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2003-2004 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
    
2003-2004 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work


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Curriculum overview:
The sixty credits are distributed across four sequences, two field practicums and seminars, and three electives, as follows;

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment sequence (three courses, eight credit hours).
  • Social Work Practice sequence (four courses, twelve credit hours).
  • Social Work Research sequence (three courses, nine credit hours).
  • Social Welfare Policy sequence (three courses, nine credit hours).
  • Foundation Field Practicum and Seminar (eight credit hours, 225 practicum hours per semester).
  • Concentration Field Practicum Seminar (eight credit hours, 300 practicum hours per semester).
  • Electives (three courses, six credit hours).

Guided by the School’s mission, the master of social work curriculum is designed around a generalist foundation year and an advanced generalist concentration year. The first year provides students with theoretical perspectives across the four sequences, as well as grounding in fundamental skills in individual, family, group, and community intervention.

The advanced generalist concentration year is designed around “skill sets” that build on the foundation year. The curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop advanced clinical assessment, intervention, supervisory, and administrative skills in practice; mastery of diagnostic skills; a set of complex social action skills in policy; and finally, a set of research skills.

The focus on “skill sets” occurs within the context of three programmatic themes: social change, human rights, and social justice. In comparison to generalists, advanced generalists are able to assess more complex situations with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and to intervene with more advanced, sophisticated practice skills.

Electives enrich the concentration year curriculum by providing students the opportunity to explore a specific area of advanced generalist practice in greater depth, depending upon individual interests, strengths, and/or needs. Elective courses include:

  • Seminar in Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations
  • Theories of Intervention and Psychotherapy
  • Human Rights
  • Contemporary Challenges in Child Welfare
  • Substance Abuse in Social Work Practice
  • Policy and Practice Issues in Aging
  • Proposal Writing and Grant Acquisition
  • Social Work in Education
  • Legal Aspects of Social Work
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Brief Treatment and Managed Care
  • Social Work Practice with Children
  • Family Treatment
  • Therapeutic Applications of Adventure
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Special Topics

The M.S.W./J.D. Combined Degree Program:
The full-time M.S.W./J.D. combined degree program is offered in partnership with Western New England College School of Law and provides students with the distinct advantage of being able to complete the program in four rather than the five years it would take if the degrees were pursued separately.

Having both a social and legal perspective effectively prepares graduates to meet the social work and legal challenges in many areas of practice, such as child welfare, education, mental health, individual and family practice, family mediation, services to the disabled, legal aid, criminal and juvenile justice, consumer protection, advocacy, employment, housing, community development, human rights, and evaluation of social service programs.

Curriculum and cross-credits: To be awarded the social work and law degrees, the student must complete the academic requirements of each institution, totaling 124 credits or semester hours. For the School of Social Work, sixty credits are required, twelve of which are taken at the School of Law. For the School of Law, eighty-eight credits must be earned, twelve of which are taken at the School of Social Work.
Those courses completed with a grade of B or better in the School of Social Work are eligible for transfer to the School of Law. In return, the School of Social Work accepts transfer credit from the School of Law for those courses completed with the average necessary to maintain good academic standing.

To transfer the twelve credits from the School of Law to the School of Social Work, the student must formally petition the Springfield College School of Social Work and the School of Graduate Studies. At the Western New England College School of Law, the student must obtain permission from the associate dean to have the twelve credits transferred from the School of Social Work. A student who commences but fails to complete the M.S.W./J.D. combined program cannot apply credit for courses completed at one school toward the degree granted at the other school.

Social Work


The School of Social Work prepares social workers for professional practice through a single concentration in advanced generalist practice. Students graduate well-equipped to work at the individual, family, group, organization, and community levels with knowledge-guided practice.

Mission:
Through the teaching of social work knowledge and practice the School of Social Work at Springfield College prepares individuals to meet universal human needs in order to engender mutually beneficial interaction between individuals and societal systems at all levels, based on principles of economic and social justice, dignity and human rights.

Program options:
The School of Social Work offers a sixty-credit program leading to the master of social work (M.S.W.) degree through four options of study: Master of social work weekday program (full-time, two years)- In this option, classes meet usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In addition to classroom work, a field practicum is required in each of four semesters and participation in field seminars is required.

Master of social work weekend program (part-time, three years)- In this option, classes meet two weekends per month. In addition to classroom work, a field practicum is required in the fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth semesters, along with field seminars.

Advanced standing program for highly qualified graduates of bachelor of social work (B.S.W.) programs (full-time, three semesters or part-time, three semesters)- The B.S.W. program must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and must have been successfully completed within five years of enrollment at the Springfield College School of Social Work.

The content and quality of weekday and weekend programs are the same. The schedule differs only to ensure the flexibility needed to accommodate employed students.

Master of social work/juris doctor (M.S.W./J.D.) combined program with Western New England College School of Law (full-time, four years)-This program allows the student to earn both degrees in less time than it would take to pursue each degree separately.

