Master of Social Work
Widener’s MSW program follows a trauma-informed, clinical model that promotes a social justice lens. Our program, combined with rigorous fieldwork education experience, provides students with opportunities to learn fundamental skills and values while helping some of this country’s most vulnerable individuals.
Trauma is a leading factor in the mental health field and can often lead to substance abuse and other social-emotional issues that affect quality of life. Widener’s MSW program prepares its students to understand trauma as a root cause and the effect it can have on a client and community.
Our single concentration in clinical social work provides students with a full range of skills needed for direct clinical practice in human service organizations, including self-care skills for workers. Students graduating from Widener are prepared to become professional social workers.
As a mid-life career changer, I did my homework. I wanted the most clinical curriculum I could find and one that was truly trauma-informed. I wanted to work with faculty members who modeled social work values in everything they do. I wanted a deep sense of community and support. I got it all—and then some—from Widener social work.
Interim Associate Dean & MSW Program Director Beth I. Barol, MSW faculty members, and students highlight the experience and skills gained with the trauma-focused master of social work online program.
- Private or agency-based individual, group, and family therapist
- School or social worker
- Hospital social worker
- Substance abuse counselor
- Case manager
- College professor
- Community organizer
- Policy consultant
- Agency administrator/supervisor
- Department of Human Services
- Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health
- Catholic Social Services
- Values into Action
- AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
- Northern Children's Services
- PLAN of PA
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Women's Therapy Center
Our MSW program, educating social workers since 1991, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.