A Clinical Focus in Addiction & Mental Health
The rising need in social services for individuals, families and communities has increased demand for community and social service professionals, including social workers. As a pioneer in the mental health and addictions field of study, Alvernia is determined to meet this serious need driven by societal issues through its Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate program. Social workers have been identified as among the preferred professionals to address the many issues of the multi-faceted addictions crisis. Alvernia’s MSW program has been developed with a clear area of specialized clinical practice in behavioral health which is infused throughout the curriculum. Topics of mental health and addiction are covered in human behavior, practice, research and policy courses. With two program offerings, for those who already possess a BSW and those who do not, fieldwork placements will offer students an opportunity to further their understanding of addiction and mental health throughout direct practice.
Students will receive specialized instruction to meet the needs of advancing human rights and socio-economic and environmental justice through practice-informed research and research-informed practice. Students will have the opportunity to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to prepare for immersion in a culturally diverse landscape. A strong focus guided by Franciscan values will allow students to implement and demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
This program will be offered in a blended format at both Alvernia's main campus in Reading and at the Philadelphia Center in Elkins Park, PA.
- Demonstrate the social work knowledge, values, ethics and skills for critical analysis of theory, policy, practice and research to become advanced practice professionals, enhancing social functioning and alleviating poverty, oppression and injustice within the individual, organizational and community contexts.
- Demonstrate the values of ethical leaders with moral courage, capable of assuming scholarly and professional roles and prepared to facilitate positive social change both locally and globally through direct practice, advocacy, social actions and community empowerment in diverse social, cultural, political and organizational contexts.
- Demonstrate the appropriate knowledge and skills for practice with culturally diverse colleagues and various client systems including: veterans; LGBTWQ populations; people from diverse economic, religious and racial backgrounds; and victims of human trafficking.
- Contribute to the ongoing development of professional social work knowledge and practice through research and scholarly inquiry that employ state-of-the-art technology.
- Understand the importance of ongoing professional development, supervision and consultation in advancing their knowledge and skills of self-awareness and self-reflection to promote competent, responsible and ethical social work practice. (189)
- Medical Social Worker
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Child Welfare Case Worker
- School Social Worker
- Clinical Mental Health Social Worker
- Human Services Administrator
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Geriatric Social Worker
- Adoption Placement Specialist
The MSW is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
Pre-Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has submitted an application to be reviewed for Candidacy. A program that has attained Pre-Candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the Commission on Accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. The Council on Social Work Education does not publicly disclose whether programs have currently attained Pre-Candidacy Status until they are granted Candidacy.
Students who enter the program while it is still in Pre-Candidacy will not be recognized as attending a program in Candidacy unless the program attains Candidacy in the academic year in which those students enter. The Candidacy Process is typically a three-year process and there is no guarantee that a program in Pre-Candidacy will eventually attain Candidacy or Initial Accreditation. Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.