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Clinical Social Work Practice

Develop your practice, grow your career.

Our clinical social work practice certificates, focus on areas most requested by social workers, agencies and human service providers. Each specialization is a deep-dive into an area of social work practice.

Certificates provide graduate education and formal credentials.If you plan on applying to our an MSW, you'll need this certificate and one in Advanced Social Work Practice.

Admission Requirements

  1. A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from an accredited/recognized institution.
  2. A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
  3. The equivalent of two years of full-time paid work or a minimum of 3,000 hours of paid and/or volunteer work in the human services field by the application deadline.
    What is relevant social work and human service experience? 
  4. English Language Proficiency

    Offers of admission are valid for the term to which you apply.


Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups

Fall 2025: Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups

Learn how to lead and master therapeutic/transformative conversations with clients and other professionals across a wide range of clinical and social problems. You'll also learn how to help persons move from maintaining the status quo toward preferred ways of living and working.

Two Calgary residencies 

Trauma Informed Practice

Fall 2025 and Fall 2026: Trauma-Informed Practice

Change the way you think about your practice. Trauma-informed care provides a critical lens for clinical social work. Most people have had traumatic experiences, so recognizing the impact of trauma is central to professional practice. You'll learn to recognize the impacts of trauma in various contexts and provide appropriate social work interventions and supports.

Fall 2025: Two Edmonton residencies 
Fall 2026: Two Calgary residencies 

On Campus & Online

Certificates are offered mostly online. You'll be required to attend two on campus residencies at our Calgary or Edmonton campus.

Online courses consist of a mix of real time classes at set times and learning that can be done on your own schedule.

Internet access

You'll require regular access to an internet connection, and you'll need a camera and microphone.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, but not required.

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8 months

You'll begin your Certificate studies in the fall semester (September), and the total completion time is eight months.

You'll follow the UCalgary academic calendar and be given specific assignment deadlines.

Degree Award

Your degree must be awarded prior to the start of the program. We cannot accept a letter of completion as a replacement for degree award. Your final transcript noting your degree must be received by June 30.

How to apply?

Applications open: Jan. 15, 2025
Deadline: April 16, 2025

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Test scores, if applicable

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Earned your BSW abroad?

If you completed an undergraduate degree in Social Work or equivalent in another country (outside Canada/USA), you must have your degree assessed by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) as equivalent to a Canadian BSW, prior to applying to the MSW program.

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