The program will take students,
without a BSW, two years to complete. According to Sheridan,
the first “foundation” year will allow students
to learn what social work is about and the basics of practice
with individuals, families/small groups, and organizations/communities.
They will also be taught interviewing skills and social policy.
In the second year of the program, students will learn advanced
skills necessary for cross-cultural practice. Each of them will
be able to choose a cultural group of special interest, and they
will focus their second year study on this group. Also, the students
will do four semesters of practicum—supervised work at
social services agencies.
There is a strong need in the community for professionally-trained
social workers,” said Sheridan
“Many social work
jobs in state agencies are being done by those with as few as
three courses in the social sciences. This means they have no
training in interviewing, case planning, or ethics.”
Dr. Lori Daniels, assistant professor of social work at HPU,
will be one of the full-time faculty members for the MSW
program teaching clinical and research courses. She hopes
will gain “the ability to assess and strategize a viable, ethical,
and well-suited treatment plan with clients and the ability to
provide high-quality psychotherapy and discharge planning for
clients in need.”
The MSW degree will allow graduates to become licensed practitioners
in the field. “Each of our students needs to be well prepared
to work professionally within existing social service agencies
and/or independently as a mental health care provider,” said
Students interested in the program should call the Office
of Graduate Admissions at 544-1135.