Social Work

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Don Taylor

School of Social Work
HSS 227
415-338-1003/1005
Fax: 415-338-0591
E-mail: socwork@sfsu.edu
Director: Rita Takahashi

Gerontology Program
HSS 242
415-338-3556
E-mail: sfsugero@sfsu.edu
Program Coordinator: Darlene Yee

Faculty

Professors—de Vries, Lemmon, Pelham, Shapiro, Sung, Takahashi, Yee-Melichar
Associate Professors—Lenz-Rashid, Levy
Assistant Professors—Gupta, Hermoso, Hines, Lee, Madrigal, Redman
Lecturers—De Lange, Feliciana, Flores, Grossman, Hahklotubbe, Hembury, Hernandez, Johnson-Glover, Mahan, McGinnis, Melara, Nakajo, Otterbach, Pennington, Schenk, Valentine

Bay Area Academy Executive Director:—Rodger Lum
Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project Coordinator:—Stephanie Coram
Mental Health Stipend Project Coordinator:—Sheila Hembury
Post Masters Pupil Personnel Services Credential Coordinator:—Christina Feliciana

Programs

B.A. in Social Work
Master of Social Work
M.A. in Gerontology
information about this program may be found under the Gerontology program heading in this Bulletin.


School of Social Work Program

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and the Master of Social Work programs at San Francisco State University are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The M.A. Program in Gerontology adheres to the standards and guidelines established by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Purpose

The purpose of the School of Social Work is to provide an education to social workers who deliver culturally competent and multiculturally relevant services to diverse populations. Focus is on educating students to open access and become effective service providers to people who have been historically under-served and under-represented. To meet this purpose, the School offers 3 degrees – BASW, MSW, and MA.

Details about the M.A. Program in Gerontology are provided in a separate section of this Bulletin.

Mission

The mission of the School of Social Work is to provide educational opportunities that promote a just and secure society. To this end, the school is committed to and bases its program on the principle that social work should:

The school honors human diversity and acknowledges its vital role in advancing mutuality and interdependence.  The aim is to educate social work practitioners who will be versatile, creative, and effective in serving the peoples of San Francisco Bay Area in context of global economic and human relations; and to address the needs of the oppressed, disenfranchised, and otherwise marginalized peoples and communities.

The curriculum incorporates a comprehensive range of knowledge, values, skills, and experiences for social work practice at all levels of intervention. The outcome is to provide learning experiences that will instill critical consciousness and inspire students to become advocates for economic and social justice.

In both the B.A. and M.S.W. programs, the curriculum emphasizes the integration of knowledge, values, and skills. Commitment to professional values and ethics, to participate in constructive change, to support the right to self-determination, and to respect people's capacity to learn and grow are integrated throughout the program. Students are expected to develop a spirit of inquiry and to achieve a critical posture toward the social situation, the functioning of the profession and of social agencies, and their own performance.

Practice is founded on a liberal arts perspective, particularly on the interaction of two dimensions: knowledge of human and social behavior, which is utilized analytically in professional relationships; and salient and comparable knowledge of the array of functions, roles, and practice skills available to the profession of social work. Particular attention is paid to context and the impact of diversity factors, including (but not limited to) class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and culture.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) curriculum gives students a solid grounding in generalist social work practice. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared for a broad range of early-career professional social work positions. After completing all general education requirements and four prerequisites, students enter as upper division students with junior standing. Students are admitted in Fall Semester only, and they are cohorted to meet all social work requirements during their junior and senior years. It takes four semesters or two years of full-time study during the academic year to complete the BASW Program.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum is designed to meet the following six areas mandated by the Council on Social Work Education: social welfare policies and services; human behavior and the social environment; social work methods; ethnic and cultural concepts; research in social work; and field instruction. In the first year, students concentrate on completing generalist foundation courses that are required by the Program and mandated by accreditation standards. During the second year, students focus on one of three areas of emphases: 1. Administration and Planning; 2. Individual, Families and Groups; 3. Social Action and Change. Only a full-time program is offered. The Program requires four academic semesters or two years of full-time study to complete. It requires at least one year in full-time residence on this campus.

Career Outlook

Students who complete the baccalaureate social work major are prepared for graduate study in accredited schools of social work and social welfare; professional or graduate training in related fields such as law, public administration, public health, and psychology; and for early-level professional positions in both public and private social welfare and social service agencies.

