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Diploma in Social Work

Program Description

The Diploma in Social Work program is designed for professionals engaged in social welfare and social development work who wish to pursue graduate studies to gain a higher level of competence in their field of practice. This program is open to those with a bachelor’s degree in social work and those who do not, with a different track for each. An above-average performance or the successful completion of the degree qualifies students without a bachelor’s degree in social work to enter the Master in Social Work program should they wish to take this course of study.

Program Goals

The Diploma in Social Work aims to provide higher level competence in direct practice and supervisory tasks among social work practitioners.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution;
  • A high level of intellectual capacity and integrity; and
  • A high English proficiency level (as evidenced by a TOEFL certification) for foreign applicants.

These will be determined through (1) an examination of an applicant’s undergraduate credentials and (2) a review of references from former professors and professional supervisors.

Admission Policies

A Program Admission Committee, headed by the Program Chair of the Diploma in Women and Development Program, will convene to deliberate on the documents submitted by the applicants. The OUR then informs the students of the results of the admission.

If all documents and requirements have been fulfilled by the student, he/she will be admitted as a regular student. A student will be given provisional status if he/she failed to submit the needed requirements for admission to the program. One year will be given to the student to complete the said requirements.

Mode of Instruction

All courses, except for the field instruction courses, will be delivered mainly by distance education mode. Field instruction courses, an integral part in social work education, requires face-to-face supervision and this will be accomplished with the support of agency field work supervisor working under the overall direction of the faculty-in-charge of the course.

Prospective applicants are advised that the program requires at least one field instruction course for those with BSSW while those without a BSSW will need two field instruction courses. Each course requires working 320 hours in an assigned agency during their regular working hours.

Those without a bachelor’s degree in social work and intend to pursue a Master of Social Work and complete the 1,000-hour requirement for professional social work training will be required to enrol in a total of five field instruction courses.

Students whose employment will not allow for an adjustment of their work schedule for field instruction with another agency may apply for a work-study scheme. In this scheme, they could conduct their field instruction in the agencies where they are working provided that they satisfy the guidelines to become fieldwork agencies.

Courses

The Diploma consists of 27 units of core and major courses for holders of a bachelor’s degree in social work and 33 units for those without said bachelor’s degree. This can be completed between five to six semesters on a part time basis, at six units per semester. Upon completion of all courses, students must take and pass a comprehensive examination to earn the degree.

For BSSW holders, students shall have an option to take specialization on these three areas: (1) social administration, (2) clinical practice, or (3) community organizing. Field instruction courses will also be focused on the chosen area of concentration.

Core Courses (15 units)

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
SW201 Social, Economic & Political Structures and Processes Socio-economic and political structures and processes and their implications to social work 3 units
SW202 Human Behavior & Social Change Theories of human behavior and their implications to social work interventions for social change 3 units
SW210 Social Administration and Development Perspectives and approaches in the organization and management of social services 3 units
SW220 Social Work Theory & Practice Theory and practice of social work 3 units
SW299.1 Social Work Research I 3 units

Specialization Courses (6 units)

Area of Specialization Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
Social Administration SW211 Social Policy Development Approaches and techniques in social policy formulation for social development 3 units
SW212 Social Planning and Program Development Participative methods of social planning and programming 3 units
Clinical Practice SW221 Clinical Social Work Practice I Individual and family diagnosis and treatment 3 units
SW222 Clinical Social Work Practice II Group treatment concepts, methods and techniques 3 units
Community Organizing SW230 Theory and Practice of Community Organization Theories, principles and processes in the formation, maintenance, consolidation and evaluation of people’s organization 3 units
SW231 Strategies in Community Mobilization Strategies and tactics in the effective mobilization of communities for social action [Prerequisite: SW 230] 3 units

Field Instruction and Electives (6 units)

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
SW253 Supervision in the Social Services or Any major course apart from area of specialization Supervisory principles, approaches and techniques in the supervision of professional staff, paraprofessionals and volunteers. [Prerequisite: COI] 3 units
SW280 Field Instruction I 3 units
DSW Comprehensive Exam

Core Courses (15 units)

