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Inter-University Consortium Program at the Department of Social Work

Program Description

The IUC (Inter-University Consortium) is one of the specialized training programs in public child welfare available in the Master of Social Work program.

The Inter-University Consortium/ Department of Children and Family Services (IUC/DCFS) Training Project is a collaborative endeavor between the Los Angeles County DCFS and the graduate programs of social work at CSULB, UCLA, USC, CSULA & CSUN. The overall goal of this collaborative project is to increase the professional skills and knowledge of Los Angeles County public child welfare workers.

The IUC project at CSULB is designed to prepare social work student interns in the most innovative and current programs at Lakewood DCFS Office. It is our intention at CSULB, to prepare future leaders in public child welfare. Our approach is founded on the Social Ecology Model, the California Redesign and the objectives of AB636. Students will experience (parallel process with their assigned cases) moving from entry to exit through child welfare services. CSULB's innovative project emphasizes the front end of child welfare services, working effectively with children and families in their communities to achieve safety, well-being and families to last a lifetime. CSULB's IUC/DCFS Project also offers student interns a unique and valuable opportunity to learn and practice the Kinship Caregiver's Model and to co-lead a children's group in a community public school as part of our emphasis in working with children and families in their community.


Title IV-E stipends are available for (1) year for students enrolled in the full-time 2 year or part-time, other than summer block, or advanced standing model of the Master of Social Work Program. Students may apply for either the first or second year of field placement. Students who work at DCFS or are currently (or have been) CalSWEC students are not eligible. Interested candidates must complete an application process.

Students accepted into the program must:

  • Be enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program
  • Be enrolled in the Children, Youth and Families concentration
  • Sign a contract committing themselves to one year of full-time paid employment following graduation with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
  • Have a valid driver's license, current automobile insurance, and secure the use of a car as required by fieldwork
  • Complete pre-screening for county employment including livescan and DCFS physical and psychological examinations
  • Complete one year of fieldwork in the IUC/DCFS placement
  • Complete the designated specialty child welfare curriculum which includes:
    • SW 643 – Social Work Practice within Child Welfare Services
    • SW 698B/699A – Master of Social Work Thesis or Project (IUC Students' theses must focus on a child welfare problem or issue)
  • Complete designated specialized training seminars
  • Complete and graduate from the Master of Social Work Program at CSULB within the required timelines established for each program model.
  • Students are responsible for payback of the stipend if they are unable to successfully complete any of the requirements of the program.

Send Inquiries to:
Venetta Campbell, PsyD, LCSW
IUC Field Education Coordinator
CSULB Department of Social Work
Phone: (562)985-7380