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Advancing Health and Wellbeing across the Adult Lifespan

Promoting physical, mental and behavioral health for all adults.

Students in the Advancing Health and Wellbeing across the Adult Lifespan ("A-WELL") specialization area are prepared for leadership in social work practice with a broad range of vulnerable adult populations.

A-WELL students are educated and trained in the assessment and intervention skills necessary to address a range of complex psychosocial, health and mental health issues affecting individuals and families throughout adulthood. Specialized training provides state-of-the-art knowledge for effective multilevel practice with adults, the elderly, and their families.

Field Placements

A-WELL students develop advanced practice and leadership skills through 1,100+ hours of hands-on experiential learning available at a wide variety of agencies in the highly diverse San Francisco Bay Area. Field placement settings include agencies serving older adults; adult protective services; community health centers and public health agencies; hospitals and clinics; inpatient community residential treatment; crisis intervention programs; and prevention programs.

Sample A-WELL Field Placements

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care
Alameda County Medical Center
Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay
Bay Area Community Services
Berkeley Mental Health
Family Caregiver Alliance
Glide Community Housing
Harm Reduction Therapy Center
Hospice by the Bay
Institute on Aging
Kaiser Permanente

La Clinica de la Raza
Larkin Street Youth Services
Lifelong Medical Care
Marin County Community Mental Health
Napa State Hospital
Project Open Hand
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco Human Services Agency
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals
UCSF Memory & Aging Center
VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

Special Program Options

Concurrent Degree in Public Health (MSW+MPH)
Graduate Certificate in Aging
School Social Work Credential ("PPSC") Program
Social Work with Latinos Certificate (SWLC)

Fellowship and Funding Opportunities

Integrated Behavioral Health MSW Stipend Program
Stipend-based training program for students in eligible field placements providing behavioral health services integrated with, co-located with, or closely coordinated with primary care.

Latinx Center of Excellence Stipend Program
Stipend-based training program for students to support field education in a Latinx-serving organization.

Departmental Graduate Fellowships
Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services (CASAS) Fellowships; Rose Kleiner Memorial Award in Gerontology; Maxine W. Meldrum Fellowship; Mary O’Day Gerontology Fellowship; Riva Specht Memorial Fellowship; Tang Opportunity Fellowship in Mental Health; Wurzel Family Graduate Fellowship

  • For more information about fellowships and other financial support resources, please visit our Student Funding page.

A-WELL Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),

"Employment of healthcare, mental health, and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Healthcare social workers will continue to be needed to help aging populations and their families adjust to new treatments, medications, and lifestyles. Employment will grow as more people seek treatment for mental illness and substance abuse."

80% of Berkeley Social Welfare graduates find full-time employment within six months of graduation, and over 90% are currently working in social welfare or related careers. Challenging and rewarding leadership positions are available to A-WELL MSW graduates in a wide variety of nonprofit, public and private settings:

Sample Career Possibilities:
Addiction Treatment Specialist
Aging Specialist
Behavioral Health Care Coordinator
Clinical Social Worker
Community Mental Health Educator
Geriatric Care Manager
Hospice & Palliative Care Social Worker
Medical Social Worker
Mental Health Therapist
Patient Navigator
Social Service Program Manager/Director
Wellness Manager

Sample Job Settings:
Adult Protective Services
Community Mental Health Centers
Correctional Facilities
Employee Assistance Programs
Federally Qualified Health Centers
Hospitals & Health Systems
Public Social Service Agencies
Residential Care & Treatment Facilities
Senior Centers & Living Facilities
Schools, Colleges & Universities
Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
Veterans Services

A-WELL Connections

California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services (CASAS)
Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare
Mack Center on Mental Health and Social Conflict
Risk-Resilience Research

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