Now an Elective: Clinical Research Project
Based on a curriculum review in preparation for the MSW re-accreditation process with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), GRSW 682: Clinical Research Project, will become a 3-credit elective option instead of a 4-credit required course.
In the required course, GRSW 681: Social Work Practice Research, quantitative and qualitative research methods are studied in research designs (from single-subject designs through group designs and systematic evaluation). A major focus is to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be a competent consumer of research, while also deepening student understanding of the reciprocal relationship between social work practice and research. For many clinical practitioners, this is the appropriate and expected level of research acumen upon graduation.
Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, MSW students interested in applying their research skills can complete GRSW 682: Clinical Research Project as a 3-credit elective. This project allows students to explore their passions by applying what they learned to a specific clinical topic/population, thereby deepening their knowledge and actively contributing to the growing body of social work knowledge. As an elective, GRSW 682 students will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member and a small group of students to demonstrate their capacity to think critically, design and implement a small-scale project, and increase their credibility as practitioner scholars. Students will explore various options for disseminating their research to the larger social work community.