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Concentrations and Specializations

AS 09 - 5

Children and Families

prepares students to evaluate and apply evidence-based practice theories and methods of intervention that reflect a person-environment orientation and strengths perspective. Courses explore a variety of presenting issues experienced by children and families and cover multiple assessment tools and techniques. Empowerment and advocacy to support and sustain safe and healthy children and families are emphasized. Children and Families Competencies & Practice Behaviors

Community Practice

prepares students for working with public and/or nonprofit organizations, communities, congregations, and religiously affiliated agencies. Students learn to apply evidence-informed and asset-based community practice frameworks and methods of intervention to develop responsive human resource systems, sustainable physical and social environments, and just public and institutional policies. Community Practice Competencies & Practice Behaviors

Physical and Mental Health

prepares students for advanced social work practice in health care settings working with interdisciplinary teams. Students apply evidence-based practice models in advanced case management and in mental health treatment with focus on ethics and religious faith and health. Graduates are prepared for direct practice and health care administration and planning roles. Physical and Mental Health Competencies & Practice Behaviors

MSW Concentrations


The MSW Specialization is an option designed collaboratively by a student and a supervising faculty member to develop a student's knowledge base more comprehensively in one arena of social work knowledge and practice. Students completing requirements of the specialization receive documentation of completion at the time of the awarding of the MSW degree. This document certifies that the student has demonstrated advanced practice knowledge and skills in a substantive area within her or his concentration. The requirements for the specialization are the same for both Advanced Standing and Standard Program students.
Social Work Specialization Guidelines
MSW Specialization Application Form

Commonly chosen specializations include (but are not limited to):
Church SW Specialization (WORD)
Global Mission Leadership Specialization (WORD)
Gerontology Specialization (WORD)