Direct Practice: Children, Youth and Families Specialization

Pattern of Enrollment

For all patterns of enrollment please see the Mandel School Office of the Registrar’s page on patterns of enrollment.

Children, Youth and Families Specialization

The Children, Youth and Families (CYF) specialization prepares social workers to provide a broad range of services to individuals and families in all phases of the family life cycle. Marital therapy, family counseling, parent education, and child welfare are all emphasized in this specialization.

Advanced elective coursework permits students to tailor their educational programs to personal learning objectives and career goals.

Coursework may be applied toward educational requirements for membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). A course of study leading to school social work certification is also available.

Field Placement Opportunities

Students complete their advanced field placements in approved field settings that specialize in working with the issues of children and families. Environments may include public agencies that specialize in working with individuals, families and groups; in community based centers; in agencies that are privately and/or publicly funded; in agencies that combine direct service with policy work, etc.

The Children, Youth and Families specialization is offered in both the Full-time and Intensive Weekend program.

Model Schedule / Enrollment

The following is a model Pattern of Enrollment for students enrolled in the full time, two year program. It is not necessarily your schedule. It is featured here to give you an idea of what your schedule at the Mandel School may look like. We encourage you to consult with your faculty advisor to develop your actual schedule.

First Year Semester Hours
SASS 477 Direct Practice Methods Skills* 3
SASS 484 Theories of Oppressions and Social Justice* 3
SASS 440 Human Development in Context I: Child & Adolescent* 3
SASS 470 Social Policy* 3
SASS 441 Human Development II: Adult* 3
SASS 478 Macro & Policy Practice Skills* 3
SASS 426 Research Methods in Social Work* 3
SASS 495 Field Education Seminar* 1
SASS 601 Field Education I* 2
SASS 602 Field Education II 3
Second Year Semester Hours
SASS 530 Practice Evaluation 3
SASS 517 Family System Interventions 3
SASS 565 Community-Based Practice for Children & Families 3
SASS 529 Child & Family Policy & Service Delivery 3
SASS 547 Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis 3
SASS 549 Theory/ Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
SASS 603 Field Education III 3
SASS 604 Field Education IV 3
Total Credit Hours Required for Degree 60

* Foundation Curriculum. BSW students may waive foundation courses if undergraduate coursework grades are B or better.