GSSWSR Publication: Ph.D. Candidates Sarah Slates and Carmen Moedano

January 5, 2023

Responding to the Psychosocial Experiences of First-Generation Master of Social Work (MSW) Students

Authors: Sarah Slates and Carmen Moedano

Source: Journal of First-generation Student Success, DOI: 10.1080/26906015.2022.2137444, Nov. 2022

Type of Publication: Article in a periodical

Abstract: In this Notes From the Field essay, we bring together clinical practice and administrative experiences to explore and anticipate the psychosocial experiences of first-generation MSW students. Our goal is to offer programmatic suggestions that reflect the strengths and challenges of first-generation graduate students in social work programs and beyond. We begin by highlighting the unique psychosocial experiences of students with a mix of brief case vignettes illustrating themes shared in clinical practice. We then outline responsive programmatic approaches including entry, first-year, and ongoing student support services within a graduate school of social work.

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