MSW Portland Option

 

Overview

The Portland Option offers a Two-Year, Three-Year, and Four-Year program.

The Two-Year program consists of three classes each term (Fall, Winter and Spring) plus a 16-hour-per-week field placement. With this course of study, we encourage you to limit outside employment to part-time.

The Three-Year program requires two classes each term (Fall, Winter and Spring) in the first year of the program, followed by two years of two classes each term and a field placement 16 hours a week.

The Four-Year program consists of two classes per term (Fall, Winter and Spring) in the first year of the program and two or three classes per term in the fourth year. Students take one class per term during the second and third years of the program and a field placement 16 hours a week.

The MSW Portland Option has two advanced concentrations to choose from: 1) Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations, or 2) Advanced Clinical Practice.  Students follow a prescribed course sequence outlined in the Course Map.

Learn about PLCO »

Learn about CLIN »

Students are not guaranteed their first choice of concentrations.  Availability of concentration depends on suitable field learning opportunities in a student's home community and space in the advanced concentration practice course.


Two-Year Course Map (78 credit Hours)

Year One (39 CREDITS)

Fall (13 credits) Winter (13 credits) Spring (13 credits)
SW 530 SW Practice with Individuals and Families I (3 credits) SW 520 Social Welfare History and Policy (3 credits) SW 515 Skills for the Helping Process - Groups (3 credits)
SW 539 Social Justice in Social Work (3 credits) SW 540 SW Practice with Individuals and Families II (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)
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 Two (39 CREDITS)

Fall (13 credits) Winter (13 credits) Spring (13 credits)

SW 533 Advanced Clinical Practice I (3 credits)


or


SW 593 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) I (3 credits)

SW 534 Advanced Clinical Practice II (3 credits)


or


SW 594 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) II (3 credits)

SW 535 Advanced Clinical Practice III (3 credits)


or


SW 595 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) III (3 credits)

2 Electives (6 credits) 2 Electives (6 credits) 2 Electives (6 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 Persp. Mental Health Disorders.
• Students in the PLCO concentration are required to take SW 559 Comm & Org Research OR SW 553 Racial Disparities.
• PSU graduates of the BSW or CYFS programs do not take SW 539. Those students will replace SW 539 with an additional elective.


Three-Year Course Map (78 credit Hours)

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)
SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits) SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits) SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits)
Elective (3 credits) Elective (3 credits) Elective (3 credits)

Year Three (30 credits)

Fall (10 credits) Winter (10 credits) Spring (10 credits)

SW 533 Advanced Clinical Practice I (3 credits)


or


SW 593 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) I (3 credits)

SW 534 Advanced Clinical Practice II (3 credits)


or


SW 594 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) II (3 credits)

SW 535 Advanced Clinical Practice III (3 credits)


or


SW 595 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) III (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits) Elective (3 credits) Elective (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 Persp. Mental Health Disorders.
• Students in the PLCO concentration are required to take SW 559 Comm & Org Research OR SW 553 Racial Disparities.
• PSU graduates of the BSW or CYFS programs do not take SW 539. Those students will replace SW 539 with an additional elective.


Four-Year Course Map (78 Credit Hours)

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 Processes (3 credits) SW 550 SW Research & Evaluation I (3 credits) SW 551 SW Research & Evaluation II (3 credits)

Year Two (21 Credits)

Fall (7 credits) Winter (7 credits) Spring (7 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)
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 (7 credits) Winter (7 credits) Spring (7 credits)

SW 533 Advanced Clinical Practice I (3 credits)


or


SW 593 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) I (3 credits)

SW 534 Advanced Clinical Practice II (3 credits)


or


SW 594 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) II (3 credits)

SW 535 Advanced Clinical Practice III (3 credits)


or


SW 595 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (Advanced Macro) III (3 credits)

SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits)

Year Four (18 Credits)

Fall (6 credits) Winter (6 credits) Spring (6 credits)
2 Electives (3 credits each) 2 Electives (3 credits each) 2 Electives (3 credits each)

Course Map Notes

• Students in the Clinical concentration are required to take SW 555 SW Persp. Mental Health Disorders.
• Students in the PLCO concentration are required to take SW 559 Comm & Org Research OR SW 553 Racial Disparities.
• PSU graduates of the BSW or CYFS programs do not take SW 539. Those students will replace SW 539 with an additional elective.


Contact

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