Courses

The Master of Social Work program requires the completion of 60 units.

Foundation Courses (24 units)

SWK500 Social Work Practice I

This foundation course is the first of two required courses during the foundation year. The two Social Work Practice Courses (I and II) provide the basic knowledge and skills of generalist Social Work practice needed to serve as the foundation for the advanced practice curriculum. This course explores social work history, theory, ethics, problem solving, and diversity and difference as they relate to social work practice with diverse individual client systems. Students will also gain skills in constructing professional relationships and using interpersonal skills to engage diverse client systems. (3 units; Fall)

SWK500-C
Thornton, Carla
09/04/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN
SWK500-A
Lindsey, Viola W
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Building 36 ONLN
SWK500-B
Lindsey, Viola W
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Building 36 ONLN

SWK505 Social Work Practice II

This course is the second foundation practice course that provides the basic knowledge and skills in generalist Social Work practice needed to serve the foundation for the advanced practice curriculum. In this course, professional ethics, problem solving, and engaging diversity and difference in practice are further explored and applied to client systems on all levels, but specifically with families and groups. Building on the knowledge and skills of engaging client systems learned in Social Work Practice I, interventions, assessment, and evaluation with diverse client systems are addressed and applied in cases. Prerequisite: SWK500. (3 units; Spring)

SWK505-A
Costello, Jennifer R.
01/09/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK505-B
Costello, Jennifer R.
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

SWK510 Human Bhvr & Social Envrnmnt I

This foundation course is the first of two required human behavior courses that provide a foundation for advanced generalist practice. While both courses focus on how human behavior is shaped by the social environment, this course focuses on human development across the lifespan. Multidisciplinary frameworks for understanding human development and human behavior are presented and applied to Social Work practice situations on micro levels. This course highlights the person-in-environment perspective and addresses how diversity and difference shape the human experience. (3 units; Fall)

SWK510-B
Gathuru Kamau, Michelle
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS ONLN
SWK510-A
Gathuru Kamau, Michelle
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS ONLN

SWK515 Human Bhvr & Social Envrnmnt II

This is the second foundation human behavior course which presents and critiques theories of human behavior as they relate to mezzo and macro systems, such as family, groups, organizations, and communities. Students will apply knowledge of person-in-environment and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to macro client systems. The effects of marginalization, social injustice, and oppression are examined in relation to human development, culture, and diversity. Prerequisite: SWK510. (3 units; Spring)

SWK515-A
Lee-Johnson, Charles Courtney
01/09/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK515-B
Lee-Johnson, Charles Courtney
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

SWK520 Social Welfare Policy

This foundation course examines the history and philosophy of social work and social welfare policy in the United States as it relates to poverty, oppression, and marginalized groups. The course focuses on policy analysis and addresses the role of policy in effective service delivery for vulnerable, marginalized populations. In addition, the course examines the social, cultural, economic, and global influences that affect social policy. Policy practice, as well as the historical role of social work in policy development and advocacy, are highlighted. (3 units; Fall)

SWK520-A
Ellis, Raquel Thea
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Building 36 ONLN
SWK520-B
Thornton, Carla
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Building 36 ONLN

SWK525 Social Research

This foundation course addresses the principles and methods of social research and prepares students to become competent consumers and producers of research. The course examines qualitative and quantitative research methods, research ethics, evidence based practice, and focuses on translating research into practice to improve service delivery. Seminal studies, as well as current research in the field, and gaps in research for at-risk populations, are examined. (3 units; Spring)

SWK525-A
Hays, Krystal Shelia
01/09/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK525-B
Hays, Krystal Shelia
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

SWK530 Marginalized Populations

This course addresses what it means to be marginalized and presents information on the history and current status of various vulnerable populations domestically and globally. The course highlights the economic, political, and environmental factors that impact marginalization on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Dimensions of diversity, as well as theories of marginalization are examined. In addition, cultural competence in engaging, assessing, and intervening with client systems are applied through case studies. (3 units; Fall)

