With a long history of preparing highly qualified clinical social work practitioners, our Clinical Concentration focuses on strengths-based practice in a variety of clinical settings and prepares students for licensed independent practice.

As in all aspects of social work, the Clinical Concentration focuses on the whole person, taking into consideration each client’s bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs. This concentration prepares students to obtain a license in clinical social work practice. The course work includes all aspects of clinical practice with individuals, families, couples, and groups. Dimensions of assessment and diagnoses are thoroughly addressed across the life span.

Program Content

Throughout their tenure, students receive extensive preparation in the understanding and application of theory in evidence-based practice. Clinical students take courses in theory, clinical practice with individuals and with families, ethics, and practice evaluation. They can also opt to take elective macro courses.

Students will learn direct clinical practice in their advanced year field internship, working with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups.  Students in the clinical concentration will be prepared for professional roles and activities including:

  • mental health counseling/therapy;
  • clinical work with at-risk families;
  • clinical case management with homeless individuals;
  • trauma treatment;
  • school social work;
  • play therapy with children; and
  • community-based work with the elderly.

Field Internships

Our Clinical Concentration enjoys an excellent reputation. Course and field internship requirements have been designed to prepare students for work in settings such as community agencies, family service agencies, and, after clinical licensing, independent clinical practice.

The advanced year curriculum includes the following:

 Clinical Concentration

801, 802, 802, 804 (elect 2) Clinical SW with Older Adults; Adults; Adolescents and Young Adults; Children
822 Clinical SW with Families
653, 723, 724 (elect 1) Attachment Theory and Neurobiology; Psychodynamic Theory; Cognitive - Behavioral Theory
756, 757 (elect 1) Practice Evaluation; Program Evaluation
740 Ethics
871, 872 Clinical Field Education and Integrative Seminar I and II
6 semester hours Elect 6 semester hours of free electives