Required Courses (25 hours)
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today*s rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
A practical course in the how to of human service case management. Students will learn the step-by-step process of case management from the initial referral for services, determination of eligibility for services, writing a formal plan for services, case documentation techniques, and techniques for monitoring a clients progress through the service delivery system, to case closure/follow-up activities. This course will include how to access community resources, how to interpret and utilize information from other professionals, and the development of interviewing, intervention, case recording, and caseload management skills. Legal and ethical issues in service delivery will also be discussed.
This course provides an overview of multi-cultural and critical perspectives on understanding: individuals, families, and their interpersonal and group relationships; life span development; and theories of well-being, stress, coping, and adaptation. Students learn to address biopsychosocial influences on human functioning.
This course is offered as a beginning general foundation class and focuses on social work practice with individuals. It will emphasize the initial contact and rapport building skills utilized in partnering with clients in the social work process, interviewing skills and counseling techniques
along with the assessment of a clients situation, and determination of the appropriate level of intervention for the change effort. Students will be expected to participate in interpersonal sharing and activities. Additional areas of study include: interviewing for assessment, the person in
environment perspective, motivational interviewing, and ethical framework for practice.
The field practicum is an educationally focused, guided field experience, in which students engage in community-based practice with individuals, families and /or communities. Students gain experience that prepares them to work under general supervision to coordinate or perform eligibility determinations and other related activities associated with Medicaid benefits for the aged, blind, and disabled. Students will learn about the eocnomic support component of social work, including Family Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for the Needy Families (TANF). Students will also learn how to serve as liaisions with community, state and federal agenciesto coordinate client benefits and services. Preceptors from DFCS will oversee students in the internship.