THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL WORK
Dean: Luke Fusco
MSW Co-ordinator: Carol Stalker
PhD Co-ordinator: Eli Teram
Admissions Co-ordinator: Heather Froome
Director of Practicum: Joan Leeson
As one of the modern helping disciplines, social work fulfills a strategic function in the field of social services. The social work profession is concerned with the wide range of human and environmental factors, and processes that influence social functioning in contemporary life. It seeks to alleviate and prevent personal and social problems experienced by individuals, families, groups and communities, and to contribute to constructive institutional change and development.
The educational program of the faculty is designed to prepare specially qualified personnel for the many forms of direct clinical and community practice, and for the related professional functions of policy development, planning, administration and research. In all of these areas there is a growing demand, in both governmental and voluntary sectors, for social workers who possess advanced, theoretical knowledge and specialized practice competence.
Inaugurated in 1966, the MSW program was first accredited in 1974 by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work and was most recently reaccredited in 1998. Three MSW programs are offered. For students with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, a one-year advanced standing program is offered. For students with bachelor degrees other than social work, a two-year full-time MSW program and a four-year, part-time MSW program are offered.
This program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth. The PhD program prepares individuals for creative leadership roles in fields such as professional education, research and specialized practice in governmental or private human service organizations.
Students in the program co-ordinate their studies and research by focussing on the application of a specific interventive method to a research question. Examples of possible interventive methods are: social work with individuals, families or groups; social welfare administration; community development; and social policy analysis.
Combined Degree Programs
The MDiv-MSW program is offered jointly by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the Faculty of Social Work. It integrates the curricula of both degrees into four years of study. This program is particularly valuable for those who are interested in positions of leadership in the social services of the church and the community at large. For further information, refer to Program Requirements-The MDiv/MTS-MSW Program or write to the dean of the Seminary or the admissions co-ordinator in the Faculty of Social Work. It is also possible to pursue a combined MTS-MSW program.
The Faculty of Social Work offers post-master's or special-interest courses on selected topics. Information about such courses can be obtained upon request from the FSW continuing education co-ordinator.
The Faculty of Social Work maintains an active involvement with professional associations such as the Canadian Association of Social Workers and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. These organizations are involved in ensuring standards of practice, assisting in professional development, acting on social welfare issues and encouraging research. Many social work students become members and participate in the local branch of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. It is expected that most students will join the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers upon graduation.
Basso, Robert V.J., BA (Florida State), MSW/MDiv (WLU), PhD (Toronto). Qualitative research, addictions, communications theory in social work, treatment of children and teenagers.
Cait, Cheryl-Anne, BA (McMaster), MSW (WLU), PhD (Smith). Child and adolescent bereavement, end-of-life care, cross cultural issues pertaining to death and dying, Aboriginal youth suicide, clinical practice, women's issues.
Cameron, J. Gary, BA (McGill), MSW (Toronto), DSW and Certificate in Advanced Social Welfare (Columbia). Social support programming, self-help groups, prevention and early intervention with high-risk populations.
Caragata, Lea, BA (Saskatchewan), MA (McMaster), PhD (Toronto). Social construction of knowledge, civil society, interrelationships between human behaviour and built environments, social housing.
Coady, Nick, BA (York), MSW (WLU), PhD (Toronto). Counselling process-outcome research, worker-client relationship/therapeutic alliance, group work with male batterers, family support programs.
Dunn, Peter, BA (Massachusetts), MSW, Advanced Diploma (Toronto), PhD (Brandeis). Social housing, independent living for individuals with disabilities, gender issues, poverty concerns.
Fine, Marshall, BA (Waterloo), MSW (WLU), EdD (East Texas State). Client-therapist alliances, professional ethics, intergenerational relationships, human rights, couple and family therapy.
Fusco, Luke, BA (Hofstra), MA (Chicago). Family mediation, family violence, juvenile delinquency, social work field education, family therapy with impoverished families, work with involuntary clients, contracting, corrections.
Kumsa, Martha, BA, BSW (York), MSW (Toronto). Interdisciplinary knowledge, reflexive learning, liberatory practice, participatory action research, transformatory community practice, feminist and anti-racist education, globilization, refugees, immigrant and diasporic communities, identity and belonging.
Lafrenière, Ginette, BA (Laurentian), MA (Sherbrooke), MSS (Laurentian), PhD (McGill). Community organizing with diverse groups, activist mothering, community economic and co-operative development.
Levene, Judith E., BA (Wisconsin), MSW, PhD (Toronto). Mental health, psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis.
Maiter, Sarah, BSW (Durban-Westville), MSW, PhD (Toronto). Child and family welfare, anti-oppressive, anti-racist research and practice approac hes, services for diverse populations, direct practice, distance education.
Mandell, Deena, BA (Toronto), MSW (Carleton), PhD (Toronto). Families as they interface with various systems, specifically divorce and remarriage, child welfare, health.
Pollack, Shoshana, BA (Toronto), MSW (Carleton), PhD (Toronto). Violence against women, women's corrections, childhood abuse, gay/lesbian issues, feminist theory, anti-racist practice, qualitative research.
Saulis, Malcolm, BA (St. Thomas), MSW (WLU). Aboriginal research paradigms, aboriginal practice, issues in child welfare, restorative justice and corrections.
Stalker, Carol A., BA (Western), MSW (WLU), PhD (Smith). Childhood sexual abuse and health issues, mental health, clinical practice, women's issues.
Teram, Eli, BSW, MSc (Tel Aviv), PhD (McGill). Interdisciplinary teams, qualitative research, interorganizational relations, mergers, organizational culture, client-organization relations.
Waterfall, Barbara, BA (St. Thomas), MSW (Carleton). Equity in higher education, Indigenous knowledges and decolonization, feminist anti-colonial and anti-racist theorizing and practice, inclusion of spirituality in social work practice, qualitative research.
Westhues, Anne, BA, MSc (Guelph), MSW (WLU), DSW (Columbia). Planning, policy and evaluation, social work education, adoption.
