Children and Families
The children and families concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced, direct practice with children and families across the life span and across the diversity spectrum. Students learn to apply evidence-based practice theories and methods of intervention that reflect a person-environment orientation and strengths perspective. Attention is given to various theories such as cognitive behavioral theory and resiliency theories as well as several intervention practice models such as motivational interviewing, narrative approaches, and structural family therapy. Courses explore a variety of presenting issues experienced by children and families such as, behavioral and emotional challenges; abuse, neglect and exploitation; parenting concerns including teen parenting, school failure; drug and alcohol abuse; homelessness, marital discord; foster care. Assessment tools and techniques, including DSM-IVTR, are covered. Empowerment and advocacy to support and sustain safe and healthy children and families are emphasized.
The children and family concentration prepares students to work in public, private and faith-based schools, child welfare agencies, family service agencies, juvenile justice systems, residential settings for children and youth, recreational and leisure agencies, marriage and family counseling centers, shelters, and refugee and immigration centers, and churches. Children and Families Competencies & Practice Behaviors
The community practice concentration is designed to prepare students for working with public and/or non-profit organizations, neighborhoods, communities, congregations, and religiously affiliated agencies. Students learn to apply evidence-informed community practice frameworks and methods of intervention to create and develop responsive human resource systems, sustainable physical and social environments, and just public and institutional policies. Emphasis is placed on advocacy, constituent empowerment, and strengths perspective in addressing a variety of local, national, and global problems such as, but not limited to social and economic injustice, poverty, human trafficking, HIV-AIDS, hunger, and homelessness. The community practice concentration prepares students to work in public and private community organizations, child and older person welfare agencies, family service agencies, shelters, refugee and immigration centers, congregations and religiously affiliated organizations. Community Practice Competencies & Practice Behaviors
Physical and Mental Health
This concentration prepares student for advanced social work practice in a variety of health care settings. It develops community-based, family-centered practitioners who can translate theoretical and empirically based approaches to the real-world challenges of today's health consumer, particularly those who are marginalized or underserved. Students develop specialized competencies in outcome research and data management, brief services and crisis intervention, program planning, financial management, collaboration and team building, conflict mediation, advocacy and networking. The concentration helps students define their role in health planning, administration, consultation and program evaluation. Course offerings provide opportunities for critical review of ethical dilemmas and complex health care practice issues. Students examine the relationship between religious faith and health and the role of faith communities and religiously affiliated health care providers. Physical and Mental Health Competencies & Practice Behaviors