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Springfield College School of Social Work to Hold Open House March 1

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College School of Social Work (SSW) will hold an open house for prospective students on Thursday, March 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield, and at Saint Vincent Hospital, 123 Summer St., Worcester.

The SSW offers multiple programs for students, including a full-time, two-year, weekday master of social work program in Springfield, and a part-time, three-year, weekend master of social work program in Springfield and Worcester. There are also options for graduates of Council on Social Work Education-accredited bachelor of social work programs to choose either a four-semester weekend or three-semester weekday advanced standing program. The combined master of social work/juris doctorate is a four-year, full-time program in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law. Students may also work toward a post-master’s certificate in trauma-informed practice with children and adolescents.

“The number of active social workers has been growing steadily. Between 2004-05 and 2014-15, the number of practicing social workers grew by 15.5{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5}, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that social-work jobs will grow by 11.5{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} between 2014 and 2024,” said Springfield College SSW Dean Francine Vecchiolla. “Our master of social work program offers a single, advanced, generalist concentration, which is ideal preparation for direct practice, group work, community development and organization, and administration in a wide variety of settings, including child and family agencies, schools, hospitals, veterans’ services, senior centers, prisons, mental-health clinics, military-support programs, public social agencies, hospice care, and corporations. The school is student-centered, community-focused, and committed to diversity and cultural competence and to promoting continuous learning.”

At the open house, prospective graduate students will hear from a panel of faculty members, current students, field education faculty, and admissions staff. Refreshments will be served. Advance registration for the open house is available by calling the admissions coordinator at (413) 748-3060, or prospective students may RSVP online.