SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK

Associate Professor and Director E. Dow



The degrees of Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in Social Work.

The degree of MSW is offered in selected specializations. The programme allows professionally qualified social workers holding the Degree of BSW or an equivalent professional undergraduate degree in Social Work to undertake intensive advanced work in a specialized area of social work knowledge and practice. The particular specializations offered may change from time to time, according to resources, societal needs, the state of knowledge and trends in professional practice. The MSW is offered primarily by part-time study. Selected students may study for the MSW degree on a full-time basis.

The programme is designed to be accessible to students in remote and rural areas, and assumes that students will have a computer with a modem suitable for internet access. Students studying outside St. John's, Newfoundland will also be expected to purchase internet service or to incur long distance charges for accessing their Memorial University internet account.

The deadline date for receipt of applications for admission in September of each year is February 28. Under special circumstances, late applications and admissions in other semesters may be considered.

Social Work Specialization offered effective September 1999 by both thesis and non-thesis Programmes is:

Advanced Clinical Practice

Students completing the following specializations which are no longer offered should contact the Graduate Officer in the School of Social Work to discuss options for completion of their MSW Programmes in:

1. Advanced Therapy and Counseling with Individuals and Families

2. Social Policy and Administration

Entrance into all courses and the offering of any course in an academic year is by approval of the School, consistent with the candidate's programme. Candidates are admitted only into a designated programme of studies in an area of specialization.

The School of Social Work may deliver special offerings of the MSW and/or other Programmes of the School to identified groups of out-of-province students where numbers warrant. These offerings will be self supporting, and therefore subject to an additional one-time non-refundable tuition fee as approved by the Board of Regents and payable on first registration following formal admission to the programme. Students will also pay appropriate tuition fees for each semester during their tenure in the programme.

Admission to the special offerings of these Programmes will be competitive, using the same procedures and standards that are in place for students applying to the St. John's campus programme(s).

Subject to approval by the Committee on Graduate Studies for the School of Social Work, students admitted to an out-of-province programme offering may apply to transfer to the equivalent programme on the St. John's campus. In such instances, the fee structure under which the student was admitted will not change. Subject to approval by the Committee on Graduate Studies for the School of Social Work, students admitted to a St. John's based programme may apply to transfer to the equivalent out-of-province programme. In these instances, students transferring from the St. John's based programme offerings to an equivalent out-of-province offering will be required to pay a pro-rated one-time fee upon formal transfer to the special offering.



A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

B) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

C) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH

D) INTERNSHIP

E) COURSE FORMAT

F) PERIOD OF STUDY

G) EVALUATION

H) THESIS

COURSES


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission is limited, selective and competitive.

2. To be considered for admission an applicant shall hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an institution recognized by the Senate, with at least second class standing, and an average of at least Grade B in the last 60 undergraduate credit hours, or an equivalent professional undergraduate degree in social work approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Social Work for recommendation to the Dean.

3. In addition to the stated academic requirements, the applicant must have completed, subsequent to obtaining the BSW degree, at least two years employment in professional social work practice or in a comparable human service discipline or activity. Extensive relevant experience prior to undergraduate degree work may be recognized in full or partial fulfillment of this requirement.

B) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

1. Applicants must submit an application for admission with supporting documentation to the School of Graduate Studies. The supporting documentation will consist of: an official transcript of the applicant's previous academic record submitted directly from the institution(s) attended; a statement of previous professional employment, a list of any published or unpublished works, and a declaration of programme emphasis and educational objectives; and three letters of appraisal, to be submitted by three referees capable of assessing the applicant's previous academic and/or practice performance. Letters of appraisal are to be submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies.

2. The Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Social Work may require the applicant to appear for a personal interview with a faculty member or members.

3. A student who meets the basic admission requirements under A2 and A3 above may, space permitting, take no more than six credit hours in Social Work graduate courses without applying for and being admitted to the MSW programme. Students wishing to take courses under this provision should submit to the School of Social Work a REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO REGISTER IN A GRADUATE COURSE with evidence of BSW graduation, and apply or re-apply for admission to Memorial University as an undergraduate at least six weeks before the beginning of the semester in which the class is to be taken.

4. A person who has completed an MSW degree is eligible to register in any MSW course offering, space permitting.

5. Qualified students admitted to other graduate Programmes may, space permitting, apply to take Social Work graduate courses SW 6011, SW 6412, SW 6422, SW 6332 and graduate Social Work electives. Students wishing to take courses under this provision should submit a REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO REGISTER IN A GRADUATE COURSE, academic transcripts and a brief professional resume to the Graduate Officer in the School of Social Work.

C) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH

1. A candidate's programme will be developed cooperatively by the candidate and a faculty advisor designated for this purpose by the Director of the School. The faculty advisor shall counsel the candidate on course selection.

2. Specified supplementary studies may be required to ensure requisite knowledge pertinent to the specialization.

3. A candidate electing a thesis programme shall be assigned by the Director in consultation with the student a thesis supervisor. This election can be made upon completion of SW 6412 and SW 6422. The thesis supervisor, when assigned, shall normally assume the duties of faculty advisor under C(1) above.

4. Candidates admitted to the MSW Programme in Advanced Clinical Practice thesis route must complete a thesis and a minimum of 21 credit hours consisting of SW 6011, SW 6312, SW 6322, SW 6332, SW 6412, SW 6422 and SW 6912 (Internship). In addition to these courses, non-thesis candidates must also complete SW 6432, SW 6442 and a 3 credit hour graduate elective in Social Work or a related discipline as requested by the candidate and approved by the graduate advisor. Candidates in either route may be required to take additional courses.

