Center for Social Work Education Gains Accolades

So far this semester, Widener’s Center for Social Work Education has received great recognition from the university and other established organizations, including multiple grants and awards. The Center for Social Work Education has three degree programs: Bachelors in Social Work (BSW), Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Doctorate in Social Work (PhD).

Dr. Beth Barol is the Associate Dean and Director of the Social Work Department and has been featured in many of the campus-wide Points of Pride emails distributed by Widener’s President Julie Wollman.

When asked about the recent attention the program has received, Barol said she is proud of the students and faculty involved. “We are all striving to help our students make a difference in our world through education, mentoring and practice,” she added.

Highlights from this semester include the disaster relief bake sale and the Good Vibes Wall for awareness of natural disasters and current tragedies. In addition, The Clinical Services for Vulnerable Adults clinic was awarded a grant and the Center for Social Work Education received the 2016-2017 Corporate Citizenship Award.

In September, the BSW Social Work 440 class desired to help people affected by the natural disasters happening in the world and coordinated a bake sale. It was a successful event and all funds raised were donated to Houston Food Bank.

Senior Social Work students from BSW 440 course

This course aimed to raise awareness in a positive way for all the recent tragedies happening in the world. The students in the course also designed and assembled the Good Vibes Wall to allow students, faculty, and staff to spread positivity and awareness of the events.

In September, the Clinical Services for Vulnerable Adults clinic was awarded a grant of over $660,000 by the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund both paid internships for Masters in Social Work (MSW) education and other needs of the clinic.

The Center for Social Work Education building

The Center for Social Work Education also received the 2016-2017 Corporate Citizenship Award. The award was given in recognition of the work done in the Social and Economics and Justice II class in fall of 2016, where Widener students collected information for a resource guide for the enhancement of trauma-informed care at healthcare providers.

This award, which according to Wollman “recognizes the Center for Social Work Education’s faculty and student research to enhance trauma care in the region,” was endowed by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

The students and faculty of the Center for Social Work Education continue to play an active role in both the Widener and Chester communities, and beyond. “I am very proud to be a member of the Center for Social Work Education at Widener,” said Barol. “Our recent recognition through these grants and awards supports our mission of promoting social justice on all levels, social policy and community engagement through our person-centered, trauma-focused clinical work with individuals, families and organizations.”

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