The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Curriculum & Current Courses

Curriculum & Current Courses

Current Graduate Courses

Summer 2014
GRSW 500-01
30285
History /Phil of Social Work
Brenden, Mary Ann F
1600-1900 M W SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

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GRSW 500-02
30297
History /Phil of Social Work
Graham, Mari A
1215-2115 F SCB 329

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

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GRSW 500-02
30297
History /Phil of Social Work
Graham, Mari A
1215-2115 F SCB 329

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

  Click here to read this course's syllabus.
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GRSW 500-02
30297
History /Phil of Social Work
Graham, Mari A
1215-2115 F SCB 329

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

  Click here to read this course's syllabus.
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GRSW 500-02
30297
History /Phil of Social Work
Graham, Mari A
1215-2115 F SCB 329

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

  Click here to read this course's syllabus.
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GRSW 505-01
30286
Field Pract & Seminar I
Solomonson, Eva M
1600-2000 W SCB 326

3 Credit Hours

The field practicum is an educationally directed on-site experience under the supervision of an agency based social work field instructor and a campus based faculty liaison. Students complete a total of 400 hours during the first practicum. On-campus seminars (I and II) taken concurrently with the practicum assist the student in the integration and application of practice theory to their placement learning activities. The first practicum is taken concurrently with GRSW 501 and GRSW 502: Theory and Practice of Social Work I and II.

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GRSW 506-01
30291
Field Pract & Seminar II
Solomonson, Eva M
1600-2000 W SCB 326

3 Credit Hours

The field practicum is an educationally directed on-site experience under the supervision of an agency based social work field instructor and a campus based faculty liaison. Students complete a total of 400 hours during the first practicum. On-campus seminars (I and II) taken concurrently with the practicum assist the student in the integration and application of practice theory to their placement learning activities. The first practicum is taken concurrently with GRSW 501 and GRSW 502: Theory and Practice of Social Work I and II.

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GRSW 580-01
30299
Meth of Social Work Research
Garrett, Kendra J
1215-2115 F MCH 229

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on learning generalist social work research methods and skills. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of research, allowing them to be both critical consumers and novice producers of research. Skills emphasized include critiquing and analyzing research literature, searching for relevant scholarly articles, writing literature reviews, developing research design, and understanding quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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GRSW 580-01
30299
Meth of Social Work Research
Garrett, Kendra J
1215-2115 F MCH 229

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on learning generalist social work research methods and skills. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of research, allowing them to be both critical consumers and novice producers of research. Skills emphasized include critiquing and analyzing research literature, searching for relevant scholarly articles, writing literature reviews, developing research design, and understanding quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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GRSW 580-01
30299
Meth of Social Work Research
Garrett, Kendra J
1215-2115 F MCH 229

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on learning generalist social work research methods and skills. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of research, allowing them to be both critical consumers and novice producers of research. Skills emphasized include critiquing and analyzing research literature, searching for relevant scholarly articles, writing literature reviews, developing research design, and understanding quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

  Click here to read this course's syllabus.
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GRSW 580-01
30299
Meth of Social Work Research
Garrett, Kendra J
1215-2115 F MCH 229

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on learning generalist social work research methods and skills. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of research, allowing them to be both critical consumers and novice producers of research. Skills emphasized include critiquing and analyzing research literature, searching for relevant scholarly articles, writing literature reviews, developing research design, and understanding quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

  Click here to read this course's syllabus.
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GRSW 580-01
30299
Meth of Social Work Research
Garrett, Kendra J
1215-2115 F MCH 229

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on learning generalist social work research methods and skills. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of research, allowing them to be both critical consumers and novice producers of research. Skills emphasized include critiquing and analyzing research literature, searching for relevant scholarly articles, writing literature reviews, developing research design, and understanding quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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GRSW 607-01
30287
Field Pract & Seminar III
Caron, Kathy E
1600-2000 W SCB 325

4 Credit Hours

This course provides advanced learning and practice in settings conducive to clinical social work practice under the instruction of an agency-based social work supervisor and campus-based faculty member. Students complete a minimum of 600 hours during the practicum. Campus seminars (III and IV) taken concurrently with the practicum provide guidance for learning continued application of theory and prior experience, and further refinement of social work skills. The clinical field practicum is taken concurrently with GRSW 603: Methods of Clinical Social Work I and GRSW 604: Methods of Clinical Social Work II.

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GRSW 608-01
30292
Field Pract & Seminar IV
Caron, Kathy E
1600-2000 W SCB 325

4 Credit Hours

This course provides advanced learning and practice in settings conducive to clinical social work practice under the instruction of an agency-based social work supervisor and campus-based faculty member. Students complete a minimum of 600 hours during the practicum. On campus seminars (III and IV) taken concurrently with the practicum provide guidance for learning continued application of theory and prior experience, and further refinement of social work skills. The clinical field practicum is taken concurrently with GRSW 603: Methods of Clinical Social Work I and GRSW 604: Methods of Clinical Social Work II.

