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Social Work Program: Strengths and Distinctiveness

 

The Social Work Program is a distinctive program at Manchester University, launching graduates into service-oriented careers throughout the world. Here are just a few things that make the MU Social Work Program exceptional:

Accreditation
Our Social Work Program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1977. This gives our graduates access to state and federal civil service exams and provides the credentials needed for professional licensing in social work. CSWE accreditation also allows our graduates to apply for advanced standing in master of social work programs.

Academic Quality
The Social Work Program faculty take our commitment to academic quality seriously. Every year, we assess our effectiveness in preparing students for professional social work practice and make improvements to the Program accordingly. For a quick summary of our students' learning outcomes, see here:

For a more in-depth look at our educational outcomes, here are our annual Program Assessment Reports:

 

Study Abroad
Social work students can participate in any MU study abroad opportunity, but two are specifically designed for social work students. Every other January Session, social work faculty lead a travel course to Kingston, Jamaica, to study social welfare in the Caribbean. The university also offers a study abroad semester in Chennai, India, during which students take social work courses at the university and have a field placement with a local human service organization.


MU students studying international social work in Jamaica (left) and India (right)

Celebrating Diversity Workshop
These 1/2-day workshops, offered to students and the entire university community each semester, provide opportunities for participants to examine issues of identity, unfreeze prejudicial attitudes, and act on the basis of shared values. Workshops focus on gaining ideas, strategies and resources for taking an active role in promoting positive relations among diverse people. All social work students are required to participate in one workshop before they are admitted to the Senior Social Work Practice Block.

Anti-Racism Retreat
During the senior year, while enrolled in Social Work Practice II, students participate in an overnight retreat, which provides group experiential learning about racism, institutional racism, and oppression, designed to help students begin to experience the feelings generated in majority-minority encounters in a racist society and understand the dynamics of racism.  Students analyze racism as a systematic problem of society and develop action plans for combatting racism individually and collectively.

Human Diversity Workshop on LGBTQ Issues
This six-hour workshop on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender awareness is offered as a part of the Field Instruction Seminar.  Its focus is on confronting the myths and stereotypes related to sexual orientation and gender identity; recognizing the forms of oppression experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people; and developing culturally competent skills and strategies to achieve social justice.

Chicago Seminar on Racism, Human Diversity, and Urban Social Work
During the spring semester of the junior year, students participate in a three-day field trip to Chicago, which allows them to engage directly with issues of racism, poverty, political influence, economics, employment, housing, human diversity, and the contributions of the various cultures to the fabric of the city.
Social Workers L.E.A.D.
Social work stduents and faculty take a day-trip to Indianapolis every winter to participate in this event sponsored by NASW Indiana and IASWE (Indiana Association of Social Work Education).  Social Workers' Legislative, Education, and Advocacy Day (LEAD) is a time to learn about social policy and policy-making and to rally at the Statehouse in support of (or opposition to) key policy issues of the day. Students also have the opportunity to meet with state legislators during LEAD.


Professor Brad Yoder discusses social policy
with Jacob, an MU social work student, at LEAD


MU social work students at LEAD

at the Indiana Statehouse

 

 


 
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