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Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 05 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT Even before the coronavirus pandemic propelled UNLV into remote learning in the spring, online courses at UNLV were prevalent.  "There's been a steady decrease in the number of students that have never taken an online course," said Elizabeth Barrie, the director of the Office of Online Education . She recently presented during The State of Online Education webinar event. It highlighted some of the initiatives and cross-campus partnerships that contribute to student achievement and shared how faculty prepared for online learning through the summer. She noted that 95% of students who graduated in spring 2020 with an undergraduate degree had taken at least one online course. And, compared to past years, there has been an increase in the number of students who have taken more than 30 credits, or two semesters, online. 

Master of Social Work Student Handbook - Nevada Today

Master of Social Work Student Handbook - Nevada Today


Master of Social Work Student Handbook - Nevada Today

Posted: 23 Dec 2020 03:09 PM PST

MSW Course Descriptions

The following are descriptions of required courses in the MSW program of study.

Required Foundation Courses

SW 610 Structural Oppression
The first of two courses that promote a multidimensional understanding of human functioning across systems and the life course. Introduces oppression and examines the experiences of diverse POPULATIONS.

SW 611 Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior
The second course in a two-course sequence that promotes a multidimensional understanding of human functioning and behavior across systems and the life course. This course specifically examines human behavior and functioning among individuals and families. In particular, the course emphasizes an evidence-informed approach to assessing human functioning. The course advances students' ability to critically apply a range of theories and research to better understand and assess human behavior and development.

SW 620 Social Work Methods with Individuals
One of a four-course sequence that emphasizes the competent application of skills, knowledge and values to social work practice. This course focuses on developing competency in intervening with individuals. Students will learn how to engage in each stage of the social work intervention process with individuals, including: rapport building, exploration, assessment, planning, implementation, goal attainment, evaluation and termination. This course furthers students' understanding of the strengths-based, generalist social work perspective; in particular students will learn the various roles social workers may play in work with individuals. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing the ways in which client characteristics (i.e., biological, psychological and socioeconomic factors as well as class, gender, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation) interact with the resources and demands of the environment in identifying appropriate intervention strategies. Students will be asked to use critical thinking skills to identify and implement interventions with individuals that are evidenced-informed, as well as contextually and culturally relevant.

SW 621 Social Work Methods with Groups
One of a four-course sequence that emphasizes the competent application of skills, knowledge and values to social work practice. This course focuses on developing competency in intervening with small groups. Students will learn how to engage in each stage of the social work intervention process with groups, including: formation, initial/beginning stage, middle stage, termination stage and evaluation. Students will continue their use of an evidence-informed approach to practice through identification and critique of group curriculums. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing the ways in which member characteristics (i.e., biological, psychological and socioeconomic factors as well as class, gender, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation) influence communication, interaction and dynamics within groups.

SW 623 Social Work with Organizations, Communities and Legislatures
One of a four-course sequence that emphasizes the competent application of skills, knowledge and values to social work practice. This course focuses on developing competency in working with organizations, communities and legislative bodies. This course furthers the understanding of the strengths-based, generalist social work perspective. In this course students will learn public speaking, elements of grant writing, budgeting, advocacy, lobbying and written and oral persuasion techniques as methods of assessing and responding to community and organizational issues. Students will learn to attend to the cultural, ideological, and diverse nuances present in large groups of people and within complex problems while maintaining a critically reflexive position in relation to their own culture, privilege, ideology, personal values, and biases. Students will be asked to use critical thinking skills to identify and implement interventions with organizations and communities that are evidenced-informed, as well as contextually and culturally relevant.

SW 624 Social Work Methods with Couples and Families
One of a four-course sequence that emphasizes the competent application of skills, knowledge and values to social work practice. This course focuses on developing competency in intervening with couples and families. Students will learn how to engage in each stage of the social work intervention process with couples and families, including: rapport building, exploration, assessment, planning, implementation, goal attainment, evaluation and termination. This course furthers students' understanding of the strengths-based, generalist social work perspective. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing the ways in which client characteristics (i.e., biological, psychological and socioeconomic factors as well as class, gender, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation) interact with the resources and demands of the environment in identifying appropriate intervention strategies. Students will be asked to use critical thinking skills to identify and implement interventions with couples and families that are evidenced-informed, as well as contextually and culturally relevant.

SW 630 Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy
Explores the historical development of the social work profession and current policies governing the social service delivery system within the United States. Social policy is presented as a social construction influenced by a range of ideologies and interests. Special attention is paid to social welfare policy and programs relevant to the practice of social work, including poverty, child and family well-being, mental and physical disability, health, and racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities. The course includes a focus on the role of policy in creating, maintaining or eradicating social inequities.

