Students are required to select a concentration in the Advanced Curriculum. Concentrations available are Clinical and Macro. Each concentration has specific course requirements in addition to those required in the specialization.

Clinical Concentration

Co-Chairs:  Geoff Greif, PhD and Ed Pecukonis, PhD
The Clinical Concentration provides a comprehensive gateway into the world of clinical social work. More direct clinical services are provided by social workers than any other profession in the United States. Our goal is to provide an education and field practicum that prepares graduates for the rapidly changing world of practice. Clinical social workers are licensed to provide a range of therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, older adults and their families across multiple settings using a wealth of treatment modalities.

The rich curriculum at the School of Social Work taught by world-class faculty includes two required courses, Advanced Clinical Interventions and Psychopathology. Advanced Clinical Interventions teaches students how to apply theoretical models in client assessment and treatment. Psychopathology is a comprehensive immersion into assessment, the use of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version 5, and evidence-supported practices. The clinical concentration also provides in-depth direct practice courses that focus on families, couples, and groups and cutting edge treatment approaches. In keeping with social work’s history of providing services in multiple contexts and settings, the Program presents courses on working in schools, hospitals, behavioral health settings, and child welfare agencies.

Social work historically has also provided services to populations in need. Population-specific courses that are offered include working with:

  • Women Military service members & their families
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Youth with disabilities
  • People with serious health conditions
  • People with serious mental illness
  • Individuals with addictive disorders
  • People who identify as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual
  • Older Adults

In the advanced year, clinical field placements provide an intensive learning experience across over 400 settings throughout the region and abroad. Examples of these settings include: in-patient and out-patient behavioral health facilities and community-based clinics; health care settings that serve people across the lifespan; departments of social service; child welfare settings; the Veterans Administration; social service; non-profits, court systems, employee assistance programs; and school settings.

Macro Concentration

Macro [See Macro web site]
Co-Chairs:  Adam Schneider, MSW and Becky Davis
The Macro concentration prepares graduates for careers that improve organizations, communities, and society through positive social change. Macro social workers are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century with knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed through a diverse curriculum, internship, called a field practicum, and other opportunities offered by our program.

Dynamic leadership, stakeholder engagement, resource development, program management, and policy analysis will enable graduates to solve today’s biggest problems with creativity and a commitment to social justice. Although not required, students are encouraged to select an area of focus in one of three practice areas: 1) Community Action, 2) Organizational Leadership, and 3) Policy Advocacy.

A brief description of each of the practice areas follows:

Community Action
The community action focus prepares students for careers in neighborhood and community organizing, political campaigns, and movement leadership as catalysts, coordinators, power brokers, negotiators, activists, and organizers. Coursework in this area develops students’ skills in asset mapping, advocacy through media, analyzing power structures, strengthening community connections, improving service delivery and community economic development.

Organizational Leadership
The organizational leadership focus prepares students for careers in government, human service and nonprofit organizations as supervisors, team leaders, program managers, and transformational organization leaders. Coursework in this area develops students’ skills in the design, implementation, and management of programs and services, talent and resource development, performance measurement, budgeting, and leadership to target change in people, organizations, and culture.

Policy Advocacy
The policy advocacy focus prepares students for careers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in government and nonprofit organizations as thought leaders, researchers, educators, and policy advocates. Coursework in this area develops students’ knowledge of current policies in the context of history and political economy, skills to analyze and advocate for policy options, and mastery of how public policies and programs affect marginalized populations, including how such communities can impact the policymaking process and drive social change.



Secondary Concentration Option

 It is also possible to elect a secondary concentration in conjunction with a primary one. Students who select a primary and secondary concentration (i.e., Clinical/Macro) are placed in their Advanced Field Practicum based upon their primary concentration (in this case, Clinical). A secondary concentration will expose the student to some of the content from the other concentration through study in two courses.

A student interested in this educational plan would satisfy all of the requirements for either the Clinical or Macro concentration, including the diversity requirement. Thirty-six advanced credits are required at a minimum. Students choosing a secondary concentration must develop their plan of study carefully.