Social Work

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Academic Building HC 219
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield CT 06825

Program Director

Bronwyn Cross-Denny, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor

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Social work is a profession committed to working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and the community to help people maximize their well-being and to help resolve, minimize, or prevent problems in living. Sacred Heart University’s Social Work Programs consists of individualized learning, close faculty contact and advisement, and a highly personal focus. Students study Social Welfare Policy and Services, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Practice, Human Diversity and Social Justice, Junior and Senior Field Practicum and Seminar, and Research Methods. Students spend three semesters (600 hours) in field agencies as social work interns, learning practice skills under the supervision of professional social workers.

Social Workers work in a variety of settings such as, schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, substance abuse and rehabilitation agencies, juvenile and adult probation, and many other public and private agencies. Graduates of the program have been highly successful in their search for employment and in graduate school admissions. Students who are eligible may apply for Advanced Standing in a Master of Social Work program allowing completion of the MSW in one year.

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Latest News

Interdisciplinary Faculty Offer Interpretations of Pope’s ‘The Joy of Love’

June 1, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—An interdisciplinary panel of Sacred Heart University faculty members came together recently in the school’s Schine Auditorium to offer their respective interpretations of “The Joy of Love: Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation.” Pope Francis drafted the 256-page document following two synods (gatherings of bishops) at the Vatican, and it represents his reflections on those assemblies. His focus is on pastoral ministry—marriage, family, relationships and love.

Students Devote Spring Break to Service Work Around the World

March 18, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Dozens of Sacred Heart University students participated in service trips around the globe during their recent spring break. Groups of students traveled to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Colombia to work on a number of projects for marginalized communities. Other groups traveled with the University’s Habitat for Humanity club within the nation—to Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia—to build and remodel houses.

Social Work Students Obtain Hands-on Experience at Lobby Day

December 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s Social Work Club sponsored 29 Sacred Heart students and faculty on a trip to Hartford at the end of October for Lobby Day—a statewide event that serves to educate social workers on the lobbying process. Hosted by the National Association of Social Workers – Connecticut Chapter (NASW – CT), Lobby Day was attended by some 200 students, faculty, and social work professionals.