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
SW201 Social, Economic & Political Structures and Processes Socio-economic and political structures and processes and their implications to social work 3 units
SW202 Human Behavior & Social Change Theories of human behavior and their implications to social work interventions for social change 3 units
SW210 Social Administration and Development Perspectives and approaches in the organization and management of social services 3 units
SW220 Social Work Theory & Practice Theory and practice of social work 3 units
SW299.1 Social Work Research I 3 units

Specialization and Survey Courses (12 units)

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
SW211 Social Policy Development Approaches and techniques in social policy formulation for social development 3 units
SW221 Clinical Social Work Practice I Individual and family diagnosis and treatment 3 units
SW230 Theory and Practice of Community Organization Theories, principles and processes in the formation, maintenance, consolidation and evaluation of people’s organization 3 units

Choose any one of the following courses:

Area of Specialization Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
Social Administration SW212 Social Planning and Program Development Participative methods of social planning and programming 3 units
Clinical Practice SW222 Clinical Social Work Practice II Group treatment concepts, methods and techniques 3 units
Community Organizing SW231 Strategies in Community Mobilization Strategies and tactics in the effective mobilization of communities for social action 3 units

Field Instruction (6 units)

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
SW280.1 Field Instruction: Generalist Social Work Practice Supervised field placement to develop beginning proficiency in generalist social work practice for non-BS Social Work graduates 3 units
SW280 Field Instruction I 3 units
DSW Comprehensive Exam
Additional Courses after Completion of Diploma

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
SW299.2 Social Work Research II 3 units
SW281 Field Instruction by Area of Concentration 3 units
Elective Any 200-level social work course 3 units
Cognate Any 200-level course 3 units
DSW Comprehensive Exam

Additional Courses Intensive Field Instruction Degree (1,000 hours of Field Instruction)

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
SW299.2 Social Work Research II 3 units
SW281 Field Instruction by Area of Concentration 3 units
SW280.2 Field Instruction: Special Client Group I Supervised field instruction to develop beginning proficiency in generalist social work practice with a special client group [Prerequisite: SW 280.1 and all core/required specialization courses] 3 units
SW280.3 Field Instruction: Special Client Group II Supervised field instruction to develop beginning proficiency in generalist social work practice with a special client group (different from the client group in SW 280.2) [Prerequisite: SW 280.2] 3 units
DSW Comprehensive Exam

Additional courses are required for students who wish to proceed to Master of Social Work from Diploma of Social Work

Program Policies

Field Instruction

Field Instruction (FI), which is offered in collaboration with social agencies, forms an integral part of the preparation of students for professional responsibilities in social work. It provides forum for the critical integration of theoretical and experiential learning in social work education.

The Social Work profession was established by the passing of Republic Act 4373, otherwise known as the Social Work Law in 1965 which further requires a minimum period of 1,000 hours of practical training in any established social work agency under the supervision of a qualified and trained Social Worker.

The Program Chair acts as the FI Coordinator who serves as the administrator of the FI program specifically on developing FI manual/guide which stipulates the policies in FI, looks for and approves FI agencies, oversees the supervision of students, facilitates the understanding of UPOU and agency for FI and address other concerns related to FI.

A school fieldwork supervisor will also be needed to do weekly supervision of students to ensure that the field placement achieves the FI objectives. He/she will serve as a faculty-in-charge (FIC) for the particular FI subject. An agency fieldwork supervisor, who comes from the fieldwork agency of the student, will be the one to supervise the day-to-day activities in the field. The agency fieldwork supervisor should have at least a master’s degree in any development discipline but with social work degree at any level.

The FI Coordinator selects and approves agencies which can become FI agencies of students. Below are the minimum considerations in selecting and approving agencies/organizations to become FI agencies:

  • The interest of the agency in providing field instruction to students;
  • The agency’s affiliation preferably with a licensed and accredited institution/ agency or other organizations and with accredited programs;
  • The agency’s existing programs and services that can meet the expectations/objectives of fieldwork enrolled in; and
  • The agency has qualified and willing (at least one) licensed social workers who will provide instruction/supervision to students.

Only students who completed their core and specialization/survey courses are allowed to take their FI subjects (except for SW 280.1 where students have to finish their core courses only). Different tracks and areas of specialization also differ in the number of required FI subjects, required number of hours and the focus of FI.

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