Social Work, M.S.W.

COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

About the Program

The School of Social Work is dedicated to the pursuit of societal transformations that eliminate social, political, and economic injustices for poor and oppressed populations and advance the quality of life for all through:

  • Education emphasizing the discovery of knowledge, use of critical inquiry, and application of professional ethics to effect social change among social workers in front-line, supervisory, managerial, and leadership positions.
  • Research and scholarship that advances applied knowledge and generates evidence-based strategies to resolve problems between people and their social environments at the local, state, national, and global levels.
  • Public service that aids in the dissemination of knowledge and evidence-based strategies.
  • Collaborations and partnerships with communities, agencies, and organizations in response to the needs of constituents.

Flexible programming is offered for the M.S.W. and includes:

Regular Standing — Applicants with a bachelor's degree may apply for the 60-credit M.S.W. degree, which has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE):

  • Full-time students pursue a degree (15 credits per term) for 2 years, excluding summers. Admission for full-time study is in the Fall term only.
  • Part-time students pursue their degree (6 then 9 credits per term) over a 3-year period, including summers. Admission for part-time study is in the Fall term only.

Advanced Standing — Applicants must have earned a B.S.W. degree within the last 5 years from a CSWE-accredited school of social work and be selected for advanced standing status:

  • Full-time students begin in Summer I and finish in 12 months, taking 15 credits per term for two terms. Admission is in the Summer term only.
  • Part-time students begin in Summer I and finish in 18 months, taking 6 or 9 credits in their first Fall, Spring, Summer, and final Fall terms. Admission is in the Summer term only.

Students who are accepted for advanced standing are awarded 25.5 credits as a result and complete 34.5 credits to earn the 60-credit M.S.W. degree accredited by CSWE.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Locations: Main (full- and part-time), with part-time only programs at Center City, Harrisburg, and online (3-year program begins in Fall 2017). Saturday classes are available during the Fall and Spring terms, while Summer classes are available on Main campus or online.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Course times are structured so as to offer a broad range of flexible options for students, many of whom are employed while engaged in their program of study at Temple. Students who are employed full-time are strongly advised to pursue the part-time program.

Interdisciplinary Study: The College of Public Health offers a dual master's degree in Social Work and Public Health. Interested applicants apply separately to each program. A post-master's certificate in Military Counseling is available online.

Study Abroad: Students are permitted to complete up to 6 credits in elective courses abroad. They should consult with their advisor about the timing of degree requirements.

Ranking: For 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report, Temple University's M.S.W. program ranks 64 out of 159 accredited schools of social work.

Accreditation: The M.S.W. degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Areas of Specialization: Faculty are engaged in a number of research and service projects pertaining to child welfare, family and community violence, gender and sexual orientation, HIV-AIDS, homelessness, involvement of fathers in families, mental and physical health, poverty, social capital development, and substance abuse. Centers such as the Center for Social Policy and Community Development and the Intergenerational Center offer rich opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in social work practice training and research.

Job Prospects: Graduates of the M.S.W. program find employment in public and private social service agencies, as well as in profit and non-profit organizations. Their work encompasses a broad range of responsibilities, including community organizing, counseling, management, program design and implementation, supervision, and training. Graduates are also employed in many different fields of practice, such as adoption support, aging, child protection, developmental disabilities, employment-based social work, HIV/AIDS, hospice care, medical social work, mental health counseling, school social work, and substance abuse.

Licensure: States vary in their requirements for a license to practice social work. Many also offer different levels of licensing. Graduates should contact their local chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for information on the specific requirements for licensing in their state. For more information about state licensure, see https://www.aswb.org/licensees/about-licensing-and-regulation/social-work-regulation/.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students must apply for the M.S.W. and be offered a non-matriculated student option. This option is for students who are ultimately seeking the M.S.W. but do not fully meet the admissions requirements.

Financing Opportunities: The School of Social Work awards some aid each year to assist meritorious applicants and continuing students in meeting the cost of their educational program. Awards include partial scholarships, government training grants, and stipends provided by local public and voluntary agencies. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit and the overall promise shown by an applicant for contributing to the School and to the profession. Additional considerations include interest in particular areas of practice for which special funding is available; service in the military, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, or the Peace Corps; and the School's commitment to maintaining diversity in the student body. Notification of awards from the School of Social Work is generally made at the time of admission.

