The Clinical Practice with Families and Children (CPFC) concentration teaches students how to work with individuals and families at risk in ways that facilitate empowerment. Through a selection of strengths-based approaches, the concentration works to address family- and child-focused concerns across a level of need spectrum from poverty and homelessness to communication and interpersonal counseling.
Students will be prepared to work with a variety of different populations, leaving with practice "tools" for their pocket.
There are three CPFC concentration courses: SW 605 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families, SW 645 Seminar in Advanced Family Practice, and SW 665 Advanced Practice with Children. The sequence of these courses prepares students for advanced social work practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups, in addition to macro practice in the area of advocacy and family centered policy. These courses help to apply technique and intervention applications for students concurrently taking their field practicum.
Students in the Clinical Practice with Families and Children concentration have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in field placements geared specifically to their chosen specialty. Many direct practice roles are available and include counseling in school based programs and in non-traditional schools, working as a family therapist, counseling in hospitals and specialty health care facilities, counseling in addiction recovery programs, counseling in therapeutic nursery schools with post trauma children and their families, and more. Internships are available locally, all over the State of New Jersey, and in the Philadelphia and New York City areas.
Students who choose the CPFC track have a variety of practice settings to choose from such as school social work, mental health settings, child abuse prevention, family and child centered clinical practices, and substance abuse settings. SW 665 Advanced Practice with Children was featured in the Journal of Teaching in Social Work as an exemplary graduate course.
For more information, please see the graduate student handbook.