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School of Social Work

M.S.W. Course Offerings

SWFI 530-531. Integrative Practice Seminar ISWFI 630-631. Integrative Practice Seminar II

SWFI 530-531. Integrative Practice Seminar I
SWFI 630-631. Integrative Practice Seminar II

The Integrative Practice Seminar is designed to be a supportive and integrative seminar which is provided on campus and taken concurrently with the student's experience in a fieldwork agency. The seminar provides an opportunity for students to integrate theoretical material from the classroom (lectures, readings) with social work practice in the field. The seminar is offered to enhance and deepen a student's knowledge and skill base through sharing with peers in a supportive group experience with a focus on challenges and issues in the fieldwork placement.

The Integrative Seminar will meet three times each semester (September, October and November, and February, March and April) for 2 ½ hours at the School of Social Work. There is no extra charge to students for participating in the seminar.

Prerequisites (SWFI 530-531):
Student must be currently enrolled in SWFI 530 (Fall) and SWFI 531 (Spring), and be taking or have taken SOWK 500-501 and SOWK 503-504.

Prerequisites (SWFI 630-631):
Student must be currently enrolled in SWFI 630 (Fall) and SWFI 631 (Spring), and have completed a first level placement and all foundation level courses.

Learning Objectives

  • The student develops an understanding of generalist social work practice and the relationship between course content and current issues and challenges in the social work profession.
  • The student integrates knowledge and concepts of social work ethics and values as well as concepts of human diversity in understanding and reflecting on approaches to intervention.
  • The student develops an understanding of the impact of larger systems upon social work clients and ways to influence these systems.
  • The student understands the need to utilize research in informing their practice.
  • Student appreciates, understands and supports the professional Code of Ethics and integrates these values and principles into his/her practice.
  • Student is aware and sensitive to all issues of diversity when working with clients.
  • The student understands the value and importance of the client-worker relationship.
  • The student is able to identify and advocate for social justice issues in their work as social workers.
  • Students are able to think critically regarding the application of appropriate theories to practice situations.
  • Students develop self-awareness and a reflective understanding of the helping process.
  • Students can discuss and evaluate their practice utilizing input from their supervisors, instructors and peers.
  • Students can form and maintain relationships with their clients, assess and implement intervention goals and evaluate outcomes of their work.

This course is taught in a seminar format. The primary objective is to help the student connect their practice skills and experience in the field with the knowledge and theoretical base developed in the foundation courses. Class discussion, case presentations, reading and written assignments will be the primary methods of integration of practice and theory as well as an opportunity for students to reflect on and process their fieldwork experiences.

Schedule of Classes

SWFI 530-531. Integrative Practice Seminar I, Water Tower
H. BendicsenWednesday12:35-3:05PM9/7, 10/5, 11/9LT 911
H. BendicsenMonday10:25-12:55PM9/19, 10/17, 11/21LT 510
T. KilbaneWednesday12:35-3:05PM9/7, 10/5, 11/925 E.P. 204
J. McCourtMonday10:25-12:55PM9/26, 10/24, 11/28LT 510
J. McCourtWednesday10:25-12:55PM9/28, 10/26, 11/30LT 911
J. SokolecMonday8:15-10:45AM9/19, 10/17, 11/21LT 914
M. VeselyMonday8:15-10:45AM9/26, 10/24, 11/2825 E.P. 204
M. VeselyWednesday8:15-10:45AM9/28, 10/26, 11/3025 E.P. 204

SWFI 530-531. Integrative Practice Seminar I, Carthage
C. PerriSaturday9:00-11:30AM10/1, 10/15, 11/12TBA
K. Boland-PromSaturday12:00-2:30PM10/1, 10/15, 11/12TBA

SWFI 630-631. Integrative Practice Seminar II, Water Tower
H. EllisThursday8:30-11:00AM9/8, 10/6, 11/10LT 913Schools
H. EllisThursday11:30-2:00PM9/8, 10/6, 11/10LT 913Schools
L. GroetzingerTuesday1:00-3:30PM9/20, 10/18, 11/2225 E.P. 204Health
L. GroetzingerThursday1:00-3:30PM9/8, 10/6, 11/10LT 507Health
L. HimrodTuesday1:00-3:30PM9/6, 10/4, 11/8LT 911Schools
L. HimrodTuesday1:00-3:30PM9/20, 10/18, 11/22LT 911Schools
D. LeeThursday1:00-3:30PM9/8, 10/6, 11/10LT 510MH/C&F
R. LucenteThursday11:30-2:00PM9/8, 10/6, 11/1025 E.P. 204MH/C&F
M. MakinenTuesday11:30-2:00PM9/20, 10/18, 11/2225 E.P. 204MH/C&F
M. MakinenThursday11:30-2:00PM9/15, 10/13, 11/1725 E.P. 204MH/C&F
J. RasheedTuesday8:30-11:00AM9/20, 10/18, 11/2225 E.P. 204MH/C&F
J. WalshThursday8:30-11:00AM9/15, 10/13, 11/1725 E.P. 204MH/C&F

SWFI 630-631. Integrative Practice Seminar II, Carthage
K. Boland-PromSaturday9:00-11:30AM10/1, 10/15, 11/12TBA
C. PerriThursday3:00-5:30PM10/6, 10/27, 11/17TBA
C. PerriSaturday12:00-2:30PM10/1, 10/15, 11/12TBA
S. PetersonMonday5:30-8:00PM10/3, 10/24, 11/14TBA


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