Most awards made by the School of Social Work ordinarily meet only part of the student's total educational expenses. All students are, therefore, expected to make use of available family and other resources as well as federal grant, loan, and work-study assistance to help meet the cost of their education. Temple University's Office of Student Financial Services provides assistance with the federal grant/loan/work-study application process.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Priority Admission for All M.S.W. Programs: December 31 (if interested in a scholarship)
Fall Regular Standing: March 1
Summer I Advanced Standing: March 1

As of September 1, 2016, all applicants to the M.S.W. program must apply via the Social Work Centralized Application Service (SocialWorkCAS). The system can be accessed at https://socialworkcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/. A supplemental application is also required to be submitted directly to Temple University at http://www.temple.edu/apply/common/appcheck.asp.

Applications are processed as they are completed up to the deadline date. Admission to Temple's M.S.W. program is competitive, so applicants are advised to apply early and to ensure that all supporting documents are received by the SocialWorkCAS system before the deadline. Late applications may be considered for admission.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3, with submission made electronically via https://socialworkcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/.

From Whom: For regular standing, letters of recommendation should be obtained from faculty and professionals familiar with the applicant's academic competence and/or professional work experience. Applicants who have graduated from college within the last 5 years should submit at least one reference from a professor or an official of the degree-granting institution. Those with employment experience in the social services or a related field should submit at least one reference from a supervisor or administrator at their place of employment.

If seeking advanced standing, applicants should obtain three references, one of which should be prepared by the B.S.W. Program Director, Senior Practice Seminar Course Instructor, Field Instructor, or Field Coordinator, indicating readiness for advanced standing. See additional requirements for Advanced Standing below.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Social Work education draws heavily from the rich and broad foundation provided by a liberal arts curriculum. All applicants are expected to have completed an undergraduate course of study reflecting this liberal arts foundation.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of an accredited baccalaureate degree. The minimum acceptable undergraduate GPA for regular standing applicants is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 3.5 in the last 2 years of study.

A bachelor's degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) is not required except for advanced standing applicants. Applicants for advanced standing must have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 overall and at least 3.25 in their junior/senior years.

See http://cph.temple.edu/ssa/degrees-offered-master-social-work/msw-admissions for more detailed information.

Statement of Goals: A statement of professional plans and goals is an important component of the admissions application in Social Work. It provides an opportunity for the applicant to share her/his motivation for pursuing graduate study in the field of Social Work, relevant personal and professional experiences, and knowledge of diversity and social justice. This essay is evaluated on the basis of the applicant's ability to reflect on and summarize significant and relevant experiences, to conceptualize and think critically, and to write proficiently.

An essay of 4 to 6 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font, with name and page numbers in the header) should be composed in which the applicant reflects on:

  • Reasons for undertaking graduate study in Social Work at Temple.
  • Significant experiences (work, volunteer, community, and/or field placement) with people of various ethnic, religious, national origin, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and/or racial backgrounds and the impact/relevance of those experiences.
  • A population and/or social problem that is of special interest and the reasons for that interest.
  • Issues of social justice as it relates to this population and/or problem.

Applicants should submit their essay in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Erin Brosious at MSW@temple.edu when applying to Temple University's Main, Center City, and Harrisburg campuses.

Applicants seeking advanced standing are required to submit an additional essay, as described in the "Advanced Standing" section below.

Standardized Test Scores:
TOEFL: 79 iBT or 550 PBT minimum

Clearances: The Social Work M.S.W. program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off Temple University’s campuses. These placements require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances, and perhaps a drug screen. Placements may also require the student to maintain personal health insurance. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options for the student, thus resulting in her/his inability to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or felonious or illegal act may prevent the student from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice social work.

Resume: Current professional resume required.

Advanced Standing: Applicants from a B.S.W. program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) may be eligible for advanced standing. This enables students, after a required summer "bridge" course that begins in June, to start the second year of study at the advanced curriculum level in their area of specialization. To be considered for advanced standing, students must, in addition to meeting minimum requirements, have:

  • earned the B.S.W. no more than 5 years prior to applying;
  • achieved an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.25, in addition to a 3.25 GPA in their junior and senior years; and
  • received no more than one "C" grade in Social Work courses; that is, all other Social Work grades must be "B" or better.

