Social work is a dynamic profession concerned with the changing needs of people and society. To respond to such needs, the faculty, students, members of the practice community, and others regularly review the curriculum of the School of Social Work.
The MSW curriculum includes three distinct levels through which students progress toward the advanced degree in social work. Upon admission, students enter an Immersion experience followed by four courses that constitute the generalist foundation of social work practice. Students who have already achieved a Bachelor of Social Work degree may be granted a waiver of this Immersion/Foundation curriculum if they are offered Advanced Standing status.
The second level of preparation is the Intermediate curriculum which entails 5 courses that all students take in common, including a field practicum course of 320 hours for regular standing students. The purpose of the Intermediate curriculum is to prepare students with more breadth and depth in their knowledge base (theories that underlie social work practice). In addition, the Intermediate curriculum serves to advance their critical thinking and foundation practice skills for entry into very specialized fields of practice, or concentrations.
Following the Intermediate curriculum, students enter into concentration or advanced curriculum.
Immersion and Foundation Courses
(Advanced Standing students begin with these courses)
Advanced Standing students do not take the 555 Practicum and 516 Courses
Children, Youth & Families Concentration
Students in this concentration 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.