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Wilmer Hepker School of Social Work Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

Pamela Keele Cress, Dean; Heather Vonderfecht (MSW Program Director) Cindee Bailey, James Boyd, Paul Cimmino, Cheris Current, Karen Emerson, Kevin Grussling, Randi Hankins, Harriett Hilario,  Janet Ockerman, Helo Oidjarv,  Pamela Bing Perry,  Nancy Peters, Wayne Pollard, Susan Smith, Ann Szalda-Petree,, Marte White, 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. Treatment methods focus on individual, group, and family work and clinical assessment is used to evaluate effective clinical practice.  Students are evaluated for competency through the demonstration of advanced level competencies and clinical practice behaviors. The MSW program is fully 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. 

  1. 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.
  2. To ensure that students are knowledgeable about evidence-based interventions, best practices, and evidence-based research processes in clinical practice.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.

Advanced Standing. Advanced standing status is available to students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree earned within the last 6 years from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and have both a cumulative and Social Work G.P.A. of 3.00 or higher.

Transfer Students. A student who wishes to transfer from another school and/or MSW program into the MSW program at WWU must provide a letter of good standing from their current school. Classroom courses and/or supervised field practicum completed in other nationally accredited graduate schools of social work may be accepted for credit toward the MSW degree when such courses and supervised field practicum are considered equivalent to work offered in the WWU social work program. Students accepted must complete at least 40 hours of graduate credit while in residence at Walla Walla University for the MSW degree. See policy on transfer credit.

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