SOCIAL WORK

B.S. in Social Work

The profession of social work is growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) projects a high demand for social workers due to job growth in fields, such as mental health and substance abuse, and settings, such as hospitals. It’s never been a better time to join this dynamic and diverse profession.

The program prepares entry-level social work practitioners to meet the growing, unique and varied social service needs of the diverse communities of Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. Graduates of the program have strong clinical, advocacy and administrative skills that they use in community-based, governmental, and for-profit organizations across the region.

The program partners with local community-based organizations to provide well-trained generalist practice social workers, prepared to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities through a variety of methods.

In addition to preparing students for careers in social work, the program also prepares students who seek to pursue a graduate degree in social work and in other related fields. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for advanced standing in a graduate program in Social Work. With Advanced Standing, students only need to complete one-year of graduate study to earn their master degree.

Social Work students are required to complete a total of 120 credits, 47 credits in social work, including successful completion of a 400-hour internship in the senior year.

Social Work BSSW Student Handbook 2020-2021

Social Work BSSW Field Manual


Becoming a BSSW Student

In order to be considered by the BSSW Program, you must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU For more information on the university admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions website.

Once a LIU Brooklyn student, you can you can declare a social work major at any time. However, only students meeting the following criteria will be considered in good standing in the BSSW Program:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and a cumulative GPA in Social Work courses of a 3.0.
  • Earn a grade of “B” or higher in SWK 101;
  • Meet regularly with a social work faculty advisor; AND
  • Act in accordance with the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics (https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English) and the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work Statement of Principles (http://ifsw.org/policies/statement-of-ethical-principles/).

Program Outcomes

Summary of the Program's Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice
Assessment Measure #1: FPPAI (Field Measure)
Dimension(s) assessed Values, Skills, Cognitive Affect
When/where students are assessed: May 2019 via electronic evaluation
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement
for Competencies 1-9:
Students must score a minimum of 3 on all items (3=competent)

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have
achieved the minimum score, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:
90%
Assessment Measure #2: FCAI (Foundation Curriculum Assessment
Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge
Who assessed student competence: Program Faculty
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement for 
Competencies 1-9
Meeting & Exceeding Competency relates to students answering  50% or more
of the total number of questions correctly
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have
achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:
90%


Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, BSSW Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes - Last Completed on July 2nd, 2020

COMPETENCY

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK (%)

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK



Program Option #1
Brooklyn Campus, Face-to Face

n = 7

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

91.5%

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

100%

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

100%

Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

83%

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

91.5%

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

100%

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

100%

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

100%

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

90% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures

75%

Hallmarks of the BSSW Program

  • The BSSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accreditor of U.S. social work schools and programs; signifying that it meets the highest standards of academic excellence
  • Small class sizes for individualized learning;
  • Faculty advisement to guide you through the program;
  • Full-time and part-time options available;
  • Classes offered weekdays and weekday evenings;
  • Career planning and placement assistance to support your job search and/or your applications for graduate study; and
  • If supported, eligibility to apply for “advanced standing” in LIU Brooklyn’s or in another CSWE-accredited social work program’s Master of Social Work (MSW) degree thereby earning a MSW in one instead of two years if full-time

Faculty and Administration

Jessica Rosenberg, PhD, LCSW Chair, Professor, BSSW Program Director (718) 246-6443 jessica.rosenberg@liu.edu
Samuel Rosenberg, PhD, LCSW MSW Program Coordinator, Professor (718) 780-4520 samuel.rosenberg@liu.edu
Yovanka Green, MSEd, LMSW Director of Field Education (718) 488-3372 yovanka.green@liu.edu
Menachem Dubovick, LCSW
Assistant Director Field Education
(718) 780-4124
menachem.dubovick@liu.edu
Stefanie Jenkins, LMSW Field Education Coordinator (718) 780-4574 stefanie.jenkins@liu.edu
Justyna Rzewinski, LCSW
Field Education Coordinator
(718) 246-6442
justyna.rzewinski@liu.edu

Marquis Chandler, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

(718) 780-6560

Victor Lushin, PhD, MD, LMSW
Assistant Professor

(718) 780-4521

Telvis Rich, EdD, LMSW, BSW
Associate Professor
(718) 488-1188
telvis.rich@liu.edu
Rebecca Rivera, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor
(718) 780-4076
rebecca.rivera@liu.edu

Honor Society

Phi Alpha Iota Chi

The purpose of the Phi Alpha Iota Chi Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among social work students and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha Iota Chi fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence through scholarship and achievement in the field of social work.

The idea of a national social work honors society was conceptualized by a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan State University in 1960. Investigation revealed that local chapters existed at three schools. Those three schools along with a few others formed a National Honor Society Committee in November 1960. For more than a year, the Committee worked to develop the organization’s constitution. The name Phi Alpha and the key insignia were adopted from the local chapter that existed at Florida State University. The constitution and formal organization were completed in 1962, and six chapters qualified to become "charter chapters." They were: Florida State University, Michigan State University, Ohio Northern University, Central State College, University of Dayton and the University of Tennessee. Today, Phi Alpha consists of more than 155 chapters. And, new chapters continue to be added. Phi Alpha offers membership to social work students, faculty members and practitioners. Each chapter is free to develop a program to meet local needs. The National Council is the policy-making body and meets each year at the time and place of the annual program meeting of CSWE. Each chapter has one voting representative on the Council.

National Qualifications For Chapter Membership

  • A chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society may be established at colleges and universities with an M.S.W. and/or a B.S.W. program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or accepted into candidacy status. 
  • A college or university must designate its desire to become a chapter of Phi Alpha by filing an application with the national faculty advisor. The application must be signed by six applicants including one faculty member. 
  • The application shall contain a brief history of the college or university and a brief history of the social work program. The chapter constitution and the bylaws, indicating compliance with national standards, are part of the application process. 
  • Local chapters shall be designated according to the letters of Greek alphabet.

National Qualifications for Individual Membership

  1. An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements:
    • Declared social work as a majorAchieved sophomore status
    • Completed 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of required social work courses
    • Achieved an overall grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Achieved a 3.25 grade-point average in required social work courses
    • Local chapters may establish eligibility requirements different from the national guidelines
    • A graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements. 
    • Completed one term of course work with the minimum number of 15 social work credits.
    • Achieved a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Local chapters may establish high eligibility requirements 
    • Membership is available to all full-time social work faculty members 
    • Each chapter may select two persons each year for honorary membership. This recognition is available to persons outside the program who have made significant contributions to the program and/or to society. Membership certificates for honorary members are provided by the National Office without cost to local chapters

    Membership Dues

    • A charter fee of $20 for each new chapter
    • A lifetime membership fee of $20 for each individual member

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