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The Western Michigan University School of Social Work offers research-driven professional programs that work closely with students and the community, focusing on social change, social justice and service transformation. Its graduate and undergraduate programs stress the need to:

  • Recognize and fight discrimination in its many forms.
  • Speak out against injustice.
  • Promote human rights and a more equitable distribution of resources and power.

The school seeks to create a learning environment that is responsive to students' professional development, promoting community and a sense of individual and collective responsibility among and between students. Meaningful interaction among students, faculty and field instructors supports self-examination, expression and innovation.

News and announcements

Front row: Becky Mullins, Kaley Cieslak.  Back row: Katelyn Root, Lehanna Hardy, Christina Smith. Not pictured: Natalie Kyles, Erika Miller

Graduate students published in Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

WMU School of Social Work graduate students Kaley Cieslak, Lehanna Hardy, Natalie Kyles, Erika Miller, Becky Mullins, Katelyn Root, and Christina Smith were recently published in the prestigious Journal of  Sociology and Social Welfare. Their first professional paper, "An Environmental Scan of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on University and College Campuses," was part of their original research project in Dr. Rick Grinnell's Evaluation of Social Work Practice course.

 

School of Social Work Swag Shop is open!

Order the latest SSW swag now through midnight on 2/26.  Order your items to be shipped directly to you, or picked up on campus. 

 

Office of Admissions and Student Services hold open office hours 

During open office hours, staff will be available to meet with students in person, over the phone or by chatting  via our Facebook page.

OASS office hours are available to all students, whether you're taking classes in Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo. We can answer your questions about admissions and student services. If you have questions about your specific program plan, course scheduling or degree requirements, you are strongly encouraged to reach out to your advisor. 

Open Office Hours:

  • Monday - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - available for walk-ins and phone calls
  • Tuesday - 3 to 5 p.m. - available for walk-ins, phone calls, or online chat through our Facebook page
  • Friday - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - available for online chat through our Facebook page

 

NEW licensing requirements

Changes to the Michigan Social Work General Rules - January 2017

 

Motivational Interviewing: An Interprofessional Training for CHHS Students - Tuesday, Feb. 21, 9 to 11:30 a.m.  CHHS 4010

Motivational Interviewing focuses on the provision of accurate, non-judgemental feedback regarding a client's risks and experience of health-related problems, while avoiding labels, confrontation and specific interviewer-generated goals for client  behavior change.  Motivational Interviewing can be very helpful in working with individuals who are considering movement toward changing their behavior but have not yet made the decision to take action. RSVP by Feb. 10.

 

TF-CBT Field Instructor Training

Are you a Field Instructor interested in learning more about TF-CBT?  Interested in becoming part of the TF-CBT field instructor cohort for the 2017-18 academic year?  Consider attending the upcoming TF-CBT Training by WMU School of Social Work graduate Kris Buffington.

 

Information sessions

Join us to learn more about the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs at Western Michigan University. For both programs, attendees will receive relevant information about our programs, our faculty research, and the unique qualities of WMU.

Kalamazoo

MSW Info Sessions       BSW Info Sessions

Grand Rapids

MSW Information Session is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20, from 4 - 5 p.m. at the WMU Beltline location, 2333 E. Beltline SE, Grand Rapids. RSVP here.

 

Trauma Specialization and TF-CBT information sessions

This session will be held in Kalamazoo. Southwest students may attend any of these information sessions via CVT/Lifesize by notifying Marian Tripplett and Karen VanDeusen prior to the scheduled date.

  • Kalamazoo (CHHS, room 4267): Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30 p.m.

 

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