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

Associate professor of social work Ellen deLara gives insight on talking to children about bullying, violence Associate professor of social work Ellen deLara gives insight on talking to children about bullying, violenceIn a recent article authored by Falk associate professor of social work, Ellen Walser deLara offers insight on how to help children talk about violence and bullying. It’s troubling to think about the reality that children and adolescents are surrounded ... 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

Interest in history, appreciation for human rights pave career path for Keith Alford Interest in history, appreciation for human rights pave career path for Keith Alford“The African proverb, ‘I am because we are, and because we are, therefore I am,’ celebrates the interconnectedness we all share,” explains Keith A. Alford, associate professor of social work. Alford firmly believes actively understanding another person’s life journey is ... Read more

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