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Individualized Concentration


This concentration allows students to focus their coursework on policies, practice methods and issues affecting their unique professional interests.

The Individualized path is designed to support students whose  interests in a particular population or issue are not represented within our existing concentrations. With the help of their faculty advisor and the Individualized concentration chair, students will have the support they need to craft a cohesive curriculum that reflects their professional goals and interests while fullfilling critical social work  competencies.

Students who individualize their concentration may elect to combine two concentrations or designate their own course of study. Students will structure their concentration using a pre-approved curriculum model; this approach ensures that coursework addresses each of the core competencies necessary for a career of comprehensive and sustainable impact.

Concentration Requirements: 21 Credits

Students will work with an advisor to select coursework that meets the unique needs of their chosen population while fulfilling the following competencies:

  • Theory, Problems, and Issues (3 credits)
  • Social Policy (3 credits)
  • Practice Methods (9 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (3 credits)
  • Evaluation (3 credits)

You will also have 9 elective credits, which can be used to broaden your expertise in other areas or to pursue additional electives aligned with your concentration.

Concentration Practicum

The MSW program requires 600 hours of concentration practicum (in addition to 360 hours of foundation practicum). The concentration practicum must take place in an agency aligned with the individualized concentration’s focus.

Trish Kohl

Concentration Chair

Ryan Lindsay is the Assistant Dean for Social Work and an associate professor of practice at the Brown School, where he also serves as the chair of the Individualized concentration. leader in clinical treatment of mental illness, Lindsay's academic and practice interests center around improving access ttrauma-informed and evidence-based mental health services.


Meriel Shire

Featured Graduate

“Creating an individualized concentration allowed me to center my classes and practicum experience around the women’s health issues most important to me. I was able to fulfill many course requirements with classes that dealt directly with policies and practices impacting women’s health, as well as create a unique toolbox of tailored skills and experiences.”



—Meriel Shire, MSW/MPH ’15, Clinic Improvement & Linking Specialist, Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens, North Carolina
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