SW 810 Clinical Practice Strategies I
This course is the first of a two-part advanced clinical reasoning and application sequence focusing on the use of effective helping methods in clinical social work. SW 810 provides students with in-depth, integrative training in conducting and applying comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments to inform intervention selection while incorporating understanding of client readiness and the multi-dimensional impacts of social, systemic, and cultural diversity influences on client experiences. Students will learn how overarching frameworks and theoretical perspectives and principles inform and influence engagement, assessment, and practice approaches, thus strengthening their foundation for clinical reasoning. This advanced methods course will assist in the preparation of students for advanced practice by offering in-depth training in the selection and application of three (3) specific interventions for use in treatment settings: motivational interviewing, contingency management, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Students will be expected to engage in self-reflection and peer interaction to develop awareness of clinical processes and decision making at various points in the clinical relationship. Prerequisite: Admission to MSW Advanced Standing plan of study or completion of social welfare generalist courses.
Master of Social Work Social workers help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities survive and thrive. With a focus on enhancing the social, economic, and environmental wellbeing of disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and marginalized people, social workers can help children and adults resolve problems in living, increase emotional and behavioral health, enhance psychological and social wellbeing, and change policies and programs to better serve communities. Built upon a commitment to helping identify and enhance the strengths of individuals, families and communities, the Master of Social Work program offers professional education with learning opportunities in the classroom and in the field for students who want to work to increase the quality of life for all people. Some students have earned a BSW degree before beginning the MSW program, while other students come with different educational backgrounds and undergraduate degrees. We encourage people with all undergraduate degrees to apply to the MSW program if they are passionate about helping others by providing social services and working to achieve social justice. Full-time students who have already earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program are able to complete the MSW in as little as one year (summer, fall, and spring terms) with an advanced standing plan of study. Students with an advanced standing plan of study can also earn their MSW degree on a part-time basis. Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than social work can complete the MSW program with a traditional plan of study in as little as two years full-time. We also allow students with traditional plans of study the opportunity to earn their MSW degree part-time in three or four years. The first year of the traditional plan of study in the MSW program prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Generalist courses include content on human rights; social, economic, and environmental justice; policy and advocacy; applied research; professional ethics; theory for practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, students learn how to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate their interventions at all levels of practice in generalist MSW courses and in their first practicum placements. Following generalist courses and field education, MSW students advance to one of two areas of social work specialization: (1) clinical practice or (2) macro practice. The clinical practice specialization prepares students for social work with individuals, families, and groups in a counseling setting. The macro specialization prepares students for leadership positions in organizations and communities. Macro specialization courses include advanced content in the administration of programs and agencies, as well as community practice and advocacy. The MSW program is offered in Lawrence, at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and in other Kansas communities such as Pittsburg.