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SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Social Work Program is to prepare students for the beginning level of professional practice as social work generalists in a wide range of settings, with diverse populations, and with a special sense and appreciation for the peoples and institutions of West Virginia
Welcome

Our undergraduate Social Work program has a long tradition of preparing students for beginning generalist practice in a unique and culturally diverse learning environment. The program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1975 and has graduated over 600 students serving in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, aging, healthcare, youth services, corrections, disabilities, schools and social justice settings. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at other universities throughout the country.
 

If you enjoy working with people and are looking for a profession that is interesting and fulfilling, you should consider Social Work as your career choice.
 

We appreciate your visiting our website and encourage you to contact us for additional information.

Introduction

The undergraduate Social Work Program at West Virginia State University (WVSU) has a long tradition of preparing students for beginning generalist practice in a unique and culturally diverse learning environment. The “Generalist Model of Social Work” provides assurance that professional social work skills, values, and knowledge can be applied in working in a wide range of settings with individuals, groups, and social systems.


The program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1975 and has graduated over 600 students serving in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, aging, Veterans Affairs health care, youth services, corrections, disabilities, schools, industry, and social justice settings. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at other universities throughout the country. If you enjoy working with people and are looking for a profession that is interesting and fulfilling, you should consider Social Work as your career choice.


Social work is one of the oldest human service professions. It uses the social and behavioral sciences to understand and help individuals, families, groups, and communities realize their full potential. Students in the social work program learn professional values, master a broad range of knowledge about individuals, social systems, human diversity, social policy, and generalist practice theory; and develop skills related to analysis and problem solving, communication, research and generalist practice. The program helps students to integrate theoretical material from the classroom with the practical supervised field experience of working directly with individuals, groups, and communities.


You probably have many questions and are wondering what you can expect from our program. This handbook answers questions students often ask. If we have not addressed your concern, feel free to speak with any member of the Department’s faculty and staff.

Social Work Program Goals

The primary goal of the program is to:


Prepare the undergraduate student for baccalaureate level generalist practice in social work in a wide range of settings with diverse populations.

Because most students who graduate from the program stay in the local area, their academic preparation includes opportunities that provide them with a special sense and appreciation for the peoples and institutions of West Virginia.


Other inter-related goals are to:


Provide students with generalist knowledge and skills necessary for beginning social work practice.

Instill in students high standards of social work values and ethics throughout the curriculum.

Provide students with a broad understanding of the nature of human needs and a perspective on the ways social welfare programs address human needs.

Offer liberal arts foundation, which enriches student growth and provides an understanding useful for thinking critically about society, people and their problems, and about expressions of culture.

Assessment
Assessment-2015
 
WEST VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
 
ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
 
LAST COMPLETED JANUARY 2016 for 2014-15 AY
 
Form AS4 (B) Duplicate and expand as needed.  Provide table(s) to support self -study narrative addressing the accreditation standards below.
This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards below:
4.0.2    The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.
4.0.4 The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) these postings
 
All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes.  Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.  
 
COMPETENCY COMPETENCY BENCHMARK PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK
     
Identify as a
Professional Social Worker
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
97%
Apply Ethical
Principles
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
97%
Apply Critical
Thinking
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
93%
Engage
Diversity in Practice
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
94%
Advance Human Rights/ Social and
Economic Justice
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
77%
Engage Research Informed Practice/
Practice Informed Research
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
76%
Apply Human Behavior
Knowledge
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
94%
Engage PolicyPractice to
Advance Well-Being and Deliver
Services
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
64%
Respond to
Practice Contexts
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
78%
Practice Engagement Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
90%
Practice
Assessment
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
98%
Practice
Intervention
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
96%
Practice
Evaluation
Aggregate Mean of 3.5
>85% of students reach benchmark
88%

 
BSW Program

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work
Admission and Program Requirements

The student is formally admitted into the program upon meeting the following requirements:
 

· Upon completion of 45 hours of college credit, submit a completed application packet* to the Program Director.

· Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and values of the social work profession by earning a grade of “C or better in SW 131: Introduction to Social Work.

· Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal qualities, aptitude, and temperament by earning a satisfactory rating in the field experience component of the Introduction to Social Work course..

· Demonstrate general academic proficiency by earning a GPA of 2.3 or better, computed overall.

· Demonstrate an aptitude for social work knowledge by earning a grade of “C” or better in all Social Work courses undertaken.

· Demonstrate proficiency in effective writing skills with a grade of “C” or better in English 101 and 102.

*(Students may obtain the application packet from their Social Work faculty advisor or from the Departmental Office, Room 928, Wallace Hall.)

The Curriculum

Our course* of study includes the following requirements:

· 48 hours of required social work courses

· 16 hours of courses serving as foundation to social work studies.

· 9 hours of special topics studies related to social work

· 51 hours of general education studies.

· 20 field hours completed in SWK 131 (Intro.)

· 480 field hours completed over 2 semesters in SWK 404 and 406

A total of 120 hours is required for graduation with an overall GPA of not less than 2.3.

(* For more information refer to the West Virginia State University College Catalog or contact the Social Work department office.)

