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Jul 10 / Julie Alter-Kay

Interested in improving communities? Want to work on the new Hope Village project? Need to increase your research skills? Consider taking a new course through the School of Social Work!!

To better prepare its master’s students for careers in local, national and international communities, the Wayne State University School of Social Work has revised the concentration formerly known as Community Practice and Social Action to give it a new structure, focus and content. The revised concentration, Innovation in Community, Policy and Leadership (I-CPL), has an urban focus, emphasizing competencies and values that prepare students to deploy strategies, advocacy and interventions that impact sustainable change.
Several new courses offered this fall term 2012 are open to any graduate student and can appeal to students’ from other disciplines with varying career goals:
SW 8065 – Advanced Systems Theories and Practice: 4 credits, Wed., 12:50-4:30 p.m., Instructor, J. Sobeck. Applied systems approaches to achieve goals, explore planning, ensure fairness and social justice, and promote diversity.
SW8075 – Community Building/Development: 4 credits, Thurs., 8:30-12:20 p.m., Instructor, R. Smith. Best practices and theories on community development and engagement.
SW8035 – Techniques of Quantitative Data Analysis: 1 credit, Wed., 9:30-12:00 p.m., (5 Sessions starting the beginning of semester), Instructor E. Trczinski. Focus on advanced analytic techniques with quantitative data. Instruction will lean towards social advocacy framed within social work values and ethics. Use of advanced statistical procedures in Excel and SPSS and the proper interpretation of findings.
SW8045 – Techniques of Data Interpretation and Presentation: 1 credit, Wed., 9:30- 12:00 p.m. (5 sessions starting mid semester, one week after SW8035 ends), Instructor, E. Trczinski. Focus on presenting case, issue, or problem in context of public policy with a graphical presentation of data to a range of different audiences within the framework of social work values and ethics.
SW7085 – Social Work Leadership Strategies: 3 credits, Wed., 5:00-7:45 p.m., Instructor, C. Allee, Leadership theories, applications and skill development. Emphasis on affecting greater positive social change through lens of professional social work, using cultural competence, empowerment and self-reflection.
All I-CPL courses build on the school’s historical commitment to practice with vulnerable populations and considers strategies for change that address oppression as manifested through racism, sexism, and discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, class, religion, economic status, ethnicity or disability.
For more information on registering for one of these courses, contact Sarah Barlow, MSW advisor at (313) 577-4409 or

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