Advanced Generalist Practice Defined
The advanced generalist practice curriculum at the Springfield College School of Social Work equips students with the latest knowledge and skills needed in the field. Intellectually challenging, while grounded in real-world practice, this curriculum prepares students to make a significant difference in the world.
The curriculum includes a generalist foundation year and an advanced generalist concentration year. During the first year, students will gain theoretical perspectives across the four core curriculum sequences of human behavior in the social environment, social work practice, social work research, and social welfare policy. Within their second year, students build on competencies introduced in the foundation year. They will develop advanced clinical assessment and intervention skills, as well as supervisory, administrative, policy, and research skills. Permeating the curriculum and skill sets are themes of human rights, social justice, and social change.
Career Advantages to Advanced Generalist Degree
Employers increasingly demand social work processionals who are creative decision-makers and solution-builders, two characteristics that the advanced generalist degree program focuses on. Graduates of this program also have the knowledge and skills to assess complex situations with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, as well as the ability to intervene with advanced and sophisticated practice skills.
Springfield College School of Social Work (SCSSW) faculty members are highly-regarded practitioners in the fields. They are social work leaders who bring a hands-on approach to the classroom, and clearly demonstrate how social work theories and strategies apply in professional practice.
From family intervention, to adventure-based therapy, to global rights, the SCSSW faculty is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for their contributions.
Small class sizes, field practicums, and field seminars all help to foster a unique bond between faculty members and students.
Earn Two Degrees in Four Years
The Springfield College School of Social Work and Western New England University School of law offer a master of social work/juris doctor (MSW/JD) dual degree program that allows students to save time and tuition by obtaining both degrees at the same time.
Combining a social work degree with a law degree enables professionals to better serve their clients by understanding their clients’ issues from both a social and legal perspective.
The knowledge and skills gained through this dual degree program may be especially useful in such practice areas as: representing the disabled, child welfare, family law, juvenile justice, mental health, social welfare policy, domestic violence, law enforcement, human rights, and legal aid services.
The sample curriculum is designed to permit full-time students to compete the requirements for both degrees in four years, including part-time coursework during two summers. Under the dual degree program, 12 credit hours of law school courses will be accepted by the School of Social Work toward the master of social work degree, and 12 credit hours of graduate-level social work courses will be accepted by the School of Law toward the juris doctor degree.
Ordinarily, the two programs taken separately would require five years of study.
The Springfield College School of Social Work (SCSSW) offers a broad range of field placement possibilities, both geographically and from a practice perspective.
Below is a partial list of agencies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont where SCSSW students have engaged in social work in the past years.