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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).


Required Recommended
Theory for
(3 credits required)*
SOWK 4315 – Building Resilience: Healthy Development in Childhood & Adolescence  See "Faculty Recommendations" under "Elective Credits"
(9 credits required)*
SOWK 4412 - Practice Elements in Interventions with Children And Youth
choose 2 courses from
either of the following lists →

Promotion and Prevention Focus
SOWK 4425 – Positive and Community Youth Development
SOWK 4713 – Interdisciplinary Approaches to School, Family, & Comm...
SOWK 4971 – Groups for Children and Adolescents

Treatment Focus
SOWK 4334 – Assessment of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents SOWK 4410 – Prevention &Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse
SOWK 4454 – Child and Adolescent Trauma
SOWK 4500 – Mental Health Interventions with Children
SOWK 4715 – School Social Work Interventions
SOWK 4720 – Prevention/Treatment of Juvenile Delinquency & Youth...
SOWK 4971 – Eco-friendly Experiential Therapy with Children and Youth
SOWK 4971 – Groups for Children and Adolescents

Policy & Program Advocacy
(3 credits required)*

SOWK 4610 – Policies & Programs for Children & Youth  See "Faculty Recommendations" under "Elective Credits"

(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 student's field placement
Internship (15-18 credits) SOWK 4970 – Concentration Field * Appropriate internships chosen in consultation with Field Team
(0/1 credit)
SOWK 4999 – Capstone * Required in final quarter of program
Values for Practice
(3 credits required)*
choose 1 course from the following list →
SOWK 4232 – Critical Race Praxis
SOWK 4235 – Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
SOWK 4240 – Intergenerational Justice
SOWK 4732 – Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
SOWK 4749 – Social Work Interventions with Latinos/as
SOWK 4751 – Global Relations & Poverty in Mexico
SOWK 4753 – Social Development in Latin America
SOWK 4758 – Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sus...
SOWK 4759 – Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums
SOWK 4762 – Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response
SOWK 4764 – Historical Trauma
SOWK 4790 – Human Sexuality
SOWK 4890 – Contemporary Global Issues
SOWK 4971 – Feminisms in Social Work Practice
SOWK 4971 – Cultural Connectedness: A Journey into Native American Cou...
SOWK 4971 – Disability Studies
SOWK 4971 – Spirituality & Social Work Practice
SOWK 4990 – Special Topics (as approved, titles vary)
Electives (12 credits required)*

Students may take elective courses in any of the concentrations.

The following electives are recommended by the faculty →

Students may take up to 10 elective credits from other DU graduate programs with approval of advisor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Certificate students will use elective slots to fulfill certificate requirements.

Theory for Practice Courses
SOWK 4305 – Child Maltreatment: Causes and Consequences
SOWK 4320 – Theories and Practice of Families Systems Therapy

Policy and Programs Advocacy Course s
SOWK 4630 – Family Policies and Programs
SOWK 4712 – Law of Family and Child

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

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