MSW Student HandbookSchool of Social WelfareUniversity of California, Berkeley
Berkeley Social Welfare2021-22 MSW Student HandbookTable of ContentsSection 1: Introduction1.1 Social Welfare MSW Program Contacts1.2 Advising for Social Welfare MSW Students468Section 2: Getting Started2.1 Registering for Classes2.2 Paying Tuition and Fees101213Section 3: MSW Curriculum and Degree Requirements3.1 MSW Program Mission and Goals3.2 The Social Work Core Competencies3.3 MSW Degree Requirements3.4 Required Coursework and Field Experience3.4a Generalist Practice Curriculum Requirements3.4b Specialized Practice Curriculum Requirements3.4c Additional Social Welfare MSW Curriculum Requirements3.5 Concurrent Degree Requirements3.5a Concurrent Degree in Law (MSW/JD)3.5b Concurrent Degree in Public Health (MSW/MPH)3.5c Concurrent Degree in Public Policy (MSW/MPP)3.6 Certificate Requirements3.7 Grades and Grading3.8 Graduation and Degree Conferral151719252627283233343537394144Section 4: Enrollment Rules for Social Welfare Master’s Students4.1 Academic Accommodations4.2 Changing Class Schedules4.3 Course Petitions, Exemptions and Waivers4.4 Independent Study4.5 WIthdrawal and Readmission454648495152
Section 5: Academic and Professional Standards for Social Welfare MSW Students5.1 Academic Performance Standards and Evaluation5.2 Ethical Standards and Professional Conduct5.3 Student Performance Review5.4 Dismissal from the Social Welfare MSW Program5455575961Section 6: Resources for Social Welfare MSW Students6.1 Nondiscrimination6.2 Student Grievance and Appeal Procedures6.3 Student Records62646670
Section 1: IntroductionWelcome to Berkeley!We are delighted that you have selected Berkeley Social Welfare for your graduate professionalstudies and training in social work!Located within the world's finest public university and one of the most diverse regions in thenation, the Berkeley Social Welfare MSW program prepares multi-level practitioners who aretrained to integrate multiple disciplinary sources of knowledge, build upon the strongestavailable empirical and practice-based evidence, and advance the pursuit for social andeconomic justice through anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices.The first graduate-level social work curriculum at Berkeley was established in 1918 in theDepartment of Economics by Berkeley’s first woman faculty member, Jessica Blanche Peixotto.The graduate Certificate in Social Service was established in 1927 and was accredited by theAmerican Association of Schools of Social Work the next year. The Berkeley Social Welfare MSWprogram has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)since 1928. We have prepared over 11,000 social work professionals for multilevel social workpractice and leadership positions in public and nonprofit human service sectors.Today our faculty represents an array of disciplines and specialties that will provide you aprofessional social work education of the very highest caliber. Through your class work inHaviland Hall and around the Berkeley campus, and your field placement opportunities in publicand nonprofit social service agencies throughout the Bay Area, you will be able to develop bothyour knowledge and your skills in the various program fields that comprise our profession. Wehope that your time at Berkeley and in the Social Welfare MSW Program is both rewarding andenjoyable!About this HandbookThis handbook is your major resource and reference guide to Berkeley Social Welfare’s MSWprogram. It includes practical information and advice about getting your MSW degree; thepolicies governing our graduate degree and certificate programs; and the many valuableresources available to help you succeed as a graduate student at Berkeley.Your student handbook is meant to be viewed online, along with the MSW Student Guide toField Education and the Graduate Division Guide to Graduate Policy, so you can readily accessthe active links to the resources and other campus units supporting graduate professionaleducation at Berkeley included in this handbook.
