Master of Social Work

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

The University of South Florida College of Behavioral and Community Sciences offers a Master of Social Work, which is a Specialty Practice Program in Clinical Social Work Practice in Integrated Care that provides both classroom instruction and field experience.  This program’s training and course curriculum introduces students to the essential clinical practice skills needed to effectively address the challenges of integrated services, care, and support for persons with health, mental health, and substance use problems. Students become fluent in the language and culture of health and will develop a working knowledge of a wide variety of chronic health conditions. Students will examine the challenges of multidisciplinary team practice and current best evidence-based practices for effective interventions.

Throughout the course, students critique behavior change theories, practice models, and evidence-based interventions for their utility in an integrated healthcare system. Building on the student’s foundational knowledge of general practice skills (engagement, screening, comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, documentation, and evaluation) this course will emphasize practice skills and implementation approaches designed to enhance effective communication, consumer engagement, motivation, and client empowerment.  Through the use of case vignettes, assignments, role plays and small group activities, students will gain experience and skills necessary to be effective in a variety of behavioral health roles (e.g. care manager, behavioral health consultant, health coach, patient advocate, counselor, team leader). Finally, students will increase their knowledge of complementary and alternative therapies and the importance of self-care and disease management.

Program Results: 

Evaluation of this program is ongoing; no reported results.

Targeted Professions
Nurse Practitioners
Social Work: 
Psychiatric social work
Medical social work
Clinical Health
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: 
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
Risk identification
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
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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