Professional Development

For Credit Courses

GROUP FACILITATION: BUILDING CONSENSUS

SOWK 580

This interactive course equips students with the knowledge, rationale, skills and abilities essential to the successful facilitation of work groups. Students will be exposed to and have the opportunity to practice a variety of facilitation skills that help groups build trust, define issues, and come to decisions. They will also learn theories such as group dynamics, power, and leadership that provide a foundation for greater success in understanding and guiding groups. The values and ethics of facilitation and working with multicultural groups will be discussed. A variety of facilitation and process design models will be presented. Successful students will be able to provide assessment, guide the convening process, and design and facilitate a process for the facilitation of a variety of groups from workplace teams to public deliberation sessions to interagency collaborative efforts. This course does not address therapy or counseling groups.

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

SOWK 561- online course (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide a look at the complexities surrounding people who have disabilities. Students will be asked to examine their own experiences, knowledge, and beliefs. In addition to exploring, questioning, and challenging traditional approaches, programs, value systems, and current services, students will be exposed to on-line threaded discussions, writings, group (team) work, other learning opportunities, and techniques that will offer opportunities to examine the life experiences of people with disabilities. Threaded discussion sessions, internet exploration, assignments, films, and readings will concentrate on innovative practices in education, employment, housing, families, supporting relationships, and communities.

Information on local, state, national, and international approaches and policies will be presented. Participants in this course will explore positive ways of changing community attitudes, service delivery systems, assessment, planning, and instructional strategies to be more responsive to the desires and needs of people with disabilities.

LEGAL ISSUES IN HUMAN SERVICES

SOWK 350 – online course (3 credits)

This course examines legal principles and procedures of special relevance to the practice of social work and work within human service agencies. The course reviews the basic structure and operation of the American legal system; basic principles of legal research; basic principles of constitutional law; legislative process; courtroom testimony; and legal principles related to juvenile justice, adult and child protection, adoption, education, domestic relations, mental health, aging, medic-legal issues, and disabilities. The course also considers specific legal issues directly related to the practice of social work and work within the human services including licensing, confidentiality, and professional liability. The course focuses on federal and Colorado laws as they relate to these areas..

PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK

SOWK 680 - online course (3 credits)

This course builds on individual and family social work practice courses and is designed specifically for MSW students and social work professionals who desire to improve their understanding of psychopathology and skill in utilizing the DSM IV-TR (soon to be DSM V) for their professional practice.  It focuses on ethical questions related to diagnosis and, in keeping with social work values, considers mental and emotional disorders within the context of the larger environment.