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 81 for two-year students and 54 for advanced-standing students. The concentration curriculum is made up of 45 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.

Curriculum plans are subject to change year over year.

Area Requirements 

Course Offerings

Theory for Practice (3 credits required)

Building Resilience: Healthy Development in Childhood & Adolescence

Methods/Skills (9 credits required)

Practice Elements in Interventions with Children & Youth
Positive and Community Youth Development
Interdisciplinary Approaches to School, Family, & Community
Groups for Children and Adolescents
Foundations of Play Therapy with Young Children
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

Experiential Therapy in Nature
Groups for Children and Adolescents

Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) Policies & Programs for Children & Youth
Research (3 credits required)

Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs

Values for Practice (3 credits required)

Critical Race Theory Praxis & Social Work
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

Culturally Responsive Practice with LatinX
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

Students may take elective courses in any of the concentrations. Students may take up to 10 elective credits from other DU graduate programs with approval of advisor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Certificate students will use elective slots to fulfill certificate requirements.   

Internship (12-15 credits)

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

Capstone (0 credits)  Capstone Project
University of Denver Campus

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