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 SRU's Social Work Program Endorsed by National Council 



March 22, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854;


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The national Council on Social Work Education has re-affirmed Slippery Rock University’s Social Work Program for eight years. The backing means the program meets the council’s curriculum standards for preparing graduates to work at social service agencies.

The reaffirmation followed a five-year review of program faculty, curriculum, goals, administrative structure and success of graduates.

“This re-affirmation guarantees for the public that the academic standards are such that our program is top-notch in the country and the state,” said SRU’s Dr. Thomas Bechard, assistant professor of sociology/anthropology and social work and program coordinator.

           Based in Alexandria, Va., the Council on Social Work Education promotes academic excellence in social work and specifies the curricular content that best prepares students for professional social work practice. To be affirmed, the council requires a solid core of courses on social welfare issues and policies, social work practice skills, research methods and background in psychology, biology, economics, diversity and politics.

            With 117 students enrolled, SRU’s Social Work Program prepares graduates for general social work practice, Bechard said. Graduates typically find work in child welfare, juvenile and adult corrections, public assistance, health and mental health, aging, and addiction treatment.

           SRU’s program is 54 credits and requires a 540-hour internship. Students graduate with a bachelor of science degree in social work.

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    SRU offers core social work courses at the Regional Learning Alliance in Marshall Township, Allegheny County. They include “Social Welfare Institutions,” “Social Work Methods III” and “Social Policy Issues” and are offered in the evening. These courses make higher education convenient for working professionals.

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