Admission Criteria

Application

Career Information

This policy extends to all West Virginia State University and West Virginia State Community and Technical College activities related to the management of its educational, financial and business affairs. It affects all employment practices including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, layoff, and termination.


Social Work Career Information


What is a Social Worker?


Social workers are professionals who help individuals, families, groups or communities enhance or restore their ability to function in a complex society. The social worker is an essential link between individuals and/or families and the resources available to them. They help people obtain services, provide counseling, and help communities to provide or improve social and health services. In other words, they help people help themselves.


Social work is a profession with a wide range of career options. For example:
 

  • Social workers in hospitals help patients and their families consider alternatives in living arrangements for patients after discharge
  • Social workers in industry counsel and/or refer employees to appropriate services, such as treatment for substance abuse
  • Social workers help find foster homes and adoptive homes for children whose parents are unable to care for them
  • Social workers identify community needs and help plan how to meet those needs
  • Social workers meet with groups of patients dealing with emotional problems to help them function successfully in the community.
  • Social workers work with children who have been abused or neglected and their families to assure the protection of children.
  • Social workers in domestic violence programs help family members make decisions, coordinate services, and advocate for victims’ rights.
  • Social workers in homeless shelters help individuals and families gain self-sufficiency.
  • Social workers in schools help children and their families with problems that interfere with academic success.
  • Social workers offer support and comfort to people experiencing crises in the family, losses, and other threats to stability of the family
  • Social workers coordinate services to help families stay together or help the elderly stay in their own homes as long as possible
  • Social workers play many roles in the work they do: care managers, facilitators, planners, enabler, teachers, caregivers, mediators, advocates, social activists…
 

Can anyone do social work?


Social work is a profession, and as such requires professional education and preparation. A social worker must be a principled person who adheres to the values of the profession and has broad knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, of social policy and services, of research and its significance, of human diversity, of social and economic justice, and of appropriate practice methods. Social work students, as part of their educational experience, intern in a social service agency under the direction of a skilled practitioner. This experience allows them to work with clients while receiving intense personal supervision.

In West Virginia, social workers must be licensed by the state. The BSW degree makes one immediately eligible to apply for the Social Work License in West Virginia.

Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
SOCIAL WORK


131 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK (3 credit hours)
A study of the profession of social work: its history and role in the institution of social welfare. Examines the wide variety of problems social workers confront, the divers clients they serve, the places the work, the knowledge and skills they use, the social programs they carry out, and the philosophy and values the hold. Career opportunities in the profession are explored. Course entails volunteer experience in a social service agency. Open to non-majors.


200 THEORIES OF POVERTY (3 credit hours)
A study of factors and theories associated with poverty in America. Presents an historical survey of responses to poverty issues and problems, including the institution of public welfare. Examines preconceived beliefs about poverty and presents alternative ways of considering poverty and designing interventions. Open to non-majors.


202 CULTURAL ASPECTS (3 credit hours)
A study of the impact of cultural and ethnic diversity on human development and functioning in society. Presents models and theoretical frameworks useful for engaging, assessing, and providing social services to members of varied cultures in a multi cultural environment. Open to non-majors.


205 COMMUNITY SERVICES (3 credit hours)
A study of public and private community agencies: their functions, policies, eligibility requirements, and services. Students will learn about community resources and the rules and regulations that govern the provision of services, with an emphasis on the referral process and care management. Open to non- majors.


210 CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES (3 credit hours)
A study of the historical, theoretical, political, and practical issues involved in the provision of services to children and their families. Course focuses on services and methods used to promote the positive development of children, as well as confront problems experienced by families. Assessment of child abuse, foster care placement, and parenting are explored. Open to non-majors.


245 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (3 credit hours)
A study of the social, cultural, ethnic, biological, and emotional aspects of adult growth and development. Family life cycles, group influences, gender issues and lifestyles are examined. Prerequisites: Soc 101, Psyc 151, Biol 210, Educ. 201 or permission of the instructor.


298 CURRENT ISSUES IN HUMAN SERVICES (3 credit hours)
A study of current issues affecting the social work profession and the delivery of social services. The interests of students determine issues. Open to non-majors.


316 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (3 credit hours)
A study of the knowledge and skills needed for the development of effective helping relationships. Students will examine their own values as they learn interviewing and other intervention techniques used in social work practice. Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, SW 202, 245, or permission of the instructor.


330 SOCIAL WORK VALUES AND ETHICS (3 credit hours)
A study of the values and ethics of the social work profession. The course uses the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers in studying ethical dilemmas faced by social work practitioners. Prerequisite: SW 131.


342 SOCIAL POLICY AND LEGISLATION (3 credit hours)
A study of the historical, philosophical, judicial, and practical issues involved in the development and enactment of social welfare policies. Introduces analytical methods for evaluating social welfare policies. The course explores the role of the legislative process in the enactment of social policies. Open to non-majors.


350 AGING: PROCESS AND SERVICES (3 credit hours)
A study of the physiological, psychological, and sociological changes that occur as people age. The course explores common myths and stereotypes surrounding aging and highlights national and local services to the elderly. Open to non-majors.


399 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL WORK (1-3 credit hours)
A study of topics of interest to social work majors and non-majors as determined
by need and availability of faculty. Open to non-majors.


400 METHODS OF SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH (3 credit hours)
A study of the research principles an methodologies used in social work. Students learn to evaluate research studies useful for social work practice and to evaluate the effectiveness of their own practice interventions. Prerequisites: Psyc 200 or Psyc 200 concurrently.


403 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (3 credit hours)
A study of the principles of practice which guide the social worker in identifying problems, assessing situations, contracting with clients, planning interventions, evaluating outcomes, and terminating services. The course helps students develop the analytical and interactional skills needed in working with individual, families, and groups, be taken concurrently with SW 404, Field Instruction. Prerequisite: SW 316.


404 FIELD INSTRUCTION (6 credit hours)
This course integrated classroom theory and practice by placing students for 240 hours in an approved social service agency where they provide direct social work services under the supervision of a qualified field instructor to individuals, families, and groups. Participation in a weekly seminar and concurrent enrollment in SW 403 is required. Prerequisite: SW 316


405 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III (3 credit hours)
A study of the impact of the organization and community on social work practice both as the context and focus of change. The knowledge and skills needed by the generalist practitioner in working with and within organizations and communities are explored. To prepare for beginning practice, the student will also explore issues facing the new practitioner. To be taken concurrently with SW 406. Prerequisite: SW 403


406 ADVANCED FIELD INSTRUCTION (6 credit hours)
Students enrolled in this course are placed in an approved social service agency (240 hours) under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. The student will have increased responsibility for providing services. Emphasis will be upon service activities such as policy-making, program development, networking, public relations, research, and other indirect service provision. Participation in a weekly seminar and concurrent enrollment in SW 405 are required. Prerequisite: SW 404.

Curriculum

Admission to the program

Postponement of admission with specifications regarding steps needed to be taken for consideration of admission (e.g., additional courses or remedial action to be taken)

Non-acceptance into the program.


What if I am transferring from another social work program at another college? Will I automatically be admitted to the Program at WVSU?


If you are transferring from an accredited school with a CSWE accredited program in social work, your transcript will be evaluated by the Chair of the Department of Social Work to determine what credits are transferable. In addition, non-social work courses in foundation curriculum areas will be considered for transfer credit where you are able to demonstrate required knowledge and skills. (Examples of non-social work courses considered for transfer credit include those taken through Human Services Programs.) To properly evaluate transfer courses to ensure that you are not asked to repeat foundation curriculum content, you may be required to provide copies of course descriptions, syllabi, textbooks, instructor’s credentials or other materials pertaining to the courses taken at another college or university.


The number of credit hours you have earned, your GPA, and other criteria will be considered in determining your eligibility for admission to the program. Note: Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field practicum or in lieu of courses in the professional foundation areas.


What if I disagree with the decision regarding admission?


Within 14 days of receipt of the decision, the student may notify the Program Chair in writing of the wish to appeal.


The Program Chair will arrange an interview with the student. If the issue cannot be resolved during this interview, the student may take the next step.


The student may appeal in writing to the Dean of the College of Professional Studies, who may hear the case or refer the appeal to the WVSU Academic Appeals Committee.


The Academic Appeals Committee will notify the student of the Committee’s decision regarding admission to the Social Work Program after a formal hearing with the student.


If a satisfactory resolution to the issue is not reached through this stage, the student may appeal in writing to the President.


The President’s decision is final.

 

CURRICULUM

The schedule of courses recommended for eight semesters includes a sequencing of courses that develops content for the professional practice of social work. You will note that with the exception of three social work courses, you are to concentrate on general education courses and cognates during the first four semesters, with the concentration of social work courses occurring in the last four semesters of study. The social work student must complete 123 credit hours to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Work.
(Note: You must consult the catalog in effect when you were admitted to WVSU to determine the requirements in effect at that time.)

SOCIAL WORK CURRICULUM MAP

General Education Component, common to all bachelor degree programs
Interdisciplinary Matrix
Origins (3 credit hours)
Human Diversity (3 credit hours)
International Perspectives (6 credit hours)
History of Civilization (3 credit hours)
Intellectual and Personal Development
English (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Speech (3 credit hours)
Information Skills (4 units)
Lifetime Health and Fitness (2 credit hours)

Curriculum II

Modes of Inquiry
Literature (3 credit hours)
Fine Arts (6 credit hours)
Natural Science (6-8 credit hours)
American Traditions (3 credit hours)
Social Structure and Behavior (3credit hours)

Cognate Courses, serving as foundation to social work studies (16 hours)
Education 201 Human Growth & Development 3 hours
Political Science 204 State & Local Government 3 hours
Psychology 151 General Psychology 3 hours
Psychology 200 Statistics for the Social Sciences 4 hours
Sociology 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours

