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New MSW Degree to Launch in Fall 2018

Advanced social work degree to focus on children, youth and families

Posted in: Social Sciences

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With its unique focus on children, youth and families, Montclair State’s new Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares advanced practitioners to become leaders in a rapidly growing field.

Launching in September 2018, graduates of the new 60-credit, full-time MSW program will be prepared to provide clinical and advocacy services to vulnerable children, teens and their families. They will be trained for such professional roles as mental health counselor, family therapist, case manager, community organizer, child and family advocate, or social worker in a school or health-care setting.

“The MSW program prepares leaders in social work practice in a diverse local and global society,” says MSW Program Director Svetlana Shpiegel. “Graduates will promote the well-being of their clients by engaging in ethical, culturally competent and evidence-based practice – and by demonstrating a strong commitment to social and economic justice.”

The rigorous two-year program offers both the classroom curriculum and supervised field experience necessary to practice in settings ranging from schools and hospitals to child welfare agencies and private practice. MSW program features include:

  • Cohort structure groups students together throughout the core program to foster lasting professional relationships
  • Instruction and mentoring by a leading-edge faculty of scholars and practitioners
  • Comprehensive training in generalist and advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • In-depth coursework topics that include clinical practice, family interventions, child and family policy, and trauma-informed practice
  • Supervised field placements in mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, child welfare agencies, disability services, substance abuse clinics and government organizations
  • Opportunities for financial aid through scholarships, graduate assistantships and educational loans

To learn more or to apply for admission, visit the Social Work and Child Advocacy department website.