SWK530-C
Gathuru Kamau, Michelle
09/04/2018 Sa 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN
SWK530-A
Mejico, Antonio,, Jr.
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mission Hall ONLN
SWK530-B
Mejico, Antonio,, Jr.
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mission Hall ONLN

SWK535 Case Management

This foundation course provides an overview of the history of case management and provides an in depth analysis of case management from a strengths perspective. Client engagement, assessment, intervention, advocacy, evaluation, and termination are addressed in depth on micro through macro levels. Key concepts of practice, including but not limited to evidence based practice, supervision and consultation, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, and professional ethics are discussed and applied throughout the course. Prerequisite: SWK500. (3 units; Spring)

SWK535-A
Armstrong, Satara M.
01/09/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK535-B
Armstrong, Satara M.
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

Clinical or Community Social Work (choose one) (9 units)

Clinical Social Work Track

SWK552 Advanced Clinical Practice I

This is the first of two advanced practice courses that focuses on developing competence in clinical skills, such as: diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and assessment with individual client systems. The application of professional ethics is a core feature of the course, as well as the application of evidence based practice to diverse, marginalized client cases to improve client outcomes. Multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks of interventions and practice evaluations are addressed and applied while a strengths-based, person-in-environment approach to clinical practice is highlighted. Prerequisite: SWK505. (3 units; Fall)

SWK552-B
Hays, Krystal Shelia
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Building 36 ONLN
SWK552-A
Hays, Krystal Shelia
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Building 36 ONLN

SWK562 Advanced Clinical Practice II

This course is the second of two advanced practice courses and builds on the clinical skills taught in Advanced Clinical Practice I, but focuses on applying them to families and groups. Clinical skills of diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and assessment are applied to marginalized client systems on a mezzo level. The application of professional ethics is a core feature of the course, as well as the application of evidence based practice to diverse client cases to improve client outcomes. Multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks of interventions and practice evaluations are addressed and applied while a strengths-based, person-in-environment approach to clinical practice is highlighted. Prerequisite: SWK552. (3 units; Spring)

SWK562-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK562-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

SWK572 Mental Health & Psychopathology

This course provides an in depth examination of mental health and psychopathology from a social work perspective. Students will examine the history of mental illness, common mental disorders and current research. The course will also address differential diagnosis and differences between the biopsychosocial model and the medical model. Students will examine how environmental factors interact with genetic predispositions in some populations and examine effective treatment options, as well as current issues in the field of mental health. Prerequisites; SWK505, 515, and 525. (3 units; Fall)

SWK572-B
Costello, Jennifer R.
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS ONLN
SWK572-A
Costello, Jennifer R.
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS ONLN

Community Social Work Practice Track

SWK553 Advanced Community Practice I

This is the first of two advanced practice courses in community social work practice. An overview of community dynamics and the history of community development in the United States are reviewed, with special attention given to the role of faith based organizations in community change and congregational social work. Community strengths, assets, and leadership are examined. Multidisciplinary theories of community change, specifically involving populations at risk, are applied to cases. Prerequisites: SWK505, 515, and 525. (3 units; Fall)

SWK553-A
Lee-Johnson, Charles Courtney
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM James Complex ONLN

SWK563 Advanced Community Practice II

This is the second of two advanced practice courses in community Social Work practice. Community needs, assessment and creative problem solving are key features of the course. Special attention is given to congregational social work. Additionally, a global perspective of community needs, social work, and social development strategies will be examined. Cultural competence and professional ethics in international community social work are key features of the course. Prerequisite: SWK553. (3 units; Spring)

SWK563-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/07/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

SWK573 Social Work Mgmt & Leadership

This course prepares students for administrative and leadership positions in human service agencies. Leadership theories, organizational development, resource management, grant writing, fundraising, and various best practices are addressed. Special attention is given to financial management such as creating budgets, analyzing financial statements, and making financial decisions in leadership positions. Prerequisites: SWK505, 515, and 525. (3 units; Fall

SWK573-B
Thornton, Carla
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS ONLN

Elective Requirement (9 units)

Complete any three courses from the following:

