University of Washington School of Social Work

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School of Social Work
Former names
Graduate School of Social Work
(1934–1958)
Type Public
Established 1934 (graduate-level)
1958 (independent school)[1]
Dean Edwina Uehara
Location Seattle, Washington, USA
47°39′26″N 122°18′45″W / 47.65722°N 122.31250°W / 47.65722; -122.31250Coordinates: 47°39′26″N 122°18′45″W / 47.65722°N 122.31250°W / 47.65722; -122.31250
Website socialwork.uw.edu
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The University of Washington School of Social Work offers undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degree programs in social work with an enrollment of more than 600 students. The School is located in the University District neighborhood of Seattle, Washington adjacent to the main University of Washington campus. Beginning in the early 1900s, the School developed from a single course to an independent department accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Today, the School is ranked as one of the United States’ top graduate programs in social work by the U.S. News & World Report.

History[edit]

1900s[edit]

In 1918, the University used Red Cross funding to establish a social casework course in the Department of Sociology in order to train caseworkers to provide services to families of servicemen returning from World War I. This represented the first formal social work training in the state of Washington. [2][3]

1930s[edit]

At the height of the Great Depression in 1934, UW established the graduate program at the School with funding from the Washington State Emergency Relief Association in response to the need for public agency social workers and administrators in the region.[4] The School’s graduate program became independent in 1934 under the direction of Arlien Johnson [5] and was formally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education during the same year.[6] Ernest Witte becomes the school's director in 1939, adopting a two-year masters program, and expanding the curriculum and fieldwork opportunities. [3]

The School gained independent status as a professional school in 1958.[7] The undergraduate program was established in 1959[8] and formally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1975.[9] The School officially added a doctoral program in 1975 and a three-year evening master’s degree program in the 1980s.[10]

Achievements[edit]

Rankings[edit]

In 2016, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the School third among the United States' nearly 220 schools with master of social work degree programs.[11]

Research[edit]

Current research centers include the Social Development Research Group,[12] the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute,[13] and Partners for Our Children.[14]

Partnerships[edit]

Since 2006, the School of Social Work has partnered with the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia to develop social work curriculum and train social work professionals to address pressing societal problems, following years of civil discord.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wills, Antoinette; Bolcer, John D. (August 4, 2014). University of Washington. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-467-13182-7. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Methods of Social Service and Case Work". Catalogue: University of Washington 1917-1918. Department of Printing, University of Washington, 1918, p.171
  3. ^ a b "School of Social Work History". 
  4. ^ Bravo, Nesley, "Icing on the Cake", The UW Daily
  5. ^ "General Series". Catalogue Number for 1936-1937 Sessions. University of Washington, 1936, No. 450, p. 190
  6. ^ Accreditation by Council of Social Work Education
  7. ^ "School of Social Work At U.W. Gets School Status". The Seattle Times, 1958, p. 45
  8. ^ "School of Social Work History", University of Washington p.3
  9. ^ Accreditation by Council of Social Work Education
  10. ^ "School of Social Work History", University of Washington p.4
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Large, Jerry, "A Cure for Social Ills? Prevention" The Seattle Times
  13. ^ Burlingame, Liz, "Indigenous Wellness Research Institute Launches Tonight" The UW Daily
  14. ^ Bach, Ashley "Ballmers Give $10 Million to Help State's Children" The Seattle Times
  15. ^ Gillet, Kit, "Cambodia Trains Social Workers to Curb Reliance on Foreign Aid" The New York Times

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