Park, Hyun-Sun

(2008) Associate Professor of Social Work. B.A. 1993, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies; M.S.W. 1998, Ph.D. 2007, University of Texas at Austin.

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Paez, José M.

(2009) Lecturer of Social Work. B.A. 1998, 1999, California State University, Northridge; M.S.W, 2001, University of Southern California.

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Levin, Amy C.

(2004) Professor of Social Work. B.A/B.S. 1993, University of California, San Diego; M.S.W. 1995, Columbia University; Ph.D. 2003, University of Southern California.

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Knott, Theresa F.

(2010) Associate Professor of Social Work. B.A. 1996, M.S.W. 2001, Ph.D. 2008, University of Toronto; B.S.W. 1999, York University.

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Henningfield, Jennifer

(2006) Director of Online and Offsite Field Education in Social Work. B.A. 1985, California State University, Northridge; M.S.W. 1988, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Mountz, Sarah E.

(2013) Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A. 2000, Smith College; M.S.S.W. 2003, Columbia University; Ph.D. 2012, University of Washington.

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SWRK 501. Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate admission; Acceptance to the MSW Program. This is the first of two human behavior and social environment courses that provide understanding of human behavior and social environmental relationships from an ecological perspective. This course focuses on child development from pre-birth to maturity. Child development is a complex interplay between the emerging child and his/her primary …

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SWRK 623/P. Advanced Field Practicum with Urban Families II and Placement (2/1)

Prerequisite: Second Year standing, SWRK 622/P. Corequisite: SWRK 623P. Advanced Practice with Urban Families Field Practicum II is the second semester of the advanced concentration field practicum courses. The course provides field education about the advanced concentration curriculum, which focuses on social work with urban families. This second practicum is designed to provide experience in …

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SWRK 622/P. Advanced Field Practicum with Urban Families I and Placement (2/1)

Prerequisite: Second Year standing, SWRK 523/P. Corequisite: SWRK 622P. Advanced Field Practicum I is the first semester of the advanced concentration field practicum courses. In the advanced field practicum, students continue to build upon the knowledge and skills gained during the Foundation program. The course provides field education about the advanced concentration curriculum, which focuses …

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SWRK 621. Advanced Social Work Practice in Urban Communities (3)

Prerequisite: SWRK 521. Recommended preparatory: First Year (Generalist) Courses. This course is designed around social justice and critical multicultural theoretical frameworks to help students understand and apply mezzo-macro social work interventions in urban settings with families/groups, communities, organizations and institutions. Building upon the material in SWRK 521, the course will provide an opportunity to explore …

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SWRK 522/P. Foundations of Field Education I and Placement (2/1)

Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSW program. Corequisite: SWRK 522P. Field education in the professional foundation year is designed to permit the student to apply the knowledge, skills, and values learned in courses in the liberal arts, social work practice, social welfare policy and services, human behavior in the social environment, and social research in an educationally …

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Social Work

The Master of Social Work Degree at CSUN provides students with a strong academic Program with professional skill development that provides social services to the San Fernando Valley adjacent cities as well as state, national and global communities. This full-time Program consists of two academic years and 20 courses equaling 60 credits, of which 12 are …

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Ashley, Wendy

(2008) Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A. 1993, University of California, Riverside; M.S.W. 1995, University of Southern California; Psy.D. 2006, Ryokan College.

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Bartle, Eli

(1998) Professor of Social Work. B.S.W. 1976, M.S.W. 1993, University of Nebraska; Ph.D. 1997, University of Kansas.

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Brown, Jodi L.

(2011) Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.S.W. 1992, Colorado State University; M.S.W. 1995, University of Illinois-Chicago; Ph.D. 1999, Washington University.

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DeBonis, Judith A.

(2011) Assistant Professor of Social Work. B.A. 1977, Russel Sage College; M.S.W. 1980, State University of New York at Albany; Ph.D. 1998, University of Southern California.

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Decker, James T.

(2006) Professor of Social Work. B.A. 1972, California State University, Northridge; M.S.W. 1974, State University of New York Stony Brook; Ph.D. 1976, University of Minnesota; Ph.D. 1994, Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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Halaas, Beth

(2004) Director of Field Education in Social Work. B.A. 1987, Boise State University; M.S.W. 1993, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Love, Susan M.

(2007) Associate Professor of Social Work. B.A. 1973, University of California, Berkeley; M.A. 1975 John F. Kennedy University; M.S.W. 1986, Ph.D. 1987, University of Washington.

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Ramos, Jose A. Jr.

(2008) Lecturer of Social Work. B.A. 1996, California State University, Los Angeles; M.S.W., 2001, California State University, Long Beach.

