Direct Practice is also referred to as clinical social work.The practice of clinical social work requires a special knowledge of social resources, human capabilities, and is directed at helping people to achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive lives. The application of social work principles and methods includes, but is not restricted to: counseling and using applied psychotherapy with individuals, families, or groups or providing information and referral services. The most common professional certification for clinical social workers is the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). LCSWs may engage in private practice or work within an agency.
Direct Practice Courses
· SWK 5503 Advanced Direct Practice with Populations at Risk (3 hours)
· SWK 5613 Advanced Group Work (3 hours)
· SWK 5623 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3 hours)
· SWK 5973 Advanced Integrative Seminar for Direct Practice (3 hours)
· SWK XXXX Elective (6 hours)
· SWK 5820 Practicum III (12 hours)
Administration in social work in today’s human service organizations is extremely complex, since there is the additional challenge of balancing the mission of the organization and its client focus with the management and business dimensions required to maintain the agency. Management skills such as strategic planning, project management, program evaluation, and policy making prepare students for a future in social work administration.The journal Administration in Social Work covers issues in social work administration.
Community Practice is a branch of social work in the United States that focuses on larger social systems and social change, and is tied to the historical roots of United States social work. The field of community practice social work encompasses community organizing, social planning, human service management, community development, policy analysis,policy advocacy, evaluation, mediation, electronic advocacy and other larger systems interventions. In the field of social work, community practice is often contrasted with direct practice social work, in which social workers work directly with individuals solving micro-level problems. Community Practice has been referred to in the past as Macro Practice, though Community Practice is now the standard term in the United States.
Community Practice has considerable overlap with many other applied social sciences, such as urban planning, economic development, public affairs, rural sociology and nonprofit management. Community Practice social workers typically have a Masters in Social Work (MSW). The professional group of community practitioners is the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), which publishes the leading journal in the field, The Journal of Community Practice.
Courses for ACP:
· SWK 5553 Administration in Social Work (3 hours)
· SWK 5763 Community Analysis and Organization (3 hours)
· SWK 5633 Program Planning and Implementation (3 hours)
· SWK 5983 Social Service Monitoring and Evaluation (3 hours)
· SWK XXXX Elective (6 hours)
· SWK 5820 Practicum III (Block) (12 hours)