2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    Feb 21, 2020  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Studies and Interventions (DSW)

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The Family Studies and Intervention Strategies specialization provides students with techniques for utilizing advanced clinical theory and research methodology within a unique, client-centered ecological context. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention, which emphasize the special needs of ethnic and racial minorities, gay and lesbian, single-parent, and low-income families. Students will explore developing multimodal therapeutic approaches and recognizing special treatment considerations within a diverse client delivery system.

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 8356 - Theories and Techniques in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling  5 cr. 
4 SOCW 8137 - Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy  5 cr. 
SOCW 8138 - Program and Practice Evaluation  5 cr. 
5 SOCW 8346 - Child and Adolescent Counseling  5 cr. 
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr. 
6 SOCW 8785 - Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation  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.