Required Social Work Courses (39 hours)
Social Work 131 Introduction to Social Work 3 hours
Social Work 200 Theories of Poverty 3 hours
Social Work 202 Cultural Aspects 3 hours
Social Work 245 Human Behavior & Social Environment 3 hours
Social Work 316 Social Work Practice I 3 hours
Social Work 342 Social Policy & Legislation 3 hours
Social Work 400 Methods of Social Work Research 3 hours
Social Work 403 Social Work Practice II 3 hours
Social Work 404 Field Instruction 6 hours
Social Work 405 Social Work Practice III 3 hours
Social Work 406 Advanced Field Instruction 6 hours

Elective Social Work Courses (9 hours)
Social Work 205 Community Services 3 hours
Social Work 210 Children & Family Services 3 hours
Social Work 298 Current Issues in Human Services 3 hours
Social Work 330 Social Work Values & Ethics 3 hours
Social Work 350 Aging: Process & Services 3 hours
Social Work 199-499 Special Topics in Social Work 1-3 hours

(For more information refer to the West Virginia State University Catalog or contact the Department of Social Work office.)

ADVISING WORKSHEET 2014

ADVISING WORKSHEET 2016


Curriculum Sequencing


Moving through the program in an orderly, systematic way assures you the opportunity to develop a steadily expanding knowledge base which serves as the foundation for further learning, to relate learning in one area to another, to synthesize or conceptually integrate learning in all areas, and to relate learning to practice.


SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE — SOCIAL WORK

FRESHMAN YEAR

1st Semester                              2nd Semester
English101+....................... 3hrs English 102+ ......................... 3hrs
Communications 100.......... 3hrs Gen Ed 100............................ 3hrs
Fine Arts............................. 3hrs Natural Science............. ….3-4hrs
American Tradition............ 3hrs Sociology 101*.......................3hrs
HHP 122 or 157................. 2hrs Social Work 131.....................3hrs
14hrs 15-16hrs

SOPHOMORE YEAR
Biology 210........................4hrs History 201 or 202.................3hrs
Education 201.....................3hrs International Perspective........3hrs
Gen Ed 200.........................3hrs Math 100, 111 or BST 104.....3hrs

FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

1. What is the Collaborative Master’s of Social Work Degree program?

It is an innovative model that combines the resources and expertise of West Virginia’s two land-grant universities to expand the Master’s of Social Work (MSW) program offered by WVU in Southern WV since 1995.

2. Where is the program offered?

It is offered exclusively in Kanawha County on the campuses of WVU (Kanawha City) and WVSU (Institute).

3. How long does it take to complete the program?

Students who qualify for Advanced Standing admission have the option of studying full-time, completing the MSW degree program in just 12 months. The program also offers part-time study options for Advanced Standing students (completed in 2 years) and Regular Standing students (completed in 3 years).

4. Where and when are classes held?

Students enrolled in the full-time Advanced Standing program take all required day classes two days per week on the WVSU campus in Institute. Some courses are offered online. Part-time students take two evening classes on the WVU campus in Kanawha City. Students have the option of taking some elective courses at either campus or online.

5. Who teaches the classes?

Classes are taught by full-time faculty of both Universities as well as by highly qualified and experienced adjunct faculty for selected courses.

6. Which University awards the degree?

WVU awards the degree. Both University seals appear on the diploma along with signatures of both University Presidents.

7. When does the program begin?

The first group of students will begin classes in August 2016. Beginning March 1, 2016, applications will be accepted online at http://socialwork. wvu.edu/

8. Is financial support available?

Financial support is available to qualified students through the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training program, scholarships, meritorious tuition waivers, and through a time-limited behavioral health grant-funded program.

9. Why is the WVU/WVSU Collaborative MSW degree program a good option for me?

The Collaborative MSW Degree Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and enables students to: • receive personal attention from professors in small classroom settings; • choose either the micro- or macro-practice option; • learn from diverse, expert faculty from two esteemed universities; and • complete the degree in as little as 12 months (Advanced Standing) with part-time options available to both Advanced Standing & Regular Standing students.

10. How do I apply?

Apply online at: http://socialwork.wvu.edu/

For more information contact:
Dr. Debra Young at dhyoung@hsc.wvu.edu or Dr. Brenda Wamsley at wamsleyb@wvstateu.edu
Field Instruction

When you have completed 45 credit hours, you should make formal application for admission to the Social Work Program. The application can be obtained from your advisor or from the Social Work Office in Wallace 928.


When should I contact my advisor?


You are responsible for contacting your advisor each semester for an advising appointment. During the registration period, faculty members have available times for advising posted on their office doors. Refer to the academic calendar each semester to see when advising and registration begin. Registration is on-line or by touch-tone telephone and requires a Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will receive your semester PIN and assigned registration time slot during advising.


In addition to scheduling your registration advising session, you are encouraged to contact your advisor anytime you have questions or concerns.


Further information about student advisement is found in “The Buzz” (the WVSU student handbook), and the WVSU Catalog.

 

FIELD INSTRUCTION


Will I have an opportunity to learn more about “what I am getting into” through some practical social work experiences while I am in college?


