Co-Chairs:  Joan Pittman, 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, 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
  • African American families
  • Immigrants and refugees

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.