Certificates (Denver Program Only)


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  • See Declaration of Concentration tab for declaration forms.

  • Application

    This certificate does not require an application. Students register for the first course (SOWK 4795) to start the certificate studies. Please refer to the HAEI-SW Course Planning documents for Two Year and Advanced Standing students to plan for your certificate studies.

    About the Certificate

    The Human-Animal-Environment Interactions in Social Work (HAEI-SW) certificate prepares students to recognize the importance and impact of human-animal-environment interactions (HAEIs) in culturally responsive and ethically advanced professional social work practice settings. Clinical and community settings such as mental health agencies, schools, and shelters are emphasized. The certificate centers social justice and highlights intersecting systems of oppression and violence directed towards humans, animals, and the environment.

    • The certificate can be combined with any concentration in the MSW program.
    • There is no requirement for a specialized field placement related to the certificate.

    Visit the Human-Animal-Environment Interactions in Social Work Certificate webpage to learn about career options and learning outcomes.

    HAEI-SW Certificate Information Sheet 

    Course Requirements

    • SOWK 4795 Foundations for Human-Animal-Environment Interactions in Social Work 
      • offered Summer, Fall, and Spring quarters (starting the course sequence in Spring quarter is only available to first year students)
    • SOWK 4796 Human-Animal-Environment Interventions in Social Work Practice
      • offered Fall and Winter quarters
    • SOWK 4797 Professional Integration of Human-Animal-Environment Interactions in Social Work
      • offered Winter and Spring quarters 

    Course Planning

    Courses are taken in sequence (SOWK 4795, SOWK 4796, SOWK 4797), primarily during the Concentration year.

    There is no requirement for a specialized field internship connected to the HAEI-SW certificate.

    HAEI-SW Course Planning Document for Two-Year Students: HAEI-SW Certificate Course Planning - Two Year Student Plans 

    HAEI-SW Course Planning Document for Advanced Standing Students: HAEI-SW Certificate Course Planning - Advanced Standing Student Plans 

     

    Optional Courses

    In addition to the required course sequence, optional 1-credit course offerings are available to deepen learning:

    - SOWK 4990 Canine Interactions in Social Work Practice: Pro-Active Handling and Training

    Typically offered in Winter and Spring quarters – please check with certificate coordinator

    - SOWK 4990 Social Work in Nature: Green Care and Nature Therapeutics

    Typically offered in Fall and Spring quarters – please check with certificate coordinator

    - SOWK 4990 Green Chimneys and HAI Research 

    Typically offered in Spring quarter – please check with certificate coordinator

    Students pursuing the HAEI-SW certificate have access to a dedicated Canvas container with information about additional learning opportunities and events for HAEI-SW certificate students.

    Certificate Coordinator

    The Certificate Coordinator oversees the certificate curriculum.  Students wishing for any modification to the course sequence in the certificate must obtain approval from the Coordinator.

    Nina Ekholm Fry

    HAEI-SW Certificate Coordinator

    Nina Ekholm-Fry

    303-871-3101 | Nina.Ekholm-Fry@du.edu

    Visit GSSW's Faculty website to learn about Nina's specializations.

    Application

    1. Email Dr. Julie Anne Laser-Maira your intention of obtaining the certificate at julieannelaser@gmail.com
    2. She will send you the application
    3. Return the application to her by the due date listed below. 
    4. Admissions decisions for the certificate program will be made June 1st (for Foundation students) and September 1st (for Advanced Standing students)

    Application Due Dates:

    May 1st for Traditional Two-year students (during Foundation year)

    August 1st for Advanced Standing students

    About the Certificate

    Visit the Certificate in School Social Work webpage to learn about career options and learning outcomes.

    School Social Work Certificate 2021 FAQ

    Course Requirements

    • SOWK 4712 Social Work and the Law 
      • offered Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters 
      • Note: if student is in Children and Youth concentration, SOWK 4712 can replace SOWK 4610 Policy and Programs for Children and Youth policy requirement.
    • SOWK 4715 School Social Work Interventions
      • offered Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters
      • This is the required class for Colorado School Social Work Certification
    • SOWK 4718 Social Work Assessment and Realities
      • offered Spring quarter only 
      • Open only to SSW certificate students

    Field Requirements

    - All students must have a school placement in the state of Colorado in either their foundation or concentration year.

    - All students need to be supervised by a school social worker.

    - This is only for Denver Campus students. 

    Certificate Coordinator

    The Certificate Coordinator oversees the certificate curriculum. 

    Julie Anne Laser-Maira

    Associate Professor

    303-871-2352  |  Julie Anne Laser-Maira

    Visit GSSW's Faculty website to learn about Julie Anne's specializations.

    Application

    Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Latinx Social Work Certificate program may be in any concentration at GSSW and are required to:

    - Complete the Latinx Social Work Certificate application. *As of 6.24.21: The application is not available now, but will be available in the Fall 2021 term with a deadline of October 1st. If you are planning to complete the Latinx certificate, the next available course is in the Fall 2021 term for concentration year students (see below). You may register for the course without the official application process.

    - Schedule and attend a meeting with the certificate coordinator.

    - For Spanish only courses: Students must demonstrate, at minimum, an intermediate-mid level of proficiency in Spanish. An online proficiency test is offered for applicants. Transcripts or other means may also be used to waive the need for testing.