SW 640 Elements of Evidence-Informed Practice
This is the first in a two-course sequence that examines concepts, principles, and methods of scientific inquiry, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative designs, assessment of practice and program effectiveness, and critical use of existing research when working with individuals, couples, families, or groups. A key focus is on understanding the reciprocal relationship between practice and research. The goal of the course is to prepare competent research consumers who view evidence-informed practice as a "process of inquiry," and continually examine the foundations of "best practices." Emphasis is placed on a) learning to formulate research and evaluation questions; b) conducting ongoing analysis and critique of research literature, and c) using empirically valid data to identify social problems relevant to practice. Additionally, the course introduces cultural and ethical issues present in all investigative endeavors and the unique issues involved in studying special populations and populations at risk.

SW 680 Foundation Practicum I
Integration of professional content through a weekly one hour seminar and at least 15 hours of social worker supervised placement in an approved practicum site.

SW 681 Foundation Practicum II
Continued integration of professional content through a weekly one hour seminar and at least 15 hours of social worker supervised placement in an approved practicum site.

Required Concentration Courses

SW 710 Advanced multidimensional assessment
Critical examination of the language and classification systems used in mental health.

This course introduces students to the concepts and language of mental health and mental disorders, and the influence of social structural factors on each. Structural inequalities in mental health diagnosis and treatment are covered, particularly among groups that historically have been oppressed and marginalized. In addition, the history of the classification system of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is reviewed, as well as the tension between the use of a classification system based on the medical model, and the assumptions and values of the social work profession. Students will learn to distinguish mental health diagnostic categories and gain skills in the diagnostic process. As students deepen their understanding of mental health diagnosis, they will also gain an appreciation for the benefits and limitations of diagnosis as part of the helping process. The primary goals are for students to gain skills in using the DSM for assessment, treatment planning, and for conversing as a member of a multidisciplinary team —while maintaining a person-centered approach to helping clients.

SW 720 Intervention Approaches with Individuals
Integration of theories of human behavior and select intervention approaches with individuals.

This is the first in a series of three direct practice courses with a focus on integrating advanced theory and evidence-informed knowledge with social work practice skills. Students will learn to implement three approaches used widely to understand psychological factors in helping individuals deal with obstacles and achieve their goals: relational, cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy. These practice approaches represent variants of the major psychological frameworks—psychodynamic, behavioral, and post-modern. Each supports social work's person-in-environment perspective and the profession's emphasis on resilience and strengths among oppressed and underserved populations. This course will provide students with opportunities for experiential learning and skill-building in carrying out these intervention approaches. Professional responsibility for ongoing learning and self-development as a reflective practitioner is woven throughout the course.

SW 721 Therapeutic Interventions with Groups
Develop and facilitate therapeutic groups from the perspective of selected theoretical frameworks; knowledge of systems theory and special properties of groups that can be used as a mechanism for improved coping and change.

SW 723 Social Work Administration I
First in a two-course sequence. Prepares students for advanced macro social work practice; program and agency planning/development, and the knowledge/skills required to assume administrative and policy-practice roles.

SW 724 Therapeutic Interventions with Families
Students will learn to implement three approaches that are used widely to help families cope with obstacles and achieve their goals—multigenerational family therapy, structural family therapy, and feminist family therapy. These frameworks incorporate the group practice techniques that students learned at the foundation level, support social work's emphasis on resilience and strengths, and can be used with families across practice fields. This course will provide students with opportunities for experiential learning and skill-building in carrying out these intervention approaches. Ethnicity, culture, gender, and family life course are central in this regard, as students learn to tailor family interventions to the needs of clients. Professional responsibility for ongoing learning and self-development as a reflective practitioner is woven throughout the course.

SW 725 Social Work Administration II
One in a two-course sequence that prepares students to engage in advanced social work practice with macro systems. This course focuses specifically on the knowledge and skills required to assume administrative and policy-practice roles within social service settings. In particular, the course highlights public and private budgetary processes as they influence and guide social service delivery, fundraising, management, program development, strategic planning and policy analysis, development and implementation. Students will be encouraged to critically examine competing needs, differential power structures and value conflicts inherent to social service delivery within the United States in general and Nevada in particular.

SW 741 Practice and Program Evaluation
Develop evaluation practice skills. Emphasis on middle and later stages of the evaluation process. Includes learning to use a logic model; developing data collection plans; analyzing qualitative/quantitative data; presenting findings.

SW 780 Advanced Practicum I
Integration of professional content through a weekly one-hour seminar and development of advanced generalist practice skills through supervised placement in community agencies.

SW 781 Advanced Practicum II
Continuation of integration of professional content through a weekly one-hour seminar and development of advanced generalist practice skills through supervised placement in community agencies.

SW 793 Integrative Case-Based Seminar: Advanced Generalist Practice
Competent social work practice involves broad knowledge of person-in-environment and a full integration of social work knowledge, skills, theory, evidence, and values and ethics, and the ability to clearly articulate a rationale for decision-making. This course gives students the opportunity to analyze and apply with greater depth, breadth, and specificity their knowledge, skills, and theories to values and ethics, diversity, populations at risk, social and economic justice, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy, social work practice, research, and field education. Therefore, this competency based course builds upon all previous courses in the curriculum and their field internships utilizing a multilevel case study method and prepares students for professional practice. Case studies will require students to intervene at all systems levels and address the required accreditation-based social work competencies. The course will be taken concurrently with students' final field placement to enhance reciprocal learning in class and in field.

