All MSW students must complete 30 credits of the Professional Foundation course work. In the Advanced Program (second half), students must choose a concentration.
Concentrations build on, are related to, and extend the professional foundation. A concentration focuses on advanced methods of social work practice by size and type of client system. Concentrations are designed to develop greater depth in knowledge and skills building upon the generalist foundation. Students may concentrate in Clinical Social Work or Managment and Policy.
In the Clinical Social Work concentration, students get in-depth, comprehensive skills in engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and groups. It is important to recognize that we broadly define clinical social work to encompass more than traditional, office-based, private practice psychotherapy.
At Rutgers, clinical social work is about helping social work clients change behaviors, or resolve emotional problems that are a function of the interface between person and environment. By this definition, client groups that are not traditionally thought to receive clinical services, such as child welfare families with parents mandated to improve their childrearing skills, are clients for clinical practice. Clinical skills are essential to all aspects of social work that involve direct client contact and all situations in which clients seek support, behavioral change, and emotional relief such as hospice patients, those in the criminal justice system, and clients who typically receive case management services.
The Clinical Social Work specialization correlates with our mission of enhancing individual and family well-being.
Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors - Clinical Specialization
Students must select a specialization prior to entering the advanced curriculum. Both specializations require two advanced practice methods courses (6 credits) and a minimum of 6 credits of advanced field instruction.