Certificate in Supporting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Challenging Behaviors
Through this program, MSW students undergo training to work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students work in an agency three days per 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 per 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, MSW 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.
Certificate in Social Work in Gerontology
You will have an opportunity to learn to practice social work with aging populations through an advanced practice year internship. The field education office has field placements that focus on supporting and providing services for the geriatric population. These agencies provide community-based services to address issues related to: mental health, behavioral health, long term care, elder abuse, prisons, immigration services, faith-based services, and family support.
Certificate in Substance Use and Addictions
This certificate focuses on addictions as a major neurobiological health disorder. The certificate covers the history of addictions, stigma associated with addictions, and underlying causes of the use of addictive substances, and approaches for the treatment of individuals and families from a variety of perspectives. The emphasis is to consider addictions as a chronic brain-based disorder with neurobiological and social consequences to individuals, families, and communities. Evidence-based practices will be applied in psychopharmacology treatments and psychosocial treatment modalities. Avenues of certification in addictions will be explored through the coursework.
The goal is to introduce MSW students to a range of theories about substance use disorders, provide an overview of commonly abused substances, and evaluate assessment and treatment strategies employed in work with both individuals and families as well as specific population groups including adolescents, older adults, and women.