CU offers master of social work degree

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By The Staff

Joan C. McKinney

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University now offers a master of social work degree that is offered in an evening and online format to accommodate the non-traditional working student, according to Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling.

Eastridge said the new master's degree is a program "intended for people employed in social work positions who need a graduate degree for promotion or licensure yet who are unable to travel to urban areas and who are forced to settle for degrees that do not meet qualifications for social service supervisory positions."

The MSW courses are offered in 10-week trimester sessions with many trimesters requiring only one night a week on campus. The degree is a 60-hour credit program for two years.

"This program is attractive to local students due to the close proximity to their homes," Eastridge said. "The program provides students an opportunity to attain a master degree that prepares them for leadership, program development and administration."

Eastridge said another reason for students to enroll in the master of social work degree program is "specialized attention." She said the average size of the graduate class is less than seven students per course.

"The goal of the MSW program is to prepare graduates to work in a variety of settings with a variety of client types and systems."

She said models emphasizing the ecological and strength perspectives are infused throughout the educational experience.

"Using these models within a Christian/social work value base, graduates are prepared to provide assessment and intervention transactions with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations," Eastridge said.

She said the curriculum in family practice addresses needs and concerns identified by the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children in its current and pending shortages of professionally trained social workers.

"We at Campbellsville University view social work as a helping profession sanctioned by society to assist in the elimination of human suffering," Eastridge said.

For more information about the program, contact Eastridge at dfeastridge@campbellsville.edu or call Karla Deaton, coordinator for graduate and extended programs, at 789-5078 or krdeaton@campbellsville.edu.

- Joan C. McKinney is director of university communications at Campbellsville University.