Family Systems Curriculum
The family systems curriculum responds to evolving community needs by integrating the latest approaches in the field. To ensure courses are addressing client needs in a contemporary context, concentration offerings are informed by faculty, practitioners, community members and students. You will learn employment marketable skills such as treatment and service planning, professional documentation, evaluation, and local and national policy analysis. If you are interested in clinical practice, we offer courses that utilize one-way-mirror and live-observation training. Additionally, you can learn outside the curriculum through partnership projects with other disciplines. For instance, through a partnership with Sturm College of Law, students participated in preparing women and children in family detention for immigration asylum hearings.
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 Family Systems concentration.
|Theory for Practice (3 credits required)||Family Systems Theories for Social Work Practices|
|Methods/Skills (9 credits required)||Multisystemic Social Work Practice & Advocacy With Families
Assessment of Mental Health & Drug Use in Adults
Assessment of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents
Integrated Health Care: Models and Practice
Prevention and Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse
Child Welfare Practice: Assessment & Intervention
Substance Use Interventions
Child and Adolescent Trauma
Mental Health Interventions in Children
Relationship Therapy (highly recommended)
Advanced Clinical SW Practice With Families
Advanced Skills for Working With Military Families
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Forensic Orientation in SW Practice
Domestic Violence Interventions
Grief and Loss Across the Life Span
Suicide Assessment & Interventions
|Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required)||Family Policy|
|Research (3 credits required)||Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs|
|Values for Practice (3 credits required)||Critical Race Praxis
Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
Restorative Approaches in Social Work
Social Work Practice With LGBTQIA Communities
|Electives (12 credits required)||
Child Maltreatment: Causes and Developmental Consequences
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 that specializes in Family Systems. Learn more about field education.
|Capstone (0 credits)||Capstone Project|