Specializing helps distinguish you in the field, giving you skills and experience with populations of increasing need.
Our three competitive programs train select advanced year students to work with aging and veteran populations, and those dealing with chronic or persistent illness.
A handful of students are accepted into each specialization after our faculty reviews written application essays.
Students who specialize have the same course load, but are more focused in their elective choices, and take a joint seminar with rotating lecturers from each field.
They receive lowered tuition, a special certificate along with their MSW, and expertise in their chosen area.
The Aging Population
Baby boomers are getting older, people are living longer, and the growing aging population has specific social work needs.
The Aging Education Fellowship is offered in collaboration with the Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education to meet current demands for social workers. Students with a strong academic record, who are entering their Advanced Concentration Year can apply for the fellowship. Fellows’ advanced field placement focuses solely on elder care, but may be a variety of clinical field settings such as nursing homes, elder abuse programs, community agencies, hospitals or outpatient mental health centers.
When Veterans Come Home
There is increasing awareness that many of our returning veterans suffer from PTSD and other psychological disorders.
Our Military Social Work Masters sub-specialty offers a small number of students the opportunity to work with veterans. Participants will acquire the sensitivity and skills necessary for helping ex-military and their loved ones cope with their trauma while re-adjusting them to daily life.
To qualify for the program, students must have a 3.2-or-higher GPA, a strong commitment to working with veterans and their families, and a flexible schedule for fieldwork.
You can also concentrate on working with those suffering from serious or persistent mental illness, particularly adults with chronic schizophrenia, bi-polarity, and long-term depression.
As the numbers of people from all age groups and backgrounds dealing with new and lifelong diagnoses has grown, the social work community has focused on working with these patients to help restore their place in the world and cope with daily life. Our students complete their fieldwork in community-based outpatient facilities.