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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 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.

14 SBU social work majors inducted into Phi Alpha honor society

Phi Alpha inductees

Front row (l to r): Rebecca Case, Courtni Lovell, Amanda Clay, Clarissa Slattery, Kimberly Bell
Back row (l to r): Natalie Ahrens, Lauran Gilstrap, Kimberly Kuykendall, Trinity Griffin, Morgan Simpson, Rachel Smith
Not pictured: Merrie Jo Cisneros, Cassandra Eggert, Alexandra Phillips

The Southwest Baptist University chapter of Phi Alpha welcomed 14 new members into its organization during a recent induction ceremony.

Phi Alpha is a national honor society for social work majors designed to recognize excellence in scholarship and social work achievements, promote humanitarian goals and ideals, and foster a close bond between social work students.

To be eligible for Phi Alpha students must be a social work major, have achieved sophomore status, have completed at least nine hours of social work courses, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and have a minimum 3.25 GPA in required social work courses.

The following students are the newest members of SBU’s chapter of Phi Alpha:

  • Natalie Ahrens, Littleton, Colo.
  • Kimberly Bell, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Rebecca Case, Buffalo, Mo.
  • Merrie Jo Cisneros, Center, Colo.
  • Amanda Clay, Piedmont, Mo.
  • Lauran Gilstrap, Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Trinity Griffin, Belleville, Ill.
  • Cassandra Eggert, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Kimberly Kuykendall, Eldon, Mo.
  • Courtni Lovell, Lone Tree, Iowa
  • Alexandra Phillips, Arnold, Mo.
  • Morgan Simpson, Troy, Mo.
  • Carissa Slattery, Nixa, Mo.
  • Rachel Smith, Arnold, Mo.

For more information, please contact Amanda Keys, director of field education for the Bachelor of Social Work program and faculty advisor for Phi Alpha, at akeys@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Social Work to sponsor free training session

Southwest Baptist University’s Social Work program is sponsoring a free training session on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-V). The session will be led by Dr. Richard Brewer, Psy.D., professor of psychology at SBU, and is from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus in Bolivar, Mo.

The training will address changes from the DSM-IV to DSM-V. The DSM is used as a guide by health care professionals throughout the world for the diagnosis of mental disorders. Clinical social workers use the DSM to diagnose disorders affecting personality, identity, moods and cognition. This is the first full revision of the DSM since the DSM-IV was released in 1994.

A certificate for four hours of continuing education (CEU) credit will be e-mailed to participants after the event. This training session has been approved for CEU credit for social workers who reside in the state of Missouri. Other professionals, or individuals residing outside of Missouri, will need to check with their licensing agencies to see if this session will qualify for CEU credit. Both social work and non-social work professionals are invited to attend.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register for this event, please complete the online form at http://www.sbuniv.info/cess/bsd/DSM-VUpdate.html. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 24.

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