Case Management Certificate

The Case Management Certificate offers students the advantage of an additional professional credential that supports employment and advanced graduate study opportunities.

Required Courses

  • SWK 100

    Introduction to Social Work


    This course introduces students to the profession of social work and its fields of practice. It provides an introduction to social work theories, values, and skills and defines how generalist social workers use their professional expertise to help people solve a variety of problems and improve their lives. The history of social work and its linkage to social justice issues and social welfare policy will be explored.

  • SWK 110

    Human Behavior and the Social Environment

    3 credits

    This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of human behavior and development across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on investigation and application of bio-psychosocial and systems theories, strengths perspectives, empowerment, and resiliency on human development and behavior within the scope of generalist social work practice. Attention to dimensions of diversity related to culture, race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status on human development and behavior are stressed.

  • SWK 231

    Interviewing and Counseling


    An introduction to interviewing and basic counseling techniques and theory. Emphasis on  skill development, observation, human interaction, and the art of information gathering. Students will explore the field of professional counseling, enhanced therapeutic  communication, and social history assessment.

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  • SWK 331

    Group Counseling

    3 credits

    Focuses on the basic issues and key concepts of group process for effective group  facilitation with a variety of populations.

  • SWK 432

    Counseling Theories

    3 credits

    This course is intended to introduce the social work student to the major theories of counseling in social work practice today. This course examines‎ the relationships between theories in social sciences and social work and explores their connections to the practice of social work.

    The intent of this course upon completion is to make students aware of major theoretical frameworks that have shaped social work and how theories have influenced the practice and field of social work.

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  • SWK 332

    Crisis Intervention: Theories and Skills

    3 credits

    This course will examine the knowledge, theory and skills of crisis intervention. Crisis intervention strategies and methods attempts to empower individuals or parties currently undergoing a crisis situation by helping them to stabilize and solve problems causing extreme tension and stress. This course includes social work principles and methods of crisis intervention for many different situations, such as domestic violence, community violence, homelessness, psychiatric crisis and abuse and neglect.

  • SWK 431

    Advocacy and Case Management

    3 credits

    The study of theories and application of generalist professional practice skills for advocacy work and case management in the social service sector. Systems theory, bio-psychosocial, person-in-environment, and strengths perspective will be utilized for problem identification, assessment, resource development, treatment planning, therapeutic intervention, and case monitoring. Course content will include the National Association of Social Workers professional credentials for certified social work case managers (C-SWCM). Prerequisite: Junior and senior status.

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  • SWK 340

    Counseling and Social Services in Schools

    3 credits

    This course examines the various roles of a social worker in the school setting, including the role of clinician, broker, advocate, educator, and consultant. There is an emphasis on learning skills in assessment, prevention, and intervention in providing services to “high risk” students, such as students in poverty and students with disabilities, and addressing issues such as teen parenting, drug and alcohol abuse, truancy, bullying, and conflict management in the school setting. This course will cover issues that a social worker will find in all school aged children, including early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school and will cover both regular and special education regulations.

  • SWK 341

    Families and the Child Welfare System

    3 credits

    This course explores the history of the child welfare system and the emergence of the  modern child welfare system. Understand the impact of child abuse and neglect and how it relates to the foster care system. Ethics and values, as well as the importance of cultural  competence will be discussed and examined throughout the course.

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