Actively Involved in Outreach and Public Engagement
The University of Connecticut School of Social Work holds active involvement in social work as a pillar of its foundation, to extend far beyond academics and theory, to be involved in the doing and developing of social work practice, to benefit our communities at-large, and close-at-hand. To that end we are engaged – at the local, regional, state, national and international levels. Here are a few of the ways UConn School of Social Work works with individuals, groups and organizations:
Far-Reaching Faculty Engagement
UConn School of Social Work faculty are vitally involved in social work academic, professional, and service organizations, helping to guide the practice and scholarship of social workers. Appointments and affiliations include involvement with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Urban Affairs Association, and the State of Connecticut Commission on Health Equity among others. Faculty share expert knowledge and insights in diverse settings ranging from professional conferences and community workshops to legislative hearings. Combining professional experience, scholarship, and research, our faculty develop innovative programs and approaches, provide critical insight into the profession, and develop teaching materials that are used widely in social work education.
Our Work with State Agencies – Improving the Lives of the People of Connecticut
Through our partnerships with the Connecticut Department of Social Services, Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, the School of Social Work is able to conduct innovative research to inform policy and practice, provide expert staff training, and provide stipend opportunities for MSW students. Through these collaborations the School:
- provides a wide range of professional development training opportunities
- develops social services programs and social work practice standards
- trains social service staff for service delivery and program administration
- conducts research to address societal issues
- evaluates program models and theories and develops best practices for the profession
Read about our work with the Connecticut Department of Social Services
Read about our work with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Read about our work with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Professional Development for Social Workers and Other Human Service Professionals
Our STEP Professional Development Program offers practitioners the opportunity to stay current with new ideas and methods being introduced into practice. Every social worker and human service professional has the responsibility to ensure that they are providing quality services for their clients, agencies, and communities. The STEP Program is one of the largest providers of professional development in the area. STEP has been successfully providing continuing education programming for over 35 years. We sponsor more than 40 professional development programs annually. Instructors are experts in their fields and the topics they address are current and the most relevant to today's social work practice!
Addressing Contemporary Issues
Three specialized Centers, Institutes, and Projects at UConn SSW address a range of contemporary issues and professional challenges, hosting open conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities throughout the year. The Centers, Institutes and Projects are: The Center for International Social Work Studies, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work, and the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project.
Students Reaching Out – and Within the School Community
The Graduate Student Organization, along with nine student sub-organizations that focus on the issues of an identified population within the student body, bring events, seminars and guest speakers onto the campus. Our Building Bridges program pairs returning students with new students to serve as a one-on-one resource and peer ambassador to help incoming students become engaged more quickly to the School community. Students routinely serve on local, regional, and national boards and committees.