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Social Work

Courses - SW Graduate Level

500. Foundations for Generalist and Multicultural Social Work Practice (3)

Corequisites: SW 596A.
Provides knowledge and skills for generalist, multicultural practice with all size systems, from ecological perspective. Implementation of principles, ethics, values, professional relationships, interviewing/communication skills and tasks of the initial, assessment and intervention phases, including examining multicultural differences and expectations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

503A. Human Behavior and Environment in Multicultural Perspectives: Focus on Prenatal through Adolescence (3)

Reviews key theoretical frameworks (including psychodynamic, bio-psych-social, cognitive, systems, learning and role theories) for their clinical application to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and families. Focus is on the impact of poverty and socio-cultural factors in child development.
Letter grade only (A-F).

503B. Human Behavior and Environment in Multicultural Perspectives: Focus on Young Adulthood Through Old Age (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Reviews key theoretical frameworks (including psychodynamic, bio-psycho-social, cognitive, systems, learning and role theories) for clinical application to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adults and families. Focus is on the impact of poverty and socio-cultural factors in adult development.
Letter grade only (A-F).

505. Oppressed Groups: Social Policy Analysis (3)

Analyzes the historical, economic and political factors underlying the United States social welfare system. The impact of current policies on oppressed groups will be examined.
Letter grade only (A-F).

560. Direct Intervention with Individuals and Families: Focus on Children, Youth and Families (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500 and 596A. Corequisite: SW 596B.
Focuses on practice related to interpersonal interaction with children, youth, family and adults. Emphasizes implementation of psychosocial study, assessment and intervention from muticultural perspectives. Cognitive-behavioral, family systems, psychosocial and crisis intervention/brief therapy approaches are examined using an ecological framework.
Letter grade only (A-F).

561. Direct Intervention with Individuals and Families: Focus on Older Adults and Families (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500, and 596A. Corequisite: SW 596B.
Examination of varied practice strategies in depth. Behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychosocial and psychodynamic models viewed in relation to the ecological systems and multicultural perspectives. Focuses on assessment through termination phases of the helping process.
Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Selected Topics in Social Work (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units for majors and 9 units for non‑majors with different topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

591. Diagnosis and Treatment in Clinical Practice with Older Adults (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Introduces the theory and application of clinical interventions with older adults. Within the eco-systems framework and multicultural perspective, emphasis is placed on understanding late-life problems and mental disorders, on developing skills in assessment and diagnosis, and treatment.
Letter grade only (A-F).

592. Community Projects I (3)

Acquisition and application of macro practice skills to community problems. Includes history and methods, relationship between professional values and ethical dimensions of community practice, socio-political determinants of community problems, macro practice theory and models. Implications for culturally diverse, impoverished communities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

594A. Research Methods in Social Work I (3)

An introduction to research methods, including conceptualization of research problems, designs, sampling, measurement, and data collection. The emphases are on building skills for conducting multiculturally focused research and evaluating findings critically.
Not open for credit to students with credit in SW 594. Letter grade only (A-F).

594B. Research Methods in Social Work II (3)

Prerequisite: SW 594A.
Continuation of research methods, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis, program evaluation, grant writing, and preparation of reports for dissemination. There are continued emphases on the ability to conduct multiculturally focused research and evaluate findings critically.
Not open for credit to students with credit in SW 550. Letter grade only (A-F).

596A. Field Instruction I (3)

Corequisite: SW 500.
First of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Develops basic skills with individuals, families, groups and communities, emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours in agency placement.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

596B. Field Instruction II (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500, and 596A. Corequisite: SW 560 or 561.
Second of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Develops basic skills with individuals, families, groups and communities, emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours internship.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

599. Independent Study (1‑3)

Prerequisites: Consent of School and instructor.
Independent study of special topics under supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

642. Mental Health and the Older Adult: A Multi‑Cultural Perspective (3)

Focuses on a broad‑based selection of demographic, psychological and social issues concerned with the older person and their families. Topics will be described and analyzed from preventive, clinical and cross‑cultural perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F).

643. Social Work Practice within Child Welfare Services (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Child protective policies and practices, including adoption, family preservation, family foster care, kinship care, group/residential care, independent living, risk assessment. Accomplishments and controversies in service delivery, integrating multi-cultural practice and federally mandated outcomes related to child safety, well-being and permanency.
Letter grade only (A-F).

660. Direct Intervention with Groups: Focus on Children, Youth and Families (3)

Prerequisites: SW 560. Corequisite: SW 680A.
Teaching of advanced specialized skills needed to work with groups, emphasizing work with children, youth, and families. Focuses on clinical work with groups with special emphasis on eco-systems and multi-cultural perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F).

661. Direct Intervention with Groups: Focus on Older Adults and Families (3)

Prerequisites: SW 561. Corequisite: SW 680A.
Teaching of advanced specialized skills needed to work with groups, emphasizing work with older adults and families. Focuses on clinical work with groups with special emphasis on ecosystems and multi-cultural perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F).