    - Non-Spanish speakers are eligible to take all the certificate courses offered in English. Efforts will be made on a case-by-case basis to make the entire certificate available through either newly offered English courses (pending registration numbers) or through Independent Study with the coordinator's permission. *Students could also learn Spanish language skills through a potential Introductory Spanish for Social Workers class in partnership with the Center for World Languages and Cultures at DU. Another option is that students will be encouraged to participate in a Spanish conversation group outside of class.

    Fall 2021 course:

    - SOWK 4750 Critical Perspectives on the Latinx Context on Tuesdays from 3-4:50pm MT with Lorena Gaibor (CRN 2794)

    About the Certificate

    Visit the Certificate in Social Work with Latinx Certificate webpage to learn about career options and learning outcomes.

    Course Requirements

    • SOWK 4753 Social Development in Latin America 
      • offered Spring quarter only
    • SOWK 4750 Critical Perspectives on the Latinx Context
      • offered Fall quarter only
    • SOWK 4757 Social Work and Latin American Cultures(Mexico): An Intensive Practice and Spanish Immersion Course
      • offered Fall quarter with travel during the Winter interim 
      • Note: Taught in Spanish; international experience course
    • SOWK 4749 Culturally Responsive Practice with Latinx
      • offered Winter quarter only
    • Approved field placement

    Travel Opportunities

    • Optional: Chiapas,  Mexico (currently in Winter interim, may change to Summer)

    Certificate Coordinator

    The Certificate Coordinator oversees the certificate curriculum.  Students wishing to waive or substitute courses in the certificate must obtain approval from the Coordinator.

     

    Lorena Gaibor

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    303-871-4205  |  Lorena.Gaibor@du.edu

    Visit GSSW's Faculty website to learn about Lorena's specializations.

    About the Certificate

    The Global Social Work Certificate is designed for students who wish to understand global connections and perspectives, whether they ultimately intend to work internationally or domestically. Through a series of courses, specialized monthly in-services, and internship projects, students gain skills and broad knowledge important for working cross-culturally, either at home or abroad.

    The Global Social Work Certificate courses are anchored in social work values and ethics including a close examination of power, privilege and oppression as it plays out across the world, applying these principles to human rights advocacy and intervention, as well as examining and reflecting on the necessity to avoid the “white savior complex”. Approaching international work from a place of humility enables students to decenter their own lens which is crucial for global social work.  Students have the opportunity to further their understanding of relationship-based work done in conjunction with local communities, working side by side rather than from a “top down” model.  Appropriate roles for working internationally are examined and discussed. Ethical considerations when working in a community other than one’s own are examined when focusing on injustices and inequalities, including the role of domestic and international policies and agreements.

    To enhance course content and internship experiences, students participate in Let’s Go Global, a series of monthly trainings and activities related to global social work. Focused career development is also provided.

    The Global Social Work Certificate is a Specialized Graduate Certificate of 12 credits, allowing it to possibly be stacked with other academic certificates.  It is open to students from all GSSW Concentrations.  Classes meet in person on the Denver Campus.  Individual courses are available to all DU graduate students.

    Educational Requirements

    Specialized Graduate Certificate:

    12 Credits: 3 academic courses and 3 credits from field internship

    • REQUIRED
      • SOWK 4759– Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums 
    • REQUIRED (TWO OF THE FOLLOWING) 
      • SOWK 4765 – Global Social Change 
      • SOWK 4990-1 -- Global Trauma
      • SOWK 4465 – Human Security Intervention Strategies for Economic and Social Development

    Required Classes: Total of 3.

    Field Requirements

    Students must be in an internship, either domestically or internationally, that has the capacity for a global focus as part of the concentration year internship. 

    Internship approval for the certificate is made jointly by the Office of Field Education and the Certificate Coordinator.

    Of the total internship credits required for completion of the MSW degree, 3 will be applied toward this certificate.  

     

    Other Requirements

    Participation is required in Let’s Go Global, a series of monthly trainings and activities focusing on issues relevant to global social work practice.

     

    Other Supports

    -Advising: Students receive advising specific to their global social work interests and are encouraged to take particular courses to supplement the required certificate courses.

    -Career development: In conjunction with GSSW career development advisors, students receive direction and support in exploring post-degree fellowships, employment, and other international opportunities.

     

    Process to Obtain Certificate

    Students interested in this certificate need to consider their concentration year internship as noted above.

    For 2-year students, the process begins in the second quarter of their first year.

    For Advanced Standing students, the process begins in their first quarter.

    1. Through information sessions and individual advising, students become familiar with the certificate.
    2. Students declare their interest in participating in the certificate by emailing the Certificate Coordinator Ann.Petrila@du.edu
    3. Course scheduling and the internship search process are outlined for students through certificate and field advising.
    4. Internship approval process, in conjunction with the GSSW Field Team is required.

    Certificate Coordinator

    The Certificate Coordinator oversees the certificate curriculum.  Students wishing to waive or substitute courses in the certificate must obtain approval from the Coordinator.

    Ann Petrila

    Professor of the Practice, Coordinator of Global Initiatives, Director of Global Practice Bosnia 

    Ann.Petrila@du.edu

    Visit GSSW's Faculty website to learn about Ann's specializations.


This portfolio last updated: 04-Oct-2022 3:32 PM