Program: Master of Social Work Program Code: (MSW)
Program Faculty:
Andrews, Barretta-Herman, Bauer, Berger, Brenden, Chovanec, Dziengel, Freeman, Garrett, Graham, Hanley, Herman, Holcomb, Hollidge, Holloway, Kaiser, Kuechler, Miller, Parnell, Phan, Rottenberg, Shank, Thornton

Program Description:
The Master of Social Work (MSW) provides advanced professional study for women and men in social work. The program prepares social work practitioners for clinical social work practice and leadership with a focus on direct clinical services or clinical supervision and program management. The MSW program is jointly offered by the College of St. Catherine and the University of St. Thomas. Foundation and advanced courses include study in human behavior and the social environment, social policy and services, research, generalist and clinical social work practice, fieldwork, social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice and populations at risk.

The MSW program emphasizes the development of the individual student. The curriculum, through its focus on clinical social work practice - direct practice with individuals, small groups and families - deals with problems including poverty, discrimination, mental illness, developmental disability and oppression. It emphasizes demonstrated mastery of knowledge as well as practice skills. The curriculum is rooted in a philosophy of social responsibility and respect for individuals' rights. The development of a specific area of expertise is encouraged through the careful planning of a systematic program with individualized focus that incorporates the student's practice experience and reflects the student's needs, practice and research interests.

The mission of the School of Social Work is:
"Through the teaching of social work knowledge and practice, the School of Social Work at the College of St. Catherine and University of St. Thomas will prepare individuals to actualize the Judeo-Christian concept of social caring, to demonstrate belief in the intrinsic value of all human kind, to serve those in need and to act with conviction in advancing the principle of social justice and human rights."

The following serves as the mission statement for the Master of Social Work program:
"To provide advanced professional study for women and men in clinical social work. The curriculum is rooted in a philosophy of social responsibility and respect for human rights. The program prepares social work practitioners for ethical social work practice and leadership with diverse populations, focusing on direct services, clinical supervision, program management and practice-based research."

As a reflection of this mission, the overall goals of the program are to:
provide students with the analytical skills and substantive knowledge essential for clinical social work practice, for assessing the effectiveness of current social work methods and for developing more effective practice procedures;
develop in students the knowledge and understanding of how to work with diverse cultural, class and ethnic groups and to adapt one's own social work practice to the needs of the specified groups;
develop in students the capacity and capability for leadership in public and private social service agencies; and
promote and support research and knowledge development to improve the effectiveness of social work practice, policies and programs.

ACCREDITATION
The MSW program is accredited at the graduate level by the Council on Social Work Education: Commission on Accreditation. In June 1996, the Council in Social Work Education: Commission on Accreditation reaccredited the program for the full eight-year cycle. For more information on this organization, call (703) 683-8080.

LICENSURE
Effective July 1987, the Minnesota legislature passed legislation that provides for licensure of social workers at four levels. The licensing statute in Minnesota is both a title and practice act. The four levels of licensure are social worker, graduate social worker, independent social worker and independent clinical social worker. For specific information regarding social work licensure, contact the Board of Social Work, 2829 University Ave. SE, Suite #340, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 617-2100.

Note: Effective August 1, 1997, all new applicants for licensure must have a criminal background check completed as part of their application.

Effective July 1990, an individual who desires to practice as a school social worker must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning. For more information regarding school social work licensure, contact the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, 1500 Hwy 36 W., Roseville, MN 55113, (651) 582-8691.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The regular admission graduate program requires 60 semester credits, including 1,000 hours of field practicum and the completion of a clinical research paper. Advanced-standing students are required to complete a minimum of 42 semester hours, including 600 hours of field practicum and a clinical research paper, to receive the MSW degree.

YEARS TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM
A graduate student in social work has up to four years to complete a graduate degree from the initial term of enrollment in the MSW program. Students may pursue program requirements during the regular academic year and summer sessions on a full- or extended-time status.


Major Requirements:
The MSW program is a two-year, four-semester program for regular-admission, full-time students who register for 15 credit hours each semester. Students who have graduated from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may apply for advanced-standing admission. Advanced-standing students may be admitted with the maximum of 18 hours. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evenings, and selected courses are offered on the weekend to accommodate graduate students who are working professionals. Some courses are available in the summer.

CURRICULUM
Courses Credits
Foundation Courses
GRSW 500 History and Philosophy of Social Work 3
GRSW 501 Theory and Practice of Social Work I 3
GRSW 502 Theory and Practice of Social Work II 3
GRSW 505 Field Practicum and Seminar I 3
GRSW 506 Field Practicum and Seminar II 3
GRSW 540 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
GRSW 580 Methods of Social Work Research 3

Clinical Concentration
GRSW 603 Methods of Clinical Social Work I 3
GRSW 604 Methods of Clinical Social Work II 3
GRSW 607 Field Practicum and Seminar III 4
GRSW 608 Field Practicum and Seminar IV 4
GRSW 620 Clinical Supervision and Program Management 3
GRSW 645 Psychopathology and Human Behavior 3
GRSW 681 Social Work Practice Research 3
GRSW 682 Applied Research Seminar (Clinical Research Paper) 4
GRSW 691 Social Policy and Planning 3

Elective Courses
Choose any three (9 credits required)
GRSW 514 School Social Work 3
GRSW 515 Social Work and the Law 3
GRSW 523 Social Work Practice with the Elderly 3
GRSW 541 Family Resilience and Diversity 3
GRSW 590 Topics 3
GRSW 609 The Spiritual Dimension of Social Work Practice 3
GRSW 610 Clinical Practice with Women 3
GRSW 611 Clinical Practice with Addictive Behavior 3
GRSW 612 Grief Counseling and Therapy 3
GRSW 613 Ethics and Boundaries in Professional Relationships 3
GRSW 614 Clinical Practice with Children 3
GRSW 615 Clinical Practice with Couples and Families 3
GRSW 616 Clinical Practice with Groups 3
GRSW 618 Cognitive Intervention in Clinical Practice 3
GRSW 619 Integrative Psychotherapy 3
GRSW 621 Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy 3
GRSW 622 Clinical Practice with Adolescents 3
GRSW 690 Topics 3
IDSW 660 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Health Care Ethics 3

Field Practicum and Seminar
Students are required to complete a 400-hour supervised field practicum during the foundation year of the program. Students who are granted advanced-standing admission are not required to complete this foundation field practicum. The foundation practicum must be taken concurrently with GRSW 501 and 502.

