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StudentsChildren and Family Services Concentration
The concentration in Children and Family Services provides students opportunities to acquire specific knowledge and skills in preparation for work with children and families.  Students gain knowledge about case management, advocacy, administration, self-help groups, and building community partnerships in rural and urban settings.  The curriculum is designed to educate students for advanced social work practice in adoptions, schools, adult services, shelters, foster care, protective services, courts, hospitals, community action agencies, domestic violence programs, policy development, advocacy, and administration.

 

StudentsMental Health and Substance Abuse Services Concentration
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse services concentration focuses primarily on preparing students for clinical social work practice with individuals, families and small groups.  This concentration emphasizes advanced social work practice with populations who have interpersonal issues, psycho-social problems, and serious mental illness.  Students are exposed to advanced social work practice approaches to include prevention, crisis intervention, brief problem solving, and treatment of mental disorders and substance abuse.  The prevalence of substance abuse is emphasized and assessment and intervention is addressed.  Students gain knowledge about case management, advocacy, administration, self-help groups, and building community partnerships in rural and urban settings.  Students are prepared to work in community mental health centers, residential facilities, rehabilitation programs, and in-patient psychiatric programs.

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