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1.1 Social Welfare MSW Program ContactsAdmissions and AdvisingFor advising office hours and information, please visit Berkeley Social Welfare Advising andStudent Services. Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO): Nicole Rucinski Graduate Admissions Advisor: Sara McCarthyFaculty Advisers Equity Adviser: Jen Skeem Head Graduate Adviser: Susan StoneMSW/MPH Concurrent Program Advisers Social Welfare Faculty Advisers: Andrea DuBrow, Anu Manchikanti GómezSocial Welfare GSAO for Concurrent Degree Students: Adriana LlauradoPublic Health Faculty Advisers: Claire Snell-Rood (HSB); Juliana Deardorff (MCH)Public Health Graduate Advisers: Melissa Brown (HSB); Marissa McKool (MCAH)MSW/MPP Concurrent Program Advisers Social Welfare Faculty Adviser: Jen SkeemSocial Welfare GSAO for Concurrent Degree Students: Adriana LlauradoPublic Policy Faculty Adviser: Jane MauldonPublic Policy Graduate Adviser: Jalilah LaBrieChild Welfare Scholars Program Child Welfare Scholars (CWS) Program Coordinator: Christina Feliciana CWS Student Services Advisor: Dezalyn DeVeraField Education Interim Director of Field Education: Christine Scudder Administrative Director of Field Education: [email protected] Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health LCOEBH Associate Director: Lissette Flores LCOEBH Program Coordinator: Victoria Juarez
School Social Work (PPSC) Program PPSC Program Coordinator: Christina Feliciana PPSC Student Services Advisor: Dezalyn DeVera
1.2 Advising for Social Welfare MSW StudentsMSW Student AdvisingAcademic and professional advising for Berkeley Social Welfare master’s students are sharedresponsibilities of the MSW Program faculty, professional graduate student services staff, andBerkeley Graduate Division partners in student progress. Students can view their assignedadvisors on the Advising Card in their CalCentral dashboard.Faculty AdvisersIndividual faculty academic advisers are assigned to students to provide personal, one-on-oneadvising on academic and professional issues and to provide information, as necessary, toaddress special academic needs or problems. Adviser assignments are made at the beginning ofthe fall semester.Field ConsultantsField faculty oversee and provide advising and assistance with all aspects of field education,including field education requirements; policies, criteria, and procedures for selecting fieldsettings; placing and monitoring students; maintaining field liaison contacts with field educationsettings; and evaluating student learning and field setting effectiveness.Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO)The Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO), also known as the Graduate Advisor, is aprofessional staff member who is responsible for liaising with the Graduate Division on behalf ofthe School, and for providing day-to-day academic and procedural advising on degreerequirements, progress and completion; course enrollment; petitions; general financial aidquestions and student funding opportunities; and overall School, Graduate Division, andUniversity policies and procedures.Head Graduate AdvisorThe Head Graduate Advisor is a tenured member of the Academic Senate faculty, appointed bythe dean of the Graduate Division each academic year, on behalf of the Graduate Council. TheHead Graduate Advisor is an official deputy of the Dean of the Graduate Division in mattersaffecting graduate students, and is the campus-designated authority to sign documents or makerequests to the Graduate Division on graduate student academic matters. Signature authorityfor routine administrative matters in the School of Social Welfare is delegated as appropriate tothe Graduate Student Affairs Officer.Academic Progress AdvisorsGraduate Division Academic Progress Advisors in the Graduate Degrees Office assist graduatestudents with degree milestones, academic probation or dismissal, or other issues that cannotbe resolved by the departmental degree program.
Curriculum CommitteesMSW Curriculum CommitteeWithin the School of Social Welfare, the MSW Program is overseen by the MSW CurriculumCommittee, which includes faculty co-chairs of each specialization area, and studentrepresentation. The MSW Curriculum Committee has responsibility for setting, monitoring andevaluating academic policies for the MSW program.MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree CommitteeThe MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree Committee provides oversight of and management for theMSW/MPH Concurrent Degree program. This Committee is composed of faculty and staffmembers from each school and also includes MSW/MPH student representation. Responsibilityfor chairing the Concurrent Degree Committee normally rotates between the schools every twoyears. A primary function of the Committee is to provide pre-application advising andconsultation to enrolled students and their faculty advisors.
Section 2: Getting StartedGetting Onboard in CalCentralCalCentral is Berkeley’s online academic and student services portal. Upon accepting an offer ofadmission, new students are provided with instructions for establishing a CalNet ID and aCalCentral account.Your CalNet ID is your online identity at UC Berkeley. It is used for system access log-ins andauthentication, and it will be your campus email address when combined with @berkeley.edu.After you claim your CalNet ID, you will be able to create your bConnected account.You manage all crucial student information through the easy-to-use, mobile-friendly singlepoint-of-entry, including: admissions, financial aid, registration, enrollment, coursemanagement, advising, billing and payment, and records. You can also check your campusemail, calendar, ongoing academic progress, financial aid, bCourses, and more. It is yourresponsibility to monitor your CalCentral student account regularly, and respond in a timelymanner to any alerts or messages requesting that you take action.CalCentral Resources CalCentral InformationUseful information on advising, billing, enrollment, financial aid, and records withinCalCentral Enrollment FAQsFrequently Asked Questions about the enrollment process in CalCentral Graduate Academic Progress ReportHow graduate students view an Academic Progress Report (APR) Viewing Grades in CalCentralGetting bConnectedbConnected is Berkeley’s suite of collaboration tools, including Google Apps for Education:bMail for email and Google Groups email lists; bCal for calendaring; and bDrive for online filestorage. To establish your bConnected account and @berkeley.edu email address, visit thebConnected website and follow the instructions to “claim your bConnected Google account.”All students are required to establish and maintain a bConnected account, which includesyour @berkeley.edu email address. You are responsible for keeping your Berkeley emailaddress current, and for regularly monitoring your email for official communications from theUniversity. You are also responsible for all communications sent to and from [email protected] address, and for data stored in your bConnected account.
