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Master of Social Work

Our Master of Social Work program is fully accredited by Council of Social Work Education and committed to prepare students with advanced generalist and specialized competencies to empower vulnerable populations in rural and urban communities locally, nationally, and globally. We offer three program tracks (advanced standing program, traditional 2 year program and 3 years+ part time programs) with two concentrations (Family and Child Welfare and Community Mental Health) and Lawson State Community College campus option.

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Social work students pose for a photo with the department chair.

About This Program

Grounded in the core values of the profession and implemented within an EPSE (ecological perspective, problem solving model and empowerment perspective) framework, the mission of the MSW Program is to prepare students with advanced generalist and specialized competencies to promote human and community well-being, demonstrate respect for human diversity, engage in scientific inquiry, be committed to life-long learning and demonstrate knowledge of and an ability to engage in professional practice that recognizes the interconnections between social policy, social, economic and environmental justice and vulnerable populations in rural and urban communities locally, nationally and globally.

We offer three program tracks—Advanced Standing, 2-year program (60 credit hours), and a part-time program. Students have the option to be admitted to the main campus or Lawson Community College campus.

Concentrations

The M.S.W. curriculum is offered in two concentrations: Family & Child Welfare and Community Mental Health.

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Family & Child Welfare

The Family and Child Welfare Concentration prepares students to demonstrate specialized mastery of core social work competencies as they are applied to social work practice in Family and Child Welfare. Through classroom and field experiences, students gain enhanced knowledge, values and skills to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate social work practice in family and child welfare settings. Graduates with specialized competencies in family and child welfare are prepared to engage in service provision to children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings to include foster care and adoptions, protective services, family drug court, protective services and juvenile detention.

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Community Mental Health

The Community Mental Health Concentration prepares students to demonstrate specialized mastery of core social work competencies as they are applied to social work practice in Community Mental Health. Through classroom and field experiences, students gain enhanced knowledge, values and skills to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate social work practice in Community Mental Health settings. Graduates with specialized competencies in community mental health are prepared to assume employment in a variety of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings with a variety of patient populations. Graduates are prepared to engage in service provision to veterans, children, adolescents, persons with chronic mental illness, and persons who are addicted to substances in community mental health clinics, hospitals and treatment facilities.

Career Fields

The M.S.W. is a versatile degree. Persons with an M.S.W. may engage in direct practice in various settings, teach, or serve as consultants and evaluators in the field of social work. Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) may practice independently.

Department Information

Social Work, Psychology, & Counseling

Contacts Information

Chrstopher M. Chacha,

M.S.W. Program Coordinator

christopher.chacha@aamu.edu


256-372-5471
Bibb Graves
Room 102

Additional Information

  • Advanced Standing Program
  • 2 Year Program
  • 3 Year + Part Time Program