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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Children & Youth: Risks & Healthy Development

This concentration provides students with knowledge and skills to work from a resilience perspective with adolescents and children in a wide variety of settings: mental health, family services agencies, schools, treatment centers, youth correctional facilities, and community agencies.

The concentration gives students expertise in the theories and practices for prevention, early intervention and clinical treatment with children and youth. The overarching frameworks for the concentration are positive youth development and resilience. Students learn clinical strategies that are particularly effective for working with children and youth.

The minimum credits required for the MSW degree is 90 (60 for advanced standing students). In addition to the courses listed below, students may also take courses from other concentration areas or up to 10 credits of coursework (with the approval of the advisor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) from other DU graduate programs to fulfill elective requirements.


Required Recommended
Theory for
(3 credits required)
SOWK 4315 – Building Resilience: Healthy Development in Childhood & Adolescence
SOWK 4320 – Theories and Practice of Families Systems Therapy
SOWK 4305 – Child Maltreatment: Causes and Consequences
(9 credits required)
SOWK 4412 - Practice Elements in Interventions with Children And Youth
At least 2 courses from either of these lists →

Promotion and Prevention Focus
SOWK 4713 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to School, Family, and Community Prevention
SOWK 4425 – Positive and Community Youth Development
SOWK 4971 - Groups for Children and Adolescents
Treatment Focus
SOWK 4971 - Assessment of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents
SOWK 4715 - School Social Work Interventions
SOWK 4410 – Prevention &Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse
SOWK 4720 – Prevention &Treatment of Juvenile Delinquency & Youth Violence
SOWK 4500 - Mental Health Interventions with Children
SOWK 4971 - Eco-friendly Experiential Therapy with Children and Youth
SOWK 4971 - Groups for Children and Adolescents
SOWK 4454 - Child and Adolescent Trauma

Policy and 
Social and 
(3 credits required)

SOWK 4610 – Policies & Programs for Children and Youth SOWK 4630 – Family Policies and Programs
SOWK 4712 - Law of Family and Child

Research (6 credits required)

SOWK 4900-Methods for Evaluating Practice/Programs
SOWK 4901-Applied Practice Evaluation Research
Research courses must be taken in sequence. The research will be conducted in the student's field placement.
Values for 
Practice (3 credits required)

At least 3 credits from this list →
SOWK 4732 – Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
SOWK 4232- Critical Race Praxis
SOWK 4764 – Historical Trauma
SOWK 4235 – Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
SOWK 4240 – Intergenerational Justice
SOWK 4751 –Global Relations & Poverty in Mexico
SOWK 4971 – SW Response to Postwar Bosnia
SOWK 4759 – Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums
SOWK 4749 – Social Work Interventions with Latinos/as
SOWK 4753 – Social Development in Latin America
SOWK 4758 – Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
SOWK 4790—Human Sexuality
SOWK 4890– Contemporary Global Issues
SOWK 4990 – Special Topics (as approved, titles vary)
SOWK 4971—Gender and Feminisms in SW Practice
SOWK 4971—Cultural Connectedness: A Journey into Native American Country
(15-18 credits)
SOWK 4970-Concentration Field Internship
Appropriate internships are chosen in consultation with the Field Team.
(1 credit)
Required in final quarter of program. 

Note: Most courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated on the course schedule.

Additional electives with particular relevance to the Children and Youth concentration include:

SOWK 4700 – Solution Focused Brief Therapy
SOWK 4730 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
SOWK 4971 – Advanced Skills for Working with Military Families
SOWK 4710 – Domestic Violence Interventions
SOWK 4721 - Existential Social Work
SOWK 4725 - Mind Body Connections in SW Practice
SOWK 4784 - Suicide Assessment & Interventions