YES. Social Work has long recognized the vital importance of students learning social work by “doing” social work first hand through supervised experiences with clients in a social work practice setting. Our program offers students a variety of field placements in community agencies. During your course of study in social work you can expect to spend:
 

  • 20 hours in an agency during the SW 131 – Introduction to Social Work course. Your participation at the agency will be evaluated by the agency supervisor and this evaluation will be considered when you apply for formal admission into the program.
  • 30 hours in educational setting during Education 201 – Human Growth and Development.
  • 240 hours of micro practice in a field setting under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. You will do this during the first semester of the senior year. As part of that experience you will participate in a seminar with other students in placement where you will share your experiences in the field and engage in discussions about those experiences.
  • 240 hours of macro practice in a different field setting with a different supervisor and a different clientele. You will do this during the second semester of your senior year. Again you will attend a weekly seminar to discuss your experience and engage in problem-solving.


Other social work courses, such as SW 350 – Aging: Process and Services, may require limited field placement experiences.


What are the requirements for the 240-hour field experience placements?

 

  • You must have completed approximately 90 credit hours (senior status)
  • Have satisfactorily completed the Introduction to Social Work 131 field experience.
  • Have been formally admitted to the Social Work Program.
  • Have completed SW 316 – Social Work Practice I


You will need to contact the Social Work Program Field Coordinator during the semester prior to your senior year, or the semester prior to the semester in which you will enroll in field placement. The Field Coordinator will take you through the field experience placement process.
 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

In addition to the many university-wide programs and activities, you may participate in a variety of activities designed specifically for social work majors.

Field Placement Sites

The following agencies/organizations are currently approved by the WVSU Department of Social Work as possible field placement sites for students who are registered for SWK 404 Field Instruction or SWK 406 Advanced Field Instruction. The purpose of the information provided on this page is to give students preliminary information about the sites that are available for placement opportunities. Final selection of a placement site by a student must be approved by Professor Rita Brown, WVSU Director of Field Instruction.

 
Field Placement Sites
 
Adoption / Foster Care Services
Adult Correctional Services
Adult Protective Services
Alzheimer Association
Child Placement Agencies
Child Protective Services
Counseling Services
Development Disability Services
 DHHR--Boone County
 DHHR--Cabell County
DHHR--Clay County
DHHR--Jackson County
 DHHR--Kanawha County
DHHR--Putnam County
 Domestic Violence Shelters
Homeless Shelters
 Hospital / Hospice Services
Juvenile Detention Centers
 Legislative / Politics
Life Way Center
 Mental Health / Behavior
Health Services
NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Nursing Homes / Rehabilitation Centers
Public School Systems
 REACH
Roark Sullivan
Senior Citizens Services
Social Work Licensure Board
Substance Abuse Shelters
TLC Services
Veterans Affairs Services
YMCA Sojourner's
 
Community Service Sites 

Washington Manner
Children's Home Society
Western Generals Youth Football League
North East Little League Baseball
Putnam County Animal Shelter
Nitro Church of God
Jackson County Court House Family Court
Jericho House 
Trinity Lutheran Church
Mamma Meals
Women and Children's Hospital
Christ's Kitchen
Kanawha Charleston Humane Association
Dog Bless
Gateway Christian Church
Bright Futures Program 
Teays Valley VFW
Cedar Grove Fire Department
St. Jude's Hospice
Covenant House













 
Forms

You may request copies of the following forms from the Field Director: Rita Brown. All on-line requests should be submitted to:brownri@wvstateu.edu
In your request, please identify the form/s you need from the list below:

  1. Application for Admission to the Social Work Program.
  2. Student Time Log/Field Supervisors
  3. Student Journal Entry Form
  4. Service Plan
  5. Critique Article Summary Form
  6. F-1. Student/Supervisor Performance Evaluation Form
  7. F-2. Student/Supervisor Professional Skills Evaluation Form
Graduation/Advising

Psychology151*................ .3hrs Social Work 245.....................3hrs
Social Work Elective..........3hrs English 150.............................3hrs
16hrs 15hrs

 

JUNIOR YEAR


Social Work 200.................3hrs Social Work 316.....................3hrs
Natural Science...............3-4hrs Social Work 342.....................3hrs
Social Work 202.................3hrs Psychology 200.......................4hrs
Sociology 212.................... 3hrs Fine Arts................................. 3hrs
International Perspective....3hrs Political Science 204...............3hrs
15-16hrs 16hrs

SENIOR YEAR


Social Work Elective..............3hrs Social Work 400......................3hrs
Social Work 403.....................3hrs Social Work 405......................3hrs
Social Work 404.....................6hrs Social Work 406..................... 6hrs
Elective...................................3hrs Elective....................................3hrs
15hrs 15hrs

+ Beginning English and Math courses are determined by placement testing (ACT). You may need to
start with an English 098 or 098 course or a Math 011 or 012 refresher course.
*PSYC 151 or SOC 101 may be counted toward G ED Social Structures Requirement.

NOTE: A minimum grade of “C” is required in all Social Work courses.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
 

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from WVSU, you must meet the following criteria:
Successfully complete the social work curriculum and graduation requirements as outline in the WVSU Catalog in effect at the time of admission
Complete not less than 120 credit hours overall
Have a GPA of not less than 2.3 overall
Achieve at least a minimum grade of “C” in all Social Work courses
 

ADVISEMENT
 

Advisement is very important. We cannot stress this enough. The advisement process is critical in helping you develop your academic and career goals, identify your strengths and learning needs, progress toward graduation in an orderly fashion, find needed support services, prepare for graduate school, and evaluate your performance and aptitude for the field of Social Work.
In short, academic and professional advising policies and procedures are consistent with the Social Work Program’s goals and objectives and assures that you: 1) make the correct course selections; 2) maintain steady progress toward graduation; and 3) help establish that social work is the appropriate academic and career choice for you.


