Pamela Cress, Dean; Cindee Bailey, James Boyd, Paul Cimmino, Cheris Current, Karen Emerson, Cindy Fleischer, Doug Fleischer, Kevin Grussling, Randi Hankins, Harriett Hilario, Lana Martin, Marja McChesney, Janet Ockerman, Helo Oidjarv, Pamela Bing Perry, Nancy Peters, Wayne Pollard, Susan Smith, Ann Szalda-Petree, Heather Vonderfecht, Marte Willoughby, Dan Yazak
The Wilma Hepker School of Social Work offers a two-year graduate program that leads to a Master of Social Work degree. The program has a clinical focus and takes a direct practice/systems approach to social work education by integrating theory and practicum experience. The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
In addition to the two-year program (six quarters), a one-year (four quarters) Advanced Standing program is offered for those who have graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an institution whose program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Social Work is a profession dedicated to improving quality of life. The Christian campus setting and the religious values of Walla Walla University complement the caring aspect of the social work profession and provide an excellent environment for a social work program.
The goals of the MSW program reflect the integration of knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession necessary for competent clinical practice:
- To prepare students for clinical social work practice that integrates critical thinking, advanced knowledge and practice of assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation of individuals, families and groups and is built on professional values, ethics, principles, practice methods, and the person-in-environment perspective of the profession.
- To ensure that students are knowledgeable about evidence-based interventions, best practices, and evidence-based research processes in clinical practice.
- To prepare students to be caring and culturally competent clinical social workers within the context of Christian values, with the sensitivity and skills to engage and work with diverse populations while providing appropriate services to clients in diverse settings.
- To prepare students to provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice of social services and to promote human rights and social and economic justice by advocating for and empowering clients who experience oppression or vulnerability.
- To assure students understand the professional use of self with clients, demonstrate professional conduct, values, ethics, use of supervision and consultation and engage in career-long learning.