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Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
300 Airdale Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-1697
Phone: 610-520-2600
Fax: 610-520-2655
socialwork@brynmawr.edu

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Certificate Programs

Social Work and Law Certificate

SWL Certificate Overview
The Social Work and Law Certificate is offered to students currently enrolled in the MSS program and explores the issues and professional challenges for practice in areas where law and social work overlap. Students learn the legal context of social work practice, acquire an understanding of the American legal system and develop competency in legal analysis in preparation for addressing the “socio-legal” dimensions of professional practice. Child welfare, mental health, housing, public interest advocacy, health, and immigration are a few illustrative areas where the law’s role in framing problems and intervention is all too apparent, and the Social Work and Law Certificate supplies a rigorous, practical foundation for work in these and other areas. The knowledge and skills acquired in this certificate program are relevant to practitioners at all levels – those who work with individuals, families or groups, or with communities or organizations, or in the policy and program development arena.

SWL Certificate Application
Students may apply to enroll in the certificate in conjunction with their application to the MSS program, or at any point before the end of their Foundation Practice curriculum.

SWL Courses
Students must complete the following courses:

  • Legal Process and Social Work (SOWK 601)
  • Legal Research Strategies and Socio-Legal Advocacy Roles (SOWK 609)

Social Work and Law Special Project
The Social Work and Law Special Project is a capstone project, completed in conjunction with SOWK 609 and focuses on a topic selected by the student in consultation with Professor Albert, who supervises the completion of students’ work.

Contact for SWL Certificate: Raymond Albert | 610.526.2636


Organizational Behavior and Management Certificate

OBM Overview
The Organizational Behavior and Management Certificate is offered to students currently enrolled in the MSS program. This Certificate focuses on the role of individuals with organizational leadership responsibilities and emphasizes the close relationship between organizational behavior and the practice of management. Activities that are the focus of attention include: leading, planning, strategizing, organizing, supervising, and evaluating within the context of a particular organization and system.

OBM Application
Students may apply to enroll in the certificate in conjunction with their application to the MSS program, or at any point before the end of their Foundation Practice curriculum.

OBM Courses
Students must complete the following courses:

  • Organizational Behavior: An Introduction to the Art and Science (SOWK 557)
  • Managing the Work of Others (SOWK 558)

Organizational Behavior and Management Capstone Project
The capstone project is to be practical, possible and have the articulated support of the field education organization, field instructor and student. The project proposal must be submitted to and approved by the faculty teaching the above two courses by October 31. It should occupy ½ day per week of students’ time.

To have this accomplishment noted on the transcript, students must complete the capstone project, including a final paper summarizing and evaluating the work, by the end of their spring term prior to graduation.

Please refer to the GSSWSR Catalog for the OBM Certificate proposal form, guidelines, and examples.

Contact for OBM Certificate: Toba Kerson | 610.526.2632