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The purpose of the Social Work Program at Southeast Missouri State University is to
improve society's well-being by creating a more humane and just society. The Social
Work Program has a dedicated emphasis on providing services and professional social
work practitioners for the underserved and vulnerable populations and communities
of the Southeast Missouri region. Social work’s distinguishing characteristics are
its: 1) emphasis on person-in-environment by considering various aspects of an individual’s
environment (social, political, familial, temporal, spiritual, economic and physical),
2) focus on strengths (as opposed to shortcomings), and 3) steadfast commitment to
social justice in the service of empowering individuals, families and communities
to meet their needs.
Few professionals offer more diverse employment opportunities. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings including mental health, child welfare, marriage and family, community organization, employee assistance, criminal justice/corrections, developmental disabilities, gerontology, health care, hospice, school social work, substance abuse and public welfare.
All indicators predict a sharp increase in demand for social workers over the next decade. Now is an excellent time to pursue a degree in social work.
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