Social Work at Sacred Heart University is pleased to offer both undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) social work programs. Both programs prepare future social workers to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro practice to best serve client systems in an ever-changing world within a social justice framework utilizing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
Social work is a profession committed to working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and the community to maximize well-being and to help resolve, minimize, or prevent problems in living. Sacred Heart University’s Social Work Programs consist of individualized learning, close faculty contact and advisement, and a highly personal focus.
Social Workers practice 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. For more information about careers in social work, visit the National Association of Social Workers website.
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Latest News & Events
Interprofessional Work is Key to Schoolchildren’s Success
February 22, 2019
About 40 Sacred Heart University students studying education, social work, speech-language pathology and physical and occupational therapy recently got a look at how their disciplines intertwine in school environments, thanks to a grant from the College of Health Professions. The graduate students participated in a three-hour program that aimed to help them better understand each other’s roles and how they overlap to help the children they one day will assist to have more meaningful, rewarding and successful school experiences.
Activist Urges SHU Students to Follow Ideas for Social Justice
February 20, 2019
Students, faculty and local community members gathered at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communication Center’s theater to hear Missouri activist Cori Bush speak as a part of the Human Journey Colloquia Series. Bush discussed her experiences with police violence and resource deprivation during the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in the St. Louis and Ferguson areas of Missouri in the summer of 2014. Bush is a pastor, community activist, educator and nurse who saw an opportunity for change in the wake of the Ferguson unrest. Since then, Bush has run as a Democrat for Missouri's 1st Congressional District.
From Protest to Politics: Pastor Cori Bush
January 29, 2019
The Departments of Social Work, Sociology and the Human Journey Colloquia Series will host guest speaker Pastor Cori Bush who will present her talk, “From Protest to Politics,” on Thursday, February 7, at 11 a.m. in the Martire Center Theater (E-145) at 5401 Park Avenue, Fairfield. This event is free and open to the public. Community activist, educator and nurse Pastor Cori Bush will talk about her journey in the struggle to end police violence and resource deprivation in the St. Louis/Ferguson area. For her, the protests were and remain important, but the work evolved into more opportunities for change. Bush, a democrat, tried to unseat incumbent Lacy Clay who represents Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, bringing her progressive plans for education, health care and justice system reform to light during the campaign.