Examples of these agencies include local departments of social services; hospitals; youth care facilities; community-based treatment agencies; community mental health facilities; child care programs; services for the aged; drug and alcohol treatment programs; family service agencies; and community, neighborhood, and advocacy organizations. The major provides students with an opportunity to apply social science theories and social work knowledge and skills in a comprehensive field work placement during their senior year.

Graduates of the Master of Social Work program are prepared for advanced level professional positions in both public and private social service agencies and community organizations. Subject to the laws of the State of California, M.S.W. graduates are eligible to take the examination to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) two years after graduation. They are also eligible to take social work licensing examinations in other states. In addition, to prepare for advanced level professional practice, M.S.W. graduates go on to doctoral programs in social work/social welfare and in related fields such as public policy, public health, gerontology, psychology, education, and law.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

BASW Program Faculty and Advisers—Gupta, Hermoso, Hines, Lee, Lemmon, Lenz-Rashid, Levy, Madrigal, Redman, Shapiro, and Takahashi.

Admission to Program

Applicants must first meet the general university requirements pertaining to the admission of undergraduate students. Admission into the School of Social Work requires submission of two separate applications. Prospective students must be admitted into San Francisco State University Undergraduate Studies and the School of Social Work. A complete admission application to the School of Social Work’s Baccalaureate Program can be accessed through the School’s website at: http://socwork.sfsu.edu/BASW.aspx.

Students are admitted as a cohort group each fall semester only. As a cohort group, students typically begin and end the program at the same time. Prior to entering the program, they are expected to have completed all General Education (GE) requirements, and to have junior standing. Students attend full-time, and are expected to complete the BASW degree in two years.

The school's admissions evaluation is based on prior academic performance, including completion of the four prerequisite courses, human biology, introductory psychology, introductory sociology, and macroeconomics. Other considered factors include potential for professional social work practice as demonstrated by previous employment/volunteer experiences; and knowledge of and experiences with historically oppressed, under-served, and under-represented individuals, families, groups, and communities. In determining admissions, reviewers also consider the congruence between the applicant’s educational objectives and the School's mission, philosophy, and goals.

Students are required to maintain a C minimum grade in all courses within the major. Students not maintaining this average will be dropped from the social work program.

Prerequisites: Students must complete all GE Segment I and II requirements, including four social work prerequisite courses: human biology, macroeconomics, psychology, and sociology. Students must complete the four prerequisites prior to entrance into the social work program, and they must receive a grade of C- or better or a pass grade in all four prerequisite courses. Freshmen and sophomore students planning to major in social work should consult with an adviser in the College of Health and Human Services Student Resource Center before enrolling in courses that fulfill General Education requirements.

NOTE: The Director of Field Education works with students to find placements. Before entering field internships, students must have completed 24 units of their junior year courses with a grade of C or better.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

The School of Social Work is committed to enhancing all students’ ability to communicate in an effective and professional manner, both orally and in writing. Further, the School promotes efforts to ensure that all forms of communication are culturally sensitive and appropriate.

To prepare practitioners for the challenges and responsibilities of advocacy within professional settings, the School of Social Work pursues a rigorous writing proficiency standard in the B.A.S.W. and M.S.W. programs. Formal writing assignments are integrated into the structure of classes with the expectation that students progressively expand and refine their mastery of organizing ideas and expressing purposeful thinking. Written communication is a core competency in both the B.A.S.W. and M.S.W. degree programs.

Social Work majors who successfully complete S W 301 GW in spring 2010 or thereafter will have satisfied the University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete 44 semester units in the School of Social Work.

On-line course descriptions are available.

Junior Year—Fall Semester Units
S W 300 U.S. Social Welfare: Past, Present, and Future 3
S W 302 Introduction to Social Service Organizations 3
S W 352 Gender, Sexism, and Social Welfare 3
S W 400 Social Work Practice I 3
S W 410 Human Development and the Social Services 3
Total 15
Junior Year—Spring Semester
S W 301 GW U.S. Social Welfare II: Problems, Policies, and Programs - GWAR 3
S W 401 Social Work Practice II 3
S W 402 Interviewing Skills in Social Work 3
S W 470 Social Differences and Social Work Practice 3
Total 12
Senior Year—Fall Semester
S W 350 Services to Children, Youth, and Their Families
(may be taken in Spring Semester, Senior Year)
3
S W 456 Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action 3
S W 502 Seminar on Field Experience I 2
S W 503 Field Experience in the Social Services I 2
Total 10
Senior Year—Spring Semester
S W 450 Introduction to Research in Social Work 3
S W 504 Seminar on Field Experience II 2
S W 505 Field Experience in the Social Services II 2
Total 7
Total for major 44

