Mental Health Curriculum
The curriculum at GSSW is always evolving based on community needs and changes in the field. The concentration curriculum will prepare you for advanced practice in mental health. 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 Mental Health concentration.
Curriculum plans are subject to change year over year.
|Area Requirements||Course Offerings|
|Theory for Practice (3 credits required)||Intersections of Mental Health, Substance Use and Trauma|
|Methods/Skills (9 credits required)||
Required: Assessment of Mental Health in Adults OR Assessment of Mental Health in Children & Adolescents
|Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required)||Mental Health and Substance Use Policies|
|Research (3 credits required)||Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs|
|Values for Practice (3 credits required)||
Critical Race Praxis
|Electives (12 credits required)||
Evolving Perspective and Trends in Aging
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 mental health. Learn more about field education.
|Capstone (0 credits)||Capstone Project|