We are committed to providing a personalized, coordinated, and integrated learning experience. Faculty advisors supervise each student's course load and work with students to help them select field education placements that meet their goals.
Graduates of our program have established themselves as strong agents of change who are grounded in direct clinical practice and committed to social and transformative justice in their work with others. Areas in which graduates are currently working include child welfare, community mental health, corrections, disaster response, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, housing, juvenile justice, medicine, public health, public policy and school social work.
Alumni Career Examples
- Ombudsman for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
- Oncology Social Worker, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Social Worker, Unaccompanied Minors Program, Lutheran Social Services
- School Social Worker, Brookline Public Schools
- METCO Coordinator, Cohasset Public Schools
- Social Worker/Volunteer Coordinator, Health Leeds, Baltimore, MD
- Program Associate, Children's Aid Society of New York, Family Rewards Program
- Mental Health Consultant, Children's Hospital Boston
- Director, LGBT Services, MIT Office of Student Life
- Emergency Room Social Worker, Children's Hospital Boston
- Founder/CEO, Osiris Group Mental Health Provider, Boston
- Constituency services coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
- Management and policy analyst, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
- Social Worker, Visiting Nurse Service of New York City, Mobile Community Support Team
- Director of Volunteer Services, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Newton, MA
- CEO and President, LBD Counseling & Consulting Clinic, Randolph, MA
- Social Worker, St. Francis House Homeless Shelter
- Domestic Violence Advocate, Brigham and Women's Hospital Passageways Program, Boston, MA
SW407: Community Politics: Urban Leadership Program students only.
This course orients students to the structure and function of government at the federal level. Topics include an introduction to key concepts of government and the relationship of federal, state, and local levels. Current news and events will help illustrate how work gets done. 0 credits. If the needs of the Urban Leadership students are fulfilled, this class may be open to interested MSW students.
SW408: Oral Presentation Skills: Urban Leadership Program students only.
Social Workers often need skills in public speaking to effectively perform their roles. In case presentations, board meetings, legislative hearings, and team meetings, social workers must communicate their ideas in a clear and succinct manner. This course addresses the basics of public speaking, types of speeches, and helps prepare students for presentations that are either prepared or spontaneous. 0 credits.
SW451: Leadership Skills for Social Work Practice (required for Urban Leadership students) Urban Leadership Students only.
The course will expose students to a working definition of leadership and the various contexts in which leadership skills are exercised. Beginning with a vision of leadership, students will have the opportunity to examine their own leadership skills, learn to understand leadership in an urban organizational context, explore leadership practices in multicultural environments and reflect on their own multiple identities and their influence on leadership. In addition, the similarities between social work skills and leadership skills will be discussed. This course meets the requirement for a social action course. Must be concurrent with SW446B.
SW452: Leadership in Action for Social Work Practice (required for Urban Leadership students) Urban Leadership Students only.
This course will deepen students understanding of systemic interdependency and highlight the importance of strengths as a mechanism for transformation and change. Students will examine processes associated with varying contexts for social work leadership organizations as well as at the community and local grassroots level. Students will also critically examine emerging scholarship relevant to social justice leadership framework such as principled leadership and transformational leadership. Collaborative organization and community assessment and capacity development will provide students with opportunities to explore key course concepts in the field directly. Prerequisite: SW451. Must be concurrent with SW447B.
SW530: Introduction to Grant Writing: Urban Leadership Program students only.
This course exposes students to the principles and skills necessary for effective grant writing. Course topics include identifying the priorities of funders, developing ideas for a winning proposal, and writing succinctly and clearly. Each student prepares a grant proposal for the final course assignment. 0 credits. Required for all Year 2 Urban Leadership Program students concurrent with field placement.
SW531: Key Concepts for Fundraising and Development: Urban Leadership Program students only.
Raising unrestricted dollars for agency budgets is a crucial skill in today's practice world. Focusing on the practitioner as fundraiser, students will learn about social entrepreneurship and the key factors for making fundraising decision. 0 credits.
SW532: Demystifying Agency Budgets: Urban Leadership Program students only.
Direct practitioners are often confused by agency budgets. In this mini course you will learn to read and understand a standard agency budget. Emphasis will be on key indicators that guide reviewing budgets such as revenues, expenses, cash flow, restricted and unrestricted dollars. 0 credits.
SW534: Introduction to Supervision: Urban Leadership Program students only.
This mini course will focus on the fundamentals of supervision including assessment of supervisees, contracting, assignments, and supervision techniques and strategies. 0 credits.