Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions

Main Office
Chilton Hall, 218
P.O. Box 311456
Denton, TX 76203-1456
(940) 565-2488
Fax:(940) 565-3960
Web site: www.unt.edu/rswa

Celia Williamson, Chair

Celia Williamson, Director of Undergraduate Rehabilitation Program

Harriet Cohen, Director of Social Work Program

Faculty

Professors Leung, Quinn. Associate Professors Barton, Bodenhamer-Davis, Evenson, Williamson. Assistant Professors Cohen, Holloway, Isom, Koch, Sandel, Thomas. Lecturers Flores, Ramos.

Introduction

The Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions offers a graduate degree in rehabilitation services. Undergraduate degrees are offered in rehabilitation studies (BS) and in social work (BSW). In addition, a minor in substance abuse and addictions is available.

Upon graduation, students are qualified for positions in a variety of human service settings, including mental health centers, hospitals, mental retardation programs, rehabilitation programs, child welfare settings, correctional facilities, aging programs, community living facilities, private nonprofit human service programs and alcohol and drug abuse programs, among others. Labor market trends forecast continued growth in human service professions. The undergraduate degrees also prepare students for entry into graduate programs in rehabilitation or social work, often with advanced standing.

The department's undergraduate programs are structured to meet the needs and interests of students transferring from community colleges. Transfer students receive close advising to facilitate articulation.

Extensive practical experience in community placements is combined with comprehensive classroom curricula to build an in-depth and well-rounded program. A comparatively low faculty/student ratio allows students to receive highly individualized academic advising from their assigned faculty adviser. This plays a significant role in the development of a degree plan that meets the individual student's needs and interests.

Social work majors are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a social worker by the State of Texas. Students completing either degree program can meet the educational portion of the requirements for licensure as a chemical dependency counselor.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

The department also offers minors in human services, rehabilitation studies, and substance abuse and addictions.

Rehabilitation

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Rehabilitation Studies (html)

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Rehabilitation Studies (pdf)

The Bachelor of Science with a major in rehabilitation studies is approved by the Undergraduate Rehabilitation Registry [Council on Rehabilitation Education, 1835 Rohlwing Rd., Suite E, Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008, (847) 394-1785].

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in rehabilitation studies must meet the following requirements:

1. Hours Required and General School Requirements: A minimum of 124 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the " General University Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog and the School of Community Service requirements.

2. Major Requirements: Major of 42 hours, including 21 hours in rehabilitation studies, plus 3 hours of RHAB 4860 (Pre-Practicum); 6 hours of RHAB 4880 (Practicum in Rehabilitation); RHAB 3050 or 4450; SOWK 3500 or PSYC 3620; PSYC 4610; and 3 additional hours related to career interests selected with adviser's consent.

3. Other Course Requirements: Students are advised to take:

If these recommended courses are not taken to fulfill university core requirements, they must be taken elsewhere in the degree plan.

4. Minor: Minor of 18 hours, of which 6 must be advanced, may be selected with the approval of the academic adviser. Students are advised to give careful consideration to career goals when selecting their minor area of study. A minor is not required.

5. Electives: Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement and/or the minimum total hours (124) required for the degree.

6. Other Requirements:

Students interested in majoring in rehabilitation studies should make an appointment with the undergraduate program director for an initial interview, which will provide information about the program and its appropriateness for that student. Upon admission into the program, the student is assigned an academic adviser. The student works with that adviser in the development of a degree plan and throughout the academic program until graduation.

Minor in Human Services

Human services is an emerging professional identity and there is a high demand for trained human service workers in many settings.

A minor in human services requires the completion of RHAB 3000 and SOWK 1450, plus four courses selected from the following: RHAB 2500, 3050, 3200, 4125, 4250, 4500, 4600, and SOWK 2430, 3500, 3870, 4500 or 4540. Students must take courses from at least two of the following areas: social work, addictions and rehabilitation studies.

Minor in Rehabilitation Studies

Because of its compatibility with other human service fields, rehabilitation provides an appropriate minor for students majoring in such areas as psychology, social work, recreation, aging, health education and criminal justice. A minor in rehabilitation is composed of RHAB 2500, 3000 and 4600, plus three other rehabilitation courses selected by the student and the adviser.

Minor in Substance Abuse and Addictions

The minor in substance abuse and addictions is designed for students interested in working with persons experiencing addictive disorders. The minor may fulfill the educational requirements for licensure as a chemical dependency counselor. Courses cover all levels of alcohol and drug use, as well as other behavioral addictions; their symptomology, social impact, prevention and treatment. The minor consists of the following courses: RHAB 3050, 4125, 4150, 4250 or 4050, 4350 and 4600. Substitutions can be arranged by the program coordinator.

Scholarships

Students majoring in rehabilitation studies are eligible to apply for the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Fort Worth Chapter Texas Rehabilitation Association and the Ken Miner Memorial scholarships, available only to undergraduate and graduate students in the rehabilitation program. Students interested in applying for these scholarships should contact the director of the rehabilitation program.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers a degree program leading to the Master of Science with a major in rehabilitation services. For complete information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (html)

Bachelor of Social Work (pdf)

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education [1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457; (703) 683-8080].

Application to the Major and Pre-Major Courses

Students may indicate an intention of majoring in social work at any point during the early part of their academic career by declaring a pre-social work major. They may consult with social work and School of Community Service advisers regarding degree requirements at any time. However, formal acceptance into the social work major occurs only after completion of the designated pre-major courses, completion of a semester-by-semester course plan with the social work adviser, and submission and approval of a formal application for admission. Applications to the major are due on approximately the 30th calendar day of the semester in which pre-major courses are in process or are completed. Applications are accepted during the fall and spring semesters only. The number of available slots is limited, so admission may be restricted. An application form and instructions are available in the social work office. Students must adhere to the program's course sequencing and prerequisite schedule. The 12-credit-hour block practicum is offered during the fall and spring semesters and requires approximately 32-35 hours per week in an agency over the semester, for a total of no less than 420 hours.

