According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social workers is expected to grow twice as fast as other occupations, especially in gerontology, health care, and substance abuse.
Building upon the Elizabethtown College motto, "Educate for Service," the Social Work Department uses relationship-centered learning to provide a strong generalist social work education based upon a liberal arts foundation integrated with extensive field experience, to achieve the established competencies of social work.
To prepare dedicated social workers who have integrated professional knowledge, values, and skills with an understanding of the intersection of cultural identities to promote social change and work for human rights worldwide.
To develop ethical social workers who can engage with multi-level systems to address structural inequalities and life challenges through an integration of the liberal arts and professional knowledge.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Our students can expect these outcomes upon completion of their Social Work degree:
Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
Engage diversity and difference in practice
Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
Engage in policy practice
Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
From the Department of Social Work
Haylee Kirschner harnesses job experience in equine therapy
Horse farm intern helps special needs children
Haylee Kirschner spent a semester in the company of people and horses, alike. At Leg Up Farm, a non-profit equine therapy center in York County, Pennsylvania, the junior social work intern, sat in on counseling sessions and saddled up horses for special needs children to ride. The experience, Kirschner said, reminded her of the ranches in her hometown, as well as why she went into social work in the first place.
“I saw [social work] as a way to help children and people in society who don’t have a voice.”
In the Department of Social Work
J.T. Liss '05
An Educator in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, J.T. LIss spreads a passion for helping others through art.
J.T. Liss applies skills learned in social work at Elizabethtown College to positively impact the public through art and culture. From his recent New York City exhibits on equality and representation to group shows in Barcelona, Spain, Liss spreads passion for helping others and for sharing art across the ocean. As an educator in NYC’s Hunts Point, the poorest congressional district in the country, Liss teaches his students by using social-emotional and strengths-based methods associated with his social work degree. His art work can be found on Instagram @JTLissPhotoArt. “My art is created to challenge commentary of our current social construct and tell stories of history never taught in conventional textbooks. … What I learned in the Social Work department at Etown carried over seamlessly into my art and education careers.”