School of Social Work (GRAD)

The School of Social Work offers programs leading to the M.S.W. and the Ph.D. degrees.

Admission into the M.S.W. program is based on an evaluation of the applicant's transcripts, references, written statement of interest in the field, prior experience, and readiness to undertake graduate professional education. To be considered for admission, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a broad liberal arts preparation in social and biological sciences and the humanities.

In the admissions process for the Ph.D. program, students are asked to provide evidence of

  • A master's degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or, less preferably, in a related discipline
  • Academic ability, as demonstrated in academic achievement and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Writing ability, as demonstrated in a writing sample
  • Commitment to the values, goals, and purposes of the social work profession
  • Professional experience in human services, and
  • A direction for and commitment to scholarly work congruent with the objectives and resources of the doctoral program.

The M.S.W. Program

Students complete the M.S.W. generalist curriculum of 29 credit hours that covers content related to human behavior and the social environment, institutionalized discrimination, social work practice, social policy, and research. In the evidence-informed practice specialization curriculum, students choose among two concentrations for an additional 33 academic credit hours: the community, management and policy practice concentration (CMPP), and the direct practice concentration (DP). The CMPP concentration prepare students for advanced social work practice related to administration, management, and community and policy practice. The DP concentration prepares students for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, and groups.

In both the M.S.W. generalist and specialization curriculum, students also enroll in field education in addition to their classroom-based coursework. In field education, M.S.W. students are placed in more than 250 government, nonprofit, and other human services agencies each semester of their studies. Through these field placements, students receive hands-on experience working in a wide array of practice areas such as anti-poverty programs, child welfare, community and program development, family violence, healthcare, behavioral health, among others.

Students develop coherent and cohesive plans of study to meet their M.S.W. degree requirements in consultation with faculty advisors. They select courses to meet their individual professional and educational goals, while also meeting the academic requirements of their concentration. In addition, students can explore content outside of their concentration and use elective credits to pursue learning goals related to diverse areas of interest.

The typical time for degree completion is four semesters of full-time study. However, graduates of undergraduate social work programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education who meet specific course and admissions requirements are eligible to apply for the advanced standing program. In the advanced standing program, students fulfill the degree requirements in 12 months beginning in May of each year. In January 2021, the School of Social Work admitted an inaugural cohort of students to a new extended 20-month advanced standing program that begins each spring semester, pending class size.

Additionally, students can earn a M.S.W. degree via a three-year program offered at UNC–Chapel Hill. In the first year, students take two courses each semester. In the second year of this program, students take two courses each semester, participate in a field seminar, and complete 16 hours per week. Their final year, students in this program complete the specialization curriculum.

The School of Social Work also offers one off-campus program that is located in Winston-Salem. Students in this program complete M.S.W. degree requirements over the course of three years. The first two years of M.S.W. study take place at the off-campus program site. In the first year, students take two courses each semester. In the second year of this program, students take two courses each semester, participate in a field seminar, and complete 16 hours per week in a field placement each semester. In the final year, students complete the degree as full-time students on the UNC–Chapel Hill campus.

The Ph.D.Program

The Ph.D. program curriculum is grounded in core courses designed to understand, analyze, and intervene in social problems. Thorough training is offered in theory, research methodology, data analysis, and intervention development and testing. Students design their program of study to focus on a social problem of interest and are matched with faculty mentors to guide them in their work. Students publish, apply for grant funding, and complete a teaching practicum. They have rich opportunities for both independent teaching and research.

Following the faculty member's name is a section number that students should use when registering for independent studies, reading, research, and thesis and dissertation courses with that particular professor.

Dean

Ramona Denby-Brinson (107), Child Welfare, Kinship Care, Foster Care, Children's Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Culturally-Specific Child Welfare Services, African American Children and Families, Child Welfare Policy and Programming 

Distinguished Professors

Gary L. Bowen (98), Social Work with Families, Middle and High School Success, Crime and Violence in Schools, Work and Family Linkages, Military Families, Community Capacity Building, Neighborhood Effects, Results-Focused Planning, Implementation Science
Mimi V. Chapman (293), Child and Adolescent Health, Mental Health and Well-Being, Latino Migration and Adaptation, In-Country Chinese Migration and Social Work Practice, Provider Preparation for Working with Diverse Populations, Mental Health Service Use, Visual and Arts-Based Methods and Interventions
Gina A. Chowa (206), International Social Development, Asset Building, HIV/AIDS, Social Protection and Financial Capability
Trenette Clark Goings (304), Health Disparities, Substance Use Prevention, Prevention Science, Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood 
Rebecca J. Macy (325), Interpersonal and Relationship Violence, Coping with Personal Threats and Trauma, Prevention and Practice Interventions
Emily Putnam-Hornstein (239) Child Abuse and Neglect, Fatal Child Maltreatment, Child Protective Services, Administrative Data, Record Linkage, Predictive Risk Modeling
Kimberly J. Strom (038), Professional Ethics, Moral Courage, Leadership, Higher Education
Sheryl Zimmerman (295), Evaluation of Practice, Social Gerontology, Psychosocial Aspects of Health, Long-Term Care, Outcome Research, Methods for Studying Older Populations, Dementia, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes

Professors

Michael Lambert (102), Research and Measurement of Biopsychosocial Adjustment in Children, Youth, Adults, and Families Cross-Nationally, Clinical Interest in Treatment of Trauma, Family and Individual Psychotherapy
Clinical Professors
Sarah M. Naylor (256), Academic Advising, Qualitative Research, Higher Education, Program Evaluation
Gary M. Nelson (83), Organizational and Community Change, Social Gerontology, Self-Evaluation
Sarah B. Verbiest (203), Maternal and Infant Health, Women's Health, Health Equity, Primary Prevention, Leadership Development, Partnership Building, Boundary Spanning, Strategic Planning, Reproductive Justice

Research Professors

Dean F. Duncan III (218), Human Trafficking, Child Welfare, Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, Management of Human Services Agencies, Research Methods, Community Collaboration
Kirsten L. Kainz (105), Knowledge Exchange, Evidence Use, Causal Inference and Explanation, Quantitative Methods, Mixed Methods
Virginia C. Strand (247), Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents, Implementation Research Regarding Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment, Common Elements Research, Workforce Development in Behavioral Health and Child Welfare

Associate Professors

David Ansong (082), Educational and Economic Disparities, Financial Capability and Asset Building, Child and Youth Well-Being
Joy Noel Baumgartner (217), Adolescent Health and Well-Being, Severe Mental Illness, Global Mental Health Services Research, Integrated Care
Sarah E. Bledsoe (202), Mental Health Services Research, Evidence-Based Practice, Perinatal Mental Health, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mood, Anxiety, and Trauma Disorders, Developmental Impact of Interpersonal Trauma, Intervention and Implementation Research, Culturally and Community Relevant Practices, Low-Income Populations
Cynthia Fraga (234), Intimate Partner Violence, Child Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence, Human Trafficking, Latinx and Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, Coping, Parenting, Intervention Development and Evaluation
Paul J. Lanier (027), Child Maltreatment Prevention, Child Well-Being, Parenting, Evidence-Based Practice
Melissa A. Lippold (260), Parenting and the Prevention of Adolescent Risky Behavior, Family Stress and Coping, Family-Based Preventive Interventions
Rainier Masa (23), Economic and Social Aspects of Health, HIV Prevention and Treatment, Food and Nutrition Security, Adolescents and Young Adults in Low Resource Settings, Intersectional Stigma and Resiliency
Amy E. Wilson (225), Public Mental Health Services, Dual Diagnosis, Serious Mental Illness, Reentry from Jails/Prisons, Mental Illness and Criminal Justice
Lisa D. Zerden (222), Integrated Care, Behavioral Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Health Disparities and Access, Health Policy, Injection Drug Use and Harm Reduction, Social Work Workforce

Clinical Associate Professors

Travis J. Albritton (200), Public Child Welfare, Substance Abuse Services, Spirituality and Social Work Practice, Family and Community Social Supports
Deborah Barrett (246), Direct Practice, Chronic Pain, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Group Work
Rebecca B. Brigham (091), Child Welfare and Public Policy, Foster Care and Adoption, Adult Learning Theory, International Social Work Education, Social Work Field Education
Denisé G. Dews (005), Aging, End-of-Life Care, Medical Social Work, Field Education, Child Welfare Workforce, Integrated Health, Interprofessional Education
Marilyn A. Ghezzi (243), Adult Mental Health, Clinical Practice, Psychotherapy Approaches and Integration, Social Work with Groups
Melissa L. Godwin (210), Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, School-Based Mental Health Services, Gender Issues, Clinical Social Work
John D. McMahon (232), Family and Children's Services, Child Welfare, Improving Outcomes for Families
Sherry C. Mergner (275), Disability Rights and Advocacy, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), Families of Children with Special Needs, Emotional Regulation and Social Cognitive Strategies for Individuals with ASD and Related Disorders, Sexual Health Education, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Modified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Individuals with ASD/IDD, LGBTQ Issues, Women's Issues, Spirituality and Psychotherapy
Andrea J. Murray Lichtman (281), Critical Theory, Social Justice, Racial Equity and Access, Addiction, Spirituality and Health/Mental Health in Clinical Practice, Life Stage Transitions for Individuals, Couples and Families
M. Theresa Palmer (258), Clinical Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Families, Clinical Supervision, Microagression and Hidden Bias, Field Education, Environmental Social Work
Laurie J. Selz-Campbell (240), Support for Adults and Parents with Severe Mental Illness, Arts-Based Interventions, Dialogue-Based Interventions, Social Welfare Policy
Tina M. Souders (007), Professional Ethics, Social Work and the Law, Macro Practice with Organizations and Communities, Instructional Design and Technology
Tauchiana J. Williams (259), School Social Work, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Trauma
Ronni L. Zuckerman (052), Families and Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Social Work Field Education