Admission requirements for the M.S.W. programs:
For admission to the Springfield College School of Social Work weekday, weekend, and advanced standing programs, a graduate candidate must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that reflects a broad background in liberal arts, with at least twenty semester hours in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences with an emphasis on human biology. Social and behavioral sciences include anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Biological sciences include botany, biology, physiology, and zoology. The School looks favorably on transcripts that include course work in writing and in research methods or statistics.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 for all undergraduate work and 3.0 in the last two years of academic work. Exceptions may be made by faculty on the basis of other evidence that demonstrates ability to succeed in graduate study in social work. Applicants who do not meet the GPA minimum will be considered for admission on probation if space is available.
  • The personal capacity to work effectively with people to achieve professional standing.
  • Social work experience as an employee, volunteer, or in an undergraduate field practicum.
  • A personal statement describing (1) professional goals and reasons for pursuing a M.S.W. degree in this program; and (2) the education, professional/work experience, and personal characteristics that make the applicant a good candidate for an advanced generalist M.S.W. program.
  • Three professional or academic references that address the applicant’s ability, potential, and readiness for graduate education and professional social work practice.

Applicants to the advanced standing program must complete a supplemental application available from the School of Social Work.

Although all work for the M.S.W is usually completed at the Springfield College School of Social Work, transfer credit may be awarded, course-by-course, for up to nine graduate credits earned at CSWE-accredited graduate programs in social work. Courses taken within five years of the anticipated date of completing the M.S.W. at Springfield College, and in which the student has earned a grade of B or better, are eligible for consideration following admission. No course credits are granted for life experience or previous work experience. The department will not grant transfer credit for graduate courses that were used for another awarded graduate degree.

Admission requirements for the M.S.W./J.D. combined degree program:
Applicants interested in the M.S.W./J.D. combined degree program must successfully meet the separate admission requirements of each institution and be accepted into the combined degree program. Neither the Springfield College School of Social Work nor the Western New England School of Law admits new students for the spring semester.

The combined degree program is open only to students in the full-time M.S.W. and J.D. Programs. Although admission to the combined degree program is usually decided at initial enrollment, it is possible to begin studies at the School of Law and then apply to the School of Social Work and enroll in the combined degree program, or vice versa. Applications to the second institution would need to be made before completion of the first year of studies at the first institution.

Deadlines:
The application for admission and all supporting credentials are due in the Office of Graduate Admissions by March 15. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space is available.

Accreditation information:
Springfield College is recognized as an institution of higher learning of collegiate rank by the Board of Collegiate Authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Membership in these associations indicates that the College has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

The School of Social Work is accredited through 2005 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the official accrediting body for social work programs in the USA. This enables graduates to sit for professional social work licensure examinations in all fifty states.

The Western New England College School of Law, Springfield College’s partner in the joint M.S.W./J.D. combined degree program, is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Contact names and telephone numbers:
Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109-3797
Tel:(413) 748-3225
Web Site: http://www.spfldcol.edu

Mae E. Chillson, Admissions Coordinator
Springfield College School of Social Work
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109-3797
Tel:(413) 748-3060

Springfield College is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education. No student, employee, or applicant will be denied admission, employment, or access to program and activities because of race, gender, religion, age, color, national origin, disability status, or sexual orientation. This College policy is in concert with appropriate state and federal laws. Inquiries concerning the College’s compliance with antidiscrimination laws should be addressed to: Equal Opportunity Officer, Office of Human Resources, Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109-3797. Reasonable accommodation is available upon request.

Weekday sample curriculum sequence for the master of social work:


Weekend sample curriculum sequence for the master of social work:


Summer of First Year. Total 5 s.h.


  • MSSW Elective Credits: 2 s.h.

Summer of Second Year. Total 6 s.h.


  • MSSW Elective Credits: 2 s.h.
  • MSSW Elective Credits: 2 s.h.

Advanced Standing Sample Curriculum


Electives: Advanced Standing Students may take the electives in either the weekday or weekend programs.

 

Weekday option:


Weekday advanced standing students waive the first year and must take a total of 32 credits.

Weekend option:


Weekend advanced standing students waive the first year and must take a total of 32 credits.

M.S.W./J.D. Curriculum: Sample curriculum sequence for the M.S.W./J.D. combined degree program


Western New England School of Law. Total: 32 s.h.


  • Constitutional Law I Credits: 3 s.h.
  • Contracts Credits: 6 s.h.
  • Criminal Law Credits: 3 s.h.
  • Civil Procedure Credits: 6 s.h.
  • Property Credits: 6 s.h.
  • Torts Credits: 6 s.h.
  • Lawyering Process Credits: 2 s.h.

Year three- Western New England School of Law. Total: 32 s.h.


  • Business Organization Credits: 3 s.h.
  • Constitutional Law II Credits: 3 s.h.
  • Income Taxation Credits: 3 s.h.
  • Evidence Credits: 3 s.h.
  • Electives in Law Credits: 20 s.h.

Year four- Springfield College School of Social Work and Western New England School of Law. Total:31


* To meet M.S.W. requirements, students must take either Social Policy III or Research III. Students who take Social Policy III must take a legal research course as one of the 12 elective credits in the School of Law. Students who take Research III must take a legal policy course as one the 12 elective credits in the School of Law.

  • Electives in Law Credits: 12 s.h.

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