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SBU receives full initial accreditation for Bachelor of Social Work program

At the culmination of a four-year accreditation process, Southwest Baptist University’s Bachelor of Social Work program has received initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

“The program is really such a part of the mission of the university,” said Christine Saladino, M.A.C.E., L.M.S.W., assistant professor of social work and BSW program director. “I see social work as really being Christ’s hands and feet in this world and going out and ministering to people even globally.”

As the B.S.W. program director, Saladinooversees the curriculum, assessment and accreditation. Amanda Keys, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Ph.D., instructor of social work, is the director of field education in social work. She organizes and supervises student field experiences. The program requires each student to complete 450 hours in an agency setting during the senior year.

“The field education component is one of our strengths,” Saladino said. “We have had students in a variety of settings, and we have had excellent, excellent field instructors that really pour into our students and have been such a blessing.”

An additional benefit of the B.S.W. program is that graduates can enroll in an advanced master of social work program that can be completed in one year rather than two. An M.S.W. is the terminal degree for a social worker. The B.S.W. prepares students for entry-level positions, but an M.S.W. is required for work in clinical settings.

“We offer students the opportunity to get a professional degree and go out and be social workers in a wide range of settings,” Saladino said. “Social workers work in schools, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and a variety of settings.”

Initial accreditation is for four years through June 2018. SBU’s first cohort of BSW students graduated in 2013.

“The Bachelor of Social Work program certainly is a perfect fit with our university’s mission as we prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. By the nature of their work, social workers make a positive impact on people’s lives every day in many different settings,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “We have been so blessed to have Christine and Amanda to skillfully work through the accreditation process to provide this outstanding program for our students.”

For more information about the B.S.W. program, contact Saladino at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu. For more information about CSWE, visit www.cswe.org.

SBU collects food for Polk County kids

The Southwest Baptist University Behavioral Sciences Club conducted a kid-friendly food drive April 28-May 5 to collect donations of foods kids enjoy.

Donations of macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, and much more were collected from students, faculty and staff across campus.

SBU Behavioral Sciences students collected 1,622 pounds of kid-friendly food to donate to the Salvation Army.

SBU Behavioral Sciences students collected 1,622 pounds of kid-friendly food to donate to the Salvation Army.

Students donating for CLW (Community Life + Worship) credit brought in 1,775 items and additional food was collected from other students, faculty and staff. The combined total of donated items weighed 1,622 pounds.

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 65 percent of children in the Bolivar Primary School received free and reduced lunches in 2013. When school lets out for the summer, these students will not have this same access to food.

“Many people think about donating food at the holidays, but not as many think about May as a good time for donations,” said Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences. “The Salvation Army also doesn’t get as many donations for the kinds of food that this kid-friendly food drive brings in. Who else but a college student would think about donating ramen noodles or canned raviolis?”

The 1,622 pounds of food were delivered to the Salvation Army on May 7. For more information, please contact Kilpatrick at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu.

SBU to offer seminar about PTSD and combat veterans

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Behavioral Sciences is offering a free seminar about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat veterans at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in the McClelland Dining Facility.

The presentation will be taught by Dwayne Walker, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, a social worker from Springfield, Mo. Walker is a lifetime resident of Missouri and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1991. Walker currently serves as Team Leader for the Springfield Missouri Veterans Center. This facility treats combat veterans with PTSD and their families, works with victims of military sexual trauma and offers bereavement counseling for those who have lost a family member in combat. Walker has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including 21 years of forensic social work experience at the U.S. medical center for federal prisoners. He also has regularly taught college-level courses including more than 10 years of experience with the social work department at Missouri State University. He has published several articles on forensic social work and is currently board president for the Missouri chapter of NASW.

Community members are welcome to attend but should be aware that this will be a technical presentation based on DSM-V standards.

For more information, please contact Christine Saladino, Bachelor of Social Work program director at SBU, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

SBU student receives award at Great Plains Student Psychology Convention

Emily Gilmore (left) and Jewell Wonnell, psychology majors at SBU, recently attended the Great Plains Student Psychology Convention.

Emily Gilmore (left) and Jewell Wonnell, psychology majors at SBU, recently attended the Great Plains Student Psychology Convention.