Getting Your Cal 1 CardYour Cal 1 Card is your official UC Berkeley photo identification card. All current students arerequired to obtain a Cal 1 Card. Your Cal 1 Card is also used to access campus services andbenefits, including library services, University Health Services, rides on AC Transit buses,key-card entry to residence halls, campus facilities and at all Cal Dining locations. Your Cal 1 Cardmay also be used as a debit account (free, with no minimum balances or overdraft fee), and forprinting in computer labs and libraries on campus.New graduate students in Social Welfare must visit the Cal 1 Card office in person to receive aCal 1 Card. The office is located in 212 Sproul Hall; office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2.1 Registering for ClassesAll new and continuing students must be officially registered in order to access campus services.Becoming fully registered is a TWO-STEP process: you must 1) enroll in classes; and then 2) payregistration fees. Both actions are completed in CalCentral.Enrolling in ClassesSocial Welfare MSW students follow the standard process of enrollment in CalCentral.Enrollment takes place in two phases – “Phase 1” and “Phase 2” – followed by an adjustmentperiod. Phase 1 and 2 appointment times are determined by the Office of the Registrar and areposted to your CalCentral profile under “My Academics.” Students are notified automatically byemail from the Registrar when appointment times are available in CalCentral. You may addpreferred classes to a “Shopping Cart” before your official Phase 1 or 2 enrollment appointmenttimes.Prior to the start of each CalCentral enrollment period (and in the summer, for incoming newstudents), the Graduate Student Affairs Office (GSAO; also known as the Graduate Advisor)provides all students with information about and instructions for enrolling in classes for the nextterm.Schedule of ClassesThe schedule of classes is accessible from your CalCentral dashboard, as well as the BerkeleyAcademic Guide. The Berkeley Academic Guide also includes links to the Academic Calendar,and additional information on course descriptions, prerequisites, etc. for all courses offered atBerkeley.Enrollment Resources CalCentral Enrollment Center (how to register for classes, including searching andenrolling) CalCentral Enrollment FAQ Enrollment Rules for Social Welfare MSW Students Field Enrollment Requirements and Exceptions Registrar's Enrollment Page Student Enrollment Calendar Summer Sessions Enrollment
2.2 Paying Tuition and FeesOnce you have enrolled in at least one class, tuition and fees will be assessed to your CalCentralstudent account by the Office of the Registrar. Berkeley Social Welfare MSW students are assessed Graduate Professional Fees. Berkeley Social Welfare FlexMSW students pay a flat rate of 1,850 per unit.To be considered officially “registered”, you must pay your registration fees by the publisheddeadline each semester – either in full, or with the first installment under the Fee Payment Plan.If your fees are not paid on time, your enrollment in classes may be subject to cancellation, andfellowship or stipend payments may be placed on hold, and you may not be able to accesscampus services or obtain a bus pass.The Graduate Division will not release fellowship stipend payments until a student is officiallyregistered. If you are receiving a fellowship award, your fellowship stipend payment will not besent to your CalCentral account until your registration is complete .How to Pay FeesStudents use CalCentral My Finances for all billing and payment activities. You may makepayments online with eCheck at no charge; by credit card for a convenience fee; or with foreignfunds through Western Union. For complete details about payment options and instructions,please visit Student Billing Services.Billing statements are generated monthly by Billing and Payment Services, and posted online toyour CalCentral account in the My Finances dashboard. Students do not receive paper bills; youronly notification will be by email. Before making a payment, be sure to log on to CalCentral toview your updated balance and any additional new charges, adjustments, aid disbursementsand payments.Health Insurance FeeFees include required health insurance coverage. The University requires all students to carryhealth insurance as a condition of enrollment, and provides the Student health insurance Plan(SHIP) to meet this requirement. You have the option to waive the University's plan and not paythe insurance fee if you can show comparable proof of insurance. For more information, pleasesee University Health Services: Waiving SHIP.Direct DepositAll students are strongly encouraged to sign up for Direct Deposit to expedite receipt of anydisbursements or refunds via direct deposit to a personal bank account. Students using DirectDeposit receive their refunds faster and avoid standing in line. Refunds paid to students by a
paper check can be picked up in person at the Cal Student Central office located at 120 SproulHall. Checks that are not picked up in a timely manner will be mailed to the local address on filein CalCentral. Make sure your local address is current to avoid delays in payment and problemswith returned mail due to an outdated address.
