The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Social Work Practice prepares MSW graduates to practice clinical social work using social work principles and methods to assist in the treatment of mental and emotional conditions of individuals, families, or groups.   The 15-credit graduate certificate uses the MSW program elective sequence as a platform for developing advanced knowledge and skills for clinical social work practice and partially preparing students for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Alaska.  Courses are offered on a two-year rotation, including evening, weekend, and summer intensives.

Please note the Certificate program is separate from the MSW program and requires two applications:

  • The Graduate Certificate Application must be submitted to the School of Social Work
  • The UAA Application for Admission to a Certificate Program must be submitted to Enrollment Services


Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Social Work Practice must:

1) Be in the concentration year of the UAA MSW Program or have completed an MSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE);
2) Have a cumulative graduate grade average of B or higher (3.00 on a 4.00 scale);
3) As part of the Application, provide a written summary of social work practice experience and career goals; and
4) Be eligible for licensure in Alaska.

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS                                   Total = 15 credits

Required Courses  (7 credits)    

SWK A651 - Mental Health and Substance Abuse
SWK A663 - Clinical Social Work with Children and Adolescents
SWK A664 - Clinical Social Work with Adults

3 cr
2 cr
2 cr
Plus completion of 8 credits from the following options:    
SWK A656 - Treatment of Families
SWK A665 - Comparative Group Work
SWK A667 - Clinical Group Therapy
SWK A672 - Social Work with Families and Couples
3 cr
3 cr
2 cr
2 cr

Up to three (3) credits may be taken from other approved graduate level clinical course(s) that help prepare students for clinical social work practice.  Alaska Statute 08.95.990(2) defines “clinical social work” as the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders and the use of techniques of applied psychotherapy of a nonmedical nature while practicing social work.  Other clinical courses that include content consistent with this definition must be approved by the Certificate Program Coordinator.

Certificate Completion Requirements
Students enrolled in the graduate certificate program are required to complete the curriculum requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.

Student Outcomes
The program is designed to expand knowledge and skills for students preparing for clinical social work practice.  Students demonstrate their abilities to:

1.   Practice clinical social work within the legal and ethical standards of the profession.
2.   Enhance the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and groups who seek their services.
3.   Engage, assess, diagnose and intervene on behalf of clients guided by practice theories and empirically-supported practice knowledge.
4.   Maintain professional integrity in all aspects of their practice.
5.   Recognize practice limitations and seek appropriate clinical supervision and education to increase/enhance professional competence. 
6.   Develop a concept and a plan for their future professional development. 

Download the Graduate Certificate Application

Find information regarding Graduate Certificate in Social Work Management

Chad Morse, Certificate Program Coordinator
(907) 786-6904

School of Social Work

3211 Providence Drive
Gordon Hartlieb Hall, Suite 106
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

(907) 786-6900