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.
Co-Chairs: Joan Pittman, PhD and Michelle Tuten, 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, Paradigms of Clinical Practice and Psychopathology. The Paradigms of Clinical Practice 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, the work organizations 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:
- 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 [See Macro web site]
Chair: Joan Davitt, PhD and Corey Shdaimah, PhD
The Macro concentration seeks to develop new and better services, social programs, and social policies. Macro social work practice includes community organizing and development, social planning, policy analysis and development, political and social action, advocacy and government and nonprofit agency administration and resource development. Advanced field practicum for Macro students includes opportunities to engage in program development, community organizing, legislative advocacy, employee assistance, and grass-roots leadership development. Many of these field placements include stipends.
Secondary Concentration Option
It is also possible to elect a secondary concentration in conjunction with a primary one. 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. The student would also complete two courses from the other concentration. Thirty-six advanced credits are required at a minimum. Students choosing a secondary concentration must develop their plan of study carefully.
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