SOWK 560 - Social Work Practice in Schools

  • 3 credits

Overview of the knowledge and skills essential to the practice of social work in educational settings. Topics explored: historical, legal, structural, and cultural context of social work in schools, the impact of disability on an individual and a family including special education processes and law, current issues challenging the practitioner in school settings,specific assessment practices covering Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and the development of Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).

SOWK 560 meets the State of Colorado’s requirements to become a state-licensed school social worker and meets the graduate-certificate objectives of evaluating state legislature, Colorado special-education processes, the rights of parents and children with disabilities, and services provided to children within a school setting.

Course Topics:
History, Policy and Perspectives of School Social Work
Multi-Tiered System of Supports
Functional Behavior Assessment
Behavior Intervention Planning
Individual Education Plans

This course can be applied toward:

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research, 8th Ed. (2016)
    Constable, R., Massat, C.R., McDonald, S., and Flynn, J.P.


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