Elmhurst U. Launches Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program | Elmhurst University - Elmhurst College

Posted: 23 Dec 2020 09:23 AM PST

Elmhurst University has launched a new graduate certificate program in innovation and entrepreneurship that can help students jump-start a startup, bring new ventures to existing organizations, and better leverage ideas in today's dynamic economy.

The Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) program is designed for students interested in entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship (innovation within an existing organization). Currently accepting students for the fall of 2021, the part-time certificate program can be completed on campus or online in one year. 

"Innovation and entrepreneurship are what make the U.S. a global leader in commerce, and we can't afford to lose that edge," said Bruce Fischer, professor of business and economics and director of Elmhurst's CIE program. "Programs like ours will help us sustain that edge by equipping our students to transform ideas into reality."

More information about the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be available at Elmhurst University's Virtual Graduate Programs Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. The Open House will provide an overview of all of Elmhurst's part-time graduate programs, and opportunities to connect with faculty and current graduate students. For more information and to register, visit elmhurst.edu/ChooseElmhurst.

A highlight of the new program is Elmhurst's academic partnership with Innovation DuPage, a business incubator serving the DuPage County region that unites startup founders and small-business owners with the people and resources to help them grow. As an academic partner, Innovation DuPage will provide Elmhurst students with access to Innovation DuPage facilities, services and mentors.

"We are excited to partner with Elmhurst University to help mold the next generation of entrepreneurs," said Travis Linderman, managing director of Innovation DuPage. "Whether these students decide to launch new companies or drive internal transformation, they will contribute meaningfully to growth in their communities. The resources available at Innovation DuPage can amplify that growth and further drive the region's economic prosperity.

"Innovation cannot be successful in a vacuum – our communities thrive through collaboration," Linderman said. "Innovation DuPage is honored to be a part of the ecosystem of this elite university and we look forward to the opportunities that this unique partnership will create."

Elmhurst University also offers students an array of entrepreneurship support services through the E-celerator, the University's entrepreneurship resource center, including:

  • Guidance, coaching and mentoring from an Entrepreneur in Residence
  • The "Bluejay Tank" pitch competition
  • Speaker series and other events
  • Networking and ideating with other entrepreneurs
  • A student-run entrepreneurship club

Elmhurst University launches Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate program - Chicago Daily Herald

Posted: 23 Dec 2020 02:44 PM PST

Elmhurst University has launched a new graduate certificate program in innovation and entrepreneurship that can help students jump-start a startup, bring new ventures to existing organizations, and better leverage ideas in today's dynamic economy.

The graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) program is designed for students interested in entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship (innovation within an existing organization). Currently accepting students for the fall of 2021, the part-time certificate program can be completed on campus or online in one year.

"Innovation and entrepreneurship are what make the U.S. a global leader in commerce, and we can't afford to lose that edge," says Bruce Fischer, professor of business and economics and director of Elmhurst's CIE program. "Programs like ours will help us sustain that edge by equipping our students to transform ideas into reality."

A highlight of the new program is Elmhurst's academic partnership with Innovation DuPage, a business incubator serving the DuPage County region that unites startup founders and small-business owners with the people and resources to help them grow. As an academic partner, Innovation DuPage will provide Elmhurst students with access to Innovation DuPage facilities, services and mentors.

"We are excited to partner with Elmhurst University to help mold the next generation of entrepreneurs," said Travis Linderman, managing director of Innovation DuPage. "Whether these students decide to launch new companies or drive internal transformation, they will contribute meaningfully to growth in their communities. The resources available at Innovation DuPage can amplify that growth and further drive the region's economic prosperity."

Elmhurst University also offers students an array of entrepreneurship support services through the E-celerator, the university's entrepreneurship resource center, including:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

• Guidance, coaching and mentoring from an Entrepreneur in Residence;

• The "Bluejay Tank" pitch competition;

• Speaker series and other events;

• Networking and ideating with other entrepreneurs;

• A student-run entrepreneurship club.

Elmhurst University has become widely recognized for nurturing a climate of innovation. The University ranks No. 3 among the Most Innovative Schools in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings for 2021. In recent years, Elmhurst has launched academic programs in environmental studies, digital media, cybersecurity and public health; developed maker spaces in the departments of physics and art; and created innovative partnerships and scholarship programs to support the changing needs of Elmhurst University students.

To learn more about Elmhurst University's new Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, visit elmhurst.edu/cie.

More information about the Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship also will be available during a graduate programs open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, online.

It will offer an overview of all of Elmhurst's part-time graduate programs, and opportunities to connect with faculty and current graduate students. To get details or register, visit elmhurst.edu/ChooseElmhurst.

Elmhurst University is a leading four-year institution of higher education that seamlessly blends liberal learning and professional preparation to help students reach their full potential. Founded in 1871, Elmhurst now offers more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, more than 20 graduate and certificate programs in flexible formats, and the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy for young adults with differing abilities. Elmhurst University, formerly Elmhurst College, is among the top-ranked colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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