Springfield College School of Social Work Dean Francine J. Vecchiolla and faculty members Ann W. Roy and Walter J. Mullin recently presented a workshop on their book, Competency-Based Social Work Practice: An Integrated Approach to Decision Making, at the Global Social Sciences Conference in Hong Kong. Their book explores decision making by their master of social work students in nine cases and introduces integrated competencies, a model created by Vecchiolla, Roy, and Mullin.
Vecchiolla, Roy, and Mullin have also presented workshops at the Council on Social Work Education Annul Program Meeting in Dallas, Texas, and the National Association of Social Workers 29th Annual Conference in Waterbury, Connecticut during the 2013-2014 academic year.
The Global Social Sciences Conference in Hong Kong is jointly organized by the Department of Social Work at Hong Kong Baptist University, the Department of Social Work at National Taiwan University, and the School of Social Work at China Youth University for Political Sciences. The conference aims to promote the sharing of experiences and knowledge among the international community of researchers, academics, educators and practitioners concerned with social work in areas related to social development in response to global changes.
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.
Since 1989, the Springfield College School of Social Work has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the official accrediting body for social work programs in the United States. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure in all 50 states. The MSW/JD program is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure and bar examination.
The home of the Springfield College School of Social Work, the Brennan Center, is a state-of-the-art teaching and conference facility that underwent a $2.2 million renovation in 2002. The facility was again renovated in 2012 to include more classroom and office space. It includes technologically enhanced classrooms, a computer lab, a tiered auditorium, faculty offices, and a large, light filled atrium, which is the site of school events and also serves as a student lounge. Easily accessible, it is located just over a mile from the main campus, and has on-site parking. The weekend program in Worcester is located at Saint Vincent Hospital.
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