Study at Syracuse University to become a social worker

Social workers have a strong internal push to dedicate their lives to serving others. They are determined to be catalysts for positive and lasting change. There are more than 650,000 professionally trained social workers in the United States today. Because they experience society’s most pressing issues up close, social workers are well-informed and ideally suited to shape policy and oversee its implementation on the local, state and national levels.

Thousands of professional social workers have earned their social work degrees at Syracuse University and find themselves in rewarding social work careers today. Our programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) are rigorous, requiring field placement in addition to social work courses. Our Office of Field Instruction has long-standing relationships with more than one hundred human service agencies, offering opportunities for students to train in human service and government organizations, school systems, correctional facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals. In many instances, students are hired upon graduation in the same agencies where they’ve held field placement positions. Job opportunities for social workers are expected to increase much faster than average for other occupations, with anticipated growth areas encompassing mental health, substance use disorders, services specific to veterans and their families, child welfare, health care and gerontology.

Academic programs include:

Opportunities for research with faculty abound, with topics including childhood bullying and school violence, combat-related PTSD, family caregiving, aging issues, and disability issues among many others. Want to become a social worker? Graduates of Falk College’s School of Social Work have unlimited potential to change the world. The change you want to see in the world starts with you—and it starts today.

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Social work professor Keith A. Alford receives 2018 InterFaith Leadership Award

In acknowledgement of a professional and personal life devoted to social justice and social transformation in building a civil community, Keith A. Alford will receive the 2018 InterFaith Leadership Award at the “Creating a Civil Community” celebration on May 1…

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Social Work presents Social Justice Awards, research resources

Dan and Mary Lou Rubenstein In commemoration of National Professional Social Work Month during March, the School of Social Work in Falk College presented its annual Dan and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award program on Monday, March 19 at…

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Alejandro Garcia selected for the National Hispanic Council on Aging’s Hall of Fame

Alejandro Garcia, M.S.W., Ph.D. Alejandro Garcia, M.S.W., Ph.D., Jocelyn Falk Endowed Professor of Social Work, was recently selected to be part of the National Hispanic Council on Aging’s Hall of Fame. The NHCOA is dedicated to improving the lives of…

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MSW alumnus Dan Sieburg named Rescue Mission CEO

Dan SieburgDan Sieburg G’16, LMSW, was named Chief Executive Officer of the Rescue Mission by its Board of Directors in November. In this role, he will oversee a $20 million annual budget, as well as staff and programming in the…

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Professor Keith A. Alford to deliver keynote address for InterFaith Works of CNY October 26 Spiritual Care Day

Since 1987, the last week of October annually marks Pastoral Care Week, a celebration that is truly international in its scope. As it is celebrated October 22-28, 2017 around the world, locally in Syracuse, InterFaith Works of CNY will hold…

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Upcoming Events

Jul 20 @ 10:11 pm – 11:11 pm 312 Lyman Hall (ASI Conference Room)
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State, will offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Basic Training this spring/summer.…
Jul 21 @ 10:11 pm – 11:11 pm 312 Lyman Hall (ASI Conference Room)
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State, will offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Basic Training this spring/summer.…