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  • Social Work Counseling Services

    • Hannum House
      524 East 14th Street
      Chester, PA 19013
    • tel: 610-499-4684
  • Shanna Williams, MSW, LCSW

  • Ginny Focht-New

  • Beth I. Barol, PhD, LSW, BCB

    • Associate Dean/ BHWET/HRSA Grant Project Director
    • Bruce Hall
    • Tel: 610-499-1152

Social Work Counseling Services

Providing Quality Counseling Services and Resources to the Local Community

Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS) is a human services agency of the Center for Social Work Education. Since 2000, SWCS has been serving a dual mission:

  • Improving the quality of life of the citizens of Chester and the surrounding communities by providing counseling services responsive to the needs of the community.
  • Developing quality internship experiences that give students the opportunity to deliver high-quality services in an agency setting while gaining real-world generalist or clinical social worker experience and ultimately producing competent and caring social workers committed to serving local communities.

SWCS has provided thousands of hours of social work services and programing to community residents, since inception. SWCS develops programming partnerships with community agencies and human service organizations in order to address gaps in social services on site or in our clinic on Widener’s Main Campus.

SWCS Clinic Programs

SWCS programming is developed through collaboration between community agencies, students, faculty, and staff. We currently have a variety of clinics to address the varying needs of our community. As a result, we have had a variety of onsite SWCS student teams providing services to clients onsite, including the Widener Partnership Charter School, Stinson Towers, Salvation Army, and more.

Our agency houses the following clinics:

  • Community Outreach, Resources, and Engagement (CORE)
    CORE is a macro-focused, social work faculty initiative designed to provide assessment and capacity-building support for community agencies. Their mission is to partner with under-resourced social service organizations in local communities to enhance their capacity for service provision and to increase their sustainability through faculty-student engagement. Services include agency needs assessment and program evaluation, literature reviews, administrative development, staff trainings, and clinical supervision. For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Stein, Program Director, at 610-490-7022.
  • Clinical Services for Vulnerable Adults (CSVA)
    CSVA was developed to provide free therapeutic services to adults who are considered to be vulnerable; people with intellectual disability, people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, as well as members of their circle of support: family members, caregivers, and friends, to expand the circle of emotionally healthy supporters in a person's life. Our clinical social work interns, sponsored in part by a federally funded BHWET/HRSA grant, provide individual and group counseling, training, and other support models to vulnerable adults and their support systems. We work to promote resiliency, psychoeducation, healing, prevention, and strength for these communities through person-centered, trauma-informed services. For more information or to obtain services onsite or at our clinic office, please contact 610-499-4682.
    "Our Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS) MSW Interns in the Clinical Services for Vulnerable Adults (CSVA) Clinic are sponsored in part by a federally funded BHWET/HRSA grant." 
  • Widener Community Connections (WCC)
    Our Widener Community Connections team was developed in partnership with Widener’s community services and clinics. This team provides therapeutic case management and resource navigation services to clients of our clinics. This clinic is staffed by generalist social work interns equipped with the knowledge to assist community residents served by our clinics with the support they need to overcome barriers in obtaining support services. This team also provides a unique opportunity for interns gaining a joint Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Education in Human Sexuality (MEd) to provide sexuality-informed services to clients of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies clinics. For more information, please contact 610-490-7059.