PhD Cognate Faculty at Laurier
Baetz, Mark C., BA (Toronto), MBA, PhD (Western)
Bennett, Edward M.., BA (Sir George Williams), MEd (Boston), MA (Yale), PhD (Case Western Reserve)
Cawsey, T.F., BSc (Royal Military), MBA, PhD (Western)
Clarke, Juanne, BA (Windsor), MA (York), PhD (Waterloo)
Comacchio, C., BA (York), MA (York), PhD (Guelph)
Deszca, Gene, BA, MBA (Western), PhD (York)
Duncan, Carol B., BA (Toronto), MA, PhD (York)
Eglin, Peter, BA (London), PhD (UBC)
Elliott, Patricia M., BA, MA, PhD (York), BEd (Toronto)
Ellis, Robert, BA (Carleton), MA, PhD (Waterloo)
Fournier, Bruce, BA (Queen's), MA, PhD (York)
Gebotys, Robert, BSc, MA, PhD (Toronto)
Harris, Ruth, BMath, MASc, PhD (Waterloo)
Harvey, Cheryl A., BA (Western), MSW (WLU), MBA, PhD (Western)
Hueglin, Thomas O., MA, PhD (St. Gall, Switz), Drhabil (Konstanz, W. Germ.)
Marr, William L., BA (McMaster), MA, PhD (Western Ontario)
McCready, Douglas J., BA (Windsor), MSc [Econ] (London), PhD (Alberta)
Morouney, Kim, BA (Alberta), PhD (Alberta).
Naidoo, Josephine, BS (Witwatersrand), BSc (Hons.) (S. Africa), MA, PhD (Illinois)
Nelson, Geoffrey B., BA (Illinois), MA, PhD (Manitoba)
O'Dell, Leslie, BA (Queen's), MA, PhD (Toronto)
Pancer, S. Mark, BSc (Toronto), MA, PhD (Waterloo)
Peters, John F., BA (Wheaton), MA (Northern Illinois), PhD (Western Michigan)
Ross, Christopher, BA (Durham, England), MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (Calgary), C. Psych. (Ontario)
Walsh-Bowers, Richard, AB (St. Peter's College), MA (Manitoba), PhD (York)
Adams, Shelly, BA (Waterloo), MSW (WLU)
Andreae, Daniel, BA (York), MSW (WLU), EdD (OISE/Toronto)
Boyd, Jon, BA (Guelph), MSW (WLU)
Burgoyne Hamel, Nancy, BA (PEI), MSW (WLU)
deBoer, Catherine, BA (Western), MA (Toronto), MSW (WLU)
deBoer, Maria, BA (Waterloo), MSW (WLU)
Diallo, Lamine, BA (Reims, France), MA (Sherbrooke), PhD (Quebec)
Good Gingrich, Luann, BSc (Eastern Mennonite, Harrisonburg, P.A.), MSW (WLU)
Hardie, Susan, BSc (Guelph), MSW (WLU)
Harper, Kim, BA (York), MSW (WLU)
Hovey, Angela, BA/EdD (Lakehead), MSW (WLU)
Lessard, Susan, BA, MSW (WLU)
Neeb, Susan, BA, MSW (WLU)
Notar, Marg, BSW (McGill), MA (Western), MSW (WLU)
Riedel Bowers, Nancy, BA (Queen’s), MSW, PhD (WLU)
Stocco, Rosalba, BA (Waterloo), MSW (WLU)
Sundar, Purnima, BA (McMaster), MA (WLU)
Trotter, Kristin, BA (Waterloo), MTS, PhD (WLU)
Wickham, Edcil, BA (Sir George Williams), MSW (McGill)
Additional courses required for admission to the MSW Program that are completed after the requirements for the bachelor's degree have been met will be calculated into the final year GPA. To be considered for admission, the re-calculated GPA must be at least a B average.
- A bachelor's degree from a university or college of recognized standing. To be eligible for the advanced standing program, applicants must hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited program in a university of recognized standing.
- Academic background must include at least four full social science courses and a half-credit course in research methodology and a half-credit course in statistics.
- For applicants who have already completed a bachelor's degree, at least a B (73-76 percent) standing in the final academic year is required. For students completing their final year of undergraduate study, eligibility is determined on the basis of the last completed academic year.
- Evidence of paid and/or voluntary experience in human service organizations, awareness of contemporary social issues and social work values, demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, and motivation for a career as a professional social worker is assessed on the basis of application material.
Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements and standards for admission may inquire about establishing academic eligibility. If applicants do not have a B standing in the final academic year, additional undergraduate coursework must be completed to raise the final year GPA to the minimum B requirement. Additional coursework must be completed in social sciences beyond the introductory level. Please contact the admissions co-ordinator for further details.
Advanced standing-December 1
Two-year program-February 1
Part-time program-February 1 (every other year)
All supporting materials (official transcripts, personal statement, references) must be postmarked by the deadline date.
The MSW curriculum is designed to provide students with opportunities for personal growth and learning consistent with the norms of advanced scholarship which will lead to the development of social work knowledge, skills and attitudes conducive to:
- A broad understanding of major social problems, of the history of social welfare, and of current Canadian and international social welfare policies and programs;
- A broad understanding of the basic methods of social work intervention and the foundation of knowledge pertaining to those interventions;
- Responsible, advanced social work roles in:
To achieve the above objectives, the curriculum is organized into an integrated program of courses and social work practica. There are three content categories:
- practice with individuals, families and groups (IFG);
- practice in community, policy, planning and organizations (CPPO). Advanced standing students admitted effective September 2003 will study practice in community development/social planning (CD/SP), together with students admitted prior to September 2003 to the two-year full-time and the part-time MSW programs;
- integrated practice combining (a) and (b) above (the integrated practice option is not available to advanced standing or thesis students)
The Full-time MSW Program
- Content related to a common core of knowledge, skills and attitudes. This core content is required of all students.
- Content related to the concentration areas of social work practice. Each student must choose one of the following areas: Individuals, Families and Groups (IFG); Community, Policy, Planning and Organizations (CPPO); or an integrated practice combining IFG and CPPO (the integrated concentration is not offered to advanced standing or thesis students). Students who select the integrated concentration must declare a primary and secondary focus with regard to the IFG and CPPO areas of practice.
- Graduate level electives (offered by the Faculty of Social Work or by other WLU departments) which provide students with opportunities to round out their program of study in terms of special interests or career expectations.
Students will normally complete the program in two academic years. The first academic year consists of fall term (September to December); winter term (January to April); and spring term (May and June). The second year consists of a fall term and a winter term.
Advanced standing students will normally complete the program in ten months (fall, winter and spring terms; September to June).
The Part-time MSW Program
This four-year program is designed for students who do not possess a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Normally, students will be currently employed in a social services organization. Concentration areas include Individuals, Families and Groups (IFG) , Community, Policy, Planning and Organizations (CPPO), and an integrated concentration of IFG and CPPO. Program requirements are identical to those in the full-time program, except that students complete one or two courses per term for three terms a year in the first three years, and two terms in the fourth year.
In the IFG concentration, courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening. Courses in the CPPO concentration are completed during the day, at the same time they are offered to full-time MSW students.
