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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

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B.S.W. Program Reaccredited by Council on Social Work Education. M.S.W. Program Reaccredited by Council on Social Work Education.

Address: 395 S 1500 E #111, Salt Lake City UT 84112
Office: 101 Social Work Building
Phone: 801-581-6192
Website: www.socialwork.utah.edu

Dean: Lawrence Henry Liese, Ph.D.
Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.), Program Director: Jason Castillo, Ph.D.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Program Director: Amanda Barusch, Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Program Director: Christina Gringeri, Ph.D.

At one of the oldest and most respected educational institutions for social workers in the Intermountain West, the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Utah College of Social Work demonstrate their passion and commitment to advancing the social work profession through quality education, research, and service.

With focused education and training, the College works to shape social institutions, policies, services, and interventions; to prevent and alleviate human suffering; to enhance individual, community, and global well-being; and to promote social and economic justice for all. Our students are educated in accordance with the core values and principles of the social work profession: freedom of inquiry and open debate, inclusion and shared leadership, respect for self-determination and the need for accountability, and the affirmation and value of social and cultural diversity.

Through partnerships with more than 300 social service agencies-locally and in countries around the world-our students have extraordinary opportunities to learn in diverse settings and apply their knowledge in real-world situations. Our graduates have gone on to develop far-reaching human service initiatives, establish meaningful social service organizations, direct advocacy efforts for the profession, lead state human service programs, and oversee advanced social work education throughout the nation. In short, our alumni are making a significant difference in lives all around the world.

Degrees

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Centers and Institutes

Social Research Institute
Utah Criminal Justice Center
Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration

Undergraduate Program

Please see the Social Work B.S.W., H.B.S.W. and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

The practicum (field education) experience offers an opportunity for students to integrate, apply, and contribute to social work knowledge, skills, and values in a community agency setting, under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. A variety of agencies reflecting the profession’s diverse settings and fields of practice are selected for field placements. Each affiliated agency and supervising social work practitioner (field instructor) has been evaluated by the Field Education department. The agency mission, scope of services, funding sources, staffing, client populations, levels of supervision, and learning opportunities are assessed in relation to professional accreditation standards established by the Council on Social Work Education. Criteria for agency selection include the agency’s mission to serve diverse clients and populations at risk, and to promote economic and social justice within the ethics and values of the social work professions. Concurrently, assessment is made of the credentials, experience, educator ability, and professionalism of the social workers who elect to directly supervise student learning as University designated field instructors.

Professional and Community Education (PACE) Program

The Professional and Community Education (PACE) program at the University of Utah College of Social Work is designed to deepen and advance the training and career opportunities of both students and professionals of all disciplines working within the human services sector. PACE programs cover traditional intervention models, cutting-edge trends, evidence-based practice models, and/or non-traditional methods designed to benefit both clients and caregivers.

The professional world of human services is dynamic and ever-changing. To help practitioners “keep PACE,” the College is developing new multi-disciplinary programs that enhance providers’ skills, effect policy change, improve care delivery, and encourage research.

For more information about any PACE program, please contact PACE at 801-585-7565, or heidi.stirling@socwk.utah.edu.

Graduate Program

Please see the Social Work M.S.W., Ph.D. and Women’s Health Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

M.S.W.-Ph.D. Program

The M.S.W.-Ph.D. program is designed to enable students to complete coursework for the Ph.D. while fulfilling requirements for an M.S.W. Admission decisions are made by the Ph.D. Committee subject to final approval by the Director of the MSW program. Students admitted to this program are advised to complete two years of full-time practice in conjunction with their Ph.D. coursework and dissertation research. Students complete their first-year Ph.D. coursework in policy and research during the course of their M.S.W. training, with the first- and second-year M.S.W. practica usually taken during the summer semesters. For more information about this program please contact the Ph.D. Program at 801-585-5979.

Ph.D./M.P.A. Dual-Degree Program

The University of Utah’s College of Social Work and Department of Political Science have established a dual-degree program which offers the Ph.D. in social work and the master of public administration (M.P.A.). The purpose of this program is to prepare students in a unique interdisciplinary fashion to assume leadership roles in those institutions of government that are concerned with the social welfare of the public. Students must apply to and be accepted by both programs.

Curriculum for Dual-Degree Program

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 56 graduate hours of coursework beyond the 60-hour MSW program. The M.P.A. program requires 39 semester hours of graduate work in addition to experience and a thesis or public policy paper. Both programs require that students have considerable experience, the Ph.D. requiring two years of professional experience and the M.P.A. requiring either one year of administrative experience or a six-month, full-time internship. The dual-degree program, by consolidating electives, dissertation requirements, and practicum requirements, can be completed in a minimum of 100-120 graduate hours beyond MSW requirements. Updates of all B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D., and M.P.A. degree information are on the College of Social Work website.

M.S.W./M.P.H. Dual-Degree Program

The M.S.W./M.P.H. program is for students who seek advanced training in social work and public health. Students pursuing the M.S.W./M.P.H. joint degree will acquire the skills needed to work in all three sectors, understanding the social service aspect of public health. These skills include the planning, management, and delivery of human health services at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Students completing the joint degree will have a more rounded understanding of human behavior in the environment, as well as how individuals and communities are impacted by programs developed with a health focus.

Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees: an M.S.W. degree awarded by the College of Social Work and M.P.H. degree awarded by the department of family and Preventive Medicine. For more information please visit http://socialwork.utah.edu/academics-resources/msw/joint-degrees/master-of-social-work-and-master-of-public-health-mswmph-joint-degrees/.

M.S.W./M.P.A. Dual-Degree Program

The M.P.A./M.S.W. program is based on the assumption that because there is complementary intellectual and professional benefit form studying social work and public administration in a coordinated program. A student enrolled in the joint degree program should be allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than were that student enrolled in each school or program independently. Then program is designed to help students gain clinical knowledge and experience, along with administrative (e.g., budgeting, human resource management, program evaluation, etc.) experience concurrently. Upon completion of both programs, the students earns two separate degrees: an M.S.W. degree awarded by the College of Social Work and an M.P.A. degree awarded by the College of Social and Behavioral Science, Center for Public Policy and Administration. For more information please call 801-581-4428, or visit http://socialwork.utah.edu/academics-resources/msw/joint-degrees/master-of-social-work-and-master-of-public-administration-mswmpa-joint-degrees/.

M.S.W./J.D. Dual-Degree Program

The S.J. Quinney College of Law and the College of Social Work offer the following program to enable students to pursue both a J.D. degree and an M.S.W. degree simultaneously. As graduate from the M.S.W./J.D. program, with both clinical social work and legal skills, will be better prepared to discover and understand the special needs of people who are disadvantaged and will also be prepared to advocate more effectively for clients within the complex legal system. The M.S.W./J.D. program is based on the premise that, because there is complementary intellectual benefit from studying law and social work in coordinated program, a student enrolled in the joint degree program are allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than a student enrolled in each school or program independently. For more information please visit http://www.law.utah.edu/student-handbook/j-d-m-s-w/.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs for the College of Social Work. For information or application materials contact the College of Social Work at 801-581-6192 or visit our web site at http://www.socialwork.utah.edu/.

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