Military Concentration

There is a well-documented need for military personnel, veterans and their families to receive appropriate social services.  However, not all helping professionals are familiar with military culture and the unique issues they and their families face.  This may result in the inadequate provision of services.  Harm may inadvertently result due to the professional’s lack of understanding of the unique issues faced by our service members, veterans and their families.

Dominican University and its Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) recognizes the sacrifice our service members and their families make and feel it is crucial to provide them with quality care when they need help. GSSW now offers to all MSW students a Concentration in Working with the Military and their Families.  The Military Concentration will train MSW students in the knowledge and skills necessary to work with service members, vets and their families.

Completion of the Military courses will take place in the student’s concentration year. The successful completion of the military concentration allows agencies, organizations, and all others who work with service members, veterans and their families know that GSSW students are competent to provide evidence-based clinical services to military service members, veterans and their families.

Current MSW candidates who have completed their foundation year in the GSSW program will be able to enroll in the Military concentration classes. Students are required to complete both field placements at an agency that provides services to military personnel, veterans and their families.

Fall Admission - Two-Year Full Time Program

Full Time Two-Year Curriculum

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
SWK510 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3 SWK550 Social Work Practice with Groups (prereq:510)

3
SWK511 Field Practicum I 3 SWK551 Field Practicum II (prereq: 511)

3
SWK512 Social Work Research Methods 3 SWK553 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (prereq: 513)

3
SWK513 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (HBSE I) 3 SWK640 Menatl Health: History, Theories, and Treatment 3
SWK514 History of Social Work & Social Welfare 3 Advanced Diversity (choose one)  3
Total  15 SWK620 Empowerment Practice with Latinos  
    SWK621 - Human Rights, Gender and Globalization (El Salvador)  
    SWK622 - Negotiating Social, Cultural, and Psychological Borders: Social Work with Immigrant and Refugee Families and Communities  
    SWK623 - Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Social Policy  
    SWK624 -  A Feminist Approach to Clinical Practice with Individual and Families  
    SWK625 - Race, Gender, and Human Rights in the Guatemalan Context  
    SWK628 - Culture, History, & Politics of Cuba  
    Total 15
Summer II      
SWK800 Boot Camp of Military Culture, Customs, and Traditions 3    
Elective 3    
Total Summer Classes 6    

Second Year Full Time Concentration Curriculum

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
SWK810 Mental Health Issues, Assessment and Diagnosis (prereq:510, 550) 3 SWK 850 Theory, Treatment Planning and Intervention (prereq: 510, 550, 810) 3
SWK611 Field Practicum III (prereq: 511, 551)

3 SWK 651 Field Practicum IV  (prereq: 511, 551, 611)

3
SWK612 Practice Evaluation 3 SWK 641 Community-Based Participatory Research (prereq: 512, 612) 3
 SWK 814 Policy Impact within Military Systems (prereq:514)  3 Elective 3
       
Total 12  Total 12

Total Credit Hours = 60

Military Concentration Part-Time 3 Year Program (Fall Admission)

Part-Time 3 Year Program (Fall Admission)

Military Concentration Full-Time Advanced Standing Program (Summer II Admission)

Full-Time Advanced Standing Program (Summer II Admission)