Two Southwest Baptist University students attended the Great Plains Student Psychology Convention held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, March 21-22. Emily Gilmore of Poplar Bluff, Mo., is the daughter of David and Jamie Gilmore. Jewell Wonnell of Kansas City, Mo., is the daughter of Mark and Amy Sullenger. Both students are psychology majors and members of SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology majors.

Gilmore also presented at the convention, winning a first place award for her research presentation based on her internship with the Polk County Drug Court and her Honors Program capstone project. The title of her presentation was “The Effect of Educational Level and Completion on Program Graduation and Longevity in PCDC Clients.”

“The convention was a really great experience,” Gilmore said. “There were a lot of interesting and well-done presentations and it was an honor to get first place in my session.”

Wonnell also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the convention and support her friend as she won her award.

“This conference had many interesting discussions categorized in broad topics, which while being academic was also entertaining,” said Wonnell. “I was also so excited for Emily to earn first place in her division. SBU should be honored to be represented by her!”

Emily Gilmore received a first place award for her research presentation at the Great Plain Student Psychology Convention.

Emily Gilmore received a first place award for her research presentation at the Great Plain Student Psychology Convention.

Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and professor of psychology, is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi and also has advised Gilmore on her Honors capstone project. She encourages students like Gilmore and Wonnell to attend conferences and get involved in professional development opportunities.

“Attending professional conferences is part of professional development for our students. Presenting at professional conferences is even better,” Kilpatrick said. “Students have the opportunity to research a topic of interest to them and share it with those who will be their peers when they complete their education. It is also excellent preparation for graduate work.”

For more information about SBU’s Department of Behavioral Sciences, please contact Kilpatrick at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu.

SBU behavioral sciences students inducted into honor societies

The Southwest Baptist University chapters of Psi Chi and the Sociology and Criminal Justice Society (SCJS) recently welcomed nine new members during an induction ceremony.

Courtney Munton and Jordan Noffsinger are two of the students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology majors.

Courtney Munton and Jordan Noffsinger are two of the students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology majors.

Psi Chi is the international honor society for psychology and SCJS is the SBU honor society for sociology and criminal justice majors. Both honor societies require that students have completed a minimum of three semesters at SBU, have completed at least nine hours in their major, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in the top 35% of the class. This year, all inductees have a 3.4 or higher GPA to meet the top 35% requirement.

All three majors represented by these two societies are part of SBU’s Department of Behavioral Sciences. Because of the shared department and a high number of students who double major, Psi Chi and SCJS share officers and activities. SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi will celebrate its 20th anniversary in May 2014.

SBU also offers the Behavioral Sciences Club which welcomes all students with majors or minors in the department of behavioral sciences, as well as other students with interests in the behavioral sciences.

Laura Washburn (right), past president of Psi Chi, welcomes Jewell Wonnell, new president of Psi Chi/SCJS by presenting her the president’s medal. Luke Sease, president of the Behavioral Sciences Club, looks on.

Laura Washburn (right), past president of Psi Chi, welcomes Jewell Wonnell, new president of Psi Chi/SCJS by presenting her the president’s medal. Luke Sease, president of the Behavioral Sciences Club, looks on.

Current officers for Psi Chi/SCJS and the Behavioral Sciences Club are:

  • Jewell Wonnell, Psi Chi/SCJS President, from Kansas City, Mo.
  • Luke Sease, Behavioral Sciences Club President, from Pella, Iowa
  • Zachary Schmidt, Treasurer, from Lebanon, Mo.
  • Kayla Duffey, Secretary, from Billings, Mo.

New inductees into Psi Chi include:

  • Donna Aiken, Mountain View, Mo.
  • Sandra Delashmit, Salem, Mo.
  • Jordan Noffsinger, Anderson, Mo.
  • James Norris, Salem, Mo.
  • Nathan Mourik, Spring, Texas
  • Courtney Munton, Bolivar, Mo.

New inductees into SCJS include:

  • Anthony Black, Camdenton, Mo.
  • John Colliver, Harrison, Ark.
  • Jacob Spindler, Bolivar, Mo.

For more information about the SBU Department of Behavioral Sciences, please contact Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, department chair, at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu.