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Social Work

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Westbrook College of Health Professions

School of Social Work

On-Campus Contact: Shelley Cohen Konrad, Director scohenkonrad@une.edu

Online Option Contact: Jennifer O’Neil, Program Manager joneil4@une.edu

 

On-Campus: For program and curricula questions, please contact the School of Social Work administrative office at 207-221-4508.  For application and admissions information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 207-221-4225 or at gradadmissions@une.edu

A traditional on campus face-to-face option where students attend classes on the Portland, Maine campus.  The on-campus option offers fully face-to-face and hybrid courses options.  Hybrid course options meet every third week on campus and in the intervening weeks meet online.

The Campus-based MSW provides Information Sessions for the Master of Social Work degree program throughout the year.  Some take place on campus and include presentations by students and faculty followed by question and answer sessions and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty or staff, while others take place online in the form of chats.  Please contact the School of Social Work at 207-221-4508 for a schedule of events, or learn more at the Social Work Department Website.

Online Master of Social Work: For program and curricula questions, as well as application information, please contact Online Social Work Enrollment at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at (877) 863-6791 or locally at (207) 221-4143.  We can also be reached via email: socialworkonline@une.edu.

The Online Social Work program provides 100% online asynchronous classes in an eight week format.  Virtual information sessions are provided for the Online Master of Social Work throughout the year.  Please contact the online program at 207-221-4143 for a schedule of events or learn more at the Online Social Work website.

Mission

Vision:

The University of New England School of Social Work envisions a world where social workers are at the forefront of advocating with individuals and communities for human dignity and social inclusion by mobilizing efforts to end inequities, exploitation, and violence. 

Mission:

The mission of the School of Social Work is to provide transformative and collaborative learning that embraces the values of social inclusion and promotes enhanced quality of life for individuals and communities. 

Values:

Our values promote social inclusion1 conceptualized as actions taken to improve quality of life, access to equitable resources, enhancement of human bonds within the context of cultural diversity, and engagement of people, populations, and communities to fully participate in society. Towards this end:

  • We promote culturally informed practice that is respectful of the complexity and diversity of people’s lives and circumstances.
  • We recognize that social exclusion prevents people from full and just participation in their communities as a consequence of inequities, discrimination, and disadvantage arising from adversity in early life and continuing across the life course.
  • We practice social responsibility by raising public awareness of social exclusion, challenging discrimination and acting with and on behalf of groups, populations, and communities.
  • We support person-centered collaborative practices and partnerships that bring together diverse workers and community members to meet the best interests of individuals, families, and groups.
  1. “The process of improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of people, disadvantaged on the basis of their identity, to take part in society.” (2013, World Bank Publication)

References:

  1. Inclusion Matters: The Foundation for Shared Prosperity, World Bank, 2013
  2. The Promotion of Social Inclusion, The Charity Commission, England and Wales, 2001
  3. Dimensions of Social Inclusion and Exclusion In Yukon 2010, Yukon Bureau of Statistics, 2010
Program Description

The School of Social Work prepares people for advanced professional practice and is accredited to offer the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree by the Council on Social Work Education. MSW graduates learn to understand the potential for individual and collective human development when people live with dignity and social justice; to identify people's strengths across diverse populations and how to build upon them; to understand the multiple social, cultural, political and economic factors influencing the design, development and evaluation of social policies and programs; to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out multiple social work interventions consistent with the School's mission and the profession's ethics; and to develop intervention strategies that empower individuals, families, groups, or communities.

The MSW degree offers graduates the opportunity to play active roles in health and mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, poverty and public welfare, women's and children's services, domestic violence, homelessness, corrections, applied arts and social justice and other emerging areas of service delivery. The program prepares graduates to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in an array of settings and with diverse populations. The values and commitments embedded in the School's Mission Statement permeate our work in every area.

Program Goals

Prepare competent Master-level professional social workers who at every system level provide leadership to:

  • Promote social inclusion to enable people, populations and communities to fully participate in society.
  • Create person-centered collaborative and sustainable relationships across diverse communities and practice settings.
  • Develop and apply ethical reflection, critical consciousness and shared decision-making based in social work values and with consideration of the broader contexts of the world in which we live. 

These goals are integrated into the social work curriculum. Through their presence in courses, fieldwork internships, and internal School governance we bring our Mission Statement to life.

Accreditation

The School of Social Work at the University of New England is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to offer the master's degree in social work.

Curricular Requirements

Students in the campus-based program option may choose the 2-year, full-time program, a 3-4 year part-time program.

Students in the campus-based program option can earn certificates in Applied Arts and Social Justice, Trauma-Informed Practice, or Diversity in Aging. Certificates can be completed within the required credit course structure.