Applicants for advanced standing must also submit:

  • Three references, preferably one from the Senior Practice Seminar Course Instructor, one from the applicant's Field Instructor for the senior practicum, and the third from the B.S.W. Program Director or another academic source.
  • A copy of the Field Instructor’s evaluation form from the undergraduate placement.
  • An essay that provides a full description of undergraduate field practicum experiences, including agency names and addresses; types of assignments; types and numbers of clients or client populations served (in a micro, mezzo, or macro capacity); and social work models or approaches used. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, 4 to 6 pages in length, and in APA (6th ed.) format.

Students who have completed their foundation year at another graduate school of social work may also be eligible to transfer in their foundation year credits if they meet the criteria.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60, including 30 in foundation coursework and 30 in advanced-level study

Required Courses:
Students are exposed to multiple methods of intervention through foundation coursework. The courses are generalist in nature, allowing students to become familiar with the breadth of social work. Courses cover content in human behavior and the social environment, research, social welfare policy, and social work practice.

Students then select from a range of advanced-level coursework that allows them to examine in greater depth a practice modality (or concentration) and a field of practice (or specialization). Each concentration requires two practice courses, each taken concurrently with an advanced field placement, and one research course. Two concentrations are offered:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Macro, which is a combination of the former Community and Policy Arenas and the former Management and Planning concentrations

Students also take coursework relevant to their chosen specialization. Each specialization requires a practice course, a policy course, and a human behavior and social environment course. Two major areas of specialization are currently offered because they are of critical importance in Social Work practice:

  • Children and Families
  • Health and Mental Health

Students can also propose an individualized option for a specialization by working with their advisor to design a coherent plan of study that includes the three types of advanced courses required for a specialization.

Foundation Courses
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions 10
SSWG 5001HBSE: Individuals and Families3
SSWG 5002HBSE: Groups, Communities and Organizations3
SSWG 5003Foundations in Social Work Research3
SSWG 5005Social Welfare Policies and Services I3
SSWG 5006Social Welfare Policies and Services II3
SSWG 5007Social Justice: Foundation for Transformative Social Work3
SSWG 5107Practice of Social Service Delivery I3
SSWG 5108Practice of Social Service Delivery II3
SSWG 5187Foundation Field Practicum I3
SSWG 5188Foundation Field Practicum II3
Advanced Courses 2
SSWG 8504Integrative Seminar (Specialization Practice Course)3
Select one of the following Concentration Practice I courses:3
Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups I
Macro Practice I
Select one of the following Concentration Practice II courses:3
Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups II
Macro Practice II
Select one of the following Concentration Research courses:3
Evaluation of Clinical Practice
Social Work Research: Communities and Policy Arenas and Management/Planning
Select one of the following Specialization Policy courses:3
Health/Mental Health Policy
Policy on Families and Children
Select one of the following Specialization courses in Human Behavior and Social Environment:3
Dynamics of Health, Health Care, and Health Systems
Children and Families in the Social Environment
Electives6
Field Practica
SSWG 8187Advanced Field Practicum I3
SSWG 8188Advanced Field Practicum II3
Total Credit Hours60
1

This common College Core course is required of all incoming graduate students in the College of Public Health. It is available completely online and designed such that students can complete the modules at their own pace over the course of their degree program.

2

Unless transfer credits fulfill them, 30 credits of advanced-level courses are required. A portion of these 30 credits are earned in the advanced field practicum experiences described under "Internship" below.

Internship: Two internships are required in the form of a field practicum, which is an essential part of Social Work studies and is deliberately linked in an integral way with classroom learning. The practicum occurs concurrently with Social Work practice courses or can be taken as a block placement in the Summer sessions. In order to ensure a quality learning experience for students, the Office of Field Education is responsible for arranging and overseeing field practica. Students employed in social service settings may undertake their practica at their place of employment. Because of accreditation and MSW curriculum requirements, students must have appropriate learning experiences and supervision, and therefore should plan on allocating at least one full day during the regular work week to the practica.

The first field practicum, taken as part of the foundation curriculum, focuses on developing proficiency in generalist practice/basic Social Work skills. This includes learning to engage and assess a range of clients, including individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students learn to identify issues, needs, resources, and strengths. They also acquire skills in planning, communication, supervision, and consultation as well as intervention, cultural competence, evidence-based practice, and evaluation. This two-term practicum requires a minimum of 450 hours (usually 2.5 days per week).

