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School of Social Work

The School of Social Work (SSW) has a long, well established history at UT Arlington. Initially, beginning in 1967, only the MSW degree was offered. In 1979, The Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree was founded but under the auspices of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work degree program was initiated in 1983. On September 1, 1991, the graduate and undergraduate programs were brought together into a unified administrative and academic unit, the School of Social Work.

About

The School now has a diverse student body of over 1,500 students enrolled in three degree programs: the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Master of Science in Social Work (MSW), and the Ph.D. in social work. The BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

With a commitment to social justice, the School is also home to the diversity certificate program, where undergraduate students across the UT Arlington campus can enroll in a cluster of courses to earn a certificate in diversity, and is home to the Center for African American Studies where students can minor in African American studies.

The MSW program is offered in a variety of settings including the main UT Arlington campus, the UT Arlington Fort Worth campus, fully online, and through joint programs at Lubbock Christian University and Angelo State University.

In the BSW program we prepare students for a wide range of entry level, generalist practice, social service positions. In the MSW program students prepare for advanced level positions with specializations in either direct clinical practice with families and children, mental health and substance abuse, aging, or health, or in community and administrative practice. In the Ph.D. program students are prepared for positions in academia where they can teach and continue research in areas of importance to the social work profession. All three programs offer challenging courses, internships, and practicums designed to teach practice knowledge and skills while instilling the value orientations of the profession.

In the SSW there are four research centers: the Birmingham Center for Child Welfare, the Center for Addictions & Recovery Studies (CARS), the Center for Clinical Social Work, (CCSW) and the Center for Advocacy, Nonprofits & Donor Organizations (CAN-DO). In addition, the Innovative Community-Academic Partnership (iCAP) program provides pilot funding and support for highly competitive, nationally reviewed collaborative research with community agency partners. The centers and iCAP offer training, research, and service opportunities to faculty and students.

Our faculty are outstanding scholars and teachers in the domains of child welfare, family violence, health, mental health, aging and disability and are active in developing new knowledge in their respective fields, producing significant numbers of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters each year.

Research produced by faculty has generated not only new knowledge, but also intervention outcomes that have garnered national attention and recognition, with a number of faculty members serving either as editors-in-chief of peer-reviewed journals, or as members of editorial review boards.

The School also offers continuing education for social work practitioners and other human service professionals through the Professional Development Program. Topics include ethics, mental health, child welfare, administration, supervision, licensing, and more, all taught by experts in their respective fields.

Research

In the SSW there are four research centers: the Birmingham Center for Child Welfare, the Center for Addictions & Recovery Studies (CARS), the Center for Clinical Social Work, (CCSW) and the Center for Advocacy, Nonprofits & Donor Organizations (CAN-DO). In addition, the Innovative Community-Academic Partnership (iCAP) program provides pilot funding and support for highly competitive, nationally reviewed collaborative research with community agency partners. The centers and iCAP offer training, research, and service opportunities to faculty and students.

Our faculty are outstanding scholars and teachers in the domains of child welfare, family violence, health, mental health, aging and disability and are active in developing new knowledge in their respective fields, producing significant numbers of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters each year.

Research produced by faculty has generated not only new knowledge, but also intervention outcomes that have garnered national attention and recognition, with a number of faculty members serving either as editors-in-chief of peer-reviewed journals, or as members of editorial review boards.

The School also offers continuing education for social work practitioners and other human service professionals through the Professional Development Program. Topics include ethics, mental health, child welfare, administration, supervision, licensing, and more, all taught by experts in their respective fields.

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