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Certificate Programs, Master of Social Work

Interim Associate Dean

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Dr. Beth Barol, MSW Program Director

"I am very happy to be a member of the Widener University Center for Social Work faculty. I have been a long-time friend and admirer of the program, guest lecturing and teaching on a part-time basis for many years. Since 2004, I have been fully involved in this very progressive center for social work, with its faculty of authentic social workers."

Program Highlight

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Global Perspective

While in Japan, social work students and faculty visited several sites together, including the Kubota Clinic for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more about the study abroad experience.

The master of social work (MSW) program currently offers three certificate programs that can be completed concurrently with the MSW degree.

Upon acceptance into the specific certificate program, students take two electives relating to the certificate, focus their clinical internship on the population relevant to the certificate, and take a two-semester seminar along with the field placement.

Certificate Options 

Certificate in Supporting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Challenging Behaviors

Through this program, students undergo training to work with people with intellectual and developmental disability. Students work in an agency three days a week under the supervision of clinical social workers who work with people with developmental disabilities. The field internship is devoted to developing skills for therapeutic services. Faculty members provide a year-long seminar to students doing their internship while in the certificate program.

Certificate in Trauma

This certificate prepares MSW students with the knowledge and skills for work with people who have experienced the effects of trauma. Students receive instruction focused on supports and resources, special training regarding current theory and interventions for trauma victims, and effective strategies for dealing with vicarious traumatization. 

Students work in an agency three days a week under the supervision of clinical social workers who work with individuals who have experienced trauma. This field internship is devoted to developing skills for therapeutic services. Faculty members provide a year-long seminar to students doing their internship while in the certificate program. 

Certificate in Global Social Work

Through hands-on experience, students learn real-world applications to theories in global social work and the impact that international policies and globalization have on local populations. Field placements include work with refugee/immigrant populations. During one international trip, students get the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the program. Past destinations included China, Netherlands, Great Britain, Thailand, and Japan. 

Application Requirements

Students interested in applying for one of the certificate programs will be required to submit an application to the coordinating faculty member. This application is accessible in the MSW Student Resources Committee in Campus Cruiser. Each certificate program application requires a 1–2 page essay describing the student’s interest in obtaining this certificate, including professional interests and future goals, as well as a current resume and transcript for the MSW program to date. To be eligible for a certificate program, the student must have a B+ average. 


For more information about social work certificate programs, please refer to page 16 in our course catalog.