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COLUMBIA School of SOCIAL WORK Make waves. Move mountains. Change lives. Your Path to Columbia APPLY TO CSSW 7 Recommended Steps discover how our school defines social work explore the range of careers you can pursue with a social work degree understand the process of earning an MSW at Columbia School of Social Work Confer with current and former students about their field education experiences meet our faculty who are among the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the nation acquaint yourself with our student life learn how to apply 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Dear Prospective Student Thank you for your interest in applying to earn a Masters of Science in Social Work MSW at the Columbia School of Social Work CSSW. I look forward to meeting you in the near future at one of our information sessions or events. Until then I hope you will find this publication useful. It outlines 7 recommended steps for submitting a successful application. I speak on behalf of the entire Admissions team in urging you to contact us at any time with questions about the application process. Our contact information is listed on the inside back cover. Debbie Lesperance Director CSSW Admissions discover how our school defines social work Jeanette Takamura MSW Ph.D. Dean and Professor Social workers are passionate in their dedication to making waves and moving mountains on behalf of people and communities. There is a range of approaches and specializations within our profession but the shared goal is ultimately to change or transform lives. Transformation is pursued by applying professional knowledge and skills in clinical settings and in nearly every sector of our global national and local communitiesgovernment advocacy groups health care and nonprofit social service organizations and corporations. Jane Waldfogel M.ED. Ph.D. Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work for the Prevention of Childrens and Youth Problems One of the great things about Columbia is how broad our definition of social work is. Many of our students and faculty are doing clinical social work theyre interested in working directly with individuals and families. Many people are working at the organizational level so thats their definition of social work. And still others are working in social policy which is a long and distinguished tradition within social work. 1 1 ZHANJIE SI MSW CSSW09 Director of the Aizhen Community-Based Rehabilitation Development Program in China Social work is about how to help people in the right way. Its not so easy to help someone even if you have the best of intentions. I wanted to study social work so that I could better serve people. 2 I had my second-year field placement at Riverdale Mental Health Association and loved it from the very beginning. They have now hired me. I am so excited that Im going to be staying on there. Laura Luciano MSW15 Melanie Chery MSW15 Thanks to my social work training I am running trauma healing programs for genocide survivors and perpetrators in Rwanda through an international organization called Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities. samantha fogel MSW15 I chose the Social Enterprise Administration SEA option. It was the perfect platform for me to learn how to leverage human resources to drive transformative change. Upon graduation I was offered a position as a Learning and Development Analyst at Barclays Investment Bank where I design global leadership and learning programs for employees. 2 explore the range of careers you can pursue with a social work degree2 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent over 10 years to 2022 faster than the average for all occupations due to increased demand for health care and social services. Robust areas of social work employment include child welfare direct services gerontology medicalpublic health substance abuse mental health veterans and military justice and corrections and schools. Emerging areas of social work include adolescent health corporate social work developmental disabilities and environmental crises. EMILY BALL JABBOUR MSW06 Right out of school I found a job working as a Social Science Research Analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services DHHS in the Administration for Children and Families. On a daily basis I use a combination of my clinical and policy social work skills including reflective listening consensus building policy analysis and program evaluation. Sasha Diamond-Lenow MSW09I work at StreetSquash in Harlem helping young people by giving them access to sports as well as a range of social services. I love being able to combine mysocial work trainingwith my interest inathletics. I am also the field supervisor for CSSW interns. The Columbia School of Social Work ... has a dedicated career services office. has the highest pass rate for the social work licensing LMSW exam in the tri-state New York-New Jersey- Connecticut area. offers a network of 16000 alumni who can help with job leads. 3 JOseph WILLIAMS MSW15 I was hired as a full-time social worker atBrooklyn Defender Services whichwas where I did my first-yearplacement. We provide legalrepresentation to 45000 peopleeach year who have been chargedwith crimes or are facing childwelfare proceedings but are toopoor to afford an attorney. Social Work Specializations 4 concentrations Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice Advanced Generalist Practice Programming Policy Practice Social Enterprise Administration 7 Fields of Practice Aging Contemporary Social Issues Family Youth Childrens Services Health Mental Health Disabilities International Social Welfare and Services to Immigrants and Refugees School-based and School-linked Services World of Work ProgramsPlatforms Full-time programs Two-Year Transfer Advanced Standing 16-month part-time to full-time programs Reduced Residency Extended online platform An online option is offered for three CSSW programs in the metro areas of several major U.S. cities. Check our admissions site for more information. Available to online students Available to online students 4 understand your MSW degree options3 The majority of CSSW students are in our Two-Year Program. Students have more than 28 different specializations available. Dual Degrees M.Ed. Bank Street College of Education M.B.A. Columbia Business School J.D. Columbia Law School M.S. Urban Planning Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation M.A. Jewish Studies Jewish Theological Seminary M.P.H. Mailman School of Public