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Welcome to the Social Work Department!

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Interested in the Online MSW Program?  Join us for an information session via Zoom video conferencing on October 12, 2016, 12p - 1p or October 17, 2016, 7p-8p.  Email Jennifer Marvin at to register!

APPLY TO THE BASW PROGRAM TODAY!  The BASW Prgram application process will  begin September 19,2016 and end on October 7, 2016 @5pm.

Applications to the UMUC/SU MSW Program will be accepted until October 15, 2016.This is an extended due date for completed applications including all transcripts.  Visit our webpage for all details about applying to this exciting program! 

Graduating? Have you applied to Graduate? Spring graduates apply by Nov. 15th - Fall graduates apply by May 15th. Applications are processed through your Gullnet account via the drop down box in the middle of your student center.

APPLY NOW TO THE MSW PROGRAM!  The online application to the MSW program is open!  For the specifics regarding applying to the program, look here.  You can access the online application at  Due date for completed applications is February 3, 2017 for fall 2017.

SATELLITE CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS Please click the link to see all of the course classroom assignments for each of our satellite locations.

BASW STUDENT HANDBOOK -  The BASW Student Handbook has been updated for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Get familiar with it by clicking here.

MSW STUDENT HANDBOOK - the MSW Student Handbook is updated for the academic year 2016-2017.  Get familiar with it by beginning here.

Phi Alpha Honor Society Applications - Applications to the Social Work Honor Society - Phi Alpha - will be accepted beginning October 1, 2016 and close on October 17, 2016.  Find all the details and application form here.

Welcome Students!  With a new school year comes new faces and changes!   This year we will have a new administrative structure with co-department chairs.  Dr. Tossey and Dr. Mathews will share leadership and oversight responsibilities for the department.  Dr. Vicki Root will be returning as the Graduate Program Director and Dr. Allessia Owens will be the new Phi Alpha Honor Society Advisor. Dr. Rebecca Anthony has added Online MSW Program Coordinator to her duties this year. 

We will be welcoming three new faculty members to our ranks: 

Ms. Christine Diamonte-Mock has stepped into Ms. Letha Moser’s place as the Cecil Site Coordinator and advisor.  Ms. Tina is from Cecil County, Maryland and earned a BS from Towson State University, an MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work and JD from the University of Maryland, School of Law.  Ms. Tina will be teaching Social Welfare Policy from the Cecil campus.  Her practice history and interests include child welfare, juvenile justice, societal violence, special education disabilities/law and personality and mood disorders.

Ellen Schaefer-Salins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Salisbury University. She will be teaching Social Work Practice with Groups and Families and Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals.  She received her Ph.D. from Catholic University in Washington, DC, her MSW from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in Baltimore, and her BSW from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster, MD. She is also the Director of the Center for Families in Transition (CFIT) in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is a private practice that provides mental health therapy to deaf individuals, couples, and families. Her research has focused on attachment issues of deaf adults, and psychological theories related to the works of Lewis Carroll.

Dr. Aaron Willis comes to us from Indianapolis, IN where he completed his PhD at Indiana University School of Social Work.  Dr. Willis’ scholarship/research interests are substance misuse, mental health, and harm reduction. Currently, he is researching prescription painkiller and heroin overdose fatalities with a focus on adolescents, adults, and family systems.  This fall he will be teaching two sections of 653 (Substance Abuse Assessment & Intervention) and 416 (Foundational Research Course).

This summer Ms. Teresa Simmons assumed the Program Manager position for the Child Adolescent Behavioral Health Education Initiative (CABHEI).  She earned her BASW from SU and an MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work.  Ms. Teresa came to SU in September 2015 with 19 years experience in rural social work and has been a Field Liaison with this department for 13 years.  She will be teaching SOWK 200 in the fall.

Good Neighbor Graduate Scholarship allows eligible students to enroll in graduate programs at Salisbury University and its satellite locations and apply for support to cover a portion of the non-resident graduate tuition at SU.  Recipients of the Good Neighbor Graduate Scholarship will receive a discount equal to 75% of the difference between the graduate program's resident and non-resident tuition rate per semester credit hour.  This discount is only valid for students currently residing in contiguous counties to SU's main campus or satellite location.  This discount does not apply to online courses.  All participants are responsible for mandatory fees.  Find the application here.

2016-2017 B-HIPP Intern Application

B-HIPP Recommendation Form

B-HIPP Intern Position Summary

B-HIPP Intern helps earn $7K for community garden project

SU Student named NASW-MD 2014 BSW Student of the Year!

Social Work students at USMH help women in need

Salisbury University Social Work Department receives the 2013 Herbert H. Fincher Friend of Mentoring Award

B-HIPP Maryland launches new Website

DHMH Press Release: "New Program Connects Primary Care Providers to Mental Health Services for Youth"

"Before I Die" Wall Video posted

Before I Die imageCongratulations to Cherita Richards - MSW student and winner of a President's Diversity Award!

See how Social Work students are making a difference in the community!

See how one of our MSW grads, Christie Lawnick, celebrated graduation in true Eastern Shore style!

 MSW Candidates: Check out this video (click HERE) which demonstrates how to properly put on your hood.

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About the Department

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Social workers are people who care about peoplewho want to make a difference. The Social Work Department began in 1974 to serve the needs of Maryland and the neighboring states, and since then it has grown to include the dual-degree program with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1990 and a new Master of Social Work Program launched in 2001. In 2006, the Department expanded to include satellite programs at Cecil College Northeast campus, the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College, and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown and in 2013 to the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland. All of SU's undergraduate and graduate social work programs are fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, a must for earning licensure.

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Mission & Vision

The Social Work Department at Salisbury University is dedicated to excellence in the education of professional social workers at the baccalaureate and masters level.Both programs are committed to student-centeredness and active community engagement in the pursuit of social and economic justice.Therefore, the mission of the department is to prepare competent social work professionals for beginning level generalist and advanced direct practice with individuals, families, and groups.In addition, the program will provide regional leadership in the provision of professional development, service, consultation, and research to advance the well-being of the region served and will contribute to the expansion of social work knowledge.

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