The Latinx Specialization was established in 2017 with its first student cohort graduating in 2019. The specialization offers targeted skill-building for advanced MSW students committed to the health and well-being of Latino communities. The program equips students to be effective practitioners by deepening their understanding of practice models and interventions that resonate with Latino/a individuals, families and communities.

Students participating in the Latinx Specialization complete their advanced field placement at a agency working with the specialization's lead field faculty member who supports the student's learning and growth. Students in the Latinx Specialization also participate in a seminar that integrates theory and practice by enlisting the expertise of Latino/a community field instructors, leaders and partners who share their knowledge and insights.

Here are some important program notes:

  • This specialization is open to students in all specializations.
  • Spanish proficiency/fluency requirement varies by field education site.
  • In winter quarter, a 3-unit course will be taught on Engaging Latinos in Practice.
  • Students will need to take a 1- 3 credit elective outside of the School of Social Work. 
  • In fall, winter and spring quarters, students will participate in an integrative seminar.

For more information, please contact School of Social Work Lecturer Aida Wells at aida@uw.edu.

Current students can attend an upcoming information meeting: Friday, February 14th, 12:30-1:30PM in room 116.

Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated commitment to Latinx population
  •  In a practicum site with caseload of at least 25% Latinx clients
  •  Current students entering their specialized practicum in 2020
  •  Spanish Language proficiency varies by site

All Clinical and direct practice sites require high proficiency, fluency preferred. 

Application Requirements: Submit by February 28, 2020 to aida@uw.edu

  • Submit a cover letter (no more than two pages long), which outlines  your goals, interests and reasons for applying to this specialization; this letter must highlight experiences that demonstrate your commitment to the Latinx Population
  • A current CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

Here are some examples of field education sites:

  • The Arc of King County  
  • Auburn Multicare Hospital                                                                      
  • Catholic Community Services: Behavior Health
  • Carolyn Dawns/County Doctor
  • Children’s Home Society
  • City of Seattle, AG’s OfficeCasa Latina                           
  • Centro de la Raza                                                         
  • Consejo Counseling Services                                           
  • Edmonds School District: Latina Outreach
  • Entre Hermanos                                                            
  • Early Childhood Development                                                             
  • Evergreen Hospital: CHAT
  • Health Point Clinics                                                       
  • Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center                      
  • Northwest Kidney Centers
  • Puentes Counseling Services
  • SeaMar
  • South Park Resource Ctr.                                              
  • Pierce County Health Dept.        
  • Youthcare