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Widener University Launches Online Master of Social Work

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CHESTER, PA – Widener University introduced its online Masters in Social Work (MSW) with a clinical focus on trauma.The program is now enrolling for the Fall 2014 semester.

“There’s an incredible need for social workers, especially those specializing in trauma,” says John Poulin, Director of the Center for Social Work Education “Widener University is poised to build on its commitment to social justice by preparing influential professionals nationwide to create positive impact in social work with a special concern for trauma.”

Widener’s MSW is a clinical program, with every course addressing the topic of trauma. Trauma is one of the leading reasons people seek social services.  It has a relational impact on mental illness, substance abuse and other issues. Social workers have an important influence within a community and Widener equips them with specialized knowledge they can immediately use in their career. Passionate individuals pursuing social work may find a trauma specialty to be especially fulfilling, given the growing need for skilled individuals.

Social work has a projected job growth of 22% over the next several years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The online MSW program from Widener prepares students, meeting the degree requirement to sit for their required Licensed Social Worker (LSW) exam, and after two years of clinical observation their Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) exam.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington, DE, serve approximately 6,300 students. Individuals eager to make positive social change as a licensed social worker are invited to learn more about Widener’s online MSW program on the program site or by speaking with a program director at 1-844-386-7321.