To inquire about this program:
Dr. Kay Paris | 423.869.6323 | kay.paris@LMUnet.edu
Thank you for your interest in the LMU Social Work Program and the social work profession. The academic year of 2014-15 represented a milestone as the 40th year that social work courses have been offered at LMU. If you would like to be a member of a dynamic and challenging profession that focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals of all ages, families, and their communities, the social work may be the major for you.
The LMU Social Work Program provides you with the academic preparation and practical experience you will need to start work immediately after graduation as an entry-level generalist social worker or to enter a graduate school. Most students complete this professional program in the four semesters of their junior and senior years.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm) predicts that the demand for social workers will increase by 19%, which is considered to be much faster than average especially in the areas of healthcare social workers; child, family, and school social workers; and mental health and substance abuse social workers.
The LMU Social Work Program:
Social workers help people talk about and identify the strengths and resources they have to deal with their needs and concerns. They connect people to services and other resources, set up new programs and services, write grants, and advocate on behalf of individuals or groups. Social workers want to be part of the search for solutions to today’s problems such as poverty, unemployment, discrimination, injustice, homelessness, substance abuse, and all forms of domestic violence and abuse.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Social Work
The LMU Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting organization for baccalaureate and masters social work programs in the United States (http://www.cswe.org). Courses in the social work major meet the standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The LMU Social Work Program faculty members are licensed social work practitioners who maintain their involvement with community agencies—as a group they have accumulated almost 80 years of professional social work experience! They have "been there and done that." They also keep up with what is happening in social work and the solutions to social problems by serving as active members of local, state, and national professional organizations.
The LMU Social Work Program has an advisory council composed of social work practitioners who serve as guest speakers for classes and special events, admission committee members, field supervisors, and adjunct instructors. These social workers tell us about job openings, changes in laws and policies, new agencies and services, and identified community needs.
The 15 courses (58 credits of the 128 credits required for graduation) in Social Work expose you to the knowledge, values and ethics, and skills that you will need to succeed in your job. As a baccalaureate level social worker you will have courses that prepare you to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. You will have many opportunities to learn about the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics in your courses; a copy of the NASW Code of Ethics may be located at http://www.nasw.org). Course descriptions are included in the current University Catalog.
Admission to the LMU Social Work Program practice courses and internship consists of the following steps:
The LMU Social Work Program has developed placements in community agencies in southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, and east Tennessee. All internship supervisors have baccalaureate or masters degrees in social work and many years of practice experience. Placements are available in home health and hospice, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, community action/service centers, adoption, foster care, child protective services, juvenile justice, senior centers, group homes, and Veteran’s services.
Jobs are available in a variety of agencies including home health and hospice, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, community action/service centers, adoption, foster care, child protective services, and senior centers. Graduates usually locate jobs within six months of graduation. Graduates of the LMU Social Work Program are eligible for licensure in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and other surrounding states.
Students in the LMU Social Work Program have received research awards from the Appalachian College Association for original research projects in the areas of retirement planning for teachers, accessibility of health care for children, service availability for senior citizens, the cost impact of medications on senior citizens, and children’s hunger relief in East Tennessee.
Graduates of CSWE accredited baccalaureate social work programs are eligible for admission to accelerated masters programs at regional universities.
The LMU Social Work Program recognizes student academic accomplishments through membership in the Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha, the national honor society for social work. The Outstanding Social Work Student is recognized during the Awards Day ceremony each spring. The Social Work faculty choose the recipient based on the student's performance in the classroom and field; participation and leadership in various roles within and outside the university; and the student's potential as a Social Worker as reflected and demonstrated through attitude and performance, and leadership, cooperation, flexibility, initiative, and self-confidence. The LMU SHARE Club is the recognized social work student organization that provides opportunities for socially concerned students to reach out to the surrounding community with volunteered services.