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Children & Youth Curriculum

The curriculum at GSSW is always evolving based on community needs and emerging trends and feedback from the field. The concentration curriculum will prepare you for advanced practice with children and youth. To see a full list of course descriptions, view the GSSW bulletin.

The minimum credits required for the MSW degree are 90 for two-year students and 60 for advanced-standing students. The concentration curriculum is made up of 52 credits, and the rest is comprised of the foundation curriculum. The table below shows a list of required and elective class offerings for the Children & Youth concentration.

Area Requirements 

Course Offerings

Theory for Practice (3 credits required)

Building Resilience: Healthy Development in Childhood & Adolescence

Methods/Skills (9 credits required) Promotion and Prevention Focus
Positive and Community Youth Development
Interdisciplinary Approaches to School, Family, & Community
Groups for Children and Adolescents
Treatment Focus
Assessment of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents
Prevention &Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse
Child and Adolescent Trauma
Mental Health Interventions with Children
School Social Work Interventions
Prevention/Treatment of Juvenile Delinquency & Youth Violence
Experiential Therapy
Groups for Children and Adolescents
Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) Policies & Programs for Children & Youth
Research (6 credits required)

Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs
Applied Practice Evaluation Research

    Values for Practice (3 credits required) Critical Race Praxis
    Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
    Intergenerational Justice
    Restorative Approaches in Social Work
    Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Communities
    Spirituality & Social Work Practice
    Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
    Disability Studies
    Social Work Interventions With Latinos/as
    Global Relations & Poverty in Mexico
    Social Development in Latin America
    Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
    Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums
    Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response
    Historical Trauma
    Feminisms in Social Work Practice
    Human Trafficking: Prevention, Intervention and Support of Its Victims
    Human Sexuality
    Contemporary Global Issues
    Cultural Connectedness: A Journey Into Native American Country
    Special Topics (as approved, titles vary)
    Electives (12 credits required)

    Child Maltreatment: Causes and Consequences
    Family Systems Theories for Social Work Practices
    Family Policies and Programs
    Law of Family and Child
    Advanced Skills for Working With Military Families
    Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
    Domestic Violence Interventions
    Existential Social Work
    Mind-Body Connections in SW Practice
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
    Suicide Assessment and Interventions

    Internship (15-18 credits)

      Community internship at an organization specializing in children and youth. Learn more about field education

      Capstone (0 credits)  Capstone Project

      Are you interested in a career developing positive outcomes for young people?