With the second field practicum, taken as part of the advanced curriculum, students develop expertise in their chosen specialization and concentration. This practicum allows for in-depth development of skills and application of theory and concepts, exploration of ethical challenges, and continued cultural competency. This two-term practicum requires a minimum of 600 hours (usually 3 days per week).

Courses

SSWG 5000. Special Topics in Social Work. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Topics vary.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

SSWG 5001. HBSE: Individuals and Families. 3 Credit Hours.

This is a foundation-level course in theories in human behavior designed to undergird social work practice with individuals and families. Diverse developmental theories along with psychoanalytic, social learning, cognitive-behavioral, theories of power, and feminist and Afrocentric perspectives are studied and critically evaluated.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 5002. HBSE: Groups, Communities and Organizations. 3 Credit Hours.

This is a foundation-level course in theories in human behavior designed to undergird social work practice with groups, organizations, and communities. Diverse structures, functions, dynamics, developmental models, and theories of these system levels, including issues of power and empowerment, are studied and critically evaluated.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5001|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 5003. Foundations in Social Work Research. 3 Credit Hours.

This is the foundation course in research methods in the MSW program. This course provides graduate social work students with a basic understanding of social work research methods. The philosophy of traditional scientific inquiry will be presented along with a postmodern orientation to knowledge building. Students will learn quantitative deductive and qualitative inductive approaches to empirical study of social work problems. Critical thinking about knowledge, values and ethics regarding problem formulation, research methods and use of findings, and research skills as they relate to social work will be emphasized.

Department restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Departments: CPHSW: Social Work
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Social Work

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 5005. Social Welfare Policies and Services I. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an introduction to American social welfare policies and social service programs in their historical, political, economic, and social context. Methods of social problem analysis and the social work profession as a social institution are covered.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 5006. Social Welfare Policies and Services II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course builds on SA 5005 and covers methods of social policy analysis and advocacy in the public policy arena, including skills in argumentation and lobbying.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 5007. Social Justice: Foundation for Transformative Social Work. 3 Credit Hours.

Using the School of Social Work's mission of "societal transformation" as a springboard, this course explores a critical aspect of being a social worker: becoming an agent of social change. Attention is paid to core social work ethics and values, understanding how multiculturalism shapes social work, and facilitating the empowerment of self and others. The advancement of anti-oppressive frameworks on micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice is addressed.

Department restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Departments: CPHSW: Social Work
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Social Work

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 5107. Practice of Social Service Delivery I. 3 Credit Hours.

The focus is on generalist social work practice, including work with individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations. Phases of the helping process, theories of practice, communication skills, social work values, and ethics are studied.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 5108. Practice of Social Service Delivery II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course builds on SSWG 5107 by focusing on refinement of and competence in generalist social work practice.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5107|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 5187. Foundation Field Practicum I. 3 Credit Hours.

For the foundation-year field practicum in the fall, the student works within a generalist social work framework to develop basic competencies in key knowledge, skill, and affect arenas. This generalist framework includes a broad range of knowledge and skills; theories and models; practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels; performance in numerous social work roles; and understanding the various fields of practice.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5107|Minimum Grade of C-|May be taken concurrently.

SSWG 5188. Foundation Field Practicum II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course continues SSWG 5187 as the foundation-year field practicum taken in the spring semester.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5187|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 5301. Foundations for Advanced Social Work Practice. 4.5 Credit Hours.

This course contains foundation social work content designed specifically for advanced standing students. It integrates social welfare policy, research, social work practice, human behavior theory, and field. NOTE: Students must have advanced standing status and must obtain permission from the department chair in order to register for this course.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 5309. Societal Responses to Aging. 3 Credit Hours.

This course explores public and private resources, the need for social and political action, and the network of services required to meet the needs of individuals and their families. It presents policies and practice in income maintenance, health, housing, safety, and social status. Public-private sponsorship, cost, accountability, benefit levels, and administration are discussed. Student social action projects are completed and expanded.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8000. Special Topics in Social Work. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Topics vary.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

SSWG 8010. Special Topics in Social Work. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Topics vary.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

SSWG 8101. Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups I. 3 Credit Hours.

