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 in the context of race, ethnicity, and socioecnomic status. 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 research. They can also expand their knowledge base by including elective courses in international development, community organization, social policy, and social  service management to create a dual focus for their education. 

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 employment in the areas of:

  • mental health;
  • family services;
  • clinical case management;
  • trauma work;
  • school social work;
  • early intervention;
  • forensics;
  • gerontology;
  • juvenile justice.

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

806, 807
808, 808A
(elect 1)
Clinical I: SW with Adults and Older Adults (2 semesters)
Clinical I: SW with Children and Adolescents (2 semesters)
758, 759 Research I and II (2 semesters)
740 Ethics
871, 872 Clinical Field Education and Integrative Seminar I and II (2 semesters)
9 semester hours Elect 9 semester hours of free electives