Social Work Program | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Social Work

    God calls people to stand-up for human dignity and justice. Whether it’s in child welfare, mental health, corrections, or one of many other settings, social workers are willing to answer this call. They reach out to individuals, families, groups, and communities to improve the quality of life for everyone, regardless of their background, financial status, or the color of their skin.

    As a social work major at Franciscan University you will learn how to help men and women help themselves and overcome the obstacles, both personal and environmental, that exert a negative impact on their lives. You will learn how to communicate effectively, build relationships with clients and constituents, and utilize research to support your practice. Additionally, you will analyze government policies and understand how they aim to assist the vulnerable and at-risk among us. You will also learn to embrace the values that undergird the social work profession and how to effectively and competently serve diverse populations while honoring their dignity. And, because Franciscan University is committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church, you will learn what the Church teaches about human rights, as well as social, environmental, and economic justice, and how these teachings can help guide your practice as a professional social worker.

    Training for Your Future

    Becoming a confident and competent Catholic social worker is a process—one that includes field experience and classroom skills training. In addition to your coursework, you will complete internships in various settings, including medical, mental health, and faith based facilities, working with a diverse spectrum of people in need. You will learn to be confident in your training, and prepared for state licensure exams, graduate education, and a professional career.

    Social Work Program Goals:

    The program will prepare students:

    1. To become competent generalist practitioners who can effectively intervene with client systems at all levels of intervention
    2. To conduct themselves ethically, in congruence with social work values, and in a manner that honors the dignity of all persons.
    3. To conduct themselves ethically, in congruence with social work values, and in a manner that honors the dignity of all persons.
    4. To be able to consume and produce research to inform generalist practice.
    5. To be aware of the influence of culture, context, and diversity on social work practice and policy development
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Steubenville, Ohio 43952

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