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About the Program
The program began in 1988 and is funded by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support Program, a Title IV-E grant. It is a collaborative effort of the Arizona State University School of Social Work and the Arizona Department of Child Safety. The program provides financial support, specialized curriculum, and best practice field experience to MSW students. The Principal Investigators on the grant are Dr. James Herbert Williams, Dr. Lynn Holley, and Miguel Vieyra.
The mission of the program is to prepare social work students to empower families and promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children involved in Arizona's public child welfare system.
The goals of the program are to 1) facilitate students' development of culturally responsive and socially just critical decision-making capacities, 2) instill in students frameworks for viewing both problems and collaborative solution-seeking through trauma-informed, relationally-based, and resiliency theories, and 3) teach engagement, assessment, and intervention skills specific to case management with vulnerable children and families.
Working for the Department of Child Safety
Work in the field of Public Child Welfare is rewarding and meaningful and is also demanding and challenging. Workers must be able to work with abused and neglected children as well as with those children's families, including the parents who abused and/or neglected them. Additionally, workers testify in court proceedings, write legal reports to the courts, coordinate with multiple agency providers, and provide crisis intervention. The work hours are not always limited to 8 to 5 and workers in the rural districts are required to rotate performing on-call, after-hours duties.
We advise all applicants to the MSW Stipend Program to explore whether a career in child welfare would be a good fit for them. Listed below are several ways you can gain more information about the work of public Child Welfare specifically at the Department of Child Safety.
Upon graduation, MSW Stipend students will be placed for employment at DCS where the need is greatest. This means that neither the job function nor job location can be known in advance. At the time students enter the MSW Stipend Program, they will sign a contract with DCS. The contract states that the student can be placed for employment at any DCS office in the state of AZ. The contract also states that the student will be hired into a DCS Specialist position.
Full-Time MSW Stipend Program
The Child Welfare Stipend Program provides financial assistance to students dedicated to Child Welfare who are pursuing a Master's degree in Social Work. Stipend recipients must follow the Child Welfare Curriculum while in the Master's program and must work for the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) upon graduation from the program. This program is only available to students admitted to the campus-based programs.
* Students currently employed by DCS are not eligible for this program while working at DCS. Current DCS employees are encouraged to apply to the part-time MSW program (See Below).
Requirements of the Stipend Program
DCS Work Requirements
Note: Though not being able to fulfill all of these functions does not automatically rule out any applicant, it is important for DES to know whether or not reasonable accommodations can be be made. ANY NEEDED ACCOMMODATIONS SHOULD BE EXPLAINED ON THE STIPEND APPLICATION FORM.
There are 3 different stipend packages available.
View stipend package details here: stipend-packages17.pdf
MSW Stipend Application Process
There will be an additional application deadline of October 21, 2019 for students who are already enrolled in the full-time, campus based MSW program in their foundation year. Accepted students will be in the B2 package outlined on our website. Accepted students will receive tuition/fees for the remaining 3 semesters and complete their internship during a second summer block and graduate in August 2021 instead of May 2021. Please contact us for more information Leslie.Boag@asu.edu.
The deadline for Stipend Applications for those applying to the MSW Advanced Standing Program is February 18, 2020. This is for students that will be starting the Advanced Standing MSW program in May 2020.
The application priority deadline for those applying to the Standard Two Year MSW program is April 20, 2020. If space is still available after this deadline, there could be an additional deadline of June 2020 (will be updated here).
Students must submit a completed application to the MSW program prior to applying to our program. In order for your stipend application to receive maximum consideration we recommend that students submit a completed MSW application to the ASU School of Social Work prior to submitting an application to the Child Welfare Education Program.
Information Sessions about the MSW Child Welfare Education Program will be held at ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 411 N. Central Avenue, UCENT Room #822A, Phoenix, AZ on the following dates:
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 2pm-3:30pm to register please click here: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/cwepinfosession1-21-20
Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 10am-11:30am to register please click here: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/cwepinfosession3-26-20
Info sessions will be an informal question/answer conversation with CWEP staff, DCS workers, and alumni of our program. It is an opportunity to gain more information about the program, internship, and what it's like working at DCS currently. Ask us anything!
For questions about the info session, please email Leslie.Boag@asu.edu
The application process proceeds as follows:
The Selection of Stipend Students is primarily based on whether or not the committee and interview panel feel that the student would be a good fit as an employee at DCS, can complete the obligations of the Stipend Contract, and can complete the Child Welfare curriculum. Selection criteria include but are not limited to the following:
In addition to this 14 page downloaded/printed application, please include with your application a 2-3 page typed essay that addresses the following issues:
1. What led you to apply for this stipend
2. What strengths I bring to the field of child welfare generally and DCS specifically
3. What challenges I would face working in child welfare generally and DCS specifically
4. How will working in the Department of Child Safety fit into my career goals
5. What is my understanding of the work commitment I would have if I am selected
6. My financial need
MSW Child Welfare Specialization
All full-time MSW stipend students are required to follow the child welfare specialization curriculum. Other students interested in participating in the specialization should call Lindsey Galvin at (602) 496-0081. The Child Welfare Curriculum follows the 60 credit MSW curriculum (there are no additional courses required).
These are the basic requirements:
The Child Welfare Education Program coordinates three Child Welfare Field Units which are located within the Department of Child Safety. These units are responsible for both working active Department of Child Safety 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 stipend students must complete one of their field placements in an Education Unit. The Education Units are located in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson.
Advantages of a Field Placement in a Education Unit:
To arrange a visit at one of the Child Welfare Field Units please email Leslie Boag at Leslie.Boag@asu.edu.
* Stipend students in the standard program will be placed outside of the education unit for one of the years they are in the MSW program. This placement must either be on the approved list of placements or be approved by the program coordinator.
Download approved field placements:
Part-Time MSW Program for current DCS Employees
For more information about this program please call Lindsey Galvin-White at (602) 496-0081 or email Lindsey.Galvin@asu.edu.