UTSA Social Work Students give Haven for Hope common room an "Extreme Makeover"
On Monday, April 29, students from the UTSA Department of Social Work in the College of Public Policy dedicated a room on the Haven for Hope campus that they had spent the previous three months renovating and furnishing as part of an “extreme makeover” project they organized over the course of the semester.
The students invited residents from Haven for Hope, UTSA faculty and staff, city officials and Bill Greehey, chairman of the board of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC, to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Read More...
Prospective Applicants - Find out about what you can do with an MSW degree, the academic program, how to apply, financial aid and other resources. Read more...
Program mission, vision, and values - The mission, vision, and values of the UTSA graduate program in social work can be found here.
Curriculum - The Department offers two options for students: the 60 hour curriculum available to those students with undergraduate degrees in something other than social work; and the 36-hour curriculum available to those students with an undergraduate degree in social work.Read more...
Field Education - The M.S.W. degree prepares students for advanced, culturally competent social work practice. Graduates work in professional positions serving individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Read more...
Taking the Texas State Licensing Exam - Students interested in taking the state of Texas social work licensing exam are strongly encouraged to begin the process about 3 months before they take the exam. Read more..
New Rules for State Licensing Board - On April 28, 2013, new rules were adopted for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Click here for more information.
Important Field Dates
2 Days Before Final Liason Visit
Draft of Evaluation completed by student and Field Instructor due to Liaison
Monday, April 22
End-of-Semester liaison visits begin
Friday, May 3
End of Field for Spring Semester AND Final Evaluations due to Field Office
Note: Again, Students are responsible for providing an ELECTRONIC COPY of the Final Evaluation (including the signature page and an assigned number grade) to the Field Office at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Instructors keep the original document. *If you are unable to provide an electronic copy, bring in a hard copy and the Field Office will be available to scan the documents as needed.
Spring 2013 Class Schedule Click here to see a copy of the Department of Social Work Spring 2013 class schedule.
Department Newsletter - Click here to see the latest issue of the department newsletter.
Social Work Advocating for Change Together (SWACT) undergoing change - SWACT is our MSW student organization. The purpose, goals, and objectives of the organization are currently under review. It is expected that this review will result in a revised focus for the organization which will be introduced beginning with the spring 2013 semester. Please direct any questions about the organization to Elvia Obregon-Mendoza at email@example.com.
Office of Student Services and Field (OSSF) has been created to consolidate and centralize services to students in the program. Click here for more information.
Graduate Catalog - Click here for a copy of the UTSA 2011-2013 Graduate Catalog.
Information Bulletin - Click here for a copy of the UTSA 2011-2012 Information Bulletin.
Student Handbook - Click here for a copy of the 2011 - 2013 MSW Handbook and Student Field Manual.
New and Noteworthy
UTSA Social Work Education Program Title IV-E (SWEPT)
The program provides enhanced skills to child protective workers and helps prepare students for a career in the child welfare practice. Answers to frequently asked questions and contact information can be found here. An application for the program is available here.
CSWE 2012 Annual Report - Click here to learn more about 2012 CSWE Annual Report Foundation Competencies Assessment Results. Click here to learn more about 2012 CSWE Annual Report Advanced Competencies Assessment Results. Click here to learn more about the CSWE Annual Survey Data for 2012.
Spring New Student Orientation - The orientation for spring 2013 incoming students is scheduled for Friday, January 11, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday, January 12, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The Saturday session is usually held in the morning; however, it has been moved to the afternoon since UTSA's orientation for new graduate students is that morning and we don't want to compete with that event. Faculty members will greet students during the Friday opening session and will participate in the luncheon from 11:45-12:30 that day.
Going Global -Technology-enabled Learning - Use of a hybrid learning approach and the virtual classroom is on the rise in the department. This approach is making it possible to accommodate the learning needs of a broader range of students and conserve limited teaching space at the Downtown Campus.
CSWE – 2013 Annual Program Meeting (APM)
The APM is the premier national meeting in the social work education field. More than 3,000 social work educators, administrators, practitioners, students, and other key decision makers from across the country and internationally attend APM each year. The 2013 conference will be held October 31 - November 3 in Dallas, Texas. For more information please use the following link: CSWE
Social Work Advocacy Day at the legislature
NASW will hold its biennial Social Work Advocacy Day Tuesday, March 5, from 8:30 am – 12 noon at the Texas Capitol. Social workers from across the state hold a rally at the capitol building and participate in educational sessions about key state legislation. NASW’s legislative priorities for the current session are listed below. UTSA will be partnering with the Alamo Unit of NASW to caravan to Austin for this event. Contact Dr. Bob if you are interested in participating. Students in field may count on-site hours as part of their field practicum. For more information on the event go to the NASW Texas website at NASTW.
NASW Texas legislative priorities:
• Increased compensation and reimbursement for social workers
• Establishment of a Social Work Center for Workplace Studies
• Creation of a Texas social worker loan repayment program
• Funding for research and education at schools of social work
• Legislative protections for school social workers, volunteers, and victims services workers
22nd Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference
The 22nd Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference, School Social Workers: Empowering Student Success, will be held on February 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Click here for a copy of the conference brochure as well as information on how to register for the conference.