Master of Social Work
March 02, 2013
With Spring just around the corner, students are completing their final course of the Winter 2013 term - SOWK 659 Evidence and Clinical Practice. We are fortunate to have the Dean of the Faculty of Social Work here with us as the Instructor of Record for this course, and students are enjoying this challenging course.
As winter semester wraps up and the first year of classes comes to an end, we are pleased to host a MSWGP Circle of Support meeting, March 14th from Noon-1:30pm. Community human service agencies are invited to attend this working luncheon to discuss student's field education placement, the Capstone course, and an exciting upcoming professional development opportunity. Please join us March 14th for more information - an RSVP to (780) 539-2211 is appreciated but not necessary.
The Master of Social Work Program
The Faculty of Social Work is very pleased to offer the MSW program to a cohort of students in north Alberta beginning in Fall 2012. Working in co-operation with Grande Prairie Regional College, we are committed to providing learners with an innovative educational program designed to fulfill national accreditation standards while responding to cultural and geographic realities. The Faculty has offered programs in northern Alberta for over a decade through our Learning Circles BSW. We understand that educating social workers for advanced practice is a community endeavor. We are appreciative of local input and support as we develop and implement contextually appropriate courses and as students engage in practica close to their home communities. Advancing the knowledge and skills of social workers not only supports quality practice with social service users, we believe it also enhances social justice within communities generally. As such, we’re happy to be partnering with northern Albertans in the effort to strengthen capacity in all of our communities.
The Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, with funding from the Alberta Government's Health Workforce Action Plan (HWAP), is delivering a one-time advanced social work degree focusing on community needs in northern Alberta. The goal of the HWAP is to improve health services to better meet the needs of rural and northern Albertans. The best of an accredited university program along with the specialized knowledge and needs of rural and northern health and human service programs will provide students with a unique opportunity to contribute to positive health and social development in northern communities in Alberta.
The program is designed for individuals holding an existing BSW degree living in or potentially working in northern Alberta communities and who are admissible to the Faculties of Social Work and Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary.
A north-west/central Alberta graduate program intended to educate professional social workers in meeting the needs of people living in both rural and northern communities in Alberta. The program will focus on various aspects of advanced social work practice relevant to the context of community, and the individuals in the community
The MSW curriculum will be delivered primarily through the use of classroom-based and face-to-face instruction at Grande Prairie Regional College in north-west Alberta. The program may include components of online delivery.
Field Education (practicums) will be locally-based and research-intensive with the goal of supporting effective community development initiatives, knowledge mobilization, and an increase in community capacity dedicated to addressing issues specific to northern and rural communities in Alberta.
In addition, the program will focus on building community capacity and sustainability by enabling MSW level supervision of BSW Field Education when the graduates of this program become field instructors.