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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, private practice, 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.

Current students can find additional curriculum information on the GSSW Student Resource Portfolio page.