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New Mexico State University
Graduate Catalog
2011-2012

SOCIAL WORK

Department website: http://www.nmsu.edu/~socwork/

(575) 646-2143

socwork@nmsu.edu

http://socialwork.nmsu.edu

Shelly A. Bucher, LMSW, Interim Director

S. C. Anderson, Ph.D. (Texas-Austin)-mental health, child welfare, practice, policy; T. Barnett-Queen, Ph.D. (South Carolina)-technology and social work education, mental health, supervision; D. Barney, Ph.D. (Kansas)- adolescent health, human sexuality, HIV/AIDS; R. Blair, Ph.D. ( Utah)-mental health, individual therapy; A. Chornesky, Ph.D. (Smith College)-child/adult development, crosscultural practice; K. Coggins, Ph.D.(Michigan)- community interventions, cultural competence, indigenous North American populations; I. de la Rosa, Ph.D. (Michigan)-crosscultural practice, research; M. Ortiz, M.S.W. (NMSU)-cultural competence,practice; M. Roditti, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)-community practice, social support networks; P. Sandau-Beckler, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve)-AIDS, practice; W. Whittlesey-Jerome, Ph.D. (Texas-Arlington)-mental health, policy, research

DEGREE: Master of Social Work

MINOR: Alcohol and Drug Counseling (interdisciplinary)

The School of Social Work offers full-time and part-time graduate study in Las Cruces and Albuquerque leading to the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree. The program is designed to provide academic and fieldwork education with an emphasis in Advanced Generalist Practice with Populations of the Southwest based on the foundation first year of generalist practice. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Admission to the program is in accordance with the general regulations of the Graduate School, which include a completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. In addition to applying to the Graduate School, application must also be made to the School of Social Work. The application to the School of Social Work spells out admission requirements that include submitting a application form, a written statement, a current resume and personal references and statistics course. Applicants having a degree from a non-liberal arts area must show coursework that includes two courses from the humanities, two from the natural and biological sciences (with one course containing content in human biology) and three from the behavioral and social sciences, with at least one course in sociology or psychology. The program does not grant academic credit for work or other life experience in lieu of social work course or field content.

The School of Social Work is committed to ensuring a culturally diverse student population to enhance the social work profession at both state and national levels. To meet this goal of diversity, the school makes an effort to recruit and retain a diverse student population.

Applicants who qualify for advanced standing may complete the program with 36 credits rather than 60 credits. Admission to the advanced-standing program is for highly qualified applicants who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree (B.S.W.) from a social work program accredited by the CSWE and earned within seven years of beginning the advanced standing program, a GPA of at least 3.5 in the last 60 hours and a two-year post BSW degree work experience. As part of the M.S.W. application, those applying to the advanced standing program will, in addition to meeting all admission requirements for the full-time, two-year program or part-time, three-year program, submit two additional letters of reference, one each from a B.S.W. field liaison and B.S.W. field supervisor or instructor, and a copy of the final B.S.W. field evaluation.

The requirements for the Master of Social Work degree include 60 credits of designated graduate courses (36 credits of designated graduate courses for those accepted for advanced standing); a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all course and fieldwork, and for those electing the thesis option, the completion of a thesis. The thesis requires a slightly different course of study, including an approved proposal. Those students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree are encouraged to elect the thesis option.

Note that all social work courses must be taken in sequence. Successful completion of course work for each semester is a prerequisite for the course work of the following semester.

Any social work graduate student who receives an F in a social work course is dismissed from the program and must reapply for admission to the MSW program. Any social work student who receives a D in a social work course must repeat the course. Any social work student who receives 2 D’s in social work courses is dismissed from the program and must reapply for admission to the MSW program.

An integral part of a graduate social work program is completing the practicum experience. For those enrolled in the two-year program, two practicum placements will be required (12 credits), which result in the student’s spending 950 hours in the field. For those students entering the program with advanced standing, one field placement (6 credits) is required, totaling 500 hours in the field. Students are offered a wide range of field settings in New Mexico and West Texas. Students should be prepared to travel some distance and be responsible for their own transportation costs.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for complete applications is February 15th of each year.