Section 3: MSW Curriculum and DegreeRequirementsBerkeley Social Welfare’s graduate professional curriculum in social work, leading to the Masterof Social Welfare (MSW) degree, is derived from the mission and goals of the MSW Programestablished by the faculty.The Berkeley MSW Program prepares students for generalist practice and specialized practice inthe profession of social work. Our mission promotes the development of multi-levelpractitioners who are focused on (a) service to diverse individuals and communities across thesocial ecology, (b) social justice and social change to dismantle oppressive systems that hinderthe wellbeing of individuals and communities, and (c) evidence-informed practice to producemeasurable and replicable improvements in the outcomes of individuals and communities. Toachieve our mission we implement competency-based learning goals within a multi-levelpractice organizing framework, utilizing best practices for professional education and theevaluation of student learning and performance.
MSW degree requirements include academic milestones administered by both the SocialWelfare MSW Program, and the Berkeley Graduate Division, which is the administering unit forall campus graduate degree programs, in partnership with the student’s home academicdepartment (School of Social Welfare for most Social Welfare master’s students). All policiesand procedures dealing with graduate student progress are monitored by the Graduate DivisionDegrees Office. For more information please see the Graduate Division's Guide to GraduatePolicy Degrees.
3.1 MSW Program Mission and GoalsBerkeley MSW Program MissionLocated within the world's finest public university and one of the most diverse regions in thenation, the mission of Berkeley Social Welfare’s MSW program is to prepare multi-levelpractitioners who are trained to integrate multiple disciplinary sources of knowledge, buildupon the strongest available empirical and practice-based evidence, and advance the pursuit forsocial and economic justice through anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices. Multi-levelpractitioners are adept at the theoretical and practical integration of direct and indirect forms ofpractice, coupled with critical thinking skills that employ a multi-level conception of socialwelfare values, ethics, and social justice. Multi-level practitioners specialize in one of threepopulation/context domains: strengthening children, youth, and families (SCYF), advancinghealth and wellbeing across the adult lifespan (AWELL), and strengthening organizations andcommunities (SOC).Berkeley MSW Program GoalsThe mission of Berkeley Social Welfare’s MSW program promotes the development ofmulti-level practitioners who are focused on (a) service to diverse individuals and communitiesacross the social ecology, (b) social justice and social change to dismantle oppressive systemsthat hinder the wellbeing of individuals and communities, and (c) evidence-informed practice toproduce measurable and replicable improvements in the outcomes of individuals andcommunities.Berkeley Social Welfare has adopted the following programmatic goals to support our MSWProgram mission:ServiceGoal 1: Develop multi-level practitioners who are responsive to communities and individuals,draw upon the best available evidence to continuously improve social work practice andpolicies, and who are able to respond to change with shifting local and global contexts of socialwork.Goal 2: Develop multi-level practitioners who can competently practice social work within andacross multiple ecological levels.Goal 3: Develop multi-level practitioners who can engage effectively and collaborate withdiverse communities; apply critical thinking to the sources of social problems and approaches totackling them; and promote rigorous and relevant social welfare practices, programs andpolicies.
Social Justice and Social ChangeGoal 4: Develop multi-level practitioners with a nuanced understanding of the conditions,systems and processes that serve to promote or inhibit social justice in local and global context.Goal 5: Develop multi-level practitioners with skills that promote meaningful change with andwithin under-resourced communities and vulnerable populations.Evidenced-informed PracticeGoal 6: Develop multi-level practitioners with the capacity to narrow gaps between researchand practice and apply the best available evidence into social work practice principles andtechniques.Goal 7: Develop multi-level practitioners who can work effectively and collaboratively with adiverse range of stakeholders to gather and analyze evidence that reflects the interests, needs,and goals of service users, organizations, and local communities.