What is the procedure for advisement?


First time students to West Virginia State University will receive advising and register for classes during New Student Orientation. You should then make contact with the Department of Social Work during your first semester. You will be assigned a faculty member as an advisor.

You are required to meet with your advisor at least once each semester for help with course selection. During advisement appointments, you and your advisor discuss you career and curriculum plans, establish a tentative program leading to graduation, and review your progress.

IV-E/Pride

Pride Pre-Service training is required for all families who wish to become foster parents or who wish to adopt through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. Participants must attend all ten training sessions for certification. Both husband and wife —married or cohabitating— must attend. The Pride Training Curriculum is outlined below:

  • WV-DHHR Home-Finding Policy Orientation
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Promoting Cultural and Personal Identity
  • Issues Related to Sexuality
  • Promoting a Positive Self-Esteem
  • Complex Behaviors
  • Using Discipline to Protect, Nurture and Meet Developmental Needs
  • Supporting Relationships Between Children and Their Parents.

Title IV-E grants provide qualified Social Work majors stipends and tuition awards through funding from the WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources. (The awards may affect eligibility for other financial aid and applies only after all other free aid is used. In addition, it may also be subject to taxation.) Student grants are based on the following criteria:

  • Be formally admitted into the Social Work program with 60+ hours of completed study
  • Carry a minimum of 12 hours of coursework per semester with a GPA of 2.3 or better
  • Submit an application with a current transcript and resume with names/addresses of two references
  • Sign a BINDING contract with the WV-DHHR agreeing to stipulated academic standing, course work, field placement in a child welfare social service agency and a commitment upon graduation for employment with the WV Office of Social Services — if such an offer is presented to you
  • Students unable to meet the conditions of the Title IV-E contract must pay back the stipend(s) received with interest.
MSW Program

Collaborative MSW Program Begins August 2016
 

The Department of Social Work is pleased to announce a new collaborative MSW degree program between WVSU and WVU. This partnership provides the opportunity to offer a full-time day time option for eligible students who want to complete a degree in 12 months. WVU has offered a part-time evening MSW degree program in the Kanawha Valley for many years, and the collaboration expands the education possibilities for both universities. As part of the partnership between the two institutions, students will take day time classes on the WVSU campus, and WVSU professors will assist in teaching and advising. The program begins August 2016. Interested students can contact Dr. Brenda Wamsley at the WVSU Department or bociai worK at wamsleyb@wvstateu.edu or (304) 766-5240.

For more info follow this link 

MSW FAQ
 

Placement Memo

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING


To: Director, Social Work Program
Department of Social Work
West Virginia State University
Institute, WV 25112-1000



By signing below, I affirm that:

I have received a copy of the social work curriculum worksheet and have been told the social work courses and cognates I must take, their sequencing, and the grades I must earn to be eligible for a BSW degree.

I have been told and understand the importance of timely advising by the social work faculty on course sequencing and selection.

I have received a sheet entitled: “Admission to Social Work Program” and understand that when I have completed 45 semester hours I must qualify for candidacy in the social work program through a formal process of application and admission.

I understand that any transfer credits must be officially reviewed and approved by the West Virginia State College Registrar and/or the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

I will notify the Department of Social Work of changes in my name, and/or address and phone number within ten days of the change(s).

I understand the importance of having my course of study comprehensively reviewed at the beginning of the semester immediately prior to the semester of my anticipated graduation.


 

____________________________________
Printed Name

 

____________________________________
Student Signature

Date

Form updated 3/27/00

Program Objectives

Provide content about social work practice with client systems of various sizes and types by instilling in students recognition and respect for the dignity and worth of client systems in reference to gender, race, religion, national origin, disabilities, and sexual preference.


Contribute to the University’s expression of its commitment to fostering cultural, social, and ethical growth in its students by a special emphasis on relationships between diverse peoples and their social environment and an awareness of, and respect for, the contributions of women and minorities in American society.
Provide students with a comprehensive foundation for graduate professional education in social work.


Instill in students the habits and discipline conducive to lifelong learning and the ongoing enhancement of the skills necessary for successful professional growth and development in social work practice.

 

Social Work Program Objectives


The generalist practice educational experience at West Virginia State University will enable students to:
 

  • Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  • Practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession and with an understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity.
  • Demonstrate the professional use of self.
  • Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and the strategies of advocacy and change that advance social and economic justice.
  • Understand the history of the social work profession and its current structures and issues.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work to practice with systems of all sizes.
  • Apply knowledge of the bio-psycho-social variables that affect the individual development and behavior, and use theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and between individuals and social systems (i.e., families, groups, organizations and communities).
  • Analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies.
  • Evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice, and under supervision, to evaluate their own practice interventions and those of relevant systems.
  • Use communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues, and members of the community.
  • Use supervision and consultation appropriate to generalist practice.
  • Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and under supervision, seek necessary organizational change.


