2019-20 Catalogs

Social Work Overview

Location: Masterson Hall, Portland

Director: Jeanette Andonian

B.S.W. Coordinator: Paul Johnson

M.S.W. Coordinator: Hermeet Kohli

Professors: Johnson; Associate Professors: Andonian, Gerstenblatt, Kohli;  Assistant Professors: Addo, Casey, First, Gentles-Gibbs, Ivey, Shanti, Wampole; Field Work Coordinators: Fitch, Richmond-Graves

Emeritus Professors: Belicose, Faherty, Fineran, Healy, Lazar, Rich, Wagner

Administrative Specialist: Kim Dominicus

The University of Southern Maine's School of Social Work is committed to educating culturally competent generalist social-work practitioners prepared for multi-level, strengths-based practice that values the well-being of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The School, which is part of the College of Management and Human Service, serves southern Maine by responding to the social work education, leadership, service, and evaluation and research needs of the region. The commitment to social and economic justice, and diversity and multiculturalism are integrated. The School strives for excellence in teaching and learning.

Graduates are prepared for entry-level professional practice in a range of areas such as, protective services, corrections, residential services to various populations, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, neighborhood and community centers, child welfare, and drug and alcohol programs. The social work curriculum of the School is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the baccalaureate and master's levels. Students who receive a degree from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program in social work may apply to graduate schools of social work for Advanced Standing status. In most schools, a successfully completed bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited institution fulfills the requirements of the first year of the MSW program.  It is important to consult individual institutions for their acceptance criteria and procedures, which may vary.

Student Involvement

BSW students are encouraged to participate in the School's Social Work Student Organization. The organization seeks to facilitate communication between students and faculty, ensure student involvement in school activities, provide for professional growth, and respond to issues and problems in the community. Student representatives may attend faculty meetings and may serve as advisory members on the school's curriculum committees.