All full-time MSW CWEP students are required to follow the Child Welfare Specialization plan of study. 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 Lindsey Galvin at (602) 496-0081 or Lindsey.Galvin@asu.edu.
The Child Welfare Specialization for Advanced Standing students follows the 39 credit MSW curriculum (there are no additional courses required). The three courses of the Specialization are SWG 608, SWG 609, and SWG 633. These are taken as electives in the ADP Concentration. In addition to taking the Specialization courses, Advanced Standing CWEP students must also follow the CWEP curriculum which includes completeing 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.
Students in the CWEP must follow the CWEP Curriculum which consists of the Child Welfare Specialization and adhereing to the requirements for field placements. These are detailed in the following documents:
Child Welfare Specialization Program of Study.docx
These are the basic requirements:
- Adhere to the requirements in the Child Welfare Specialization in the Advanced Direct Practice (ADP) Concentration. This entails taking the following three courses as eletives: SWG 608, SWG 609, SWG 633.
- When choosing topics for essays, papers, and projects in all courses, choose those applicable to child welfare.
- Complete their one field placement at a Child Welfare Education Unit, embedded in a Department of Child Safety office. Students are placed in a unit by the CWEP office, congruent their Award Package. Note that an exception to this requirement can be made for students who have recent AZ DCS experience as a DCS Specialist.
The Child Welfare Education Program coordinates six Child Welfare Education Units (CWEU) which are located within the Department of Child Safety. These units are responsible for both working active Department of Child Safety on-going cases and for the training of students in best practice models. Field placements (internships) are open to all MSW students, providing there is space available. All CWEP students must complete one of their field placements in a CWEU. Five Education Units are located across the Phoenix metro area, and one is in Tucson.
Advantages of a Field Placement in a Child Welfare Education Unit:
- An educational curriculum is followed
- The activities of the unit are geared toward student learning
- The supervisors and social workers are allotted time to spend with students
- One-on-one supervision