The Family Support in Social Work Minor/Certificate of Completion provides knowledge and understanding of family systems theory and family life developmental models. It provides the basis for supporting traditional and non-traditional families, including case management and service coordination in a variety of service delivery areas. An approved agency field experience of 135 hours is required and may be completed in the student’s work setting or as a volunteer.
The minor/certificate of completion recognizes the completion of a selected set of courses that focus on a particular career concentration that supports families through social work principles and practices. It is designed for professionals and beginning professionals wishing to enter the field or to enhance their family social work support skills.
The Family Support in Social Work Certificate of Completion is the same as the Family Support in Social Work Minor but does not require that students complete a degree. All information about the Family Support in Social Work Minor applies to the certificate of completion. Students must complete each course in the certificate program with a grade of “C” or better. The courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
The minor students are referred to as beginning professionals. (Social work majors are referred to as generalist social workers.) The knowledge and skills of minor students will enable them to perform important agency roles such as case aides, paraprofessionals, service coordinators, parent educators, parent advocates, home visitation specialists, etc. These courses are open to other MSCD minors, majors and non-degree-seeking students wishing to supplement their education.
In addition to completing the required courses listed below, minors must select one concentration and complete the concentration course(s) including SWK 3990 Agency Experience II in an agency serving the concentration population. Minors may complete only one concentration.
- Family Preservation Services
- Developmental Disabilities Services
- Early Intervention Services: Birth through Five
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Gay and Lesbian Services
- Women’s Services
- Aging Services