Research Associate Professors

Steven H. Day (387), Program Evaluation, Intervention Research, Delinquency Prevention, Arts-Based Intervention
Crystal Joy Stewart (242), Child Welfare, Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Data Science, Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, Trauma-Informed Care, Human Trafficking
Tonya B. VanDeinse (333), Adults with Mental Illness, Criminal Justice, Mental Health Services, Implementation Science

Assistant Professors

Rachel Goode (361), Psychosocial Interventions for Obesity Prevention and Treatment, Assessment and Treatment of Disordered Eating Behaviors, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity Prevalence and Treatment Outcomes, Design and Conduct of Community-Based Health Promotion Interventions, Racial Reconciliation and Healing, Spirituality in Social Work Practice, Qualitative Research
William Hall (362), Mental Health, Health Disparities, School Bullying, Cultural Competency/Humility, Social Policy, Sexual Orientation, Adolescent Development, LGBTQ Issues

Clinical Assistant Professors

Neil Bilotta (205), Decolonizing Social Work Research and Practice, Culturally Responsive Social Work Practices, Participatory Research with Refugee Youth, Research Ethics, International Social Work, Anti-Oppressive Practices
Mellicent O. Blythe (203), Trauma-Informed Practice, Community Mental Health, Workforce Development, Public Policy, Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatments 
Jamie Burgess-Flowers (244), Evidence-Based Models of Integrated Care, Trauma-Informed Healthcare, Health Disparities and Access, Impacts of Trauma on Physical Health, Interprofessional Training and Education
Chrystal Coble (038), Juvenile Justice and Diversion, Continuing Professional Education in Child Welfare, Change Management and Organizational Development, LGBTQ Students in Higher Education
Tonia Jacobs Deese (209), Family Systems Theory, Child Mental Health, Trauma and the Impact of Culture on Family Outcomes, Best Practices in Child Welfare
Annamae T. Giles (216), Healthcare, Aging, Death and Dying
Tanya Jisa (247), Cooperative Economics, Drug Policy, Feminist Practice, Nonprofit Management, Prison Abolition, Reproductive Justice, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Justice
Karon F. Johnson (229), Trauma-Informed Practice, Grief and Loss, Crisis Intervention, Spirituality and Social Work, Culturally-Relevant Practice, Ethics in Work with Diverse Populations
Linda H. Kendall (101), Collective Impact and Community Engagement Projects in Aging, Disabilities and Family Caregiver Issues, Individual and Group Facilitation
Amy S. Levine (236), Child Welfare Practice, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Trauma-Informed Care, Anti-Oppressive Clinical Practice, Professional Wellness and Resilience, Social Work Field Education
Rodney D. Little (226), Group Process and Facilitation, Leadership Development for Supervisors/Managers in Public Social Services, Conflict Resolution, Rural Social Work Practice and Culture, Grief, Loss and Bereavement
Patricia A. McGovern (291), Etiology, Risk Mechanisms and Decision-Making Determinants of Substance Use and Behavioral Addictions, Consequences of Substance Use among College Students, Development and Evaluation of Substance Use and Behavioral Addiction Interventions
Michael E. McGuire (294), Adolescent and Family Development, Harm Reduction, Substance Use Treatment, Experiential Learning, Issues Around Military Families, Motivational Interviewing, Feedback Informed Treatment, Clinical Supervision, Clinical Model Implementation, Ethics, Workforce Development
April S. Parker (250), Maternal Mental Health, Mental Health Equity, Cultural Humility, Social and Racial Justice, Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Practices, Clinical Supervision, Clinical Social Work, Social Work with Groups, International Social Work Practice
Michelle Patak-Pietrafesa (092), School Social Work, Clinical Practice with Children, Youth and Families, Neurodiverse Populations, Inclusive Classrooms and Universal Design for Learning, Racial Bias and Equity in Schools, Education and Social Education Policy, School Discipline Reform, Research Methods and Statistics (Structural Equation Modeling), Implementation and Systems Science
Laura Phipps (257), Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, Trauma-Informed Child Welfare, Implementation Science and Outcomes Focused Practice
JP Przewoznik (219), LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness, Sexual Violence Prevention, Social Determinants of Health, Risk and Protective Factors at the Mezzo and Micro Levels, Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
Robin Sansing (213), Community Management and Policy Practice (CMPP), Contemplative Practices in Higher Education and Social Work Practice, Leadership Development, Community Mental Health, Health and Wellness in Higher Education, Whole-Person Wellness in Social Work Practice and Education
Evelyn L. Taylor (360), Adolescent and Adult Mental Health, Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, School Social Work
Sharon Thomas (261), Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention/Risk Behaviors, Families and Children, Interventions With Families of Color, International Social Work Education
Ashton P. Williams (235), Trauma-Informed and Resiliency-Focused Practice, Child Welfare Workforce Development

