This course is an introduction to the philosophy, purposes, history, values, sanctions, and organization of social welfare human service programs across different world cultures. Social welfare policy and practice in eastern and Arab countries are highlighted. Emphasis is placed on social welfare needs and services in the U.A.E.
The history of the social work profession, its philosophies, values, and practice models are explored and reviewed using a humanitarian approach to social problems and crisis. Islamic principles of social solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid are presented. The purposes, roles, knowledge, ethics, and skills of the generalist social work practice model are presented within a multicultural perspective with focus on economic/social justice and quality of life issues. Students are required to complete 10 hours of volunteer work with a humanitarian agency of their own. A field journal is required in which students document their learning. Co-requisite SWK 200
Social Welfare policy introduces students with the concept of social policy and the welfare state. The importance of social welfare policy comes from the society ideology, values, and principals which lead to the consequences issuing legislations and programs. The welfare state as defined in the Gulf Cooperation Council member states is used to present social policy process, services and assessment
This course is based on the developmental phases of the life span. Biological, psychological, sociological, cultural, spiritual and environmental (community, economy, and political), factors that influence human behavior. Emphasis is placed on theories that provide a knowledge base for generalist social work practice. Ecological and systems theories form the basis for developing awareness of the reciprocal relationship between behavior and the environment in the UAE and GCC
This course prepares students to understand and apply research methods and statistical analyses common to social work research. Students formulate research questions, designs, and review research findings. Survey research, field (naturalistic and case study) research, single-subject designs, the problem solving method, and case study are presented. Research skills are applied using computer lab assignments
Generalist social work with children & families is presented as a culturally relevant practice method using Islamic principles of social solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid are used to augment the Problem Solving Model. Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions will be presented within a culturally relevant perspective. This course continues the introduction the IFSW Code of Ethics and the ethical standards relevant to beginning professional practice.
This experiential skills lab provides students with the opportunity to develop their multicultural generalist practice skills (Interviewing, Assessment, Planning, Interventions, &Evaluation) with Individuals and children. Students learn to apply theory and skills through role play, field visits, and guest lecturers. Seminar is conducted in bilingual format to assist student comprehension of social work ethics, diversity, social justice and quality of life practice content.
This is the second course in the research sequence and is designed to augment course materials presented in SWK 240. It provides opportunities for students to comprehend the importance of practice informed research and research informed practice using a social policy analysis approach. Students will develop, implement, analyze, and present research findings related to their policy of interest. Single systems design and the problem solving method and their use is discussed.
This course uses the critical perspective to augment content presented in Social Work Practice I and builds on the multicultural practice perspective with individuals, families & groups using the problem solving model. Focus is on ethics and economic/social justice issues as they impact the diverse individuals, families and groups of the UAE, the Arab world and the international community. Attention is given to Islamic principles of social solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid and their impact on service delivery. Mutual Aid Group Work Model is presented.
This bilingual English/Arabic experiential skills lab provides students with opportunities to apply classroom knowledge values, skills, and ethical principles to actual practice case scenarios with diverse multicultural families and groups of the UAE, the GCC and the global community. Students continue to develop their critical thinking skills in the comprehension and application of the multicultural generalist perspective. Practice informed research and research informed practice is used.
This course examines the professional social work leadership and supervisory role in social service agency settings. Students are introduced to system and environmental influences, leadership roles, the use of oral and written communication, organization behavior, team development, organization design, program evaluation, productivity, supervision, and performance evaluation.
This course is designed to be taken concurrently with SWK 361 Skills Lab to provide experiential learning opportunities for students to apply their knowledge, values and skills in working with communities and organizations. This course emphasizes the use of the critical perspective in the comprehension and application of the problem solving method to macro level social work. Special attention is given to social solidarity, cooperation, and mutual aid in the UAE, the GCC and global community. Social/economic justice and social work ethics and values are applied to affect social change.
This bilingual English/Arabic experiential skills lab taken with SWK 360 provides students with opportunities to apply classroom knowledge, values and ethical principles to practice skills using actual practice case scenarios with diverse organizations of the UAE, the GCC and the global community. Students continue to develop their critical thinking skills in the comprehension and application of the multicultural generalist perspective.