The academic admission requirements are the same as those for the two-year, full-time MSW program.
Admission to the part-time program occurs every other year.
Program Regulations-The Part-time MSW Program
- All students must begin and complete the program with their cohort. Students must be registered in every term of the program until completion of the degree.
- Students are expected to complete one field practicum within their place of employment.
- Students are required to complete a second field practicum in a setting other than their current place of employment.
- Students originally registered in the part-time program normally are not permitted to transfer to the full-time program; nor are full-time students normally permitted to transfer to the part-time program.
All MSW students complete practicum placements in social work agencies and receive practice education and supervision from a Master of Social Work practitioner. Placements reflect the student's chosen concentration of study: individuals, families and groups (IFG); community, policy, planning and organizations (CPPO); or an integrated concentration blending IFG and CPPO (not offered to advanced standing or thesis students).
Students in the two-year program complete two placements, one in each of the two years. The first year placement is four days per week in the winter term (January-April) and three days per week in the spring term (May-June). The second year placement is four days per week in the fall term (September-December). Advanced standing students complete one placement of three days per week, from September through April. Part-time MSW students complete one placement in their second year consisting of two days per week for three academic terms, and a second placement in their fourth year for two days per week in the fall and winter terms. Thesis students in the two-year program are exempt from the last six weeks of the first practicum (in the spring term). Thesis students in the part-time program also have their first placement shortened by 18 days. Grading is on a pass/fail basis for all placements.
IFG and CPPO students complete both placements in their area of concentration (with efforts to include some assignments in the other concentration in the first placement). However students in the integrated field of concentration will be required to complete: (a) one placement in the concentration of primary focus and the other placement either in the concentration of their secondary focus, or in an agency where work is considered to be a blend of the IFG and CPPO concentrations; or (b) both placements in agencies where work is considered to be a blend of the IFG and CPPO concentrations, as long as the majority of work is in the concentration of primary focus.
Social Work Practice in an International Setting
A small number of students in the two-year and part-time programs may pursue a program of study in combination with an international practicum in their second year. Students who are assigned to international placement settings are required to complete SK622 (International Placement: Self, Identity and Diversity) in lieu of two concentration courses (SK621, SK651 for IFG students and SK608, SK609 for CPPO students). For more information see the Faculty of Social Work website
Transfer of Credits and Course Equivalencies
Credit will be given only for graduate-level courses from a recognized university. Normally, the course must have been completed no longer than five years prior to the date of admission to the MSW program. Petitions for credit will only be received from students following admission to the MSW program. Normally, credit will be granted for no more than two half-credit courses. Application for credit is to be made to the MSW Curriculum and Petitions Committee with the following information:Requirements for Continuing in the Program
an outline of the course content; an outline of the course requirements; an official transcript of the grade received for the course; an alternative plan of study.
A letter grade of B- in each course (S [satisfactory] in practicum courses) is the minimum requirement for successful completion of a term. A student must complete all requirements for a given term before proceeding unless permission is granted by the MSW Curriculum and Petitions Committee. Please refer to the section on petitions under general regulations for further information.
In addition to successfully completing the academic courses, students must be judged to be capable of assuming the professional responsibilities of the practicum. Any student not meeting these requirements may be required by the dean of the Faculty of Social Work to withdraw from the program.
Deferral of Course Assignments
Extensions for the completion of required course assignments, if granted by an instructor, must be complete before the end of the first month of the following term (January 31 for the fall term; May 31 for the winter term; September 30 for the spring term). If work from the previous term is incomplete, a student is placed on probation.
Any request for extensions beyond one month into the following term must be presented to the MSW Curriculum and Petitions Committee.
A student may appeal a decision of the MSW Curriculum and Petitions Committee of the Faculty of Social Work to the Petitions Committee of Graduate Faculty Council and further, to the Student Appeals Committee of the WLU Senate.
Course Schedule - MSW Two-Year Students (Full-time)
The Faculty of Social Work is launching a new curriculum beginning September 2003 for the two-year full-time and the four-year part-time MSW programs.
The MSW program consists of five terms taken over two academic years (fall, winter and spring terms in the first year and fall and winter terms in the second year). Students are required to register and pay tuition in each of the five terms. Within the two years, non-thesis students ordinarily will take a minimum of 15 courses and 37 weeks of practicum, in two different practica settings. Of the 15 courses, two are electives. Thesis students ordinarily will take a minimum of 12 courses (including one elective) and 31 weeks of practicum.
Students who select the integrated stream are required to declare a primary and secondary focus with regard to the IFG and CPPO fields. If IFG is declared as the primary focus, courses must include SK621, SK552 and SK509. Students who declare IFG as their secondary focus cannot take SK652 or SK653 without completing the introductory courses, SK552 and SK509, respectively.
Integrated stream students must complete a research course in their concentration of primary focus (SK607 for CPPO students and SK615 for IFG students).
*This course extends through fall and winter of year 2.
Fall Term Winter Term Spring Term Year 1 All SK500
All SK541 (except thesis students)
SK622* (if accepted for an international placement)
SK698 (if selected)
Year 2 IFG SK621
CPPO SK608 (or SK622* if accepted for an international placement)
SK698 (if selected)
2 electives for Concentration students
1 elective for Integrated and Thesis students
A student who selects the thesis option is granted three course credits for doing a thesis. He/she takes 6 core courses and 5 courses in the primary concentration. The research course specific to the primary concentration must be completed (SK607 for CPPO students and SK615 for IFG students).
MSW Advanced Standing Students (Full-time)
Advanced standing students complete the MSW degree requirements in three academic terms (fall, winter, spring). Normally they complete a minimum of nine courses and 29 weeks of practicum. A student who selects the thesis option is exempt from two electives. A student who selects the thesis option must contact the MSW co-ordinator in the first term of study.
Fall Term Winter Term Spring Term IFG SK621 IFG SK652 IFG SK653 IFG SK651 CD/SP SK560 All SK506 CDSP Two of: SK636, SK637, SK638 CD/SP SK639 All SK641 All SK504 All SK649 Practicum (3 field days) SK698 (if selected) All SK649 Practicum (3 field days) All Two electives or SK698 SK698 (if selected)
MSW Four-Year Students (Part-time)
The part-time MSW program consists of eleven terms taken over four academic years (fall, winter and spring in the first three years, fall and winter in the fourth year). Students are required to register and pay tuition in each of the eleven terms.
Part-time IFG Program
Fall Term Winter Term Spring Term Year 1 SK500
SK641 Year 2 SK541
SK541 Year 3 SK504
Year 4 SK643
Part-time CPPO Program
*Electives may be taken in other terms. Consult the MSW co-ordinator.
