Summary of social work graduate programs prepared by Melissa C.F. Becker, MSW, September 2000
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Eastern Washington University School of Social Work

Identity: Values and basic assumptions held by the social work profession and this school emphasize the fundamental interdependence of individuals and collectivities. This interdependence creates the social order as well as the context in which social problems arise. These assumptions, coupled with the regional focus of the School, combine to provide the impetus and rationale for a generic emphasis in the curriculum.

The demands of regional practice require that the professional social worker be able to shift from one setting, one client system, one problem area to another, and in each situation function with the competence based on knowledge-guided practice. The varied demands require preparation as the profession's general practitioner rather than as a specialist confined to a given mode of practice or problem area. The educational program emphasizes the broad spectrum of professional roles, tasks, and relationships which are developed in a variety of exciting field opportunities.

The practice perspective of the MSW program is an advanced generalist model of practice. This model meets the requirement of diversified practice demanded of a region like the Inland Northwest. It is change-oriented, emphasizing analytical skills and utilizing a variety of diagnostic perspectives, agency orientations, interventive strategies, and interactional techniques.

Hours: 84 credits; Quarter system; 15 credits per quarter; generally 4 credits per course (some courses 2-3 credits).

Pre Reqs: Bachelor’s degree; at least 45 quarter hours (30 semester hours) of social science content broadly distributed beyond the introductory level, or a BSW degree (or BA in Social Work).

Program Structures: Full time (6 quarters, excluding summers); part time (3 year program, including community-based part time programs in Spokane, Everett & Yakima); Advanced Standing (51 credits; 3 quarters and one pre-fall term).

Foundation Requirements: Courses include: Community Context of Practice; Societal Context of Practice; Social Work and Its Organizational Context; Professional Development Seminar; Human Development in Contemporary Environments; Social Work with Diverse Populations; Social Work with Individuals and Families; two quarter Foundation Practicum and Integrative Seminar; Research I; Social Work with Groups; Social Work Assessment and Practice Skills.

Concentrations: One concentration: Advanced Generalist Practice. Courses include: Social Work with Communities; an Advanced Social Work Practice Seminar in one of four fields of social work practice: aging or children, youth, and families or health or mental health; Social Work Research II; electives; Managing Social Service Organizations; a Proseminar in Social Welfare Policies and Programs focused on one of the above four fields of practice; Advanced Practicum.

Students may choose to engage in an additional research project, and students who elect to do so may also produce a thesis. A final comprehensive oral examination will be administered in the student's final quarter.

Practicum: 1040 hours of practicum; 21 credits over 5 quarters. The practicum is sequenced over five quarters: a foundation practicum is offered in Winter and Spring Quarters of the first year. A three-quarter advanced practicum occurs during the second year. The practicum includes the agency experience as well as seminars and tutorial instruction by a faculty member.

Electives: Eight credits of electives are included in the curriculum and are suggested for the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the second year. Electives are offered under the rubric of topics, processes, and issues of social work practice.

Specialization Options: Title IV-E program. Aging Studies. The Alcohol/Drug Studies Program offers a Prevention and Counseling minor and an Alcohol/Drug Foundations Certificate Program. School Social Work certification.

Dual Degree Options: Master of Public Administration

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