Child Welfare Specialization
All full-time MSW CWEP students are required to be in the Child Welfare Specialization. This Specialization is inclusive of three courses taken during the Concentration year as electives. Students not enrolled in CWEP are also welcome to be in the Child Welfare Specialization. To receive information about the Specialization (offered in both the ADP and PAC Concentrations), please contact Julie Von Wald (Julie.VonWald@asu.edu).
The Child Welfare Specialization for Advanced Standing students follows the 39 credit MSW Advanced Standing curriculum (there are no additional courses required). The three courses of the Specialization are SWG 591: Advanced Child Welfare Practice I, SWG 609: Advanced Child Welfare Practice II, and SWG 633: Child Welfare Policy and Programs. MSW CWEP students in the Advanced Standing program take these courses as electives in the Advanced Direct Practice (ADP) Concentration. In addition to taking the Specialization courses, Advanced Standing CWEP students must complete their Concentration year field placent at a Child Welfare Education Unit. These units are considered direct practice field placements. For this reason, Advanced Standing CWEP students must be in the ADP Concentration; they cannot be in the PAC Concentration. For more information about the Child Welfare Specialization, please see the Child Welfare Specialization Plan of Study below.
Child Welfare Specialization Plan of Study:
The Child Welfare Education Program manages three ASU Child Welfare Education Units (CWEU) which are embedded within the Department of Child Safety (DCS). These units are responsible for training and teaching students in the competencies and skills of child welfare social work through the management of active DCS on-going cases. The field instructors in the units are MSW practitioners who work for CWEP and manage DCS cases as contract providers. Students work directly with families involved in on-going DCS cases, recieving instruction, supervision, coaching, and feedback from the assigned Social Workers and Supervisor in the unit. Over the course of the internship, students complete over 100 benchmarks, participate in group supervision, clinical staffings, one-to-one supervision with the unit supervisor, case consultations, and unit huddles. Additionally, they visit children and families in their home using engagement, assessment, and intervention approaches to empower families in promoting children's safety, permanecy, and well-being; they coordinate and plan for services for children, families, and caregiver families; they advocate for the needs and well-being interests of the children and families they serve; they attend court, Team-Decision Making meetings, and Child and Family Team meetings; and they write case notes, assessments, case plans, and court reports. As part of their formal training, students follow a training schedule inclusive of content and instructional trainings, tours at community agencies, and participation in three specialized workshops with experiential learning demonstrations, namely the Interviewing Workshop, Permanency Planning Workshop, and Testifying Workshop. The practice framework used in the ASU CWEUs focuses on empowerment-centered trauma and oppression-informed perspectives, relational and resilience theories, and solution-focused, motivational, and narrative practice approaches. All MSW Advanced Standing CWEP students must complete a field placement in a CWEU, unless they have recent experience as a DCS Specialist or completed their BSW field placement in an ASU CWEU. These placements are also available to non-CWEP students if there is space available. The CWEUs are located in West Phoenix, Central Phoenix, and Southeast Tucson. MSW Advanced Standing CWEP students will be in a CWEU as an academic year placement. Academic year placements are two days a week and span the 15 weeks of each of the Fall and Spring semesters (16 hours a week for 30 weeks). Students are in field Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please review the CWEP Field Placement Requirements.