Fall Term Winter Term Spring Term Year 1 SK500
SK641 Year 2 SK541
SK541 Year 3 SK504
Year 4 SK643 SK643
Students who wish to complete a thesis must discuss this with the MSW co-ordinator (full-time and advanced standing students early in the first term, and part-time students before their 4th term). The MSW co-ordinator will assist students in identifying potential thesis advisors; however enrolment in the thesis stream is contingent upon the student finding a faculty member who is willing to act as his/her thesis advisor.
Thesis students in the two-year full-time and four-year part-time programs are exempt from three courses and the last eighteen days of their first practicum. These students take six core courses, five courses in their chosen concentration (the integrated concentration is not available to thesis students) and one elective. The research course specific to the chosen concentration must be completed (SK607 for CPPO and SK615 for IFG). IFG thesis students are exempt from SK652, SK653 and one elective. CPPO thesis students are exempt from one elective and two of SK508, SK608, SK609, SK610, SK679 and SK680.
Thesis students in the advanced standing program are exempt from two electives.
Guidelines for the preparation and submission of master’s theses, as well as information regarding the oral examination of theses, are found under General Regulations.
- Not all courses are offered every year. Contact the Faculty of Social Work before accepting an offer of admission to determine whether the courses you wish to complete will be offered during your period of residency.
- All credit course offerings are subject to modification by the Faculty of Social Work and the University Senate. The university reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient registration.
- All courses are three hours per week unless noted otherwise.
Human Development in Context
This course focusses on theories pertaining to the social context of identity and personality development. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of these theories and how they help us to understand the human condition and social work practice. Topics may include life span, ecological systems, contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, feminist, social constructionist and critical theories.
Community Interventions: Theory and Practice Essentials
This course provides an introduction to concepts, theories and methods associated with social work practice in communities. General rationales for, and models of, intervention are discussed in the context of common social work settings. Various elements of community organizing and development will be explored through illustrations in areas such as race relations, health promotion, advocacy, capacity building and community economic development. Working with marginalised populations will be an essential component of the course.
Assessment of Social Work Practice
This course provides an overview of qualitative and quantitative research techniques used in the assessment and understanding of social work practice. This course will also critically assess the relationship between research and marginalised populations. Students will be introduced to the theory and skills associated with approaches such as needs assessments, program development and program logic models, process evaluations, single case and group outcome evaluations, cost-benefit analyses and a critical exploration of social work practice.
Data Analysis in Social Work
The application of analytic frameworks, statistical and qualitative, to social work research. Statistical techniques include descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, correlation and analysis of between-group differences. A weekly lab is included for skill development in the use of relevant software.
Diversity, Marginalisation and Oppression
This course critically examines the common links among experiences of oppression and marginalisation, such as racism, heterosexism/homophobia, classism, sexism, anti-Semitism and ableism, that intersect at individual, institutional and systemic levels. As such, this course takes a multi-levelled approach to critically examining social work practice and social work organizations, making links between theory, policy, and programming and the lived experiences of individuals, families and communities.
Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals
This course focusses on the application of basic skills and theories to helping individuals. Generic stages in the helping process and the principles and skills in these various stages are reviewed. This includes consideration of interviewing skills, the principles and skills underlying the development of a good helping relationship, skills of holistic assessment and formulation, the application of clinical theory to understanding and intervening with individuals, issues in working with various marginalised populations, ethical issues, note-taking and record-keeping. This course emphasizes a laboratory approach to teaching and practising skills.
Social Policy Analysis
This course provides an overview of the development of social policies in Canada, starting with First Nations before colonization up until the present day. It outlines the roots of social welfare, including its relationship to marginalised peoples. Ideologies, including anti-oppressive and diversity theories, are discussed in relation to the development of social policies. Students will gain a critical analysis of current social policies and understand how policy impacts individual to systems-level social work. The main focus of this course is to provide students with practical skills and techniques to undertake policy analysis in order to impact the development of policy. Students will gain a greater understanding of the economic, social, political and environmental forces that have an impact upon social policies in Canada, including the growing role of globalization and free trade.
The practicum is an integral part of the curriculum and is structured to enable students to use their knowledge as professional social workers in practice situations. The student chooses one of three concentrations for their practicum: Individuals, Families and Groups; Community Planning, Policy and Organizations, or the Integrated practicum which includes a combination of both concentrations (23 weeks).
Special Summer Practicum
A practicum may be arranged during the summer period for selected students requiring make-up work for admission to Practicum II. It may be used for transfer students or for students completing the first year of the Faculty’s program who wish to change their area of concentration.
International Placement: Self, Identity and Diversity
A required course for students who have been accepted for an international placement in the second year of the MSW program. The goal of the course is to prepare students for an international learning opportunity and to support the integration of their learning and practice across cultures and settings, including an improved understanding of reciprocal and mutual learning between and among cultures. Cross-cultural learning, colonialism and oppression, and anti-racism are discussed.
A supervised field experience designed to develop competence pertinent to social work practice in the student’s chosen area of concentration (15 weeks).
Advanced Standing Practicum
A supervised field experience designed to develop competence pertinent to social work practice in the student’s chosen area of concentration (29 weeks).
IFG Concentration Courses
Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups
This course provides an introduction to clinical group work. The history and evolution of social group work is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the application of basic knowledge and skills to clinical group work. This includes consideration of stages of group development and other group dynamics, therapeutic factors in groups and generic group work skills. An introduction to the application of various clinical theories to group work is also provided.
Clinical Social Work Practice with Families
This course provides a critical study of widely used approaches to practice with diverse family forms within social work settings. Emphasis will be placed on influential theories that impact and guide the methods used in the practice of family social work.
Clinical Social Work Research and Data Analysis
This course will focus on quantitative and qualitative research related to clinical questions and practice. Through a dual focus on data analysis and the understanding of research reports, this course will further research skill development in order to help students become both consumers and producers of clinical research.
Use of Self
The emphasis of this course is on the use of self as it relates to the direct practice experience of the student. The overall objective is to enhance self-awareness and interpersonal skills that are related to the conscious use of self in social work practice. A focus on self-reflective awareness will include an examination of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that arise in practice interactions, including how these are influenced by personal history, social location and attitudes toward issues of diversity and difference (e.g., race/ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, class, sexual orientation and disability). (Graded as Pass/Fail.)
Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals
This course builds on SK522 by taking a more in-depth look at the integration of theory and practice in clinical work with a variety of client presenting problems. It includes an overview of major classes of psychiatric diagnoses and a critical look at the value of such diagnostic categories considering race, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation and so forth. The strengths and weaknesses of various theoretical approaches to intervening with specific client problems and populations are reviewed.
Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Families
This course builds on SK552 by taking a more in-depth look at the integration of theory with family practice. Emphasis is placed on the inclusion of substantive issues in family work (e.g., drug misuse, eating disorders, gerontological issues, divorce, developmental issues, sexual orientation, poverty, and work with families from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds). Prerequisite: SK552
Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups
This course builds on SK509 by taking a more in-depth look at the integration of theory with clinical group work. Emphasis is placed on group work focussed on various issues and populations (e.g., survivors of sexual abuse, battered women, recent immigrants and refugees, gay and lesbian youth).
CPPO Concentration Courses
Reflective Group and Community Practice
This course focusses on five broad areas of learning: (1) theory of small group development and functioning; (2) principles and methods of adult empowerment, as well as member/leadership development; (3) the use of self in groups/meetings and various community practice settings; (4) understanding the implications of the social location of professional helpers and various populations using social services and other relevant groupings; and (5) the appropriate use of discussion, decision-making and problem-solving procedures in groups/meetings. Particular consideration is given to adapting our ways of working for different types of participants, including various disadvantaged and marginalised populations.
Community Practice Skills
This course supplements the core course in community development and social planning by focussing upon specific skill areas
and operational problems pertinent to these fields of endeavour. The course introduces the relevant literature on work methods,
techniques and skills, and the class provides simulated opportunities to practice these interventions.
Community Research and Data Analysis
This course focusses on the theory and methods for research in community work and social planning. The course provides practical experiences in community research through projects students are engaged in through their placements, theses, or other involvements, and/or through opportunities created specifically through the course. The main focus of the course will be on quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Other topics may include accessing existing data bases, understanding the nature of applied research, participatory research, writing reports for various audiences, and research issues related to women, minorities and various disadvantaged populations.
Community Capacity Building
This course focusses on understanding the nature of healthy communities and their relationships to well-being for people. A primary interest is supporting the capacity of community members to act on their own behalf. Basic purposes include both developing a theoretical understanding of community capacity building, as well as introducing relevant practice principles and methods. Other topics may include working cross-culturally, leadership/membership development, participatory project development, fundraising, fostering partnerships and solving common problems in community organizations. Adaptations for various disadvantaged and minority populations will be considered.
Program Development and Social Planning
This course examines the theories and methods of planning and developing social service projects and programs. Methods of developing programs will be considered, including doing relevant participatory research, strategic planning, generating political support, fundraising and writing proposals, recruiting and maintaining staff, and ensuring that programs are responsive to marginalised populations. This course will also discuss co-ordinating and planning services, including neighbourhood, regional and sectoral planning. Different models of social planning will be considered in terms of responding to the changing needs of marginalised populations.
Social Change and Social Action
This course focusses on theories and practices of social change, as well as on the purposes, organization and strategies of social movements by marginalized populations such as people living in poverty, First Nations people, people of colour, gays/lesbians/transgendered/bisexual people, two-spirited people, elderly people, people with disabilities and people in less wealthy countries. Topics may include visions of a just society, methods of civil disobedience, modes of social action organizing and organizations and the context provided by globalization. Specific techniques may be considered, such as financing social movements, use of the media, use of new technologies, action research, building coalitions, lobbying and advocacy.
Adult Learning Theory, Leadership and Empowerment
An introduction to the theories of androgogy, empowerment and leadership/member development. The theories are applied in
practice as students learn how to create workshops, to staff committees and boards, to facilitate self-help groups, to organize
services and programs and to mobilize community leadership initiatives.
Prevention, Mutual Aid and Social Support
An examination of a range of prevention, mutual aid and social support approaches relevant to various disadvantaged
populations. A review is made of various program models or approaches to helping, of the evidence for their effectiveness and
of their development requirements. The relevance of these ideas and methods for social work is examined.
The Use of Technology for Project and Program Planning
An examination/analysis of the use of technology for project planning, program evaluation and for the development and
management of social programs and services.
Planning in Social and Community Development: Theories and Methods
A critical examination of different planning traditions and of current models relevant to practice in organizational and community development. A particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the process and sequential phases involved in community and strategic planning as it applies to governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations. The appropriate linkage between planning efforts and broader social movements is of special concern. (Advanced standing students only.)
Integrative Problem Solving
Case studies and simulations are used to foster understanding of the various approaches to community work and social planning, and the situations in which they may be useful. The course facilitates the development of an integrative framework for the role of the social worker.
Managing Social Service Agencies
This course introduces students to essential concepts and processes related to the effective management of smaller social service agencies. Topics may include: diagnosing the organization and its environment, effective coordination and communication, leadership and board governance, juggling management and front-line responsibilities, teamwork, decision-making, creativity and innovation, developing and maintaining interorganizational alliances, addressing diversity, managing change and solving organizational problems, and preventing stress and burnout.
Advanced Social Policy: Creating Change in Government
This course builds upon students’ knowledge of how to create and impact social policies in government. It focusses on understanding and influencing social policy development and implementation at the municipal, provincial and federal government levels. A variety of theoretical frames are utilized in this course. The course includes discussion of how policies are actually created in government, the stages of the policy process, issues related to community participation in policy, involvement of marginalized populations, and the role of an internal and external change agent. The course focusses on developing an internal policy report and dealing effectively with politics within government organizations.
Social Welfare Seminar
An examination of selected social problems and issues.
A student may select a topic from any area of the curriculum.
This course addresses different types of family violence (wife abuse, child abuse and elder abuse) in terms of the seriousness and extent of the problem, contributing factors and consequences for the individual, the family, the community and society. A variety of different theories about the causes of family violence are reviewed. Programs for prevention and intervention are addressed, including approaches for battered women, children who have witnessed violence and men who batter. Intervention in cases of physical child abuse and elder abuse is also discussed.
Marital and Couple Counselling
An introduction to the theory and practice of couples therapy from the perspective of several theoretical models.
Feminist Clinical Practices
This course examines evolving perspectives within feminist theory and their implications for practice, considering the intersection of gender with race/ethnicity, clas, culture, sexual orientation and disability. Feminist literature will be explored critically, with a view to understanding what constitutes feminist practice, and in which contexts it is appropriate and effective. Selected areas of practice will be explored with regard to women’s experience and feminist practice intervention.
Social Work with Separated, Divorced and Reconstituted Families
An examination of the effects of divorce on families as they move through the transitions from marital disintegration to reorganization as separate units and on to formation of new or reconstituted families.
