SOCIAL WORK PARRIS J. BAKER, Ph.D., MSSA, Program Director FACULTY: Associate Professor: Sara Lichtenwalter. Assistant Professor: Parris J. Baker. Adjunct: Sam Harakal, Thomas Klobchar, Audrey McLaughlin, Charles Murphy. The practice of professional social work requires not only the intellectual capacity to absorb a substantial body of knowledge, but also the ability to master skills in interpersonal relationships, to effect social change through social policy advocacy, and to consume and produce relevant, evidence-based research. Professional social work promotes personal commitment to the NASW Code of Ethics and the fundamental principles and tenets of Catholic Social Thought. Critical to the development of professional social workers at the baccalaureate level is the acquisition of generalist practice skills, the capacity to work with various size client systems; to interact with diverse populations who may function in different social and cultural environments; and to embrace the challenges of securing social and economic justice. The mission of the Gannon University Social Work Program is to prepare students as social work professionals able to competently promote human and community well-being by utilizing social work knowledge, values and skills. Through a curriculum informed by the Judeo-Christian concept of social caring and social work professional values, we produce graduates committed to: service; integrity; social and economic justice; human rights; the dignity and worth of the person and their relationships; and scientific inquiry; who will become leaders in local, regional, and global communities. Gannon University Social Work Program directs special attention toward preparing students to engage international social work practice and policy, to conceptualize the interrelationship and interdependence of our global community, to promote human rights as defined by the United Nationsâ€™ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to analyze international social welfare concerns such as poverty, healthcare, and social and economic justice. The Social Work Program of Gannon University is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education. Upon graduation, students who have earned a letter grade of B or better in the social work concentration and are accepted in an accredited master of social work program can achieve Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing permits students to complete graduate social work education in 12-18 months.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: SCWK 111: Introduction to Social Work This is the first course in the Social Work program and is required for all other courses in the Social Work Sequence. It provides the student an opportunity to learn about Social Work and exposes him/her to the field of Social Work Practice. Students are also required to participate in field observation in an agency setting for 3 hours per week. 3 credits, fall SCWK 211: Intro to Gerontology An overview of the study of gerontology. Examines aging in America, stereotypes, theories on aging, adult development, work and living environments, and selected problems of the elderly. This course has a service-learning component. 3 credits, fall SCWK 212: Social Problems, Services and Issues This is the foundation course of the Social policy sequence and is required for admission to the Social Work Program. It is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the historical development of social welfare policy in the United States. In addition to its primary purpose of introducing students to the social policy process, this course provides students