Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology
Our mission is to train competent and ethical professionals who: embody integrity, value all people, serve their communities, and pursue social justice. Our program is designed for commuter students with one day a week classes. This makes it easy to complete your degree while still managing the demands of life. An MSW can be earned in six quarters. A four quarter advanced standing program is also available to BSW graduates who have graduated from a CSWE accredited institution.
The focus of the program is advanced clinical practice. Students may take electives in areas such as addictions, aging, child welfare, children and families, mental health, medical social work, and school social work.
The Master of Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Meet the faculty
Our faculty of full-time professors and supporting adjunct teachers is large enough to offer experience in a diverse range of areas, but small enough to allow students to get to know each faculty member. We strive to offer a quality program for our majors, including a wide range of class options and small class sizes.
Deisy Haid, D.S.W, M.S.W., LCSW
Dean of Social Work and Sociology
Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology
- LCSW Oregon
- BSW Walla Walla University
- MSW Walla Walla University
Crisis intervention and stabilization, children psychiatric residential, juvenile justice, child welfare and adoptions, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, child and family therapy, collaborative problem solving and wraparound
Family time, making authentic Mexican food, reading, playing sports/exercising and binge watching Netflix
- Charter member of the National Honor Society of Social Work Students PI XI Chapter since 2009
- Community Partner of the Month Award from Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division—2016
- Clinician of the Month Award from Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division—2012
- Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Association—2018–current
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer—2017–current
- Hispanic Interagency Networking Team and Gang Violence Task Force—2012-2013
David Wiltfong, M.S.W., B.S., LCSW
Missoula Field Education Coordinator
Instructor of Social Work and Sociology
(406) 549-1797 ext. 2294
I have been happily married to my wife Kate since 2007. Together we have two daughters, Francie (9) and Ruby (7), and a lab, Holly. We enjoy all that living in Western Montana has to offer us. I prioritize time with my family and other forms of self-care because that allows me to best serve those I work with.
Prior to joining Walla Walla University in 2019 I worked with Missoula Correctional Services as Director of Treatment in the Pre-Release department (MPRC) since 2002. MPRC is a residential facility for adult felony offenders transitioning out of criminal justice facilities and onto probation and parole. As a social worker in corrections, I was consistently engaged across all areas of the social work spectrum including mental health, addiction, education, housing, employment, and the larger criminal justice system. I believe that relationships and connectedness are the foundation of the safety and security people need to make lasting change. In addition to overseeing treatment operations at MPRC, I also provided on-site supervision for practicum students as well as staff that were license eligible. Lastly, I have a small private practice two evenings a week where I facilitate batterer intervention and an anger management program as well as see a handful of private clients. I am proud of the education that I obtained at Walla Walla and believe that social workers are key components of ensuring safe and healthy individuals and communities.