School of Social Work

The social work profession is geared toward preventing and ameliorating social problems to enhance the quality of human life. Social work practice requires a high level of knowledge, dedication, scientific understanding of society and human behavior, which can be distilled into the transactions between people and their environments, and their ability to accomplish life tasks, alleviate distress and realize aspirations. Our graduates contribute to the knowledge base of social welfare, near and far, by learning to evaluate the effects of social welfare interventions at all levels throughout their education.

Accredited since 1974 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Stempel College’s School of Social Work offers programs of professional study to prepare graduates to work in governmental or non-profit settings, and in community, regional, state and national systems. Our programs put an emphasis on achieving a comprehensive, developmental and community-oriented understanding of the needs facing urban societies in rapidly changing social, political, economic and cultural conditions. We maintain partnerships with approximately 110 community agencies, including Baptist Health, Banyan Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Citrus Health and Camillus House.

Our students are repeatedly recognized for upholding the tenets of social work and for their outstanding commitment to community engagement. In 2017, the Phi Alpha Honor Society chapter at the School of Social Work received its 11th consecutive National Service Award from social work’s largest honor society. To see how our students perform, please review our student learning outcomes: BSSW assessment and MSW assessment.

Resources

BSSW Handbook 

MSW Handbook

Course Catalogs

Ph.D. Students

Michelle-Ann Rhoden

Name: Michelle-Ann Rhoden Degree Status: Doctoral Student Department: Social Work Area of Focus: Michelle-Ann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Trauma-Focused Therapist, Registered Play Therapist and Teaching Assistant. Her research interests...

Aaron Burgess

Name: Aaron Burgess Degree Status: Doctoral Student Department: Social Work Area of Focus: My research is qualitative in nature and focuses on exploring the unique experiences of sexual and gender minority refugees across asylum and resettlement...

Barry Ladis

Name: Barry Ladis Degree Status: Doctoral Candidate Department: Social Work Area of Focus: The Longitudinal Effects of Parenting, Peers, and School Contexts on Substance Use Initiation in Middle...

Sharon Aaron

Name: Sharon Aaron Degree Status: Doctoral Candidate Department: Social Work Area of Focus: My research entails qualitative interviews with men who have been arrested for domestic violence to explore their perspectives on contextual and proximal events...

Lillian Abreu

Name: Lillian Abreu Degree Status: Doctoral Student Department: Social Work Area of Focus: Lillian Abreu’s research focuses on the analysis of social mobility for native, foreign-born and undocumented Hispanic women living in the U.S. Her proposed study...

Mitra Naseh

Name: Mitra Naseh Degree Status: Doctoral Candidate Department: Social Work Area of Focus: Mitra Naseh's research is focused on risk and resilience factors of refugees’ well-being, specifically refugees' multidimensional deprivations in education, health,...

Michelle G. Thompson

Name: Michelle G. Thompson Degree Status: Doctoral Student Department: Social Work Area of Focus: Broadly, my research area of focus is on the impact of discrimination and oppression and mental health disparities among sexual minorities of...

Field Education Tool Box for Students

Welcome to the School of Social Work’s Office of Field Education! This portion of your educational journey is an exciting time that enables you to implement your classroom learning in the field. From your interview for fieldwork through your placement, you will receive an individualized and supportive experience from the team at this office.

We thoroughly screen our community agencies and train the supervisors there to ensure the best possible educational experiences for our students. As a result, we have numerous placements throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. We want you to have the best prospects for learning, so if you are aware of an agency that is missing from our repertoire, please fill out this form and we will explore.

Resources:

Key Steps in the Placement Process

Application Deadlines

Field Placement in Employment Settings

For a comprehensive overview of our Field Education programs, please see the BSSW or the MSW Field Education Manuals.

Questions? Get in touch!

Program Coordinator
Office of Field Education/School of Social Work
305-348-3881
sowpracticum@fiu.edu

Field Education Tool Box for Field Instructors

Field Instructor Checklist

Task Supervisor Checklist

BSSW Field Education Manual

MSSW Field Education Manual

Questions? Get in touch!

Program Coordinator
Office of Field Education/School of Social Work
305-348-3881
sowpracticum@fiu.edu

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