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.



LCSW Supervision Training 3 CEUs 4/10/15

LCSW Supervision Training – April 10, 2015
3 CEUs. Cost $60 —Josh Swetnam

April 10 (Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Participants will:

Understand the supervisor/supervisee relationship
Be able to complete a supervision contract
Knowledge of how Supervision relates to Code of Ethical conduct as specified in 201 KAR 23:080
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Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma 2 CEUs, 4/10/15

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma
2 CEUs. Cost $60——Therese Sirles
April 10 (Friday 10:00am-12:00pm)
This course will offer information on:
• The leading cause of death from child abuse
• Recognition, intervention, and prevention of abusive head trauma
• How to save a child’s life
This presentation will fulfill the training requirements mandated by House Bill 285
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BSSW/MSW Information Sessions

Do you have questions about the BSSW/MSW programs here at Spalding? Join the School of Social Work faculty and staff at the informational session to find answers to those important questions. Continue reading