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

This practice specialization 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 specialization 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 – Specialized Practice I: Multigenerational Practice with Children, Families, and Elders
  • Soc W 571 – Assessment of Mental Disorders 
  • Soc W 549 – Specialized 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 specialized practicum placement.

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