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.

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 
Required: Suicide Assessment & Interventions
Integrated Health Care: Models and Practice
Practice Elements in Interventions With Children and Youth
Substance Use Interventions
Child and Adolescent Trauma
Mental Health Interventions With Children
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
Interpersonal Approaches to Counseling
Trauma-Informed Assessment and Intervention
Social Work With Adult Groups
Groups for Children and 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
    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)

    Evolving Perspective and Trends in Aging
    Social-Ecological Resilience and One Health: Connecting Human and Environmental Well-Being
    Community and Organizational Change: Theory for Practice
    Aging Policy
    Substance Use Interventions
    Existential Social Work
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
    Interpersonal Approaches to Counseling

    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


        University of Denver Campus

        Are you interested in a career helping individuals who are living with trauma, mental illness or struggling with substance abuse?