Ethical Behavior and Professional Conduct.

Admission to the social work program does not guarantee admission to the practicum experience or completion of the program for graduation.

Common Social Work Program Policies

The following Social Work Program policies apply to both traditional and non-traditional social work students:

  1. Retention in the Social Work Program. After admission into the social work program, a student will continue to be evaluated for continuation in the program. Students may be placed on probation, suspended, or terminated from the social work program for violations of program policies and standards.
  2. The following minimum standards must be met to remain in good standing in the program:
    • maintain at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on all course work attempted at the University or accepted for transfer;
    • earn no grade below "C" in required social work courses;
    • demonstrate ethical behavior in the classroom, field experience, and University community life;
    • maintain status as a "student in good standing" with the University;
    • adhere to field experience policies and procedures; and
    • adhere to social work program policies and procedures.
  3. Grievance Appeal Process. Grievance Policy is available in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of this Catalog.
  4. Life Experience Policy. The Social Work Program grants no academic credit, either in part or whole for life experience, volunteer experience, and/or current or previous work experience. This policy applies to all academic social work credits, including required cognates (pre-social work fundamentals) and professional foundations courses, field observations, and field practica.
  5. Social Work Ethical Practice. The Social Work Program follows the State of Ohio Standards of Ethical Practice and Professional Conduct and the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics that applies to students in social work educational programs. Violations of the Standards of Ethical Practice and Professional Conduct may be reported to the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Social work students receive written copies of the ethical practice standards and instruction as to the meaning, value, and application of the standards.
  6. Graduation Requirements. Traditional and non-traditional students must complete a minimum of 124 semester hours of college course work, or its equivalent with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. All course work, including general education core requirements, required cognates, electives, and required foundation courses in social work must be satisfactorily completed prior to commencement.

Admission to the Social Work Practicum Experience

  1. Students desiring admission into the social work practicum experience must submit an application to the Social Work Program Director by the announced date.
  2. The criteria for admission to practicum include:
    • completion of the 3000-level social work courses with no grade below a C;
    • courses with no grade below a "C";
    • earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all course work attempted at the University or accepted by transfer;
    • maintain status as a "student in good standing" with the University;
    • demonstration of behavior congruent with accepted social work practice, such as, but not limited to, acceptance of diversity, non-judgmentalism, good oral and written communication skills, and adherence to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and the State of Ohio Standards of Ethical Behavior and Professional Conduct; and
    • removal of any conditions stipulated by the Social Work Department prior to, upon, or after admission to the Social Work Program.
  3. Students applying for admission to practicum will complete an admissions interview and must receive a positive recommendation as to the student’s fitness and suitability for the practicum experience.

Disclaimers

Traditional students transferring into the program may not complete the program in four years, because the program is tightly structured and sequenced. Traditional students combining social work with another major may find that the program structure and sequence prevent completion of two majors in four years.

Admission into the Social Work Program will be delayed for students who do not complete the designated liberal arts, pre-social work fundamentals and professional foundations courses with satisfactory grades.

The social work curriculum and operating policies strive to be responsive to changing requirements of state social work licensing boards, to changing professional social work expectations, and to changing standards of the Council on Social Work Education. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The University cannot guarantee licensure or employment, because it does not control applicable state legislation, the licensing examinations or requirements, or hiring practices of state and community social service agencies. Background checks are required prior to the issuance of licenses by appropriate licensing bodies.