Health M.P.A. School of International Public Affairs M.I.A. School of International Public Affairs M.Div. Union Theological Seminary Minors Business Administration International Social Welfare Law Public Policy and Administration Dual Degrees and Minors 1st semester Foundations of Social Work Practice Social Welfare Policy Social Work Research Human Behavior and the Social Environment I Field Education 2nd semester Direct Practice II Advocacy in Social Work Practice Human Behavior and the Social Environment II Field Education NOTE If you are in the Extended or Reduced Residency programs you begin field education and foundation practice courses in your second year. Foundation Year Complete your foundation courses and field internship finalize your method and field of practice for Year Two. Year Two Complete a specialized program courses and field internship for your chosen method and field of practice. NOTE If you are in the Advanced Standing or Transfer programs you enter as a second-year student. Second-year students complete classes in their concentration area and field of practice while also working in an advanced field setting. 5 The most popular dual degrees are in public health and international affairs. A total of 60 credits along with 1200 hours in the field is required for earning the MSW degree. daniel kamins MSW08 During my second year I interned at Young Athletes Incorporated where my supervisor gave me the flexibility to design my own experience. I did some clinical work and also helped to develop a large-scale community initiative for which I sought funding. The experience in grant-writing was invaluable. michele geHr MSW15 I was placed in the South Bronx at one of the toughest schools in the country. It was intimidating but by the time I was done wed increased attendance by 85 percent. rachel burton MSW15 My first year when I was at a family shelter in the Bronx I helped a mom get into her very first home. That was a highlight. Field education is a vital part of earning an MSW. It is where you learn how to apply social work theories from the classroom to social work practice. amita lal MSW15 I found myself very fulfilled working with newly arrived immigrants in my field placement in my first year. As the daughter of immigrant parents I felt a personal connection to the work. 6 Each semester social work students spend three days or 21 hours a week working at a placement site. The hours are usually from 900 a.m. to 500 p.m. confer with current and former students about their field education experiences 4 At each field placement a supervisor meets with you face-to- face once a week and evaluates your work for the term. eboni preston MSW15 I was in a field placement at the National Urban League. I loved being part of a team that makes it a priority to get clients the services they need. 9 kelsey reeder MSW15 Working with the LGBT community in my placement I learned a lot. I was able to bring awareness about gender issues to my classroom discussions and trainings. Advanced Standing Transfer and Reduced Residency students complete one year of field education. Two-year students complete 1200 hours at two different placement sites. Students have access to a field education network of 600 social service agencies including in all the cities comprising our online campus. Richard Hara MSW CSSW99 Ph.D. Assistant Director Field Education The Field Education Department works with a wide-ranging and ever-growing network of community and public agencies to support students in getting the most out of their field placements. Students are individually matched with agencies and field instructors and we work to ensure that a students learning objectives are met through a detailed educational plan. The first foundation year the focus is on generalist social work practice. In the second advanced-practice year the focus is on the students chosen method concentration. Field is intense but our students invariably find it rewarding. Typical field settings include schools hospitals substance abuse clinics courts corporations prisons community mental health programs and senior centers. 7 Field learning opportunities include case management crisis intervention program development and policy intervention and administration. Our faculty is dedicated to conducting research training and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations. And they are equally committed to training the next generation of social work practitioners and scholars. Our policy faculty are engaged in high-level research on poverty and social policy. We have a newly opened Center on Poverty and Social Policy being led by Michell I. Ginsberg Professor Irwin Garfinkel left and research scientist Christopher Wimer which is building on the work of our policy faculty as well as on the work of the Columbia Population Research Center also housed within our School. Several of our policy faculty have written books that are used in social work schools across the country neeraj kaushal M.A. Ph.D. Professor of Social Work The best thing about working at CSSW is the chance to interact with students. I enjoy it tremendously. I learn a lot from them. Our students know why they are here and what they want to be. Social work is a very satisfying profession. It can also be challenging. I have a lot of respect for my students. Advancing Research in Populatio Columbia Population R CPRC Too Many Children Left Behind Jane Waldfogel et al. Wealth and Welfare States Is America Laggard or Leader Irwin Garfinkel et al. Failing Our Fathers Ronald B. Mincy et al. 5 meet our faculty They are among the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the nation 8 Several of our faculty are pioneers in engaging in social work research in other countries. Willma and Albert Musher Professor Nabila El- Bassel and Associate Professor Louisa Gilbert are the founders of the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia GHRCCA which conducts studies that lead to interventions for populations at high risk of contracting infectious diseases in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. Professor Fred Ssewamala runs the International Center for Child Health and Asset Development which aims to empower HIVAIDS-impacted children in sub-Saharan Africa. SHOLPAN PRIMBETOVA MSW CSSW09 Deputy Regional Director Global Health Research Center of Central Asia After earning a degree in pharmocology in my native Kazakhstan I was able to attend CSSW and earn a masters in social work as a fellow with the Open Society Institute Social Work Scholarship Program. I was placed with