The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University has announced a new Clinical Doctorate in Social Work (DSW), to begin in Fall 2022. The 45-credit program, designed to be completed within three years, is tailored for experienced post-MSW clinicians who are either currently in direct practice with a client base or are administrators of clinical programs.

“With opportunities for social work professionals expected to grow by 13% over the next seven to 10 years, there is no better time to earn this prestigious credential,” said Dr. Sari Skolnik, DSW program director. “Students who complete our DSW program will have been taught the kinds of critical thinking and scholarship skills needed to create leaders in the social work profession.”

Distinct from Ph.D. programs that emphasize social work research and research skill development, the clinical emphasis of the Wurzweiler DSW focuses on transforming practicing social workers into top-notch evidence-based clinicians who will become the next generation of leaders in social service agencies and educators in clinical social work education.

Offering both live online and hybrid classes, with full- and part-time options, the doctoral program incorporates historical, contemporary and emerging clinical theories and therapy models for direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, families and groups. The curriculum coursework, delivered across eight semesters over a three-year period and culminating in a Grand Challenge independent project, consists of evidence-based clinical practice, research, ethics, and educational pedagogies and practices in the area of clinical social work.

Applicants to Wurzweiler’s Clinical DSW program require an MSW and minimum of two years of supervised direct practice in a social service and/or mental health service provider.

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The Wurzweiler School of Social Work opened its doors at Yeshiva University in 1957 as America's only graduate social work school under Jewish auspices in a university setting. Wurzweiler continues to actively recruit and welcome a religiously, ethnically, racially and culturally diverse student body whose graduates meet the needs of local, national, and international communities. Beginning as a school of social work for group workers for Jewish communal service agencies, Wurzweiler then offered a full casework sequence as well as a specialization in community social work. In 1984, the curriculum was reorganized to meet emerging needs in the field, while additional changes reflected evolving accreditation standards. The school initiated doctoral studies in 1966, granting the degree DSW, Doctor of Social Welfare. In April 2000, after an intensive self-study and external review, the New York State Department of Education approved changing the degree designation to Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare. Wurzweiler is now also offering a clinical DSW degree, approved by the New York State Department of Education as Doctor of Social Work. The school’s accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education was recently reaffirmed through June 2025.
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