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SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Viewbook 2018–2019


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OUR GOAL Now, more than ever, we need to double down and bring social work expertise to bear on the big social challenges of our day. We welcome thinkers and doers—activist-learners who will join with their cohort, faculty and community partners to work collaboratively for social justice. Our goal is to teach the values, knowledge and skills required to lead and succeed so that your passion for change makes a real and lasting impact. eddie uehara professor and ballmer endowed dean in social work


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How WE stand out




NATIONALLY Learning CELEBRATED environment faculty

SOCIAL INNOVATIOn & research leader

DEGREES OFFERED Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) Master of Social Work (MSW) n Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare (PhD) n n

eXCEPTIONAL VALUE Out of the 15 top-ranked schools of social work at public universities, our in- and out-of-state tuition is among the lowest.




995 3.5

14 % BASW 80% MSW 6% PhD MSW applicants, on average Average GPA, incoming MSW students

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Full-time faculty

Fellows of the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare UW excellence in teaching award recipients

our student body



17% men

47% students of color MSW STUDENTS RECEIVE 70% (non-loan) FINANCIAL SUPPORT

In a recent ALUMNI survey

84.9% work in the social work field 87.4% engage in direct practice 39.6% are in leadership positions VIEWBOOK 2018–2019


SOCIAL WORK—one of the fastest-growing occupationS in the United States As one of the fastest-growing careers in the country, social work offers challenging and rewarding opportunities in health care, mental health, research, education, government agencies and the nonprofit sector. Employment in some specialties will experience greater-than-average job growth in the next five years.

More jobs by 2022

27% Clinical social workers_______________ 26.8% Medical social workers______________ 22% Marriage and family therapists______ 29% Health care social workers__________

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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OUR PROGRAMS Learning that values diversity Join one of the most diverse learning environments on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus and experience a social work education unlike any other. Our top-ranked programs and supervised field placements provide a lifelong foundation for a career dedicated to social justice. We offer nationally recognized academic programs, a highly engaged faculty, and leading edge research and innovation centers so that you can build professional expertise, hone investigative skills, and nurture your ability to lead and serve in a multicultural world. At the School of Social Work, you’ll collaborate with students, faculty and community leaders who believe, like you, that social work can change lives, transform communities and make a real and lasting impact. YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE.

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Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare PROGRAM A deep passion for social change is the foundation for a career in social work. Our two-year BASW undergraduate program prepares students for professional, entry-level social work positions as well as advanced graduate study in social work and related fields, including law, public health and public policy. Graduates with a BASW degree may apply for our accelerated 10-month advanced standing MSW program.

CINTHIA PIEDRA BASW Student Puyallup, Washington was born in Ecuador and moved to the U.S. when “ II was two years old. I know there are lots of people out there, especially youth just like me, who have to adapt to a new culture and language. That is why I want to focus on working with youth. I chose UW and this program because I knew they would challenge me. Both have made me step out of my

comfort zone and grow as a person.

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BASW PROGRAM If you have a strong interest in human behavior, direct service and social justice, this undergraduate program is for you. The BASW prepares entry-level social workers for generalist practice in culturally rich and diverse communities. Classes focus on practice skills and intervention strategies to create equitable futures for all. Additional coursework includes human behavior, social policy, research methods and cultural diversity. During the course of study, students develop social work skills in a range of settings that include working with individuals, families, communities, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Our program combines classroom learning, community service and 480 hours of supervised field experience to give you the grounding required to become a focused and effective change leader.



Our top-ranked MSW program prepares you for leadership and direct practice positions in a variety of professional settings ranging from health, aging and mental health to public education, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. We offer three distinct degree paths—Day, Advanced Standing and Extended Degree— to accommodate your personal and professional interests, educational backgrounds and work-life demands. Students who have completed any undergraduate degree are welcome to apply to the Day or Extended Degree programs. Our MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Please note that the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to any of our MSW programs.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION For MSW Advanced Standing and Day Program Students n







Administration and Policy PRACTICE: Learn how to take on leadership roles in human services organizations and policy arenas. Children, Youth and Families Practice: Work with children and families, using a framework that is culturally sensitive, collaborative and empowering. Multigenerational Practice: Focus on families across the life course, with an emphasis on aging and older adults. Community-centered Integrative Practice: Partner and lead in transformative social work practice across systems within diverse and marginalized communities, both local and global. Health practice: Learn to work in diverse health care settings, with an emphasis on short-term, brief interventions with individuals and families. Mental health PRACTICE: Focus on improving the psychosocial functioning of individuals in a range of public mental health agencies and programs.

