Social Work Major

Minor in Behavioral Health

Carlow University students from all majors can add a minor in Behavioral Health.  This minor will prepare students to work in both behavioral health organizations and in settings where behavioral health impacts clients and communities such as in healthcare, education, criminal justice and advocacy.

Students in this minor will learn about the profession of Social Work including how to develop cultural competence in working with diverse populations.  They will explore the individual and community context of behavioral health as well as learn about case management.  Two specific elective courses focused on topics such as practice with groups and families, crisis intervention, substance abuse or the forensic context will further prepare students to work in this arena.

All 18 credits must be completed with a grade of C or higher to earn the minor degree.

Notable Courses

SW 214 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

An introduction to theories of human behavior related to how personality, environment, and culture interact with one another to shape the individual. The life cycle of individuals is reviewed in the context of families, groups, and larger social systems including the cultural, social, and physical environment. This knowledge is useful to social workers and other practitioners in dealing with problem situations, whether created by individuals or by environmental factors. 

SW 270 Cultural Awareness for Human Service Professionals

An introduction to an intersectional approach to ethnic and cultural groups. In the course, students will learn to apply and communicate an understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences relevant to all levels of Social Work practice. Using a paradigm that recognizes the role of oppression and discrimination, students will develop self-awareness and self-regulation skills to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.

SW 302 Social Work with Individuals

An exploration of the basic knowledge, values, and skills of the profession of social work. The student becomes familiar with theoretical knowledge, develops basic interviewing skills, and utilizes value clarification to understand what is involved in effective, ethical social work practice and case management in a diverse society.