The Family Concentration prepares students for advanced practice in settings that serve families.
The Family Concentration is directed toward understanding the functions of the family in contemporary society, understanding the roles of members within the family, developing knowledge and skills in a range of therapeutic modalities with families, including the creative use of supporting social structures and community resources.
The concentration focuses on the needs and rights of the family as a whole but also as individual family members, with particular concern for families and family members who are vulnerable.
The conceptual framework of the concentration is built upon the family as a field of practice. Like other Concentrations it is grounded in the systems approach to theory and is anchored in the social justice orientation of the School. It conceptualizes practice at macro, mezzo and micro levels. This conceptual framework is consistent with the purpose and traditional values of social work, liberal arts and the professional foundation and shapes the breadth and depth of knowledge and practice skills to be acquired.
The Family Concentration recognizes the many forms "the family" takes in modern American society and does not imply any normative stance regarding an ideal type in utilizing the singular form in the name of this concentration.
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