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MSW DAY PROGRAM This traditional two-year, full-time day program combines classroom learning with hands-on fieldwork. Courses focus on social work history, professional identity, policy and social justice, and build core social work skills required to partner and lead across systems within diverse and marginalized communities. You’ll be prepared for advanced professional practice—ready to embrace social work leadership, deploy powerful social interventions, and promote a just and equitable society for all.

HANA MOHAMED (pictured, left) Community-Centered Integrative Practice, Concurrent Degree MPH/MSW SEATTLE, Washington see my concurrent degrees as complementary. “ IThe social work component reminds me I am working with people; it is not just about research. I like the extra lens it provides in terms of social justice. One thing I did not expect was how close I’ve become to my cohort. During the year, there are a lot of issues we cope with, and my cohort

was always there for me.

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MSW ADVANCED STANDING This 10-month, full-time program allows students to complete their degree more quickly and to focus on the area of social work they are most passionate about. The program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students begin in midsummer with “bridge” coursework and then, in the fall, join the second-year cohort of the two-year Day Program, selecting a concentration and field placement that builds on their passion.

DP Neopaney Mental Health Practice Kent, WAshington applied to other schools, but when I realized “ Ithat the number-three ranked school of social work is right in my neighborhood, I thought, why not go there? There is a lot of financial support here for students, I can get my MSW in one year, and I could choose from six concentrations, more than most

other schools offer.

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MSW EXTENDED DEGREE Our Extended Degree Program offers a part-time path to a master’s degree in social work. With evening or weekend (Friday/Saturday) classes, it’s a popular option for adults who have work or family commitments. Students earn their degree in nine to 11 consecutive quarters, including summers. The first half of the program centers on social justice principles and core practice skills. The second half provides in-depth preparation in either of the following concentrations: • Multigenerational practice with children, family and elders • Integrative health–mental health practice

Nidhi berry

Integrative Health–Mental Health Practice brooklyn, new york The extended degree program is great for “ me. I like how I’m taking what I’ve learned in class and applying it at work and vice versa. A full-time job plus part-time school isn’t easy, but it was a smarter option for me. I’m older than many in my cohort but it’s easy to build friendships.

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MSW FIELD EDUCATION Experiential, supervised learning is how you hone the skills you need to achieve a highly effective social work career. The field education program provides a supervised and supportive learning environment where you can master and synthesize social work knowledge, values and skills. More than 300 sites—hospitals, mental health centers and community agencies, to name a few—are available for both graduate and undergraduate placement. We work closely with our field education partners to ensure that field placements complement and enhance the content taught in the classroom. MSW students learn by doing, with 400 hours as part of their foundational field education placement and 680 hours in their advanced field education experience.

CHRISTINA HUNT Community-Centered Integrative Practice, Concurrent Degree MPH/MSW SEATTLE, Washington field education with the Commercially “ My Sexually Exploited Children liaison at Children’s Administration is a great fit because I want to work with survivors of sexual- and gender-based violence. It’s an opportunity to educate others about this field, hone my skills and grow as a professional. 12 |

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PhD PROGRAM Our doctoral program is one of the nation’s leading advanced degree programs, with a focus on social justice. With access to a world-renowned research university, the program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. Our nationally prominent, multicultural faculty includes scholars who specialize in a variety of research topics and maintain ties to other disciplines. The Seattle campus is home to 15 colleges and schools, from education and public health to law and medicine, ensuring student access to diverse disciplines through coursework and research. The median time to complete the program is five years. Our graduates are in demand, especially for their skills in advanced research.


(TOHONO O’ODHAM) TUCSON, ARIZONA PhD mentors provide the “ My opportunity to learn from those who conduct social welfare research in academic settings. They offer their experiences, suggest other faculty who might be helpful, and help shape the direction of my doctoral education path.

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OUR COMMUNITY A university, a school and a city known for innovation—and coffee With renowned health care, philanthropic and social change institutions just steps from our front door, the School of Social Work is part of a world-class hub of innovation, research, culture and recreation. Join our School, our campus and our community to explore, understand and solve some of the most pressing social challenges of our time.

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How we stack up Learn and live in one of the most dynamic and beautiful regions in the country.

#1 #3 #3 #5 #6

State economy in the country ­­—Business Insider, 2016 TOP CITY FOR MILLENNIALS ­­—Inc.com, 2016 BEST CITY FOR FINDING A JOB ­­—Forbes Magazine, 2016 MOST INNOVATIVE UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD ­­ Reuters, 2016 — BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE U.S. ­­—U.S. News & World Report, 2017

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