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 Melrose 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 Master of Social Work program at Alvernia University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation.
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 made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
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 is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy 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.
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