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What is Social Work Research?

Social work research addresses psychosocial problems, preventive interventions, treatment of acute and chronic conditions, and

community, organizational, policy and administrative issues. Covering the lifespan, social work research may address clinical, services and policy issues. It benefits consumers, practitioners, policy-makers, educators, and the general public by: Examining prevention and intervention strategies for health and mental health, child welfare, aging, substance abuse, community development, managed care, housing, economic self-sufficiency,

family well-being, etc.; Studying the strengths, needs, and inter-relationships of individuals, families, groups, neighborhoods, and social institutions; and Providing evidence for improved service delivery and public policies. Recent contributions from social work research include studies that address: • Psychosocial assessment and intervention strategies for persons at risk of and living with cancer • Access to mental health services for youths in urban and rural

A membership society for social work researchers .settings • Depression among elders in long term care and home health care settings • • • • • • • HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention in urban communities School-based violence prevention efforts targeted to youths Risk factors associated with poverty and mental illness Community-based child maltreatment prevention models Resilience factors for diverse groups experiencing trauma Co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental illness Assessment and interventions for individuals dealing with the multiple risk factors associated with poverty and domestic violence WHAT are some key organizations in the social work research world? • • ANSWER .An independent organization formed by leaders of the profession to develop social work research capacity and link research to practice and policy • SSWR .An advocacy coalition to lobby for federal support IASWR .

WHAT are some key organizations that support social work research? The organizations below support social work research and provide funds for training social work researchers and students. inviting representatives from federal agencies and foundations to present their programs.These are three distinct but interfacing organizations. SSWR holds an annual research conference in January. • • • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration • Private Foundations . IASWR presents pre-conference workshops and sponsors workshops before and during the SSWR conference. as is IASWR. information on research development. and research findings. The organizations that founded and support IASWR are all part of the ANSWER coalition.

What is NASW's Practice Research Network (PRN) and how does it work? PRN surveys NASW members regarding their practice and research. the General Social Care Council (GSCC) has said. to whom. said that a common curriculum . and in which settings. which regulates social workers and their education and training. Below is a Press Release : GSCC: New national curriculum needed for social work degrees 18 June 2009 A new national curriculum should be put in place for social work degree courses to improve quality and so that employers can be clearer about what to expect from newly qualified social workers. Mike Wardle Chief Executive of the GSCC. what kind of services we provide. providing a statistical picture of who we are. Speaking at a Westminster Briefing on the children's workforce.

Mike Wardle said: "We believe there is an urgent need for a new agreed curriculum across universities." "Whilst it is wrong to expect that any form of initial training for any profession will equip an individual with the skills to undertake highly complex tasks from day one. Sociology/Social Work Curriculum and Course Descriptions The Sociology program helps students understand the role and influences of our society both present and past. should be restricted to those workers who have undertaken particular forms of specific training." He also said that the performance of particular activities. the GSCC believes that a national agreement on the content of courses will help to provide employers with a better understanding of what to expect from newly qualified social workers when they enter the workplace. such as child protection work.would also provide a clearer standard against which they can judge the performance of Higher Education Institutions. We need a much clearer national understanding about the competencies a social worker ought to acquire at every level of their career. The program is .

Recommended Courses SOCI-101 SOCI-201 FACS-107 PSYC-102 FLNG-103 FLNG-104 ENGL-290 Introduction to Sociology American Social Problems Marriage and the Family Developmental Psychology Spanish I Spanish II Technical Writing FACS-117 Early Childhood Development These courses are also recommended for students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice or Police Science. Also see specific curriculum guide for program . which must be taken from the list approved by the General Education Committee. To complete an associate degree the program emphasis credit hours and the general education credit hours. See your advisor for enrollment information and transfer institution requirements. counseling. but for sociology. A student’s class choices should be planned with the requirements of the transfer institution in mind. and social work majors to continue their education at a four-year institution.designed not only for general students. must total at least 64 credit hours.

changes throughout the family life cycle. including premarital relationships. There is a minimum cumulative general education requirement of 36 semester hours. The differences among families and marriages. Certain general education courses are preferred for different programs. NOTE: No courses numbered below 100 apply. This degree is meant to transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution. . The student must complete 64 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.emphasis. family structures and functions. Associate in Arts Degree Most sociology/social work majors opt for the Associate in Arts degree. and the history of marriage and family in American culture will be examined. Descriptions of Courses Marriage and the Family: This course is a study of all kinds of relationships within the marriage and family experience. A minimum number of semester credit hours will be required in each of the fields listed below.00 (C) or above.

This is an introductory course designed to give an overview of the various components of the justice system. Introduction to Criminal Justice. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. This course is designed for men and women at the beginning of their academic careers and for those who are working in the field of criminal justice and want to broaden their knowledge and advance professionally.Introduction to Sociology. This course develops basic skills necessary to deal with personal stress. American Social Problems. Students should be able to recognize stress in others and understand the problems of dealing with stressful situations. the courts. Basic concepts. corrections and criminal behavior and their relationships within the larger framework of public policy. . This course examines the social problems which confront today's society. terms and works of prominent figures who have contributed to sociology are included. Seminar in Stress Management. Criminal justice is a practical science exploring the roles of law enforcement. This course is designed for both the general student and the behavioral science major.

Problems in Sociology Independent research or a reading program in some field of the student's interest is used in this course which is taught in specially arranged conferences with the instructor. master’s or doctoral levels. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. . Only those who have earned social work degrees at the bachelor’s. are “professional social workers. and completed a minimum number of hours in supervised fieldwork. Social workers are highly trained and experienced professionals.