MSW Eugene Option

 

Overview

The Eugene Option for the PSU School of Social Work MSW program is conveniently located in downtown Eugene within the University of Oregon Baker Downtown Center. Students can access affordable parking across the street and find many restaurants within walking distance. The Eugene site draws students from all areas of Oregon including Lane, Linn, Benton, Douglas and Coos counties.

The Eugene MSW Option follows a three-year curriculum. During the first year of the program, students attend classes on the PSU Campus in Portland every two weeks on Fridays 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm. During the second and third years of the program, classes are held every Friday from 9 am – 5 pm in the U of O Baker Downtown Center. In addition to classes in the second and third years, students will also participate in field practicums. Field study encompasses a broad range of social work fields of practice including, but not limited to, mental health, medial, integrative care, school-based, child welfare, aging, etc.

Students in the MSW Eugene Option study the Advanced Clinical Practice concentration and follow a prescribed course sequence outlined in the Distance Course Map.

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Most courses are taught by PSU School of Social Work faculty who travel to the Eugene site. Students complete two years of field practice in agencies in or near their home communities whenever possible.

Admissions

The next Eugene cohort will begin the program in fall 2022. The application will be made available in September 2021.

Curriculum

Students complete Foundation Year coursework in years one and two. Advanced Year coursework is completed in year three.

Year One (18 Credits)

Fall (6 credits) Winter (6 credits) Spring (6 credits)
SW 539 Social Justice in Social Work (3 credits) SW 520 Social Welfare History and Policy (3 credits) SW 532 Advocacy and Empowerment (3 credits)
SW 541 Societal, Community and Organizational Structures and Processes (3 credits) SW 550 SW Research & Evaluation I (3 credits) SW 551 SW Research & Evaluation II (3 credits)

Year Two (30 Credits)

Fall (10 credits) Winter (10 credits) Spring (10 credits)
SW 530 SW Practice with Individuals and Families I (3 credits) SW 540 SW Practice with Individuals and Families II (3 credits) SW 515 Skills for the Helping Process – Groups (3 credits)
Elective – on site (3 credits) Elective – on site (3 credits) Elective – on site (3 credits)
SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits ) SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits ) SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits )

Year Three (30 credits)

Fall (10 credits) Winter (10 credits) Spring (10 credits)
SW 533 Clinical Social Work Practice I (3 credits) SW 534 Clinical Social Work Practice II (3 credits) SW 535 Clinical Social Work Practice III (3 credits)
Elective – online (3 credits) Elective – online (3 credits) Elective – online (3 credits)
SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits)

Course Map Notes

• Students in the Clinical concentration are required to take SW 555 SW Perspectives on Mental Health Disorders.
• PSU graduates of the BSW or CYFS programs do not take SW 539.  Those students will replace SW 539 with an additional elective.  
• Year three electives are available online only; no site-based electives are offered.

Site Coordinator

Valerie Hamby, LCSW, is a graduate of the PSU MSW program and joined the School of Social Work as the Eugene Site Coordinator in the fall of 2011. Valerie has had an extensive career in community mental health in the Eugene area including serving as the lead clinician for the Lane County Mental Health outpatient clinic, and as a hospital crisis evaluator for over twenty years.  She has also been certified as a civil commitment examiner and provided community critical incident debriefings.  Valerie's area of focus with the School of Social Work is in Field instruction emphasizing students' strengths and working collaboratively with local social service agencies.  She continues to provide direct clinical services through a small private practice. 

Contact

Valerie Hamby, L.C.S.W.
Eugene Site Coordinator
(541) 346-5612
valh@pdx.edu

University of Oregon Baker Downtown Center
975 High Street
Eugene, OR 97401