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We prepare you for a career in either of two types of social work: clinical or macro.
Our Clinical Program specialization prepares students to work with individuals, families, and groups. Through course work and field practica, students in the Clinical specialization learn practice skills that utilize a four-pronged approach that simultaneously addresses assessment, relationship, intervention, and practice evaluation. The School aims to foster a sense of both cultural and clinical humility as students grapple with the complexity of serving others.
Assessment skills focus on diagnostic and biopsychosocial formulation skills within various cultural contexts. Relationship skills focus on a culturally-competent, strengths-based perspective that combines compassion while maintaining professional boundaries. Intervention skills focus on both evidence-based treatments paired with specific diagnostic conditions, and practice wisdom to select and combine interventions in the most effective manner. Students also learn how to evaluate their intervention efforts in a deliberate and continuous manner, and to utilize this data to augment and change their intervention strategies as needed.
A wide range of field placement opportunities enable students to learn and refine their clinical practice skills in preparation for their professional careers.
Our Macro: Social Innovation + Leadership specialization was introduced in Fall 2011. The program focuses on providing current and future leaders of the public and social service sectors with access to the latest thinking on social innovation. Social innovation represents a compelling paradigm that supports the development, implementation, and sustainability of transformational responses to social need.
Through course work and field practica, students in the Macro specialization learn practice skills which focus on leadership and administration, financial management and resource development, and social innovation strategies and procedures.
A wide range of field placement opportunities enable students to learn and refine their macro practice skills in preparation for their professional careers.