662. Legal Issues in Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Legal aspects concerning children, the family, and aged, abortion and illegitimacy issues, right to treatment, mental health commitment procedures, rights of the elderly, children's rights, marriage, and divorce are covered. Legal research and resources, legal reasoning, and understanding of court systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

663. Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Focus on clinical and policy issues significant for social work practice with individuals, family systems and the community. Content examines alcohol and substance abuse across diverse populations and the lifespan with a focus on multicultural and strengths-based practice.
Letter grade only (A-F).

665. School Social Work (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Social work practice in school-community-pupil relations. Attention to the school as a social institution. Services in schools as a specialized field of social work practice; models of practice; social work roles; and target groups of children.
Letter grade only (A-F).

670. Social Work Administration (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500, 560 or 561, 596A/B, 660 or 661. Corequisite: SW 680B.
Examines foundation for organizational leadership and problem solving, using theories of organizational behavior and management. Frameworks for governance, planning, monitoring, information management, human resources, fiscal responsibility, quality assurance, and community relations. Integration of multi-cultural and gender issues.
Letter grade only (A-F).

674. Clinical Diagnosis and Therapeutic Communication (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Reviews the major theoretical approaches to social work treatment to teach specific clinical interventions. Students are trained to skillfully and therapeutically intervene with a variety of diagnostic categories. Outcome research will be reviewed and evaluated.
Letter grade only (A-F).

675. Social Work Practice with Death, Dying and Loss (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
This course provides an overview of psychological, cultural and professional perspectives related to death and bereavement across the life span. Emotional impact of loss and coping strategies used to promote healing are explored.
Letter grade only (A-F).

677. Social Work Practice in Mental Health (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Focuses on social, economic and cultural factors as they affect social work practice in the mental health field including the Recovery Paradigm/consumer-focused services in accordance with the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
Letter grade only (A-F).

678. Play Therapy with Children, Adolescents and Their Families (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500 and 503A.
Explores the use of play therapy as a social work practice intervention. Focuses on the modality of play therapy as a means of helping children, adolescents, and their families who are experiencing a variety of psychosocial dilemmas.
Letter grade only (A-F).

680A. Field Instruction III (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500, 560 or 561, 596A/B. Corequisite: SW 660 or 661.
First of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Focus on advanced direct practice skills and administrative program development with emphasis on multi-cultural practice.
Two hours bi-weekly in field seminar and 16 hours in agency placement. Credit/No Credit grading only.

680B. Field Instruction IV (3)

Prerequisites: SW 500, 560 or 561, 596A/B, 680A, 660 or 661. Corequisite: SW 670.
Second of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Focus on advanced direct practice skills and administrative program development emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours bi-weekly field seminar and 16 hours agency. Preparation for entering professional employment.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

681. Advanced Policy Seminar: Children, Youth and Families (3)

Prerequisite: SW 505.
Designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy analysis, the development of policy alternatives, and political action on behalf of families and children in contemporary American society.
Letter grade only (A-F).

682. Advanced Policy Seminar: Older Adults and Families (3)

Prerequisite: SW 505.
Provides students with an advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy analysis, the development of policy alternatives, and political action on behalf of older adults and their families in contemporary American society.
Letter grade only (A-F).

683. Brief Treatment (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Covers the methodologies used in brief and/or time limited psychotherapy. Reviews the major forms of time-limited clinical treatment. Reviews the ethnic, gender and other-sensitivity issues related to the use of brief treatment and the empirical research on this treatment approach.
Letter grade only (A-F).

690. Selected Topics in Graduate Social Work (3)

Prerequisites: Consent of school.
Topics of special interest in social work selected for intensive study.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

691. Non-Violent Conflict Resolution (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Designed to help the social work student examine conflict and violence, their own and others' responses to conflict situations on the intrapersonal, interpersonal and community levels, and to learn to deal with conflict in a productive, non-violent manner.
Letter grade only (A-F).

692. Spirituality in Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisite: SW 503A.
This course examines issues pertaining to spiritually sensitive social work practice. The rich and diverse forms of spiritual expressions and religious and philosophical ideologies that may be espoused by clients are explored.
Letter grade only (A-F).

693. Community Projects II (3)

Prerequisite: SW 592.
Integrates knowledge of cross-cultural practice, human behavior and research in identifying solutions to social problems. Builds on analysis from Community Projects I. Utilizing planning, program development and program implementation skills/techniques, students develop, implement and evaluate impact of a specific intervention.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698A. Thesis or Project I (3)

Prerequisites: SW 594A, 594B. Completion of 30 MSW units with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and advancement to candidacy.
Under the direction of the Thesis/Project Adviser, the student completes a thesis/project proposal, instruments and IRB protocol (if applicable), and drafts literature review.
Letter grade only (A-F).

699A. Thesis or Project II (3)

Prerequisite: SW 698A.
Finalization of literature review and completion of remaining chapters (typically, introduction, methodology, results, discussion and implications) of thesis/project.
Letter grade only (A-F).