Mental Health Specialization
Social workers encounter clients with mental health needs and concerns in a variety of social
service settings necessitating specific skills and experience to provide effective social work
practice. The majority of mental health practitioners in mental health settings are social workers
indicating the need for well trained mental health professional with a strong commitment to
social work values and practices. If you anticipate entering the mental health field, the mental
health specialization will provide the necessary preparation.
The mental health specialization (MHS) prepares students to enter into the mental health
field by focusing on theoretical perspectives regarding the course and etiology of mental
illness, diagnostic and assessment skills, evidence-based approaches, knowledge of mental
health services, policies, and programs in the context of social work practice and values.
Students complete their advance practicum rotation in a mental health setting providing
the opportunity to build collaborative and interdisciplinary skills and professional identity by
integrating knowledge with an intricate understanding of mental health practice, policy and
Students must apply to specializations by January 30th during the January before their Advanced (final) year of study.
* Please be aware that some courses required for the specialization may only be available on-line during certain semesters
Required elective courses:
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