Focus on Clinical Social Work Practice

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Clinical Social Work Practice—Our Specialization & Our Commitment 

At Smith, our sole focus is on clinical social work practice. Clinical social work practice is concerned with the interdependence between individuals and their environments and the use of theoretically grounded, relationship based, culturally informed interventions to promote healing, growth and empowerment. Clinical social work recognizes and responds to the complexities of the human condition: its strengths, possibilities, systems of meaning, resilience, vulnerabilities and tragedies.

As a collaborative process, clinical social work expresses the core values of the profession, including recognition of client self-determination, growth and change in the client system and pursuit of social justice. It rests upon a liberal arts base and integrates evolving theories about individuals, families, groups, communities, and the larger social systems in which they are embedded.

Our exceptional faculty will help you build a conceptual understanding of issues facing oppressed and marginalized populations, the clinical acumen to rise to the challenge, and a deepened commitment to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families. 

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