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 Standard Program (2 year) students follows the 60 credit MSW Standard Program 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 Standard Program can take these courses as electives in either the Advanced Direct Practice (ADP) Concentration or Policy, Administration, and Community Practice (PAC) Concentraion. In addition to taking the Specialization courses, MSW CWEP students must complete one of their two field placents at a Child Welfare Education Unit. These units are considered direct practice field placements. For this reason, MSW Standard Program CWEP students who want to be in the PAC Concentration must be in their CWEU field placement as their Foundation year (1st year placement). For more information, 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 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 CWEP students must be in a CWEU field placement unless they have recent experience as a DCS Specialist. CWEU field placements are also open to non-CWEP MSW students, providing there is space available. The CWEUs are located in West Phoenix, Central Phoenix, and Southeast Tucson. MSW Standard Program CWEP students will be in a CWEU as an academic year or summer block 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 with an academic year placement are in field Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Summer block placements are five days a week and span the 12 weeks of Summer Sessions A and B (40 hours a week for 12 weeks). Students with a summer block placement are in field Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please review the CWEP Field Placement Requirements.