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK

MSW Professors and Program Advisers—Gupta, Hermoso, Hines, Lee, Lemmon, Lenz-Rashid, Levy, Madrigal, Redman, Shapiro, and Takahashi

Admission to Program

Applicants must first meet the general university requirements pertaining to the admission of graduate students. In addition, applicants must demonstrate academic and professional commitments to social work and the values and philosophical foundations of the School's mission. To be considered for admission into the MSW Program, all must apply for and be admitted into both Graduate School and School of Social Work.

Admission to the M.S.W. Program is highly competitive. Application forms and materials can be accessed online via the School of Social Work website: http://www.sfsu.edu/~socwork/new/home. Effective for Fall 2010 admissions, all application materials will be submitted online.

School admission decisions are based on several areas, including potential for professional practice as demonstrated by previous employment/volunteer experiences; value congruence to the School's mission; and knowledge, experience, and relationship of the applicant to oppressed, under-served and under-represented individuals, families, groups, and communities; and academic performance (especially most recent). Applicants must have attained a GPA of at least 3.0 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree or a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units is required for admission to the program. The significance of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate program in social work is recognized, but applicants with a B.A.S.W. degree are not given advanced standing.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Entry Level Writing Proficiency

The School of Social Work is committed to enhancing all students’ ability to communicate in an effective and professional manner, both orally and in writing. Further, the School promotes efforts to ensure that all forms of communication are culturally sensitive and appropriate.

To prepare practitioners for the challenges and responsibilities of advocacy within professional settings, the School of Social Work pursues a rigorous writing proficiency standard in the B.A.S.W. and M.S.W. programs. Formal writing assignments are integrated into the structure of classes with the expectation that students progressively expand and refine their mastery of organizing ideas and expressing purposeful thinking. Written communication is a core competency in both the B.A.S.W. and M.S.W. degree programs.

Exit Level Writing Proficiency

The culmination of student writing is completed when graduate students write their final culminating experience project for the MSW degree. They choose either a professional practice project or a thesis. The final projects typically include, as a minimum, the following sections:

Advancement to Candidacy

Besides meeting all general requirements for advancement to candidacy, the school maintains the following additional requirements:

Students may transfer up to 12 units towards the MSW from other accredited graduate programs of 30-60 units in cognate fields, subject to the approval of their adviser and the Director of the School. Students should consult with their adviser to establish equivalency. Units used to obtain a previous degree may not be used toward the MSW.

NOTE: The Director of Field Education meets and works with all students to help them locate a suitable field internship for the academic year.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Requirements Units
S W 700 History and Philosophy of Social Welfare 3
S W 701 Social Policy Analysis 3
S W 710 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
S W 720 Research Methods in Social Work 3
S W 721 Seminar: Evaluative Research Methods in Social Work1 or 3
S W 820 Seminar: Advanced Research Methodology in Social Work
S W 730 Social Work Practice Methods 3
S W 740 Field Work Instruction 2
S W 740 Field Work Instruction 2
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar2 1
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar2 1
S W 770 Ethnic and Cultural Concepts and Principles I 3
S W 771 Ethnic and Cultural Concepts and Principles II 3
S W 895 Research Project in Social Work or 3
S W 898 Master's Thesis
Minimum core units 33
Program Emphasis total (one area chosen from the emphases listed below) 27
Minimum total 60

Emphases

Each student is admitted into one of the following three emphases and concentrates work in this selected area after completion of the first year urban generalist curriculum.

Administration and Planning (A and P)

The focus of the Administration and Planning Emphasis is on the development and sustenance of responsive, ethnically sensitive, effective, and efficient social service agencies and community organizations. The emphasis includes knowledge from the areas of social development and developmental enhancement, as well as a distinct knowledge base rooted in planning and organizational theory. Courses emphasize program development and evaluation, budget and personnel management, staff training and supervision, fundraising, and proposal writing.

