The growing presence of the Hispanic population in the United States demonstrates a need for professionals who can help Spanish-speaking clients. These courses are intended for individuals who have previous knowledge of the Spanish language and wish to develop their linguistic and cultural abilities to better communicate with Spanish speakers within the context of social work practice. The courses include Spanish language and culture components to provide opportunities for using Spanish in real-life context. 


This course is for people who have taken one or two courses of Spanish in high school or college. The class will review basic structures (present indicative) and moves toward narrating and describing in the past tense through more elaborate interactions between social workers and clients. Activities will include: role play, simulations, small group practice for vocabulary and grammar, written reflections, and assigned readings for class discussion.


This level is recommended for participants with a pre- to intermediate proficiency in Spanish (a minimum of three courses of Spanish in high school or college) who can narrate and describe events in the past, both orally and in writing; and for those who have learned past tenses but are a little bit rusty. The class will begin with a review of past tenses and move toward the use of subjunctive forms and commands through more advanced interactions in the social work setting.

Upon completion of either level, participants will receive a certificate for one credit from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in addition to 20 hours of continuing education credit (CEUs).

A written test and phone interview are required to ensure appropriate placement in either the Intermediate or Advanced level course. Please contact the Professional Development Program office to arrange. 

Spring 2015 Schedule

Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm at SSA:

April 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27

Tuition: $495

CEUs: 20

Please Note: This course satisfies the State of Illinois CE cultural competence requirement for licensed social workers.

Intermediate Level: Register Online

Advanced Level: Register Online

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Elizabeth LeRoy

Elizabeth LeRoy, AM candidate '15

“SSA has a lot to offer incoming students. The University has many resources for professional development as well that further enhance the coursework and fieldwork at SSA.”