In addition to the traditional MSW courses, accepted students must satisfactory complete two required courses within their academic program:
- SWRK 7830: Advanced Mental Health Practice with Veterans, an advanced clinical mental health practice course on PTSD, Suicide Assessment, and Depression and other mental health problems veterans frequently face. This course is only offered in the Fall semester.
- SWRK 7770: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for mental health problems (e.g. depression) that is approved and used by the Veterans Administration. The course is offered in the Fall or Spring semester.
Both of these specialty courses will provide enhanced training for MSW students seeking a career path in veteran affairs
Rotational Field Seminars
The purpose of a Rotational Field Seminar model is to offer enhanced value-added learning opportunities for MSW students in order to pursue specialized mental health skills, practice and competence to work with veterans, families, and military personnel. The Rotational Field Seminars provide students with professional development experiences that offer them the opportunity to learn from and with each other. Seminars serve to integrate field and didactic learning, to introduce students to other areas of military social work, to promote networking and learning from local experts in the VAMC, and to create a broader veteran’s service network.
Standardized Clinical Patient Training
- Controlled environment where students develop their approach to veteran care.
- Clinical practice of assessment, diagnostic, and interpersonal skills.
- Reliable and valid quality assurance to assess learners on their progress.
- Digital video of clinical sessions are accessible to students online.
Zvi D. Gellis, PhD
Director, Ann Nolan Reese Penn Aging Certificate
215 746 5487