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SW130 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIAL WORK (4). An overview of the history, purposes, and functions of social welfare systems and programs, and an introduction to the social work profession. An examination of the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for social work practice, and the variety of problems, practice settings, and diverse client populations served by social workers.

SW331 THEORIES OF COUNSELING AND SOCIAL WORK (4). An examinination of a wide-variety of comtemporary bio-psycho-social theories of psychosocial intervention, including current applications, which are commonly used in the fields of social work, counseling, psychology, and criminal justice. Theories examined include: psychodynamic models, humanistic/existential theories, behavioral and cognitive approaches, systems and ecological theories, and social change models.

SW341 PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTION WITH INDIVIDUALS (4). An examinination of the knowledge, values, and skills commonly used in direct practice with individuals by social workers and similar professionals in the fields of counseling, psychology, and criminal justice. Emphasis is on both understanding the dynamics of the professional helping process and on the development of specific skills, such as: interviewing, ethical decision-making, assessment, contracting, and case documentation. Prerequisites: CJ130, PY130, SW130 or SY130, and junior or senior standing.

SW343 PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTION WITH GROUPS (4). An examinination of the knowledge, values, and skills used by social workers and similar professionals when working with groups. Course content includes: the dynamics of small groups, ethical issues, types of groups, methods of intervention, and individual skills necessary for leading and working with groups. Prerequisites: CJ130, PY130, SW130 or SY130, and junior or senior standing.

SW495 FIELD PLACEMENT (1-8). Experiential learning through application of the social work knowledge, values, and skills learned in the classroom to a professionally supervised placement at an appropriate setting providing social work services. The field experience is planned and coordinated in collaboration with the student's advisor, the social work field coordinator, and an agency representative. Students need to be in contact with the social work field coordinator at least one semester prior to the placement in order to begin planning for the placement. Social Work majors only. Prerequisites: SW341and junior or senior standing or permission of Social Work Field Coordinator.