Students who have graduated from an accredited BSW program can apply for advanced standing and complete their MSW in one year (See Advanced Standing). Advanced Standing status can completed full- or part-time students.

All traditional students are required to complete 64 credit hours of graduate study divided between classroom and fieldwork education. Field placements, or internships, consist of four semesters of supervised practice in approved social work settings; each semester includes 280 hours of practice experience. The curriculum is designed to provide an integrated generalist foundation and advanced skills for integrated clinical social work practice.

Generalist social work courses emphasize an integrated social work perspective involving the social context and its impact on social policy, programs, and the social work profession. Courses include Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II; Social Work Policy and Programs I and II; Social Work Practice I and II; Research I and II; and Field Integrating Seminars I and II. In addition, students spend 560 hours in a field setting, which permits students another learning mode through placements in social agencies and programs with structured on-site professional supervision.

The Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization (ICPS) prepares students with knowledge and skills for advanced practice focused on individuals, families, and groups in multiple settings.  The ICPS is taught within a framework based in social work values of social inclusion, anti-oppression, and contextualizes human experience with consideration to social determinants of health and well-being.  The student experience is enriched by a diverse selection of practice relevant electives and through shared learning with students from other health professions and the humanities.  Students learn skills to translate practice knowledge into work in organizations and communities.  The ICPS prepares graduates for professional leadership positions within their communities and beyond.  

Students in the online program option  can select from several progression plans. They may choose the 2-year, full-time program or a 3-4 year part-time program.

Students who have graduated from an accredited BSW program can apply for advanced standing and complete their MSW in one year (See Advanced Standing). Advanced Standing status can completed full- or part-time students.

All traditional students are required to complete 64 credit hours of graduate study divided between classroom and fieldwork education. Field placements, or internships, consist of four semesters of supervised practice in approved social work settings; each semester includes 280 hours of practice experience. The curriculum is designed to provide an integrated foundation or knowledge base and advanced skills for social work practice within a concentration (Clinical Practice, Community Practice, or Integrated Practice).

Foundation Year courses emphasize an integrated social work perspective involving the social context and its impact on social policy, programs, and the social work profession. Courses include Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II; Social Work Policy and Programs I and II; Social Work Practice I and II; Research I and II; and Field Integrating Seminars I and II. In addition, students spend 560 hours in a field setting, which permits students another learning mode through placements in social agencies and programs with structured on-site professional supervision.

Concentrations are offered in Clinical Practice, Community Practice, and Integrated Practice.  The Clinical Concentration prepares students with knowledge and skills for advanced practice primarily focused on individuals, families, and groups in multiple settings.   The Community Concentration provides students with knowledge and skills in an array of advanced practice roles in the areas of program and policy development, administration, supervision, political advocacy, community practice, and evaluation.  The Integrated Concentration combines the core curriculum of both the Clinical and Community Practice Concentrations. All concentrations prepare graduates for professional leadership positions within their communities, and all are enriched by a selection of electives.

 

Traditional STUDENT PROGRESSION

Credits

Generalist 

 
SSW/SSWO 501 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I 3
SSW/SSWO 502 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II 3

SSW/SSWO 503 Social Work Research I

3

SSW/SSWO 504 Social Work Research II

3
SSW/SSWO 505 Social Welfare Policy and Programs I 3
SSW/SSWO 506 Social Welfare Policy and Programs II 3
SSW/SSWO 510 Social Work Practice I 3
SSW/SSWO 511 Social Work Practice II 3
SSW/SSWO 520 Field Practicum I/Seminar 4
SSW/SSWO 522 Field Practicum II/Seminar 4
Generalist Year Total 32
   
Specialization  

SSW/SSWO 552 Contemporary Theory of SW Practice: Individuals and Families 

3

SSW/SSWO 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families 

3

SSW/SSWO 597 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment 

3

SSW/SSWO 565 Administration and Supervision 

3
SSW/SSWO 580 Field Practicum III/Seminar  4
SSW/SSWO 582 Field Practicum IV/Seminar  4

Elective 

3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Specialization Year Total  32
Total Program  64

Advanced Standing Progression (Online and On-Campus)

Credits
Generalist Year waived with BSW from CSWE accredited program  

SSW/SSWO 526 Integrating Clinical/Community Practice Frameworks

*Campus Advanced Standing students take this course at the end of August, prior to the New Student Orientation and start of the Fall semester.

3

SSW/SSWO 552 Contemporary Theory of SW Practice: Individuals and Families 

3

SSW/SSWO 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families 

3

SSW/SSWO 597 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment 

3

SSW/SSWO 565 Administration and Supervision 

3
SSW/SSWO 580 Field Practicum III/Seminar  4
SSW/SSWO 582 Field Practicum IV/Seminar 4
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective   
Elective  3
Total Advanced Standing Online and On-campus Program 35

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 prior to graduation and fulfill all curriculum requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the UNE SSW will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and leadership in the following:

1.   Practice social inclusion to enable people, populations, and communities to fully participate in society, enhance human bonds in the context of cultural diversity and ensure improved quality of life and equitable resource distribution.  