This advanced practice course for students in the Clinical concentration is the first course in a year-long sequence of two courses that comprise the clinical concentration practice curriculum. Students learn guidelines for evidence-based practice and develop a multicultural perspective of clinical social work practice with individuals, families, and groups. The course provides more depth and breadth in the evidence base for selection of effective theoretical frameworks that support collaborative interventions with vulnerable and diverse populations.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 5001|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5002|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5003|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5006|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5107|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5108|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5187|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5188|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8102. Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course continues to develop advanced practice skills and knowledge with individuals, families, and groups as undertaken in SSWG 8101. Students further develop self-awareness, use of self, and recognition of feelings evoked in relation to the helping process.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 8101|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8103. Management and Planning Practice I. 3 Credit Hours.

This advanced practice course for students in the Management and Planning concentration builds on the student's foundation learning. This first half of a two-semester sequence focuses on the understanding of interrelated disciplines: planning, management, and organizations. Students learn to apply various models and theories in an ever-changing political, economic, and global environment.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 5001|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5002|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5003|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5006|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5107|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5108|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5187|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5188|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8104. Management and Planning Practice II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course builds on SSWG 8103.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 8103|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8105. Practice in Communities and Policy Arenas I: Assessment and Planning. 3 Credit Hours.

This advanced practice course for students in the Communities and Policy Arenas concentration focuses on practice in the public sector and provides students with the advanced skills necessary to conduct assessments and analyses that they will use for planning, implantation, and evaluation in organizations, communities, and policy arenas.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 5001|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5002|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5003|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5006|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5107|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5108|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5187|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5188|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8106. Practice in Communities and Policy Arenas II: Intervention in Communities/Policy. 3 Credit Hours.

This second part of a two-semester course provides students with the advanced skills necessary to understand and differentially apply models and methods of community organizing, community development, and change. Students learn to conduct assessments and analyses used for planning, implementation, and evaluation in communities and policy arenas. The explicit focus of this course is practice in the public sector. Students learn concepts and strategic approaches related to practicing in these settings, including the concepts of economic, political, and cultural rights; social justice; social transformation; power; empowerment; participatory democracy; and the strengths approach to practice.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 8105|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8187. Advanced Field Practicum I. 3 Credit Hours.

This advanced year practicum for service delivery builds competencies in the Clinical concentration, Management and Planning concentration, or Communities and Policy Arenas concentration, and by selected specialization. This is the first semester (fall) of a two-semester internship in which the student gains greater depth in knowledge and skills for her or his choice of concentration, and increased familiarity with a chosen field of practice (specialization).

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5188|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8188. Advanced Field Practicum II. 3 Credit Hours.

This advanced year practicum for service delivery builds on SSWG 8187. It is taken in the spring.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 8187|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8187|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8205. Evaluation of Clinical Practice. 3 Credit Hours.

This is a required advanced-level research course for students in the Clinical concentration. It provides students with tools of practice evaluation and learning experiences of formal evaluation of student's individual work with individuals, families, and groups. It also reviews methods of evaluation of direct practice at both individual and program levels.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5003|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8207. Social Work Research: Communities and Policy Arenas and Management/Planning. 3 Credit Hours.

This is a required advanced-level research course for students in the Management and Planning and Communities and Policy Arenas concentrations. It focuses on the history and philosophies, conceptual approaches, techniques and methods, and issues in practice and utilization of research applied to communities, organizations, social programs, and policies. It provides students with the skills to carry out research designed to support human rights through community and/or policy assessment, planning, and intervention.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5003|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8303. Dynamics of Health, Health Care, and Health Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

One of three required courses for students pursuing a specialization in Health/Mental Health Policy. It focuses on Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) content relevant to health and mental health social work practice at all systems levels. Students study the effects of bio-psycho-social, familial, organizational, economic, and cultural variables on the definition, incidence, prevalence, experience, treatment, and prevention of chronic and acute conditions, particularly those prevalent among oppressed populations.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 5001|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5002|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently)
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8307. Health/Mental Health Policy. 3 Credit Hours.

