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Clinical Social Work Specialization

In the clinical social work specialization, students get in-depth, comprehensive skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and groups.  We broadly define clinical social work to encompass more than traditional, office-based, private practice psychotherapy.

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 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.

Read more about the core competencies of the clinical social work specialization.

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