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Social workers help in so many ways

Learn more about the field of social work

The social work field allows individuals to make a difference in the lives of others through their practice in a wide variety of employment settings with a range of skills. If you’re new to the world of social work, or just starting your academic program search, you may be asking yourself, “What do social workers do?”

 

Students In the Springfield College School of Social Work

School of Social Work Leading the Charge Against Drug Addiction

Until this year, social work students at Springfield College only learned about substance abuse if they took an elective course. Beginning this fall, all social work students are learning about drug addiction as part of their core curriculum.

Gov. Charlie Baker announces agreement on drug addiction.

SSW Faculty to Participate in the Faculty Behavioral Health Curriculum Development Initiative

During the next four years, Springfield College assistant professors of social work, Joyce Taylor, PhD, and Lisa E. Watson, PhD, have been selected to participate in the Faculty Behavioral Health Curriculum Development Initiative with the National Technical Assistance (TA) Network for Children's Behavioral Health.

Springfield College School of Social Work Professors Selected for Faculty Behavioral Health Curriculum Development Initiative
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The School of Social Work Viewbook

Through the teaching of social work practice and knowledge, the Springfield College School of Social Work prepares individuals to meet universal human needs in order to engender mutually beneficial interaction between individuals and societal systems at all levels, based on principles of economic and social justice, dignity, and human rights.

The Social Work Leader 2017
The Social Work Leader

With our emphasis on leadership, faculty, and students at Springfield College School of Social Work consistently seek creative approaches to addressing social problems. As advanced generalists, we are prepared to grapple with the "nuts and bolts" of improving existing social work practice and programs.

GRADUATE SPOTLIGHT

Kevin Green

School of Social Work MSW student, Massachusetts Literacy Champion for 2018

Springfield College School of Social Work MSW gradiate Kevin Green was named a Massachusetts Literacy Champion in 2018. This award is presented annually to eight individuals who are active in the literacy education field and they are using innovative methods to help improve literacy in Massachusetts...

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Michelle Tsang

MSW/JD, Class of 2017, Distinguished Graduate Student, 2016-17 Springfield College School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences

Michelle Tsang, an outstanding student and scholar who completed the School of Social Work dual-degree program, was the 2016-17 Distinguished Social Work Graduate Student. 

The dual-degree program is a collaboration between the Springfield College School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Western New England University School of Law. Tsang attained a 4.0 GPA in the School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences and a 3.0 at the Law School. 

Both schools recognized her wirth a number of honors, including receiving a graduate fellowship at the School fo Social Work and Behavioarl Sciences and being designated a Public Interest Scholar at the Law School. 

Tsang is a member of several bar associations, including the Public Interest Bar Association, of which she was president. At the time of her graduation, she was also an active member of the National Lawyers Guild. 

An excellent writer, Tsang completed an exceptional review for an assignment at the School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences of the Fair Chance Act in New York state, which is an act that seeks to provide opportunities to formerly incarcerated invididuals. 

Her social work internships reflect her interests in youth, young adults, and social justice. She first interned at the Educational Collaborative in Northampton, a program for youth who are not thriving in traditional educational settings. Next, Tsang further developed her counseling skills at the Hampden County Sheriff's Department's After Incarceration Support Services. 

Tsang has an abiding and sustaining passion—both intellectually and from a practical standpoint—for representing and advocating on behalf of the people who have been marginalized and disenfranchised. This quest for social justice has been, and will continue to be, a lifelong pursuit. 

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Ilknur Citlak

MSW, Class of 2013, Recipient of the All College Graduate Scholarship (now known as the Excellence Scholarship for Graduate Study)

One of the most important events in my life that prompted me to think about social work for a career was when I witnessed individuals in my home country of Turkey who were not receiving proper care for their health conditions…

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Abbie Vita

MSW, Class of 2013, Youth Counselor, Town of Enfield, Conn., Distinguished MSW Student, 2013

As I look back over my graduate education at Springfield College, I realize that the near constant state of curiosity that I felt is what drove me to keep plugging along to find my passion. My biggest piece of advice to you is to be curious and find your passion…

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