Graduate School of Social Work

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Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Education Level: 
Continuing Education
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work provides classroom and experiential learning to over 400 students every year.  The program’s evidenced based curriculum is divided into macro and clinical tracks, with specializations in mental health, health, children & youth, older adults & families, social innovation and international social work.  Students have two year-long practicum experiences, under the tutelage of credentialed professionals in a wide range of agency settings.  The program partners with many local, national and international organizations for training scholarships and research.  Full-time students can complete the program in two years

The program offers a concentration of health and mental health with the primary goal of preparing students for advanced practice in clinical services, advocacy, and management roles in the dynamic fields of health care and behavioral health.  Students receive specialized knowledge, skills and training in the areas of assessment, evidence-based treatment interventions to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in health and behavioral health settings.  Macro students specialize in developing the policy, planning, and management skills to become effective advocates and leaders at the local, state, or national level.

Targeted Professions
Social Work: 
Psychiatric social work
Medical social work
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Team leadership
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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