The Catholic University of America

Why Choose the Clinical Concentration?

With a long history of preparing highly qualified clinical social work practitioners, our Clinical Concentration focuses on strengths-based practice in a variety of clinical settings and prepares students for licensed independent practice. 

As in all aspects of social work, the Clinical Concentration focuses on the whole person, taking into consideration each client’s bio-psycho-social-spiritual needsThis concentration prepares students to obtain a license in clinical social work practice. The course work includes all aspects of clinical practice with individuals, families, couples, and groups. Dimensions of assessment and diagnoses are thoroughly addressed across the life span.  
Program Content:
Throughout their tenure, students receive extensive preparation in the understanding and application of theory in evidence-based practice. Clinical students take courses in theory, clinical practice with individuals and with families, ethics, and practice evaluation. They can also opt to take elective macro courses.
Students will learn direct clinical practice in their advanced year field internship, working with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups.  Students in the clinical concentration will be prepared for professional roles and activities including:
  • mental health counseling/therapy;
  • clinical work with at-risk families;
  • clinical case management with homeless individuals;
  • trauma treatment;
  • school social work;
  • play therapy with children; and
  • community-based work with the elderly. 
Field Internships:
Our Clinical Concentration enjoys an excellent reputation. Course and field internship requirements have been designed to prepare students for work in settings such as community agencies, family service agencies, and, after clinical licensing, independent clinical practice. 

The advanced year curriculum includes the following:

Clinical Concentration


801, 802, 803, 804 (elect 2)


821, 822 (elect 1)



723, 724, 725
(elect 1)




871, 872

6 semester hours





Health Care Specialization

877, 878


Choose 1 of the following: 653, 662, 663, 668 (elective)


Clinical SW with Older Adults; Adults; Adolescents and Young Adults; Children

Clinical SW with Families: Traditional Models; Strengths-Based Model


Psychodynamic; Cognitive -Behavioral, Transpersonal


Practice Evaluation


Clinical Field Education and Integrative Seminar I & II

Elect 6 semester hours of free electives




Health Care Field Education and Integrative Seminar I & II


Theory and Models of Health Care

Attachment Theory and Neurobiology, Death, Treatment of Chemical Dependency, Health Care Policy, Advocacy and Decision-making


Questions about the Clinical Concentration? Feel free to call or email Dr. Eileen Dombo.