Overview

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Social work attracts a special breed of individuals. It’s not a job as much as it’s a calling—one that impacts peoples’ lives powerfully. A Marygrove degree in our vast field is very valuable for work in the service profession. Your drive to make the world better can have you aiding all demographics. Your calling might be to help the homeless, or provide counseling for the youth, or assist HIV/AIDS victims and those at risk. As a social worker, you can get involved at a macro level, creating or participating in community organizations, creating policies or advocating for change in government.

Be prepared

handpile4Marygrove’s Social Work Department will prepare you for this and much more with our team based teaching and student-driven courses. Teachers divide teaching tasks according to their strengths, optimizing your ability to understand and learn. Courses are taught through a shared syllabus allowing a better assessment of your progress and a harmonious transition between social work classes.

  • Passionate
  • Accredited
  • Involved
  • Ready for you!

Engage Your Passions

pebblesWe engage you to be in the moment with fully interactive classes. You won’t find the old-fashioned lecturing-from-the-podium teaching model here. Faculty are more often seated amongst the students, allowing capped classes of 12-18 students to find their own voice and understanding through discussion and presentations. This gives you a thorough understanding of the material and a feel of control and direction of the program. You won’t find a better learning atmosphere, whether you’re transferring with previous social work education, as many of our students do, or trying social work for the first time. You will develop confidence, friendship, and knowledge through class involvement. We intend to model you as a quality social worker for the community. “Be Prepared to Get Involved!”

Enjoy our Campus

campus medMarygrove’s campus provides you with all the comforts away from home as you pursue a social work education. Social Work majors have access to two personal computer labs and a lounge complete with mailboxes for declared Social Work majors. Classes are always a short leisurely walk from each other, amidst the foliage of trees and open space. You’re sure to make friends along the way amongst the diverse student body. Our comfortably sized learning atmospheres, student-driven courses, and personable faculty are only a part of what makes us the best. The Social Work Department is an accredited program by the Council on Social Work Education which sets bachelor and mastery level social work education standards internationally.

We keep to these standards by staffing only experienced faculty with a Master of Social Work education. We constantly assess our program and students to gauge our strengths and areas needed for improvement. We gear our services to a diverse student body. Our own ingenuity combine with the accredited standards guarantees you a proper education in your field.

Find an Internship

gerontology minorInternships, an integral part of your learning experience, will have you working hands-on alongside professionals in the field. Agencies such as the Coalition of Temporary Shelter or Child Protective Services will allow you to observe how cases are handled, only to then give you the responsibility of handling your own case. Marygrove students are employed through these opportunities and are constantly pushing the standards on service learning.

Get Involved

consumer-activism1Outside of school, you will have ample opportunity to continue making your mark in society. Our four distinguished student organizations give you a medium to reach out to the community and make friends along the way. While each organization has its own events, they do collaborate and students are known to belong to multiple organizations.

What they Are Saying about a Marygrove Mind in the field...

  • —Marygrove’s Social Work and Continuing Education Departments help to improve the social work profession and quality by offering lunch-and-learn workshops for behavioral healthcare providers. Workshops cover a variety of topics featuring nationally known speakers or experts in the field. Workshops are approved for continuing education credits by the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals and the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

  • —The Social Work Department is also working with a host of other organizations to prepare recovery coaches through an eight month program. This is the first education program like this in the region. Recovery coaches are former addicts aided and trained as para-professional counselors to provide support at a personally experienced level to the various substance abuse organizations in the city. Recovery coaches provide the long term care drug abuse victims need, developing a personal but professional relationship with people they can relate with. It stops the revolving door of addictions and disorders.

  • “Marygrove’s social work student interns serve others with passion, persistence, patience and professionalism,” Edna Jackson, Focus Hope.

    “Marygrove students are well prepared for the internship experience,” Mark Robinson, Livingston County Catholic Charities

    “I have had interns since 2008, and every year the quality of their education prepares them for the field. My student interns are therefore able to go more in depth in their learning. Great students!” Monica Sampson, Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services, South Central.

    “Smart, dedicated and prepared,” Catrina Stackpoole, Friendship House

    “More mature students. So eager to learn!” Marilyn Wineman, Retired from MACED

    “Dedicated, hard working, and ready to learn,” Adia Kai Johnson, Department of Human Services, South Central.