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Social Work Courses

SOCW 201. Social Work Theory & Practice I. 3 Units.

This course introduces a range of prevention and intervention methods grounded in generalist social work theory and the person-in-environment framework. A unifying framework of micro, mezzo and macro level practice for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities is introduced. The framework includes the practice phases of engagement, assessment, planning/contracting, intervention, evaluation, termination/referral, and follow-up. Students will gain a foundation upon which they can continue to add and build social work practice skills. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 203. Research-Informed Practice. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to social work research. It focuses on understanding quantitative and qualitative research methods in advancing the science of social work and evaluation of social work practice.Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 205. Policy & Advocacy in Social Work Practice. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to the underlying values, assumptions, and philosophical perspectives that have influenced the development of the U.S. social welfare system and services. Students will learn about policy formulation, analysis, and the role of advocacy in service development and delivery within social work practice settings at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in an online format.

SOCW 207. Diversity & Social Justice. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to the global intersections and interconnections of diversity, human rights and justice. Students will develop an understanding of an integrated practice framework that advances human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice issues. Theories and strategies of human need and social justice are covered to prepare students to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice domestically and internationally. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 209. Virtual Social Work Skills Lab. 3 Units.

This skill-based course is anchored in the knowledge base of generalist social work theory & practice. Students will develop competency in performing essential social work skills to prepare for the generalist and specialized field placement. Specific skills focused on include demonstration of ethical and professional behavior and engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with clients and constituencies. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a lecture format.

SOCW 211. Social Work Theory & Practice II. 3 Units.

This course builds on integrating social work practice through a unifying framework of micro, mezzo and macro level practice for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The framework will focus on integrating practice, leadership and technology skills to develop and provide social work services that advance social justice and improve well-being. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 213. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). 3 Units.

This course introduces students to the concepts and language of mental health and mental disorders with a primary focus on the widely used classification system of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Students learn to distinguish mental health diagnostic categories and gain skills in the diagnostic process. The goals of the course are to further students’ competence in incorporating strengths in a comprehensive, multidimensional assessment and prepare students to practice in integrated health care settings. Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a online format.

SOCW 215. Social Work in Health Settings. 3 Units.

Building on core knowledge common to all fields of practice, this course examines advanced practice skills and interventions relevant to health care settings in work with individual clients, families, groups, and interdisciplinary teams. Social work practice is explored in the context of the psychosocial consequences of illness and current health care delivery. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 217. Clinical Interventions in Health. 3 Units.

This course builds on generalist social work theory and practice with the addition of more intensive focus on assessment and intervention techniques with clients and constituencies. Students will develop service delivery plans based on the selection of appropriate theories, intervention models, and evidence-informed intervention utilizing a practice orientation that attends to human rights and social justice for diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 219. Social Determinants of Health. 3 Units.

This course focuses on the systematic study of social and economic conditions under which people live that determine their health. How social influences such as income, living conditions, education, infrastructure, religious affiliation, healthcare, social capital, stress, gender and race affect health and longevity will be explored. The role of public policy in shaping outcomes for communities will be examined. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 221. Advanced Policy in Health Systems. 3 Units.

The course introduces a rights-based approach to leading innovation and social change through policy practice and advocacy. Using human rights and social justice principles, students will learn how to use specific policy and advocacy frameworks to plan for and lead strategies that facilitate social change with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in an online format.

SOCW 223. Practice-Informed Research in Health Systems. 3 Units.

This course builds on basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis. Students gain knowledge and skills to use appropriate research methods for empirically based knowledge building and to enhance program and practice effectiveness. Content includes single system and group design and formative and summative approaches to practice and program evaluation.Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 225. Generalist Practice Field Seminar. 2 Units.

This course will coordinate with the General Practice Field Placement and use a problem-based learning approach. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program, successful completion of coursework in all first trimester MSW courses with a grade of C or higher, and in academic good standing in the MSW program with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions may be granted by the MSW Program’s Student Progress Committee (see MSW Program Handbook and MSW Field Handbook). This course is taught in a lecture format.

SOCW 227. Specialized Practice Field Seminar I. 1 Unit.

