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The social work curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional work and graduate study. Our program has an important emphasis in preparing students to serve rural and tribal communities. Our social work program earned accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education in summer 2014.
The UWSP Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program. For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Information/ContactAccreditation.aspx
Bachelor’s level social workers are eligible for entry-level employment in a variety of practice areas including child and family, mental health, substance abuse, medical, aging, disabilities and criminal justice. Examples of specific job titles include child protective services worker, foster care case manager, aging and disability specialist, crisis counselor, mental health case manager, discharge planner, nursing home social worker and job coach. Students are encouraged to start exploring career options early in their academic careers so they know their options by graduation.
All social work students must complete at least 400 hours of internship in an approved agency and meet in a weekly seminar each semester that they are interning. This typically takes place during the student’s senior year and requires a formal application process. The Department of Sociology and Social Work has established relationships with numerous community agencies spanning a six-county area and involving many different client populations.
Social work students are strongly encouraged to engage in community service/ volunteer work throughout their collegiate experience. Service to others is a key component of the social work profession, and such efforts demonstrate commitment to the social work profession. Further, service experiences assist social work students in their personal and professional development, as students gain exposure to and experience with various client populations, service organizations, and community issues. The department sponsors the Sociology and Social Work Organization, a student organization that involves students in extra-curricular activities related to sociology and social work. The organization participates in fund raising for cancer research, food drives and numerous other volunteer activities.The Phi Alpha Honor Society provides a closer bond among students of social work and promotes humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.
The National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world with 145,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards and advance sound social policies. Social work students are encouraged to become members of NASW, and special student rates are available. Students admitted into the social work major will be assigned one of the full-time social work faculty members as an adviser.The university’s Career Services office is another great resource for students to find internships and summer-employment opportunities. It offers a career-exploration portal and career-planning guides to help students find their career path.