Social Work (SCW)

SCW 251      INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK      Credits: 3

This course provides an overview of professional social work including the values, ethics, knowledge base, and history of the profession. The connections between the social work profession, social justice, and the social welfare delivery system are explored. Students are introduced to the many practice areas in which social workers work, including mental health, medical, school, criminal justice, gerontology, addictions, anti-poverty, and community-based settings.

SCW 321      SOCIAL WORK INTERVIEWING      Credits: 3

This course prepares students to use a strengths-based, solution-focused approach to interviewing. Students learn how to interview clients in a variety of situations, including mandated clients and clients in crisis. The course includes hands-on practice in interviewing and uses videotaping to maximize student learning. The principles of motivational interviewing are also addressed in this course.
Prerequisites: SCW 351 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment.

SCW 351      HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS      Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to the various theories of human behavior in the social environment as a foundation for social work practice. The relationship among biological, psychological, social, and cultural systems as they affect the person-in-environment will be examined. Critical thinking and theory application skills will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: SCW 251 and WR 308 with a C or higher and SOC 220 with a D or higher or concurrent enrollment.

SCW 352      SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND GROUPS      Credits: 3

In this course students learn to use theories and skills essential for effective, beginning social work practice with individuals, families and groups, including the application of the problem-solving/solution-building process.
Prerequisites: SCW 351 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment.

SCW 353      SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS      Credits: 3

Students learn the knowledge, theories, and skills essential for effective, beginning social work practice with communities and service organizations. This course emphasizes social justice and planned change at the community and organizational levels.
Prerequisites: SCW 352 with a C or higher.

SCW 354      SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE      Credits: 3

This course assists students in understanding their own beliefs and cultural identity in order to better serve people from other spiritual and cultural backgrounds. Students learn to recognize barriers and opportunities associated with various aspects of spiritual, cultural, and other identity factors. Students will learn to practice cultural humility, cultural empathy, and other intercultural skills to successfully build relationships with and serve people from backgrounds different from their own.
Prerequisites: SCW 251 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment.

SCW 361      CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY AND ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR      Credits: 3

This course provides students with a general overview of substance use and other addictive behavioral disorders. Topics include the history of substance use; physical, social, psychological, spiritual and systemic factors that impact substance use and addictive behaviors; prevention strategies; screening, assessment and referral strategies; and approaches to treatment and recovery.
Prerequisites: PSY 201 with a C or higher.

SCW 363      BSW SKILLS IN ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH, INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, AND CRISIS      Credits: 3

This course prepares students to apply generalist social work skills across some of the most common situations faced by social workers: addiction, mental health, interpersonal violence, and crisis. Students will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms presented by clients in these four areas, as well as describe the appropriate role of the BSW. Students will practice specific engagement, screening, and referral methods. They will gain confidence in suicide assessment and intervention.
Prerequisites: SCW 352 with a C or higher.

SCW 365      SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS      Credits: 3

This course provides an exploration of social work practice with children and adolescents, including provision of services to children and adolescents in schools, groups, out-of-home placements, in nontraditional families, and families affected by illness or death.
Prerequisites: PSY 201 with a C or higher.

SCW 391      PRE-PRACTICUM SEMINAR      Credit: 1

The purpose of this seminar is to prepare junior-level Social Work students to begin their first semester of social work practicum. Students will examine their career goals and the social work knowledge, skills and values they want to further develop. By the end of the seminar, students are expected to have finalized their practicum site and supervisor arrangements. Students should enroll in this course the semester immediately preceding their practicum.
Prerequisites: SCW 353 and SCW 363 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment.

SCW 399      INTERNATIONAL STUDY TOUR      Credits: 3

This social work study tour is designed to give students the opportunity to learn and experience how social work is practiced in another culture. A Concordia faculty member will accompany students as they visit social service agencies and attend lectures given by social work faculty from that culture. Students will be able to explore how culture and values influence the social work profession and the delivery of social services.
Prerequisites: PSY 201 with a C or higher.

SCW 441      GRANT WRITING      Credit: 1

This seminar provides beginning skill instruction in the seeking and management of grants. Topics covered include grant-related concepts, investigating grant opportunities, research for grant development, proposal writing and presentation, and receiving and managing grants.
Prerequisites: SCW 353 with a C or higher
Corequisites: SCW 492.

SCW 471      SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS      Credits: 3

This is an introductory course to the scientific, analytic approach to building knowledge for practice. In this course students learn to develop and use empirically based knowledge, including both qualitative and quantitative methods. Students will also become informed consumers of research reports for the purpose of informing social work policy and practice.
Prerequisites: SCW 353 with a C or higher and MTH 097.

SCW 472      SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY      Credits: 3

This course covers the history of the current structure of social welfare services and the role of policy in service delivery, social work practice, and the attainment of individual and social well-being. Students will become equipped to participate in policy making at the agency, local, state, and national level and be prepared to effectively analyze social policy.
Prerequisites: SCW 492 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment.

SCW 482      THE PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKER      Credits: 3

This course focuses on issues related to beginning generalist social work practice. Students will examine the NASW code of ethics and learn how to apply it to complex practice situations. Students will also learn the importance of self-care and further develop their professional social work identity. This course should be taken during the student's last semester in the Social Work Program.
Prerequisites: SCW 492 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment; Recommended to be taken during the student's last semester of SCW 492.

SCW 491      SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM      Credits: 1-6

This course is an educationally directed, coordinated, and monitored field practicum focused on the role of the generalist social worker. Senior level students spend a minimum 400 clock hours over two or three semesters in a supervised social work setting. The emphasis is on the student's application of the knowledge, skills, and values developed in previous social work courses and through life experience.
Prerequisites: SCW 391 with a C or higher
Corequisites: SCW 492.

SCW 492      SOCIAL WORK: PRACTICUM SEMINAR      Credits: 1-4

This seminar course supports social work practicum students in their integration of classroom learning and field instruction. Academic assignments are designed to facilitate professional, reflective, evidence-based, and resilient social work practice. Must be taken concurrently with SCW 491; see Social Work Practicum Manual for details.
Prerequisites: SCW 391 with a C or higher
Corequisites: SCW 491.

SCW 499      INDEPENDENT STUDY      Credits: 1-3