Research Assistant Professors

Todd M. Jensen (103), Social Work with Families, Promoting Child and Family Well-Being in Diverse Contexts, Strengthening Family-Serving Systems, Prioritizing Equity in Family Research and Practice, Quantitative Methods
Brianna Lombardi (212), Integrated Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health, Heath Workforce

Professors Emeriti

Iris Carlton-LaNey
Andrew W. Dobelstein

Mark Fraser
Dorothy N. Gamble
Hortense K. McClinton
Dennis Orthner
Jack M. Richman
Amelia Roberts-Lewis
Kathleen A. Rounds
Mark Testa

Charles Lindsey (Lynn) Usher
Marie Weil
Irene Zipper

SOWO

Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate-level Courses

SOWO 403.  Social Work Study Abroad.  1-6 Credits.  

Variable content. Course examines international social issues, programs, and policies and their impact on client populations and cultures in a particular country or global region.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 404.  Social Work Study Abroad: Africa.  1-6 Credits.  

Course examines social issues, development strategies, health/mental health programs. Explores how country's fledgling democracy and people are redesigning organizations and interventions to respond to the needs of South Africans.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 489.  Public Service and Social Change.  4 Credits.  

Course examines the role of volunteer involvement and citizen participation in community development, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and other efforts to create a more just and democratic society. Includes a service-learning requirement.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 490.  Preprofessional Special Topic.  1-6 Credits.  

Focuses on current professional social work issues. The focus will be specified each time the course is offered.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 6 total credits. 6 total completions.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 491.  Community Organizing for Social Change.  4 Credits.  

Course examines different types of advocacy strategies and their use in efforts both to enhance the delivery of services to disadvantaged populations and to promote social change in communities.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
IDEAs in Action General Education logoSOWO 492.  Seminar in Service Learning.  1-6 Credits.  

Participants explore frameworks, values, and skills around the democratic principles of service, citizenship, and social justice. Accompanies an intensive, paid internship in a local nonprofit agency.

Rules & Requirements  
IDEAs in Action General Education logo IDEAs in Action Gen Ed: HI-SERVICE.
Making Connections Gen Ed: EE- Service Learning.  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit. 6 total credits. 6 total completions.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 495.  Undergraduate Research in Social Work.  1-6 Credits.  

Research under the supervision of a selected instructor. Approved learning contract required. Permission of the instructor and school required.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 12 total credits. 12 total completions.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 500.  Human Development in Context I: Infancy to Adolescence.  3 Credits.  

This course provides an overview of child and adolescent development in an environmental context, using an anti-oppressive lens to analyze major theoretical frameworks.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 501.  Confronting Oppression and Institutional Discrimination.  3 Credits.  

This course examines institutionalized oppression and its implications for social work practice at all levels, emphasizing the consequences of social inequality and the social worker's responsibilities to fight oppression.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 505.  Human Development in Context II: Adulthood.  3 Credits.  

This course reviews typical and divergent adult development in context, surveys major theoretical frameworks, and highlights the impact of social injustices on adult development.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 510.  Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice and Program Evaluation.  3 Credits.  

Develop knowledge of evidence-based practice, including skills needed to identify, acquire, and assess appropriate interventions for practice and skills required to evaluate their own social work practice.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 520.  Social Work Generalist Practicum I.  3 Credits.  

Students learn generalist competencies and behaviors by demonstrating core knowledge, skills, and values through direct (individuals, families, small groups) and macro (organizations, communities) practice in an agency setting (Field Fee: $300).

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 521.  Social Work Generalist Practicum II.  3 Credits.  

A continuation of SOWO 520, students demonstrate an increased knowledge of generalist competencies and behaviors through direct (individuals, families, small groups) and macro (organizations, communities) practice in an agency setting. (Field fee: $300.)