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GRSW 612-01
30293
Grief Counseling & Therapy
Bowman, Ted W
1600-1900 T R SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course provides theoretical and applied framework for understanding grief and loss as they relate to social work practices. The perspectives and skills taught in the class can be used in recognizing and addressing grief and loss with persons of diverse backgrounds, who are facing a variety of different losses, in a variety of practice settings. The course is designed to be relevant for social work practice in any setting, not just those focused on death and dying. A broad view of the concept of loss will be taken. Students will be able, by the conclusion of the course, to recognize, identify, and respond to losses with those with whom they work. Students will also address matters of self and team care when addressing grief issues with clients.

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GRSW 619-01
30288
Integrative Psychotherapy
Young, Merra L
1700-2015 T R SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

This course on integrative psychotherapy uses a bio/ psychosocial/spirtual perspective applied to clinical social work practice. Based on Mindfulness-based Meditation principles and practices, students will explore the mindbody connection informed by neuroscience research, emotional intelligence and midfulness-based approaches, body-oriented, and contemplative approaches from other east/west disciplines of study. Integrative psychotherapy draws from a range of expressive/healing arts through both theoretical and experiential practices students will learn effective and appropriate applications of integrative processes in clinical work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Integrative therapy with diverse mental health issues and client popluations will be taught through case examples, classroom activities, discussion and assignments. A strong ethical foundation for practice and the prevention of compassion fatigue will be established throughout the course.

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GRSW 621-01
30302
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
Fletcher, Kari L
1215-2115 F MCH 116

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on teaching the theory and practice techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Major emphasis will be on one model of brief dynamic psychotherapy being, " "Time Limted Dynamic Psychotherapy." The course will focus on the application of this dynamic theory to clinical social work pracitce. The course will focus on techniques utlized to effect change.

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GRSW 621-01
30302
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
Fletcher, Kari L
1215-2115 F MCH 114

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on teaching the theory and practice techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Major emphasis will be on one model of brief dynamic psychotherapy being, " "Time Limted Dynamic Psychotherapy." The course will focus on the application of this dynamic theory to clinical social work pracitce. The course will focus on techniques utlized to effect change.

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GRSW 621-01
30302
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
Fletcher, Kari L
1215-2115 F MCH 114

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on teaching the theory and practice techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Major emphasis will be on one model of brief dynamic psychotherapy being, " "Time Limted Dynamic Psychotherapy." The course will focus on the application of this dynamic theory to clinical social work pracitce. The course will focus on techniques utlized to effect change.

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GRSW 621-01
30302
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
Fletcher, Kari L
1215-2115 F MCH 114

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on teaching the theory and practice techniques of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Major emphasis will be on one model of brief dynamic psychotherapy being, " "Time Limted Dynamic Psychotherapy." The course will focus on the application of this dynamic theory to clinical social work pracitce. The course will focus on techniques utlized to effect change.

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GRSW 625-01
30295
Social Policy & Program Devel
Carlson, Karen T
1600-1900 M W SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on current social welfare policy, policy analysis and advocacy, connections between policy and practice, and social welfare program development. The content and effects of current social welfare policy are examined in the course, and policy analysis and the skills for policy advocacy are emphasized. The course carefully considers the connections between policy and clinical practice. A major focus of the course includes learning the stages of program development, which culminates in a group program proposal and presentation. Emphasized in the course are the frameworks of social justice, diversity and cultural contexts, and the application of research skills to all parts of policy and program practice.

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GRSW 626-01
30289
Clinical Practice with Trauma
Hollidge, Colin F
1600-1900 M W SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on an understanding of the psychophysiology of trauma and address clincal work with trauma clients. The course will explore trauma's impact on the organization of the self and its implications for treatment.

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GRSW 645-01
30296
Psychopathology & Hum Behavior
Chovanec, Michael G
1600-1900 T R SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course will explore the dynamics of psychopathology in human behavior. Through the identification of the biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual variables influencing behavior, students gain a theoretical foundation for understanding and assessing psychopathology. The impact of diversity, social justice and ageism on behavior and the experience of mental illness will be explored. Special emphasis in this course is on the complexity of psychopathology and the use and practical limitations of diagnostic systems, especially DSM-IV-TR.

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GRSW 681-01
30290
Social Work Practice Research
Peterson, Lance T
1600-1900 T R SCB 205

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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GRSW 681-02
30300
Social Work Practice Research
Moone, Rajean P
1215-2115 F MCH 118

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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GRSW 681-02
30300
Social Work Practice Research
Moone, Rajean P
1215-2115 F MCH 118

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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GRSW 681-02
30300
Social Work Practice Research
Moone, Rajean P
1215-2115 F MCH 118

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

  Click here to read this course's syllabus.
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GRSW 681-02
30300
Social Work Practice Research
Moone, Rajean P
1215-2115 F MCH 118

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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GRSW 681-02
30300
Social Work Practice Research
Moone, Rajean P
1215-2115 F MCH 118

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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GRSW 690-01
30294
Clin Pract Integrated Health
Baboila, George V
1600-1900 M W SCB 324

3 Credit Hours

The topics course will vary each semester and provide an in-depth study of particular issues, concerns and trends in social work. Topics have included: Mental Illness, Clinical Issues and Practice, Interprofessional Leadership Seminar and Clinical Practice for the Treatment of Trauma.

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