Students in the Child Well-Being & Child Welfare Specialization complete a child-focused field placement and take a total of three courses as part of the specialization. The required coursework focuses on child assessment, treatment, and welfare, and also includes an integrative capstone course linking macro to clinical social work practice.

Required Courses

Students take the following three courses:

  • SWRK 731: Clinical and Macro Child Welfare Practice. Fall semester, Advanced Year.
  • SWRK 732: Integrative Seminar in Child Welfare. Spring semester, Advanced Year
  • Child or youth- focused elective. This course can be taken at SP2 or in another Penn school or department, provided the elective is approved by both the student’s academic advisor and the CW2 program.

Pre-Approved Electives

Conferences and Workshops

In their final semester (spring of advanced year), CW2 students attend the annual Pennsylvania Council on Children, Youth, and Family Services conference overnight in Harrisburg, PA. This unique educational opportunity offers students the chance to learn from a range of experts in the field while networking with child welfare leaders. The costs of lodging, meals, transportation, and the conference itself are covered for students in the specialization.

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