  • Early applications received by January 1st will be given first consideration for Graduate Assistantships.
  • Late applications that are complete will be considered when received on a space available basis.

Course of Study: Full-Time Program (60 cr.).
Advance-Standing (36 cr.).

Year One

Fall Semester (15 cr.)

MSW 505, Foundations of Professional Social Work 3 cr
MSW 509, Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3 cr.
MSW 510, Human Behavior and Social Environment I 3 cr.
MSW 520, Practice II: Social Work Practice I 3 cr.
MSW 551, Generalist Field Practicum I 3 cr.

Spring Semester (15 cr.)

MSW 500, Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy 3 cr.
MSW 511, Human Behavior and Social Environment II 3 cr.
MSW 521, Social Work Practice II 3 cr.
MSW 552, Generalist Field Practicum II 3 cr.
MSW 560, Social Work Research 3 cr.

Year Two

Fall Semester (15 cr.)

MSW 524 Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3 cr.
MSW 526, Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3 cr.
MSW 554, Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 3 cr.
MSW 561, Advanced Generalist Research, 3 cr.
or MSW 599, Graduate Thesis
3 cr.
MSW or/outside elective or MSW 547 Social Work Mental Health Practice 3 cr.

Spring Semester (15 cr.)

MSW 503, Policy Analysis and Change 3 cr.
MSW 525, Practice IV: Advanced Genetics Practice with Groups 3 cr.
MSW 527, Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3 cr.
MSW 555, Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 3 cr.
MSW or outside elective 3 cr.

COURSE OF STUDY: ADVANCED STANDING (36 cr.)

Full-Time Advanced Standing begins in Summer and then follows Year Two schedule.

Summer

MSW 509, Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3 cr.
MSW 559, Practice and Research 3 cr.

MSW Electives (choose at least one to complete the two elective requirement)

  • MSW 501, Social Work Leadership and Administration
  • MSW 541, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD Minor)
  • MSW 542, Violence in the Family
  • MSW 543, Family and Child Welfare Practice
  • MSW 547, Social Work Mental Health Practice
  • MSW 563, Social Work with Hispanic Populations
  • MSW 564, Social Work with Native American Populations
  • MSW 565, Practice with the Elderly
  • MSW 590, Family and Child Welfare Policy
  • MSW 597, Special Topics

Other disciplines for one requirement:

MSW elective courses not listed above, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Science, Family and Consumer Science, Counseling and Education Psychology, Economics, Management, Government, Statistics, Women's Studies, Criminal Justice.

COURSE OF STUDY: PART-TIME PROGRAM (60 cr.)

Year One

Fall Semester

MSW 505, Foundations of Professional Social Work 3 cr.
MSW 510, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 3 cr.

Spring Semester

MSW 511, Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3 cr.
MSW 560, Social Work Research 3 cr.

Summer

MSW 500, Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy 3 cr.
MSW 509, Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3 cr.

Year Two

Fall Semester

MSW 520, Social Work Practice I 3 cr.
MSW 551, Generalist Field Practicum I 3 cr.
MSW 561, Advanced Generalist Research 3 cr.
or MSW 599, Graduate Thesis 3 cr.

Spring Semester

MSW 521, Social Work Practice II 3 cr.
MSW 552, Generalist Field Practicum II 3 cr.
MSW 503, Policy Analysis and Change 3 cr.

Summer

MSW or outside elective 3 cr.
MSW or outside elective 3 cr.

Year Three

Fall Semester

MSW 524, Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3 cr.
MSW 526, Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3 cr.
MSW 554, Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 3 cr.

Spring Semester

MSW 525, Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3 cr.
MSW 527, Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3 cr.
MSW 555, Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 3 cr.

Part-Time Advanced Standing (36 cr.)

Year One

Summer

MSW 559, Practice and Research 3 cr.

Fall Semester

MSW 525, Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3 cr.
MSW or outside elective 3 cr.

Spring Semester

MSW 503, Policy Analysis and Change 3 cr.
MSW or outside elective 3 cr.

Summer

MSW 509, Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3 cr

Year Two

Fall Semester
MSW 524, Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3 cr.
MSW 561, Advanced Generalist Research 3 cr
or MSW 599, Graduate Thesis
3 cr
MSW 554, Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 3 cr.

