Clinical and Community Practice with focus on Children, Youth & Families
Clinical and Community Practice #
The Clinical and Community Practice Concentration curriculum prepares students to work across the micro-to-macro continuum of social work services. Students will learn more breadth and depth in their knowledge base, including theories that underlie various types of social work practice. In addition, the curriculum serves to advance their critical thinking and foundation practice skills for entry into advanced practice courses in a variety of focus areas.
Focus on Children, Youth & Families #
Students in this focus area understand at an advanced level mandates of the children, youth, and family serving systems and learn to effectively intervene within the current framework of state and federal legislation. They are able to assess the impact of trauma and assess for risk and resilience with children, youth, and families and design effective interventions that build on best-practices and strengths with individuals, families and communities. They identify and apply interventions that address trauma, risk and resilience in advanced practice with children, youth, and families. They evaluate the impact of the forms, mechanisms, and consequences of oppression and discrimination in the systems that impact children, youth, and families, including the impact on people of color, women, lesbian women and gay men, and other populations at risk as well as those groups distinguished by age, ethnicity, culture, class, religion, region, gender identity, and physical or mental ability.
The MSW curriculum includes three distinct levels #
Students progress toward the advanced degree in social work through each level.
Regular standing students start in the foundation level of courses.
Students with a BSW start in the concentration level of courses.
Focus Area: Children, Youth & Families
Foundation Courses #
All courses are required for regular standing students.
- SWK-S 506 Introduction to the SW Profession (1 cr.)
- SWK-S 507 Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 502 Research I (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 505 Social Policy Analysis and Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 508 Generalist Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 509 SWK Practice: Organizations, Communities and Societies (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 555 Practicum I (3 cr.)
Concentration Courses #
Students with a BSW, advanced standing, start in the concentration level of courses. All courses are required for all students.
- SWK-S 517 Assessment in Mental Health and Addictions (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 518 Clinical Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 519 Community and Global Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 661 Executive Leadership Practice (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 618 Social Policy and Services (CYF) (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 623 Practice Evaluation (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 651 Practicum II (4 cr.)
- SWK-S 652 Practicum III (4 – 5 cr.)
Focus Area Courses #
Course requirements for the focus area.
- Students must take 3 of the 4 focus area courses. Students may opt for the 4th course as the elective choice, or choose another 3-credit course or a combination of three one-credit courses as the elective choice.
- SWK-S 632 Children, Youth and Families Practice I: Working with Children Impacted by Violence in the Family (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 633 Children, Youth and Families Practice II: Working with Diverse and Transitioning Families (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 634 Group and Community Based Practice with Children and Families (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 636 Social Work Practice with Children and Families: Involuntary Populations, Addictions and Domestic Violence (3 cr.)
- A 3 credit hour social work elective is required.