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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Family Systems

The Family Systems Practice concentration provides students with knowledge and skills to work from a family systems perspective with adults, adolescents and children in a wide variety of settings: mental health and family services agencies, schools, treatment centers and community agencies.

"Family" is defined broadly to include biological lineages, affiliational families and communities. Social workers using this perspective may intervene with individuals, couples, several members of a family, peer groups, work associates, schools, classrooms and organizations. Clients are viewed as being part of a larger context, situated in multiple social locations: race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability and citizenship status. Assessment and intervention are applied within this context, with a goal of strengthening families and other systems, and the individuals within these systems.

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 adviser and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) from other DU graduate programs to fulfill elective requirements.


 Category

Required Recommended
Theory for
Practice
Courses
(3 credits required)
SOWK 4320 - Theories and Practice of Family Systems Therapy
SOWK 4345 – Intersections of Mental Health, Substance Use and Trauma
SOWK 4305 – Causes and Consequences of Child Maltreatment
SOWK 4325 – Evolving Perspectives and Trends in Health and Wellness
SOWK 4315 – Building Resilience: Healthy Development in Childhood & Adolescence
SOWK 4355 – Community and Organizational Change: Theory for Practice
Methods/Skills
Courses
(9 credits required)
SOWK 4420 - Strategies & Techniques of Family Therapy (pre-req SOWK 4320)
And
At least 2 additional courses from either of these lists →
Family Therapy Focus
SOWK 4520 – Advanced Strategies and Techniques of Family Systems Practice (highly recommended; pre-req SOWK 4420)
SOWK 4505 - Relationship Therapy (highly recommended)
SOWK 4410: Prevention and Treatment of Adolescents Substance Abuse

Family Systems in Community Based Settings
SOWK 4422- Strategies for Family Meetings
SOWK 4401 – Advanced Social Work Practice in Integrated Health Care
SOWK 4741 - Grief and Loss across the Life Span
SOWK 4700 - Solution Focused Brief Practice
SOWK 4971 - Helping Military Families
SOWK 4784 – Suicide and Crisis Interventions
SOWK 4415 – Intake & Family Based Services: Assessment & Intervention
SOWK 4416 – Foster Care and Permanency Planning
SOWK 4710 – Domestic Violence Interventions
SOWK 4790 – Human Sexuality
SOWK 4430 - Drug Dependency Interventions

Policy and 
Program 
Advocacy:
Fostering 
Social and 
Economic 
Justice
(3 credits required)

At least 1 course from this list →
SOWK 4630 – Family Policy
SOWK 4635 – Immigration Policy and Programs
SOWK 4605 – Poverty, Welfare and Work Policies
SOWK 4645 – Health Care Policy
SOWK 4610 – Policies and Programs for Children and Youth
SOWK 4640 – Mental Health and Drug Dependency Policies and Systems
SOWK 4650 – Aging Policy
SOWK 4712 - Law of Family & 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 4971 – Social Work in Thailand
SOWK 4758 – Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
SOWK 4890 - Contemporary Global Issues
SOWK 4990 - Special Topics (as approved, titles vary)
Internship
(15-18 credits)

SOWK 4960-Concentration Field Internship
Appropriate internships are chosen in consultation with the Field Team.
Capstone
(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 Family Systems Practice Concentration include:

SOWK 4735 - Interpersonal Approaches to Counseling
SOWK 4430 - Drug Dependency Interventions
SOWK 4712 – Law of Family and Child
SOWK 4754 - Trauma Response and Recovery
SOWK 4755 – Interventions for Responses to Trauma (pre-req SOWK 4754)
SOWK 4730 - Cognitive Approaches in SW Practice
SOWK 4721 - Existential Social Work
SOWK 4445 - Assessment and Interventions in Aging
SOWK 4971- Assessment (DSM) of Children and Adolescents
SOWK 4330 – Assessment of Mental Health & Drug Use in Adults
SOWK 4715- School Social Work Interventions
SOWK 4412 – Practice Elements in Youth Mental Health Intervention
SOWK 4340 - Leadership and Supervision Skills
SOWK 4525 - Administration & Management

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