Bachelor of Social Work Overview
Dr. Yelando Johnson, LMSW, MBA
BSW Program Director
Welcome to the new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at Newman University! I know you have many choices in your education and am pleased that you have chosen us. Our program offers an empowering experience that prepares students with skills for broad, entry-level, generalist social work practice. Whether you are taking on-ground courses at our Wichita campus or blended courses at the Colorado Springs campus, you will find an engaged faculty offering you the opportunity to learn from their extensive practice skills and knowledge, bringing an array of experiences and diversity to our program.
Social Work is not just a job, it is a helping profession rooted in dedicating oneself to continuous growth, learning, change and becoming the best version of yourself. Social workers build their identities in order to honor and support people and communities and work to improve conditions in the world around us.
At Newman University, we are proud to introduce a Bachelor of Social Work program that is tailored to 21st Century students. Offering contemporary Generalist programming, our students will be inspired to develop passion for the profession as well as learn from concentrations in Social Justice-Social Services with Diverse Populations and Substance Abuse that is relevant and necessary for Social Work today.
"To prepare thoughtful, reflective, and compassionate generalist social work practitioners who are committed to professional ethics and values, service to others, and the promotion of peace, justice and human rights; inclusive of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities."
The School of Social Work is committed to upholding the following values and ethical standards:
- Respecting the belief, dignity, and worth of all individuals
- Preparing students to serve in a wide array of career fields including social, economic, environmental welfare, and justice
- Practicing with integrity and competence
Bachelor of Science in Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work program honors students’ natural interest to help others and focuses on prevention and treatment of social problems, promoting well-being and service, and improving community and society though policy, research, and practice. The BSW Program operationalizes core values of “service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence” as guided by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW, 2008). With contemporary curriculum grounded in professional social work education standards developed by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), liberal arts and Catholic Social Teaching, the Bachelor of Social Work program at Newman University prepares students for 21st Century social work micro, mezzo, and macro practice, as well as for admission to Advanced Standing MSW and other graduate school programs.
Competencies are used to describe knowledge and skills gained in Social Work education and the Newman BSW program will fully prepare you to practice from a BSW Generalist perspective, as well as train in the delivery of 21st century service through concentrations in Social Services with Diverse Populations and Addiction Counseling.
Grounded in social systems theory, constructionism and empowerment, Newman’s BSW degree offers development of knowledge, skills and values in eight curricular areas:
- Social Work Values and Ethics
- Social and Economic Justice
- Human Behavior, the Social Environment and Populations-at-Risk
- Social Welfare Policy and Services
- Multi-System Practice
- Field Practicum
BSW Professional Licensure
Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as professional social workers through the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) in Kansas.
- Social Work with Diverse Populations and Social Justice
- Substance Abuse & Addiction Counseling
About Our Faculty
School of Social Work
High achieving faculty passionate about Social Work education and practice with interests and
experience in mental and behavioral health, medical social work and health and wellness, families and children, domestic violence and justice systems, community development, gerontology, social and
economic justice, policy and program development.
While pursuing a degree in social work, you can expect a promising future. The social work field is projected to grow 16% between 2016 and 2026 (well above the national average) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BSW program aims to prepare students to meet the expected demand for the field of social work.
A degree in counseling will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to counseling. Here are some examples of potential careers in Social Work:
- Health Educators and Community Health Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Addiction Counselors
- Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Our Catholic university has partnerships with more than 40 public and private agencies as well as other service providers in the Wichita area where you can practice working in areas including addiction, children and adolescents, and criminal justice.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our counseling program, our students can join the Campus Counseling Club. This organization allows for personal growth, networking, and future career success.
Successful Program Outcomes
We think our university is great, but don’t just take our word for it. Hear what some of our previous students have to say about their experience.
All the professors are wonderful, they're very approachable. Not once did I feel put down. Fantastic... I can't say it any other way — it was fantastic.
Dylan Van Dorien '18
I expected a close community and that's really what I got, and I got a faculty that really, really cared.