Advanced Social Work Practice Concentration Curriculum

Western Colorado MSW Program

The Advanced Social Work Practice concentration curriculum in Glenwood Springs, CO 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 your community. The concentration emphasizes culturally responsive practice needed for the increasing diversity in communities locally and nationally.

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 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 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 in Adults
Integrated Health Care: Models and Practice
Planning and Program Development
Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) Immigration Policies and Services
Research (3 credits required) Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs
Values for Practice (3 credits required) Contemporary Issues in Western Colorado
Electives (12 credits required)

Disproportionality and Disparity Across Systems
Leadership and Supervision
Intersections of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Trauma
Drug Dependency Interventions
Community Organizing and Empowerment Practice
Assessment and Interventions in Aging
School Social Work Interventions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
Global Relations and Poverty in Mexico
Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response
Integration of Animals into Therapeutic Settings
Advanced Skills for Working with Military Families
Restorative Justice and Social Work
Social Work and Social Justice in South Africa

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

At GSSW, you get to choose your field internship.

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