Values and Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work
This seminar deals with selected current issues, controversies or dilemmas of professional social work practice in Canada, and with the value premises and orientations prevalent in the profession and in our society.
A selection of treatment issues and their applications.
Note: This course is used as the vehicle for adding a number of additional clinical topics when it is deemed appropriate.
Social Welfare Seminar
An examination of selected social problems and issues.
A student may select a topic from any area of the curriculum.
Research Methods, Design and Analysis
An examination of the problem formulation, design, data collection, analysis, and reporting and use of research findings, including exposure to quantitative and qualitative research approaches. The assessment of social work practice is emphasized.
An extensive examination of selected aspects of psychoanalytic theory and its application to clinical social work practice. The course is intended to deepen and complement the clinical student's knowledge base related to normal growth and development, family and group functioning, clinical assessment and treatment skills.
Treatment of Children and Adolescents
Clinical theory and practice related to direct intervention with children and adolescents. Topics include understanding development in infancy, childhood and adolescence, examining problems that arise between children and their families, and enhancing assessment and treatment skills in relation to these problems.
Social Work Practice with Older Adults
Focussing on practice with older adults and their families, the course examines areas such as role transition in later life, retirement, physical, social and economic changes, intergenerational family intervention, losses, widowhood and grief reactions.
Presentation of the physiological, psychological, emotional and systematic aspects of human sexuality. The course includes an assessment of sexual problems and dysfunction and various treatment approaches relevant to social work practice.
Multiculturalism, Anti-Racism, and Social Work Practice
The first part of this course focusses on understanding the uprooting, settlement and acculturation experiences of new immigrants and refugees from the perspective of their minority status, cultural differences and the realities of racism. The second part explores social work interventions that take into consideration these processes and realities within the Canadian context.
Treatment of Child, Adolescent and Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
This course reviews some of the rapidly expanding knowledge on the identification, assessment and treatment of child, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Factors contributing to the abuse of children and treatment of perpetrators will also be discussed. Individual, group and family interventions will be presented and students will be encouraged to identify and compare the assumptions underlying the different theoretical approaches. In order to demonstrate how clinical research informs practice, readings will draw on research reports as well as descriptions of treatment. Case examples will be presented and discussed.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Social Work Practice
This course examines the multifaceted impact of homophobia and heterosexism; its intersection with other forms of oppression; approaches to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered populations in the human services; theoretical and policy issues; cultural/ethnic/racial dimensions of mental health issues; and practice interventions. This course takes an integrated approach to social work practice, linking policy, theory and various forms of community and clinical practice.
This course provides students with the conceptual tools and knowledge for understanding the nature of First Nations historical/structural problems; the role and operation of social services in Aboriginal contexts; alternative (culture based and healing focussed) methods of intervention; and present day Aboriginal concerns and issues including concepts of Aboriginal title.
Alternative Social Work Interventions
This course examines theories, practices and research dealing with alternatives to traditional professional-client talking therapies and community interventions. New innovative approaches are examined in healing at individual, community and societal levels based upon holistic concepts that draw upon practices from around the world.
This introductory course on the method of play therapy with children includes theories of play, a review of developmental and attachment theories that affect children and adolescents, the various methods of play therapy, and the treatment phases within the play therapy process.
The Third World and Social Work Practice
This seminar critically examines the different perspectives on, and realities of, development and underdevelopment, policies and practices of international aid and humanitarian agencies, and the role of social work in addressing human rights and needs of such groups as the displaced, unwanted refugees, victims of terror, the impoverished and children.
The Therapeutic Process
This course emphasizes selected aspects of the therapeutic process and their implications for interventions, especially those processes central to the treatment of individuals in longer-term therapy. The course focusses on selected process variables that comprise an understanding of transference, countertransference and intersubjectivity as well as other process variables such as resistance, regression and the therapeutic alliance.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Services to Families with Children-at-Risk
This course focusses on services to families with children at risk of abuse or neglect. Topics include an understanding of family violence, legal issues, use of authority and types of treatment and family support options that are relevant.
Advanced Social Service Management
This course focusses on understanding the multifaceted role of managers and the development of effective management skills. Topics may include: leadership roles and models, budgeting, marketing, time management, motivation and performance management, industrial relations, staff selection, supervision and appraisal, human rights, diversity and employment equity, mergers and acquisitions.
Social Work in Health Care Settings
This course examines the impact of illness and disability on individuals, families and communities. It provides a bio-psycho-social frame of reference for understanding health and disease. The major focus will be on social work roles in the interdisciplinary health care systems.
Women and Social Policy
The different ideological positions that shape policy pertaining to women are introduced in this course. Selected policies are reviewed using a critical approach. An analysis is also made of the impact of organizational structure on women and women's policy issues.
Women's Issues in Social Work
This course provides a critical examination of the treatment of women by the social work profession. The developing literature on feminist approaches to helping and on alternative ways of understanding and addressing the unique social, political and economic influences on women will be utilized.
Social Work and the Law
An examination of the increasingly critical and complex relationships between social work practice and policy and the law. Issues such as legal responsibilities, client rights, liability, working with the legal system and the impact of selected current legislation are examined.
Poverty in Canada and its Implications for Social Work
An investigation of the prevalence and impact of economic hardship among the users of social services and the implication of these patterns for social work values, policies and direct interventions with this population.
Mediation in Social Work Practice
The course includes the study of mediation and principled negotiation and their use in all areas of social work practice. The historical, cultural and legal contexts of mediation are included. Concepts, methodology, ethics and current legal issues are examined. The course provides opportunities for voluntary experiential learning.
A thesis formulated and completed in the student's area of concentration.
Field Teaching Centres
Wilfrid Laurier University gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the many social service organizations in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, London, Guelph, Toronto and surrounding area who provide high-quality practicum instruction for WLU's Master of Social Work students.
The PhD program seeks applicants who possess the following qualifications:
Deadline for receipt of applications is February 15. Late applications may be considered under exceptional circumstances.
- A Master of Social Work degree from a recognized university with at least an A- average in the master's program. Applicants with other graduate degrees and strong social service experience may be considered under exceptional circumstances.
- Normally a minimum of three years post MSW experience. In addition, the applicant must provide evidence of a level of professional competence suitable for admission to the PhD program.
- Evidence of scholarly ability for clear and creative thinking and the ability to pursue independent study.
The program consists of a minimum of nine half-credit courses. Some are required courses for all students, some are from a group corresponding to the student's area of concentration, and some are electives reflecting the special needs or interests of the student.
