Seattle University offers social justice focused, community-based advanced clinical social work education.

Now Accepting Applications! Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative (WDI)

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This innovative program is designed to expand the number and diversity of mental health counselors, social workers and therapists in Washington state who serve individuals with severe mental health or substance use challenges. The initiative provides grants, up to $51,500, to students in advanced social work and counseling programs at 13 participating universities across the state in return for their service in approved community-based behavioral health or tribal agencies. Learn more here


Our social-justice focused, community-based Advanced Clinical MSW program is uniquely suited to prepare you for this workforce development initiative. Along with social justice theory, mental health diagnosis and treatment, and policy classes, you will take two years of practice courses which center social justice and build your skills in anti-oppressive practice. Learning is enhanced by small class size and professors who have community-based clinical experience. WDI scholars have a dedicated social work faculty member advisor who understands community-based behavioral health.


Still Accepting Applications for 2024!

Applications close Sunday, May 19, pending space.

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Social Justice Statement

Program Options

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2-Year MSW

A full-time, cohort-based, social justice-focused MSW program. 

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Advanced Standing MSW

For applicants who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare. 

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Learn about practicum details and requirements for both MSW program options. 

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Sub-Specialization Opportunities

Learn about sub-specialization opportunities for both MSW program options. 

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Council on Social Work Education

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Faculty Reading List

Check out our Seattle U Social Work Faculty Reading List; each selection has impacted our faculty members in their social work careers. 

One MSW student’s ADHD-approved schoolwork tips

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We are already in the winter quarter, which many students agree is the most challenging of the year. To help, here are some of my ADHD-approved study tips that have helped me during my time in the MSW program!
Jan 4, 2024

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Why social work? What sets apart a social work program from other similar graduate programs?


With the world figuratively and literally on fire, the world needs social workers more than ever, particularly social workers to work directly with people in clinical settings. But why clinical social workers? What sets us apart from other clinicians and counselors from Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling Psychology programs?
Oct 17, 2023

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"Self-Care A-Z: Self-Care Is a Big Deal"

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Read the article from the New Social Worker Magazine on the necessity of re-evaluating and prioritizing self-care as social work practitioners.
Dec 6, 2023

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