Program Accreditation


An important fact for you to know is that our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for Social Work educational programs. This means potential employers anywhere in the country will recognize our program as having met the standards for quality and excellence set by CSWE. It also mans our graduates are eligible for licensure as social workers in West Virginia and other states, depending on individual state laws. The Social Work program at West Virginia State University has been continually accredited by CSWE since 1975.

 

Affirmative Action Statement


West Virginia State University is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION institution and does not discriminate against any person because of race, sex, age, color, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin.

Program Termination

Each semester at regularly scheduled advising appointments with social work faculty

At the time of application for formal admission to the Social Work Program (usually at the beginning of the Junior year)

As part of each course that has a field instruction requirement

As part of a “Senior Evaluation” conducted with each student by the Department Chair (usually at the beginning of the Senior year).


Although rare, a student may be terminated from the Social Work Program when academic performance, field instruction ratings, and/or ethical conduct fail to meet acceptable program standards. The decision to terminate a student from the Social Work Program is made by a consensus of the social work faculty. The student is notified in writing by the Program Chair. A student who disagrees with the decision can follow the following steps:

Within 14 days of receipt of the decision, the student may notify the Program Chair in writing of the wish to appeal.

The Program Chair will arrange an interview with the student. If the issue cannot be resolved during this interview, the student may take the next step.

The student may appeal in writing to the Dean of the College of Professional Studies, who may hear the case or refer the appeal to the WVSU Academic Appeals Committee.

The Academic Appeals Committee will notify the student of the Committee’s decision regarding admission to the Social Work Program after a formal hearing with the student.

If a satisfactory resolution to the issue is not reached through this stage, the student may appeal in writing to the President.

The President’s decision is final.

Resources

PROFESSIONAL LINKS;
 

West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners: www.wvsocialworkboard.org

National Association of Social Workers—West Virginia Chapter: www.naswwv.org

National Association of Social Workers: www.socialworkers.org

Council on Social Work Education: www.cswe.org

WVU MSW Program link: http://sw.as.wvu.edu/academics/master/index.php

WVDHHR Employment link: http://www.state.wv.us/admin/personnel

Social Worker Code of Ethics: http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp

Social Worker Jobs in West Virginia: http://www.indeed.com

STUDENT RESOURCES:

(Outline of Links to other pages on this web site. Click "Student Handbook" link to access desired information.)

Student Handbook Table of contents, p. 12.

Student Handbook, pp. 13-23.

Program Objectives/Accreditation, p. 14.

Career Information, p. 15.

Curriculum, p. 18.

Graduation Requirements/Advising, p. 20.

Field Instruction, p. 21.

Student Organizations/Student Rights, p. 22.

Student Stipends/Student Scholarships, p. 23.

Termination From The Program, p. 23.

Student Field Placement Memo of Understanding, p. 25.

Social Work Course Descriptions, p. 27

Stipends & Scholarships

2.1.4 To define generally the powers, authority and duties to be exercised under the control of the institutions by their presidents, or their designees, and the Board of Governors in applying this rule;
2.1.5 To prescribe disciplinary actions and proceedings to be taken in cases of the violations of this rule.

SOCIAL WORK STUDENT STIPENDS

Title IV-E Grant

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, through funding from a Title IV-E Grant, provides stipends and tuition awards for qualified Social Work majors interested in child welfare. The awards are contingent upon continued funding by DHHR under the Grant.
Student grants are based on the following criteria:

  • Be formally admitted into the Social Work program with 60+ credit hours of completed studies
  • Carry a minimum of 12 hours of coursework per semester with a GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Submit an application with a current transcript and resume and names/addresses of two references.
  • Be interviewed and accepted by a representative of the WV DHHR.
  • Sign a binding contract with the WV DHHR agreeing to stipulated academic standing, course work, field placement in a child welfare social service agency, and a commitment upon graduation for employment with the WV Office of Social Services if such an offer is offered to you.


Students unable to meet the conditions of the Title IV-E contract must pay back, with interest, the stipend(s) received.

Please note that the awards may affect eligibility for other financial aid and applies only after all other free aid is used. In addition, it may also be to taxation.

WVSU Foundation Scholarships

Social work students are encouraged to explore the many scholarships awarded to students who are already enrolled through the University scholarship committee. Applications may be obtained in the Office of Academic Affairs. Application deadlines are May 1 for Fall Semester and October 1 for Spring Semester. Usually, scholarships are awarded in the spring for both semesters of the following academic year. A list of these scholarships and additional information can be found in WVSU Catalog.