Spring Semester

MSW 526, Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3 cr.
MSW 527, Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3 cr.
MSW 555, Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 3 cr.

MSW Electives

MSW 501, Social Work Leadership and Administration

MSW 541, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD Minor)

MSW 542, Violence in the Family

MSW 543, Family and Child Welfare Practice

MSW 563, Social Work Practice with Hispanic Populations

MSW 564, Social Work Practice with Native American Populations

MSW 565, Practice with the Elderly

MSW 590, Family and Child Welfare Policy

MSW 597, Special Topics

Related Outside Elective Examples (choose one graduate level):

MSW elective courses not listed above, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Science, Family and Consumer Science, Counseling and Education Psychology, Economics, Management, Government, Statistics, Women's Studies, Criminal Justice.

JOINT DEGREE PROGRAM AND INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE MINORS

Joint MSW/MPH Degree Program

The School of Social Work and the Department of Health Science offer a joint MSW/MPH degree program. The two degrees are: Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Education. Students interested in pursuing the joint degree program must:

  • Prepare and submit separate admissions applications to both programs
  • Notify each program in writing of the intent to complete the joint degree program
  • Be officially admitted to both degree programs
  • Notify the NMSU Graduate School of the intent to complete the joint degree program
  • Complete all course requirements for both degree programs
  • Complete separate final examinations for both degree programs

If you are interested in pursuing this option please call and talk to the Graduate Program Coordinator. It is anticipated that students in this program will take three academic years to complete the joint MSW/MPH degree programs.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Minors

Minor in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

This minor involves the departments of: Counseling and Educational Psychology; Criminal Justice; Family and Consumer Science; Health Science; Nursing; and Social Work. Completion of this minor will prepare students for completion of the coursework necessary to take the exam for state licensure as a drug and alcohol counselor in the State of New Mexico. If you are interested in the minor please request an information sheet from the Graduate Program Coordinator that will outline the program requirements and specify the application process.

Minor in Gerontology

The Department of Health Science offers an online Graduate Minor in Gerontology. The Minor in Gerontology program is designed in part for non-traditional, location-bound students, who are working or otherwise occupied on a full-time basis. Health and human service professionals, current students, and others who are interested in acquiring basic knowledge in an interdisciplinary gerontology context are encouraged to consider this program. If you are interested in the minor please request an information sheet from the Graduate Program Coordinator that will outline the program requirements and provide contact information.

SOCIAL WORK

S WK 463. Social Work Practice with Hispanic Families 3 cr.
Theory and skills relating to social work practice with Hispanic families. Emphasis on strengthening and empowering Hispanic families to perform their caregiving roles in their own environment. Prerequisite: S WK 300, S WK 313, S WK 314 and S WK 400.
S WK 465. Practice with the Elderly 3 cr.
Concepts and skills needed for effective practice with older adults, their families, and others in their support systems. Attention to subgroups on an older population, including persons of color, health-impaired individuals, grandparent caregivers, and elderly gay men and women. Taught with MSW 565. Cannot receive credit for S WK 465 and MSW 565. Prerequisite(s): S WK 300, S WK 313, S WK 314 and S WK 400.
S WK 467. Social Work Research I 3 cr.
Development of knowledge and skills needed to build practice knowledge, evaluate service delivery, and be effective consumers of research knowledge. The first of a two-course sequence that covers research methods, history of research, ethics, problem formulation, research design, measurement, and instrumentation. Restricted to SW K majors.
S WK 468. Social Work Research II 3 cr.
Development of knowledge and skills needed to build practice knowledge, evaluate service delivery, and be effective consumers of research knowledge. The second of a two-course sequence that covers research literature, data collection, and data analysis. Prerequisite: S WK 467. Restricted to S WK majors.
S WK 490. Family and Child Welfare Policy 3 cr.
Historical review and evolution of child welfare policies, initiatives and factors that influence child welfare service. Child welfare policies and services specific to the state of New Mexico are infused throughout the course. Taught with MSW 590. Cannot receive credit for S WK 490 and MSW 590. Prerequisite(s): S WK 313, S WK 314 and S WK 400.
S WK 497. Special Topics 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be used as a mandatory practice elective. Prerequisite: junior or above standing, majors or consent of instructor. May be repeated for unlimited credit under different subtitles.

MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK

MSW 500. Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy 3 cr.
An overview of social and economic problems in the United States and the historical and current social welfare policies aimed at alleviating these problems. Emphasis on developing an awareness and ability to change policies that impact vulnerable populations.
MSW 501. Social Work Leadership and Administration 3 cr.
Supervision, consultation, and administration in social services, emphasis on developing leadership skills. Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 503. Policy Analysis and Change 3 cr.
This course will emphasize policy practice focusing on policy analysis and creating and implementing policy change. Prerequisite(s): MSW 500. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 505. Foundations of Professional Social Work 3 cr.
This course is a comprehensive overview of social work. It serves as an introduction to the profession of social work, including its history, values and ethics, legal regulation, structure, philosophy and major fields of practice.
MSW 509. Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3 cr.
Theoretical and sociohistorical perspectives on racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression. Cultural diversity, strengths, and Southwest and border issues are emphasized.
MSW 510. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 cr.
The major theories of human behavior and the life span from conception to adolescence. Focuses both on the areas of concern and risk for client systems and on the opportunities and strengths in the social environment. Required. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 511. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3 cr.
Major theories of human behavior and the life span from young adulthood through old age. Focuses on the areas of concern and risk for client systems and on the opportunities and strengths in the social environment. Required. Prerequisite(s): MSW 510.
MSW 520. Social Work Practice I 3 cr.
This is the first course of a two-course sequence. An introduction to the generalist crosscultural, social work practice perspective with individuals and families, focusing on social work as a profession, social work knowledge base, professional development, relationship building and assessment with individuals and families within a framework of social work values and ethics. Corequisite(s): MSW 551. Pre/Corequisite(s): MSW 505 and MSW 510. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 521. Social Work Practice II 3 cr.
This is the second course of a two-course sequence. A continuation of the generalist crosscultural, social work practice perspective with individuals and families, focusing on goal setting, contracting, implementation, and outcome assessment. The course also applies the generalist practice perspective and methods to larger systems: groups, organizations, and communities and includes relationship building, assessment, goal setting, contracting, implementation and outcome assessment within a framework of social work values and ethics. Prerequisite(s): MSW 520. Corequisite(s): MSW 552. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 524. Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3 cr.
This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses (MSW 520, 521) by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with individuals (children, adolescents and adults). Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521. Corequisite(s): MSW 526, MSW 554. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 525. Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3 cr.
This course will address the knowledge, values and skills needed to work effectively with diverse populations in group settings. The course will build on Foundation Year courses (MSW 520 and 521) by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with social work groups. Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521, MSW 551, MSW 552. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 526. Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3 cr.
This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses (MSW 520 and 521) by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying, and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with families. Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521, MSW 552. Corequisite(s): MSW 554. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 527. Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3 cr.
This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses (MSW 520, 521) by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying, and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with organizations and communities. Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521, MSW 524, MSW 525, MSW 554. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 541. Alcohol and Other Drugs 3 cr.
The prevalence of the major types of substance abuse. Addresses major treatment approaches to substance abuse as well as theories related to the causes and effects of such abuse in systems of different sizes. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
MSW 542. Violence in the Family 3 cr.
Theory and skills relating to practice with families who victimize vulnerable members. Includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse, incest, and neglect. Emphasis on knowledge and skills in approaches that effectively preserve and restore healthy family functioning. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
MSW 543. Family and Child Welfare Practice 3 cr.
Current issues and interventions in child protection, foster care, family preservation and support, family reunification, adoption, and permanency planning. Cannot receive credit for SWK 443 and MSW 543.
MSW 547. Social Work Mental Health Practice 3 cr.