All students are required to complete a clinical field practicum of 600 hours. The clinical field practicum must be taken concurrently with GRSW 603 and 604.

The minimum number of hours required for field practicum is 1,000 for the two years. While in the field practicum placement, all students are required to attend a campus-based field seminar as part of their practicum experience.

Students who are employed can arrange to do one year of field practicum in their place of employment. This can be arranged provided that the practicum meets all the criteria for supervision and practicum settings. Plans to complete a practicum in one's place of employment must be discussed with and approved by the director of field education prior to beginning the practicum.

Assessment of student performance in the field is based on a specific learning contract developed by the student in consultation with the agency-based field practicum instructor and faculty field supervisor. The contract articulates the learning goals and objectives, tasks to be performed and means of evaluation.

Elective Courses
Six of the nine elective credits must be taken within the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas social work program. Electives must be selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. Within the context of clinical social work practice, students may focus their program through the use of nine credits of guided electives, their clinical field practicum and the clinical research paper.

Clinical Research Paper
Candidates for the MSW degree must satisfactorily complete a clinical research paper. The paper must demonstrate original and significant contribution to knowledge in the student's selected area of focus. It should demonstrate the student's ability to integrate social work theory with research findings. Students engaged in social work research and preparation of the clinical research paper must register for GRSW 682. This seminar provides support, discussion and critique of the student's research to enable progress and completion of the paper.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Full-time and Extended-time Status
Regular admission, two-year (four semesters), full-time students enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester, including field practicum. The total number of hours required for completion of the regular program is 60 semester hours. Regular admission students can elect to complete the program on extended-time status with either a six- or eight-semester plan. Students admitted into the advanced-standing program complete a minimum of 42 semester hours, including field practicum. An advanced-standing admission student can complete the program in 18 months (three semesters), full-time status, or elect a four- or six-semester plan. A graduate student is considered to be full time when registered in the MSW program for six or more credits per term during the academic year.

Advising
Upon admission to the MSW program, a student is assigned an academic advisor by the director of the MSW program. Advisors will assist students in determining appropriate elective credits for their programs and will recommend action concerning credit for transfer courses. Students are responsible for contacting their advisors before every registration. In order to ensure accessibility to graduate students, all advisors schedule and post regular office hours.

Independent Study
Independent study for credit is a means of supplementing a program of regular courses. Students seeking such credit must submit a written proposal for the study. Approval will be granted only if the proposal is judged appropriate and if a qualified faculty member is available to supervise the student.


FACULTY

Janice Andrews, Professor of Social Work. B.A., Augsburg; M.S.W., Washington University; Ph.D., University of Maryland.

Angeline Barretta-Herman, MSW Program Director and Professor of Social Work. B.A., Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W., University of Maryland; M.B.A., Ph.D., Massey University.

Diane Bauer, Field Liaison and Supervisor. B.A., Hamline; M.S.W. University of Minnesota.

Barbara Berger, Associate Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., Southern Illinois University; M.S.W., University of Minnesota.

Mary Ann Brenden, Associate Professor of Social Work. B.A., Cornell University; M.S.W., University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Mike Chovanec, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.S.W., M.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Lake Dziengel, Field Liaison and Supervisor. B.S.W., The College of St. Catherine; M.S.W., University of Minnesota.

Peter Freeman, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.S., Tulane University; M.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kendra Garrett, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., M.S.W., University of Iowa; D.S.W., The Catholic University of America.

Mari Ann Graham, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., M.S.W., University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University.

Marla Martin Hanley, Director of Field Education and Associate Professor of Social Work. B.A., M.S.W., University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., St. Louis Universit.y

W. Randolph Herman, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.S.W., University of Maryland; M.Ph., Massey University; Ed.D., University of St. Thomas.

Ralph Holcomb, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., University of the Pacific; M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Colin Hollidge, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., University of Waterloo; M.S.W., Wilfrid Laurier University; Ph.D., Smith College for Social Work.

Al Holloway, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.S.W., University of Nebraska-Omaha; M.S.W., University of Minnesota; Psy.D., Southern California University for Professional Studies.

Tamara Kaiser, Associate Professor of Social Work. B.A., M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Carol Kuechler, Associate Professor of Social Work. B.A., Marquette University; M.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Judith A. Miller, Professor of Social Work. B.A., The College of St. Catherine; M.S.W., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Sandy Parnell, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., St. Mary's; M.S.W., University of Minnesota.

Phu Tai Phan, Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., M.S.W., doctoral candidate, University of Minnesota.

Rochelle Rottenberg, Field Liaison and Supervisor. B.A., University of Michigan; M.S., Simmons College; M.S.W., Hunter College.

Barbara Shank, Dean of the School of Social Work and Associate Professor of Social Work. B.A., Macalester College; M.S.W., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Serene Thornton, B.S.W. Program Director and Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A., Concordia College; M.S.W., University of Denver.


Minor Requirements:

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