D) INTERNSHIP

The Clinical Institute of the School of Social Work provides on-site opportunities for advanced clinical practice internships, including practice opportunities with observation, supervision, research and evaluation. Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of all social work internships, the final decision regarding internship rests with the School of Social Work. Students are responsible for their own financial self-support during the internship.

Graduate students are responsible for exploring internship options and locating a person with at least an MSW to provide field instruction during their internship. The graduate field coordinator is responsible for finalizing the internship and field instruction arrangements in conjunction with the candidate. Part-time internships of two semesters will require approval from the proposed agency field instructor and the graduate field coordinator.

All candidates wishing to register for SW 6912, the 500 hour field internship, must submit a completed Practicum Planning Information form and a Social Work Internship proposal at least three months prior to the commencement of the semester in which they intend to begin their internship. Evaluation of the internship in Advanced Clinical Practice will be on a PASS/FAIL basis.

Candidates who voluntarily withdraw from the Social Work Internship without prior approval of the graduate field coordinator and the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause the agency and the field coordinator to terminate the placement, will normally be awarded a grade of Fail in the internship course.

Candidates who voluntarily withdraw from the field internship with the prior approval of the graduate field coordinator and the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee cannot be guaranteed a second internship during that semester. In this case, the candidate will be awarded a grade of Incomplete for the internship course. The candidate shall normally complete an internship the following semester.

E) COURSE FORMAT

To increase accessibility for students in remote and rural practice, we offer courses in the following formats:

(i) SW 6011, SW 6412, SW 6422, SW 6442 and other Social Work electives: By mixed internet/distance/teleconference delivery and by face-to-face format in St. John's or elsewhere where numbers warrant.

(ii) SW 6312, SW 6322 and SW 6332: By residential institute consisting of 36 hours of classroom instruction in evenings and weekends as follows, and two 1 1/2 hour teleconferences. Offered in St. John's, or elsewhere where numbers warrant. Assignments due at the end of the 13 week semester.
Usual Residential Institute format for SW 6312, SW 6322 and SW 6332 During Fall, Winter and Spring Semesters
Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday
Week One 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Week Two 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Week Three 7:00 pm -10:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Plus two 1 hour teleconferences.



Other regular session graduate classes on site in St. John's will be time tabled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings.





(iii) SW 6912, Advanced clinical practice internship and SW 6432 Research Internship can be completed in St. John's, or in a student's home community where appropriate supervision is available.

F) PERIOD OF STUDY

For students admitted to the programme outlined in C.4 above:

1. For the candidate in part-time enrolment, the programme of study is designed to permit completion of all degree requirements within nine semesters or three calendar years.

2. For the candidate in full-time enrolment non-thesis route, the programme of study is designed to permit completion of all degree requirements within three semesters or one calendar year, as follows.

Fall Semester: SW 6011, SW 6312 (institute), SW 6412

Winter Semester: SW 6322 (institute), SW 6422, Elective

Spring Semester: SW 6432, SW 6442, SW 6332 (institute), SW 6912

G) EVALUATION

1. Failure to attain a final passing grade of A or B in a programme course, or PASS in a PASS/FAIL course, shall lead to termination of the student's programme, unless a re-read has been requested. Failure to obtain the required grades as stated above in the re-read shall lead to termination of the student's programme.

2. When the Director has determined, on the basis of consultation with the candidate, the advisor, or supervisor, and the instructors, that a candidate's work has fallen below a satisfactory level, the Director may recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the candidate be required to withdraw from the programme.

3. To remain in good standing students are required to maintain professional behaviour consistent with the current Code of Ethics of the Canadian Association of Social Workers. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be required to withdraw from the School upon the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee.

H) THESIS

See General Regulation J. THESES AND REPORTS

NOTE: Every candidate shall comply with the General Regulations governing the School of Graduate Studies and the MSW Degree Regulations.

COURSES

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to met the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the School will allow.

CORE COURSES

6011. Critical Thinking and Ethical Evaluation for Assessment and Intervention (3 credit hours)
(Not required by students who have successfully completed 6010)

6312. Crisis Intervention, Brief and Integrated Therapies for Diverse Individuals (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite 6011 or the former 6010.
(Not required by students who have successfully completed 6311)

6322. Family Therapy: Promotion of Strengths and Prevention of Violence in Diverse Families (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite 6011 or the former 6010.
(Not required by students who have successfully completed 6321)

6332. Social Work Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Team Development and Group Therapy (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite 6011 or the former 6010.
(Not required by students who have successfully completed 6331)

6412. Research Design for Social Work Assessment and Evaluation (3 credit hours) (Not required by students who have successfully completed 6411)

6422. Data Analysis for Social Work Assessment and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite 6412 or the former 6411.

6432. Research Internship (Prerequisite 6412 or the former 6411 and 6422) (2 credit hours)

6442. Colloquium Presentation Integrating Theory and Research in Advanced Clinical Practice (1 credit hour)
Prerequisite/co-requisite 6912, 6432

6912. Advanced Clinical Practice Internship (2 credit hours)
Prerequisites 6312 or the former 6311; 6322 or the former 6321; and 6332 or the former 6331)

ELECTIVES (3 credit hours)

6210. Seminar in Social Planning and Social Development

6220. Seminar in Organization Development

6230. Seminar in Community Development

6510. Seminar in Social Administration: Social Policy Analysis, Development and Administration

6520. Seminar in Social Administration: Programme Design and Development

6530. Seminar in Social Administration: Evaluation of Policies and Programmes

6540. Supervision in Professional and Clinical Supervision

6550. Feminist Therapy in Social Work Practice

6820-29. Individual Reading and Research in Special Areas


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