Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups

Offered Fall 2025

On Campus & Online

This certificate is offered mostly online. You'll be required to attend two on campus residencies at our Calgary 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.

Learn the art and science of listening and talking

This certificate focuses on how to facilitate a change toward individuals, families and whole groups. The course work focuses on practicing interpersonal behaviours using a social work lens of context and justice.

You'll 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.

In your studies, you'll learn how to speak about the discourses and (in)justices that contribute to keeping problems unresolved. You'll also be shown ways how to study your own clinical work with individuals, families and groups.

Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups: Courses

Clinical Work with Individuals

In this course, you'll concentrate on what works in helping clients achieve a real change. This will be done by critically studying and practising the major approaches.

You'll also develop your own style of engaging with clients and create the environment for relief and movement toward preferred ways of living with others.

Clinical Work with Families

This course will concentrate on helping you make the necessary and correct shift to view family problems as relational problems.

You'll learn listening and conversation practices that will help families join together and live harmoniously while facing the tasks of development and growth.

Clinical Work with Groups

This course will teach you how to keep the interpersonal process as a medium of change at the forefront.

You'll focus on relational dynamics in a group and observe what is occurring among people in order to address problematic and change processes.

You'll learn how to apply these powerful conversations to all kinds of problems, areas and populations.

Clinical Work with Other Professionals

In this course, you'll learn how to analyze and understand interprofessional processes which take place in your work with clients so that you can make meaningful conversations with co-professionals. These conversations will benefit clients and help professionals meet their mandates.

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.



An important part of your graduate certificate experience are the skill-building residencies, where you apply the knowledge and theory you've learned.

Two on campus Calgary residencies 

On Campus Scheduled Dates

  • Sept. 19 - 20, 2025 (On campus)
  • Nov. 21 - 22, 2025 (Virtual)
  • Jan. 23 - 24, 2026 (On campus)
  • March 27 - 28, 2026 (Virtual)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
*there are regularly scheduled online lectures weekday evenings in addition to residencies
Note: residency dates are tentative and subject to change

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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