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Concentration Areas

For advanced standing/standard program participants

Advanced Direct Practice Concentration (ADP)
(offered in Phoenix and Tucson)

Advanced Direct Practice Concentration consists of three specializations that prepare students for professional practice with diverse populations in a wide variety of settings.  Building on the knowledge and skills obtained in the foundation year of the MSW program, advanced direct practice in the concentration year is designed to prepare students for enhanced competencies in working with individuals, families, small groups and communities.  Across all specializations, the curriculum is guided by the social work values that emphasize evidence-based practice, client strengths, social justice and client empowerment.  The primary MSW curriculum goal is to educate advanced social work practitioners who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, values and ethics of the profession and who are competent for specialized practice.

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Planning, Administration and Community Practice (PAC)
(offered in Phoenix and Tucson)

This concentration prepares students for leadership and effective practice in macro social work positions.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge, skill, and practice opportunities in the areas of program planning and evaluation, administration, policy analysis and advocacy, and community work.  PAC students are required to take five core courses plus a 480 hour field practicum in macro social work.  In addition, PAC students take three free electives to complete the concentration year.  Culminating Experience, Field Portfolio.

The central purpose of the macro interventions taught in PAC is to further social and economic justice.  Major theoretical perspectives that guide the PAC curriculum include ecological systems theory, strengths perspective, and anti-oppressive practice.  Frameworks and themes developed in the course work include critical policy analysis, rational planning and accountability, reflective practice, mission-directed organization development, empowerment through participatory decision-making, respect for and responsiveness to diversity, asset-based community development, and participatory research.

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