Students are provided with the social work knowledge, values, ethical principles, and skills necessary for social work practice in manmade or natural disaster situations. Crisis interventions, Relief work, rapid response, and social work on multidisciplinary response teams is presented.
This course is designed to augment practice skills in mental and health care settings. A case management approach is used to provide services to people experiencing mental health problems that maybe associated with physical illness. It provides students with hands on experience in applying culturally competent mental health services within a Muslim/Arabic perspective
Social Work Practice with special needs populations such as children with mental retardation, learning disabilities, physically challenged individuals, hearing and visual impairment and the elderly is the focus of this course. It discusses the nature of the needs of each of these categories, social work assessments, interventions, and the appropriate social welfare services that can be extended to them and to older people to improve their quality of life.
Examination of the principles of social work with Muslims is presented using the Islamic principles of social solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid. Students are encouraged to use self-reflection and grounded theory to formulate their professional practice with diverse Muslim populations of the UAE, the Middle East, and global communities.
This course emphasizes the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of addiction, interventions and the impact of substance abuse on the individual, the family, and the community. National and international drug policies are presented for discussion. (This course is conducted over 2 semesters. A maximum of 6 Cr. Hrs. of courses can be registered during each of the 2 semesters).
This is the first of two required field practicum experiences. The student is required to work 4 days per week in a field agency. Students are engaged in supervised, direct service activities that provide practice experience in the application of the theory, values, ethical principles and skills acquired in the foundation areas. The mechanism for supporting the integration of students' class and field learning is the field journal presented in the required field seminar taken concurrently with the field practicum.
The basic principles of SWK 460 are continued using a bilingual English/Arabic format. Further integration of knowledge and values in a supportive yet evaluative agency setting is a primary focus. Major emphasis is placed on the enhancement of self-awareness and an appreciation of human diversity in the practice setting. More advanced use of the problem-solving process is required. Students present findings from their field agency to be staffed in class. (This course is conducted over 2 semesters. A maximum of 6 Cr. Hrs. of courses can be registered during each of the 2 semesters).
In this course, the fourth-year student develops and refines their professional identity as a social worker by completing assignments, self-assessment, portfolio, and program evaluation questions. The course also prepares students for the social work job market in the UAE.
Students continue their field practicum experience 4 days per week in a field agency. They are expected to demonstrate professional social work behaviors in all aspects of their practicum. A field journal is required and data gathered will be used to develop a case study for presentation in HSR 400 Capstone Seminar, a college requirement.
Course is designed to provide students with specialized courses of interest to the community. It is also designed to make students more aware of current issues and latest trends in Social Work. The goal of this special topics course is to introduce new course material that could be used to augment the curriculum.
This course introduces students to the issues and problems associated with social welfare interventions. .The context and process of policy development will be presented in a global and Regional level with a focus on the welfare state in the UAE. Students are expected to learn and exercise skills in analyzing social policies, planning and designing interventions within an area of specialization.
Overview of ecological systems theory used in the social work profession for clinical and policy-oriented assessments of human functioning and needs during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Emphasis is on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and the social environment as they impact on national and expatriate populations of the UAE.
Overview of ecological model used in the social work profession for clinical and policy oriented assessments of human functioning and needs from young adulthood through old age. Emphasis is on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and the social environment.
The focus is on single subject research methods for use in applied clinical and evaluative research with diverse populations of the UAE and GCC. The course covers specification and measurement of various practice and social science concepts, such as sampling methods, data collection strategies, and statistical and graphical approaches to data analysis. The IFSW code of ethics will be used to promote confidentiality, full and informed consent, and hold harmless (do no harm) ethical issues in research.
This seminar focuses on the integration of the knowledge, value, and learning experiences of the total MSW program. It prepares and provides the framework for the student's completion of a major competency paper inclusive of content from all social work courses, and centering on the UAE and a specific population group in a family context. Students have the opportunity to dialogue on professional issues through topical discussions, and examination of students' research activities.
