The mission of Neumann University’s new Social Work (B.S.W.) program is to educate baccalaureate-level Social Work students within a Catholic Franciscan framework and to provide the knowledge, values and skills necessary to engage in generalist social work practice. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers, known as clinical social workers, also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional problems.
Neumann’s Social Work curriculum is distinctive by virtue of its integration of the University’s five core values, known by the acronym RISES (reverence, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship).
Faculty and students in the social work program focus on preserving the individual dignity of all persons through learning for advocacy, training for counseling, understanding human rights and social justice, developing strong communication skills, practicing reflective community engagement, and studying the theoretical and public policy foundations of this important professional discipline.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services but may vary by specialty.
Neumann University’s new B.S.W. program is seeking accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which will ensure that students receive an education which meets the highest standards of the profession. Students who graduate from Neumann with an accredited degree will also qualify to begin studies toward an M.S.W. in a CSWE-accredited program. An accredited M.S.W. degree is required for licensure as a professional Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The new B.S.W. will require successful completion of a minimum of 54 credits, which will include 400 hours of internship work in the senior year. Social Work internships offer students significant opportunities for supervised and practice-directed learning in agencies across the region.
Social Work courses are designed to provide students with immersive learning experiences in areas such as social work policy, human behavior, social justice and human rights, the lives and cultures of children, young and emerging adults and the elderly, death and dying, hospice and palliative care, trauma and crisis intervention, and the influences of society, culture, government, economics and education on human behavior.
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