TERMINATION FROM THE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM

The Social Work Program seeks to provide a supportive environment to help students reach their academic and professional goals. As such, students’ academic and professional performance is evaluated on a regular basis in order to assess progress toward reaching individual goals. The following criteria are used for evaluating academic and professional performance:

  • Maintenance of an overall GPA of not less than 2.0
  • Minimum grade of “C” in all social work courses
  • Successful application for admission to the Social Work Program
  • Satisfactory ratings from field instructors /supervisors on all field instruction performance evaluations, including:

SW 131 Introduction to Social Work

Educ 201 Human Growth and Development

SW 404 Field Instruction

SW 406 Advanced Field Instruction
 

  • Demonstration of ethical conduct as set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics


Although evaluation of academic and professional performance is an ongoing process, students can expect to be provided with specific written feedback at the following key points in time:

Student Organizations

We encourage you to participate as fully as you can in the “life” of the Social Work Program. Student input to the program is vital to its effectiveness and vitality. Student representatives attend departmental meetings and serve on departmental advisory councils. Students also have input into the program by serving on the Field Instruction Advisory Council.


As social work students you are eligible for student membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest professional organization for social workers in the country. Talk to your advisor about NASW.

 

The Social Work Honorary – Alpha Delta Mu


The Social Work Honorary – Alpha Delta Mu is a national organization, which recognizes academic achievement in the field. To be eligible for membership in the West Virginia State University chapter (Mu), you must:

  • Complete 60 credit hours
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA computed overall
  • Earn a “B” or better in each social work course undertaken (a minimum of 6 credit hours in social work)


Alpha Delta Mu emphasizes scholarship and the development of programs that will further the student’s education. The Mu Chapter sponsors programs for students and the community, works closely with the Social Work Student Organization. Members of Alpha Delta Mu learn about social work graduate school programs, and they frequently help in arrangements for the Career Expo held on campus. Each year during Founders Week in March members of Alpha Delta Mu are recognized by the Administration and Faculty for their academic accomplishments.
 

The Social Work Student Organization


The Social Work Student Organization (aka “the Club”) has been active since 1975 when the Social Work Program was first accredited at West Virginia State University. We cordially invite you to join the Club and participate in its activities. The Organization offers you opportunities to socialize and fraternize with like-minded students, to learn about employment openings, to provide services to our community, and to gain additional information about the social work field. In the past, some of the Club activities have included community speakers, voters’ registration, representation to the NASW state meetings, sponsorship of induction of honor students into honoraries, involvement in a needs assessment project, parties for children in low income housing, community awareness projects, mentoring services, fundraising for homeless programs, participation in the WVSU in Multicultural Festival, and field trips.

Vision Statement
    
 We are caring and competent servant leaders transforming lives within our college and its surrounding communities. 

Objectives

  • To provide experience with working in a group setting.
  • To serve school and community.
  • To develop initiative and leadership.
  • To encourage volunteerism and service to others.
  • To provide opportunities.
  • To put into practice what we are learning in the classroom.
Rules and Responsibilities of Members
  • Participate in the organization as much as possible.
  • Volunteer for 5 hours of service per semester.
A sample of our activities include:
  • Community speakers
  • Voter registration
  • student representatives to NASW state meetings
  • Sponsorship of honor student induction Into our honorary society
  • Involvement in needs assessments
  • Parties for children in low income housing
  • Field trips
Officers for the 2015-2016 Academic Year
  • President: Sierra Burgess
  • vice President: Lana Meyers
  • Secretary: Ashley Bradshaw
  • Treasurer: Latasha As bury
  • Faculty Advisor: Raphael M. Mutepa, PhD
 

STUDENTS’ RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES


The Social Work Student Advisory Council


This group is made up of freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who serve as a formal student conduit for influencing the Social Work Program’s policies and procedures. An elected representative of this group attends the Social Work departmental meetings as needed.

WVSU Board of Governors Policy on Student Rights and Responsibility

Included in the appendix of this Handbook is BOG Policy #23, which is the official Policy regarding student rights, responsibilities, and conduct at West Virginia State University (WVSU) and West Virginia State Community & Technical College (WVSCTC). Section 2 of the Policy states its purpose as:

2.1 Purpose: The purpose of this rule includes, but is not limited to, the following:
2.1.1 To establish a general policy on student life, including a statement on student rights and responsibilities, at WVSU and WVSCTC;
2.1.2 To identify behavioral expectations of students and certain prohibited acts by students at the institutions or at institution-sponsored events and/or programs;
2.1.3 To prescribe penalties and sanctions for such prohibited conduct;

Faculty & Staff

Ms. Lee
Ms. Lee Altiery
Title IV-E Program Assistant
Phone: (304) 766-3018
altieryl@wvstateu.edu
Ms. Rita
Ms. Rita Brown
Phone: (304) 766-3273
brownri@wvstateu.edu
Sonja
Sonja McClung
Administrative Secretary
Phone: (304) 766-3254
smcclun2@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Raphael
Dr. Raphael Mutepa
Phone: (304) 766-3234
musondam@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Brenda
Dr. Brenda  Wamsley
Phone: (304) 766-5240
wamsleyb@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Brenda
Dr. Brenda  Wamsley
916 Wallace Hall
Phone: (304) 766-5240
wamsleyb@wvstateu.edu





In July 2015, WVSU's Social Work Program was ranked 10th among the 50 Most Affordable Selective Schools for a Bachelor's of Social Work in the country by Social Work Degree Guide.





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