Springfield College School of Social Work Welcomes Dr. Jill Barron as Guest Speaker



Dr. Jill Barron, MD MHS, associate director of medical student education in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, was the keynote speaker at the Springfield College School of Social Work weekday convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Brennan Center Auditorium on Island Pond Road. 

Barron completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University where she received a master’s in health sciences focusing on children’s unmet mental health needs and inner-city youth gun violence. 

In 2012, Barron was hired by the town of Newtown, Conn. in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook School shooting to assess the impact the event had on the community and to provide guidance to leadership on building an infrastructure to meet the long-term needs of the community.

Barron is the past president of the Connecticut Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a branch of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She focused on mental health parity, access to care, and primary care partnerships.

The Springfield College School of Social Work is celebrating 25 years of continuous accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  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 will be holding two open houses for prospective students.  They will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield, Mass., on Feb. 6, 2014 and March 13, 2014.

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 combined 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 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 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