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.



Case Management with Substance Abusers 13 CEUs

13 CEUs. Cost $140—Jenny Dunckley
November 6 (Thursday 6:00pm – 9:30pm) and November 7 (Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm)
This course:
• Learners will develop advanced knowledge and skill methods of case management and the concept of Recovery Management
• Provides training for the core function of case management
• Meets the requirement of facilities licensed as Alcohol and Other Drug Entity by the State of Kentucky for case management training.
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Clinical Supervision for Substance Misuse Treatment 13 CEUs

Clinical Supervision for Substance Misuse Treatment
13 CEUs. Cost $140——Tiffany Cole-Hall
December 4 (Thurs. 6:00pm ¬– 9:30pm) and December 5 (Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm)
This course will:
• Provide students with an overview of the history, role, and essential functions of the supervisor and the supervisee
• Engage students in participating with in-group clinical supervision to gain a textbook to practice appreciation of the methods presented during the class
• Meets the requirement of facilities licensed as Alcohol and Other Drug Entity by the State of Kentucky for clinical supervision training
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Group Counseling and Addictions 8 CEUs

Group Counseling and Addictions
8 CEUs. Cost $90——Jenny Dunckley
December 5 (Friday 9:00am-5:00pm)
This course:
• Provides an overview of objectives and procedures to effectively conduct group therapy with individuals struggling with substance use disorders.
• Focuses on a Motivational Cognitive-Behavioral approach
• Examines processes to develop cohesion within the group, look at the impact of group structure and selection and how best to deal with difficult situations that may arises
• Will also look at ways to implement creativity into the group process and how to empower the group to create a positive environment for growth and self-motivated change
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