The required courses are as follows:Each student must select one of the following interventive practice areas and take at least two courses pertaining to that area. The interventive areas presently available are as follows:
SK700 Statistical Analysis for Social Work Research; SK701 Multivariate Analysis for Social Work Research; SK702 Advanced Methods in Social Work Research; SK703 Perspectives on Theory Construction; SK805 Qualitative Research Methods.Students are also expected to complete two other elective courses. practice with individuals; practice with families; practice with groups; practice in community development; practice in social administration; practice in social policy analysis.
During the first academic term each student, in collaboration with the PhD program co-ordinator, will prepare a study plan based on the above guidelines.
Incoming students may take an examination designed to test their knowledge of statistics. A passing grade on the examination grants an exemption from SK700.
The PhD comprehensive paper serves to assess the student's ability to: (1) integrate social work knowledge, theory and practice; (2) analyze the implications of knowledge and theory for social work practice; and, (3) demonstrate a broad knowledge of the selected interventive area.
Students complete a comprehensive paper and an oral examination. Guidelines for the content, scheduling and format of the examination are included in the PhD student manual.
Students must register for SK893 by the fourth term in residence. All requirements for SK893 must be completed no later than the sixth term in residence. The chairperson and the members of the comprehensive examination committee must be appointed at least four months prior to the proposed examination date.
All members of an examining committee must have graduate faculty status at the time of appointment to the committee.
One of two decisions are open to the examiners: satisfactory or fail.
To pass the comprehensive paper, a student must receive a passing grade from at least two of the three readers. A student must receive a passing grade on both the written paper and the oral defence. If a student receives a failing grade on the paper, an oral examination to defend the paper will not be permitted.
Students who successfully complete the comprehensive examination are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree and are entitled to register for the doctoral dissertation (SK899).
A student failing the comprehensive paper can rewrite the comprehensive paper once. A student who does not complete the requirements for SK893 after two attempts, or within three consecutive terms, will be required to withdraw from the PhD program.
Students are required to spend a minimum of four terms as full-time students. It is expected that most students will extend this period beyond the minimum.
All standards for examinations are set by the Graduate Faculty Council and the Senate of the university. The regulations for doctoral students are as follows:
- The student is expected to pass, with a minimum of a B grade, the core courses and all additional course work required by the PhD committee.
- In addition, the student is required to write and orally defend a comprehensive paper covering the same area of concentration.
The role of the practicum is to enhance a student's ability to translate new concepts into forms pertinent to social work practice and scholarship.
The PhD committee, following an assessment of the student, may recommend a practicum as part of the study plan. A student may also request permission to complete one practicum.
Supervisors of these placements will normally have a doctorate as well as considerable practice experience. Grading will be on a satisfactory/failure basis and will utilize the written learning objectives agreed to by the student and supervisor, which will include at least one written assignment per credit. A practicum will be for a minimum of three contact hours a week over a 13-week period, including at least one hour of supervision, for one-half credit. A maximum of three half-credits can be taken as practica, however a student who chooses to complete a practicum will be exempt from only one elective, regardless of the number of practica.
PhD Dissertation Requirements
All students are required to complete an original dissertation that makes a significant contribution to the existing knowledge in the field of social work.
If a dissertation topic involves animals or human subjects, approval for the investigation must be sought from the WLU Research Ethics Board. Details are available from the Research Office.
Decisions of the Dissertation Examining Committee
The examining committee must reach one of five decisions:Course Schedule-PhD
Accepted-The dissertation requires typographical and/or minor editorial changes which must be approved by the supervisor. Accepted with minor modifications-The dissertation requires minor changes in substance or major editorial changes which are to be made to the satisfaction of members of the examining committee designated by the committee. The examining committee's report must include a brief outline of the nature of the changes required and must indicate the time by which the changes are to be completed. Normally, such changes should be completed within four weeks of the date of the examination. Accepted with major modifications-The dissertation requires more substantive changes, but will be acceptable when these changes are made to the satisfaction of those members of the examining committee designated by the committee. The examining committee's report must include a brief outline of the nature of the changes required, and the date by which the changes are to be completed. Decision deferred-The dissertation requires modifications of a substantial nature, the need for which makes the acceptability of the dissertation questionable. The examining committee's report must contain a brief outline of the modifications expected and should indicate the time by which the changes are to be completed. The revised dissertation must be resubmitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for re-examination. The re-examination will follow the same procedures as for the initial submission except that the display period may be reduced or eliminated at the discretion of the dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Normally, the same examining committee will serve. A decision to defer is open only once for each candidate.
Rejected-The dissertation is rejected. The examining committee shall report the reasons for rejection. A student whose dissertation has been rejected will be required to withdraw from the PhD program.
Term One (Fall)
Term Two (Winter)
- SK700 Statistical Analysis for Social Work Research (challenge-for-credit course)
- SK702 Advanced Methods in Social Work Research
- SK703 Perspectives on Theory ConstructionTerm Three(Spring)
SK701 Multivariate Analysis for Social Work Research SK805 Qualitative Research Methods First course in the student's interventive areaTerm Four to Six (Fall, Winter, Spring) Second course in the student's interventive area Elective ElectiveTime Limits and Status-PhD SK893 Comprehensive Paper-This is the period during which all requirements for the comprehensive paper must be completed. The residency requirement is completed at the end of the fourth term. Any make-up work that may have been required as a condition of admission must be completed before the end of the fourth term.
Note: Each PhD student is required to submit an annual progress report to the PhD program co-ordinator by April 1. The faculty members on the PhD committee review the report and following this review, the PhD program co-ordinator provides feedback to the student no later than April 30.
Pre-Candidacy (Years I and II)
Students are expected to spend at least four (but not more than six) academic terms in preliminary study to qualify for admission to candidacy for the PhD degree. Students may apply for such candidacy when they have met the following requirements:Candidacy (Year III and Beyond)
Successfully completed the required courses and any additional course work prescribed by the student's doctoral committee. Successfully completed and defended the comprehensive paper.
Following admission to candidacy, a student has a maximum of nine terms (three calendar years) in which to meet the following requirements:
It is necessary to maintain continuous registration unless an inactive term has been granted per university policy.
- Completion of additional course and/or practicum requirements prescribed by the doctoral committee.
- Completion and defence of the dissertation.
Not all courses are offered each year. Contact the Faculty of Social Work before accepting an offer of admission to determine whether the courses you wish to complete will be offered during your period of residency. All courses are two hours per week unless noted otherwise.
Statistical Analysis for Social Work Research
The application of statistical procedures to social work research, such as data reduction techniques, descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, correlation and analyses of between-group differences (Challenge-for-Credit).