Social work assessment and interventions of major mental health issues across the life span with an emphasis on building resiliency and coping skills. Attention will be paid to mental health disparities and the impact of culture on mental health issues. Offered in the fall. Prerequisite(s): MSW 521.
MSW 551. Generalist Field Practicum I 3 cr.
Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential instruction and learning. 225 clock hours required. Seminar required. Graded: S/U. Pre/Corequisite(s): MSW 505, MSW 509, MSW 510, MSW 520. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 552. Generalist Field Practicum II 3 cr.
Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency. 225 clock hours required. Seminar required. Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 551. Pre/Corequisite(s): MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 511, MSW 521, MSW 560. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 554. Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 3 cr.
Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency providing experiential learning in advanced generalist practice. 250 clock hours required. Seminar required. Prerequisite(s): MSW 552. Corequisite(s): MSW 524, MSW 526. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 555. Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 3 cr.
Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency providing experiential learning in advanced generalist practice. 250 clock hours required. Seminar required. Prerequisite(s): MSW 554. Corequisite(s): MSW 525, MSW 527. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 559. Practice and Research 3 cr.
This course is required for all advanced standing students and is aimed at providing the conceptual orientation for the concentration year graduate program. The goal of this course is to enhance theory, practice, research, and policy skills and knowledge in advanced generalist social work. The key themes and concepts, presented, explored, and analyzed in this course include: the fit between the Social Work code of ethics and personal values and belief systems; use of evidenced based practice principles to critique theories, policy, and practice and the interaction with research modalities applicable to social work practice with individuals, groups, organizations and communities. Restricted to MSW Advanced Standing majors.
MSW 560. Social Work Research 3 cr.
Introduction to analytical skills used in social work research: problem formulation, research designs, measurement, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, use of human subjects in research, and application of research knowledge to social work practice. Required. Restricted to MSW students.
MSW 561. Advanced Generalist Research 3 cr.
Focused on advanced generalist practice research in multicultural settings. Advanced skills to evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in multicultural settings. Needs assessment as well as program and practice evaluation are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): MSW 560. Restricted to MSW majors.
MSW 563. Social Work with Hispanic Populations 3 cr.
This course focuses on advanced knowledge and skill development for intervention with Hispanic populations. Emphasis is placed on understanding historical and contemporary cultural, social and political forces shaping the worldview and life circumstances for Hispanic populations in the US Southwest.
MSW 564. Social Work with Native American Populations 3 cr.
This course focuses on advanced knowledge and skill development for intervention with Indigenous North American populations. Emphasis is placed on understanding historical and contemporary cultural, social and political forces shaping the worldview and life circumstances for Indigenous North American populations.
MSW 565. Practice with the Elderly 3 cr.
Concepts and skills needed for effective practice with older adults, their families, and others in their support systems. Attention to subgroups of an older population, including persons of color, health-impaired individuals, grandparent caregivers, and elderly gay men and women. Taught with S WK 465 with additional work required at the graduate level. Cannot receive credit for both SWK 465 and MSW 565.
MSW 572. Pharmacology of Addictions 3 cr.
Concepts and principles of the pharmacology of psychoactive substances and the addiction process: including the pharmacological approaches to treatment. Corequisite: MSW 572L. Same as NURS 572.
MSW 590. Family and Child Welfare Policy 3 cr.
Historical review and evolution of child welfare policies, initiatives and factors that influence child welfare service. Child welfare policies and services specific to the state of New Mexico are infused throughout the course. Taught with S WK 490 with additional work required at the graduate level. Cannot receive credit for both SWK 490 and MSW 590. Prerequisite(s): SWK 300, SWK 313, SWK 314 and SWK 400.
MSW 591. Systemic Integration of Alcohol and Drug Issues 3 cr.
Capstone course for the alcohol and drug minor. Covers community, agency, and systemic facilitation of prevention and intervention services for substance-affected families. Prerequisites: acceptance into minor and department prerequisites. Same as FCS 591.
MSW 595. Independent Study 1-3 cr.
Individual study to augment depth of knowledge in area related to course of study. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credits.
MSW 597. Special Topics 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Open to graduate students in related disciplines and to community professionals in related disciplines and to community professionals in related fields. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for unlimited credit under different subtitles.
MSW 599. Graduate Thesis 0-6 cr.
Required for thesis option. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Restricted to MSW students.