In this foundation course Students have opportunities to further develop their critical thinking skills by analyzing theories for social work practice with the diverse Arab Muslim and Expatiate populations of the UAE. The problem solving process is applied to practice with families across the life span. Students will use critical thinking and self-reflection skills to critique issues of diversity, professional ethics, practice competency, and societal/practice values for use with the Arab Muslim and expatriate populations of the UAE and GCC.
A seminar format provides the venue for the integration and application of group work theories with the Arab Muslim and Expatriate Populations of the UAE. The focus will be on using Islamic principles of cooperation and social solidarity within the Mutual Aid Group Work format.
Social development in the UAE requires the social worker to take on the roles of leader, advocate and educator. Within an area of specialization students will research, plan, apply and evaluate their intervention strategies to educate the society and advocate for social change and social development as per UAE Social Development Plan.
The goal is to further the application of advanced social work skills from the generalist perspective. The foundation practicum comprises 400 hours of supervised social work practice and is completed based on collaborations among the Field Coordinator, faculty liaison, the student and agency. The practicum provides Students with opportunities to incorporate further develop their competencies within a structured practice environment. A grade of 3.0 or better is required.
Further deepens students’ knowledge and skills essential for social work practice, including individual, family, group, community, and organizational interventions. Focus on cultural responsiveness, commitment to professional competence and ethics, professional development, social and economic justice, and client empowerment.
This course examines the organizational context of social work practice. Focus will be organizational development and leadership roles at all levels in the organizational hierarchy. Issues of program evaluation, administrative functions, supervision and organizational change will be addressed. Topics will be adapted to the specific needs of students within the context of their areas of interest in work with specific organizations that serve vulnerable populations in the UAE and GCC.
Evaluation, appraisal, and application of the concepts, design, and process of applied research in social work, focusing on foundation skills in conducting empirical research within the context of theory, literature review, research design and measurement, research ethics, and professional practice.
This course provides students with the skills and techniques for providing cognitive therapy to adults, adolescents, and children. The course begins with grounding in the cognitive therapy diagnostic assessment process. Students will be instructed how to use the various cognitive therapies psychological testing scales. Emphasis is then placed on learning to use the cognitive therapy model to treat emotional and personality disorders. Students will be taught how to apply cognitive therapy techniques in both psychotherapy practice as well as in other social work settings such as child welfare, foster care, case management, aging, and hospital social work.
Social workers have increasing opportunities to practice in forensic settings. Recognizing the growing trend toward community justice" which includes policing
The objectives of this course are to present theories and methods in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse disorders focusing on the role of social workers in the prevention/intervention of substance abusers and their families. Emphases on dual diagnoses, prenatal drug/alcohol exposure, and challenges for special group.
Techniques and procedures used in the assessment process in rehabilitation, including assessments related to identification of issues of addiction, vocational assessments and situational assessments. Addresses the phases and processes used in the treatment of addiction. Covers a range of perspectives on treatment including emotional, cognitive, legal, social, family and systemic interventions as well as relapse prevention.
This course provides students with an opportunity (1) to think through and emotionally experience the place of spirituality in medical social work practice; (2) to come to an understanding of the meaning and application of spirituality in each student's own social work practice, and (3) to explore the impact of religion and spirituality on traditional help seeking behaviors related to medical care. As social workers more and more encounter diverse belief systems, it is important that practitioners at all levels of practice have some understanding of how the adherence to different beliefs affects people's functioning in the UAE and global community.
Mental health policies as well as ethical and diversity issues in mental health are examined. Current best practices for specific disorders of adults, children, and adolescents, which may be exhibited across fields of practice, are presented. Special issues of unique contexts and client types are addressed. Emerging best practices of recovery in mental health is the focus, which fits well with the empowerment of mental health consumers and their families, and with strengths-based practice in the UAE.
This second of two required field practicum allows the student to further develop their expertise in social work practice skills with in their chosen area of concentration. They are expected to apply ethical principles and demonstrate the knowledge and values of a professional social worker. The requirement is successful completion (3.5 GPA) 500 hours of supervised practice
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