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Generalist Standing (1st Year)

Students who enter the Master of Social Work program from disciplines other than social work enter the program as a 1st year student. These students must take courses to lay a foundation for the specialized level social work courses. These Generalist courses are taken during the first three semesters of the program. Students who begin as a 1st year student complete their course work in two and one-half years (seven semesters).

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Specialized Standing (Advanced)

The advanced standing option was developed to recognize the academic accomplishments of outstanding applicants who have completed a B.A. in social work or BSW from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students who are accepted into the Specialized standing level may complete their course work in one and one-half years (four semesters).

An area(s) of specialization is chosen after completing the Generalist year or when entering the program at the Specialized standing level.

Concentrations

Clinical Mental Health & Addictions

This concentration prepares students to provide psychotherapy and addictions services for individuals, families, and groups in rural and small-town settings. Specific content on trauma-focused practice is included, in addition to content on macro practice in community mental health or addictions settings. The goal of this concentration is to help students understand how to practice in therapeutic settings, whether working with clients with mental health concerns, addictions issues, or a dual diagnosis.

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Integrated Clinical & Community Practice

The purpose of this track is to combine training in a variety of fields of practice for students who are interested in clinical or macro MSW practice, but not in psychotherapy. The track will include content on child welfare, medical, criminal justice, at the micro and mezzo levels, and macro practice. The goal of this concentration is to help students understand how to practice in one or more of these areas of social work while also appreciating the other systems with which their clients are likely to interact.

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