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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Mental Health

The Mental Health concentration focuses on clinical interventions, advanced theory, and research related to mental health, substance use and trauma. Core topics include the assessment of mental health and substance use, skills in crisis intervention and suicide risk-assessment, policy related to mental health and substance use intervention and key clinical interventions and skills.

Field education placements are offered in agencies that provide psychotherapy, crisis intervention, case management and other clinical interventions related to mental health, substance use and trauma.

The minimum credits required for the MSW degree is 90 (60 for advanced standing students).


Required Recommended
Theory for Practice
(3 credits required)*
SOWK 4345 – Intersections of Mental Health, Substance Use, and Trauma  See "Faculty Recommendations" under "Elective Credits"
(9 credits required)*

SOWK 4330 – Assessment of Mental Health in Adults

SOWK 4730 – Cognitive Behavioral Therapies


choose 1 course from the following list →

SOWK 4401 – Integrated Health Care: Models and Practice
SOWK 4412 – Practice Elements in Interventions with Children and Youth
SOWK 4430 – Substance Use Interventions
SOWK 4334 – Assessment of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents SOWK 4454 – Child and Adolescent Trauma
SOWK 4500 – Mental Health Interventions with Children
SOWK 4700 – Solution Focused Brief Therapy
SOWK 4735 – Interpersonal Approaches to Counseling
SOWK 4752 – Trauma Informed Assessment and Intervention
SOWK 4754 – Trauma Response and Recovery (not offered after spr '17)
SOWK 4775 – Social Work with Adult Groups
SOWK 4784 – Suicide Assessment & Interventions
SOWK 4971 – Groups for Children and Adolescents

Policy & Program Advocacy
(3 credits required)*

SOWK 4640 – Mental Health and Substance Use Policies  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 the 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, Sust...
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 SW 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 4320 – Theories and Practice of Family Systems Therapy
SOWK 4325 – Evolving Perspectives and Trends in Health and Wellness
Policy and Programs Advocacy Courses
SOWK 4645 – Health Care Policy

SOWK 4523 – Care Management Skills and Resources to Promote Comm...
SOWK 4721 – Existential SW Practice
SOWK 4725 – Mind Body Connections in SW Practice
SOWK 4741 – Grief and Loss across the Life Span
SOWK 4755 – Interventions for Responses to Trauma (pre-req SOWK 4754)
(not offered after fall '17)

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