Administration and Planning Program Units
S W 740 Field Work Instruction 3
S W 740 Field Work Instruction 3
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar2 1
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar2 1
S W 800 Planning and Program Development 3
S W 811 Organizations, Institutions, and Communities 3
S W 850 Human Services Administration I 3
S W 864 Human Services Administration II 3
S W 880 Computer Utilization in Human Services Administration 3
Electives on advisement 4
Minimum total for emphasis 27

Individuals, Families, and Groups (IFG)

Social work practice with individuals, families, and groups is grounded in a biopsychosocial approach to direct service. The social worker functions as a multi-role practitioner including the following: case worker, case manager, leader, facilitator, broker, advocate, counselor, educator, or resource specialist. The practice methods emphasize the importance of promoting the strengths of individuals, rather than focusing on deficits or pathology. The goal of IFG practice is to ameliorate stressors within a life course context of human development and functioning. The practitioner’s attention is directed toward enhancing the coping abilities of individuals, families, and groups in dealing with aspects of their interpersonal environment through empowering processes. Recognition of issues of diversity is fundamental to culturally competent IFG practice.

Individuals, Families, and Groups Program Units
S W 810 Health, Illness, and Disordered Behavior 3
S W 740 Field Work Instruction 3
S W 740 Field Work Instruction 3
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar2 1
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar2 1
S W 830 Seminar: Social Casework 3
S W 832 Seminar: Social Group Work 3
S W 831 Seminar: Advanced Social Casework 3
Electives on advisement 7
Minimum total for emphasis 27

Social Action and Change

This emphasis focuses on change strategies, resource mobilization, and advocacy to achieve social justice. In the context of mezzo and macro environments, focus is on theories, methods, and practices leading to innovation and change to improve the lives of historically oppressed, under-served and under-represented populations. Students study and analyze policies, assess organizations and community needs, influence and shape decisions, build coalitions, engage as activist, and develop action plans, equitable processes, and just solutions. Practitioner roles include: analyst, activist, advocate, organizer, planner, developer, programmer, instigator, innovator, researcher, and implementer. .

Social Action and Change Program Units
S W 740 Field Work Instruction 3
S W 740 Field Work Instruction 3
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar2 1
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar2 1
S W 800 Planning and Program Development 3
S W 801 Change Strategies and Professional Values 3
S W 811 Organizations, Institutions, and Communities 3
S W 835 Theories, Methods, and Strategies for Social Action and Change 3
S W 836 Social Action and Change for Economic and Social Justice 3
Electives on advisement 4
Minimum total for emphasis 27

Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Social Work Designation

Post Masters PPSC Coordinator—Christina Feliciana

The School has offered a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) Program to graduate social work students who are simultaneously pursuing their MSW degree. This additional program is available only if resources permit. If offered, students in the PPSC Program are required to take all courses in the Individual, Families, and Groups (IFG) emphasis and take a field placement in a public school (K–12), supervised by an individual with a PPSC credential. Interested MSW students with a SAC or A & P emphasis can also complete the requirements, but they must make arrangements with the PPSC Coordinator.

The PPSC field placement and specialized course work are designed to be completed in the second year of MSW preparation and are taken in the following order.

Fall Semester Units
S W 740 Fieldwork Instruction 3
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar 1
S W 865 Social Work Practice in School Settings 3
Spring Semester
S W 740 Fieldwork Instruction 3
S W 741 Graduate Field Seminar 1
S W 760 Social Work and Law 3

Post Masters PPSC Program

The School of Social Work offers a Post Masters PPSC Program for persons who possess an MSW from an accredited social work institution.3 Each student’s portfolio of prior classes and experiences are assessed to determine what must be completed to meet the requirements for a Post Masters PPSC.

This program is offered during the summer, and students are able to complete all requirements in one summer. For details, one may contact the Post Masters PPSC Coordinator, Christina Feliciana, at 415-405-0942 or cfeli@sfsu.edu.

Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program

Coordinator—Stephanie Coram

The School of Social Work is part of a consortium of seventeen graduate social work programs in California to administer the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. This program, administered by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), was created to prepare MSW students for careers in public child welfare service.

The full-time program provides a number of student stipends ($18,500 per year) for two years of graduate school. In return for receiving a stipend, students must work in public child welfare for at least two years after they graduate.

