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Master of Social Work Program - Advanced Track

Graduates of the University of New England Master of Social Work program learn to understand the potential for individual and collective human development when people live with dignity and social justice; to identify people’s strengths across diverse populations and how…

Credits: 35

Social Work


Master of Social Work Program - Traditional Track

Graduates of the University of New England Master of Social Work program learn to understand the potential for individual and collective human development when people live with dignity and social justice; to identify people’s strengths across diverse populations and how…

Credits: 64

Social Work


SSWO 501: Human Behavior & the Social Environment I

The HBSE sequence is constructed as theory for practice courses. Theories for practice form a conceptual framework to develop understanding of the impact of social context on health (broadly defined) and well-being and on social work. These theories attempt to…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 502: Human Behavior & The Social Environment II

HBSE is designed to develop and refine our consciousness of the continuous, dynamic and relationship that persists between human beings in any social context. HSBE II explores different theories about how human beings develop, understand, and participate in social relationships…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 503: Social Work Research

This course provides an orientation to the history of science and the range of methods for informing evidence-guided social work practice. Knowledge generation and its application to social work research will be examined critically from a paradigmatic level. Students will…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 504: Action Research for Social Work Practice

Action Research for Social Work Practice builds upon the knowledge, methods, and skills provided in Research I. Students will continue to learn how to critically assess research from ethical, multicultural, and social justice perspectives, particularly in the context of agency-based…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 505: Social Policy and Advocacy

The Social Policy and Advocacy course examines social welfare policy and practice with a primary focus on the role professional Social Work plays in the development, implementation and evaluation of social welfare policy and the impact social welfare policy has…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 510: Social Work Practice I

Social Work Practice I introduces students to generalist social work practice defined as planned change, at every system level, implemented through collaborative relationships with clients, colleagues, and community partners. The theoretical framework of this course is based on empowering and…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 511: Social Work Practice II

This course builds on students understanding of generalist social work practice, beginning with the planned change process within larger systems and moving into integrative multilevel practice. The theoretical framework of this course is based on empowering and organizational change theories…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 520: Field Practicum I/Seminar

Foundation Practicum I provides students with a supervised practice experience in a social service agency/organization. The practicum includes experiential learning in social work practice skills in a specialized setting. A weekly seminar provides students with an opportunity to discuss and…

Credits: 4

Social Work


SSWO 522: Field Practicum II/Seminar

Foundation Practicum II provides students with a supervised practice experience in a social service agency/organization. The practicum includes experiential learning in social work practice skills in a specialized setting. A weekly seminar provides students with an opportunity to discuss and…

Credits: 4

Social Work


SSWO 526: Integrating Clinical/Community Practice Frameworks

Integrating Clinical / Community Practice Frameworks (SSW 526) is a required course for students enrolled in the MSW/MSWO program as Advanced Standing. It is designed to introduce social work scholarship, values, and skills embedded in the UNE School of Social…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 552: Contemporary Theory of Social Work Practice - Individuals and Families

Building on the foundation year practice content, this course further prepares students for direct practice with individuals, families and groups. Students critically examine social work theory and methods for direct practice with attention to how clinical social work values inform…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 553: Advanced Social Work Practice with Families

This second semester course critically analyzes how contemporary clinical theories explain the inner dynamics and external experiences of family systems. Practical applications of family theory are explored through case examples, role play and self-reflective writing that includes both self-analysis and…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 564: Program Dev & Community Practice

This course builds upon the foundation year and introduces students to the changing context of community and inter- organizational linkages across human service systems. Major content focuses on community and organizational needs assessment, community building, understanding and working in multi-system…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 565: Leadership, Administration & Supervision in Social Work

Leadership, Administration & Supervision in Social Work (SSWO 565) will focus on nonprofit organizations and other systems to examine administrative roles within the context of competing organizational values. Various types of leadership will be explored and applied to practice at…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 571: Social Work Practice with Groups

Social Work Practice with Groups teaches the conceptual base, professional values, ethics, and practice skills of social group work. Emphasizing social work with groups as integrative practice, this course encompasses the continuum from therapy groups to task-oriented groups. Course content…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 580: Field Practicum III/Seminar (All Specializations)

Integrating Seminar/Practicum III & IV are a one-semester sequenced course designed to provide students with a supervised advanced practice experience in a social service agency/organization. The practicum includes experiential learning in advanced social work skills in a specialized setting. The…

Credits: 4

Social Work


SSWO 582: Field Practicum IV/Seminar (All Specializations)

Advanced Practicum IV provides students with a supervised advanced practice experience in a social service agency/organization. The practicum includes experiential learning in advanced social work practice skills in a specialized setting. A weekly seminar provides students with an opportunity to…

Credits: 4

Social Work


SSWO 585: Substance Use: A Social Work Perspective

The focus of this course is to examine issues associated with substance use and the intersection of multiple individual, family, organizational and societal systems that contribute to risk and resilience. We will explore the impact of social exclusion on the…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 597: Advanced Psychosocial Assessment

APA provides students advanced knowledge and skills in the assessment of client concerns. The course emphasizes the impact of the structural and personal effects of inequity and cultural oppression on assessment and on psychopathology. APA provides substantial content on understanding…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 607: SW Practice w/ LGBTQ Individuals, Families, and Groups

This course explores the multiple relationships between human sexuality and social work practice. The focus is on critical examination of the dominant discourse about sex, gender and sexual orientation and its relation to social work practice. Students develop skills to…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 611: SW Practice and Intimate Partner Violence

This course will examine policy, varying service delivery systems, funding and the role of social workers in the areas of partner abuse, child abuse and elder abuse. This course will help students understand the context in which domestic violence practice…

Credits: 3

Social Work


SSWO 613: Advanced Trauma-Based Practice

This course explores working with survivors in a trauma-based practice which validates the experience, respects the survivor, and helps her/him to become empowered. An examination of personal beliefs and definitions of trauma will serve as a first step toward the…

Credits: 3