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 520.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 522.  Pre-Specialization Practicum for Advanced Standing Students.  4 Credits.  

Introduces advanced standing students to specialization competencies and behaviors by demonstrating knowledge, skills, and values in direct (individuals, families, small groups) or macro (organizations, communities) practice in an agency setting. (Field fee: $300.)

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 523.  Generalist Field Seminar I.  1 Credits.  

Assist students in integrating and applying classroom learning with the generalist field practicum. Opportunities are provided for case presentation, discussion, and peer consultation.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 524.  Generalist Field Seminar II.  1 Credits.  

Assists students in integrating and applying classroom learning with the generalist field practicum. Opportunities are provided for case presentation, discussion, and peer consultation.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 530.  Foundations of Social Welfare and Social Work.  3 Credits.  

Introduces public welfare policy through lecture and discussion of the purposes of public welfare and describes the most important programs created by those policies.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 540.  Social Work Practice with Families, Individuals, and Groups.  3 Credits.  

Provides the foundation for social work practice with individuals, families, and groups. It emphasizes basic knowledge, analytic and practice skills, and values necessary for practice.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 570.  Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities.  3 Credits.  

This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills in engagement, assessment, and intervention design and implementation within the context of communities, organizations, and broader systems.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 613I.  Intermediate Spanish for Health Care I.  3 Credits.  

This intermediate course is the equivalent of the third semester of college Spanish. Students will hone their listening and speaking skills in class primarily through role-playing activities and class discussion. Activities center on an original film set in a health clinic in rural North Carolina.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 615I.  Advanced Spanish for Health Care I.  3 Credits.  

Required preparation, third semester Spanish or equivalent. This advanced course reviews the grammar of the third and fourth semester of college Spanish. Students hone their listening and speaking skills through role-playing activities and class discussion. Activities center on an original film set in a Latino-run health clinic.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  

Graduate-level Courses

SOWO 700.  Substance Use and Addictions Specialist (SUAS): Treatment Foundation.  3 Credits.  

Introduces students to the field of substance use and addiction. Explores historic and current theories of addiction, the Four domains of addiction counseling, and applicable ethical and legal considerations.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 702.  Human Development in Context.  1.5 Credits.  

This course provides an overview of human development in an environmental context, surveying major theoretical frameworks and highlighting the impact of different systems on the development, functioning and health of individuals, families and communities. Course frameworks will include definitions, structural variations, theories, strengths, stressors, and changes that affect functioning needed to carry out practice with clients.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 705.  Mental Health Recovery and Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  1.5 Credits.  

The concept of mental health recovery is introduced, exploring theoretical foundations and lived experiences of consumers. Psychiatric rehabilitation is discussed as a framework and set of interventions supporting recovery.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 500 and 505.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 709.  Special Topics in Human Behavior and Social Environment.  1-6 Credits.  

Permission of the Instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 712.  Foundations for Evidence-based Practice and Program Evaluation.  1.5 Credits.  

Students will develop knowledge of evidence-based practice, including skills needed to identify, acquire and assess appropriate interventions for practice and basic skills required to evaluate their own social work practice.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 719.  Special Topics in Research.  1-6 Credits.  

Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 720.  Individualized Field Practicum.  1-6 Credits.  

(Field fee: $300.)

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 730.  Social Work and the Law.  3 Credits.  

Course provides familiarity with legal processes, legal research, and legal analysis within the context of socio-legal issues important to social work practice.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 732.  Advanced Standing Bridge Course: Social Welfare Policy & Institutional Oppression.  1.5 Credits.  

This course addresses foundational understandings of social welfare policies and the institutional oppression of marginalized groups, focusing on core theoretical frameworks and policy analysis skills.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 739.  Special Topics in Policy.  1-6 Credits.  

Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 740.  Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice w/ Individuals, Families Groups.  3 Credits.  

Using a multi-cultural lens, this course introduces students to core evidence-based interventions common to most theoretical approaches. Focus is on building effective direct practice skills applicable across settings and populations.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 741.  Integrated Behavioral Health Care with Underserved Populations.  1.5 Credits.  

This course teaches practical skills for behavioral health care delivered in primary care settings. In this course you will develop expertise in providing brief interventions as part of an interprofessional care team.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 742.  The Satir Growth Model: Enhancing Individual, Couple, Family and Organizational Health.  1.5 Credits.  

This practice course will apply Satir Growth Model interventions to help students facilitate the healthy functioning of individuals, couples, families, and organizations.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 743.  SW at the Interface of the MH & Criminal Justice Systems: Practice, Policy, and Research.  1.5 Credits.  

This course explores social work practice, policy, and research for justice-involved people with mental health and/or substance use disorders.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 750.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  1.5 Credits.  

