SW-630: Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis
This course explores major forms of emotional distress in adults, children, and youth. The course also provides an introduction to clinical syndromes in terms of diagnostic methodology, research and social concerns and their implications for at-risk groups. This introductory course will familiarize social work students with major mental disorders. Since mental health issues are ubiquitous in social work settings and practice, either directly in micro practice, or indirectly in macro practice, it is appropriate that all social workers, regardless of concentration or specialization, be acquainted with the language, conceptualizations, and developments in the study of Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5) is used as the organizing framework for this course. In this course, students will critically examine the DSM and its relevance for social work practice. Interactive exercises, activities, case studies, and other assignments emphasize ethical practice that engages diversity and difference through the lens of human rights and social and economic justice. Students demonstrate competence in the knowledge, values and skills necessary to engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research. The course also emphasizes professional comportment and development
Prerequisite: Admission to MSW Program.