Practice Sequence

In the practice sequence you will learn the foundational skills of social work practice and specialized skills of clinical social work. It will prepare you to practice in a range of settings, with different size client systems, and diverse presenting problems, from a range of practice theories and models, according to the ethical precepts and knowledge base of the profession.

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The practice sequence ensures that you consider the cultural and social forces that impact clients' lives and opportunities, as well as the internal and subjective meanings of clients' experience in order to work sensitively within an integrative framework.

Practice courses integrate and apply knowledge from all of the curriculum's content areas. The case study serves as the primary vehicle for accomplishing this goal, where the "case" is focused on individual, family, group, organization or community problems or needs. Since case studies and vignettes are used in all of the practice courses, it is at this level that the psychological and the social meet.

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Sequence Chair and Faculty
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Kenta Asakura, M.S.W. '04, Ph.D., LICSW

Associate Professor, Chair of Practice Sequence
Kenta Asakura’s scholarly work is informed by nearly two decades of clinical practice across three jurisdictions (New York, Washington, Ontario), where he…
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Katya Cerar, M.S.W., Ph.D, LICSW

Senior Director of Practicum Learning
Katya Cerar, is the senior director of Practicum Education at Smith College and has taught and supervised students from various New England schools of social…
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Sara Brackenbury, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Sara Brackenbury works with adolescents and adults in private practice in Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley. Her practice is…