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Child Welfare Emphasis

Child Welfare is one of the emphases students may choose to focus their area of specialized practice.This emphasis prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed for an advanced career in areas such as child protection, foster care, youth justice. This emphasis is accomplished through coursework, electives, and a specialized field placement.

Child Welfare Emphasis Requirements

Requirements are established by the IV-E Child Welfare Grant.
Core Courses

Complete all:

  • SOC WORK 720: Diversity, Social Justice, and Advocacy
  • SOC WORK 721: Multi-Level Family Systems
  • SOC WORK 728: Advanced Policy: Leadership, Advocacy and Practice
  • SOC WORK 731: Research for MSW Practice


  • SOC WORK 735: Emerging Themes in Child Welfare
  • SOC WORK 683: Motivational Interviewing
  • SOC WORK 683: Trauma-Informed Care
  • SOC WORK 735: Emerging Issues in Child Welfare
  • SOC WORK 767: Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use in Practice
MSW Requirements
Field Practicum

Two days per week in two consecutive semesters: County or Tribal child welfare agency

  • SOC WORK 716: Field III
  • SOC WORK 717: Seminar III
  • SOC WORK 718: Field IV
  • SOC WORK 719: Capstone Seminar
Kristy Pahl, MSW graduate

Child Advocacy

“Knowing, at the end of the day, that I made a difference in the life of a child is rewarding. So, too, is understanding that I am stronger than my worst days in the field and resilient enough to keep going and keep learning, knowing I am going to continue making a difference.”

Kristy Pahl
Foster Care Coordinator
Sheboygan County Health & Human Services Department

Heather Lawrence

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