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In response to need, ASU offers a graduate certificate in Latino cultural competency through the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions School of Social Work. The School of Social Work offers Latino-oriented courses with an emphasis on Spanish language development for professional social workers.
The goal of the program is to enhance a social work professional's capacity for engaging in culturally grounded practice with Latino clients and their families.
The program is intended for professionals who want to expand their employment potential by adding an expertise in professional services with Latinos and who want to learn the critical, cross-cultural factors that influence a worker's competency in forming professional helping relationships with Latinos as well as the social and cultural context and theoretical principles of social work practice with Latinos and learn the social service delivery issues involved in providing services for bilingual and limited- or non-English-speaking Latino populations.
The following is required for students enrolled in the Master of Social Work program:
At least three credit hours are required to be taken from within the School of Social Work.
Requirements for those already working in the field of social work as a community professional social worker and community worker are as follows:
Additional Curriculum Information
At least three credit hours of the Latino-oriented coursework are required to be taken from within the School of Social Work.
Students already working in the field of social work may petition to use their place of employment for the six credit hours of independent study field practice.
Students with a Master of Social Work or BSW degree who have completed SWG 533 in the past five years may substitute another Latino-oriented course.