About the Program

Master of Science in Social Work Online - Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families, and Groups (Advanced Standing)

The UTRGV MS in Social Work – Direct Practice teaches evidence-based practices for working with at-risk populations with a focus on applicability to the Latino community.

About the Program

About the Program
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Complete in as few as 12 months
33 credit hours
$444.44 per credit hour*

Deepen your knowledge of advanced social work practice with individuals, families and groups, including the therapeutic process, empowerment and strength perspectives, and clinical strategies for change.

Learn to apply evidence-based family therapy practice models for working with populations-at-risk, as well as critique family practice models with respect to their efficacy for work with Latinos.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn to develop treatment plans, establish therapeutic relationships, and apply intervention strategies
  • Understand how challenges such as discrimination and oppression limit the opportunities of minority, at risk, and disenfranchised groups; develop strategies for intervention and change.
  • Gain real-world experience applying intervention strategies with a 500-hour practicum in a field setting of your choice.

Potential job opportunities include:

  • family/children’s social services agency
  • working in mental health programs
  • working in health services organizations
  • working in substance abuse treatment centers

Online Courses

Core Courses
SOCW 6315 Social Work with Diverse Populations

This course prepares students for effective professional intervention in a diverse world, and provides an understanding of how discrimination and oppression operate to limit the life opportunities of members of minority, vulnerable, at-risk, and disenfranchised groups. A conceptual framework for understanding diversity, discrimination and oppression is presented and used to understand discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender and sexual orientation. Selected theoretical perspectives are used to critically analyze the manifestations of discrimination and oppression and their impact on affected populations. Social world’s responses to discrimination and inequality, including strategies for intervention, are also examined.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6330 Advanced Family Practice I

This course, which is the first of two family practice courses, focuses on theories and evidence‐based practice models for working with populations at risk. Family practice models are critiqued with respect to their efficacy for work with Latinos. The course builds on a generalist foundation which includes a theoretical framework for working with families.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6331 Advanced Family Practice II

This course focuses on the application of evidence‐based family practice models with populations at risk. This entails formulating family assessments, developing treatment plans, establishing therapeutic relationships, applying intervention strategies and evaluating outcomes using relevant family therapy approaches that can also be adapted for work with couples and individual clients.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6332 Social Work Practice with Latinos

Social work practice implications of the characteristics of the Latino population of the Southwest. The course will analyze distinctive practice in engagement, communication and service with Latino clients, differential modalities and helping processes for clinical and macro practice with this population.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6335 Advanced Clinical Assessment

This course examines diverse ways to assess mental health functioning with an emphasis on understanding, analyzing and assessing mental disorders and formulating treatment plans according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (latest edition). Attention is given to the significance of gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and culture in assessing mental health and mental disorders. Assessment models are analyzed in terms of their consideration of biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual aspects of human behavior. Coping strategies, adaptation and resiliency are addressed in the assessment process and a strengths‐based perspective is used in formulating treatment plans. Attention is also given to the role of psychopharmacology in treatment. Criticisms and debates regarding the DSM are addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6342 Advanced Policy Analysis and Development

This course provides advanced skills in policy formulation, analysis, evaluation, advocacy, social marketing, lobbying, international development policy, and social action mobilization.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6350 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals

This course focuses on knowledge and skills needed for advanced social work practice with individual clients. Emphasis is given to the therapeutic process, empowerment and strength perspectives, and clinical strategies for change. A variety of therapeutic models are examined with attention given to their efficacy for work with Latinos and vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6351 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups

Emphasis is on the use of group dynamics and techniques to treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, conditions and addictions.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6376 Clinical Practicum I

This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares interns for family focused practice with Latino individuals and families.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6377 Clinical Practicum II

This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares interns for family focused practice with Latino individuals and families.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Core Courses

Choose from one of the following:

SOCW 6360 Child Welfare

Examination of current policies of government‐sponsored child welfare programs and current issues in the service delivery aspect of practice with cases of child abuse and neglect.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCW 6397 Spirituality and Social Work

This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares Interns for macro practice.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program.

Upcoming Start Dates

January 3, 2018

December 3, 2017

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown

$14,667.52*

Total program cost

$444.44

Per credit hour

$1,333.32

Per 3-credit course

$2,000

Partner Scholarship

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only

Partner Scholarship

Participating students from partner organizations have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 (which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program) scholarship based upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements.

If you are not sure if your organization is a participating partner, please contact a representative at 844-218-2727. In order to qualify for the scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the posted deadline. Scholarships are not retroactive.

Admissions

Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV MS in Social Work - Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families, and Groups (Advanced Standing) online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.

GPA

3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

References

3 References from Professional or Academic sources