2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
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2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Expertise (DSW)

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An advanced social work practitioner can make a positive impact in the community on various levels. This specialization can help prepare students for a career as an expert in clinical social work practice. Students will have the opportunity to focus their studies in supervision, treatment of forensic populations, and addiction case management. Students can gain the knowledge to become a supervisor of Master of Social Work students or advance their current clinical practice.

Course Sequence

Quarter Course Credits
1 SOCW 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study   3 cr.
SOCW 8110 - Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice   5 cr.
2 SOCW 8802 - Clinical Seminar I   5 cr.
SOCW 8117 - Diversity and Multiculturalism   5 cr.
3 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
SOCW 8570 - Social Work Supervision   5 cr.
4 SOCW 8137 - Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy   5 cr.
SOCW 8138 - Program and Practice Evaluation   5 cr.
5 SOCW 8203 - Theories, Treatment, and Case Management of Addictions   5 cr.
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
6 SOCW 8571 - Treatment of Forensic Populations   5 cr.
Elective course chosen to support Capstone research project 5 cr.
7+ SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project * 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.