This course will use the cognitive behavioral therapy CBT framework to teach students how to move from an assessment to intervention using the CBT model.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 751.  Behavioral Intervention with Children.  1.5 Credits.  

This course teaches basic principles of behavior theory and intervention, current applications, and how to assess, design and implement behavior plans for children.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 753.  Interpersonal Psychotherapy.  1.5 Credits.  

This practice course focuses on interpersonal psychotherapy, an empirically supported intervention for depression in adolescents and adults. Adaptations for other mental health disorders are discussed.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 758.  Differential Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders.  1.5 Credits.  

This course focuses on the process of conducting a differential diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 760.  Substance Use and Addictions Specialist (SUAS): Clinical Practice.  3 Credits.  

Students develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes specific to clinical practice with adults who have Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders. This will include effective interventions in a variety of clinical settings utilizing evidence-based and evolving best-practice methodologies.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Pre- or corequisites, SOWO 540 and 700; permission of the instructor for students lacking the requisites.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 761.  Substance Use and Addictions Specialist (SUAS): Practice with Culturally Diverse Populations.  3 Credits.  

This advanced practice course provides an overview of the unique problems and needs of diverse populations living with disorders and focuses on the application of culturally sensitive intervention strategies.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Pre- or corequisites, SOWO 540 and 700; permission of the instructor for students lacking the requisites.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 764.  Motivational Interviewing.  1.5 Credits.  

This course presents the theoretical basis of motivational interviewing (MI), the principles of this counseling approach, and the key strategies for facilitating effective discussions about behavior change.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 765.  Social Work Practice with Groups.  1.5 Credits.  

The course is designed to enable students to become more knowledgeable and skillful as direct practice group workers.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Pre- or corequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 766.  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Theory and Practice.  1.5 Credits.  

This course provides an introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), exploring both its theoretical underpinnings as well as its practical application.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 767.  Differential Diagnosis and Case Formulation.  3 Credits.  

This course prepares students to take psychiatric histories, conduct mental status examinations, engage in differential diagnosis decision-making using the DSM-5, write mental health reports, and begin case formulation for treatment planning.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 769.  Special Topics in Direct Practice.  1-6 Credits.  

Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 770.  Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice with Organizations and Communities.  3 Credits.  

This course provides an introduction to evidence-informed and best practices for program development. Focus is on building effective organizational and community practice skills in implementing new programs and interventions.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 772.  Integrative Bridge Course: Practice Overview.  1.5 Credits.  

Course is a brief overview of direct and macro practice social work. First half will focus on fundamentals of direct practice with individuals, families and groups and review assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and intervention selection. Second half will review the fundamentals of macro social work practice. Including exposure to methods that groups, organizations and communities utilize to assess communities and address needs of individuals and families, and the impact of interagency functioning on service delivery.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 790.  Population Health: Interprofessional Management in a Changing Healthcare System.  3 Credits.  

This interprofessional education course focuses on preparing healthcare professionals with the foundational skills needed to work in teams to effectively collaborate and coordinate care in population health. Admission to the School of Nursing graduate program or graduate students in any of the Health Affairs Schools with permission of instructor required.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
Same as: NURS 790I.  
SOWO 792.  Program Development and Proposal Preparation.  1.5 Credits.  

In this skills-oriented course, students will learn to apply three approaches to program development and prepare a proposal draft suitable for submission to a foundation or governmental organization.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 793.  Asset Development Practice.  1.5 Credits.  

This course explores community-based efforts and social policies to help lower-income individuals and families build wealth through increased access to financial services and asset-building opportunities.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 799.  Special Topics in Macro Practice.  1-6 Credits.  

Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 810.  Evaluation of Social Work Interventions.  3 Credits.  

Students apply knowledge of research methods and evidence-based practice to evaluation of social work interventions, by developing and conducting a detailed evaluation of specific social work intervention.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, completed Generalist Curriculum.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 820.  Social Work Specialization Practicum I.  6 Credits.  

Students learn specialization competencies and behaviors by demonstrating advanced knowledge, skills and values through direct (individuals, families, small groups) OR macro (organizations, communities) practice in an agency setting. (Field fee: $300.)

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, Completed Generalist Curriculum.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 821.  Social Work Specialization Practicum II.  6 Credits.  

A continuation of SOWO 820, students demonstrate mastery of specialization competencies and behaviors through direct (individuals, families, small groups) or macro (organizations, communities) practice in an agency setting. (Field fee: $300.)

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, Completed Generalist Curriculum.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 822.  Social Work 20-Month Advanced Standing Specialization Practicum I.  4 Credits.  

