Social Work

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Choose Your Path  to change . . .

Social work is a career that strives to bring about justice, compassion, and equality. Taking the first step toward a fulfilling career in Social Work begins with a program whose mission is to advance human well-being through the promotion of economic and social justice.

Social work is also an exceptionally marketable degree. Social workers are employed in clinics, social service agencies, schools and hospitals. They are administrators, clinicians, therapists, direct service providers, case managers and advocates for systemic change. Spalding University offers both the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees—both fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Social justice and critical thinking are important hallmarks of our approach to social work education. These themes are interwoven throughout both our BSSW and MSW curricula.

You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read.  You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. And you cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. – Cesar Chavez

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Spalding’s BSSW program, established in 1977, is the oldest accredited undergraduate social work program in metropolitan Louisville.

Full or part time study is available and offered in a format that gives students the opportunity for intensive study while still maintaining their jobs and their roles as partner, parent or just concerned/active community member!

Spalding’s unique six-week format allows students to concentrate their efforts on no more than two classes each session.

Students graduate from the BSSW program with skills in interviewing, intake and referral, intervention planning, case management, crisis intervention, community outreach, advocacy and research.

Our goal is simple: to provide excellence in education so that you can provide excellence to your community! We genuinely believe we can change the world…one social worker at a time!

Learn more about our BSSW program.

Master of Social Work

Spalding University’s Master of Social Work program offers a social justice focused curriculum and is designed for excellence in professional preparation. It builds on practical change-promoting strategies for work with our most vulnerable citizens and offers unique skill-focused theme courses in Critical/Reflective Thinking and Social Justice in practice

It is an intensive curriculum held on alternating weekends, offering a fully-accredited MSW degree in 1 year for persons with BSW degrees and 2 years for students with other bachelor degrees.

Learn more about our MSW program.

For more information, contact Angela Lucear (502) 588-7183.



Twelve-Step Facilitation and Mutual-Help Groups in Addiction Treatment 13 CEUs

Twelve-Step Facilitation and Mutual-Help Groups in Addiction Treatment
13 CEUs. Cost $130—Tiffany Cole-Hall
April 3 (Thursday 6:00pm – 9:30pm) and April 4 (Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm)
In this course students will:
• Develop beginning skills in providing Twelve-Step Facilitation and be able to differentiate this practice from clients’ participation in Twelve-Step groups
• Be introduced to a variety of mutual help groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Women for Sobriety, and Rational Recovery
• Consider the utility of mutual help groups as adjuncts to addiction treatment of all types
• Be provided training for the core functions of referral and counseling
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of addictions is recommended
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