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SWRK 502. Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)

Prerequisites: SWRK 501; Graduate admission; Acceptance to the MSW Program. This is the second of 2 human behavior and social environment courses that provide understanding of human behavior and social environmental relationships from an ecological perspective. It will focus on the developmental dynamics of larger social systems, specifically groups, organizations and communities and their influence …

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SWRK 503. Psychosocial Assessment and Diagnostic Formulation (3)

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the MSW Program. Social workers are often required to practice within multidisciplinary teams of professionals. The role of the social worker within the larger mental health arena is the conceptualization of an individual or family system within a social/cultural/political/economic context and from a strengths-based perspective. This course will teach students to conduct …

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SWRK 510. Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice I (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Acceptance to the MSW Program. This is an introductory course in generalist social work knowledge, values and skills. Attention is given to the historic development of social work practice; the nature and application of social work values and ethical principles; the theoretical framework of helping methods; and the helping process of engagement, assessment, …

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SWRK 520. Social Work Practice in Multicultural Contexts (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Acceptance to the MSW Program. This course is designed to assist graduate social work students in understanding and interacting in a culturally competent manner with the multitude of groups that are identified by race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, and regional and national origins that …

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SWRK 521. Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice II (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Acceptance to the MSW Program. This course is designed to help students understand organizations, institutions and communities, and the knowledge bases of social work generalist practice for interventions at this level. It provides an opportunity to explore selected macro models of practice and learn about human service organizations that often serve as …

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SWRK 523/P. Foundations of Field Education I (2-1)

Prerequisite: SWRK 522. Field education in the professional foundation year is designed to permit the student to apply the knowledge, skills and values learned in courses in the liberal arts, social work practice, social welfare policy and services, human behavior in the social environment, and social research in an educationally supervised experience. Students are required …

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SWRK 525. Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Acceptance to the MSW Program. This course examines economic, historical, political, intellectual, socio-cultural, leadership, values, ideologies and other such factors shaping social welfare, economic policy, programs and services. It addresses various frameworks for studying social welfare policy, programs and services, and examines the roles of policy-makers, the processes of social change and …

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SWRK 535. Social Work Research Methods I (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Acceptance to the MSW Program. This foundation course is designed to provide an introduction to research methods and to produce an appreciation of the research process. The course provides an overview of social science research methods useful for social work practice. The class provides the foundation of knowledge and skills that enable …

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SWRK 601. Advanced Social Work Practice with Urban Families I (3)

Prerequisite: Second year standing. This course advances students’ theoretical knowledge and practice skills in working with urban families and small groups. The course utilizes a family-systems perspective and integrates such concepts as family stress and resilience, prevention and recovery in understanding and treating families through the phases of treatment from engagement and assessment to termination …

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SWRK 602. Advanced Social Work Practice with Urban Families II (3)

Prerequisites: SWRK 601; Second year standing. This course advances student’s knowledge and practice skills in working with individuals and couples. Utilizing a strengths-based, person-in-environment perspective, students are taught engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation and termination skills. Evidence-based practice models will be introduced, teaching students to evaluate and critique their effectiveness with diverse clients. The major focus …

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SWRK 630. Family Crisis, Trauma and Grief (3)

Prerequisite: Second year standing. This course examines the complex issues of family crisis, trauma and grief for social workers working with urban families and individuals who have experienced these conditions. Several theoretical approaches are examined, with an emphasis on crisis intervention in traumatic and stressful situations, as well as issues of death and dying and …

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SWRK 635. Social Work Research Methods II (3)

Prerequisites: Second year standing; SWRK 535. This course provides a more in-depth view of social science research methods useful for social work practice with urban families. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable students to be intelligent consumers of information, to conduct social research and to critically evaluate social work practice. Students also will …

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SWRK 645. Urban Social Policy and Advocacy (3)

Prerequisite: Second Year standing. This course is designed to help students gain knowledge and skills of policy practice (including both analysis and advocacy) to effectively participate in the development and advancement of policies that support and effect change at multiple levels of diverse client systems in urban environments. This course helps build skills in both …

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SWRK 650A-Z. Selected Topics in Social Work (3)

Prerequisite: Second year standing. In-depth study of a selected theme or issue in social work. Topics offered may change from semester to semester. Critical writing and reading is required. (A) Child Welfare Services; (B) Addictions; (C) Mental Health Wellness and Recovery; (D) Practice in Child Welfare Settings; (F) Suicide Prevention; (G) Macro Practice; (I) Aging and Families; (J) …

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SWRK 698. Capstone Project (3)

Prerequisites: Second year standing. Offered as the culminating experience of the Graduate Program, students complete an individual or group research project reflecting the students’ interests and needs in working with urban families. Outcomes of this seminar will require students to collect, analyze and report direct observations; write a research paper that includes a title page, …

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SWRK 699A-C. Independent Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: Second year standing. This course may be taken to develop expertise in areas not included in the regular curriculum or as preparation for the Comprehensive Examination.

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