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Wurzweiler Announces a New Clinical Doctorate in Social Work

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work has announced a new Clinical Doctorate in Social Work (DSW). The 45-credit program, designed to be completed within three years, is tailored for experienced post-MSW clinicians who are either currently in direct practice with a client base or are administrators of clinical programs.

“Students who complete our DSW program will have been taught the kinds of critical thinking and scholarship skills needed to create leaders in the social work profession,” noted Dr. Sari Skolnik, DSW program director. “Furthermore, because opportunities for social work professionals are expected to grow by 13% over the next seven to 10 years, there is no better time to earn this prestigious credential.”

Distinct from Ph.D. programs that emphasize social work research and research skill development, the clinical emphasis of the Wurzweiler DSW focuses on transforming practicing social workers into top-notch evidence-based clinicians who will become the next generation of leaders in social service agencies and educators in clinical social work education.

Offering both live on-line and hybrid classes, with full- and part-time options, the doctoral program incorporates historical, contemporary and emerging clinical theories and therapy models for direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, families and groups. The curriculum coursework, delivered across eight semesters over a three-year period and culminating in a Grand Challenge independent project, consists of evidence-based clinical practice, research, ethics, and educational pedagogies and practices in the area of clinical social work.

Applicants to Wurzweiler’s Clinical DSW program will need an MSW and a minimum of 2 years supervised direct practice in a social service and/or mental health service provider.