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2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series

The Curricular Guide for Environmental Justice was developed by a task force of more than 60 national environmental justice experts to extend and enhance environmental justice content. Created through the support of the CSWE Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, the Curricular Guide for Environmental Justice includes generalist environmental justice competencies mapped to the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. This comprehensive guide is easy to use and includes resources for students, educators, and field supervisors to understand and implement environmental justice in the classroom and in practice. 

CSWE would like to give special thanks to Rachel Forbes, MSW (University of Denver), Cathryne Schmitz, PhD, MSW (University of North Carolina Greensboro), and the national task force members for their dedication and work on this resource.
The Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice is part of the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series. This guide is developed through the generous support of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the Council on Social work Education, and funding (in part) by grant no. 6H79TI080816 from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   
This guide is intended to equip social work educators or any other educators/trainers responsible for teaching future professionals to practice in substance use. The work highlights the dynamic and various settings, roles and practice areas where an understanding of substance use is key.  

The Curricular Guide for Addressing Homelessness, part of the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series, provides tools for expanding information about homelessness in baccalaureate and master’s programs and courses. Developed in partnership with the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services, a consortium of schools of social work, and with generous funding from the New York Community Trust, the guide is a resource to strengthen the context on homelessness in social work education and offer more opportunity to discuss how to address this topic.

The guide will help prepare future social workers to play a critical role in ending homelessness through effective leadership, research, and advocacy for evidence-based programs, housing supports, and state-of-the-art service provision. Social workers can offer a comprehensive response that addresses individual vulnerability as well as societal conditions contributing to homelessness.

Macro social work, as addressed in this guide, outlines three primary focus areas: organizational administration and management, community organizing, and policy practice. A unifying framework identifies commonalities while honoring the unique differences of each focus area.

This guide was developed through a partnership between CSWE and the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice, with generous support from the Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice.

Additional contributors are listed here.

This guide provides social work educators content information and strategies for educating students about social work licensure and regulation. The guide is designed to facilitate the integration of licensure and regulation education throughout social work curricula and programming. It can also be used as a resource to build student knowledge and reduce apprehension about the licensing process and social work regulation.

Most important, this guide is designed to encourage social work educators, students, and practitioners to join together to ensure the protection of public consumers of social work services through licensed and regulated practice.


Trauma-informed social work practice addresses the needs of individuals, families, and communities increasingly exposed to toxic and traumatic stress and confronts issues involving justice, obtaining legal redress, and seeking protection against further harm. This curricular guide confirms trauma-informed practice as an essential component of social work education and provides competency information and tools to prepare future social workers for today’s specialized practice demands.

This guide was made possible by the generous support of the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education at Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and the Council on Social Work Education.

Military social work as a field of practice and research is critical to the relevance of social work, the advancement of new career options, and leadership among helping professionals. As social workers continue to exert their central influence in wartime and its aftermath, a vigorous social work research agenda and appropriate training to effectively prepare military social workers are needed.

This document was developed through the generous support of the Cohen Veterans Network and the Council on Social Work Education. Learn more here

Economic well-being is outlined and context is offered that will articulate the relevance of the concept in social work and to social work practice. This guide further defines the components of economic well-being and links the concept to the nine competencies. The connections to the social work competencies are further explicated in a curricular map that links recommended curriculum materials to the essential knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and behaviors related to economic well-being that support each competency. Information about curricular resources is also provided, linked to the competencies. This resource will provide the guidance needed to feature economic well-being prominently in social work education and better prepare students for today’s practice demands.

This document was developed through the generous support of the New York Community Trust, the Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, Inc., and the Council on Social Work Education.


The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Social Work Leadership Institute, and CSWE are pleased to offer the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Gero Social Work Practice, the first of the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series, as a free download available here. The curriculum content and resources outlined in this guide are intended as resources to help programs conceptualize specialized practice in aging and infuse aging into their curricula. For each of the nine 2015 EPAS social work competencies, guide users can select from and access the suggested resources, including full descriptions of in-class exercises and assignments, by clicking on the associated URL. Our hope is that this will be an invaluable resource to faculty and field instructors who are educating students to work effectively with older adults and their constituencies (e.g., their informal and formal support systems).

Printed copies of the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guides are available for $15. Please e-mail or call 877-751-5053 to order a copy.

Other EPAS Curricular Resources


The Curricular Resource on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) was developed through a national workforce development initiative to integrate adolescent SBIRT education into social work curriculum through a partnership between CSWE and the NORC at the University of Chicago. Screening, brief ntervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of screening and early intervention for substance use. This resource maps SBIRT education to the nine social work competencies outlined in the 2015 EPAS. Using a competency-based approach, this guide infuses SBIRT content into undergraduate and graduate social work curricula. The development of this guide was supported by funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

The Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Care provides a foundation for integrating disability content into social work courses. It outlines how content on disability aligns with each of the nine 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards social work competencies and provides specific classroom resources for social work educators. Teaching resources are available in a companion Excel database spreadsheet and are searchable by type of resource and competency (accessible version available here). A webinar and video outlining the contents of the resource are also provided. Tips on how to use the resource and other background information is provided here
This resource was developed by the Disability-Competent Care Curriculum Workgroup in Collaboration with the Council on Disability and Persons With Disabilities and the Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, with generous support from Resources for Integrated Care.