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Social work is a career in which you can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

A-State’s Social Work Program offers both Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Social Work and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  There are two levels of professional practice for social workers.  Social workers with the BSW degree are generalist practitioners and use a problem-solving, planned change approach to resolve a wide range of problems with micro, mezzo, and macro level client systems.  Social workers with the MSW degree are specialists in areas of advanced practice such as clinical social work. Clinical social workers diagnose and treat more serious mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. There are many career opportunities for social workers, both BSWs and MSWs, to work in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, schools, and hospitals.

The BSW graduates receive a professional degree that prepares students for generalist social work practice, which enables graduates to be licensed by the state. Having a BSW degree may reduce the amount of time and expense required for a Master’s degree.  BSW graduates are eligible for a one year accelerated MSW program.

A-State's graduate degree in social work emphasizes trauma infused cognitive behavioral therapy because research has shown that many life difficulties stem from early trauma, abuse, or neglect. Students can also complete a certificate in Addictions Studies while completing their MSW. Full and part-time plans of study are offered.

Both BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Social work education is a competency-based approach that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and values required for professional practice.  The Department of Social Work systematically evaluates student achievement and development to assure that graduates are competent for generalist and advanced social work practice.  To review the Department's Assessment Reports, click here.  

Who are social workers and what do they do?

Child Abuse Awareness

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. On April 9th, A-State Title IV-E Academic Partnership for Public Child Welfare and A-State Department faculty, staff, and students came together to put out pinwheels. Dr Damphousse made a public recognition of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. 

Why a pinwheel?

As the symbol for child abuse prevention, the pinwheel represents hope, health and happiness. The pinwheel is a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood and represents our efforts to ensure the healthy development of children. The pinwheels serve as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to create communities that promote healthy environments for children.

To report suspected child abuse and neglect:  1-800-482-5964

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GASI Conference 

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Faculty members: Dr Patricia Walls, Dr Evelyn Taylor, and Dr Cheryl Knight (not pictured Dr Rejoice Addae)

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From left to right: Charity Holmes, Bridgette Davis, Dr Patricia Walls, Dr Cheryl Knight, Dr Rejoice Addae, and Dr Evelyn Taylor

The Global Awareness Society International (GASI) 28th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference was held in Marrakech, Morocco from May 23 to May 26, 2019. Faculty members attending the conference was Dr. Evelyn Taylor, Dr. Patricia Walls, Dr. Rejoice Addae, and Dr. Cheryl Knight. Students attended are Bridgette Davis and Charity Holmes. Dr. Rejoice Addae, Bridgette Davis, and Charity Holmes presented their conference presentation “Global Child Labor and Social Justice: Implications for Social Work.” Students Bridgette and Charity, mentees of Dr. Addae, also presented “Contributing Factors to Mental Health Issues among International Students.”

Global Awareness Society International- conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

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December Commencement- Dr Addae, Dr Walls, Dr Knight, Dr Long, Dr Taylor and Dr Glover

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Recipients!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jerrod Lockhart- Ryan Family Scholarship

Shelby Beck- Huddleston Social Work Scholarship

Britany Shaver- Freer Social Justice Scholarship

Judith Halsell- Martha Ivener Scholarship 


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