The Springfield College School of Social Work will celebrate 25 years of continuous accreditation with a conference on disparities for weekend students featuring keynote speaker Charles H. Rucks on Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Fuller Arts Center.
Following Rucks’ presentation, an inter-professional panel will discuss disparities as related to health, behavioral, health, education, and housing. The panel will include: Andrew Balder, physician at Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center; Katherine Wilson, president and chief executive officer for Behavioral Health Network, Inc.; Jessica Nardizzi, school social worker for Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence; and Deborah Rodriquez, program director for New North Citizens’ Council, Inc. The panel discussion will be moderated by Springfield College School of Social Work graduate Lorna Little, executive director for St. Agnes Home and chair of the Springfield College School of Social Work Advisory Board.
Students will have a chance to participate in a question and answer segment with members of the panel, followed by academic breakout sessions led by Springfield College School of Social Work faculty members. The day-long conference will conclude with a plenary session to discuss and consider recommendations and turn inspiration into effective action.
In July 2013, the Springfield College School of Social Work was granted full national reaccreditation from the CSWE for the next eight years with no conditions. The CSWE is the exclusive national accrediting body for social work higher education and verifies that degree programs meet the high standards considered essential to quality social work education.
The Springfield College School of Social Work offers multiple programs for students including a full-time, two-year, weekday master of social work program in Springfield, and a part-time, three-year, weekend master of social work program in Springfield and Worcester. There are also options for graduates of Council on Social Work Education-accredited bachelor of social work programs to choose either a four-semester weekend or three-semester weekday advanced standing program. The dual master of social work/juris doctorate is a four-year, full-time program in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law. Students can also work toward a post-master’s certificate in advanced practice with children and adolescents.
The Springfield College School of Social Work will be hosting an open house for prospective students on Thursday, March 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA.
The Springfield College School of Social Work Includes:
- Acclaimed training in advanced generalist social work
- Outstanding, diverse faculty members who are active practitioners, scholars, and researchers
- Low student-to-faculty ratio, and diverse and international student body
- Full-time weekday and part-time weekend program options, advanced standing for BSW graduates
- Dual MSW/JD degree program
- Wide range of social work agencies for internships
- Located at central northeast location at the Brennan Center with on-site parking
- Emphasis on a Humanics philosophy