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1 BECOMING A SOCIAL WORK Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program Department of Social Work College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) Western Kentucky University (WKU)

2 POLL Who is interested in … … the Social Work minor? … the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree? … getting a Master of Social Work (MSW)? REMEMBER: Even non-SW majors such as Psychology, Sociology, History, and others can eventually apply to WKU’s MSW program!

3 SOCIAL WORK WKU BSW program since 1974, accredited 1978 Currently >200 SWRK majors/minors Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, and Glasgow MSW program since 2004 Full-time, part-time, Advanced Standing Owensboro Elizabethtown Bowling Green

4 SOCIAL WORK MINOR SWRK 101 SWRK 205 SWRK 330: HBSE I SWRK 331: HBSE II SWRK 395: Policy SWRK elective (3-hour) OR: BS in Health Sciences: Social Services Concentration 21 hours

5 PREREQUISITES FOR SOCIAL WORK MAJOR = 9 CLASSES (1) SWRK 101 AND (2) SWRK 205 (3) English 100 (4) Math 116 or 117 or 118 or 119 (5) Biology 113 or 120 or 131 (6) PSY 100 (Intro to Psych.) or PSY 199 (Develop. Psych.); AND (7) SOCL 100 (Intro to Soc.) or AGRI 108 (Rural Soc.) ** Either (6) or (7) to be completed prior to admission; but both required completed no later than end of 1 st semester of program ** (8) PS 110 (Intro to Poli. Sci.); AND (9) ECON 150 (Intro to Econ.) or ECON 202 (Micro. Econ.) or ECON 203 (Macro. Econ.) ** Either (8) or (9) to be completed prior to admission; but both required completed no later than end of 1 st semester of program ** (1) + (2) require a “C” or higher (3) – (9) require a “D” or higher

6 ADVISING FOR THE MAJOR 1.Schedule a meeting with Dr. Funge to review academic progress, the application process, and determine next steps 2.Dr. Funge will complete a change of major/ minor/ advisor form on Topnet and deliver form to BSW Program Director 3.BSW Program Director will then assign Social Work advisor Sally Student

7 APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM Completion of prerequisites (see earlier slide) GPA 2.2 or higher (as reflected on iCAP) Students enrolled at WKU prior to fall 2009 GPA 2.5 or higher (as reflected on iCAP) Students enrolled at WKU fall 2009 or later Submit application Application includes a personal essay Cite a source in your essay; include reference Sign off on NASW Code of Ethics agreement Sign off on BSW Student Handbook agreement Informational interview with Social Work faculty or BSW Program Director Attain sophomore standing at time of admission *** Item #8 ***

8 APPLICATION DEADLINES Submit completed application to Program Director no later than: April 1/July 15 for students seeking admission for the following Fall semester at all campuses November 1 for students seeking admission for the following Spring semester at WKU-Bowling Green ** ** The BSW enrolls cohorts at the regional campuses in Fall semester ONLY

9 2 1 COURSE SEQUENCE: SOCIAL WORK MAJOR First Semester SWRK 330: HBSE I SWRK 344: Statistics SWRK 375: Generalist Practice Advisor Consent Elective (ACE #1) Other hours as needed in Gen. Ed, electives to meet WKU graduation requirements (120 hrs) Second semester SWRK 331: HBSE II SWRK 345: Research Methods SWRK 379: Interviewing Skills SWRK-prefixed elective Other hours as needed … 5 semesters are required to complete the major * You must earn a “C” or better in ALL courses *

10 5 4 3 Third Semester SWRK 378: Group Practice SWRK 381: Community Practice SWRK 395: Policy Advisor Consent Elective (ACE) #2 Other hours as needed … Fourth Semester SWRK 480: Field Placement SWRK 481: Field Seminar Other hours as needed... Fifth Semester * SWRK 482: Field Placement SWRK 483: Field Seminar Other: Gen. Eds and electives to fulfill 120 hrs for graduation * Summer if based at a regional campus COURSE SEQUENCE: SOCIAL WORK MAJOR 5 semesters are required to complete the major * You must earn a “C” or better in ALL courses *

11 TUITION RATE ESTIMATES * Fall and Spring semesters: $4,361 per semester or $8,722 for the academic year (AY) Summer semester: Assessed at $ per credit hour for Summer 2014 $ x six credit hours for SWRK Field & Seminar = $2, IMPORTANT: Financial Aid may not be available for Summer tuition. Therefore, students MUST plan this expense into their budgets. (e.g., some students may need to put aside some of their Spring financial aid to cover the cost of the Summer session of SWRK 482: Field Practicum and SWRK 483: Field Seminar) * Rates based on academic year (AY) Rates often change with each AY. More information is available on WKU’s Financial Aid web page.WKU’s Financial Aid web page

12 WAITING FOR THE DECISION... Application has been turned in by deadline Advising has already taken place Must register for classes for next semester If accepted, student takes SWRK 330, 344 & 375 Cannot enroll in these classes until acceptance is verified... but some must be enrolled as a full- time student … … so, this is the time to work closely with your SW advisor so you will know how to plan for the next semester

13 FIELD APPLICATION PROCESS * S tudent provides top 3 choices: Field Director and student work together to find a “good fit” Student approaches the placement process just like a job opportunity – always professional Student “sells themselves” to the agency during the first contact and the interview Prospective Agencies and Field Instructors must: Be visited/approved by the Field Director Sign a current Contract/MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) Be licensed/Exempt Have 2 years post BSW or MSW experience Be willing to participate in teaching/learning Abide by WKU field policy * You MUST complete ALL SWRK courses prior to going into Field.

14 Eligibility: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or “B” average in all SWRK classes Takes at least 3 (but not more than 4) semesters of undergraduate SWRK courses to complete PCWCP students complete one SWRK practice course, typically SWRK 375, prior to enrolling in second of two PCWCP specialization courses, SWRK 450 (offered in Fall at BG campus) and SWRK 451 (offered in Spring at BG campus) PCWCP Site Coordinator, Dr. Dean May, will visit classes in Fall semester to provide information about applying to the program PUBLIC CHILD WELFARE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (PCWCP)

15 Benefits Up to four semester of tuition (in-state rate) Stipend for four semesters Employment with DCBS upon completion of the BSW and PCWCP (consistent with state personnel requirements) Dr. Dean May, WKU Site Coordinator for PCWCP Obligations Enter into a contractual agreement with the Cabinet for Health & Family Services List ten counties in which you are willing to become employed Apply for employment within specified time frame Failure to complete the above may lead to forfeiture of funds and reimbursement to Cabinet in one lump sum. PUBLIC CHILD WELFARE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (PCWCP)

16 BSW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ARE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

17 GET INVOLVED NOW Simon Funge, Assistant Professor (GLAS Dana Sullivan, BSW Program Benita Langley, SW Program Office QUESTIONS? Social Work Student Union – SWSU Glasgow Join SWSU – Glasgow (Open to BSW majors and SWRK 101 and 205 students!)

18 BSW AND MSW FACULTY & STAFF 2014


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