The purpose of the Social Work (D.S.W.) program is to prepare students for excellence in advanced clinical social work practice and organizational leadership. The graduates of this program will be uniquely trained to address complex social and health issues that impact vulnerable populations. More specifically, this program will directly benefit social service, health and educational arenas for the most vulnerable populations in Alabama, nationally, and/or globally. The graduates of this program will serve as leaders in the health and social service sectors to provide a higher quality of services to communities in Alabama and beyond.

DSW Core Courses

Hours
SW 700Adv Theories on Oppression3
SW 701Research for Practice I3
SW 702Research for Practice II3
SW 705Adv Advocacy Policy Practice3
SW 706Teaching Social Work Practice3
SW 750Intro to Capstone Project1
SW 751Capstone Prep Ind Study2
SW 799Capstone Project9

Specializations:

Students must complete a concentration in either Advanced Clinical Practice or Organizational Leadership.

Comprehensive Exams:

Upon completion of the first semester of the specialization coursework (2nd year), students will take comprehensive exams. The exams will cover either of the specialization focus areas (Advanced Clinical Practice OR Social Work Administration and Organizational Leadership). Exams will be offered during the fall semester.

Capstone Project:

All students will be required to complete a Capstone Project in order to fulfill graduation requirements for the DSW Degree. The Capstone Project will consist of three parts: 1) a proposal, 2) proposal defense and a 3) final project defense.

The Capstone Project Proposal

Students will start the Capstone Project Proposal in the fall semester of the second year in the Introduction to the Capstone Project Course (1 credit hour). Students will complete the Capstone Proposal in the Course in the Capstone Proposal Course (2 hours) during the summer of the second year. Students must successfully defend the Capstone Proposal in order to register for Capstone Project hours. 

The Capstone Project

All students will be required to complete a Capstone Project in order to fulfill graduation requirements for the DSW Degree. Students must register for at least 9 Capstone Project Credit hours. Students must successfully defend the Capstone Project in order to fulfill the D.S.W. Degree requirements. 

Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration

Hours
SW 703Neuroscience in Clinical Pract3
SW 720Clinical Supervision Ethics3
SW 721Cognitive Behavioral Therapy3
SW 722Assess Diagn Clin Prct3
SW 723Complementary & Alt Therapies3
SW 724Social Work and Emotion Trauma3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
DSW Core (see above)27
Total Hours45

Organizational Leadership concentration

Hours
SW 704Org Leadership Theory Practice3
SW 730Lead Org Change3
SW 731Lead Human Serv Dev3
SW 732Ethics Comm Org Lead3
SW 733Human Serv Finance Budgeting3
SW 734Hum Res Mgt Health Pub Nonprof3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
DSW Core (see above)27
Total Hours45