Social Work


CAPS partnership with the UTA School of Social Work's Community and Administrative Practice Concentration is the choice of students interested in developing skills in designing, running, and evaluating programs in the community. It is based on the social work principle that the larger environment is a central part of the reason why individuals thrive or encounter problems and challenges to advancement. CAP students learn to engage in leadership roles within organizations and communities in order to improve the world.

The training opportunities graduate student’s will receive from CAPS exposes them to broad professional activities that exist in our service-oriented agency. Professional identity development and growth of the trainee are fostered through multiple outreach training experiences including a curriculum designed to deliver ethics, values and scope of practice. Trainees have the opportunity to develop close working relationships with many staff members and are exposed to diverse theoretical orientations and approaches.

CAPS provides advanced social work students with information, skills, and expertise relevant to social work practice in mental health and primary care in mental health integrated settings. Students specializing in Community and Administrative Practice focus on working with students in classroom and community outreach settings. Students learn how to help students understand mental illness and various treatment options, intervene in crisis situations, and serve as student advocates. In addition, students focus on the promotion of health and wellness at both the individual and community levels.

CAPS provides advanced social work students the opportunity to focus on assessment and intervention while training students to collaborate on recovery, and advocate for social justice for persons across the life span who have adverse childhood experiences that often result in mental and substance abuse disorders, as well as to deliver services and support policies to prevent such disorders.

Outreach Programming

The UTA Counseling and Psychological Services department supports emotional and personal growth while valuing intersecting identities of students served. Outreach offers you the opportunity to begin to put into action the skills, practice principles, and ethics you have learned in the classroom. CAPS offers a variety of outreach services to the university community with the goal of creating and maintaining a healthy, psychologically-minded student population. Our programming is geared towards primary prevention of mental illness, enhancement of academic success, and personal and social empowerment through awareness and knowledge. We also work to integrate multicultural and developmental perspectives into our programming to promote equity and be more inclusive and relevant to all students. Faculty, staff, and student organizations frequently request presentations. Additionally, interns represent the Student Counseling Center at university functions or awareness tabling events.
*Requirements for presentations will be dependent on available opportunities.

Practicum Supervision

UTA Counseling & Psychological Services provides practicum and clinical supervision experiences for Masters level Social Work students who focus on the Community and Administrative Practice concentration through the UTA School of Social Work.

In the fall, spring and summer semesters, interns will be the primary individual supervisee for a practicum therapist, with the intern’s provision of supervision being supervised by an LCSW-S. Responsibilities will include monitoring their supervisee’s outreach assignments, providing constructive feedback, evaluating their supervisee’s competence, professionalism and awareness of the intersectionality of diversity, and additional administrative responsibilities. Interns will meet with their practicum supervisor/field instructor one hour a week (with the exception of initial supervision meetings, evaluations, and termination meetings which may require longer supervision sessions).