SWK554 Social Work Practice w/Oldr Adlt

This course provides an in depth examination of the unique and growing social service needs of the aging population. The physical, psychological, cultural, and spiritual aspects of aging are examined and various theories of Social Work practice with older adults are addressed. The course focuses on the development of assessment and intervention skills for advanced practitioners in obtaining and improving services for older adults. A key feature of the course includes understanding dementia and best practices in communicating with clients with dementia. (3 units; Spring)

SWK554-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK554-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

SWK556 Elder Abuse

This course focuses on understanding, identifying, assessing, intervening, and preventing elder abuse and neglect. Forms of abuse and neglect, theories of elder abuse and neglect, as well as the epidemiology of abuse are examined on local, state, national, and global levels. California state law on elder abuse and neglect is examined in depth, elder advocacy and prevention programs and policies are evaluated from a social work perspective. (3 units; Fall)

SWK558 Grief and Loss

This course examines grief and loss from a cross cultural perspective. Theories of grief and loss, types of loss, and how grief impacts individual and family functioning are addressed, as well as current strategies to intervene with clients dealing with various types of loss. Specific attention is given to assessing and intervening with geriatric clients and their families suffering from loss in any form (loss of loved ones, abilities, youth, autonomy, etc.). Evidence based practices are reviewed and applied and current research examined. (3 units; Spring)

SWK564 Child Maltreatment

This course focuses on understanding, identifying, assessing, intervening and preventing child abuse and neglect, as well as other forms of child maltreatment. California state law, intervention strategies and theories of abuse and neglect are examined and applied to case scenarios. The effects of child maltreatment, prevalence, and risk factors are discussed and the role of the social worker as child advocate and mandated reporter are highlighted. Global child maltreatment is also examined from a social work perspective on micro through macro levels. (3 units; Fall)

SWK564-D
Thomas, April L.
09/04/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN
SWK564-C
Lesnick, Kimberly Susan
09/04/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN

SWK566 Families in Transition

This course focuses on the changing structure of family systems, the diversity of family systems, and how to help serve families in transition as an advanced social work practitioner. Family systems theory, as well as other theories are examined and applied to diverse, relevant cases scenarios. Evidence based practices are examined. (3 units; Spring)

SWK568 Intimate Partner Violence

This course focuses on the identification, assessment, intervention, and prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV). Theories of IPV, prevalence, risk factors and the physical, psychological, social, economic, and spiritual consequences on children and families are examined. Laws, intervention strategies and evaluation of preventions on state, national and global levels are addressed. (3 units; Spring)

SWK568-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/07/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK568-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

SWK574 Social Wrk w/Srvrs of Hmn Trfckg

This course provides an in depth look at human trafficking and other forms of modern day slavery in the United States and around the world. The course specifically examines the scope of the problem domestically and globally, as well as the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual trauma that victims experience. The role of social workers in working with this vulnerable population is examined in depth. The role of various government, nonprofit, and faith based organizations in addressing this issue is also examined. (3 units; Fall)

SWK574-A
Boyd, Amy E
09/04/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN

SWK576 Social Wrk Prctc w/Dsplcd Popltn

This course examines the unique needs of displaced populations, specifically refugees and immigrants. Social work interventions specific to refugee trauma, adaption and integration are addressed, with a focus on strengths-based, empowerment theory. The course also addresses the diversity of the immigration experiences, acculturation, ethnic identity, and many issues facing immigrant and refugee families and youth, as well as best practices for culturally competent Social Work practice. (3 units; Spring)

SWK576-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA

SWK578 Global Human Rights

This course examines human rights on domestic and global levels, with an emphasis on international human rights and the role of the international social worker. The course outlines the history of various human rights issues in the global community and the current human rights crisis in various regions. The role of faith based organizations, as well as the role of the micro and macro social worker are explored and cases examined. A key feature of the course is understanding human rights from a Christian worldview. (3 units; Spring)

SWK578-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

*SWK 556, SWK 564 and SWK 568 are recommended for Clinical Social Work Track students who wish to pursue licensure after graduation. 

