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Our Curriculum…

BUSSW’s MSW curriculum has evolved to feature a NEW trauma-informed, resiliency-focused and competency-based framework. It is critical as social workers that we are sensitive to and respect the definitions of a “traumatic event” as stated by the client system. Our resiliency perspective focuses the student on the awareness of the inherent capacity of the client system to demonstrate strength and endurance in the face of multiple interpersonal, intrapersonal, and environmental stressors. Additionally, our competency-based instruction provides the infrastructure through which our students journey through the curriculum. Our curriculum moves beyond theory when examining why an intervention is being utilized by incorporating the knowledge-base and skill set necessary for students to demonstrate how to utilize a particular intervention in addition to demonstrating an understanding of the application of evidence-based practice principles. Although clinical in scope, our curriculum provides Barry MSW graduates with a foundation in policy practice, administrative leadership, and applied social research. Our graduates go onto seek and obtain employment in a variety of fields, including health, mental health, gerontology, substance abuse, local, state and federal government organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), non-profit organizations, private practice, and trauma informed care systems with children, veterans, and victims of violence.

The Foundation

  • The Foundation Introduction to the Social Work Profession (3 credits)
  • Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • Social Work in the Social Service Environment (3 credits)
  • Environmental Context of Social Work Practice: Poverty, Oppression, and Trauma (3 credits)
  • Field Education I (3 credits)
  • Human Development (3 credits)
  • Models of Clinical Intervention in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Clinical Assessment in Social Work (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Trauma and Resiliency (3 credits)
  • Field Education II (4 credits)

The Concentration

  • Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Families (3 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Field Education III (4 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Groups (3 credits)
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy Practice (3 credits)
  • Evaluation in Clinical Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • Field Education IV (4 credits)

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