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.


WHAT:  UNI Social Work's annual Trauma Informed Care Conference
WHEN:  Tuesday, August 7, 2018
WHERE:  UNI Campus, Cedar Falls, IA 

KEYNOTE:  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carl Weems, Professor & Chair, Department of 
Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University

• Trauma Informed Approaches in the Correctional System
• Trauma Informed Approaches in Schools


8:00-8:50 Registration

8:50-9:00 Welcome

9:00-10:30 Trauma Informed Transdisciplinary Translational Science for Youth Emotional Health and School Success.

10:45-12:00 Trauma Informed and the Justice Involved: The Department of Corrections Experience. 

12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own

1:00-2:15 "We Can! Building Relationships and Resilience": Trauma-Informed Education in Iowa. 

2:30-3:30 Trauma Informed Care in Family Medicine: The Experience at UnityPoint Clinic at East Des Moines. 

3:30-4:00 Presenter Pane: Next Steps. 

Cost:  $40 (Fee waived for UNI students and staff; Student intern supervisors for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and/or Summer 2018)
Social Work CEUs:  5.5




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