Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups

Direct practice skills form the basis of service in family and children's agencies, mental health and mental retardation programs, health services, work with juvenile delinquents and adult offenders, and substance abuse treatment. Through course work and field practicum, students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to engage in direct practice with diverse populations of individuals, families, and small groups. Practice approaches include psychodynamic-psychosocial, cognitive-behavioral, and social systems. Consistent with an emphasis on client strengths and the values and philosophy of the social work profession, students become skilled at mobilizing a variety of formal and informal support systems to assist clients in addressing their needs and realizing their potential.

Curriculum Requirements

Direct Practice Certificate Programs

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