George Mason’s Social Work Program Receives National Accreditation

Posted: August 24, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lori Jennings

George Mason’s Department of Social Work, housed within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), has reached an important industry milestone by receiving national accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education for its Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

“Providing accreditation for social work programs has proven to be a necessity in today’s environment, and we view reaching this milestone as furthering a trend in the profession that helps bolster the important work done by our students and alumni,” says Shirley Travis, dean of CHHS.

George Mason’s MSW program offers the only national program specializing exclusively in the “macro” practice of social work. After gaining a foundation in working directly with clients, students learn the skills to become leaders in human service agencies, their communities and the social policy arena.

“We follow a philosophy known as ‘person and environment,’ where we look at people or groups in a broad social context,” says Sunny Harris Rome, chair of the Department of Social Work. “We believe this perspective allows for our work to have a greater impact on the populations and communities we serve.”

The Department of Social Work offers an undergraduate program, with a solid 30-year track record, as well as the master’s program created in 2002. The 60-credit master’s program combines academic training with more than 1,000 hours of supervised field work, emphasizing organizational leadership, community practice, policy and advocacy.

The department became part of CHHS in July to help maximize synergies within the new multidisciplinary college focused on the health and human service needs of the region.

The accreditation of the MSW program will be celebrated at an event at the Arlington Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. Students; alumni; university administrators; community practitioners; heads of local agencies, state and national organizations; and area policy makers will be invited.

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