• SW Students and Signs

    Student organizations are just one way we are engaged.

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  • Students in India

    There are openings in the Social Justice and Sustainability in India class that will travel to India in fall 2017.

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  • ACAN

    Western Michigan University's Fostering Success Michigan initiative has been cited as a "beacon" for supporting increased college access.

    Beacon for Access
  • SSW students

    Seven grad students published in the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

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The Western Michigan University School of Social Work offers research-driven professional programs that work closely with students and the community, focusing on social change, social justice and service transformation. Its graduate and undergraduate programs stress the need to:

  • Recognize and fight discrimination in its many forms.
  • Speak out against injustice.
  • Promote human rights and a more equitable distribution of resources and power.

The school seeks to create a learning environment that is responsive to students' professional development, promoting community and a sense of individual and collective responsibility among and between students. Meaningful interaction among students, faculty and field instructors supports self-examination, expression and innovation.

News and announcements

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training

Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8
Presented by Kristine Buffington, MSW, LISW-S National TF-CBT training

TF-CBT flyer

Study Abroad course course offered Spring 2019 in Guatemala with Jennifer Harrison

Travel to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and create transformational connections in Meso-America

Guatemala Spring 2019 Flyer

Congratulations, Dr. Jennifer Harrison! Celebrating global engagement

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Jennifer Harrison, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Harrison was a 2018 recipient of the WMU Global Engagement Award.


Dr. Yvonne Unrau and Brandon Youngblood accept the 2017 Beacon Award presented by the Michigan College Access Network.

Fostering Success Michigan honored

Western Michigan University's Fostering Success Michigan initiative has been recognized for its leadership in the college access and success field.  Dr. Yvonne Unrau, School of Social Work professor and director of the Center for Fostering Success, and Brandon Youngblood, BSW student and Student Ambassador, accepted the award at the Michigan College Access Network Awards dinner in Lansing.

Front row: Becky Mullins, Kaley Cieslak.  Back row: Katelyn Root, Lehanna Hardy, Christina Smith. Not pictured: Natalie Kyles, Erika Miller









Graduate students published in Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

WMU School of Social Work graduate students Kaley Cieslak, Lehanna Hardy, Natalie Kyles, Erika Miller, Becky Mullins, Katelyn Root, and Christina Smith were recently published in the prestigious Journal of  Sociology and Social Welfare. Their first professional paper, "An Environmental Scan of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on University and College Campuses," was part of their original research project in Dr. Rick Grinnell's Evaluation of Social Work Practice course.

Children's Alexithymia Measure (CAM)

The Children's Alexithymia Measure (CAM) research project at the WMU School of Social Work was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2003 (SAMHSA #5 U79 SM56207) through a grant awarded to the Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center (Western Michigan University) as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative's Collaborative Response to Traumatized Children.  The CAM was developed by the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of SAMHSA or the NCTSN.


NEW licensing requirements

Changes to the Michigan Social Work General Rules - January 2017


Information sessions

Join us to learn more about the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs at Western Michigan University. For both programs, attendees will receive relevant information about our programs, our faculty research, and the unique qualities of WMU.


MSW Info Sessions       BSW Info Sessions

Past News

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