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Saint Leo University | Master of Social Work - Advanced Clinical Practice (3-Year)

In the Master of Social Work - Advanced Clinical Practice (3-Year Program), students have the chance to develop counseling skills and knowledge of social work processes through classroom and hands-on learning. Read on for more detailed information about this MSW program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Social Work - Advanced Clinical Practice (3-Year Program)

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students seeking to enter this program might have completed an undergraduate degree program in social work or counseling; prior courses in psychology might also be helpful. They must also be residents of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, or Virginia. Applicants to Saint Leo University's master's degree programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The curriculum of the Master of Social Work - Advanced Clinical Practice (3-Year Program) at Saint Leo University provides students with the opportunity to explore advanced social work and clinical practices, processes, and theories for groups, individuals, children, families, and even military personnel. The program starts with foundational coursework that might address social human behavior, social welfare programs and systems, social research methodologies, and assessment and treatment approaches for child abuse/neglect. In advanced courses, taken in the program's second and third years, students might learn more about ethical and leadership practices in social work as well as advanced evaluation and treatment options for such areas as Child Protective Services, substance abuse, military veterans, and stress disorders. Throughout the program, students participate in a four-part practicum in which they will manage caseloads and implement intervention methods as they have studied in the program's curriculum. This MSP program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

62 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Saint Leo University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Social Work - Advanced Clinical Practice (3-Year Program):

Students of this program will be required to complete 30 credits of foundational courses and 32 credits of advanced clinical practice courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundational Courses - First and Second Year (30 credits)

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Methods of Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Research Methods
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Methods of Social Work Practice with Groups
  • Field Practicum I
  • Methods of Macro Social Work Practice
  • Field Practicum II

Advanced Standing Courses - Second and Third Year (32 credits)

  • Ethical Foundations in Social Work Practice
  • Leadership
  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Couples and Families
  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Individuals
  • Psychopathology
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    • Social Work Practice in the Military
    • Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
    • Children's Services
    • Evaluation and Treatment of Trauma-Related Conditions
  • Evidence Based Social Work Research Methods
  • Field Practicum III
  • Field Practicum IV
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Older Adults
    • Social Work Practice with Deployed and Re-Deployed Military Members and Their Families
    • Social Work Practice with Veterans
    • Children's Services
    • Evaluation and Treatment of Trauma-Related Conditions

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After completing the MSW - Advanced Clinical Practice (3-Year Program), graduates might be prepared to pursue clinical positions in a variety of settings, such as clinics, juvenile centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, or community service organizations. In many cases, graduates need to pass state licensing exams depending on the position they are seeking.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Licensed clinical social worker (eligible)
  • School social worker
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Marriage/family counselor

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