Many, if not all of us, will change our jobs and careers during our lifetime. We at the UMaine Hutchinson Center have seen many decide that a position in the helping fields serves both their need to make a difference in the world as well as earn a good living and career.
What is Social Work? Social work is a distinctive profession that views people and their environment as integrally intertwined and interactive. We share a commitment not only to work with individuals, but also share a commitment to institutional and societal change. As a profession, social workers maintain a primary commitment to disadvantaged, vulnerable, and economically deprived persons in our society. Historically, social workers led the fight for child labor laws, voting rights for women, and other progressive milestones. Social workers share a common set of professional values and ethics, and a common set of basic or generic skills that enable them to work with diverse populations and fill diverse roles in a variety of settings. The profession requires practitioners who are flexible, socially and politically aware, self-motivated, eager to learn over a life time, desirous of personal growth, altruistic, comfortable with ambiguity, and interested in changing social conditions that are adverse to healthy human development, self-determination and social justice. Sound like you? Than consider a degree in Social Work:
For undergraduatestudents interested in receiving a Bachelors Degree in Social Work can now consider the option of completing their program at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The entire BASW program is available at the Hutchinson Center. Courses in the major can be taken live and video conferencing at the Hutchinson Center and Orono.
For graduate students, the MSW program is designed for the professional who is working full-time. The popular Masters in Social Work (MSW) weekend program at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast is forming a new cohort. Start date for the program is the Fall 2010 term that begins on August 30, 2010. Classes convene on Friday nights (5:30to 8 p.m.) and again on Saturday morning (9:00 to 11:30 a.m.) over the course of regular Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The cohort model allows students to network and form professional relationships that will last beyond the end of the program.
Now is the time to follow up on your hopes and dreams. For further information about courses and degrees in Social Work, contact Deirdre Boylan 322-3319