Dear Social Work Students,

We are all so pleased that you have chosen the University of New England’s School of Social Work (UNE SSW).

The mission of both the Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work programs is to provide transformative and collaborative learning that embraces the values of social inclusion and promotes enhanced quality of life for individuals and communities."

Our goal is to provide challenging, empowering, life-changing experiences that set graduates on a continuing path of meaningful employment, social advocacy, and lifelong learning. As a school, we’re committed to the values of

  • social justice
  • culturally informed practice
  • critical inquiry
  • rigor in the delivery of face-to-face and online education

Together with our accomplished SSW faculty, community partners, and students, you’ll realize a uniquely experiential, student-centered, interprofessional approach to social work education.

Specialization Track

Our Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization (ICPS) Track prepares graduates to be leaders in the field with a curriculum focused on providing

  • critical theory
  • strong clinical skills
  • community and cultural responsiveness

All three foci are based in social work ethics and trauma informed practices. In the on-campus M.S.W. program, the ICPS is taught using state-of-the-art simulation and interprofessional approaches that bring social work students together with classmates from nine other health professions.

The online M.S.W. program offers interprofessional coursework as well as a simulated field option. The overall student experience is enriched by a diverse selection of relevant electives and an array of shared learning opportunities on campus and in the community with students from the health and health-related professions and the humanities.

Three Certificate Options

The campus-based M.S.W. program offers three certificate options:

  • Applied Arts and Social Justice
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Training in Diversity and Aging (TRIAD)

These certificates can be earned within the required program credits. (The TRIAD certificate is grant-funded and terminates AY 2022-2023. Students must be entering their specialization year by fall 2022 to pursue the TRIAD certificate). The online M.S.W. program currently offers the Trauma-Informed Practice certificate and is hoping to add the Applied Arts and Social Justice certificate soon.

Learn More About Social Work at UNE

Please come visit us on our Portland (M.S.W.) and Biddeford (B.S.W.) Maine campuses. Sit in on a class, connect with students and alumni, or talk with me or other social work faculty directly to learn more about the UNE social work experience. For those students interested in obtaining an M.S.W., there are several information sessions scheduled throughout the year.

Check out our website to learn about events for the on-campus program as well as events for our online program.

Feel free to reach out to me at any time. I am happy to answer any questions regarding all of our program options.

Jennifer O’Neil, Ph.D., LCSW, M.S.W.
Director, School of Social Work
joneil4@une.edu

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