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.

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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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19th Annual Stone Legislative Policy Day November 3 explores opioid epidemic

James L. Stone talks with students at Legislative Policy DayOn November 3, students in Syracuse University’s School of Social Work will explore the opioid epidemic, including the widespread nature of the crisis, state, local, non-profit and advocacy responses, and next…

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Non-traditional paths part of special Syracuse tradition

Nearly 100 years ago, Syracuse University became one of the first universities in the nation to open its doors wide to “non-traditional” students. That night, 18 evening courses met in downtown Syracuse, which marked the beginning of University College. These…

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Social work alumna follows family legacy into the helping professions

Jodi Kapes G’97, LCSW-R Jodi Kapes G’97, LCSW-R, decided to pursue a career in the helping professions when she was in high school. “As an adolescent, I felt there were not enough adults to understand or support what teens are…

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Congratulations Falk faculty!

Professors Ellen deLara and Mary Ann Middlemiss at Falk Convocation.Professor Sarah Short and Dean Diane Lyden Murphy at retirement celebration. Photos courtesy of Prof. Alejandro Garcia. Dean Murphy, along with Falk College faculty and staff, congratulate faculty who retired at…

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Congratulations Class of 2017!

Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, along with the faculty and staff of Falk College, congratulates the Class of 2017! We are excited to see where your careers take you. Remember that you are “forever orange” and will always be a part…

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Upcoming Events

Jun 8 @ 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.…
Jun 9 @ 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 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.…
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