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Springfield College School Of Social Work Offers The M.S.W. Weekend Program At Saint Vincent Hospital In Worcester

Posted August 27, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Springfield College School of Social Work (SSW) will offer its entire three-year, master of social work (M.S.W.) weekend program at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass. in response to a high number of students enrolling in the M.S.W. program since it was introduced at the hospital in September of 2011.

“There is a demand for certified social workers in central Massachusetts,” said Francine Vecchiolla, dean of the SSW. “This partnership will result in highly trained professionals. It is an ideal arrangement between a hospital committed to addressing community needs and a college dedicated to preparing social workers with the latest knowledge and skills.”

The M.S.W. weekend program features a concentration in advanced generalist practice that prepares students for direct practice, group work, community development, and administration in a wide variety of settings which include adoption agencies, schools, hospitals, veterans’ services, senior centers, prisons, mental health clinics, military support programs, public social agencies, and hospice care and corporations. With the advanced generalist practice, the School offers areas of emphasis in adult mental health, school social work, child welfare and child mental health services, and gerontology.

Along with the M.S.W. weekend program in Worcester, the School will continue to offer programs in Springfield including the M.S.W. weekend program and the M.S.W. weekday program, which students can complete in two years with classes two days a week. Also available is an advanced standing master of social work program for qualified graduates of bachelor of social work programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. At the post-master’s level, the School offers a certificate program in advanced practice with children and families. Additionally, the school offers a four-year, combined master of social work/juris doctorate program in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law. The SSW is located at the Springfield College Brennan Center, a modern teaching and conference facility.

More information on the program is available by calling SSW Admissions Coordinator Chris Hinely at (413) 748-3060, or by clicking on springfieldcollege.edu/ssw.

The SSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the official accrediting body of social work programs in the United States. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure in all 50 states. M.S.W./J.D. graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure and bar examination.

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