This advanced-level policy course is for students in the Health/Mental Health Policy specialization. This course examines historical and current issues in health/mental health policy, including the U.S. health care system (e.g., managed care, Medicare, and Medicaid) as well as international comparisons. Insurance, access to care, and differential health/mental health outcomes are studied.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5006|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently)
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8403. Children and Families in the Social Environment. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an advanced-level human behavior and social environment course for students in the Children and Families specialization. It is designed to develop students' understanding of children within the context of families and other socializing institutions. Children and families are viewed from an ecological and systems perspective, i.e., in the context of families, communities, schools, and organizations.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 5001|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5002|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently)
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8407. Policy on Families and Children. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an advanced-level policy course for students in the Children and Families specialization. It offers an overview of polices that impact families, children, and youth in the United States. These three policy areas, although distinct, are integrally related. The challenge of creating effective social policies for families, children, and youth is the focus of this course.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
AND SSWG 5006|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently)
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8503. Military Culture: The Service Member, Veteran and Family in the Social Environment. 3 Credit Hours.

This course intends to provide students with a learning experience that provides a foundation of theory, skills, and knowledge necessary in the practice of military social work. Social work practice with the military, not unlike other facets of social work practice, must keep in mind the unique culture of the individual within the context of their unique environment and history. Learning modules include military culture, the military family, military children, female warriors and veterans, and clinical assessment and treatment.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Social Work

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5002|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8504. Integrative Seminar. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an opportunity for students from all concentrations and specializations, individually and in teams, to identify and critically examine major ethical/legal as well as practical concerns facing the profession. The course is designed to enhance self-awareness and self-confidence through the integration of knowledge, skills, and values learned throughout the M.S.W. program.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 5001|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5001|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 5003|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5003|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5005|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 5006|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5006|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 5107|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5107|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 5108|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5108|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 5187|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5187|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 5188|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5188|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 8101|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8101|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8103|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8103|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8105|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8105|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 8205|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8205|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8207|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8207|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 8187|Minimum Grade of C-|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 8187|Minimum Grade of P|May not be taken concurrently).

SSWG 8507. Military Health Care, Policy and Community Response. 3 Credit Hours.

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the arena of social policy analysis, policy practice, and advocacy as related to social work practice with the military.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Social Work

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
SSWG 5006|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR SSWG 5301|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently.

SSWG 8801. Financial Management. 3 Credit Hours.

In a global society for human service management, financial resources are competitive and limited. Moreover, the funders (government, private corporations, and the public) demand greater accountability on the part of agencies. Administrators of social work organizations need to become knowledgeable and skillful as fiscal and program managers. This course is designed to prepare students to use resource acquisition as well as risk and cost management techniques to become effective administrators. This course is designed to complement and support the administration courses by focusing on the financial management aspects of integrated program planning and budgeting. Topics covered include resource expenditure (budget development, fiscal management, risk management, cost analysis and control, financial and IRS reporting) and resource acquisition (fund raising, capital campaigns, use of grants, performance-based and other services contracting, diversification of income sources, entrepreneurial options). Students develop ethical decision-making practices with regard to resource allocation that enable them to develop a professional sense of accountability.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8803. Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents. 3 Credit Hours.

This course studies emotional, social, behavioral, and developmental disorders that are prevalent during childhood. Risk factors, developmental pathways, co-occurring conditions, and effective treatment approaches are studied.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8804. Social Work with the Homeless. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides a framework for the analysis of social policies and programs related to the social problems of homelessness in the United States. Although the focus of the course is on contemporary issues of homelessness, the approach includes an historical perspective in order to explore the enduring legacy of early interventions and approaches to the relief and social control of marginalized populations. The implications of differing viewpoints and alternative problem definitions for policy and service delivery are considered. The course explores shifts in housing policies. Additionally, employment programs are discussed in some detail to demonstrate their impact on the increasing numbers of Americans who are homeless.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8807. HIV/AIDS and Social Work. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of knowledge, skills, values, and policy issues related to prevention and service delivery with HIV/AIDS infected and affected persons.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8809. Child Welfare Policy. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of social welfare policies affecting children with particular attention to the problems of child abuse and neglect.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8811. Alcohol and Substance Abuse. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides students with current information about alcohol and other substance abuse. Using ecosystems and family systems frameworks, information is presented regarding the bio-psycho-social impact of alcohol and other substance abuse on individual and family functioning. Particular attention is given to treatment options and resources for change.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8814. Loss and Grief. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the dynamics of loss and mourning, societal attitudes about death, and cultural variations in dealing with loss.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8815. Law and the Practice of Human Services. 3 Credit Hours.

