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Mental and Behavioral Health Area of Emphasis

The promotion of mental and behavioral health is central to the mission of social work. This area of  emphasis prepares students to employ evidence based interventions with a variety of client populations to promote, restore and maintain behavioral health. An area of emphasis in Mental and Behavioral Health requires three relevant courses and an appropriate field placement. MSW students earn an Area of Emphasis in Mental and Behavioral Health which is noted on their transcript. Please note that students in either the Clinical concentration or the MAP concentration can complete this area of emphasis.

Recommended Social Work Courses (select three):

19:910:588 Direct Practice: Theory and Models

19:910:517 Clinical Social Work: Mental Health

19:910:523 Clinical Social Work:  Survivors of Abuse and Trauma

19:910:571 HBSE: Understanding Addictive Behaviors

19:910:547 HBSE: Loss Across the Lifespan

**Please note other classes may apply 

Field Practice Opportunities

In addition, the Office of Field Education works with students with relevant experience and course work to find placement opportunities that prepare students for practice in mental and behavioral health. Field placement opportunities include, but are not limited to inpatient psychiatric settings, community-based rehabilitation facilities, mental health clinics, substance abuse treatment facilities, family agencies, and other healthcare facilities.

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