For Students


During each year of the Seattle University MSW program, students are matched and placed at approved social service agencies under the supervision of trained MSW Practicum Instructors. In addition, they participate in an integrative seminar with members of their cohort. The MSW program offers placements in more than 65 community sites. All students confer with the Field Director prior to placement.

The MSW program offers field placements in diverse settings such as: mental health counseling, children, youth, and family programs, hospitals/medical, addictions, school- based counseling, child welfare, gerontology, state and local justice systems, and many community-based programs that focus on immigrant/refugee mental and social health, LGBTQ services, domestic and gender-based violence, housing insecurity, and trauma.

Practicum Placement Site Examples

Asian Counseling and Referral Service 

Atlantic Street Center 

Catholic Community Services 

Comprehensive Life Resources 

Consejo Counseling and Referral Services 

Department of Children, Youth and Families 

Downtown Emergency Service Center 

Friends of Youth 

Harborview Medical Center 

International Community Health Services 

King County Department of Public Defense 

Navos CYF-West Seattle 

Navos-Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Program

Odessa Brown 

Perinatal Support Washington 

Seattle Children's Hospital 

Seattle Counseling Services 

Sound-multiple locations and units 

Swedish Cancer Institute 

Swedish-Seattle & Edmonds locations 

Therapeutic Health Services 

UW Medical Center Neurology and Neuro-Oncology 

Puget Sound VA Medical System 

Virginia Mason 

You Grow Girl 

...and many others!

Practicum Hours

Total Hours: Year 1

Students in the 2-Year MSW program complete 448 hours of practicum, 8 hours per day, 2 days per week. 

Total Hours: Year 2 and Advanced Standing

Students in their second year and Advanced Standing students complete 720 hours of practicum, 8 hours per day, 3 days per week. 

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