The event is set for Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. in USFSM’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The open house will cover aspects of social work careers, as well as procedures for applying to the graduate-degree program (applications are due in February 2017). Faculty will be on hand to answer prospective students’ questions. The program will prepare students for meaningful careers at hospitals, social service agencies, schools and a variety of clinical counseling settings.
Overseen by the School of Social Work at USF in Tampa, the program will be hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee and conducted at its campus as well as online. Classes will begin in fall 2017. Most classes will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights, with some field internship classes on Saturday mornings.
“This will be an evening program designed for working individuals,” said Prof. Silvia Blanco, a USFSM instructor of social work.
Students will work toward their master’s degree over a 2½-year period, or after eight semesters of study. The program involves an internship that will be arranged after the first semester.
“We prepare students to work with individuals who are experiencing personal or family-related stress, addictions, anxiety or depression,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, an instructor and a licensed clinical social worker.
“Our faculty have long-term experience in direct client contact and work with vulnerable populations, so we are able to immerse students in the real daily tasks of being a helping professional,” she said.
Students will work under the supervision of licensed clinicians in internships at agencies, hospitals and schools for at least 10 hours per week, often performing, among other tasks, psychological assessments, observational reports and limited counseling.
The registration deadline for the graduate program is Feb. 15, 2017. Only 25 students will be admitted to the program. Upon acceptance, each will be assigned a USFSM faculty member as a mentor.
The program is not restricted to professionals already employed in social work or undergraduates studying social sciences. Classes will include instruction in understanding human behavior, diversity and social justice, social welfare and policy, one-on-one counseling and group therapy.
To learn more or to apply to the program, contact Graduate Admissions Officer Aaron Reecher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (941) 359-4333.