This course will coordinate with Specialized Practice Field Placement I and use a problem-based learning approach. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program, successful completion of coursework in all first and second trimester MSW courses with a grade of C or higher and a ‘Pass’ in SOCW 287A, and in academic good standing in the MSW program with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions may be granted by the MSW Program’s Student Progress Committee (see MSW Program Handbook and MSW Field Handbook). This course is taught in a lecture format.

SOCW 229. Specialized Practice Field Seminar II. 1 Unit.

This course will coordinate with Specialized Practice Field Placement II and use a problem-based learning approach. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program, successful completion of coursework in all first, second and third trimester MSW courses with a grade of C or higher and a ‘Pass’ in SOCW 287A and SOCW 287B, and in academic good standing in the MSW program with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions may be granted by the MSW Program’s Student Progress Committee (see MSW Program Handbook and MSW Field Handbook). This course is taught in a lecture format.

SOCW 231. Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment. 3 Units.

This course provides an overview of social work practice with alcohol and substance abusers, including the role of family systems, community networks, and experiences of trauma. The course prepares students for assessment, detection, and intervention for harmful alcohol and substance use in human services settings, with an emphasis on health care settings. The course provides a basis for understanding the prevalence of alcoholism and substance abuse, introduces models and theories of addiction and treatment, and develops skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation for alcoholism and substance use with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 233. Gerontological Social Work. 3 Units.

This course provides knowledge and skills for gerontological practice in the areas of health and mental health with older adults. The course emphasizes practice with clients from diverse backgrounds, including minority and disenfranchised populations at the micro and mezzo levels. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program. Students in other University of the Pacific graduate programs may take this course as an elective with the permission of the instructor. This course is taught in a hybrid format.

SOCW 287A. Generalist Practice Field Placement. 3 Units.

A 300-hour (20 hours per week for 15 weeks) field placement to develop generalist social work skills while supporting individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program, successful completion of coursework in all first trimester MSW courses with a grade of C or higher, and in academic good standing in the MSW program with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions may be granted by the MSW Program’s Student Progress Committee (see MSW Program Handbook and MSW Field Handbook). This course is taught in a internship/co-op/fieldwork format.

SOCW 287B. Specialized Practice Field Placement I. 3 Units.

A 300-hour (20 hours per week for 15 weeks) field placement to develop integrative practice skills within an area of specialized practice in an interprofessional practice setting. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program, successful completion of all first and second trimester MSW courses with a grade of C or higher, and in academic good standing in the MSW program with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions may be granted by the MSW Program’s Student Progress Committee (see MSW Program Handbook and MSW Field Handbook). This course is taught in a internship/co-op/fieldwork format.

SOCW 287C. Specialized Practice Field Placement II. 3 Units.

A 300-hour (20 hours per week for 15 weeks) field placement to develop integrative practice skills within an area of specialized practice in an interprofessional practice setting. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Social Work program, successful completion of all first, second and third trimester MSW courses with a grade of C or higher, and in academic good standing in the MSW program with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions may be granted by the MSW Program’s Student Progress Committee (see MSW Program Handbook and MSW Field Handbook). This course is taught in a internship/co-op/fieldwork format.

Program Learning Objectives

This program is designed to prepare students to practice competently in an increasingly complex healthcare environment and gain the skills and knowledge to be innovators in social work. Graduates will:

1. Critically analyze and use evidence to guide decision-making and clinical skills to promote best practices.

2. Use knowledge of social work practice theories and policy frameworks and evidence-based practice to develop strategies to promote high quality care, innovation, and organizational change, targeting social justice and promotion of human rights.

3. Work in inter-professional teams to develop a compassionate and culturally sensitive, patient-centered approach to healthcare.

Course Credit Not Granted For Life and Work Experience

The MSW program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience. Both life and work experience, past and present, cannot be a substitute for field education experience or any generalist or specialized practice courses.

Social Work Faculty

Rose Wong, Program Director, Master of Social Work from U.C. Berkeley; Doctoral from U.C. Berkeley; Post-doctoral training from the Department of Psychiatry at U.C. San Francisco, rosewong@pacific.edu