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Clinical Social Work Practice

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The Clinical Social Work Practice specialization prepares students to conduct therapeutic assessments and interventions with individuals, families, and groups in a range of settings.

Specialization Coordinator: Sally St. George I sstgeor@ucalgary.ca.

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Specialization Overview

The Clinical specialization is designed to prepare students for advanced professional practice. Its aim is to develop advanced competence in social work with families, individuals, and groups. In specialization courses, students are encouraged to critically analyze the interactions among personal and social factors in the problems clients bring to their attention.

In addition to the focus on practice methods, students have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the fields of service within which those methods are applied. Field education, a fundamental component of the MSW curriculum, allows students to integrate theory and practice under the supervision of experienced social work clinicians.

Specialization Courses and Curriculum Plans

Required core courses:

  • SOWK 651: Policy as Context for Clinical Work
    Policies and their impacts on the delivery of clinical work will be examined.
  • SOWK 653: Comparative Approaches to Change
    Various clinical change applications will be examined and critiqued.
  • SOWK 657: Clinical Social Work Applications
    Specific issues involved in the effective application of clinical approaches will be studied.
  • SOWK 659: Evidence and Clinical Practice
    Research as utilized in the clinical arena will be the focus of this course.
  • SOWK 697: Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice
    Critical examination of the issues of diversity and the power relations that form common links among the experiences of oppression and marginalization in Canadian society.
  • SOWK 696: Advanced Practicum
    Direct and indirect Social Work practice opportunities with professional supervision in student's area of specialization or interest. Consists of 525 hours. This full-course equivalent must be taken following completion of core courses. 

In the Clinical specialization students are required to complete 3 elective courses. These may include any course with the SOWK 679,  SOWK 699 designation and /or IPHE 601 and 603.

Curriculum Plans

Any deviation from this highly prescriptive plan, must be discussed in advance with the specialization coordinator or the Graduate Program Director.

Effective Fall 2015 only full-time students are admitted to the MSW program in Calgary. 

MSW Clinical Social Work Practice 1 year - full-time study (students with a BSW degree)

MSW Clinical Social Work Practice 2 year - full-time study (students with a non-social work Bachelor degree)

The curriculum plans below are intended for part-time MSW students in the Clinical Social Work Practice specialization who began their program in Calgary in Fall 2014 or prior:

MSW Clinical Social Work Practice 2 year - part-time study (students with a BSW degree)

MSW Clinical Social Work Practice 4 year - part-time study (students with a non-social work Bachelor degree)

Upcoming Events: FSW Calgary

Date & Time:
March 23, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A Roundtable Discussion in the Faculty of Social Work.

Date & Time:
March 31, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm