MSW Program Overview

The MSW program at California State University San Marcos is designed to provide students with a generalist foundation curriculum, and an advanced concentration curriculum that emphasizes direct social work practice in either a Behavioral Health or Children, Youth, and Family setting.


MSW ADVANCED YEAR CONCENTRATIONS AND POPULATIONS OF FOCUS:

Children, Youth, and Families (CYF)
The Children, Youth, and Families concentration focuses on a myriad of issues impacting diverse family systems including, but not limited to:  substance abuse, domestic violence, incarceration, and child abuse and neglect. Required courses in CYF prepare students to assume practice and leadership roles and responsibilities in public child welfare programs such as child protection, placement and adoption, school-based services, and in major public service systems including mental health, physical health, and corrections. Special populations of focus in the CYF concentration include indigenous and native populations, and displaced people such as the homeless, refugees, and immigrants.

The Children, Youth, and Families advanced concentration curriculum provides students with opportunities to increase their breadth and depth of knowledge, values, and skills for social work practice with children, youth, and families at the individual, community, and broader socio-political levels. CYF focuses on prevention, crisis intervention, and treatment with children, youth, and families; with a scope much larger than just public child welfare.


Behavioral Health (BH)
The Behavioral Health advanced concentration focuses on the promotion of health among vulnerable populations impacted by health disparities. The advanced curriculum provides students with opportunities to expand their scope and depth of knowledge, values, and skills for holistic social work practice with individuals facing physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual health challenges. This integrative curriculum, grounded in the ecological framework, exposes students to mind, body, and spirit perspectives for working with diverse populations within institutional and community systems.

Students in the Behavioral Health concentration will learn assessment and intervention techniques for working with clients exposed to trauma, or challenged by mental and physical disabilities. Utilizing a risk and resiliency framework, special populations of focus in the Behavioral Health concentration include, but are not limited to: military personnel, veterans, and their families; and other individuals who are impacted by life altering events that may include interpersonal or community violence, substance abuse,  homelessness, and refugee or immigration issues.

MSW PROGRAM CURRICULUM SEQUENCE:

The MSW program requires that students complete 60 units of study in either a two-year (full-time) or three year (part-time) option. Students also complete 1,080 hours of field experience in local and regional health and human services or related agencies. During the advanced concentration year, students take six units of electives that allow them to develop a focus on work with children, youth, and families; veterans and the military; displaced persons; or other vulnerable populations.

FOUNDATION CURRICULUM

Course Number

Course Title

Unit

500

Human Behavior in the Social Environment  I

3

501

Human Behavior in the Social Environment  II

3

510

Generalist Practice

3

511

Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups

3

512

Generalist Practice: Organizations and  Communities

3

520

Social Welfare Policy

3

525

Law and Ethics in Social Work

3

540

Field Instruction I

3

541

Field Instruction II

3

550

Research Methods in Social Work I

3

Total

30

ADVANCED  CURRICULUM

Children, Youth, and Families

Behavioral Health

Course Number

Course Title

Units

Course Number

Course Title

Units

602

Advanced Human Behavior in the Social Environment III

3

602

Advanced Human Behavior in the Social Environment III

3

630 A

Advanced Direct Practice I: Individuals (CYF)

3

630 B

Advanced Direct Practice I: Individuals (BH)

3

631A

Advanced Direct Practice II: Families & Groups (CYF)

3

631 B

Advanced Direct Practice II: Families & Groups (BH)

3

635A

Advanced Social Policy (CYF)

3

635B

Advanced Social Policy (BH)

3

642

Advanced Field Instruction I

3

642

Advanced Field Instruction I

 

643

Advanced Field Instruction II

3

643

Advanced Field Instruction II

3

650

Advanced Research Methods in Social Work

3

650

Advanced Research Methods in Social Work

3

698

Capstone/Thesis

3

698

Capstone/Thesis

3

Electives

6

 

Electives

6

Total

30

 

Total

30