This course considers various legal issues as they pertain to the practice of social work.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8816. Practice Consultation. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is offered to students planning a career in clinical social work. It builds on the foundation of Clinical Practice I and II, going further and deeper into the skills of clinical practice. It is designed as a seminar with components of peer and clinical supervision similar to LSWs seeking supervision hours toward LCSW licensure. It covers a wide variety of practice skills addressing client needs as presented in class. As such, the majority of class content will be case driven in accord with case presentations. Students should have a strong theoretical foundation and clinical experience working with clients in a mental health setting.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8818. Supervision, Staff Development, and Training. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines sources of power in organizational hierarchies, alternative formats for organizational development, and supervisory and staff development practices.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8823. Psychodynamics of Race, Class and Culture. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on psychodynamic dimensions unique to particular cultural and socioeconomic groups and their relationship to social work practice.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8824. Assessment and the DSM. 3 Credit Hours.

The focus is on using the DSM-IV as an assessment tool and the implications for social work practice. A bio-psycho-social approach to understanding human behavior is taken.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8826. Aging HBSE. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of the major biological, psychological, and sociological theories used to understand the aging process, in conjunction with the social, emotional, and physical environment. The interrelationship between the aging person, his or her family, and society is explored. Particular attention is given to at-risk and diverse populations such as women, minorities, and the oldest old. This course further examines the pathologies and functional disorders which occur in some populations, in addition to the normative process of aging in today's society.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8827. Aging Policy. 3 Credit Hours.

This is one of three courses in the Aging Specialization. This course focuses on the major social policies affecting the lives of aging Americans. It provides students with the opportunity to understand and analyze the principal social programs, which have been developed in response to the major issues confronted by America's elderly. Students will explore key policy issues in the areas of work and retirement; income maintenance; housing; health care (including long term care, both institutional and home based); delivery of preventive and acute care in the community; the impact of managed care on the elderly; prescription reimbursement programs; abuse and neglect of the elderly; hospice care; euthanasia; Medicare and Medicaid; nutritional support; mental health issues and other related health care topics; and the needs of selected populations during aging (e.g., chronically mentally ill, developmentally disabled and others experiencing pre-existing chronic health care concerns). All of these issues will be pursued with a focus upon social justice, diversity, and consumer involvement in policy development.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 8831. Social Transformation. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an exploration of social transformation theories and practices in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and other uncategorized ventures for a different world. Topics selected by students range from art therapy to nonviolent civil disobedience. The course emphasizes participatory learning and practical application in social work settings.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

SSWG 9182. Independent Study. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an independent course of study in an area of special interest. A faculty facilitator and the student work together to identify the content and design learning opportunities.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

SSWG 9282. Independent Study. 1 to 4 Credit Hour.

This is an independent course of study in an area of special interest. A faculty facilitator and the student work together to identify the content and design learning opportunities.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

SSWG 9817. Clinical Military Practice and the Invisible Wounds of War. 3 Credit Hours.

Social work practice with the military, not unlike other facets of social work practice, must keep in mind the unique culture of the individual within the context of their environment and history. This course intends to provide students with the knowledge and skills that inform the practice of clinical social work with military service members. Topics include clinical work with military families, women warriors, couples, children, service members, and veterans. Facets of clinical work discussed include various contemporary issues facing the modern military service member including the invisible wounds of war. Learning modules include the signature (invisible) wounds of contemporary conflicts, military sexual trauma, issues of sexuality, female warriors, the military family, military children, and the new warrior.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(SSWG 8503|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SSWG 8507|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently).

Contacts

Program Web Address:

https://cph.temple.edu/ssa/degrees-offered/master-social-work

Department Information:

School of Social Work

Ritter Hall Annex, 5th Floor

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6005

MSW@temple.edu

215-204-8623

Submission Address for Application Materials:

https://socialworkcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/

Department Contacts:

Recruitment:

Amy Costik

Assistant Director of Recruitment

amy.costik@temple.edu

717-221-1683

Admissions:

Erin Brosious

Academic Coordinator

erin.brosious@temple.edu

215-204-1962

Field Education Coordinator:

Valarie Clemmons, M.S.W.

v.clemmons@temple.edu

215-204-1222

Program Director:

Karin Eyrich-Garg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

kgarg@temple.edu

215-204-1217