2.   Engage in culturally-informed relationship building respectful of the complexity and diversity of contexts and circumstances. 

3.   Utilize theories of human behavior, social systems and social inclusion when offering interventions with people and their environments. 

4.   Promote ethical reflection, critical consciousness and shared decision-making based in social work values and with consideration of the broader contexts of the world in which we live. 

5.   Balance the roles of helpers, activists, and advocates through collaboration with communities to build healthy and sustainable resources. 

6.   Engage as critical consumers and producers of research and evaluation applied to clinical and community practices. 

7.   Practice person-centered and collaborative community partnerships across diverse settings. 

Transfer Credit

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • Petitions for transfer credits for graduate social work courses to be submitted at time of acceptance to the School of Social Work
    • Up to nine (9) credits may be transferred for courses completed with a minimum grade of “B” and equivalent to UNE SSW foundation courses
    • P/F courses will not be accepted for transfer credit 
    • No course electives nor courses from programs outside of social work will be considered for transfer credit
    • All courses to have been completed within seven (7) years of anticipated enrollment in the School
  • Applicants petitioning for transfer credits must include the following
  • Professional statement to include reasons for requesting transfer to the University of New England School of Social Work
  • A syllabus for each course being submitted for transfer credit
  • Transfer students required to adhere to the degree-requirement progression plan in effect at the time of your admission (Note: Individualized provisions may, at times, increase the total credit hours required for graduation from the School of Social Work)
  • SSW reserves the right to require transfer students to enroll in SSW 526 Integrating Clinical\Community Frameworks as part of their progression plan
  • Consideration of transfer credit beyond nine (9) credits and 7-year matriculation may be considered on a case by case basis at the time of admission

EXPERIENTIAL CREDIT

  • Academic credit not given for life experiences or previous work experience
Admissions

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Traditional Track
    • Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to enrollment
    • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, preferred
    • Evidence of work or volunteer experience working with people in a human service environment
    • Demonstration of graduate-level writing skills as evidenced in the required professional statements.
  • Advanced Standing
    • All requirements listed above for Traditional Track as well as the following requirements:
      • Graduation from CSWE accredited BSW program preferably within the last seven (7) years
      • Equivalent coursework to UNE’s Foundation courses at the undergraduate level, completed with a “B” or better, strongly preferred
      • Evidence of significant experience in the human services field with MSW supervision

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

  • Application for admission to the MSW Campus program options
  • Traditional Track 
    • Electronic application to include:
      • Professional Statements
      • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
      • Two (2) references from writers who can speak to your academic abilities and/or professional experience (letters from friends or family members are not acceptable)   
    • Official transcript/s reflecting conferral of Bachelor’s degree
      • Submitted directly to UNE from the originating college or university
      • Additional transcripts may be required or requested 
  • Advanced Standing
    • All items listed for Traditional Track above as well as the following additional requirements:
      • Official transcript reflecting conferral of Bachelor of Social Work degree from CSWE accredited BSW program
      • A letter from a faculty member within the BSW program who can speak to your academic abilities (serves as one of the required references)
      • Copies of field evaluations and verification of field hours completed
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution  (International Admissions)
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Proviciency, (see English Language Proficiency
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed applicationUNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, (see English Language Proficiency

POLICY EXCEPTIONS

  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • Petitions for transfer credits for graduate social work courses to be submitted at time of acceptance to the School of Social Work
    • Up to nine (9) credits may be transferred for courses completed with a minimum grade of “B” and equivalent to UNE SSW foundation courses
    • P/F courses will not be accepted for transfer credit 
    • No course electives nor courses from programs outside of social work will be considered for transfer credit
    • All courses to have been completed within seven (7) years of anticipated enrollment in the School
  • Applicants petitioning for transfer credits must include the following
  • Professional statement to include reasons for requesting transfer to the University of New England School of Social Work
  • A syllabus for each course being submitted for transfer credit
  • Transfer students required to adhere to the degree-requirement progression plan in effect at the time of your admission (Note: Individualized provisions may, at times, increase the total credit hours required for graduation from the School of Social Work)
  • SSW reserves the right to require transfer students to enroll in SSW 526 Integrating Clinical\Community Frameworks as part of their progression plan
  • Consideration of transfer credit beyond nine (9) credits and 7-year matriculation may be considered on a case by case basis at the time of admission

EXPERIENTIAL CREDIT

  • Academic credit not given for life experiences or previous work experience
Financial Information

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2019-2020 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 26, 2019.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.

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