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Child Welfare in Social Work

6 core (required) credit hours  


  • Understand and address the impact of trauma on children and families, the resulting changes in behavior, on a developmental continuum, and on key relationships.
  • Help children make alternative and new meaning of their trauma history on their current experiences.
  • Coordinate, collaborate and provide assistance/guidance to agencies in the system to: maximize child’s safety; maximize the child’s sense of safety (both physical and psychological); understand and deal with the concept of trauma triggers; understand and assist children in reducing the overwhelming emotions associated with trauma; utilize comprehensive assessments in order to assess the child’s traumatic experience; and use the assessment to guide services.
  • Assure strategic partnerships to: transform child serving systems to deal effectively with traumatized children; provide sustainability in approach and subsequent outcomes of trauma-informed systems; improve the awareness, knowledge, and skills of professionals dealing with trauma; raise public awareness about child trauma; influence public policy and funding for agencies in system dealing with trauma; and, evaluate assessment and intervention strategies and provide feedback for change if necessary.

Core Courses

Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6220 Diversity and Social Justice: Reflexive and Ethical Social WorkPractice II 3.0

Child Welfare Practice I: Evidenced-based Practice & Intervention for Trauma in Children/Adolescents

SW6521 Advanced Field Practicum I 4.0

Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6302 Child Welfare Practice II: Trauma Focused Intervention Across Ages, Cultures
and Settings
SW6522 Advanced Field Practicum II 4.0



  • All students must take one practice class outside their Area of Focus as an elective.
  • Students may take up to 16 credit hours in any one semester, without requiring pre-approval from the MSW Program Director.
  • Students in the Advanced Standing program must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours.
  • Students in the 2-Year Program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Students must earn a passing grade of C+ or better.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be in good academic standing.

Types of Practicum Placements: Inpatient, residential and outpatient mental health programs serving children, adults and/or older adults and their families. Examples are in the areas of behavioral health, domestic violence, substance use, etc.

Last Updated: 11/12/21