According to Amherst Bee, Daemen College’s Master of Social Work program, which is the only MSW degree offered at a private institution in the Buffalo Niagara region, has earned accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting agency in the field of social work.
The initial accreditation follows a rigorous three-year, self-evaluation process required for a new MSW program to ensure it is appropriately preparing students for professional social work practice. Daemen is one of only 260 colleges and universities nationwide with an accredited MSW program.
Launched in 2014, Daemen’s MSW degree evolved out of the college’s well-established undergraduate program that has existed for four decades. The MSW program is designed for students who are looking to begin their education in the field or for individuals seeking training to advance their professional skills.
“This national accreditation is a milestone for our Master of Social Work program and affirms that our degree upholds the highest standards of excellence and academic rigor,” said Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “I commend our talented faculty for their commitment to providing our students a rich, educational experience and opportunities to build advanced skills needed as social work professionals.”
Programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education must demonstrate that their curriculum meets core social work competencies related to ethical and professional behavior, research and policy advocacy, liquor stores.
Program graduates are expected to have the skills and abilities to effectively interact with members of diverse populations and to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate their work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
“Our faculty is skilled scholar-practitioners who bring considerable real-world experience into the classroom, which enriches the learning opportunities for our students and helps them to connect to professional networks and other resources that give them an advantage as they engage in the community,” said Diane Bessel, MSW program director, an assistant professor.