Pre-major courses include: SOWK 1450 and 2430 (both with a minimum grade of C), SOCI 1520, BIOL 1110/1115 and PSYC 1630.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Social Work must meet the following requirements:

1. Hours Required and General School Requirements: A minimum of 124 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work degree as specified in the " General University Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog and the School of Community Service requirements.

2. Major Requirements: Major of 55 hours in Social Work and related required courses.

3. Other Course Requirements: Follow social work course sequencing for the final five semesters before graduation (other courses may be taken during these semesters as well as the indicated social work courses):

Fifth Semester Before Graduation: Finish pre-major courses (SOWK 1450, 2430; SOCI 1420; BIOL 1110/1115; PSYC 1630), obtain a degree plan from the School of Community Service adviser, obtain semester-by-semester plan from social work program adviser and apply to program.

Fourth Semester Before Graduation: SOWK 3500, 3800, 3870 and 4540.

Third Semester Before Graduation: SOWK 4500, 4800 and 4880.

Second Semester Before Graduation: SOWK 4430 and 4810.

Semester Student Plans to Graduate: SOWK 4870 and 4875.

4. Minor: None required.

5. Electives: Electives may by required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours (124) required for the degree.

6. Other Requirements:

A suggested arrangement of courses follows. This is merely a suggested outline. In many cases the student will be able to take courses other than those listed.

Graduate Degrees

Although a major in social work is not offered at the graduate level, graduate courses in social work are offered and may be taken as supporting work at the master's or doctoral level. Descriptions of social work graduate courses may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Addictions

Institute for Studies in Addiction

The Institute for Studies in Addiction is a special research and continuing education unit within the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions that focuses on issues related to substance abuse and addictions. Specific courses offered through the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions enable students to meet the educational portion of the requirements for Texas licensure of chemical dependency counselors (LCDC). The undergraduate adviser can assist students in selecting the appropriate courses.

Major in Rehabilitation Studies

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options. **See an adviser in the Office of Student Services for approved list of course options.

BS with a Major in Rehabilitation Studies (html)

BS with a Major in Rehabilitation Studies (pdf)

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3

MATH 1100, College Algebra* 3

RHAB 2500, Disability and Society 3

Elective 3

Wellness* 3

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 1320, College Writing II* 3

PSCI 1040, American Government* 3

PSYC 1630, General Psychology I (may be used to satisfy Social and Behavioral Sciences

requirement*) 3

RHAB 3000, Microcounseling (may be used to satisfy Communication requirement*) 3

Electives 5

Total 17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

BIOL 1110/1115, Animal and Human Biology 4

PSCI 1050, American Government* 3

SOWK 3500, Human Behavior and the Social Environoment, or PSYC 3620,

Developmental Psychology 3

Elective 3

Humanities* 3

Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3

RHAB 3050, Introduction to Addictions, or RHAB 4450, Addictions and Coexisting

Disability 3

Elective 3

Natural Sciences** 4

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3

RHAB 3200, Physical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability I 3

RHAB 4600, Case Management in Rehabilitation 3

Minor or elective 3

Minor or elective 3

Total 15

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

RHAB 3400, Aspects of Disability II 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3

Major (supporting elective) 3

Minor or elective 3

Minor or elective 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

PSYC 4610, Abnormal Psychology 3

RHAB 4700, Employment Services 3

RHAB 4860, Pre-Practicum 3

Minor or elective 3

Minor or elective 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

RHAB 4500, Assessment in Rehabilitation 3

RHAB 4880, Practicum in Rehabilitation 6

Minor or elective 3

Minor or elective 3

Total 15

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed in the above plan.

Major in Social Work

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

Bachelor of Social Work (html)

Bachelor of Social Work (pdf)

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 1310, College Writing I, or ENGL 1313, Computer Assisted College Writing I* 3

PSCI 1040, American Government* 3

PSYC 1630, General Psychology (Pre-major) (may be used to satisfy Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement*) 3

SOWK 1450, Introduction to Social Work (Pre-major) 3

Elective or Minor 3

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

BIOL 1110/1115, Animal and Human Biology (Pre-major)* 4

ENGL 1320, College Writing II, or ENGL 2700, Technical Writing* 3

PSCI 1050, American Government* 3

SOCI 1520, Contemporary Social Problems (Pre-major) 3

Wellness* 3

Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3

Communication* (RHAB 3000 recommended) 3

Humanities* 3

Elective or Minor 3

Natural Sciences* 4

Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3

SOWK 2430, Policies, Issues and Programs in Social Welfare (Pre-major) 3

Elective or Minor 3

Elective or Minor 3

Elective or Minor 2

Mathematics* 3

Total 17

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

SOWK 3500, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3

SOWK 3800, Social Work Practice I 3

SOWK 3870, Social Work Research and Practice 3

SOWK 4540, Human Diversity for the Helping Professions (may be used to satisfy Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement*) 3

Elective or Minor 3

Visual and Performing Arts* 3

Total 18

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

SOWK 4500, Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3

SOWK 4800, Social Work Practice II 3

SOCI 4880, Quantative Methods of Social Research 3

Elective or Minor 3

Elective or Minor (advanced) 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

SOWK 4810, Social Work Practice III 3

SOWK 4430, Applied Social Welfare Policy 3

Elective or Minor 3

Elective or Minor 3

Elective or Minor (advanced) 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

SOCI 4870, Social Work Integrative Seminar 3

SOWK 4875, Social Work Field Practicum 9

Total 12

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed in the above plan.

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