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Become the Voice of Change

  • Advance your expertise in mental health counseling and clinical practice
  • Secure justice through influencing policy
  • Become an advocate for human rights

Academic Programs

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

    Offers a Seamless BSW to MSW Advanced Standing Program. Prepares students for generalist practice in social work. Our trauma-Informed, resiliency focused curriculum includes 13 social work courses, provides service-learning opportunities, and a yearlong clinical practice placement. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) 63 Credit Program - In-Person

    Developed for individuals holding degrees outside of social work. Preparation in advanced clinical practice in social work. Integrated curriculum composed of trauma-Informed, resiliency-focused framework and neurobiological underpinnings of trauma. Full and Part Time and In-Person and Online program options. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) 63 Credit Program - Online

    Developed for individuals holding degrees outside of social work. Preparation in advanced clinical practice in social work. Integrated curriculum composed of trauma-Informed, resiliency-focused framework and neurobiological underpinnings of trauma. Full and Part Time and In-Person and Online program options. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced-Standing 32 credit - In-Person

    Developed for individuals who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) from a CSWE accredited program. Preparation in advanced clinical practice in social work. Integrated curriculum composed of trauma-Informed, resiliency-focused framework and neurobiological underpinnings of trauma. Full and Part Time and In-Person and Online program options. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced-Standing 32 credit - Online

    Developed for individuals who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) from a CSWE accredited program. Preparation in advanced clinical practice in social work. Integrated curriculum composed of trauma-Informed, resiliency-focused framework and neurobiological underpinnings of trauma. Full and Part Time and In-Person and Online program options. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Doctorate of Social Work

    Preparation in advanced trauma-informed leadership, clinical practice, and higher education. Fully online 3-year program. 9 semesters; includes continuous matriculation. Submission for publication of Advance-Practice Doctoral Capstone.

  • PhD in Social Work

    As of Spring 2024 The PhD in Social Work program will no longer be accepting applications. Please see the Doctor of Social Work Program (DSW) for information on the Doctoral degree (DSW).

General Information About the School

The School of Social Work at Barry University is committed to advancing and protecting the human rights of all individuals, with an emphasis on those most marginalized, through teaching, research, advocacy, and practice rooted in social justice.

The mission of the Barry University School of Social Work is framed by the core values, ethics, and commitments of the social work profession and the Barry University mission. Within a culturally diverse framework, the School is committed to educating social workers for professional social work practice that is informed by context and characterized by competence, skills of leadership, quality, the quest for social and economic justice in local and global communities, and dedication to continuous professional growth and development.

In response to a demand for professionally trained social workers in 1966, Barry University established the first graduate program in South Florida. The Master of Social Work degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and the curriculum of the School is planned in accordance with the standards set by the council. A PhD in Social Work was introduced in 1983 to prepare advanced practitioner/scholars for leadership roles within the profession. In 2001, the School initiated a Bachelor of Social Work degree program and was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 2003. In 1984, the School was named the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell to honor a woman who made significant contribution to the reform and development of social welfare programs in the State of Florida.

Social work is a profession that dares us to walk the road less traveled and to soar where others are afraid to go. As you move toward becoming a professional social worker, we strive to ensure that you have a transformative experience. We are dedicated to helping you achieve advanced levels of scholarship, leadership, and self-discovery to maximize your success.

Barry University Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance (ADA) Statement

Barry University is committed to ensuring qualified persons with disabilities are provided equal opportunity and access to the rights and privileges of employment at Barry University. Barry University will comply with the provisions of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and ensure that its policies and practices conform to federal and state statutes and regulations. II. Upon request, reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with a documented disability on a case-by-case basis.  Please see Office of Accessibility (OAS) website for further information on submitting requests for accommodations. (adapted from Barry University ADA Policy, 2021).

Internship

The program ensures that students receive the clinical experience necessary to become a professional autonomous social worker. Students will be assigned to agency placements which will provide students with the opportunity to build confidence, spend time in a professional environment and the ability to grow and learn as a professional. The intent of the clinical practice in the School of Social Work is to assist students in connecting the curriculum with the practical world of the practice setting.

The program ensures that students receive the clinical experience necessary to become a professional autonomous social worker. Students will be assigned to agency placements which will provide students with the opportunity to build confidence, spend time in a professional environment and the ability to grow and learn as a professional. The intent of the clinical practice in the School of Social Work is to assist students in connecting the curriculum with the practical world of the practice setting.

Graduate Assistantships

School of Social Work Faculty and Staff

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 15:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, over 80 percent of our faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.

We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do.

Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering. Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

Social Work Programs Accreditation

Barry University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

CSWE's Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards. 

In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.

Student Learning Outcomes About CSWE Accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work Program (BSW) and the Master of Social Work Program (MSW) are accredited from 2017 – 2024.

News

Top Stories

  • Dr. Mitch Rosenwald sworn in as Mayor of Oakland Park on November 8, 2023. November 14, 2023

    Dr. Rosenwald’s achievements celebrates the mission of social workers as agents of change and service for their local, national, and global communities.

  • Congratulations are in order to Dr. Sarah Lewis and Dr. Todd Tedrow November 13, 2023

    We continue to celebrate our national and internationally recognized faculty for their research in contributing to social work, mental health and wellness. 

