A) Family Practice

Students wishing to work primarily with individuals and families will elect the Family Practice Concentration.  Upon graduation, the new MSW will have the knowledge and skills to work in child welfare agencies, family service agencies, mental health clinics, health-care organizations, family violence service agencies, substance abuse prevention and treatment programs or correctional organizations.

A wealth of practicum sites throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area are available to provide experience in working with children, youth, and families before graduation.

For students interested in developing expertise in working with women, they may elect to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies offered at UM St. Louis in addition to their social work concentration. This certificate program can be completed with some courses taken toward the MSW degree; however, some additional hours may be required for the Certificate.

See the MSW Student Handbook for a list of course requirements.


B) Gerontology Concentration

Joe Pickard, PhD, Coordinator           

Students electing to pursue an MSW with the Gerontology concentration build upon their social work foundations courses to develop direct practice strategies and techniques. Through the application of social work principles to the issues facing older adults, students acquire in-depth knowledge of the aging service network, policy development and its effects, organizational structure, how to conduct research, and the role of ethics and values in social work practice. In this way, the Gerontology concentration attempts to meld theory with practice. The gerontology concentration places an emphasis on work with oppressed, vulnerable, and at risk populations. The major focus of the Gerontology concentration is to prepare students as generalist gerontological social work practitioners who will serve in direct service, leadership, and management positions at micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

See the MSW Student Handbook for a list of course requirements.


C) Social Work Leadership and Management

For information on the SWLM concentration, contact Dr. Margaret Sherraden at 314-516-6376.

Leadership and management shape organizations, programs, services, and outcomes for clients and communities. The School of Social Work, in collaboration with the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, at the University of Missouri in St. Louis trains tomorrow's leaders and managers in human services, social welfare, and other fields.

The concentration in Social Work Leadership and Management (SWLM) provides students with knowledge and practical training to assume leadership and management positions in public and nonprofit organizations. Students learn how to shape and lead effective, humane, ethical, and responsive organizations - organizations that value diversity and build capacity of staff and clients.

Students learn how to acquire resources for current programs and new initiatives. They learn how to market and evaluate programs. Students learn how to advocate for clients and influence policies. Students in SWLM share a desire to lead organizations that build resources and capabilities of individuals and communities and contribute to social justice.

Students in SWLM are not required to have prior experience in leadership and management. Students who do not have social work practice experience will be encouraged to take coursework on practice with individuals, families, and groups, and they will also be encouraged to spend some time in a direct practice internship.

With no additional coursework or cost, students in SWLM may graduate with both a Master's in Social Work (MSW) and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NPML).

Objectives of SWLM
In the SWLM concentration, students gain knowledge and skills through theory, research, and practical training in order to:

*Manage public and nonprofit organizations and programs
*Work effectively with staff, volunteers, and boards
*Mobilize resources and develop partnerships to support programs and   agencies
*Manage finances and budgets
*Plan, implement, market, and evaluate social programs
*Advocate for programs, clients, and constituents

Career Opportunities
The SWLM concentration prepares social workers for local, state, and national organizations in a wide range of leadership and management positions. The focus is on social welfare, human services, health, mental health, social policy, community development, faith based, and other community organizations. Graduates with a master's degree in SWLM include leaders and executives of public and nonprofit organizations, such as:

*Family and children services
*Criminal justice and victim services
*Domestic violence
*Federated fund-raising
*Philanthropic groups
*Mental health
*Community development
*Older adult services
*Youth development

Courses  - See the MSW Student Handbook for a list of course requirements
Courses are taught using a combination of discussion, debate, guest speakers, and hands-on projects, on-campus and off-campus, as well as more traditional lectures, reading, research, and writing. Students are placed in internships where they learn directly with prominent leaders and administrators throughout the St. Louis region.

SWLM courses are offered through the School of Social Work and the Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NPML) program at UM-St. Louis.

At the School of Social Work at UM-St. Louis, a new plan and pedagogy for training effective leaders and managers is emerging. The concentration on Social Work Leadership and Management (SWLM) fulfills a market demand for such training and will contribute to a strong social work education; greater numbers of productive graduates; and contributions to the organizations and communities of St. Louis and the State of Missouri.