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Latino Leadership Initiative Program

Latino Leadership Initiative cohort

Associate Professor Rocio Calvo and students in the Latino Leadership Initiative explain how the program bolsters students' linguistic and cultural competencies to work with Latino communities.
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Andrea Cohen, MSW '84

Thinking Creatively about Senior Care

Andrea Cohen, MSW ’84, is dedicated to helping seniors age in place. As CEO of HouseWorks she has been a pioneer in private home care.  More about Thinking Creatively... »

Erin Gerber MSW ’09

'It's That Voice'

As a gender-based trainer/counselor in Thailand, Erin Gerber, MSW ’09, helped to empower refugees to find their voice.  More about 'It's That Voice' »

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Clinical Program

Our commitment to social justice and the Jesuit principle of women and men for others is deeply embedded in our coursework and school culture.

Known for our academically rigorous and in-depth clinical program, Boston College School of Social Work challenges and prepares students to integrate evidence-based interventions and culturally sensitive practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Students become proficient in assessment and diagnostic classification, and learn to develop professional therapeutic alliance and relationship skills. Students are exposed to a broad overview of therapeutic interventions, and have an opportunity to develop advanced practice skills and therapeutic techniques through a wide range of elective courses.

With our 5-elective curriculum, students acquire competency in a variety of cutting-edge intervention models. For example, typical electives include:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Dying, Grief, and Bereavement
  • Impact of Traumatic Victimization
  • Adult Psychological Trauma
  • Clinical Practice in Schools

All clinical students take the following required courses:

  • Basic Skills: Clinical Practice
  • Psychosocial Pathology
  • Clinical Practice with Children and Families
  • Clinical Practice with Adults
  • Advanced practice course in their field of concentration

See detailed course descriptions and requirements and curriculum plans.


Within the clinical program, you will select a concentration or have the option to create an individualized field by combining two concentrations:

Field Work

Field work provides students with an opportunity to master their diagnostic assessment, therapeutic relationship, and practice intervention skills. We offer intensive, experiential field placements at a wide variety of agency settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, prisons, residential programs, homeless shelters, churches, hospice, and many other human service organizations.

See a complete listing of field placement sites and opportunities.