  • November Alumni Spotlight 2023 | Heidi Heft Laporte November 13, 2023

    Meet Dr. Heidi Heft LaPorte a 2020 graduate of our Certificate Training Program.  We are excited to feature her as our monthly Alumni Spotlight!  We think you will be inspired by the blend of skills, research and practices Heidi brings as an Associate Professor, expressive arts facilitator & IEATA membership co-chair.

  • Congratulations are in order to Dr. Ashley Austin and Dr. Mitch Rosenwald November 13, 2023

    We continue to celebrate our national and internationally recognized faculty for their research in contributing to social work, mental health and wellness. 

  • Barry Social Workers Recognized by the NASW April 24, 2023

    From Broward and Miami-Dade all the way to North Central Texas and Georgia, local chapters of the NASW honor Barry University Social Workers. The recognition is particularly significant as it coincides with a time of heightened demand on the social work profession.

  • Barry Grad to Serve as State Representative February 15, 2022

    Barry University School of Social Work graduate Daryl Campbell (MSW ’17) will be spending a lot more time in Tallahassee!

  • How Dr. Mitch Rosenwald Is Using His Social Work Skills To Impact Local Policy June 22, 2021

    As a clinical social worker and veteran professor in Barry’s School of Social Work, Dr. Mitch Rosenwald has long championed the benefits of bringing social work perspectives to government policy.

  • With New Research Social Work Students And Professor Advocate For Gender-Affirming Care March 15, 2021

    A new paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity is giving voice to members of the trans community who suffer from gender dysphoria.

Celebrating the First Dean of the School of Social Work

Continuing Education Certificate Programs

Barry University's School of Social Work remains committed to your personal and professional growth. As we all know, transformation and growth do not end at graduation.

Learning is a lifelong endeavor, and Barry University School of Social Work is striving to keep pace with your future.

Continuing Education Licensure – Obtaining your LCSW

Congratulations on taking the next step towards obtaining your LCSW! Please review the full list of requirements set by the State of Florida here.

Following the submission of your application to the State, you will receive a five-digit file number and the remaining supporting documents necessary to complete your licensing application.

You will be required to provide the 5-digit file number in order to complete the practicum and advanced standing letter request.  

You must complete the Practicum and Advanced Standing letter request form in its entirety. Please allot 5 to 10 business days to process your request.

Order your Transcript here Practicum and Advanced Standing Letter

Ellen Whiteside Mcdonnel School of Social Work Organization Chapters & Clubs

The Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work offers a variety of chapters and organizations within the School of Social Work.

Student Organizations can be a powerful way for students to enhance, enrich, network and develop their leadership skills while making valuable community contributions.

Professional Organizations

With a diverse range of specializations and interests, we invite students to learn more about the professional organizations available to social workers and social work students.

Professional organizations offer students and professionals a variety of benefits such as networking opportunities, exclusive scholarship opportunities, events for early-career professionals, and job boards.

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Funded by the Ware Foundation Center for Human Rights and Social Justice

Welcome to the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice! The CHRSJ has a primary mission of advancing crucial human rights and social justice initiatives in our local and global communities through targeted education, research, service, and leadership. The CHRSJ values collaboration and partnerships with community members, organizations, and university faculty, staff and students. We approach our human rights and social justice work through an anti-oppressive lens which acknowledges the influence of privilege and oppression on the existence and maintenance of human rights violations. The CHRSJ values equally the voices of all community members and commits to work in authentic partnership with the communities being served.

Our Initiatives born out of the School of Social Work’s strong collaborations represent some of the most pressing needs of our community, and are inclusive of some of the most underserved and marginalized populations locally and globally. Specifically, our Center is committed to the following five initiatives (1) Combating Human Trafficking (2) Preventing Sexual Victimization (3) Creating Inclusive Communities sexual and gender diverse Individuals (4) Advancing Trauma Informed Research, Education and Practice, and (5) Promoting Wellness in Marginalized Communities.

The Center is proud to host affiliated faculty and community partners with decades of experience who are fiercely committed to advancing human rights and social justice across countless critical issues impacting our communities. The Center’s affiliates possess unparalleled practice and advocacy skills necessary to mobilize positive change. Moreover, our faculty are engaged in research and scholarship which impact practice and policy across multiple pressing human rights issues in contemporary society.

Through the power of collective action and collaborative social justice work, the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice in the Barry University School of Social Work aims to a create safe, stable, and inclusive society for all individuals. Welcome to our Center and please spend time exploring our website further to learn more about our faculty, community partners, resources, upcoming events, and the ways to get involved in our work. We hope you will contact us with ideas for collaboration that can advance the human rights and social justice initiatives of the Center.

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Project Transcend Webinars

These virtual learning opportunities were funded by Our Fund and the Community Foundation of Broward in an effort to improve access to safe, inclusive, and socially just health care for transgender and nonbinary children, teens, and adults living in Broward County and the surrounding areas.

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We’re always happy to chat with you about your career goals and the academic programs to get you there. Our team of academic and admissions experts offer many communication options from chat or text to online meetings and email options.

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