The purpose of the Social Work program is to prepare entry-level social work professionals for generalist social work practice at the baccalaureate level of a liberal arts education.
The goals of the program are to prepare students to integrate the values, skills, knowledge and ethical standards of the social work profession with those opportunities offered to them from their liberal arts education at Ursuline College and to prepare students for graduate education in social work.
The program was initially accredited at the baccalaureate level of social work education from the Council on Social Work Education on June 19, 1995. This accreditation was reaffirmed on June 14, 2007.Social Work Fact SheetUrsuline College Annual Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning at the Program Level
Words from program co-director Sister Kathleen Cooney, Ph.D., LSW
What do social workers do?
From my perspective, here is one way of answering that question:
Social workers' hands clasp those of persons in need to raise them up, assisting them in recognizing their strengths and available resources in times of difficulty. Their hearts sort the possibilities from the pain in ways that are based on professional knowledge, skills, values and ethics. Social workers are educated to identify resources, pathways and persons who can make a difference in the lives of adults and children, families, local communities and organizations that affect people's lives. I believe that our hearts are willing, our hands are ready and our heads want to know how to implement the following words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta:"At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by: 'I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.'
Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love.
Naked not only for clothing - but naked of human dignity and respect.
Homeless not only for the want of a room of bricks -but homeless because of rejection. This Christ in distressing disguise."
Graduates of Ursuline College's Social Work Program are women and men who desire to help people and want to know how to do so effectively. What is the Program like?
Our students build friendships with each other while in the Program and build on these relationships through professional networks upon graduation. The Ursuline Program has an atmosphere of challenge and support, which is combined with student-driven efforts to reach out to the community. The student Social Work Organization seeks to make a difference in our diverse, Greater Cleveland area and become social workers of "Values, Voice and Vision." What are benefits of coming to Ursuline College's Social Work Program?
Our graduates are eligible for entry-level licensure in the state of Ohio and for 15 credits of advanced standing in a graduate school of social work. Being a graduate of Ursuline College's Social Work Program provides name-recognition in Greater Cleveland's community of social work professionals as someone who is a qualified, entry-level social work professional. The Program Advisory Board is constituted of social work and community leaders who apprise the faculty of the latest trends in policies and services. As a small social work program, you have the opportunity for a person-centered approach to your education and the opportunity to be job ready upon graduation.Sister Kathleen Cooney, Ph.D., LSWCo-Director, Social Work Program