Certified Diploma Program


Clinical Social Work

Local Capacity Building in Jordan
to Serve Psycho-social Needs

A Program of:

Common Bond Institute,
Queen Rania Center for Jordanian Studies and Community Service
Yarmouk University,
Michigan State University
, and

International Humanistic Psychology Association



> Mission:

To prepare local students with practical skills training and field experience in practical clinical social work treatment services enabling them to provide critical services to under-served and at-risk communities, including refugees.


> 2 Diploma Programs Offered:

1) A Concentrated 300-500 clock hour / 4 month curriculum:

Basic clinical social work skills classes and supervised field experience in the 1st semester, placed in psychosocial NGOs in Jordan and in CBI’s Disaster Health Care Field Clinics serving refugees.

2) An Expanded 900 clock hour / 9 Month curriculum:

Basic clinical social work skills classes and field experience in the 1st semester, and more concentrated supervised field experiences in the 2nd semester, placed in psychosocial NGOs in Jordan and in CBI’s Disaster Health Care Field Clinics serving refugees.


> Structure of Required Training Hours for Each Program:

1) In-class time: 3 classes X 3 sessions each per week = 9 class sessions per week
2) Assignments: (case presentations/studies, readings, on-line resources, multi-media, etc.)
3) Recording & documentation:
4) Supervision (group): 3 hrs per week (2 semesters)
5) Professional skills training workshops in professional conference
6) Field Work: Includes
   – Working in Disaster Health Care Field Clinics operated by Common Bond Institute
   – Placement in a local agency providing social work and psychosocial services

Courses cover theory, technique, knowledge, and practice that apply to general social work service delivery, with a strong interdisciplinary, community mental health orientation.
The program content includes a combination of classroom, virtual learning, supervision, and field work, and is designed to maximize exposure to and familiarity with services in the field.


> Schedule of Classes in the 1st Semester:
Course Classes are taught on Saturdays and in the afternoon and/or evening on 2 week days (i.e. 3 days per week).

> Class formats:  include a combination of these 2 modes:
– Traditional In-person class sessions on-campus in Jordan.
– Live 2-way Virtual class sessions, as utilized by most major universities
in the US and Europe.

> Faculty:
Composed of expert practitioners and instructors in social work and other psychosocial disciplines from partner organizations.

Field supervision is provided by on-site CBI faculty for a maximum 25 students.




For students in both:
Concentrated 300-500 clock hour program, and in
Expanded 900 clock hour program.
(A combination of training classes, supervision, and field work)

A. Formal Classes: (on-site classes, training intensives, and live virtual classes)
* Class sessions meet 3 X per week = 9 class sessions per week

1: Introduction to the Community Mental Health (CMH) model and Social Health Care SHC (SHC) models of service – psychosocial, holistic approaches, interdisciplinary team
Aim of the unit
– Theoretical knowledge and working understanding of the CMH and SHC service models.
– The unit will also provide a practical context in which to understand prevention and intervention targets and practice of the models in addressing multi-problem and complex psychosocial needs of at-risk populations through a holistic perspective, and will illustrate its application with case examples.

2: Clinical Social Work Case management
Aim of the unit:
Psychosocial assessment and service planning. Advocacy in assisting psychosocial clients in obtaining needed services and resources.
Holistic model of referral, cooperation, coordination, follow-up, and discharge planning with service providers to aid in and improve the implementation of service plans to ensure continuum and continuity of care.
Professional roles, functions, and relationships with other human service providers, including strategies for inter-agency/inter-organization collaboration and communications.

3: Crisis Intervention/Stabilization, Outreach, Prevention, and Self-Help Coping Skills
Aim of the unit:
Understanding of the crisis response, and principles of crisis intervention and stabilization for people during crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events.
Crisis intervention/stabilization and suicide prevention models and methods, including the use of psychological first aid strategies.
Utilizing and teaching empowering self-help skills, including: Stress/mood management, NonViolent Communications. Assertive decision making, Self-advocacy, Conflict management, psycho-education, parenting, peer support, peer support group,

B. Professional Training Conference Participation:
Participation in certified professional skills training workshops of the Annual international Conference on Transgenerational Trauma, held each October in Amman, Jordan.

C. Supervision (weekly group):
Weekly group supervision meetings with an assigned qualified and degreed supervisor in a mental health discipline.

D. Supervised Field Experience – 1: Observation and Study
This supervised experience begins in the 1st semester while taking the initial skills classes, to integrate classroom learning in preparation for using skills learned in the field working with clients as a direct service provider. Students are placed with local human service agencies that provide social work and psychosocial services to under-served at-risk populations, including refugees, for guided observation and regular interaction with service providing professionals in real world situations.


(Additional for students in Expanded 900 clock hour program)

A combination of supervision and field work.

A. Supervision (weekly group):
Weekly group supervision meetings with an assigned qualified and degreed Diploma Supervisor in a mental health discipline.

B. Supervised Field Experience – 2: Practice of direct service skills
More focused and concentrated psychosocial service delivery experiences operating as a supervised assistant to direct service providers in a local human service agency providing social work and psychosocial services to under-served, at-risk populations, including refugees. Students perform responsibilities and activities of a regular service staff member appropriate to their diploma and within the limits of their skill preparation, closely supervised by an official staff member with experience in the same skill area. The content, quality, and amount of the field experience are arranged, approved, and monitored by the Diploma Supervisor.



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