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Become a CHILD WELFARE SCHOLAR and join the SPECIALIZED FIELD of CHILD WELFARE

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You can make a critical difference in the lives of Hawaii’s most vulnerable children.  Join the field of public child welfare where social workers are well trained, highly skilled and knowledgeable in a wealth of areas.  Work with other professionals on complex cases to help ensure stronger, healthier families for our communities.  Child welfare needs you.

Manoa-based and distance education MSW students entering their final (specialization/advanced standing) year of their graduate program are eligible to apply for HCWEC.  Full-time HCWEC scholars receive $18,000 per year and part-time distance education or part-time CWS employed scholars receive $14,000 per year.  Scholars commit to a 2-year post graduation employment when receiving one year of stipend. The HCWEC project is contingent on funding from the Department of Human Services, which is to be confirmed prior to the Fall semester.  Students should contact their financial aide officer to discuss how the stipend may impact their financial aide package.

2019-2020 HCWEC Requirements

HCWEC Scholars: 

  1. Must be accepted into the MSW program @UH SSW
  2. Full time students can be in their generalist or specialization year starting Fall 2019 and part-time students must be in their 2nd or last (specialization) year starting Fall 2019.
  3. Must commit to post graduate employment with the State of Hawai’i, Department of Human Services, Social Services Division, Child Welfare Services.
  4. Must be in the C&F specialization.
  5. Must agree to practicum placement at Child Welfare Services during their specialization year.
  6. Must agree to required curriculum in specialization year.
  7. Must commit to 675 hours of practicum.
  8. Must have a driver’s license.

Application Deadline​: March 1st 2019 – Extended priority deadline to April 1, 2019.  Applications will be accepted and viewed up until May 1, 2019.

  • Application form available below, please provide three (3) referrals.

HCWEC Application

HCWEC Referral Form

COURSE
REQUIREMENTS – 2nd Year Child & Family Specialization Scholars

​Fall

  • SW717 Social Work Practice with Children & Families
  • SW790 4-credit Practicum at Child Welfare Services
  • SW741 Review of Research or Independent Research Project (SW743/744 or SW746 Individual or Group Research)


​Spring

  • SW718 Seminar in Social Work Practice with Children & Families
  • SW791 5-credit Field & Field Integration Seminar
  • SW797 Social Welfare Policy


Required Electives

  • SW672 Child Welfare as a field of Social Work (offered Fall 2018)
  • SW680 Introduction to Forensic Social Work or SW680 Inside the DSM or SW663 Treatment of Chemical Dependency or LAW 590 R Child Welfare Clinic or SW737 Social Work & the Law 

COURSE
REQUIREMENTS – Advanced Standing Child & Family Specialization Scholars

Fall

  • SW650 Research Designs and Data Analyses for the Evaluation of Practice Effectiveness
  • SW717 Social Work Practice with Children & Families
  • SW790 Second Year Practicum & Field Integration Seminar (5 credits)
  • Mandatory Elective


Spring

  • SW718 Seminar in Social Work Practice with Children & Families
  • SW797 Social Welfare Policy
  • SW741 Review of Research or Independent Research Project or SW746 Individual or Group Research
  • SW791 Second Year Practicum & Field Integration Seminar (4 credits)
  • Mandatory Elective


Required Electives

  • SW672 Child Welfare as a field of Social Work (offered Fall 2018)
  • SW680 Introduction to Forensic Social Work or SW680 Inside the DSM or SW663 Treatment of Chemical Dependency or LAW 590 R Child Welfare Clinic or SW737 Social Work & the Law

HCWEC Brochure 2019-2020