In your final year, you will participate in a hands-on field experience in a local health or community service site. Site experiences introduce you to the broad range of opportunities available to you as a future social worker working with populations such as children, older adults, immigrants and refugees, and people living with disabilities. Sites also provide experience in community outreach and advocacy that benefit all people.
UNE prepares health professions students for the 21st century collaborative workforce through Interprofessional Education (IPE). IPE captures intentional course work and learning experiences to provide opportunities that enhance health professional’s capacity in teamwork, communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution. IPE is informed by the undergraduate common curriculum and strengthened by IPE/WCHP events and clinical experiences.
As a student in our School of Social Work, you will have opportunities to participate with UNE classmates in a variety of global learning experiences. UNE's Global Education Programs are designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the perspectives, practices, and customs of diverse populations through on-site immersion learning.
UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions also offers a unique opportunity for a Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana, West Africa. The experience commonly occurs in August and involves interprofessional groups of students and faculty who deliver primary care and related services in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. You work closely with community health outreach workers and professionals from the Effia Nkwanta College of Nursing and Midwifery, along with licensed providers from the Ghana Health Ministry. The work involves interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange.
Clubs and Organizations
Your time at UNE also includes valuable experiences outside the academic setting, with more than 90 student clubs — ranging from outdoor recreation to our student newspaper to a student theater company — allow you to interact with other students and faculty members in the ways that matter most to you.
School of Social Work Student Organization
We provide a platform through which you can make your voice heard and organize with peers to affect change within the School and within UNE. We also help plan the yearly commencement celebration for the graduating Social Work class. The School of Social Work Student Organization (SSWSO) promotes a sense of community among students in the program, and gives voice to MSW students. We hold regular meetings, plan educational and social events, and connect with students in other academic departments at UNE. Members of our group sit on the WCHP Graduate and Professional Association governing board, and attend School of Social Work meetings.
Our program is aligned with State of Maine social work licensing requirements. We encourage you to research the state licensing requirements for the state in which you intend to practice and have assembled this list of state licensing requirements tp help since they vary from state to state.
When you enroll in the School of Social Work, you automatically become a member of the SSWSO, and we encourage you to become actively involved through participating in our various committees dedicated to social events, orientation, self-care, lunch and learns, commencement, and social work appreciation month. You are also invited to participate in the monthly School Meeting of all Social Work faculty and staff, and to participate on the following faculty committees focused on curriculum, admissions, student development, alumni, and program assessment.
Why join the SSSWSO?
- Promote communication and community.
- Develop planning and facilitation skills.
- Advance your own and other students’ interests.
- Raise awareness of social justice issues on campus.
- Network with students in other cohorts and programs.
- Have fun!
SSSWSO participation may count toward your Field Practicum, with the approval of your Field Advisor and Field Instructor, according to these guidelines:
- If you play a leading role in the organization, you may count two hours per month toward your practicum.
- If you participate on a committee and attend the monthly School Meeting, you may count four hours per month toward your practicum.
- If you participate on two committees and attend the monthly School Meeting, you may count six hours per month toward your practicum.
- The maximum number of hours per month you may count from this category is eight.
- Participation is written into your Field Learning Contract.
Student Organization Officers
The mission of the Intramural Sports program is to provide fun and safe activities for the UNE community for the purpose of promoting growth and development, positive interpersonal relationships, and healthy lifestyles. The UNE Intramural Sports program offers all undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, faculty, and professional staff 22+ opportunities to engage in a wide variety of recreational activities. These activities are open to men and women and include both team and individual sport activities.