College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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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


Free* Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion of "Like Any Other Kid"

Jan. 22, 9:00-11:30 am OR Jan. 23, 4:00-6:30 pm

"What happens when incarcerated youth are guided with love & respect?"

Like Any Other Kid” provides a rare glimpse into the inner-workings of one of the most promising developments in juvenile justice reform:  the use of non-punitive, therapeutic programs to promote behavioral change & help youth re-enter their communities.  Following the intimate relationships of youth and staff in three unique juvenile detention facilities across the US over a three year span, the film demonstrates how the program works.  Stricken with violence, traumatic to youth and staff alike, our current juvenile justice system is failing to meet the needs of America’s children.  “Like Any Other Kid” demonstrates just how much potential these youth really have… if we let them be just that:  like any other kid.

2.5 Social Work CEU's Available

Click here to register: Like Any Other Kid Registration Form

Other Workshops/Trainings