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Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D. M.S.W.
Chairperson/Associate Professor

Naterena Parham-Cofield
Administrative and Student Support Coordinator 
Department of Social Work
School of Health Professions
LIU Brooklyn
1 University Plaza
Health Sciences Building, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1025

Social Work

Social work is a profession dedicated to helping people obtain the help they need to improve their lives and health. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and private practices.

The first accredited social work program in Brooklyn, the bachelor's and master's programs in Social Work places emphasis on working with the growing geriatric population; with racially, ethnically and socially diverse groups; and with immigrant populations. The LIU Brooklyn Social Work curriculum is tailored to reflect and to respond to the educational needs of a non-traditional, ethnically diverse student body, that will in turn, work with an equally diverse population of more than 4 million people in Brooklyn.

Undergraduate Programs Graduate Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Serving Our Community

Common Ground Service Learning Program – Students from all disciplines with the opportunity to gain valuable volunteer experience in a wide range of service venues throughout the greater New York area.

GranCare Program – Unique community partnership that trains students to provide services and support to grandparent caregivers.

Why Study Social Work at LIU Brooklyn?

  • LIU is the first university to offer a CSWE-accredited bachelor's and master's-level social work programs in Brooklyn.
  • Affiliations with a wide range of top health care facilities, organizations, and clinics where students complete fieldwork placements and find post-graduate employment.
  • Five M.S.W. concentrations: Gerentology, Nonprofit Management, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Child and Family Welfare, and Forensic Social Work
  • Phi Alpha Iota Chi, the social work honor society, provides social work students with the ability to meet and work with their peers to explore and promote humanitarian goals and ideas.

Supplemental Application

What is Forensic Social Work?

Urban communities like New York City present a complex interplay between social, clinical, and legal services. The M.S.W. concentration in Forensic Social Work prepares students to perform the vital service of guiding their clients through the daunting legal system on matters involving child custody and parental rights, domestic violence, and crimes relating to mental illness and substance abuse.


School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean