College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

social work students

Welcome to the Department of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa

Why Choose Social Work at UNI?


The Department of Social Work offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Program (BA in Social Work) and a Master of Social Work Program (MSW). Both the BA in Social Work and the MSW programs were reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in June 2015.

The BA in Social Work prepares students to be professional social workers that are able to work in multiple settings with diverse populations experiencing a variety of issues. The MSW specialization is trauma-informed care. MSW students study the widespread impact of trauma and understand the potential paths to recovery; they learn to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others; they discover how to respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and, they acquire skills to actively resist re-traumatizing clients.

We offer the following degrees to educate students at both the generalist and advanced levels:

 

Field placements are also an important component of our programs. The Office of Field Instruction coordinates and supports graduate and undergraduate internships in a wide variety of local and regional agencies.

Upcoming Social Work Training Opportunities

WHAT: A Body-Based Approach to Trauma Processing

WHEN:  Friday, October 4, 2019

WHERE:  Cedar Falls, IA

TRAINERS:  Dr. Matthew Vasquez

REGISTRATION: https://csbs.uni.edu/socialwork/processing-trauma-building-resiliency

COST:  $160.00

SW CEUs:  6

QUESTIONS:  Contact Dr. Matthew Vasquez @ matthew.vasquez@uni.edu or 319 273 5892

 

WHAT: Advanced Overview of Early Childhood Neglect (Ages 0-3)

WHEN:  Friday, October 18th, 2019

WHERE:  Cedar Falls, IA

TRAINERS:  Dr. Matthew Vasquez

REGISTRATION: https://csbs.uni.edu/socialwork/overview-early-childhood-neglect

COST:  $80.00

SW CEUs:  3

QUESTIONS:  Contact Dr. Matthew Vasquez @ matthew.vasquez@uni.edu or 319 273 5892

 

WHAT:  SOCIAL WORK ETHICS TRAINING

WHEN:  Thursday, October 24, 2019

WHERE:  UNI Campus, Cedar Falls, IA

TRAINER:  Tom Eachus

COST:  $30.00

SW CEUs:  3 (This training has been approved by the IBC for CADCs)

Registration is closed but contact Jenny Becker at jennifer.becker@uni.edu or (319) 273-7881 if you want to attend.  

 

 

WHAT: System of Support in the Cedar Valley: Neighbors for Peace, Prosperity and Compassion

WHEN:  Friday, November 1, 2019 

WHERE:  Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center, 120 Jefferson Street, Waterloo, IA 50701

COST:  $25

SW CEUs:  6

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  October 18, 2019

QUESTIONS:  Contact Jenny Becker at jennifer.becker@uni.edu or (319) 273-7881

Click Here for Registration Link

 

WHAT: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Toxic Stress, and the Epigenetic Effects of Trauma

WHEN:  Friday, November 15th, 2019

WHERE:  Cedar Falls, IA

TRAINERS:  Dr. Matthew Vasquez

REGISTRATION: https://csbs.uni.edu/socialwork/adverse-childhood-experiences-stress-trauma

COST:  $80.00

SW CEUs:  3

QUESTIONS:  Contact Dr. Matthew Vasquez @ matthew.vasquez@uni.edu or 319 273 5892

 

WHAT: Advanced Overview of Acute and Complex Trauma

WHEN:  Friday, December 6th, 2019

WHERE:  Cedar Falls, IA

TRAINERS:  Dr. Matthew Vasquez

REGISTRATION: https://csbs.uni.edu/socialwork/overview-acute-complex-trauma

COST:  $80.00

SW CEUs:  3

QUESTIONS:  Contact Dr. Matthew Vasquez @ matthew.vasquez@uni.edu or 319 273 5892

 

WHAT: A Body-Based Approach to Trauma Processing

WHEN:  Friday, December 13th, 2019

WHERE:  Cedar Falls, IA

TRAINERS:  Dr. Matthew Vasquez

REGISTRATION: https://csbs.uni.edu/socialwork/processing-trauma-building-resiliency

COST:  $160.00

SW CEUs:  6

QUESTIONS:  Contact Dr. Matthew Vasquez @ matthew.vasquez@uni.edu or 319 273 5892

 

Other Workshops/Trainings