Social Work Program Receives 8-Year Accreditation

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MONTICELLO — The social work program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has received an eight-year accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CWSE), according to Dr. Rick Clubb, dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The accreditation means UAM social work graduates will qualify to take the Arkansas state social work licensing examination. “You can’t take the test if you have not graduated from an accredited program,” Clubb explained. “Someone who graduates from an unaccredited program can’t be a licensed social worker in Arkansas.”

tv_buzzworthy 10dbGraduation from an accredited program also makes UAM graduates eligible for graduate level programs, according to Clubb. “It makes our students more marketable and opens many more job opportunities. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions out there, which is why this accreditation is so important.”
UAM began its social work program in 1994 and awarded its first bachelor of social work degrees in 1998, the first year the program was granted accreditation from the CWSE. The program was reaccredited in 2006.
“This was our most successful accreditation process,” said Clubb. “We received full accreditation with no warnings or concerns. They gave us a clean audit.”

“I want to congratulate Dr. Clubb and his faculty for their hard work in the accreditation process,” said Dr. Jimmie Yeiser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Accreditation of individual programs such as social work is a positive reflection on the institution’s academic vitality.”
Clubb and his social work faculty – Andre Lewis, assistant professor and director of social work, Marie Jenkins, assistant professor and director of field education, and Donna Taylor, assistant professor – began preparing for the accreditation visit in October 2013, creating a four-volume, 500-page self-study prior to a visit from a CWSE accreditation team last April.

UAM’s social work program includes an active partnership with various social services agencies throughout southeast Arkansas. For the past five years, UAM socialwork students have been matched and placed at social work agencies for the two semesters of their senior year. Among the agencies accepting UAM students are Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Delta Counseling of Monticello, Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, Dumas Hospital, Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village, Sesame School in Monticello, and the Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home, also in Monticello.

Students are matched with licensed social work field instructors who serve as professional mentors for the seniors.

For more information, contact the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at (870) 460-1047.


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