The Social Work Practice Doctorate

Lina Hartocollis, Ram A. Cnaan, Kate Ledwith

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This article provides a systematic review of the emerging practice doctorate in social work. Based on the experience of the first such Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program, we provide information regarding the program origins and rationale, development, current structure, and future direction. Such information will enrich the discussion on the role and future of the social work practice doctorates and serve schools that are considering or planning to initiate DSW programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-642
Number of pages7
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • DSW
  • doctoral education
  • educational innovation
  • future of social work
  • higher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology


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