The American Indian and Alaska Native (Al/AN) Concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced social work practice with AI/AN populations. The concentration grounds students in the historical and contemporary issues facing Native populations from a cultural, policy, and practice perspective.

The concentration has three tracks to choose from: 

Direct Practice: Trauma Informed: for students who plan to work with AI/AN communities coping with trauma through a direct practice lens

Direct Practice: Behavioral Health: for students who plan to work with AI/AN communities experiencing mental health and substance abuse conditions through a direct practice lens

Community Track: for students who plan to work in community building, capacity development, leadership and asset building in AI/AN tribes and communities

Concentration Requirements: 21 Credits

  • Indigenous Knowledge, Values, and Cultures (3 credits)
  • AI/AN Social Welfare Policies and Administrative Practices (3 credits)
  • Indigenous Mental Health Practice (3 credits)
  • Community Development with AI and other Indigenous Communities (3 credits)
  • Social Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits) or Evaluation of Programs and Services     (3 credits)
  • Leadership and Management of Organizations (3 credits) or Human Service Organizations: Theories, Concepts, Issues (3 credits)
  • One additional practice-focused course, to be determined based on your track of choice   (3 credits)

You will also have 9 elective credits, which can be used to broaden your expertise through courses such as:

  • Fundamentals of Community Organizing (1 Credit)
  • Differential Diagnosis (3 credits)
  • Core Concepts in Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • Theoretical Approaches to Interpersonal Violence Across the Life Course (3 credits)
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