2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
    
    Sep 21, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Social Work (MSW) Residencies


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Academic residencies give students the opportunity to connect and collaborate with faculty members and hundreds of their peers. Required for doctoral students and some master’s students, residencies are designed to enhance students’ learning at key points in their academic development. Face-to-face residencies are held in locations throughout the United States and abroad.

Descriptions

Residency 1

Residency 1 focuses on skill building and demonstrating concepts learned in the classroom, including ethical practice, listening skills, beginning interviewing skills, and socialization to the profession. Students attending the residencies have the opportunity to gain supervised practice skills in preparation for the foundation field experience. This foundation residency is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice the essential skills for social workers. Throughout this residency, students can demonstrate their skills in ethical practice, case conceptualization, and oral communication. In addition to familiarizing students with the MSW program and the social work profession, faculty members will work with students throughout the residencies and identify specific development needs for each student to address prior to the first field experience. (Advanced Standing students do not attend this residency.)

  • Timing: The residency can be completed as soon as students begin their program. Students who register in the Fall Term should take residency January through June. Students who register in the Spring Term should enroll in residency July through December. The residency must be completed successfully before a student can enter field placement.
  • Format: Face-to-face workshops and group activities.

Residency 2

Students will attend the second residency experience during the concentration year. Residency 2 students are provided with opportunities to practice advanced clinical skills instruction and supervision. This residency is designed to complement the advanced clinical practice curriculum. In this residency, students continue to develop their clinical skills and are required to demonstrate competencies in ethical practice, case conceptualization, and evidence-based practice. Students also have the opportunity to practice their own supervision and consultation skills. Successful completion of this residency indicates that students have demonstrated proficiency in the prescribed areas and are ready to interact with the public as clinical social workers in training.

  • Timing: The residency should be taken between 6th and 8th quarter.
  • Format: Face-to-face sessions, including a 10-hour group experience.

Learning Outcomes

Residency 1

As a result of fulfilling the residency requirements, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate professional demeanor in the practice of social work.
  2. Apply the values and ethics that are part of social work practice.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to promoting social and economic justice.
  4. Use critical-thinking skills to evaluate professional judgments.
  5. Analyze the importance of evidence-based research in guiding social work practices.
  6. Synthesize principles of human growth and development in culturally responsive work practices.
  7. Apply appropriate interviewing, assessment, and intervention skills.

Residency 2

As a result of fulfilling the residency requirements, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional demeanor in the practice of social work.
  2. Apply the values and ethics that are part of social work practice.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to promoting social and economic justice.
  4. Use critical thinking to evaluate professional judgments.
  5. Analyze the importance of evidence-based research in guiding social work practices.
  6. Synthesize principles of human growth and development in culturally responsive work practices.
  7. Apply appropriate interviewing, assessment, and intervention skills.
  8. Prepare intervention plans based on DSM and muti-axial diagnoses.

Residency Session Abstracts

Residency Session Abstracts—MS