MSW Concentrations

After completing professional foundation course work, students move into completing concentration level coursework.  Based on the interest of the applicant they can pick one of two concentrations:

Clinical Concentration

Prepares students for advanced clinical practice serving children, youth, adults, and families. This concentration assumes a holistic view that incorporates the political, environmental, psychosocial, biological and spiritual dimensions of clinical social work practice.

Community and Organization

Prepares for advanced practice focusing on social problems and societal change at the community and organizational levels.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

(57 CREDIT HOURS OF CLASSROOM & PRACTICUM COURSES)

Generalist Foundation Courses

  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups
  • Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Policy
  • Foundation Practicum I
  • Foundation integrative Seminar

Advanced Social Policy Course

  • Policy Practice for Social Justice

Values and Ethics Course

  • Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice

Research Methods Sequenced Courses

  • Research Methods I and II

Public Health Course

  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health

Clinical Practicum

  • Practicum II, III
  • Clinical Practicum Seminar

Choose one concentration:

Clinical Courses

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Community Mental Health

Community Courses

  • Organizational Program Planning
  • Community Theory & Practice

Electives

  • Substance Abuse Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Social Work Practice in the Health Field
  • Clinical Diagnosis

(39 CREDIT HOURS OF CLASSROOM & PRACTICUM COURSES)

Advanced Social Policy Course

  • Policy Practice for Social Justice

Values and Ethics Course

  • Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice

Research Methods Sequenced Courses

  • Research Methods II

Public Health Course

  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health

Clinical Practicum

  • Practicum II, III
  • Clinical Practicum Seminar

Choose one concentration:

Clinical Courses

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Community Mental Health

Community Courses

  • Organizational Program Planning
  • Community Theory & Practice

Electives

  • Substance Abuse Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Social Work Practice in the Health Field
  • Clinical Diagnosis
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Saint Louis University (SLU) offers new and continuing MSW students partial tuition-remission merit-based scholarships. Applicants who do not initially meet the scholarship criteria may apply for consideration as a current student during their first semester in the MSW program.

The Avila Promise

  • Lower Tuition Rate
  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award

 

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