Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Social Work Department (Degree Completion)

Non-Traditional Social Work Department Chair, Karen S. Boyd

Faculty

Packiaraj Arumugham, PhD

Karen S. Boyd, MSW

Cassandra N. Oliver, MSW

Jean M. Ollis, MSW

Trudy P. Singletary, MSW

Social Work Core Competencies

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
    1. Advocate for client access to the services of social work
    2. Practice personal reflection and self-correction to ensure continual professional development
    3. Attend to professional roles and boundaries
    4. Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication
    5. Engage in career long learning
    6. Use supervision and consultation
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
    1. Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice
    2. Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the NASW Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Works/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles
    3. Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts
    4. Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
    1. Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge and practice wisdom
    2. Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation
    3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
    1. Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power
    2. Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups
    3. Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences; and
    4. View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
    1. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination
    2. Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice; and
    3. Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice
  6. Engage in research informed practice and practice informed research.
    1. Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry
    2. Use research evidence to inform practice
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
    1. Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
    2. Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
    1. Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being
    2. Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
    1. Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services
    2. Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services
  10. Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
    1. Engagement
      • Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
      • Use empathy and other interpersonal skills
      • Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes
    2. Assessment
      • Collect, organize, and interpret client data
      • Assess client’s strengths and limitations
      • Develop mutually agreed on focus intervention goals and objectives
      • Select appropriate intervention strategies
    3. Intervention
      • Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals
      • Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities
      • Help clients resolve problems
      • Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients
      • Facilitate transitions and endings
    4. Evaluation
      • Social workers critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions

Social Work Departmental Programs

Social Work Bridge Program

(These courses are available to non-traditional students who need them to meet requirements to be accepted into the degree-completion program.)

Available Courses

SWK1013 Introduction to Social Work

3

SWK1023 Social Work Field Observation

3

SWK2003G Cultural and Human Diversity

3

SWK2013 Social Work Interviewing and Documentation

3

SWK2073 Social Welfare Systems

3

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

Required Courses

EDT3010 Technology for Professionals

.5

SWK3003 Social Science Research Methods

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 Social Justice and Advocacy

3

SWK3123 Social Work Micropractice with Groups

3

SWK3133 Social Work Practice with Families

3

SWK4002 Integrated Social Work Seminar

2

SWK4010 Social Work Practicum

10

SWK4013 Social Work Macropractice

3

SWK4033 Analysis of Social Policy

3

Required Cognates (Pre-social Work Fundamentals)

BIO1014G Principles of Biology

3

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

BIB3033 Foundations of a Biblical World View

3

SOC1013 Introduction to Sociology

3

PSY1013 General Psychology

3

Total

57.5 Hours

Social Work Program (Degree Completion)

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 to 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 GPA 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, Principles of Biology, and PSY1013G General Psychology;
  • 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, SWK2003G Cultural and Human Diversity, SWK2013 Social Work Interviewing and 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.

Social Work Degree Completion Program Admission Results - The members of the Social work Degree Completion Department will review each admissions application and decide on one of the following four options:

  • Unconditional acceptance into the degree completion program - The applicant has met all admissions criteria. The student will be notified in writing of unconditional admission by the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair.
  • Conditional acceptance into the degree completion program - The applicant will be notified in writing by the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair of the specific areas that need improvement, correction, or completion. Students may continue to take courses in the program sequence, but must correct the specified deficiencies prior to admission to senior level courses, including practica. Students are responsible for meeting the specified conditions, and reporting to the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair for consideration of admission to senior-level courses.
  • Delayed decision - The applicant will be notified in writing by the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair of specific conditions which must be met before admission will be reconsidered. Students will not be allowed to continue to take courses in the program sequence. Students are responsible for correcting the specified conditions, and reporting to the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair.
  • Denial of admission - The applicant will be notified in writing by the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair of specific reasons for rejection of his/her application for admission into the Social Work Degree Completion Program.

Admission to the Social Work Degree Completion 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 all students admitted to the social work program:

  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, including excessive field education absences, educational disqualifications, violations of academic integrity and University Life Standards, legal disqualifications, unethical conduct, professional impairment, lack of reliability and dependability, misrepresentation, participation in derogatory and/or disrespectful behavior, and participation in discriminatory behavior.
  2. Good Standing in the Social Work Program can be achieved by following the these minimum standards:
    • maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00 on all course work attempted at the University;
    • 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 Students must complete a minimum of 124 semester hours of college course work, or its equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA 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 Non-traditional Social Work Degree Completion Practicum Experience

  1. Students desiring admission into the social work practicum experience must submit an application to the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair by the announced date.
  2. The criteria for admission to practicum include:
    • completion of a Social Work Practicum application packet;
    • completion of the 3000-level social work courses with no grade below a C;
    • earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 on all course work attempted at the University;
    • 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;
    • removal of any conditions stipulated by the Social Work Degree Completion Department prior to, upon, or after admission to the Social Work Program; and
    • satisfactory demonstration of required social work competencies identified for practicum admission, such as oral and written communication skills; professionalism, critical thinking skills, and demonstration of the ability to implement the social work generalist practice model with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and society.
  3. Social Work Degree Completion Program Practicum Admissions Results - The members of the Social work Degree Completion Department will review each admissions application and decide on one of the following four options:
    • Unconditional acceptance to practicum - the applicant has met all admissions criteria. The student will be notified in writing of unconditional admission by the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair.
    • Conditional acceptance to practicum - The applicant will be notified in writing by the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair of the specific areas that need improvement, correction, or completion. Degree completion students will be allowed to register and begin Social Work Practicum, but admission could be revoked if a student fails to meet specified conditions. Students are responsible for meeting the specified conditions, and reporting to the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair for re-consideration of conditional admission status.
    • Delayed decision - The applicant will be notified in writing by the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair of specific conditions which must be met before admission will be reconsidered. Students will not be allowed to register or begin Social Work Practicum until deficiencies have been corrected, and the student requests in writing that his/her application be re-considered by the Social Work Degree Completion Department. Students are responsible for correcting the specified conditions, and reporting to the Social Work Degree Completion Department.
    • Denial of admission - The applicant will be notified in writing by the Social Work Degree Completion Department Chair of specific reasons for rejection of his/her application for admission into the Social Work Practicum Experience. A student denied admission to Social Work Practicum may face termination from the Social Work Degree Completion Program and/or a denial to graduate with a major in social work.
  4. Retention in Social Work Practicum - Once admitted to Social Work Practicum, a student will continue to be evaluated for continuation in the practicum. To remain in good standing, a social work practicum student must:
    • maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA;
    • adhere to field placement policies and procedures;
    • demonstrate ethical behavior in the classroom, field practicum, and in University community life; and
    • adhere to Social Work Degree Completion Program policies. A social work degree completion student may be placed on probation, suspended, or terminated from the Social Work Practicum experience when in the professional judgment of the Social Work Degree Completion Department faculty the student is found deficient in academic performance, professional attributes, performance in field education experiences, or violations of legal or ethical codes. Deficiencies that may lead to probation, suspension, or termination include, but are not limited to the following: excessive field education absences, educational disqualifications, violations of academic integrity and University Life Standards, legal disqualifications; unethical conduct, professional impairment; lack of reliability and dependability; misrepresentations; participations in derogatory and/or disrespectful behavior, and participation in discriminatory behavior.

A student may appeal the decision of the Social Work Degree Completion Department by following the appeal process in the University Catalog.

Disclaimers

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.