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Walla Walla University—Missoula

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 contract 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.


Laurelle C. Warner

Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(406) 549-1050

laurelle.warner@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • MSW University of Connecticut School of Social Work, 1989
  • PhD Candidate, in progress Loma Linda University; Social Policy and Social Research
  • Certificate: Basic Mediation Training, Center for Conflict Resolution, La Sierra University, 2013 
  • Certificate: Research on Spirituality and Health, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University Medical Center, 2011 
  • Certificate: Addiction, New England Institute of Addiction Studies and Colby College, 1989
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). State of Montana, 2016
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), State of Connecticut, 1997

Teaching Areas 

Practice with Individuals and Field Seminar, Practice with Groups, Practice with Couples and Families, Field Seminar

    Research/Interests

    Resilience in the Lives of Black Women

    Hobbies

    Knowing, understanding, and applying theories from various fields; enjoying the beauty of nature

    Other

    Faculty Awards

    2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Social Workers, California Inland Empire

    Service

    • Civically engaged, on a range of committees and fellowship at WWU, pro bono counseling/therapeutic services offered 
    • Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, NASW member 

    Karen Emerson

    Missoula Field Education Coordinator
    Instructor of Social Work and Sociology

    (406) 549-1797

    karen.emerson@wallawalla.edu

    Education

    • MSW
    • LCSW

    Kevin Grussling

    Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

    (406) 542-8425

    kevin.grussling@wallawalla.edu

    Education

    • MSW 
    • DSW (abd)

    Randi Hankins

    Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

    (509) 527-2314

    randi.hankins@wallawalla.edu

    Education

    • MSW
    • LICSW

    Judith Jones

    Front Desk Receptionist

    (406) 549-4928

    judith.jones@wallawalla.edu

    Angela Schwab 

    Administrative Assistant/Front Desk Receptionist

    (406) 549-4928

    angela.schwab@wallawalla.edu


    Ann Szalda-Petree

    Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology

    (406) 721-2075

    ann.szalda-petree@wallawalla.edu

    Education

    • MSW Walla Walla University, 2005
    • PhD University of Montana, 1993; Psychology
    • MA University of Montana, 1992; Psychology
    • BS Seattle University, 1988; Psychology
    • LCSW

    Teaching Areas
    Advanced Individual Practice, Advanced Group Practice, Advanced Family Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Approaches, Research Methods, Advanced Clinical Evaluation and Clinical Issues in Relationships

      Research/Interests
      I am beginning an investigation into the relationship between attachment and belief in conspiracy theories. I am currently conducting research on decreasing recidivism among people going through pre-release programs. I frequently read about the use of humor in psychotherapy.

      Hobbies
      Spending time with family and in the outdoors, running, radio and podcast production, music writing and production, bicycling and reading

      Other

      Professional Memberships/Affiliations
      NASW

      Service

      • President of the Board of Directors at KFGM Missoula Community Radio 105.5 FM, streaming at 1055KFGM.org
      • Radio show host and producer for KFGM and the Community Radio Network of Montana
      Last update on January 17, 2019