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Social Work

At Pittsburg State University

PSU's social work program is full of students who "want to help people." However, they quickly learn that a desire to help is an important spark, but it is not enough. Social work is a profession that draws from an evidence based practice knowledge base and is grounded in core values regarding service, the dignity and worth of all people, importance of human relationships, integrity, social justice, and competence. These values are at the core of the ethical standards which social workers uphold. Each course addresses the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession. The PSU Social Work program curriculum is consistent with PSU's tradition of learning by doing. Students participate in authentic assessments such as practicing interviewing and assessments, leading a support group, and carrying out a project that benefits the community. Finally, students complete a 480 hour practicum their final semester. Practicum placements include settings such as the Department for Children and Families, Children's Advocacy Center, long term care facilities, addiction treatment centers, municipal court or other forensic settings, public health settings, hospitals, and mental health facilities. This semester, students spearheaded projects benefiting Wesley House, Communities In Schools, Birthright of Nevada, Pittsburg Middle School, Fort Scott Manor and Medicalodges of Fort Scott, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Since January, the PSU Social Work Program has committed to supplying 10 volunteers once a month for the Lord's Diner. Each year, faculty take students to KNASW Social Work Student Legislative Day in Topeka and to conferences at Wichita State and/or KU (Wichita Power Conference & KU Social Work Day).