Child Well-Being & Child Welfare Specialization

The Child Well-Being and Child Welfare Specialization (CW2) educates students to provide clinical and macro social work services in a culturally competent manner to produce positive outcomes for children and families while also ensuring child safety, permanency, and well-being.

Under the direction of expert faculty, students in this specialization gain a broad understanding of practice methods and the continuum of services and policies that are intended to protect children and preserve families. The focused curriculum on social work practice, policy, and services includes coursework on skills to work effectively with children and their families and strategies for productive change in service delivery systems. Students complete field placements that offer opportunities for cutting edge practice in the specialization area, including (but not limited to) the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, child advocacy centers, child protection teams, schools, and mental health settings.

The CW2 specialization is designed to integrate clinical and macro social work practice across the field of child welfare, including children’s mental health, child protective services, in-home services, foster care, school adjustment, and medical and social issues. Students receive instruction in evidence-based practice and management strategies in order to develop competency in working with children and youth in a variety of contexts. SP2 is committed to developing highly skilled, trauma-informed child welfare social work practitioners and leaders who are committed to practice, management, and advocacy in a range of children’s services.

CW2 Specialization Co-Directors

  • Dr. Johanna Greeson co-teaches Clinical and Macro Child Welfare Practice and co-teaches the Integrative Seminar in Child Welfare.
  • Dr. Antonio Garcia co-teaches Clinical and Macro Child Welfare Practice and co-teaches the Integrative Seminar in Child Welfare.