The Simmons Social Work Program aims to prepare practitioners with the knowledge and skills for clinical social work practice in a multicultural world. The Program is grounded in a values perspective that emphasizes client strengths and diversities and actively opposes all forms of oppression and injustice. The educational experience is designed to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, as well as ethical and cultural sensitivity, self-awareness, and a professional identity as a social worker.
"The well-rounded clinical foundation I got at Simmons has prepared me for any social work position. The school exposed me to many different practices and therapies and helped me to find my voice. If you're looking to do clinical practice, there is no better place to be."
—Nathan Brewer '10 M.S.W.
Students will learn multiple social work roles and skills necessary to be effective within evolving fields of practice. Graduates will be able to work with a variety of populations and social issues, using a broad and flexible array of interventions at an advanced level. They will be able to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities to facilitate development and change in the service of social justice.
Defining Clinical Social Work Practice
A Definition of Clinical Social Work Practice: A disciplined process for collaboration, in service of social, emotional, and behavioral change for individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities. Clinical social work draws on knowledge of human development, relational and group process, cultural learning, and social policies. It employs evidence-informed methods that facilitate change through dialogue and collective action. It is grounded in a history of commitment to social justice and guided by a professional code of ethics.
The Simmons MSW
Exceptional Preparation in Clinical Social Work, Scholarship, and Social Action
Simmons's nationally regarded Master of Social Work Program provides a rigorous clinical social work education for women and men. The Program is highly respected for its fieldwork component, with internships three days per week in both years of the Program. We offer a progressive, hands-on curriculum that infuses education and practice with social justice values and multicultural perspectives. Small classes, a collaborative environment, and accessible faculty make the Simmons experience personal and supportive.
The Simmons M.S.W. Program reflects our commitment 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.