May 17, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Advanced Integrative Social Work and Nursing Practice Graduate Certificate

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The graduate certificate in Advanced Integrative Social Work and Nursing Practice focuses on micro clinical interventions, mezzo organizational systems of care and macro health care policy to promote wellness and recovery for individuals living with co-occurring health and mental health disorders. Course work applied to this certificate incorporates theories and models regarding primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, etiology and treatment of health and mental health related issues across systems of care. Students draw on theory, biopsychosocial assessment, diagnosis and treatment goals to select and implement evidence-supported interventions that focuses on the intersection of physical and mental health disorders and associated behaviors that may require complex intervention strategies. Social workers and nurses consider pertinent theory, client characteristics, intersecting health and mental health issues, client motivation and readiness for change, and client needs and desires to implement best interventions in accordance with their goals and available resources. Evidence-supported interventions, including medication adherence, retention in care and chronic disease self-management. This certificate enables graduates to work with clients to enhance the quality of health and mental health care.

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers university certificates that provide students advanced practice or research training through a social justice and intercultural competence lens that emphasizes community, organizational and environmental justice. Certificates are designed to complement and deepen training provided through our degree programs by focusing on experiential application of concepts in relation to particular and diverse client populations, settings, and systems. Each certificate consists of at least 12 units, which may in part be satisfied by courses completed for a degree program. Certificates are also available to graduate students from other disciplines and to employed professionals.

Required Courses:

A minimum of 6 units are required from course options listed below. The remaining 8 units can be selected in consultation with the program adviser. 

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