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SWO 570 Professional Ethics (B). Ethical behavior is rooted in moral philosophy. This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and in-depth ability to apply ethical theory, rank-ordering, and ethical reasoning to ethical dilemmas in professional practice by examining moral philosophy and critically reflecting on one’s own value system. Course content will highlight contemporary professional issues in social work practice (e.g. confidentiality, privileged communication, boundaries, conflict of interest, dual and multiple relationships) as well as examining contemporary moral issues of interest to students( e.g. death penalty). 3 Cr.

SWO 576 Issues of Aging in America (A). Examines the older person as an evolving individual; bio-psycho-social elements in the aging process; and major issues related to the older person, the aging process and the society. Compares the needs of the elderly with the service system's response and discusses methods of intervention specifically needed for the older person. 3 Cr.

SWO 577 Perspectives on Older Adults and the Aging Family (A). Provides in-depth analysis of select issues faced by older adults and their families using a multi-systems perspective and service learning activities. Bridging theory and practice, content utilizes a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by health providers, older adults and their families. Topics include family caregiver/care recipient experiences, loss/resiliency, advance directives/end-of-life decision-making, impact of substance abuse on aging families, and elder abuse. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 579 People with Disabilities (A). Provides an in-depth analysis of select issues faced by people with disabilities and their families using a multi-systems perspective and collaborative learning activities. Bridging theory and practice, the course content utilizes a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by people with disabilities. Topics include: policy and laws with emphasis on the American with Disabilities Act and educational laws. Areas of study include vision and hearing loss, developmental disabilities and physical and mobility conditions. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 585 Practice with Sexual Minority Communities (A). Uses a gay-affirmative framework to examine practice with gender identity and sexual orientation identity. History of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, including self-help and professional social service responses, will be discussed. Students will examine own biases and strengths within the context of gay-affirmative, social justice oriented practice. Intersectionality of racial and ethnic identity, social class identity and other cultural identities explored. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 597 Fall Prevention and Older Adults (A). Social Work 497/597, an interprofessional elective, is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become trained as a matter of Balance ‘coach’ and implement the program for a group of older adults. The training will prepare students to lead a group of 12 older adults in an 8-session program. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 640 Sex, Drugs and Cigarettes: Addictions in Social Work (A). This course provides a survey of various chemical and behavioral addictions, including, but not limited to, alcohol, illicit drugs, eating disorders, and sexual addictions. Students will learn about the addictive cycle and its impact on persons across the lifespan. 3 Cr.

SWO 641 Social Work with Urban Children and Families (B). This course, focusing on direct practice with urban children and families, examines the unique barriers facing this population encompassing social, educational, political, and cultural factors. Emphasis will be placed on practitioner cultural competencies and the demythologizing of stereotypes which can hinder effective interventions. 3 Cr.

SWO 654 Evidence Based Practice Seminar (B). Aimed at developing the knowledge and skills necessary for working with individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness using recovery-oriented, evidence-based practices. It is designed for MSW students and MSW mental health practitioners. Students will become familiar with evidence-based practices, within a recovery-oriented paradigm, as a general approach to practice as well as specific evidence-based interventions to use for individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness. It is assumed that students will have a basic knowledge of serious mental illness as a pre- or co-requisite, however a review will be provided. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 655 Mental Health Recovery (A). This course explores the concept of Mental Health Recovery and prepares students to provide Recovery-Oriented Social Work to adult individuals, families and groups. Students will gain an understanding of Mental Health Recovery as a personal process for an individual diagnosed with “mental illness” and will be introduced to various intervention, practices and policies that support Mental Health Recovery. The course will explore the ways in which a Strengths and Empowerment approach support Recovery along with other topics including Self-Determination, Wellness Self Management, Person-Centered Planning, Shared Decision Making and Peer Support. 3 Cr.

SWO 670 Sex, Drugs & Cigarettes- Addictions in Social Work (B). Provides a survey of various chemical and behavioral addictions, including, but not limited to, alcohol, illicit drugs, eating disorders and sexual addictions. Students will learn about the addictive cycle and its impact on persons across the lifespan. Study will participate in the evaluation of various casual and treatment models, focusing upon paradigms for recovery. 3 Cr.

SWO 698 Integrative Approaches to Global Social Work -Russian (A). This course is designed to introduce students to international social work practice abroad. Students develop knowledge and skills in culturally competent approaches to effectively enhance assets and empower individuals, families, groups, agencies and communities within an international context, specifically those involved with gerontological issues and to health and social services. This course provides a knowledge base for international social work practice from a collaborative perspective with emphasis on reciprocity and formal caregiving, service delivery models and Interprofessional approaches in identifying and managing functional health challenges. 6 Cr. Summer.

SWO 699 Independent Study in Aging (A). Provides an individualized opportunity for a graduate student to engage in an aging-focused research and/or service project. Expectations will vary depending on the student’s area of interest and number of credits. (1-3 credit hours). 1-3 Cr.

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