Social Work


Master of Social Work Concentration Areas

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse concentration incorporates various methods and systems of practice to prepare students to work with individuals, families, groups and the community at large. This concentration prepares graduates to work in settings ranging from school to community-based organizations and from mental health clinics to the criminal justice system.

Graduates of this program will have the knowledge, the skills and the values to deliver alcohol and substance abuse counseling and to perform assessment; clinical evaluation; treatment planning; case management; and client, family and community education. In addition, they will become completely familiar with their professional and ethical responsibilities as well as the documentation process.

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse concentration has been designed in conjunction with the New York State Department of Education’s requirements for the Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC).
Students who successfully complete the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Concentration will be prepared to meet the New York State Department of Education requirements for the CASAC, a sought-after credential.

Child and Family Welfare

The Child and Family Welfare concentration will provide educational curriculum to students interested in working in an interdisciplinary context with children and their families. This concentration was developed with input from the Nassau County Department of Social Services, the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Family and Children's Association and other community-based organizations' personnel. It incorporates the knowledge, values and skills that professionals need to effectively work with children and their families across a broad range of social issues and in multiple settings. After completing their first-year M.S.W. coursework, students will develop their understanding about policies and services specific to children and families, family violence across the lifespan, community-based practice with children and families, and childhood psychopathology.

Forensic Social Work

Forensic social workers perform a vital public service in guiding their clients through the daunting and ever-changing legal system. These professionals possess a firm grasp of the civil, criminal and juvenile justice systems, along with a profound understanding of how socioeconomic, cultural, religious, and other aspects of their clients’ lives may impact access to legal services.

To meet a growing national interest in forensics (the application of physical science, mental health, technology and the legal system) and a growing recognition of the complex interplay between social, clinical, and legal services, the Department of Health and Human Services offers a Forensics Social Work concentration within the 60-credit Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program.

As a graduate of the Master of Social Work Program with the concentration in Forensic Social Work, you will be exceptionally prepared to apply the principles of social work to the legal system, including applicable local, state and federal laws; civil and criminal courts and the juvenile justice system; law enforcement agencies; and correctional facilities. Your clients may be children or adults, individuals or families, organizations or communities. Their legal difficulties may involve child custody and parental rights issues due to domestic violence and neglect and crimes relating to mental illness and substance abuse. They may face arrest and incarceration, be imprisoned or hospitalized, or be on probation or parole.

The Forensic Social Work concentration prepares you to serve all of these populations, by identifying societal issues and their impact on your clients; screening, assessing and counseling your clients; planning and implementing interventions; making client referrals; and otherwise serving as effective advocates for diverse and at-risk clients, who may range from individual children or adults to organizations or communities.

By taking one additional course students will have the option of completing a New York State Advanced Certificate in Forensic Social Work while earning their M.S.W.


Students in the Gerontology concentration will show an intellectual mastery of and demonstrate the professional ability to competently respond to the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of older people and the major issues, concepts and theories related to late-age functioning. Students who choose this concentration may choose one of two tracks: direct client service through senior community service, or leadership in long-term care administration.

The senior community service track incorporates both clinical and administrative content areas. Students in this track will learn to plan and to develop community services for older adults; perform intervention, develop treatment plans and understand and manage issues of death, bereavement and loss.

Those who take the long-term care administration track will gain an in-depth understanding of health care facility administration, health care financing, legal issues in health and personal management. The long-term care administration track meets most of the academic requirements for eligibility for the Nursing Home Administrator’s licensing examination in New York State.

As an added benefit, graduates of either Gerontology track may also qualify for a New York State Advanced Certificate by taking just one additional course, which is offered by Long Island University.

NonProfit Management

The concentration in Nonprofit Management provides students with the knowledge, the values and the skills to work effectively and to administer programs in virtually any segment of the social service community – from child welfare to health and mental health – and in a variety of programs that address a broad range of social issues from hunger and homelessness to women at risk. Upon completion of the concentration in Nonprofit Management, graduates may also qualify for an Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Management by taking just one additional course, which is offered by the School of Business.

*The Gerontology and Nonprofit Management concentrations are offered in collaboration with the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) programs at the LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn Campuses, both of which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).