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SW 130  Introduction to Social Welfare & Social Work (4 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the history, purposes, and functions of social welfare systems and programs, and an introduction to the social work profession.  We will examine the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for social work practice, and the variety of problems, practice settings, and diverse client populations served by social workers.

SW 230  Introduction to Addictions (4 credit hours)
This course will utilize research, theory, and history of addiction counseling to help understand substance misuse and other addictive behaviors. It explores an array of techniques and skills for the assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, families, and children. Attention to how to apply strengths-based perspectives and client-centered practice will be a main focus. This will assist in meeting the Preliminary requirements for obtaining an Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Certification (CDCA).

SW 330G  Perspectives on Substance Use (4 credit hours)
Exploring substance use from a multicultural perspective will expand student’s understanding of the multiple factors that can contribute to addiction and substance misuse. New theories of addiction and treatment will be explored and applied to current trends/issues/ethical dilemmas related to addiction. Historical trauma will be researched to see the connections to current addiction challenges. This course is designed to assist in meeting the requirements for obtaining an Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Renewable Certification (CDCA).

SW 333  Multicultural Social Work Practice (4 credit hours)
Social Workers need to develop knowledge of how culturally diverse populations experience their uniqueness and deal with their differences and similarities within a larger social context. An exploration of diversity and intersectionality is needed to respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, spiritual traditions, immigration status, and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each.

SW 3XXG  Trauma, Recovery and Resilience  (4 credit hours)
This class will explore trauma/stress reactions, interventions, recovery, and resilience in the lives of children, adults, families, and communities. We will use a multicultural lens to explore the experiences of different groups in the USA and other countries. Special attention will be given to the many ways trauma can affect individuals biologically, psychologically, emotionally, and socially. We will review the signs and symptoms of trauma and ways to connect with those suffering from it. Areas highlighted will include Trauma Informed Care, Historical Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Veterans/Family Needs, Assault and Victimization. Interventions will be explored and practiced within the class and when possible in the community.

SW341  Psychosocial Interventions with Individuals (4 credit hours)
An examination of the knowledge, values, and skills commonly used in direct practice with individuals by social workers and similar professionals in the fields of counseling, psychology, and criminal justice. Emphasis is on both understanding the dynamics of the professional helping process and on the development of specific skills, such as: interviewing, ethical decision-making, assessment, contracting, and case documentation.

SW343  Psychosocial Interventions with Groups (4 credit hours)
This course presents an examination of the knowledge, values, and skills used by social workers and similar professionals when working with groups.  Course content includes: the dynamics of small groups, ethical issues, types of groups, methods of intervention, and individual skills necessary for leading and working with groups.

SW335  Theories of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4 credit hours)

An examination of a wide-variety of bio-psycho-social theories of human development and interventions, including current applications which are commonly used in the fields of social work, counseling, psychology, and criminal justice.

SW365  SWK Macro Practice: Promoting Community Change (4 credit hours)
This class represents an overview of the causes, consequences, history, and potential policy solutions of modern social problems such as poverty and wealth; racial and ethnic inequality; gender inequality; aging and inequality; crime, violence, and criminal justice; sexuality; alcohol and other drugs; physical and mental health; economy and politics; work and the workplace; family life; and education.  Special emphasis will be placed on examining the history of local, state, and federal policies that aid in ameliorating the impact of these problems on vulnerable population groups.

SW495  Capstone: Social Work Field Placement  (4 & 4/Total 8 credit hours)
This course is the Capstone for Social Work, it provides an opportunity for experiential learning through application of social work knowledge, values, and skills in a professionally supervised placement in an appropriate social service setting.  The field experience is planned and coordinated in consultation with the student, their field coordinator, and an agency representative.