Making a difference where it counts

About Social Work at Keuka College

To be a social worker is to help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges. Social workers take into account the needs of individuals, families, and groups, and help restore social functioning and work toward creating positive conditions for people to thrive. As a Keuka College social work student, you’ll combine coursework with hands-on, practical experience, helping you to become a seasoned professional ready to enter the workforce or pursue an advanced degree.

You’ll gain knowledge of human development and behavior; how our social, economic, and cultural institutions function; and the various delivery systems and evaluation strategies used in the profession.

Together, all social workers can make a difference helping families and communities cope with the stresses of everyday life.

Social Work Program Highlights

Desirable, Flexible Formats

Attend class full-time at Keuka College’s main campus or part-time at one of several partner locations throughout New York State. Same degree, two ways to get there.

Experienced Faculty

Your professors are incredible teachers who engage in clinical practice, research, and give presentations across the country and around the world.

Small Class Sizes

Small classes allow for a lot of one-on-one attention. Professors will know you by name, understand your strengths, and help you discover ways to become stronger—personally and professionally.

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Program Overview

If you have a strong desire to help improve people’s lives, or a passion for social justice, Keuka College’s social work program provides the opportunity to effect change.

Our students are prepared to work in a rapidly-changing, multicultural society, with coursework that blends theory with practical application. Classes explore human behavior, ethics and diversity, group processes, youth services, and evaluation strategies, all promoting themes of social justice and social responsibility. You’ll learn how to support clients in obtaining needed services and to help improve their quality of life.

Field Period™ - Complimenting your classroom study, you’ll gain real-world, practical experience as early as your first year through our Field Period™ program. For students taking classes full-time at Keuka College, you’ll complete one Field Period™ each year you’re a student. This is a great time to challenge yourself and explore the areas of social work that will enhance your foundational skills.

Field Practicum - During your capstone course, you’ll be placed as a professional-in-training in a human service agency. You’ll work side-by-side with licensed field instructors in a safe, supervised environment—paving the way for you to transition from student to professional.

When you’re finished, you’ll be prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including substance abuse, mental health, social welfare, aging programs, community outreach, family and youth services, and more. This professional degree is nationally recognized, and our students are prepared and encouraged to pursue advanced standing master’s level social work after graduation.

Faculty

At Keuka College, your social work faculty are more than just great teachers. They’re seasoned professionals and innovative educators committed to your success. With background and expertise in traumatic brain injury, youth and adolescent counseling, women’s rights issues, solution-focused casework practice, advocacy for the disabled and underserved populations, mood disorders, effects of the child welfare system, and domestic violence, each of your professors come to the classroom with real-world, clinical experience.

They serve as role models, leaders, practitioners, and advocates dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals, paving the way to improve the health of the nation and the world.

Faculty in the Division of Social Work

Adjunct Faculty

Digital Learning

Health care relies heavily on the development of digital and technological systems in order to promote continuous improvement for individuals, families, and groups. The curriculum at Keuka College challenges you to think about these systems, and how their application can have broad significance to the communities you will serve. As a social work student, you can:

  • Design systems to identify trends in poverty, welfare, and population statistics.
  • Create an app/technology to assist clients in tracking their mood and daily productivity to assist in the treatment of a range of mental health issues.
  • Introduce tools to help train social work staff in the policies and procedures that govern the social work profession.

Global Education

Keuka College strives to provide a 21st century global learning environment where you can immerse yourself in the cultures and communities of the people you will serve.

As a social work student, not only will you have the opportunity to travel internationally for Field Period™ or cultural exploration, each course you take encourages you to think globally, think about the issues facing our society—on a local and global level—and develop a new, inclusive perspective on all the populations you’ll work with as a social worker.

Research

Keuka College’s social work faculty are active scholars and researchers, and offer you the opportunity to partner on projects if that’s where your interests lie. Our faculty understand the importance of scholarship and its ability to enhance our understanding and advocacy for important societal and community-based issues.

Some of their research interests include the treatment of traumatized youth, transitioning to a competency-based education, an examination of local foster care practices, and building social capital.

You’ll take courses focused on research methods, evaluation strategies, and the various policies that govern the social work profession—all to assist you in becoming an active researcher in the areas that matter the most to you. And if you’re interested in pursuing an advanced degree, you’ll have a leg up on knowing the right questions to ask and how to find the answers.

Extracurriculars

We encourage all social work students to join the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

If eligible, you can also join KeukaCollege’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, aimed to provide a close bond among social work students, and to promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

Award Opportunities

Academic Excellence Award in Social Work

Awarded to the senior social work student who has consistently demonstrated academic excellence in both the classroom and the field.

Cesar Chavez Award in Social Work

This award is given in the spirit of Cesar Chavez, a Mexican-American labor activist and leader of the United Farm Workers. Through his struggles, he was able to overcome many obstacles, creating positive social change and empowerment for himself and others.

Jane Addams Award

This award goes to a senior who exemplifies the profession. Like Addams, the recipient is a pioneer and advocate for the oppressed, and provides tireless hours of community service, both on and off campus.

Leadership in Social Work

This award recognizes students who set a standard for the program, campus, and community by inspiring and motivating others to achieve excellence.

Social Responsibility and Volunteerism Award

This award is presented to seniors whose selfless efforts capture the essences of the social work mission: education and community service.

Values and Ethics Award

Values and ethics are the cornerstone of the application of the social work profession. This award goes to the senior who has consistently displayed high values and ethics while working with peers, faculty, and clients.

National Association of Social Workers, New York Chapter – Genesee Valley Division

Each year, the National Association of Social Workers, New York Chapter – Genesee Valley Division celebrates the accomplishments of an undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, community service, and values and ethics. Competitive, annual award, scholarship recipients may be selected from colleges in the Genesee Valley region.

Accreditation & Learning Outcomes

Keuka College’s bachelor’s in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Our students are prepared for, and encouraged to, pursue master’s-level social work education and training, and because of our accreditation, graduates may apply for advanced standing in these programs.

MSW programs around the country accept a percentage of applicants in advanced standing, which allows students to graduate with their master’s degree in one year as opposed to the traditional two years.

Learning Outcomes

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires all programs to measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of CSWE.

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• Child Welfare Director
• Community Service Director
• Community Service Organization Director
• Family Service Center Director
• Neighborhood Service Center Director
• Social Service Director
• Social Services Director
• Youth Program Director
• Fundraising Director
• Child and Family Counselor
• Couples Therapist
• Family Counselor
• Family Therapist
• Marriage Counselor
• Marriage Therapist
• Relationship Counselor
• Clinical Mental Health Counselor
• Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
• Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
• Licensed Mental Health Counselor
• Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
• Mental Health Counselor
• Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
• Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services
• Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor
• Rehabilitation Counselor
• Veterans Rehabilitation Counselor

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Social and Community Service Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

$63,530 49,800 13,200 Bachelor's degree
Social Workers, All Other

All social workers not listed separately.

$58,560 18,500 2,500 Bachelor's degree
Healthcare Social Workers

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

$52,380 69,500 30,900 Master's degree
Marriage and Family Therapists

Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

$48,600 12,100 5,000 Master's degree
Counselors, All Other

All counselors not listed separately.

$45,530 9,900 3,400 Master's degree
Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

$42,350 92,500 19,000 Bachelor's degree
Mental Health Counselors

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

$41,880 54,500 26,400 Master's degree
Rehabilitation Counselors

Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.

$34,390 36,000 10,800 Master's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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