3.2 The Social Work Core CompetenciesThe MSW curriculum is organized around a set of social work core competencies, representingthe dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master duringtheir professional training. Berkeley MSW students are assessed throughout the course of theirgraduate study on progress to achieving each of the following social work competenciesestablished for the Berkeley MSW Program:Competency #1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional BehaviorSocial workers understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards, as well asrelevant laws and regulations that may impact practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.Social workers understand frameworks of ethical decision-making and how to apply principlesof critical thinking to those frameworks in practice, research, and policy arenas. Social workersrecognize personal values and the distinction between personal and professional values. Theyalso understand how their personal experiences and affective reactions influence theirprofessional judgment and behavior. Social workers understand the profession’s history, itsmission, and the roles and responsibilities of the profession. Social Workers also understand therole of other professions when engaged in inter-professional teams. Social workers recognizethe importance of life-long learning and are committed to continually updating their skills toensure they are relevant and effective. Social workers also understand emerging forms oftechnology and the ethical use of technology in social work practice. Social workers: make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevantlaws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research,and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context. use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintainprofessionalism in practice situations. demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; and oral, written, andelectronic communication. use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes. use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior. infuse social work principles and interactions with clients and other relevantstakeholders.Competency #2: Engage Diversity and Difference in PracticeSocial workers understand how diversity and difference characterize and shape the humanexperience and are critical to the formation of identity. The dimensions of diversity areunderstood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including but not limited to age, class,color, culture, disability and ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression,immigration status, marital status, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexualorientation, and tribal sovereign status. Social workers understand that, as a consequence ofdifference, a person’s life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and
alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim. Social workers also understand the formsand mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and recognize the extent to which a culture’sstructures and values, including social, economic, political, and cultural exclusions, may oppress,marginalize, alienate, or create privilege and power. Social workers: apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference inshaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of theirown experiences. apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases andvalues in working with diverse clients and constituencies. use inclusive strategies that carefully consider the context of individuals, families,groups, organizations, and/or communities and challenge common assumptions, solicitideas, and gain inspiration from clients and other relevant stakeholders.Competency #3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, andEnvironmental JusticeSocial workers understand that every person regardless of position in society has fundamentalhuman rights such as freedom, safety, privacy, an adequate standard of living, health care, andeducation. Social workers understand the global interconnections of oppression and humanrights violations, and are knowledgeable about theories of human need and social justice andstrategies to promote social and economic justice and human rights. Social workers understandstrategies designed to eliminate oppressive structural barriers to ensure that social goods,rights, and responsibilities are distributed equitably and that civil, political, environmental,economic, social, and cultural human rights are protected. Social workers: apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate forhuman rights at the individual and system levels. engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice. facilitate team and coalition-building and other collaborative strategies for promotingsystem change designed to reduce social and economic inequities.Competency #4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informedPracticeSocial workers understand quantitative and qualitative research methods and their respectiveroles in advancing a science of social work and in evaluating their practice. Social workers knowthe principles of logic, scientific inquiry, and culturally informed and ethical approaches tobuilding knowledge. Social workers understand that evidence that informs practice derives frommulti-disciplinary sources and multiple ways of knowing. They also understand the processes fortranslating research findings into effective practice. Social workers: use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research.
apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative researchmethods and research findings. use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and servicedelivery. use strategies that reduce gaps between science and social work practice including thetranslation of research findings into social work practice and policy.Competency #5: Engage in Policy PracticeSocial workers understand that human rights and social justice, as well as social welfare andservices, are mediated by policy and its implementation at the federal, state, and local levels.Social workers understand the history and current structures of social policies and services, therole of policy in service delivery, and the role of practice in policy development. Social workersunderstand their role in policy development and implementation within their practice settingsat the micro, mezzo, and macro levels and they actively engage in policy practice to effectchange within those settings. Social workers recognize and understand the historical, social,cultural, economic, organizational, environmental, and global influences that affect social policy.They are also knowledgeable about policy formulation, analysis, implementation, andevaluation. Social workers: identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, servicedelivery, and access to social services. assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access tosocial services. apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advancehuman rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. assess and respond to the political, resource, and technology environments that shapepolicy practice to effectively advocate for social and economic justice.Competency #6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, andCommunitiesSocial workers understand that engagement is an ongoing component of the dynamic andinteractive process of social work practice with, and on behalf of, diverse individuals, families,groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers value the importance of humanrelationships. Social workers understand theories of human behavior and the socialenvironment, and critically evaluate and apply this knowledge to facilitate engagement withclients and constituencies, including individuals, families, groups, organizations, andcommunities. Social workers understand strategies to engage diverse clients and constituenciesto advance practice effectiveness. Social workers understand how their personal experiencesand affective reactions may impact their ability to effectively engage with diverse clients andconstituencies. Social workers value princi
2021-22 MSW Student Handbook Table of Contents Section 1: Introduction 4 1.1 Social Welfare MSW Program Contacts 6 1.2 Advising for Social Welfare MSW Students 8 Section 2: Getting Started 10 2.1 Registering for Classes 12 2.2 Paying Tuition and Fees 13 Section 3: MSW Curriculum and Degree Requirements 15 3.1 MSW Program Mission and Goals 17