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Clinical Practice with Immigrants and Refugees new
Credits: 3 cr.
This course provides an in-depth study of issues related to clinical social work practice with immigrants and refugees. It is set in the macro context of understanding trends in immigration to the U.S. and related public policy responses in terms of their influences on the lives of persons coming to this country and on the service delivery systems intended to serve them.
Specific clinical skills and strategies for engaging immigrant clients in various practice settings are emphasized, along with research findings on service utilization of immigrants and refugees. The role of acculturation processes, issues, and problems will be addressed in relation to common social service needs of immigrants and refugees.
Critical issues of how social workers' cultural and ethnic heritage may affect their clinical practice and work with social work colleagues who themselves have immigrant or refugee backgrounds will be addressed.
Eligibility to enroll in a clinical elective based on their track in the MSW program. Each track or pathway through the program is based on Advanced Standing status (already has a BSW) or Regular Standing status and the number of years identified for progression through the program.