This practice area prepares students to work in settings that serve children and adolescents and their families, including working in schools, recreational programs, family service fieldwork sites, juvenile justice systems, neighborhood organizations, prenatal clinics and/or family planning programs.
Practicing in this field involves working with individuals, families, groups and communities to provide education and interventions for prenatal care, infant and child development, adoption, foster care and family preservation services, child abuse and neglect, violence, substance abuse, family support, teen pregnancy and/or youth employment.
Students in the Children and Youth in Families and Society practice area are required to complete the courses listed below (each course is worth 3 credits):
SW 633 Children and Youth Services and Social Policies;
SW 696 Social Work Practice with Children and Youth
Additionally, students in the Children and Youth in Families and Society practice area are required to complete one of the following two courses (each course is worth 3 credits): SW 601 Adolescent Development and Behavior or SW 605 Infant and Child Development and Behavior Community and Social Systems.