Advanced Children, Youth, and Families Certificate

The Advanced Children, Youth, and Families Certificate is for students enrolled in or who have completed a master's degree in Social Work to provide culturally competent services to vulnerable children and families through a range of public and private agencies at various levels of practice. The focused curriculum includes coursework on clinical skills to work effectively with children and their families to promote positive outcomes, and macro skills and strategies to develop productive change in service delivery systems. Students receive instruction in evidence-based practice and management strategies to develop competency in working with children and youth in a variety of contexts. Students complete 15 credits leading to the Advanced Children, Youth, and Families Certificate.

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Required Courses

Students will take 3 required courses (9 credits)

SWK/SOWK 605 - Child Welfare Settings
Credits: 3
This elective course provides an in-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices and research in the field of child welfare and family and children services. This course will provide an introduction to the child welfare field, an overview of the development of services for children, a detailed examination of the provision of services and an exploration of the ethical implications of child welfare practice.


SWK/SOWK 608 - Social Work Administration and Supervision
Credits: 3
This elective course is designed to expand students’ knowledge of and skills in effective program management of human services organizations and to provide approaches for managing service programs effectively. Organizational and management theories and principles are applied to a range of human services. The course will also cover different supervisory approaches and techniques, and consider supervisory challenges that arise in various practice settings.


SWK/SOWK 611 - Children and Youth at Risk
Credits: 3
This elective course is an in-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices and research in the field of child services, including school social work and child welfare. In addition, this course will provide a detailed exploration and understanding of a range of children and youth populations and their families. This comprehensive understanding will help practitioners to
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effectively conduct an assessment and develop a treatment plan listing evidence-based intervention strategies and/or prevention programs that will effectively meet the complex needs of at-risk populations and their families. The challenges and ethical dilemmas confronting social work practitioners working with at-risk populations and their families will also be addressed.


Electives:

Students will take 2 electives (6 credits)

SWK/SOWK 602 - Behavioral Health Care Settings
Credits: 3
This elective course is designed to help prepare students for advanced generalist social work practice with client systems and social resource systems relating to mental or behavioral health. Extends and elaborates the advanced generalist approach to social work practice to a special field of practice. Introduces the social worker's role in behavioral health care and the policy issues that impact on practice.
This course may be offered in multiple modalities that amount to 48 hours
Prerequisite(s): SWK/SOWK 601 (may be taken concurrently) or SWK/SOWK 531 or permission of instructor.

SWK/SOWK 603 - Gender Issues
Credits: 3
This elective course provides an in-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices and research in the field of gender studies. This course will examine institutionalized gender socialization, current gender issues and controversies, feminist theory for understanding behavior, and guiding principles and practices for helping professionals.

SWK/SOWK 604 - Health Care Settings
Credits: 3
This elective course introduces the social worker's role in health care and the policy issues that impact on practice. Focuses on four content areas: 1) what the social worker's role is in various health care settings; 2) historic and current policy that affect health care services; 3) current research in various health care related issues, and 4) international models of care.
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SWK/SOWK 607 - Emergency Mental Health and Trauma
Credits: 3
This elective course provides an in-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices and research in crisis intervention during disasters. This course will provide an introduction to the disaster field, a detailed examination of the human service delivery systems and guidelines for attending to the emotional and mental-health needs of both disaster survivors and responders, using the Critical Incident Stress Management model.

SWK/SOWK 617 - Addictions
Credits: 3
This elective course will focus on the topic of addictions, preparing students to recognize and intervene when clients and their families demonstrate addiction problems in a wide range of social service agencies and host settings, such as child welfare, mental health, aging, schools, healthcare, corrections, and drug and alcohol programs. The course will examine the evolving models of alcohol and chemical dependency to the present-day understanding of the disease model, including an examination of the neurobiology of addiction and basic pharmacology, including medication-assisted therapies. The concept of harm reduction is introduced. Using a case-studies approach, students will develop assessment and intervention skills.

 

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