Advanced Social Work Practice Concentration Curriculum

Four Corners MSW Program

The Advanced Social Work Practice concentration curriculum in Durango, Colorado, will prepare you to practice across a continuum of services at micro, mezzo and macro levels with a wide range of populations and settings to meet the needs of rural and tribal communities. The concentration emphasizes culturally responsive practice needed for the increasing diversity in communities locally and nationally. Because one-quarter of students reside within or near Native tribes, we put a special focus on Native social work practice. Two specialized courses, both taught by Native faculty, add Native content to the curriculum.

To see a full list of course descriptions, view the GSSW bulletin. The minimum credits required for the master of social work degree are 81 for two-year students and 54 for advanced-standing students. The concentration curriculum is made up of 42 credits, and the rest is comprised of the foundation curriculum. The table below shows a list of required and elective class offerings for the Advanced Social Work Practice concentration.

Area Requirements  Courses
Theory for Practice (3 credits required) Theories and Practice of Family Systems Therapy
Methods/Skills (9 credits required) Assessment of Mental Health & Drug Use in Adults
Integrated Health Care: Models and Practice
Planning and Program Development
Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) Native Peoples History and Policy
Research (3 credits required) Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs
Values for Practice (3 credits required) Advanced Multicultural Practice: Critical Race Praxis
Disproportionality and Disparity Across Systems
Intergenerational Justice
Global Relations and Poverty in Mexico
Conservation Social Work in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response
Human Sexuality
Gender and Feminisms in Social Work Practice
Cultural Connectedness: A Journey into Native American Country
Restorative Justice and Social Work
Social Work and Social Justice in South Africa
Electives (12 credits required)

Leadership and Supervision
Law of Family and Child
School Social Work Interventions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
Trauma Response and Recovery in Social Work
Integration of Animals into Therapeutic Settings
Advanced Skills for Working With Military Families

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) Concentration Field Internship
University of Denver Campus

Are you interested in a social work career in rural and tribal communities?