The University of Tennessee College of Social Work offers a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Clinical Practice and Leadership that prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership. Geared toward working professionals, the DSW is an intensive accelerated program that enables students to satisfy all degree requirements in three years, without career disruption.
The post-MSW/MSSW Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) in clinical practice program is for individuals interested in advancing their clinical knowledge and becoming leaders in clinical practice. Advanced practitioners in social work are research-literate, reflective and professional leaders in their field. They are able to draw on a range of empirical, theoretical and professional sources of knowledge and take the lead on social work policy and practice innovations.
The DSW differs from other social work doctorates in that it is a professional practice degree, designed to prepare students for advanced clinical practice and advanced practice leadership. Geared toward working professionals, the DSW is an intensive accelerated program that enables students to satisfy all degree requirements in three years, without career disruption.
The curriculum focuses on advanced clinical practice, clinical research and advanced practice leadership.At the completion of the DSW program, graduates will be able to:
Real-time or synchronous courses will make extensive use of interactive video and instructional media. Asynchronous features of the course will facilitate the use of online learning resources to enable information sharing outside predetermined time constraints.
Students will spend one week each summer on the UT Knoxville campus engaged in intensive knowledge and skills development.
Dr. David Patterson
Contact the Doctoral Program
The University of Tennessee
College of Social Work
313 Henson Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-3333
Prospective Students contact::
Susan Bryant, Coordinator of Student Recruitment
UT CSW has been accredited continuously by the Council on Social Work Education since 1945.
The UT CSW DSW program is a member of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE) in Social Work.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
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