Multivariate Analysis for Social Work Research
This course explores advanced correlational statistical analyses and their applications for social work research. Possible topics include various multiple linear regression models, discriminant analysis and path analysis. The course employs computer applications (required for all students).
Prerequisite: SK700 or successful completion of the competency exam.
Advanced Methods in Social Work Research
This course explores a range of qualitative and quantitative social science research methodologies that can be applied to the study of social work issues. Students acquire a critical understanding of the comparative advantages and disadvantages of different methods with reference to selected research problems (required for all students).
Perspectives on Theory Construction
This course focusses on issues in the philosophy of social science and the impact of these philosophies on the construction and refinement of theories that serve as foundations for the development of social work knowledge. This course draws on the field of epistemology, the philosophy of science, theories of social work practice and related disciplines (required for all students).
The Study of Treatment of Families I
This course examines contemporary family therapy theory and research, and critically assesses its application to selected problems and issues.
The Study of Treatment of Families II
This course extends the work of SK711. Students identify selected areas of interest and are expected to pursue these topics to the limits of available knowledge (theory and research) within the field of social work and related disciplines.
Advanced Groupwork I
This course examines the development of groupwork concepts and principles in the social work and related social science literature. It also analyzes selected theories, major groupwork models and examines the research findings, as well as designs and methodologies, related to groupwork practice.
Advanced Groupwork II
This course, a continuation of SK714, examines current models of groupwork as an interventive and investigative method, and considers the analysis and delineation of group therapy and social group work research practices, and the application of theoretical frameworks to specific populations.
Child Welfare as a Field for Social Work Practice
Following the development of an historical perspective, this course explores selected areas of child welfare such as prevention, protection or adoption. Special emphasis is given to the exploration of alternate models for the delivery of such services and to the review of existing research assessing the effectiveness of these services.
Aging as a Context for Social Work Practice
Course participants explore and define the range and nature of policy, services and practices for the elderly, examine and clarify the roles of social work and social workers in the field of aging, and analyze the state of gerontological research in general and in relation to social work in particular.
Mental Health as a Context for Social Work Practice
This course examines the major approaches used in promoting mental health in the community and dealing with mental health problems. Such topics as theories and principles of mental health, major approaches to mental health practice and mental health services for specific populations are addressed.
Advanced Studies in Social Planning
The content of the course varies, depending upon the learning goals of the students. Possible theoretical foci include planning theory or theories of the public interest. Practice foci might include policy analysis, policy research, program development, economic and ethical models of choice and the socio-political dimensions of social planning.
Advanced Studies in Community Development
The content of the course varies, depending upon the learning goals of the students. Possible foci may include theories, research and ideological perspectives on community development. Practice foci might include such dimensions as local initiative, self-help, local control, leadership and organizational development.
Current Issues in Community Development
This course examines current theory, research and practice issues in community development. Attention is paid to a theoretical and empirical assessment of selected methods of community development and their relevance to current contexts.
Advanced Studies in Policy Analysis
This course is designed to advance students' knowledge of the range and characteristics of approaches to social policy analysis. Selected techniques are examined and applied to specific social policies.
Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Social Policy
This course examines selected social policies by employing the theoretical contributions and techniques of political science, economics and sociology.
Advanced Studies in Organizational Theory
This course examines social administration in the context of organizational and management theories. Students analyze the political and ideological considerations that determine the adoption of certain theories by exploring a wide range of theories and examining their practical implications for the management of social service organizations.
Advanced Studies in Social Administration
This course provides students with an opportunity to explore, in depth, selected aspects for the delivery of specific social welfare programs. Selected topics are examined in the context of existing research, theories and current practice applications.
Prerequisite: SK737 or permission of the instructor.
Study of Treatment of Individuals I
This course provides an intensive examination of selected major theoretical and technical developments affecting social work intervention with individuals. The emphasis is on a critical assessment of such developments from a theoretical, empirical and practice perspective.
Study of Treatment of Individuals II
This course employs a seminar model for extending the work begun in SK741. Within a framework defined by the student's special interests, the course explores contemporary understandings of processes of change in individual treatment, obstacles to change and the nature of the helping relationship.
Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory
A study of contemporary developments in psychoanalytic theory and their implications for clinical practice. The major focus of the seminar is on selected developments within the three major streams of psychoanalysis: Classical Theory (Ego Psychology), Object Relations Theories (The English, British and American Schools) and Self Psychology.
Advanced Readings in Social Work Practice
Readings on selected topics in social work practice under the guidance and supervision of members of the graduate faculty.
Advanced Readings in Social Policy
Readings on selected topics in social policy under the guidance and supervision of members of the graduate faculty.
Advanced Readings in Research Methods
Readings on selected topics in research methods under the guidance and supervision of members of the graduate faculty.
Classical Literature in Social Work
A study of the texts that have influenced the theory and practice of social work in order to critically appraise their contribution to social work knowledge and its epistemological foundation.
Social Work Education: History and Current Themes
An analysis of the history of social work education, including the tensions between practice and theory, the objectives of the practicum, the core knowledge for graduate education, the undergraduate foundation, the teaching of values and ethics, accreditation and other educational policy issues.
Teaching Teachers to Teach
This course studies teaching and learning at the post-secondary and professional levels of education within the context of the university. Particular emphasis is given to the application of educational theory, models, practices, design and technology at undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly for the discipline of Social Work.
Evaluation of Social Work Programs and Services
This course offers an advanced investigation of current methods for evaluating programs and services. Topics include: measurement of processes and outcomes, needs assessment, impact analysis, the politics of evaluation and relevant ethical issues.
Clinical Research Methods
An advanced investigation of quantitative and qualitative research methods germane to the evaluation of clinical practice. Topics include measurement of clinical processes and outcomes, the use of single subject designs, approaches to the analysis of clinical data and relevant ethical issues.
Prerequisite: SK701 and SK702.
Qualitative Research Methods
An in-depth exploration of the application of qualitative methods to social work research problems, including problem formulation, data collection options and the analysis of qualitative data (required for all students).
Prerequisite: SK701 and SK702.
Advanced Multivariate Models
Specific topics vary according to the needs and interests of the students in a given class. Possible topics include canonical correlational analysis, factor and cluster analysis, LOGIT, PROBIT and path analysis.
Prerequisite: SK701 and SK702.
Advanced Doctoral Research Seminar
Directed study in major research topics emerging in the field of social work.
Prerequisite: SK701 and SK702.
The purpose of the practicum at the doctoral level is to enhance a student's ability to translate concepts into forms pertinent to social work practice and scholarship.
A continuation of SK808, Practicum I.
A continuation of SK809, Practicum II.