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  School of Social Work 2019-2021 Degree Programs Doctorate in Social Work (D.S.W.)  

Doctorate in Social Work (D.S.W.)

The Rutgers doctorate in social work (D.S.W.) program transforms social work clinicians into scholars by challenging students to contextualize their practice using theories and research drawn from multiple disciplines. Because multidisciplinary knowledge and social justice intertwine at the heart of social work scholarship, we challenge students to grow beyond loyalties to one modality or perspective. The D.S.W. builds on seasoned clinicians' practice experience by cultivating their ability to present, publish, and create multimedia projects to disseminate their practice-relevant scholarship. The successful student tolerates ambiguity, engages with scholarly critique, thinks critically and creatively about clinical practice, and shares their insights in a professional manner.

Weekend Residencies for Working Practitioners

Each year consists of nine on-site residencies and two online residencies The on-site residency sessions will include lectures, seminars, writing workshops, case presentations, meetings with faculty and advisers, and participation in research interest groups. Each day of a residency consists of two three-hour modules--one morning and one afternoon. Our modular approach provides the flexibility for students to learn from a multitude of faculty with a broad array of expertise and allows our faculty (drawn from across the disciplines, institutions, and nations) to focus instruction on what they do and know best. Our instructors are deep thinkers from a variety of fieldswho have attainedconsiderable influence in their areas, and thus serve asaspirational role models for experienced practitioner doctoral education.

Coursework is grounded inthreeintegrated sequences: foundation (training in theory development and research skills); clinical practice (use and critique of clinical theories); and engaged scholarship (writing, clinical, and research proseminars). Graduation requires successful completion of 54 credits andis completed in three years. The program builds on students' initial case studies, which are completed in thefirst year. Formulating the case study helps students to develop critical thinking skills needed to draw on the scholarly literature and to understand case material in a new way. This becomes the foundation for developing qualitative inquiry skills and enhancing writing skills in thesecond yearof the program. Thefinal year culminates in a multimedia project that allows students to disseminate their work while also engaging with the greater scholarly community. These three projects make up a portfolio that is required for graduation in lieu of a traditional dissertation. Through the curriculum and assignments, the D.S.W. doctoral degree prepares graduates to address complex practice issues using critical perspectives and nuance, and enables themto become more sophisticated practitioners, teachers, and consumers and creators of scholarship.

AFocus on Writing

We have designed an innovative writing-intensive curriculum that offers our students the unique opportunity to engage in guided writing and revision with experienced writing professors. Students will learn strategies for writing publishable material as they progress in the program, and professionalize and distinguish themselves through their writing. Additionally, students will create and maintain their own professional website to be interlinked with the D.S.W. website, as both a digital home for continued scholarship and a venue for conversation among peers, and they will get an opportunity to practice establishing a web presence, while learning critical digital literacy skills.

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