Required Courses (SW)

Students who elect the concentration in clinical practice take the following courses:

  1. A two-quarter course sequence in one practice method, one course emphasizing conceptual foundations and the other course emphasizing applications. Practice methods sequences include cognitive-behavioral, family systems and psychodynamic. While it is strongly recommended that students take the conceptual foundations course before an applications course in cognitive-behavioral and family systems perspectives, it is required for the psychodynamic sequence.

  2. A one-quarter course in a second practice method. Again, it is recommended that this course be a foundations course if choosing cognitive-behavioral or family systems perspectives; it must be the foundations course if choosing the psychodynamic perspective. Alternatively, The Practice of Group Work (41500), Comparative Perspectives in Social Work Practice (42401), or Knowledge and Skills for Effective Group Work Practice (62322) can also be taken to fulfill the one quarter course requirement.

  3. One research class:
    44501 Clinical Research or another research course if 44501 was taken in the first year

  4. One human behavior in the social environment (HBSE) course. For most students, this will be 32700, but those with extensive background in the socio-cultural, socio-economic, psychological, and cognitive contexts of human growth and behavior need to register for an advanced course. 

  5. A clinical field placement intended to provide students with an opportunity to develop, apply, and test practice knowledge and learn practice behaviors by working under the guidance of a supervisor in a clinical practice setting. Field instruction involves a minimum of 640 hours, usually 24 hours a week.


Students have the opportunity to take elective courses in areas of special interest. Courses may be selected from the curriculum offerings on particular fields of practice, theories of behavior, treatment modalities, social problems, target populations, research methods, or from courses in the social administration concentration. Bridging courses - those courses likely to be of interest to both clinical and social administration students - bear on issues of supervision, management, and understanding organizational dynamics. Students also have the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary perspectives by taking courses in other graduate programs and professional schools of the University.