Aisha Hall Named Director of Social Work Counseling Services

Aisha Hall, MSW, was recently named director of Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS) at Widener University. Hall will also join the faculty as an assistant clinical professor in the Center for Social Work Education.

Founded by the Center for Social Work Education at Widener University in collaboration with the Chester Education Foundation in 2000, SWCS has partnered with over 20 community organizations to provide internship opportunities to students.

As director of SWCS, Hall is responsible for the overall operations of the program and will manage all community agency collaborations and the overall supervision of the SWCS interns.

"We are excited to have Aisha join the staff at SWCS," said Dr. John Poulin, director of the Center for Social Work Education and former director of SWCS. "She is bringing strong supervisory, managerial, and teaching skills to each of her roles at Widener. Her past experience has given her a wealth of knowledge that will help advance our program."

Hall is eager to take SWCS to the next level. She is currently developing the program for the Widener Partnership Charter School, as there will be one intern per grade and one intern in each kindergarten class starting in the fall as a way to offer more individualized support for students.

"We will be connecting more students with community agencies and expanding the mission of SWCS around the region," Hall said. Among the new SWCS field placements, interns will also have the opportunity to partner with the Veterans Law Clinic at the School of Law as a way to offer social services.

Before joining the staff at Widener, Hall served as a field placement director and assistant professor at Valley Forge Christian College where she coordinate and managed field placements, advised students, and taught undergraduate courses. Prior to focusing on education, she spent a number of years in clinical and medical social work.

Hall received her bachelor's of social work from Temple University and her master's of occupational social work from Syracuse University. She is an active member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. She also volunteers for Victory Fellowship in Audubon, PA.

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, 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, Del., serve some 6,500 students. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.

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