Department of Social Work
College of Business and Public Affairs
The West Chester University Advisory Board represents members of the social services community, business community, alumni, and others interested in social work education. Their purpose is to assist social work programs to deliver a curriculum that is consistent yet innovative, reflecting the needs of the clients that we serve.
Chester County Children, Youth, and Families' Caseworker
Many graduates of the BSW program at West Chester University opt to work at Chester County Children Youth and Families, as a Caseworker. It is a highly diversified career that allows the students to directly work with children and families who have been referred to this agency. Caseworkers can utilize and build their investigative and case management skills, and work extensively with the legal, mental health, and educational systems.
Social Workers at Various School Districts
A number of graduates of the BSW program at West Chester University apply for jobs in the West Chester Area School District, as a School Social Worker. School Social Workers work with children and their parents to conduct assessment, case management, conferences, and referrals to outside sources. School Social Workers can utilize and build their advocacy and collaborative skills by working in conjunction with the School Psychologist, the Caseworker, the Guidance Counselor, and the teachers.
County Case Management Unit's Case Managers
Graduates of the BSW program at West Chester University have obtained jobs working at the Chester County Case Management Unit of the Department of Mental Retardation Board as Case Managers. Case Managers provide early intervention services, adult training, employment services, community residential services, specialized therapy services, and family support services, among others. Case Managers work in conjunction with physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and recreational therapists in order to help individuals with mental retardation to achieve their maximum potential.