Note: this specialization is the same for both part-time Advanced Standing and EDP students.

This practice specialization 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 specialization 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 – Specialized Practice I: Integrative Health-Mental Health
  • Soc W 571 – Assessment of Mental Disorders
  • Soc W 563 – Specialized 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 specialized practicum placement.

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