Specializations and Focused Learning Opportunities
In addition to two areas of specialized practice (Clinical and Macro Practice), the UH Graduate College of Social Work has historically offered four specializations designed to enable students to develop specialized skills and knowledge in defined areas of social work practice. Three of these specializations: Health and Behavioral Health, Social Work Practice with Latinos, and Political Social Work have offered students the opportunity to focus their advanced studies in specific areas of social work. The fourth specialization, Individualized Specialization, has offered students the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in a substantive area of social work of interest specific to them.
Specializations will be phased out at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year and will be replaced by focused learning opportunities (FLOs). This change is in response to student feedback and changing practice needs. More information about this shift will be available later this year. To learn about your options at this time, read below.
Students entering the GCSW in fall 2021 or later:
We will begin offering focused learning opportunities in fall 2021. More information about FLOs and how to participate will be available summer 2021. Check back at that time to learn more.
Students who entered the GCSW in fall 2020:
More information about FLOs and how to participate in them will be sent out mid-Spring 2021. If after reviewing the new FLO opportunities in the spring semester, you still have an interest in pursuing one of the four specializations, we will work with you to develop a personalized specialization plan.
Students who entered the GCSW prior to fall 2020:
More information about FLOs and how to participate in them will be sent out mid-Spring 2021. If you are currently in a specialization and are concerned about how to complete it, we will work with you to identify completion options. If you were planning to apply for a specialization, you’ll have the option to either pursue one of our new FLOs or work with us to develop a personalized plan to complete one of our prior specializations.