Specialized Training Opportunities
NYU Silver is distinct from many other MSW programs in that we do not require students to choose a concentration or specialization. Students may, however, pursue one of our specialized training opportunities, which pair specialized practicum placements with related seminars and/or classroom learning.
Our Child & Adolescent Maltreatment Prevention (CHAMP) Institute and School Social Work Training Academy (SSWTA) are open to selected incoming MSW students. Specializations in Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders, Palliative Care and End of Life Care, Higher Education, and Healthy Aging are only open to MSW students entering their final year.
The CHAMP Institute
MSW students with a passion for preventing child maltreatment have a unique opportunity to develop advanced skills and experience and receive a stipend for their efforts through our CHAMP Institute. Funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, NYU Silver’s CHAMP Institute aims to support the development of a social work workforce that is trauma-informed and prepared for careers in child welfare prevention. MSW students selected as CHAMP Institute Fellows participate in specialized coursework, seminars and practicum placements that provide the knowledge, skills and experience needed to serve traumatized children and prevent child maltreatment.
School Social Work Training Academy
MSW students seeking to make an immediate, meaningful impact in the lives of New York City schoolchildren are able to acquire advanced skills and experience and boost their employability through NYU Silver’s School Social Work Training Academy. Created in partnership with the New York City Public Schools, the SSWTA provides specialized coursework and practicum placements, seminars with experts in the field, and includes technology-based training opportunities to prepare NYU Silver MSW students for careers shifting the trajectories of New York City students toward academic, social and career success.