Casework Concentration


UConn SSW Student Melanie Hathaway discusses the Casework concentration.
Casework is the advanced practice method through which individuals, couples and families are helped to empower themselves personally and politically to meet their needs, ensure their rights and entitlements, maintain, restore or enhance their social functioning, or resolve problems in living as these arise at all points in the life course. The caseworker views the person and the social and physical environments as a unitary system within cultural contexts. The casework method includes utilizing knowledge and skills in mobilizing, sustaining and creating personal, interpersonal, and environmental resources. It also includes the use of a professional relationship to nurture and release the personal potential of those being served. Caseworkers are involved in preventive activity at practice and program levels, in both urban and rural settings and in activity to improve access to social services and enhance their quality. Caseworkers find career opportunities in child welfare agencies, family service agencies, schools, mental health clinics and hospitals, health care settings, child guidance clinics, industrial and labor organizations, and criminal justice settings. We prepare students to work with diverse and oppressed populations including the poor, the elderly, women, children and youth, persons with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender orientations, and physical and developmental disabilities.

Casework students are required to take a minimum of three casework method concentration courses, one concurrently with each of the last three semesters of field education. In addition to these method concentration courses, students are also required to take either Clinical Conditions with Children and Adolescents (CSWK 5345) or Clinical Conditions with Adults and Older Adults (CSWK 5346) which may be taken concurrently with Casework Helping Process: The Work & Ending Phases (CSWK 5301), Casework Practice Approaches: Differential Applications (CSWK 5302), Casework with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations (CSWK 5303). No other course may be substituted for Clinical Conditions with Children & Adolescents (CSWK 5345) and Clinical Conditions with Adults and Older Adults (CSWK 5346).

Casework Concentration Requirements:    
    Semester Credits
CSWK 5301
Casework Helping Process: The Work & Ending Phases
Concurrent with FED 5352 (Field) & FED 5302 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 1st yr. 3
CSWK 5302
Casework Practice Approaches: Differential Applications
Concurrent with CSWK 5353 (Field) & FED 5310 (Field Advising Seminar)
Fall 2nd yr. 3
CSWK 5345
Clinical Conditions with Children & Adolescents
Prerequisites: BASC 5360, 5361, 5390 & 5391
Concurrent with field

or

Any semester
after 1st semester of field
3
CSWK 5346
Clinical Conditions with Adults and Older Adults
Prerequisites: BASC 5360, 5361, 5390 & 5391
Concurrent with field
Any semester
after 1st semester of field
3
CSWK 5303
Casework with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations
Concurrent with CSWK 5354 (Field) & FED 5311 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 2nd yr. 3
       
Credit Summary:
      Credits
  Basic Foundation Courses   28
  Advanced Method Concentration Courses (above)   12
RSCH 5340 Additional Research Course   2
CSWK 5353
Advanced Field Education III   4
CSWK 5310*
Field Advising Seminar (Fall Semester)   0
CSWK 5354 Advanced Field Education IV   4
FED 5311* Field Advising Seminar (Spring Semester)   1
  Elective Courses   9
    Total Credits: 60

*Registrations will be entered through the Registrar’s Office.