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MSW Certificate in Promoting Child & Adolescent Well-Being (ChAP)

The ChAP Certificate prepares students to work with a variety of child and youth populations in many different settings (health, mental health, child maltreatment, schools, etc.). 

To Apply

The application to the ChAP Certificate program will be open October 1-November 20.  The link to the application: .


ChAP students choose their own focus regarding the youth population and age group that interests them, with the ultimate goal of developing skills to serve as change agents for children and adolescents across various environments. 

ChAP students are guaranteed specialized field placements in child-focused settings; These settings may include:

  • Educational settings (elementary; middle school; high school; community colleges and post-secondary settings; vocational education)
  • Behavioral Health settings (both in-patient and out-patient: hospitals; clinics; transitional programs; counseling centers) 
  • Physical Health settings (hospitals; clinics)
  • Juvenile Justice (juvenile justice detention; prevention programs)
  • Child Welfare/Child Maltreatment settings (Department of Children and Families; CASA; Prevent Child Abuse NJ)
  • Community based organizations (sex trafficking prevention programs; policy focused programs; services and advocacy for developmental disabilities; services and advocacy for affectional and gender diverse youth; services and advocacy for immigrant and refugee families)

Child-focused populations include:

  • Children and youth with behavioral health and/or developmental disabilities
  • Children and youth with physical or medical impairments or challenges
  • Children and youth who are immigrants or refugees
  • Children and youth affected by child maltreatment and/or sex trafficking
  • Children and youth who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Children and youth who are at risk of involvement or are involved with juvenile justice system
  • Children and youth affected by one or more of the following intersectional issues: poverty; homelessness; unemployment; racism and discrimination; under-resourced communities; disenfranchisement
  • Understanding and addressing the impact of COVID on all child and youth population


MSW students take:

  • Advanced Contemporary Policy: Children and Youth
  • Adolescence: Risk and Resilience OR Infants and Toddlers: Promoting Developmentally Informed Well-Being
  • At least one advanced year practice course, focused on Clinical or MAP practice with children and youth
  • One of several approved electives focused on children and youth
To view a complete list of ChAP course requirements and electives, click on the link below:

Field Placement

As discussed above, students will complete a two-semester specialized field placement focused on the population and age group of their choice (depending on availability of field placement opportunities). Field placements are determined based one-on-one conversations with ChAP faculty. 

ChAP Community Envolvement Activities

  • ChAP students are required to participate in online (Canvas) activities throughout the academic year
  • ChAP students have the option to participate in optional professional development workshops offered throughout the year

The certificate is now available to students enrolled in the traditional or the blended MSW programs. For more information about applying, please email

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