INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTH BEND College of Liberal Arts and by chenmeixiu


BULLETIN 2011-2013

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Master of Social Work
Contact Information   Program Objectives
Mission Statement     Admission Requirements
Teaching              Prerequisites for Admission
Scholarship           Academic Standing
Service               Three-year, Part-time, Evening Program
                      Field Practicum
                      Student Services
                      Program Requirements
                                                        COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES4GRADUATE DEGREES 4257

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK                                          in the interest of persons at greatest risk is consistent
                                                               with the social work profession’s attention to social
 Northside Hall 418                                            justice.
 (574) 520-4880
                                                               PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Interim Director: FitzGerald                                   Social work is a dynamic profession concerned with
Associate Professor: Newcomb                                   the changing needs of individuals, families, groups,
Assistant Professor: Ramsey                                    organizations, and society. For those interested in this
Lecturers: Brandon, Lemp                                       professional commitment, social work offers a broad
Coordinator of Field Instruction: Brandon                      range of practice settings: community mental health
                                                               agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, employee
MISSION STATEMENT                                              assistance programs, family service agencies, and
                                                               community service agencies. In addition, professional
The mission of the Indiana University School of                social workers serve as administrators of various
Social Work is to educate students to be effective             social service agencies. They also work in all levels of
and knowledgeable professional social workers                  government, education, and a number of social workers
prepared for practice in the twenty-first century.             have assumed political or legislative careers. The
Such practitioners are committed to the alleviation of         education and training they receive in a Master of Social
poverty, oppression, and discrimination. The school is         Work (M.S.W.) degree program provides them with the
dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life for        skills they need to choose a career within the broad area
all people, particularly the citizens of Indiana, and to       of social work.
the advancement of just social, political, and economic
conditions through excellence in teaching, scholarship,
and service. Within the context of a diverse, multicultural,   ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
urbanized, global, and technologically oriented society,       Professional social work education requires the ability
the school prepares social workers who shape solutions         to undertake a rigorous program of classroom and
to a wide range of interpersonal and social problems           field study. The school seeks to admit persons who
by developing and using knowledge critically, while            demonstrate competency through their academic
upholding the traditions, values, and ethics of the social     and work achievements and who give evidence of
work profession.                                               commitment to working toward the well-being of others
                                                               and the betterment of social conditions. It also seeks to
TEACHING                                                       provide an ethnically and regionally diversified student
                                                               body. Admission to the Indiana University School of
The teaching mission is to educate students to become          Social Work is program specific.
professional social workers equipped for a lifetime of
learning, scholarship, and service. Graduates embrace          The Indiana University Master of Social Work degree
person-in-environment and strengths; perspectives that         program at the South Bend campus offers a part-time
are linked to the welfare of individuals, families, groups,    evening program culminating in the Master of Social
organizations, and communities. They learn to keep             Work degree. The entire 60 credit hours are available
abreast of advances in knowledge and technology, be            on the South Bend campus for those interested in the
self-reflective, and apply best practice and accountable       interpersonal practice concentration. Transfer to the
models of intervention. The school prepares social work        Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis
practitioners and scholars ready to assume leadership          campus is available to those wishing to finish the last 30
roles at the Master of Social Work level.                      concentration credit hours in macro practice or other
                                                               concentrations not offered on this campus. These include
                                                               child welfare, health, and family services.
                                                               Admission to the IU South Bend Master of Social Work
The scholarship mission includes the discovery,                degree program is handled jointly with the Indiana
integration, application, dissemination, and evaluation        University School of Social Work in Indianapolis and IU
of client-centered and solution-focused knowledge for          South Bend. Applications are available through the IU
and with social work professionals and other consumers.        South Bend Master of Social Work office—generally in
Innovative forms of scholarship are encouraged in              September. Call for the latest information, as dates may
developing knowledge for use in practice, education, and       vary.
service concerning social needs and social problems.

                                                               PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
                                                               The following prerequisites are the minimum
The service mission is dedicated to the promotion of           requirements for consideration for admission to the
the general welfare of all segments of society. Service        M.S.W. degree program:
includes work in the school, university, profession,
and community and reflects the school’s expertise in           ƒ Evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree from an
teaching, scholarship, and social work practice. Service         accredited college or university.

