Violence and Injury Prevention Concentration | Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
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Violence and Injury Prevention Concentration


Students engage at both the clinical and macro levels on issues of interpersonal violence, including child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, youth violence and suicide.

This concentration is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the overlapping and interdisciplinary nature of interpersonal violence. Students will understand the complex relationship between forms of violence, as well as gain a systems-based perspective that addresses the role of families, communities, policies, and resource disparities in violence.

Tracks

Predesigned tracks within the concentration prepare students with the knowledge and experience to meet the unique needs of a specific population. The tracks also streamline your decisions about course selection. Students choose one of the following tracks:

  • Adolescents to Young Adults
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Women
  • Young Families/Children

Concentration Requirements: 21 Credits

  • Intimate Partner Violence: Theories, Problems and Issues (3 credits)
  • Three credits of policy-focused coursework, to be determined based on your track of choice
  • Nine credits of practice-focused coursework, to be determined based on your track of choice
  • Three credits of leadership- and management-focused coursework
  • Social Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits) or Evaluation of Programs and Services (3 credits)

You will also have 9 elective credits, which can be used to broaden your expertise through courses such as:

  • Theoretical and Empirical Bases for Practice with Children, Youth and Families (3 credits)
  • Integrated Mental and Behavioral Healthcare (1 credit)
  • Women’s Issues in Social Welfare and Social Work Practice (3 credits)

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 a setting related to violence and injury prevention.

Sample VIP practicum sites include:

  • ALIVE
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trauma Response Program
  • Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Safe Connections
  • St. Louis Crisis Nursery
  • Violence Prevention Center of Southwest Illinois
  • Washington University Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention


Melissa Jonson-Reid

Concentration Chair

Melissa Jonson-Reid is the Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work and the director of the School’s Center for Violence and Injury Prevention. Her research focuses on child maltreatment, with a practice background in child welfare and violence against women services.

April Houston

Featured Graduate

"I chose the Brown School to focus on international human rights and social justice issues, especially those related to women's rights and conflict-related sexual violence. I was hired by CARE to work on its sexual and reproductive health and rights team, a dream position which allows me to make the world a better place for girls and women.”



—April Houston, MSW/MPH ’17
Senior Program Officer, Care
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