Clinical and Community Practice with focus on Mental Health & Addictions
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 Mental Health & Addictions #
Students in this focus area assess mental health and addictions issues from person-in-environment, consumer focused, strengths-based, recovery-oriented, and other relevant perspectives. Competence in formulating intervention, prevention, or support and maintenance plans collaboratively with clients.
Students gain preparation to serve as case managers, counselors, clinicians, and advocates for and with mental health and addictions consumers. Also, they are able to seek, discover, and evaluate relevant research studies and apply findings in evidence-based social work practice. Within the context of their practice, they conduct empirical evaluations of the effectiveness of interventions and services.
The MSW curriculum includes three distinct levels #
The MSW curriculum includes three distinct levels through which students progress toward the advanced degree in social work.
Regular standing students start in the foundation level of courses.
Students with a BSW start in the concentration level of courses.
Focus Area: Mental Health & Addictions
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 (MHA) (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.
- SWK-S 683 Community-Based Practice in Mental Health and Addiction (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 685 Mental Health and Addictions Practice: Individuals and Families (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 687 Mental Health and Addictions Practice with Groups (3 cr.)
- SWK-S 686 Social Work Practice: Addictions (3 cr.)
- Required 3 credit hours of social work elective(s) (courses available)