Pictured, left to right: Joan Kagan, M.S.W. CEO, Square One, Springfield, Mass. Past Chair, Advisory Board; Francine J. Vecchiolla, Ph.D., M.S.W., Dean of the School of Social Work and Advisory Board Honorary Chair; Lorna Little, M.S.W., Executive Director, St. Agnes Home, West Hartford, Conn. Chair, Advisory Board
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Springfield College School of Social Work (SSW), which has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1989, has been 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.
“This is an important accomplishment for our school and represents the standards of quality that characterize graduate social work education at the Springfield College School of Social Work,” said Dean of the Springfield College School of Social Work Francine Vecchiolla.
Among the strengths that the CSWE acknowledged are the School’s alignment with the mission of Springfield College; its commitment to educating competent professionals who provide services to diverse populations; the SSW faculty and field education office's strong relationship with agencies, schools, and community groups; the School’s clear message in its support of diversity; and the School’s strong outcomes assessment program. CSWE also praised the School’s active advisory board. The School’s programs continue to be dynamic and responsive to the ever-changing nature of social work.
The SSW offers a concentration in advanced generalist practice and multiple program options 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 complete the MSW in either a four-semester weekend or three-semester weekday advanced standing program. The School offers an accelerated bachelor of science/master of social work program with the School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure in all 50 states.
The combined master of social work/juris doctorate is a four-year program in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law. 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. Additionally, the School offers a post-master’s certificate in advanced practice with children and adolescents, which provides 90 continuing education units.
The home of the SSW, 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 additional 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 1.45 miles from the main campus, and has on-site parking.
The SSW will host open houses at the Brennan Center on Nov. 14, 2013, Feb. 6, 2014, and March 13, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. For information, contact the SSW admissions coordinator, Chris Hinely, at (413)748-3060 or visit the SSW website at www.springfieldcollege.edu/ssw.