According to the 2014 article by the U.S News and World Report, Social Work is in the top 10 Best Social Services Professions. The report praises individuals that enter social work and respond to a variety of needs from individuals that may be emotionally or physically suffering. Improving the quality of someone’s life is the fundamental goal of the profession and this dedication to serving others should be celebrated.
Department of Labor Statistics reports that the field will continue to grow
between 2012-2022 by 19%! What this
means for you: Entering your degree in Social Work is a wise career choice, and
ensures a rewarding and stable future.
The curriculum at Ursuline has been designed to meet the changing needs
of the profession and emphasizes leadership, communication and problem solving -
everything employers are looking for.
Ursuline’s Unique Approach
The goals of Ursuline’s generalist program are to prepare students to integrate their skills, knowledge and ethical standards into the social work profession. This program has been developed to collaborate with the liberal arts curriculum of Ursuline College and to prepare students for both cultural competence and graduate education in social work.
Ursuline students are placed in
the field practicum for one academic year and complete a minimum of 480
hours. Our students are uniquely matched
with field work opportunities that reflect their professional interests. The
Ursuline College Social Work Field Education Program is a strengths-based field
model that differs from other programs in its on-going assessment and
consistent attention to:
A critical component of the model
is a strengths assessment of each student. The strengths assessment is a
collaborative process between the student and the field education director that
includes strengths and resources that are intrapersonal, interpersonal, environmental
Recent field sites include
AIDS Task Force
Community Partnership of Aging
Friendly Inn Settlement House
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Medical Free Clinic
MetroHealth Medical Center
Recovery Resources, CRU
West Side Community House
Women's Re-Entry Network
The curriculum of the Social Work Program is designed to assist students in attaining the ten core competencies defined in the Coucil on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS, 2008). These ten competencies are:
1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
10. Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
An Advisory Board of real world professionals is engaged with students in the program, and the networking that results often leads students to employment opportunities.
Ursuline graduates have advanced standing in the MSW program at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Social Science.