• Multigenerational Practice With Children, Families, and Elders
  • Integrative Health-Mental Health Advanced Practice

To assist with developing your learning plan, concentrations are described below along with concentration requirements. All courses are available as electives to students outside the concentration on a space-available and schedule-permitting basis.

Multigenerational Practice With Children, Families, and Elders

This advanced practice concentration prepares MSW practitioners to work with, and advocate for, children, families and elders across the life course within diverse communities. This groundbreaking approach integrates cross-generational issues with topics such as resilience, trauma, family violence, disparities and cultural relevance. This specialization prepares practitioners for a range of settings including, but not limited to, child welfare, schools, mental health, juvenile justice, assisted living, and elder and family services.

The concentration is family and community centered in its approach. Grounded within life course and human development perspectives, this specialization insures that social workers acquire the knowledge and skills to build upon cross-generational strengths and resilience in the delivery of services. A number of practice frameworks and models will be utilized, including: brief crisis interventions, solutions-focused social work practice, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, family support interventions, play therapy, and case management. Given the wide range of related practice and organizational settings, social workers will need skills, knowledge and values to analyze critique and advocate for policies and programs that support culturally diverse multigenerational families. This approach is aimed at strengthening reciprocity across generations and reducing risks experienced by vulnerable children, families and elders.

  • Ecological and multidimensional family and community centered approach
  • Culturally relevant, critically reflective and response practice
  • Family systems theory integrated with early child development and life course perspectives
  • Social learning, cognitive behavioral theory and motivational interviewing
  • Supports solution focused therapy, home based family services and family team decision making
  • Integrates cross-generational issues
  • Highlights resilience and strengths, trauma, family violence and disparities
  • Professional ethics, dilemmas and boundaries

Required Courses:

  • Soc W 520 – Policy/Services for Multigenerational Practice with Children, Families, and Elders
  • Soc W 548 – Advanced Practice I: Multigenerational Practice with Children, Families, and Elders
  • Soc W 571 – Assessment of Mental Disorders
  • Soc W 549 – Advanced Practice II: Multigenerational Practice with Children, Families, and Elders

Representative Practicum Placements*:

ACRS Older Adult Services, Sound MH Older Adult Services Consejo Older Adult Services, NAVOS Older Adult Services, ERA Living, Adult Day Health, Full Life Care, Senior Services, Seattle/King Co. Aging and Disability Services, WA DSHS Aging and Disability Services, NW Hospital Geropsychiatric Center, Auburn Geropsych Ctr, Veterans Administration Geropsych, Transitional Care Unit, Community Services units, Overlake Hospital, Providence Hospice, Hospice of Snohomish Co, WA Center for Comprehensive Rehabilitation, Swedish Cancer Institute. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Division of Children, Youth and Families: CWTAP, Institute on Family Development (Homebuilders), Family Services of King County, Alzheimer’s Association, Youth Eastside Services (YES), Swedish Hospice, Safe Babies/Safe Moms Program, Family Court Services, Renton Area Youth Services (youth and kinship program), Children's Hospital, Department of Social and Health Services CSO, Neighborcare Teen Health Clinics, Highline School District, Ryther Child Center, NW Network

* Available practicum sites vary. Students will work directly with the Office of Field Education to determine an advanced practicum placement.

Integrative Health-Mental Health Advanced Practice

This advanced practice concentration prepares MSW practitioners to work across diverse health and mental health settings, to gain particular expertise in environment-mind-body-spirit-cultural integrative practice (mind-body complementarity). Utilizing an interdisciplinary, multi-component framework for health-mental health practice, this specialization integrates key perspectives of trauma/crisis/loss, stress-coping, bio-ecological-environment interaction, and resiliency and recovery in order to introduce MSW practitioners to cutting-edge, culturally relevant interventions, empirically supported interventions, and promising practices for diverse populations in diverse health and mental health settings.

The courses in this concentration deepen advanced practice skills in preparation for health and mental health settings, including multicultural engagement, assessment, intervention selection, treatment design, ethics, practice monitoring and evaluation skills. Critical cross-cultural and social justice issues will be addressed throughout all courses, including but not limited to stigma, racism, ableism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression and discrimination leading to health inequities, inequalities, and disparities. Courses will integrate feminist, multicultural, transcultural, decolonizing, and liberatory approaches to practice as well as resiliency and recovery-oriented frameworks. Specific to this specialization, courses will also integrate issues related to historical, intergenerational, social, and cultural determinants of wellness as well as practice and policy issues related to dual diagnoses, addictions, adherence, infectious, chronic, and acute illnesses.

  • Mind-body-environment complementarity
  • Trauma/grief/loss, crisis, stress coping, and resiliency frameworks
  • Historical, cultural, social determinants of wellness and ill health
  • Healthy and mental health disparities, inequalities, and inequities
  • Social justice, diversity, decolonizing practices, and liberatory approaches
  • Course flow structured to follow phases of practice engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation
  • Cutting-edge culturally-supported and empirically-based interventions
  • Practice and policy issues related to dual diagnoses, addictions, adherence, infectious, chronic and acute illness

Required Courses:

  • Soc W 519 – Policy/Services for Integrative Health-Mental Health
  • Soc W 562 – Advanced Practice I: Integrative Health-Mental Health
  • Soc W 571 – Assessment of Mental Disorders
  • Soc W 563 – Advanced Practice II: Integrative Health-Mental Health

Representative Practicum Placements*:

Sound Mental Health (Adult and Children's, program for dual disordered offenders), VA Puget Sound Health Care System (Inpatient PDST program,Addictions Tx, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Deployment Clinic, Rehabilitation), Ft. Lewis Warrior Transition Battalion, Downtown Emergency Service Center, UW Medical Center (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Medical/Surgical Service), Bariatric Tx), Swedish Medical Center (Emergency Dept, Womens Addiction Tx Program, Swedish Cancer Institute, Family Medicine), Harborview Medical Center (Inpatient Psychiatry, Sexual Assault and Trauma Center), Seattle Children's Hospital (Adolescent clinic and Endocrinology joint placement, Oncology, Providence Pediatric Hospice)

* Available practicum sites vary. Students will work directly with the Office of Field Education to determine an advanced practicum placement.

 

Please note that the EDP concentration choices, course sequencing, and schedule options may vary from year to year.