The Title IV-E Program is driven by child welfare competencies that were developed by universities and county welfare directors. These competencies are integrated throughout the curriculum and are further enhanced by special workshops on current topics relate to the field. Title IV-E students are expected to complete all core components of the MSW Program and are required to complete the first year field placement in a county child welfare department or non-profit program serving Title IV-E eligible children and families. The second year placement must be in a county child welfare department. In addition, Title IV-E students are required to complete two child welfare focused courses: S W 843 Child Welfare Practice with Children and Families is taken during the Spring semester of the first year and S W 862 Child Welfare Policy is taken during the Fall semester of the second year of the MSW program. Students are also required to participate in child welfare trainings and workshops as directed by the Title IV-E coordinator.

All students who are admitted to the MSW program are eligible to apply for the Title IV-E program. They will go through selection that may include an in-person interview. Priority is given to applicants who are current employees of county child welfare agencies and applicants who reflect the diversity of clients served by California’s public child welfare agencies. Students who receive the Title IV-E stipend award must attest to the fact that they have never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime or any crime involving harm to children that would disqualify them from service in a county public child welfare services agency. All students must submit to live-scan and criminal background checks via the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS) for second year placement

Continuation of this program is subject to funding availability.

Mental Health Stipend Program

Coordinator—Sheila Hembury

The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) has granted ten stipends to the School of Social Work to support second year graduate students interested in public mental health. These stipends are the result of the Mental Health Services Act (funded by Proposition 63) and are part of a five year workforce development initiative, which is scheduled to end in June, 2011. For one year's academic year stipend of $18,500, the student agrees to "payback" by working in public mental health for one calendar year. This can include positions in public programs or contract agencies funded by Behavioral Health grants.

Students must meet all core MSW Program requirements, and they must participate in various mental health workshops and trainings during their year in the program.

Ongoing funding for this program is uncertain. Current information can be obtained from the program's coordinator, Sheila Hembury, at (415) 338-7530 or shehe@sfsu.edu.

The Institute for Multicultural Research and Social Work Practice

The School of Social Work’s Institute for Multicultural Research and Social Work Practice (IMRSWP) was established in 1988 as the Center for Cross Cultural Research and Social Work Practice. In 1992, the name changed to the current name. All SFSU social work students and faculty may become members of this institute.

The IMRSWP’s mission states that it "promotes respect for and knowledge of diverse cultures. It seeks to develop effective methods for appropriately working in a complex and multiculturally diverse environment. It disseminates cross-cultural information through research, publication, education, and training. The central focus is on empowerment of individuals, families, and communities. The commitment is to progressive societal changes. Collaborative and cooperative efforts in multiple settings -- from work place to ethnic communities -- are emphasized.”

The IMRSWP’s goals are to:

  1. Conduct research that promotes greater knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures.
  2. Develop methods to enhance effectiveness and appropriateness in working with diverse populations. Use collaborative and participatory methods.
  3. Disseminate research findings and educational information to students, organizations, and the general public via publications, presentations, workshops, and consultations.
  4. Work with social work students interested in multicultural service delivery systems, and provide ongoing resources and support services to enhance their educational experiences.
  5. Conduct evaluations and needs assessments of organizations and communities.
  6. Analyze policies and make recommendations congruent to the Institute’s mission.
  7. Sponsor conferences and workshops that focus on cross-cultural research and social work practice.

Bay Area Academy

Executive Director—Rodger Lum

The Bay Area Academy (BAA) was founded in 1997 by the Bay Area Social Service Consortium (BASSC) and is one of four regional training academies and the Inter-University Consortium funded by the California Department of Social Services to provide child welfare training to the State’s 58 counties. This project, which is under the School of Social Work, provides training services in child welfare and adult protective services. Their mission is “. . . to enhance professional development through responsive training, education and organizational capacity building that support public human services in the greater San Francisco Bay Area communities and beyond.”

Its vision is “to educate, support and inspire those dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, adults, and families in our communities.”

Consistent with their vision and mission, the BAA provides child welfare-related education and training services to 12 Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma. Another State-funded project allows the BAA to provide special training throughout California utilizing a foster youth perspective taught by former foster youth. Adult protective services trainings are offered statewide to 58 counties in California.

The Bay Area Academy accepts graduate interns from the School of Social Work and seeks faculty who are interested in collaborating with staff on various demonstration projects.


Footnotes

  1. Must be taken by students pursuing the Administration and Planning or Social Development Emphases.
  2. S W 741 is taken concurrently with S W 740 and is required each semester that the student is in field.
  3. Post Masters PPSC students do not take S W 740 and S W 741 concurrently.


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