ƒ Evidence of successful completion of a minimum of six        Although the school values the knowledge gained from
  courses in social or behavioral sciences. Courses are        life experience, no credit can be given for this. Thus,
  accepted from the following disciplines: psychology,         the overall objectives of the first (foundation) year of
  sociology, anthropology, economics, political science,       the Master of Social Work degree program include
  criminal justice, and social work.                           development of:
ƒ Evidence of successful completion of one course in           ƒ Basic, generic, competence applicable to the broad
  statistics. This course can be in any discipline and on        range of social work practice
  any level (graduate or undergraduate), so long as it         ƒ Basic competence in both interpersonal practice and
  was taken at an accredited college or university.              planning and management practice
ƒ An earned undergraduate grade point average (GPA),           ƒ Basic competence for practice in social-service delivery
  during the last 60 hours, of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.      systems
ƒ Submission of the completed application packet,              The overall objectives of the second (concentration) year
  with requested supplemental materials, within                include development of more advanced competence in
  the established time period. Go to www.iusb.                 interpersonal practice, mental health, and addictions
  edu/~graduate to find the online application.                practice.
Applications are accepted for consideration any time after
December 1 for the following academic year. Preference is
given to applications received by February 1. The school       FIELD PRACTICUM
uses a modified rolling admissions policy. Applications        Both the foundation and the concentration years of
received after the February 1 deadline are processed and       the Master of Social Work degree program include
notifications are made as space is available.                  field practicum courses with field instructors who meet
                                                               the standards of the school. A student in the program
                                                               is required to have field instruction in two different
ACADEMIC STANDING                                              agency settings. Placements are made in South Bend and
To remain in good academic standing, students are              various locations throughout the state. Field practicum
expected to perform at or above the following:                 is construed as a continuing process. Students in
ƒ Earn at least a C in each graded social work course.         placement agencies are expected to meet professional
                                                               service responsibilities. Students in field practicum
ƒ Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in              follow the work schedule of their field agencies during
  required social work courses, and a 3.0 overall GPA.         holiday periods and/or semester recess.
ƒ Earn a grade of Satisfactory (S) in all practicum courses;
                                                               The school arranges the field placements for the students.
  to carry out professional activity in conformity with
                                                               Attention is given to the student’s learning needs,
  the values and ethics of the profession, and to comply
                                                               professional goals, and interests. Field instruction is
  with any contract that might be entered into with the
                                                               available only to students admitted as candidates for the
  Performance Review Committee.
                                                               Master of Social Work degree.
ƒ In the event of a failure to meet such requirements,
                                                               A total of 960 clock hours of practicum are required,
  students are ineligible to continue in the program.
                                                               with 320 hours in the foundation year, and 640 hours
  Such students are encouraged to consult with their
                                                               in the concentration year. Practica are concurrent with
  faculty advisor regarding realistic planning for the
                                                               course work.
  future, including the right to petition for administrative
THREE-YEAR, PART-TIME, EVENING PROGRAM                         The School of Social Work and the Master of Social Work
The part-time evening program allows students the              are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
flexibility of evening classes and of progressing at           (CSWE), 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria,
a slower pace than the more traditional, full-time             Virginia 22314-3457, (703) 683-8080.
program. This program begins in the second summer
session of each year, and students first complete the          STUDENT SERVICES
foundation year courses. Following completion of the           Career information about employment is available by
foundation year, students move to the concentration            calling (574) 520-4881 or by contacting the program
year sequence.                                                 director at the following address:
The Master of Social Work degree program consists of               IU South Bend
60 credit hours of study and field work. The last 27 credit        Social Work
hours provide a concentration in mental health and                 Post Office Box 7111
addictions.                                                        South Bend, Indiana 46634-7111
                                                            COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES4GRADUATE DEGREES 4259

Students are encouraged to join and participate in the
activities of the National Association of Social Workers
(NASW) and the National Association of Black Social
Workers (NABSW).

(Courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.)

Required Courses
 SWK-S 501       Professional Social Work at the
                 Master’s Level: An Immersion
 SWK-S 502       Research I
 SWK-S 503       Human Behavior and the Social
 SWK-S 504       Professional Practice Skills
 SWK-S 505       Social Policy Analysis and Practice
 SWK-S 513       Human Behavior in the Social
 SWK-S 514       Practice with Individuals and
                 Families I
 SWK-S 516       Social Work Practice II:
                 Organizations, Communities, and
 SWK-S     517   Assessment in Mental Health and
 SWK-S 555       Social Work Practicum I
 SWK-S 618       Social Policies and Services
 SWK-S 623       Practice Research Integrative
                 Seminar I
 SWK-S 651       Social Work Practicum II (4 cr.)
 SWK-S 652       Social Work Practicum III (5 cr.)
 SWK-S 661       Executive Leadership Practice
 SWK-S 683       Community Based Practice in
                 Mental Health and Addictions *
 SWK-S 685       Mental Health and Addiction
                 Practice with Individuals or
                 Families *
 SWK-S 686       Social Work Practice: Addictions *
 SWK-S 687       Mental Health and Addiction
                 Practice with Groups *
Any elective taken outside of the Master of Social Work
degree program must be approved in advance.

* Three of the four classes starred with * must be taken.
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Associate Deans: McMillen, Torstrick

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers programs of study that lead to the Master of Science in Applied
Mathematics and Computer Science, the Master of Arts in English, the Master of Liberal Studies, and the Master of
Public Affairs. The college also offers courses that are required for the Master of Science in Management of Information
Technologies, offered by the School of Business and Economics.

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