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MSW Child Welfare Education Program
The program began in 1988 and is funded by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support Program, a Title IV-E grant of the Social Security Act. 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, a specialized curriculum, and a public child welfare field placement 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 regions may be required to rotate performing on-call, after-hours duties.
We advise all applicants to the MSW Child Welfare Education 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 CWEP 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 CWEP, 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 (case carrying) position.
Full-Time MSW Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP)
The Child Welfare Education Program provides financial assistance to students dedicated to Child Welfare who are pursuing a Master's degree in Social Work. CWEP 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 Child Welfare Education 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 DCS to know whether or not reasonable accommodations can be made. ANY NEEDED ACCOMMODATIONS SHOULD BE EXPLAINED ON THE CWEP APPLICATION FORM.
There are 3 different packages available.
CWEP application materials and instructions
The application deadline for those applying to the Standard Two Year MSW program is June 19, 2020.
The deadline for CWEP Applications for those applying to the MSW Advanced Standing Program is February 2021. This is for students that will be starting the Advanced Standing MSW program in May 2021.
In order for your CWEP application to receive maximum consideration we recommend that students submit a completed MSW application to the ASU School of Social Work prior to applying 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
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we regret that we have to cancel this event. Please reach out to Leslie.Boag@asu.edu with any questions regarding the program!
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
Submission instructions: Please submit your initial application and associated materials via the on-line application.
The initial application consists of 1) CWEP on-line application, 2) Resume, and 3) Essay that addresses the 6 questions outlined below. Please follow the steps below to apply for the program.
1. Collect your resume. Ensure that the resume is saved on the device you will be using to complete the application and saved as either MS Word documents (will have a .doc or .docx file extension) or Adobe Acrobat documents (will have a .pdf file extension).
2. In a personal essay of 2-4 typed pages, address the 6 topics outlined below. In writing the essay, please comply with the following APA guidelines: one-inch margins, double-spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font, use of headings and sub-headings, and inclusive of page numbers. Please also be sure your name is on the document and that it is saved on the device you will be using to complete the on-line application as either an MS Word document (.doc or .docx file extension) or Adobe Acrobat document (.pdf file extension).
3. Open the on-line application and complete it by clicking on the "CWEP Application" button below. Note that the on-line form will save your entries for up to two weeks. The data you enter in the form is associated with your IP address. For this reason, if you are using a computer that is not private, you are strongly encouraged to open the application from an incognito window (in Google Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner and click on "New incognito window"). Additionally, because the form is saving your data, you will not be able to start the application over or go back past a skip question (e.g., which program you ware applying for) unless you wait two weeks, use a different computer, or open the form from an incognito window.
If you pass the record review of your initial application materials, you will be notified via email to proceed with the background screening process. Please do NOT submit the screening forms until you have received word that you passed the initial application phase. The screening documents are included below for your reference. Please review the forms to ensure that you will be able to pass the screening process and be eligible for the CWEP. The screening process includes the submission of 4 forms, a fingerprint clearance card or application, and driving record.
Questions can be directed to:
Jama Sandoval - Administrative Associate. Jama.Sandoval@asu.edu; 602-496-0486 (questions about the on-line application, fingerprint cards, or deadlines)
Leslie Boag - Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. Leslie.Boag@asu.edu; 602-496-0288 (questions about completing the application, the program, or the DCS work commitment)
Lindsey Galvin - Program Coordinator. Lindsey.Galvin@asu.edu; 602-496-0081 (questions about academic eligibility, plans of study, or working at DCS)
The selection process proceeds as follows:
The selection process can take two to three months. Please note, however, all students will be notified of their status prior to the semester for which they applied for entry into the CWEP.
The record review of applicants is primarily based on whether or not the committee feels that the student would be a good fit as an employee at DCS and can complete the MSW Program in a timely manner. Selection criteria include but are not limited to:
MSW Child Welfare Specialization
All full-time MSW CWEP 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 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 Education Unit:
To arrange a visit at one of the Child Welfare Field Units please email Leslie Boag at Leslie.Boag@asu.edu.
* CWEP 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:
The Department of Child Safety offers a Title IV-E program for current employees. Applicants are first selected by DCS based on eligibility requirements determined by DCS. Applicants must then apply to and be admitted to the ASU Graduate College/Master of Social Work program. For more information about this program please call Lindsey Galvin-White at (602) 496-0081 or email her at Lindsey.Galvin@asu.edu.
Applicants have been pre-selected by DCS for the cohort starting August 2020. Applicants in this cohort are currently working with Lindsey Galvin regarding their application to the School of Social Work and/or registration for Fall.
In approximately July 2020, DCS will release a call to their employees announcing the eligibility and application process for the MSW on-line program available to staff who live in rural areas. Employees who are selected by DCS and admitted* to the MSW on-line program would begin that program in January 2021.
In approximately November 2020, DCS will release a call to their employees announcing the eligibility and application process for the MSW on-campus program for the Phoenix Downtown and Tucson campuses. Employees who are selected for that program by DCS and are admitted* to the MSW on-campus program would begin their MSW program in August 2021.
* In addition to other criteria, to be admitted to the MSW program, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in their Junior/Senior coursework of their baccalaureate degree.