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Earning an MSW? 5 Interesting Courses You Might Take

Expand your education with unique concentrations and elective clusters.

Are you pondering what classes to take in your online social work degree program? Walden's online School of Social Work offers interesting courses in all four Master of Social Work concentrations:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Military Social Work
  • Social Work in Healthcare
  • Social Work With Children and Families

As you explore Walden’s Master of Social Work degree program, here are five interesting course descriptions to consider:

Earning an MSW? 5 Interesting Courses You Might Take

Crisis and Trauma Cluster: Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response

Students in this course gain an understanding of the personal and systemic impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on individuals, couples, families, and communities. Through contemporary articles and case studies, they consider and discuss cultural, legal, and ethical issues related to crisis, trauma, and disaster events and response.

Forensic Populations and Settings Cluster: Criminal Behavior

Students consider two important questions in forensic psychology: “Who is a criminal?” and “Is criminal behavior a mental illness?” Students explore theoretical issues that result from attempts to explain criminal behavior in forensic populations. They examine groups of offenders, including mentally disordered offenders, sex offenders, violent offenders, and juvenile offenders. Students apply ethical guidelines and standards to the study and research of criminal behavior. They also use concepts and theories to assess the behavior of criminal offenders in case-study scenarios.

Military Social Work: Military Culture for Social Workers

This course provides students with an understanding of military culture that includes insight into the world of work for military personnel; the sociocultural identity development of military personnel; the experience of military families; support for military personnel and their families; and socioeconomic and other lifestyle challenges for military personnel. As a result of this course, students will have a better understanding of the mental health and social support needs of these groups.

Social Work in Healthcare: Psychopharmacology and Biopsychosocial Considerations

The potential for addictive disorders to present like a variety of medical and psychological disorders is common. In this course, students examine how to treat addictions that may coexist with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and other psychological disorders as described in the DSM-IV-TR. Through this course, students gain an understanding of the basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed medications so that they make appropriate referrals within treatment teams.

Social Work With Children and Families: Social Work Practice in Children and Family Services

This is an advanced practice course designed to give students opportunities to examine social work practice with diverse child and family systems, using an ecological-developmental framework. Students learn how to foster child and family success in their social environments, especially those challenged by stress, poverty, violence, disorganization, and/or oppression. Additionally, students critically evaluate legal and ethical issues related to working in this specialization.

Regardless of the path you choose when earning your online Master of Social Work degree, you’ll be acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering a Master of Social Work degree program online. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,