MSW Salem Option

 

Overview

Salem is the capital of Oregon, and the governmental hub for the state. It is located in the center of the Willamette Valley with the Willamette River running north through the city. After Portland and Eugene, Salem is the third largest city in Oregon and located one hour from both of those communities. The Salem site is located in the heart of downtown Salem with easy access to a wide array of businesses and restaurants. The MSW Salem site is fortunate to be housed and partnered with the Child Welfare Training Unit at Chemeketa Center's Business and Industry Complex.

The Salem MSW Option offers a three-year prescribed curriculum and the majority of the coursework is taught by PSU School of Social Work faculty. Classes during the first year of the program are on the main PSU campus in Portland four times each school term on Fridays from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm. Classes during the second and third years are held at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry Complex in Salem every Friday, generally from 9 am – 5 pm.

During the second and third years in the program, students are placed in field agencies. The MSW Salem site has a wealth of community partners serving the greater Willamette Valley. Placement options include but are not limited to: aging, domestic and intimate partner violence, school/educational social work, mental health through the lifespan, alcohol and addictions, medical social work, intellectual and physical disabilities, child and adult protective services, food insecurity and homelessness, community organization and human services administration. Students work with the Site Coordinator to choose from the partner social service agencies in their home community, or to help identify new agencies for development, when possible.

Admissions

The next Salem Site Cohort begins Fall 2022. The application will be available in fall 2021 and can be found on the admissions page.

Curriculum

Students complete Foundation Year coursework in years one and two. Advanced Year coursework is completed in year three.

Year One (18 Credits)

Fall (6 credits) Winter (6 credits) Spring (6 credits)
SW 539 Social Justice in Social Work (3 credits) SW 520 Social Welfare History and Policy (3 credits) SW 532 Advocacy and Empowerment (3 credits)
SW 541 Societal, Community and Organizational Structures and Processes (3 credits) SW 550 SW Research & Evaluation I (3 credits) SW 551 SW Research & Evaluation II (3 credits)

Year Two (30 Credits)

Fall (10 credits) Winter (10 credits) Spring (10 credits)
SW 530 SW Practice with Individuals and Families I (3 credits) SW 540 SW Practice with Individuals and Families II (3 credits) SW 515 Skills for the Helping Process – Groups (3 credits)
Elective – on site (3 credits) Elective – on site (3 credits) Elective – on site (3 credits)
SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits ) SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits ) SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits )

Year Three (30 credits)

Fall (10 credits) Winter (10 credits) Spring (10 credits)
SW 533 Clinical Social Work Practice I (3 credits) SW 534 Clinical Social Work Practice II (3 credits) SW 535 Clinical Social Work Practice III (3 credits)
Elective – online (3 credits) Elective – online (3 credits) Elective – online (3 credits)
SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits)

Course Map Notes

• Students in the Clinical concentration are required to take SW 555 SW Perspectives on Mental Health Disorders.
• PSU graduates of the BSW or CYFS programs do not take SW 539. Those students will replace SW 539 with an additional elective.  
• Year three electives are available online only; no site-based electives are offered.

Site Coordinator

Michele Martinez Thompson, MSW, CSWA, C-ASWCM, joined our Salem Option team in summer 2011. She is a graduate of Arizona State University. She has practiced social work in a variety of community settings serving individuals through their life span, focusing on case management, counseling, policy and social service administration. Her current focus is individual and family counseling through chronic illness, end of life death and the provision of culturally effective services within the medical field.

Contact

Michele Martinez Thompson »
Salem Site Coordinator
503-315-4592
mmt4@pdx.edu

626 High St. NE, Suite 208
Salem, OR 97301