Practicum (12 units)

SWK521 Field Practicum

Students take Field Practicum concurrently each semester with their social work courses. Students must complete 900 hours in a social service or community agency under the supervision of a specified Field Instructor and meet once a week with their Faculty Liaison. The Field Practicum will tie all of the coursework to real life applications in the field. Students will apply their coursework and demonstrate all of the CSWE competencies under the supervision of a Field Instructor through application of coursework in the field. (3 units; Fall)

SWK521-B
Brown, Stephen C.
09/04/2018 F 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex ONLN
SWK521-C
Arkadie, Nicole La_Vonne
09/04/2018 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM James Complex ONLN
SWK521-D
Sanchez, Noelia
09/04/2018 F 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM James Complex ONLN
SWK521-A
Stanfield, Jan U.
09/04/2018 F 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex ONLN
SWK521-E
Dennis, Amy Marie
09/04/2018 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS ONLN

SWK541 Field Practicum

Students take Field Practicum concurrently each semester with their social work courses. Students must complete 900 hours in a social service or community agency under the supervision of a specified Field Instructor and meet once a week with their Faculty Liaison. The Field Practicum will tie all of the coursework to real life applications in the field. Students will apply their coursework and demonstrate all of the CSWE competencies under the supervision of a Field Instructor through application of coursework in the field. (3 units; Spring)

SWK541-A
Stanfield, Jan U.
01/09/2019 F 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK541-B
Lee-Johnson, Charles Courtney
01/09/2019 F 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK541-C
Armstrong, Satara M.
01/09/2019 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK541-D
Costello, Jennifer R.
01/09/2019 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK541-E
Hays, Krystal Shelia
01/09/2019 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK541-F
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS ONLN

SWK561 Field Practicum

Students take Field Practicum concurrently each semester with their social work courses. Students must complete 900 hours in a social service or community agency under the supervision of a specified Field Instructor and meet once a week with their Faculty Liaison. The Field Practicum will tie all of the coursework to real life applications in the field. Students will apply their coursework and demonstrate all of the CSWE competencies under the supervision of a Field Instructor through application of coursework in the field. (3 units; Fall)

SWK561-C
Lindsey, Viola W
09/04/2018 F 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM BUS ONLN
SWK561-G
Arellano, Liza Ana
09/04/2018 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Building 36 ONLN
SWK561-E
Thornton, Carla
09/04/2018 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM James Complex ONLN
SWK561-A
Dennis, Amy Marie
09/04/2018 F 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM BUS ONLN
SWK561-D
Flores-Carter, Kendra Maria
09/04/2018 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM James Complex ONLN
SWK561-B
Dennis, Amy Marie
09/04/2018 F 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM BUS ONLN

SWK581 Field Practicum

Students take Field Practicum concurrently each semester with their social work courses. Students must complete 900 hours in a social service or community agency under the supervision of a specified Field Instructor and meet once a week with their Faculty Liaison. The Field Practicum will tie all of the coursework to real life applications in the field. Students will apply their coursework and demonstrate all of the CSWE competencies under the supervision of a Field Instructor through application of coursework in the field. (3 units; Spring)

SWK581-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 F 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK581-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 F 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK581-C
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK581-D
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK581-E
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 F 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN

Capstone (6 units)

SWK590 Capstone I

This is the first of two capstone courses in the concentration year demonstrating competence in advanced Social Work practice, based on their track (clinical or community social work) by applying all of the CSWE competencies to a client system in a Capstone Paper/Project. The first capstone consists of completion of Sections I-IV of this Capstone Paper with faculty mentorship. Prerequisites: SWK505, 515, 520, 525, and 530. (3 units; Fall)

SWK590-B
Ellis, Raquel Thea
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Health Science Campus ONLN
SWK590-A
Flores-Carter, Kendra Maria
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Health Science Campus ONLN

SWK591 Capstone II

In this final capstone course students complete the final four sections (IV-VIII) of their culminating Capstone Paper/Project that demonstrates their mastery of all the program competencies. Students present their work in an e-portfolio and present this portfolio to their classmates and at their practicum. Prerequisite: SWK590. (3 units; Spring)

SWK591-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN
SWK591-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA ONLN