School of Social Work

The School of Social Work offers a bachelor of science (B.S.S.W.) in social work and a master of social work (M.S.W.). An undergraduate minor in gerontology is also open to all students. Students prepare to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities in today’s diverse society. They gain hands-on experience through an extensive field placement program, which allows them to intern in local human service agencies. Graduates pursue careers in such areas as child welfare, substance abuse counseling, health care, public policy, industry and business, school social work, gerontology, and mental health services, among others.

The School of Social Work has been recognized nationally for community organization and activism, clinical training in family systems, gerontology, and concentrations in health and occupational social work. In the 1990s, the school was one of a select number of social work programs funded by the U.S. Children’s Bureau as part of an effort to re-professionalize public child welfare workers through social work education.

Thousands of social workers have been educated at the School of Social Work since the first class graduated in 1956. Many of them have remained in upstate New York, creating a strong alumni network in local human service settings.

The School of Social Work continues a strong tradition of research-active faculty offering excellent instruction in order to educate social workers who are committed to the values and ethics of professional social work practice.

Recent News

Social work professor discusses effects of bullying with HealthLink on Air Social work professor discusses effects of bullying with HealthLink on AirWith over 30 years of experience working with children and adults as a practicing family therapist, Ellen Walser deLara, Ph.D., LCSW-R., ACSW, BCD, focuses on the lasting impact of bullying on children, adolescents and adults in her recently released book, ... Read more

Meet the Race Symposium Participants: Moderator Keith A. Alford Meet the Race Symposium Participants: Moderator Keith A. AlfordOn Thursday, Sept. 1, Syracuse University will host the inaugural Fall 2016 Symposium on Race and Our Communities. This inaugural symposium will feature student speakers, a keynote address by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and a panel discussion including an esteemed ... Read more

Falk College Faculty Offers Advice on Addressing Recent News Stories With Kids Falk College Faculty Offers Advice on Addressing Recent News Stories With KidsFrom Keith Kobland with SU News. Given the violent incidents that have dominated the news lately, these can be trying times for parents who are trying to make sense of it all for their children. Much of it can be hard enough to ... Read more

Earning credits, expanding skills Earning credits, expanding skillsFor social workers in Central New York and surrounding communities, continuing education programming through Falk College offers an opportunity to fulfill New York State Education Law requirements. Effective January 2015, licensed master and clinical social workers are required to complete ... Read more

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Upcoming Events

Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Falk College Room 201
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State (NYS), will offer “The Warrior’s Provider from Bootcamp to Discharge: Introduction to Military…
Oct 21 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Goldstein Student Center, South Campus, Room 201 A,B,C
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State (NYS), offers “Foundations of the Play Therapy Relationship APT Approved Provider 15-406.” This…
Oct 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Goldstein Student Center, South Campus, Room 201 A,B,C
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State (NYS), offers “Foundations of the Play Therapy Relationship APT Approved Provider 15-406.” This…
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Goldstein Student Centre, South Campus, Room 201
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State (NYS), offers “Using Play Therapy to Heal from Trauma.”  This is an intermediate/advanced…
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Goldstein Student Centre, South Campus, Room 201
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State (NYS), offers “Using Play Therapy to Heal from Trauma.”  This is an intermediate/advanced…