Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups (Direct Practice)

The Direct Practice specialization is designed to develop students’ advanced practice skills to prepare them for autonomous practice, grounded in the values and ethics of the social work profession using a strengths-based, person-in-the-environment perspective. Through course work and field education, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in direct practice with diverse populations of individuals, families, and small groups. The specialization focuses on evidence-based modalities and provides students with community-based learning opportunities. Consistent with an emphasis on strengths perspective, students become skilled at assisting clients to address their needs and realize their potential.

Curriculum Requirements »

Direct Practice Certificate Programs

  • Children Youth and Families Certificate
  • Gerontology Certificate
  • Home and School Visitor/School Social Worker Certificate
  • Integrated Healthcare Certificate
  • Mental Health Certificate

Employees of public child welfare agencies interested in pursuing an MSW degree should visit the CWEL home page.

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