JMSW Curriculum and Course Descriptions

In 2014, the JMSW Program initiated a new multicultural clinical practice curriculum which prepares students to work effectively with diverse client populations in clinical settings.

Within the JMSW Program, multicultural clinical practice recognizes the culture, history, and identities of all peoples with emphasis on people who are oppressed, marginalized, and traumatized, as well as contemporary patterns of social, economic, and health inequalities. This knowledge is applied in establishing culturally sensitive therapeutic relationships that promote resiliency. Assessments in multicultural clinical practice are derived from psychological, ecological, and community contextual perspectives. Through the application of a broad range of culturally responsive social work assessment and intervention approaches, multicultural clinical practice strives to enhance social functioning and improve the quality of life for people and communities. Practice is evaluated through the use of culturally responsive methodologies.

Advanced Standing Outline of Courses (PDF)

Two-Year Outline of Courses (PDF)


Course Descriptions

SOWK is the NCA&TSU course prefix, and SWK is the UNCG course prefix

  • SOWK784/SWK 600 Field Education/Instruction and Seminar I (3:1:16) Application of theories and concepts to professional social work practice within a field agency.  Seminar assists students to integrate theory and classroom learning into agency practice.  (Graded on S-U basis)
  • SOWK785/SWK 608 Field Education/Instruction and Seminar II(3:1:16) Application of theories and concepts to professional social work practice within a field agency.  Seminar assists students to integrate theory and classroom learning into agency practice.  (Graded on S-U basis)
  • SOWK/SWK 609 Family Theory and Intervention(3:3) Introduction to the paradigm shift of family treatment. Course will include assessment and intervention with families from the structural, strategic, solution-focused, object relations and narrative theoretical perspectives.
  • SOWK/SWK 618 Social Work and Social Justice (3:3) Examines social work’s historical and current commitment to social justice, focusing on clinical practice and initiatives to address disparities in funding, clinical trials, consumer access, treatment, and provision of services.
  • SOWK/SWK 619 Foundations of Clinical Social Work Practice (3:3) Introduction to clinical practice theories and skills including human development and personality theories, strength-based perspectives, and an overview of diagnosis and assessment in the service planning process.
  • SOWK/SWK 621 Foundations of Social Work and Social Policy (3:3) Explores the history and development of social welfare institutions and social work. Examines the relationships between social problems, social policies, and social work practice from historical and contemporary perspectives.
  • SOWK/SWK 622 Social Work Practice with Individuals (3:3) Defines and describes direct social work practice; knowledge, skills and values necessary to provide a wide scope of developmental, preventive and therapeutic services to individuals.
  • SOWK/SWK 623 Social Work with Groups (3:3) Advanced course designed to teach group process and strategies, techniques, and skills for working with groups such as support groups and task groups in human services settings.
  • SOWK/SWK 624 Social Work Practice and Human Diversity (3:3) Examines cultural and social diversity; addresses theoretical and practical dimensions of social work practice with oppressed people of color, women, the aged, the sexually diverse, and the physically disabled.
  • SOWK/SWK 626 Social Work Research Methods(3:3) Research methodology as it relates to the professional practice of social work. Examines quantitative and qualitative methods as means for solving social problems.
  • SOWK/SWK 634 Research Designs and Data Analysis for Social Work Practice (3:3) Advanced skills in (a) conceptualizing research problems, (b) completing research in the social work domains: needs assessment, program evaluation, and single subject research, and (c) using inferential skills for data analysis.
  • SOWK 786/SWK 640 Field Education /Instruction III (5:0:24) Application of theories and concepts to the role of a professional social work practitioner within a field agency. Taken concurrently with SOWK 725/SWK 641 Field Seminar III. (Graded on S-U basis)
  • SOWK 789/SWK 641 Field Education/Seminar III (1:1) Field seminar to be taken concurrently with SOWK 723/SWK 640 Field Instruction III; assists student to integrate theory and classroom knowledge into their agency field practice. Includes capstone project.
  • SOWK/SWK 644 Organizational Context of Clinical Social Work Practice (3:3) Focuses on a range of organizational and professional issues social workers encounter as clinicians, service providers, and administrators in diverse clinical settings, with emphasis on culturally responsive social work practice.
  • SOWK/SWK 652 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice I (3:3) The first of two advanced level courses in clinical social work practice, this course will focus on building competencies in clinical assessment and diagnosis of mental and substance abuse disorders.
  • SOWK/SWK 653 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice II (3:3) This second advanced clinical practice course will focus on expanding competencies in clinical assessment and diagnosis of mental and substance abuse disorders, as well as applying culturally responsive clinical interventions.
  • SOWK 787/SWK 647 Field Education/Instruction IV(5:0:24) Application of theories and concepts to the role of a professional social work practitioner within a field agency. Taken concurrently with SOWK 763/SWK 648 Field Seminar IV. (Graded on S-U basis)
  • SOWK 792/SWK 648 – Field Seminar IV (1:1) Field seminar to be taken concurrently with SOWK 762/SWK 647 Field Instruction IV; assists students to integrate theory and classroom knowledge into their agency field practice. Includes capstone project.
  • SOWK 733/SWK 551 Independent Study (3:3) (Can only be taken once)
  • SOWK685/SWK 654 Special Topics (3:3)

Bridge courses for Advanced Standing only:

  • SOWK 731/SWK 631 Social Work with Individuals and Families: Theory and Practice (3:3).  Social work assessment and intervention with individuals, including application of developmental theory, personality theories, diagnostic classifications, and social work ethical principles and practice theories.
  • SOWK732/SWK632 Social Work with Families and Groups. (3:3). Theories related to group and family dynamics and functioning and social work assessment and intervention with families and groups from a multicultural clinical perspective.

Electives

Each student is required to take 2 elective courses.  Electives are designed to provide additional knowledge and skill to further develop capacity to engage in advanced multicultural clinical social work practice.  Each year, multiple electives will be offered based on student interest and instructor availability.

Regardless of which is their home campus, students may take their elective at either UNCG or NC A&TSU. Students who take an elective at the host (rather than home) campus, will register with the Joint Programs Cross Registration Form at the student’s home campus. Electives must be graduate-level courses and may be taken within the social work departments or in other related departments, with permission of the student’s academic advisor. Advisor permission is not required to take a JMSW elective.

Examples of JMSW Elective Courses:

  • Grief, Loss, and Trauma
  • Clinical Social Work with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Contemporary Interventions in Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Social Services for Children
  • School Social Work – Advanced Practice

Non-JMSW Elective Courses:

Following are some N.C. A&T and UNCG electives for students to consider in collaboration with their academic advisors at each university. This list is not complete, nor is it intended to constrain students from taking other graduate-level electives with the approval of their advisor.

NC A&T Electives

  • HEFS613, Substance Abuse
  • PSYC644, Applied Health Psychology
  • PSYC645, Behavior Modification
  • SOCI701, Seminar in Cultural Factors in Communication
  • SOWK670, Law and Society
  • SPED 660, Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • SPED661, Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • SPED668, Children & Youth with Behavioral Disorders

UNCG Electives

  • SWK522, Comparative Study of Cross-cultural Social Work Practice
  • SWK550, Social Services in Health Care
  • SWK555, Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice
  • SWK570, Social Services for the Aging
  • SWK584, Social Services for Children
  • CED642, Substance Abuse Counseling
  • CED691, Advanced Clinical Topics in Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy
  • HDF612, Seminar in Parent-Child Relations
  • HDF621, Advanced Theories and Principles of Parenting
  • HDF660, Families of Individuals with Special Needs
  • PSY502, Psychological Problems of Childhood
  • PSY506, Psychology of Aging