The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University has announced a new Clinical Doctorate in Social Work (DSW), to begin in Fall 2022. The 45-credit program, designed to be completed within three years, is tailored for experienced post-MSW clinicians who are either currently in direct practice with a client base or are administrators of clinical programs.

“With opportunities for social work professionals expected to grow by 13% over the next seven to ten years, there is no better time to earn this prestigious credential,” said Dr. Sari Skolnik, DSW program director. “Students who complete our DSW program will have been taught the kinds of critical thinking and scholarship skills needed to create leaders in the social work profession.”

Distinct from PhD programs that emphasize social work research and research skill development, the clinical emphasis of the Wurzweiler DSW focuses on transforming practicing social workers into top-notch evidence-based clinicians who will become the next generation of leaders in social service agencies and educators in clinical social work education.

Offering both live online and hybrid classes, with full- and part-time options, the doctoral program incorporates historical, contemporary and emerging clinical theories and therapy models for direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. The curriculum coursework, delivered across eight semesters over a three-year period and culminating in a Grand Challenge independent project, consists of evidence-based clinical practice, research, ethics, and educational pedagogies and practices in the area of clinical social work.

Applicants to Wurzweiler’s Clinical DSW program require an MSW and minimum of two years of supervised direct practice in a social service and/or mental health service provider.

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