Absolutely. West Chester's MSW direct practice curriculum prepares students for all
levels of social work practice, including clinical work. In fact, we strongly believe
that our program is designed to provide students with the most comprehensive foundation
from which to pursue professional clinical practice. Students acquire clinical experiences
obtained through field placements coupled with the theoretical background provided
in advanced courses targeting individuals, families, communities, and mental health
Many students who are interested in clinical practice enroll in advanced training
or certificate programs in specific aspects of practice. Others take clinical courses
to fulfill the continuing education requirements for licensure.
To pursue advanced clinical work, students from all accredited social work programs
must seek clinical licensure which requires two years of full time clinical work experience
(about 3,000 hours) under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker before
qualifying to sit for the clinical-level licensing exam. Students from MSW programs
with clinical "concentrations" must follow these same licensing requirements.
Given the personal nature of the West Chester University program, students have unique
opportunities to work with faculty on many different types of projects. Faculty members
have collaborated with students on a variety of research projects, frequently presenting
their findings with the students at regional, national, and international conventions.
Here are some examples:
- Dr. Nadine Bean collaborated with 2012 MSW graduate Heather Sowers on a presentation
at the National Association of Social Workers - Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Conference
in October 2012. Their presentation was titled "Professionalizing Child Welfare: Resilience
and Trauma-Informed Practices from Intake to Post-Adoption."
- Dr. Bean also also collaborated with 2009 graduate Lisa Cerullo on a presentation
at the Social Welfare Action Alliance Annual Conference in April 2008. Their presentation
was called "The Crucial Role of Social Work Educators, MSW Students and Practicing
Social Workers in Helping to Rebuild Mind, Spirit and Community in New Orleans' Lower
Ninth Ward - A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis."
- Earlier Dr. Bean collaborated with Diane Greenwood, a 2007 MSW graduate, on a presentation
at the International Conference on Diversity in Groups, Organizations, and Communities
in July 2007 in Amsterdam. That presentation was called "Using Combined Research Methodology
to Give Voice to Diverse, Spiritual Populations: Work with Religious Women and Men
around the Globe."
- Dr. Page Buck has collaborated with 2010 graduates Jocelyn Spencer Sagrati and Cathy
Allen Plaisted on a project interviewing professionals working with mild traumatic
- Dr. Buck is currently collaborating with MSW candidate Victoria McDonald on exploring
mild traumatic brain injury among homeless individuals.
- Dr. Buck recently presented a skills workshop at the Council on Social Work Education
with the editors of the student journal VOICES: 2013 MSW graduate Kristin Bartell
and 2012 graduates Elena Gregorio and Burgandy Holiday.