Social Work

School of Social Work

Indiana University School of Social Work will continue to offer its Master of Social Work program in Fort Wayne at IU Fort Wayne. The School of Social Work has offered the MSW program in Fort Wayne since 2002. The MSW Program in Fort Wayne is a three-year, 60-credit-hour, part-time program designed to meet the needs of working adults. It is a fully face-to-face program with classes meeting in the evenings. The MSW Program in Fort Wayne provides a concentration in Clinical and Community Practice, with a practice area of Mental Health and Addictions. Students complete coursework and two professional practicum experiences in the MSW Program; first at the generalist level and in the third and final year, at the advanced level in the practice area of mental health and addictions.

The MSW Program at IU Fort Wayne is considered part of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus MSW Program where IU School of Social Work is headquartered. Students, upon admission to the MSW Program in Fort Wayne, register through IUPUI for their courses. All other administrative functions are fulfilled by the MSW Program Coordinator in Fort Wayne in concert with IU School of Social Work faculty and staff at the IUPUI campus. The MSW Program in Fort Wayne houses full-time faculty and, in addition, full-time faculty from the IUPUI campus commute to teach in the Fort Wayne program.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that “employment of social workers is expected to grow 12% from 2014- 2024” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015), which is significantly above the 7% growth projected for all professions. Additionally, “employment of mental health and substance abuse social workers is expected to grow by 19%” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015) in the same time period. The Indiana University School of Social Work is committed to meeting the demand for graduate social work education in Northeast Indiana.

The Indiana University MSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (continuously since 1923) and prepares students for future licensure. Upon completion of the MSW, graduates may sit for the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) licensing exam. In the State of Indiana, pursuant to Indiana Code 25-23.6-4-1, if you have an MSW degree and are working in a behavioral health and human services position (regardless of job title), you must be licensed. Upon obtaining the LSW license, MSW’s may begin to accrue hours and supervision toward the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) license. See https://secure.in.gov/pla/social.htm for more information about social work licensing under the Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. Indiana University School of Social Work’s MSW curriculum provides students with the requisite coursework and credit hours that will fulfill the seven content areas required for Indiana LCSW licensure.

For additional information about the MSW Program at IU Fort Wayne, please contact the MSW Program Coordinator, Jan Nes, MSW, ACSW, LCSW at jnes@iupui.edu or 260-481-6081.

References:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social Workers, retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm  (visited July 3, 2017).

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board, Social Workers, retrieved from https://secure.in.gov/pla/social.htm  (visited July 5, 2017). 

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