the Social Intervention Group run by Professor Nabila El-Bassel. I helped with setting up GHRCCAs regional office in Almaty where I now work. Our clinical faculty specialize in cutting- edge areas of social work practice. Professor Andr Ivanoff runs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT Lab within our School which holds DBT training programs for social work professionals and also offers a program for students in the Advanced Clinical track. Marion E. Kenworthy Professor M. Katherine Shear has developed a pioneering 16-step clinical treatment for complicated grief a condition that occurs when the natural response to bereavement gets stalled. Professor Shear directs the Center on Complicated Grief that is housed within our School. It offers training workshops for bereavement professionals. Erin Olivo MSW CSSW95 MPH MSPH95 PH.D. TC01 Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University My career in integrative medicine began with taking a class on DBT with Professor Ivanoff. She was the first person who introduced me to the idea that you could incorporate mindfulness into treatment. That just really spoke to me. 9 beyond the bars Annual Conference Beyond the Bars is led by the Criminal Justice Caucus and the Justice Initiative at Columbia University and will bring together current efforts and future ideas to transform the criminal justice system. It is a collaborative effort from students faculty and community members across New York City. Register here for the conference beyondthebars2014.eventbrite.com For updates and more information please visit criminaljusticecaucus.wordpress.com or ji.columbia.edu Columbia University Presents BEYOND THE BARS A n n u a l C o n f e r e n c e March 78 2014 Friday March 7th Kickoff Event Featuring Saturday March 8th Conference Panels and Workshops Angela Davis Fania Davis Beth Richie Impact Repertory Theatre Bryonn Bain Soffiyah Elijah Transforming Systems Exploring Alternatives Examining Practice Columbia University The Justice Initiative PDSA Professional Development Self-Awareness MARCH 78 BEYOND THE BARS 2014 BREAKING THROUGH Organized in collaboration with and support from the Criminal Justice Initiative Supporting Children Families and Communties PDSA CSSW Student Union CSSW Black Caucus CSSW Feminist Caucus CSSW Asian Pacific Islander Caucus CSSW Latino Caucus CSSW Policy Caucus Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University Columbia University Law School Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University Teachers College Students Against Mass Incarceration Barbara Martinsons Institute of African Affairs NYU Correctional Association. Substance Abuse and Recovery CAUCUS EVENT Book Talk by Chef Jesse Schenker PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SELF-AWARENESS A collaboration among students faculty and administrators Events 12 Field Education Writing CenterFinancial Aid Enrollment Student ServicesAdvising Career Development Student Support acquaint yourself with our student life6 Female 85 International 15 Average Age 26 VISITING SCHOLAR LECTURE Post-traumatic Stress Disorder By Edna B. Foa Ph.D. 10 in an ideal world Film Screening 13 25 STUDENT CAUCUSES JOEL LIVINGSTON MSW14 I joined the Black Caucus because its important for students of color to have more of a voice at CSSW and to strive to give back to the Harlem community. ESTRELLITA ALVARADO HERNANDEZ MSW14 The Latinoa Caucus helped me transition from Arizona to New York City and Columbia University. Its my family away from home. STUDENT JOURNAL CHRISTOPHER MITCHELL MSW14 I got involved in the Columbia Social Work Review because I enjoy writing and editing. Its an important forum for MSW students to explore issues in the social work eld that they nd relevant and to take the discussion beyond Columbias campus. CHRIS EAGAR- FINNEY MSW13 My favorite part of Self-Care Day was the chance to interact with other students informally something I dont have time to do when Im in eld studying or working on assignments. SELF-CARE DAY Student Activities SPRING GALA 11 Once a year students come together for Community Day. At the 2015 event the Rev. James Singletary M.Div. UTS10 MSW CSSW10 talked with students about integrating spirituality into social work practice. Class of 2015 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS At a minimum candidates must meet the following criteria B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university which includes 60 semester hours or credits in the liberal arts of which at least nine are in the social or biological sciences. Academic record suggesting the ability to do graduate-level work. Serious commitment to the profession of social work and the capacity to meet the demands of professional training often demonstrated by internships and life experiences. TOEFL combined score 98 IELTS 7.0 FINANCIAL AID The Columbia School of Social Work is committed to working with every student who qualifies for admission to make it possible to attend. Students may be considered for need-based institutional scholarships andor federal aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid helps students navigate this process and keeps them informed of funding options. APPLICATION CHECKLIST Complete the application form online swadmissions.columbia.eduapply Submit a resumeCV three pages maximum. Compose three essays in response to program-specific questions. Acquire three letters of reference. Request and submit academic transcripts for schools where you have earned 12 or more credits. Prepare for a Skype interview online platform international applicants only. Pay application fee US75. Note Our MSW program does not require GRE scores. 12 7 learn how to apply Dear Prospective Student Thank you for your interest in our MSW program. I hope this booklet has helped you learn more about the School and has clarified the application process. Please feel free to contact us with questions. Thats why we are here. Debbie Lesperance the Admissions Team Columbia School of Social Work Office of Admissions 1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York NY 10027 Tel 212-851-2400 Toll free 1-855-532-5200 Email cssw-admitcolumbia.edu swadmissions.columbia.edu CONTACT US Visit us Experience our dynamic community firsthand. Sit in on a class consult with a faculty member andor meet with a student ambassador field education advisor admissions counselor or financial aid administrator. Schedule your visit online at swadmissions.columbia.eduevents Make waves. Move mountains. 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