Advanced Standing Students learn specialization competencies and behaviors by demonstrating advanced knowledge, skills and values through direct (individuals, families, small groups) or macro (organizations, communities) practice in an agency setting. (Field Fee: $300)

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 823.  Social Work 20-Month Advanced Standing Specialization Practicum II.  4 Credits.  

A continuation of SOWO 822, students demonstrate an increased knowledge of specialization competencies and behaviors by demonstrating advanced knowledge, skills, and values through direct or macro practice in an agency. (Field Fee: $300.)

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 522 and SOWO 822.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 824.  Social Work 20-Month Advanced Standing Specialization Practicum III.  4 Credits.  

A continuation of SOWO 823, students demonstrate mastery of specialization competencies and behaviors through direct or macro practice in an agency setting. (Field Fee: $300.)

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 522, SOWO 822 and SOWO 823.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 831.  Addiction and Public Policy: Implications for Practice.  1.5 Credits.  

The course will examine alcohol and drug policies, particularly as they relate to the exacerbation and resolution of health and social inequities for those with substance use disorders.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 530.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 832.  Child Welfare Policy Practice and Advocacy.  1.5 Credits.  

This course engages students in the process of child welfare policy practice and advocacy to formulate, analyze, implement, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-informed policies and interventions at all system levels.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 530.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 834.  Advanced Policy Practice.  1.5 Credits.  

This class will explore decision-making and strategy models that will engage students in the development of practical knowledge and skills in the areas of policy analysis and advocacy.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 530.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 835.  Poverty Policy.  1.5 Credits.  

Course provides students with a framework for advanced policy analysis and strategies for policy change, focusing on national and state poverty policy, focusing on legal, socio-political, and economic factors influencing financing, access, service delivery. Course explores skills and strategies for policy analysis and change.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 530.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 836.  Health Access and Health Disparities.  1.5 Credits.  

Examines disparities in health outcomes as a function of access to and quality of care for persons disadvantages by income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other factors. Critically evaluates health and social policies related to exacerbation and resolution of health inequalities.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Pre- or corequisite, SOWO 530.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 837.  Disability Policy.  1.5 Credits.  

Using an advanced policy analysis framework, this course focuses on strategies for policy change, national and state policy, and legal and socio-political factors influencing financing, access, and service delivery.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Pre- or corequisite, SOWO 530.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 840.  Adult Mental Health: Theory and Practice.  3 Credits.  

This course focuses on mental health social work practice with adults, covering assessment and several theoretically based interventions with an emphasis on gaining practice skills.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, and 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 841.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Theory and Practice.  3 Credits.  

This course presents knowledge and practice theories to understand mental health and well-being in children, adolescents and their families. It emphasizes practice skills and theories relevant to assessment and evidenced-based interventions.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 842.  Families: Theory and Practice.  3 Credits.  

A review and synthesis of explanatory and practice theories for understanding and intervening with family systems.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, and 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 843.  Older Adults: Theory and Practice.  3 Credits.  

This course fosters understanding of normal aging, illness, and common challenges associated with aging, and also practice skills to treat older adults and their families.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, and 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 845.  Health: Theory and Practice.  3 Credits.  

This course focuses on social work practice in healthcare covering the social context of health problems, and the theories and interventions that facilitate prevention of and coping with health problems.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, and 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 850.  School Social Work Practice.  3 Credits.  

This course examines public school social work policy and practice emphasizing an ecological approach within the school-family-community context.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 853.  Approaches to Brief Treatment.  3 Credits.  

This advanced practice elective course covers theories and application of three models of brief psychotherapy. Skill building, critical thinking, and utilization of empirical support are emphasized.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 855.  Treatment of Trauma and Violence.  3 Credits.  

This course focuses on the assessment and treatment of trauma and the impact of violence within the biopsychosocial context. You will learn foundation skills for intervening in direct practice settings with diverse client populations.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 856.  Care of the Dying and Bereaved.  3 Credits.  

This interdisciplinary clinical course addresses issues and practice models relating to terminal illness and bereavement faced throughout the life span.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 540.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 860.  Child Welfare Perspectives and Practices.  3 Credits.  

Focus on the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for effective practice in child welfare. Students examine their own perspectives regarding pertinent research, current events, and initiatives in the state.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 874.  Administrative and Management: Theory and Practice.  3 Credits.  

This course explores contemporary theories, models, and practices for managing human service organizations, emphasizing skills in human resources, leadership, fund management, program implementation, partnerships, equity, organizational change, stakeholder engagement and cultural humility.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, and 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 875.  Interorganizational and Community-Level Theory and Practice.  3 Credits.  

This course focuses on social planning, intervention design, and implementation within a complex inter-organizational environment. Theoretical frameworks and historical, sociopolitical and economic contexts of human service delivery systems are discussed.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 500, 505, and 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 880.  Sustainable Development.  3 Credits.  

Examines perspectives and models of sustainable development. Students will analyze a project and present a participatory plan for engaging in sustainable development work.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 881.  Development Theory and Practice in Global Settings.  3 Credits.  

This course is designed to assist students to learn skills, methods, theory, and research in development practice in global settings. Focus is on competent practice with marginalized populations globally.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 883.  Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations.  3 Credits.  

This course helps students to develop skills and practices associated with marketing and fundraising strategies for nonprofit organizations at the macro level.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 884.  Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations.  3 Credits.  

An in-depth analysis of the executive role in nonprofit organizations, particularly in leadership transitions, strategic planning, board development, policy administration, governance, employee relations, and resource planning and acquisition.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 885.  Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations.  3 Credits.  

Provides basic financial skills for leaders of nonprofits, including bookkeeping fundamentals, interpreting financial statements, budgeting, cash management and investment, and legal compliance.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 517 and 570.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
Same as: PUBA 757.  
SOWO 900.  Conceptualizing Social Problems to Inform Interventions.  3 Credits.  

An application and critical analysis of behavioral and social science theories and theory- driven research for understanding the etiology of social problems for purposes of social intervention.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 910.  Research Methods in Social Intervention.  3 Credits.  

An introduction to the basic principles of research for planning and evaluating social interventions. Topics include problem formulation, design, measurement, analysis, and the application of findings to theory and practice.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 510.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 911.  Introduction to Social Statistics and Data Analysis.  3 Credits.  

Designed to explore basic principles and to provide advanced instruction in data analysis, including the construction and analysis of tables, statistical tests, and an introduction to the use of computer programs.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 510.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 912.  Research Practicum I.  3 Credits.  

Students develop independent research competence through work on a research project under the direction of an experienced researcher.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 911.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 913.  Advanced Research Methods in Social Intervention.  3 Credits.  

Students build advanced competence in research design, data collection, data analysis, and statistics by analyzing exemplary social work research and presenting independent learning projects within specialized areas of study.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 900 and 940.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 914.  Measurement in Intervention Research.  3 Credits.  

This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in measuring social, psychological, environmental, and other factors related to intervention with individuals, families, groups, and organizations.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisites, SOWO 910 and 911.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 915.  Research Practicum II.  1-6 Credits.  

Continuation of Research Practicum I.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit.   
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 916.  Structural Equation Modeling.  3 Credits.  

SEM is a general statistical method that can be employed to test theoretically derived models. In this course, students will learn fundamental concepts and skills to conduct SEM, and how to apply these techniques to social work and related areas of research.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 917.  Longitudinal and Multilevel Analysis.  3 Credits.  

This course introduces the context and intuition for longitudinal and multilevel models, and the statistical frameworks, analytical tools, and social behavioral applications of multilevel modeling (MLM) and longitudinal analysis.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 918.  Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models.  3 Credits.  

Permission of the instructor. This course introduces statistical frameworks, analytical tools, and social behavioral applications of OLS regression model, weighted least-square regression, logistic regression models, and generalized linear models.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 919.  Special Topics in Doctoral Research.  1-6 Credits.  

Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by instructor and announced in advance.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 920.  Special Topics in Social Work Doctoral Studies.  1-6 Credits.  

Permission of the instructor. Topic determined by the instructor and announced in advance.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 921.  Qualitative Analysis.  3 Credits.  

This course will introduce the application of qualitative research methods for social work research.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 922.  Advanced Topics in Causal Inference: Propensity Score Analysis.  3 Credits.  

This course focuses on advanced topics in causal inference by reviewing four recent methods developed for observational studies and evaluation of quasi-experimental programs.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 923.  Systemic Reviews and Introduction to Meta-Analysis.  3 Credits.  

This course focuses on conducing and writing systematic reviews in social work and related behavioral/social sciences, as well as an introduction to meta-analysis.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 940.  Development of Social Intervention Models.  3 Credits.  

This PhD-level course focuses on preparing advanced graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to design and develop interventions that address social needs, problems, and conditions.

Rules & Requirements  
Requisites: Prerequisite, SOWO 900.  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 941.  Teaching Practicum.  3 Credits.  

This practicum provides a range of supervised classroom or training opportunities designed to prepare advanced doctoral students for faculty positions in undergraduate- and graduate-level social work education.

Rules & Requirements  
Grading Status: Letter grade.  
SOWO 994.  Doctoral Research and Dissertation.  3 Credits.  

Dissertation work.

Rules & Requirements  
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for credit.   

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