Associate Professor and Director S. Birnie-Lefcovitch
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 program 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. Currently, advanced clinical practice is the specialization offered.
Students admitted to the MSW program prior to 1999 who are enrolled in specializations which are no longer offered, should consult with the Graduate Officer in the School of Social Work to discuss options for completion.
The MSW is offered primarily by part-time study. Selected students may study for the MSW degree on a full-time basis. Except for internships and the institute component of practice courses, all instruction is delivered using distance technologies.
The program is designed to be accessible to students in remote and rural areas, and assumes that: (1) students will have a computer and internet access; and, (2) can travel to St. John's for the institute portion of the three practice courses. 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.
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 program. Candidates are admitted only into a designated program of studies in an area of specialization.
The School of Social Work may deliver special offerings of the MSW and/or other programs 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 program. Students will also pay appropriate tuition fees for each semester during their tenure in the program.
Admission to the special offerings of these programs will be competitive, using the same procedures and standards that are in place for students applying to the St John's campus program(s).
Subject to approval by the Committee on Graduate Studies for the School of Social Work, students admitted to an out-of-province program offering may apply to transfer to the equivalent program 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 program may apply to transfer to the equivalent out-of-province program. In these instances, students transferring from the St. John's based program 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.
B) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION
C) PROGRAM OF STUDY AND RESEARCH
E) COURSE FORMAT
F) PERIOD OF STUDY
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 program 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 program. 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 reapply 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 programs 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) PROGRAM OF STUDY AND RESEARCH
1. A candidate's program 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 program 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 Program in Advanced Clinical Practice thesis route must complete a thesis and a minimum of 21 credit hours consisting of SW6011, SW6312, SW6322, SW6332, SW6412, SW6422 and SW6912 (Internship). In addition to these courses, non-thesis candidates must also complete SW6432, 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.
Each MSW student is required to complete an advanced clinical internship which is to be conducted in a setting and supervised by a field teacher approved by the School of Social Work. Students are responsible for exploring internship options and locating a professional practitioner 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. Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of social work internships, final approval of an internship rests with the School of Social Work. The School cannot guarantee the availability of MSW field instruction in all communities and at all times.
Students are responsible for their own financial support during the internship. 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 four 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, 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 condensed classroom instruction. These courses also include home-study and teleconference and/or internet components scheduled prior to and/or following the institute. Students must be available on a full-time basis to attend classes and complete assignments and group projects during the institute portion of these courses. It is recommended that students take leave from their employment for the duration of a residential institute which may be scheduled in a combination of weekday, evening and weekend hours within a two and a half week time period. The final decision regarding the residential institute schedule rests with the School of Social Work.
(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.
(iv) SW 6442, Colloquium Presentation, may be conducted in St. John's or in a student's home community, provided suitable audio-visual facilities are available.
F) PERIOD OF STUDY
For students admitted to the program outlined in C.4 above:
1. For the candidate in part-time enrolment, the program 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 program 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
1. Failure to attain a final passing grade of A or B in a program course, or PASS in a PASS/FAIL course, shall lead to termination of the student's program, 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 program.
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 program.
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 the 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.
See General Regulation J, THESES AND REPORTS
I) NOTE: Every candidate shall comply with the General Regulations governing the School of Graduate Studies and the MSW Degree Regulations.
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.
6011 Critical Thinking and Ethical Evaluation for Assessment and Intervention (3 credit hours) (Not required by students who have successfully completed SW6010)
6312 Crisis Intervention, Brief and Integrated Therapies for Diverse Individuals (3 credit hours) (Prerequisite/ Corequisite SW6011 or the former SW6010) (Not required by students who have successfully completed SW6311)
6322 Family Therapy: Promotion of Strengths and Prevention of Violence in Diverse Families (3 credit hours) (Prerequisite SW6011 or the former SW6010) (Not required by students who have successfully completed SW6321)
6332 Social Work Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Team Development and Group Therapy (3 credit hours) (Prerequisite SW6011 or the former SW6010) (Not required by students who have successfully completed SW6331)
6412 Research Design for Social Work Assessment and Evaluation (3 credit hours) (Not required by students who have successfully completed SW6411)
6422 Data Analysis for Social Work Assessment and Evaluation (3 credit hours) (Prerequisite SW6412 or the former SW6411)
6432 Research Internship (2 credit hours) (Prerequisite SW 6412 or the former SW6411 and SW6422)
6442 Colloquium Presentation integrating Theory and Research in Advanced Clinical Practice (1 credit hour) (Prerequisite/co-requisite SW 6912, SW 6432.)
6912 Advanced Clinical Practice Internship (3 credit hours) (Prerequisites SW6312 or the former SW6311; SW6322 or the former SW6321; and Prerequisite/ Corequisite SW6332 or the former SW6331)
ELECTIVES (3 credit hours)
6230. Seminar in Community Development
6530. Seminar in Social Administration: Evaluation of Policies and Programs
6540. Supervision in Professional and Clinical Practice
6550. Feminist Therapy in Social Work Practice
6820-29. Individual Reading and Research in Special Areas
Although the School does not currently offer a program in Social Policy and Administration, it has faculty expertise in these areas and may, resources permitting and given sufficient student interest, offer the following elective courses:
6210. Seminar in Social Planning and Social Development
6220. Seminar in Organization Development
6510. Seminar in Social Administration: Social Policy Analysis, Development and Administration
6520. Seminar in Social Administration: Program Design and Development
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