Social Work Practice with Latinx Communities, formally known as “The Latinx Specialization” was established in 2017 with its first student cohort graduating in 2019. This traineeship offers targeted skill-building for Specialized MSW students committed to the health and well-being of Latinx communities. The program equips students to be effective practitioners by deepening their understanding of practice models and interventions that resonate with Latinx individuals, families and communities.

Students participating in the Social Work Practice with Latinx Communities complete their specialized field placement at a field site with a strong commitment to serving Latinx individuals, families and community while advancing and supporting the student's learning and growth. Students in this Traineeship also participate in a year-long seminar that integrates theory and practice by enlisting the expertise of Latinx community field instructors, leaders and partners who share their knowledge and insights.

Here are some important program notes:

  • This traineeship 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 Latinx in Practice.
  • Students will need to take a 1–3 credit elective outside of the School of Social Work. 
  • In autumn, winter and spring quarters, students will participate in an integrative seminar.

Eligibility requirements:

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

All placements at clinical and direct-practice sites require a high proficiency in Spanish, fluency preferred. 

Please contact Aida Wells for more information, including application requirements and deadlines.

  • Submit a cover letter (no more than two pages long), which outlines your goals, interests and reasons for applying to this traineeship; 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: Behavioral Health
  • Carolyn Dawns/Country Doctor
  • Children’s Home Society
  • City of Seattle, AG’s Office
  • Casa 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