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Areas of Specialized Practice

Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice is the application of theories, methods, skills, values and ethics needed to enhance the cognitive, mental, emotional, behavioral, physical and social well-being of individuals, couples, families, groups and communities. Clinical practice requires leadership in promoting social, economic and political justice. Its methods are relationship-centered, contextualized, culturally sensitive and strengths focused. It includes knowledge about biopsychosocial functioning - and - evidence based interventions.  Clinical practice includes, (but not limited to) assessment and intervention, diagnosis and treatment, education and prevention, advocacy, counseling and psychotherapy, supervision and consultation. Clinical practice students are required to take these five courses:

  • SOCW 7337 Critical Clinical Case Formulations and Diagnostics
  • SOCW 7325 Individuals: Advanced Clinical Practice
  • SOCW 7343 Families: Advanced Clinical Practice
  • SOCW 7356 Groups: Advanced Clinical Practice
  • SOCW 7342 Clinical Social Work Praxis: Student Directed Inquiries

Macro Practice

Macro Practice prepares students for practice in urban settings where the needs of diverse, vulnerable populations require highly skilled professional leaders. Students are prepared to work in communities, in public and private organizations to promote progressive social change that contributes to the growth and empowerment of individuals, agencies and communities. Core concepts and practice skills are developed for work at the community, organizational, societal, and global levels. Students are prepared to assume leadership positions as advocates, managers, program planners, researchers, policy analysts, and agency and community capacity builders. Students in this concentration are required to take these five courses:

  • SOCW 7319 SW Practice in Organizations
  • SOCW 7334 SW Leadership
  • SOCW 7335 SW Practice in Communities
  • SOCW 7305 SW Practice for Policy Change
  • SOCW 7310 Program Planning & Evaluation