ISU to offer Master of Social Work program in Fall 2018

Starting Fall 2018, Idaho State University will offer a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. This will be the only public MSW program in Eastern Idaho. Students will have access to a quality, cost effective program that provides interdisciplinary expertise.

ISU to offer Master of Social Work program in Fall 2018

Starting Fall 2018, Idaho State University will offer a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. This will be the only public MSW program in Eastern Idaho. Students will have access to a quality, cost effective program that provides interdisciplinary expertise.

Master of Social Work graduates are well-prepared to assist individuals, groups and communities in restoring and enhancing well-being and social functioning through addressing needs such as mental health, child and family development, criminal justice issues, substance abuse prevention and treatment, aging issues, rural health and community development.

Two options for the MSW degree will be offered. First, a one-year, advance standing MSW program for students with a bachelor’s degrees in social work from ISU or another accredited program, and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Second, a traditional two-year program for students who have completed non-social work bachelor’s degrees.

The MSW program will have an emphasis in three areas, which reflect current department strengths: clinical work with children and families including child welfare, gender and sexuality and forensic social work.

Students will have the opportunity to develop relational skills and integrative knowledge through seated, face-to-face practice courses and quality field placements. Faculty will be accessible to students and offer interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge and skills.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the accrediting body for all MSW programs in the United States. Quality is assured through accreditation as programs are required to meet specific components, which are regularly monitored. The ISU MSW program will be taking steps as outlined by the CSWE to enter candidacy and complete their accreditation process.

If you are interested in more information about the MSW program, contact Kevin Owens at (208) 282-3372 or owenkevi@isu.edu. Updates will also be posted on Idaho State University- Dept. of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology Facebook page.

Written by Katie Damron, College of Arts and Letters intern

 

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