On Monday, June 18th, at 11:00 am, Iowa Wesleyan University will host an official signing ceremony to launch a critical new program for Southeast Iowa. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program will commence in the Fall Semester with full expectation for the program to have concentration opportunities in these critical shortage areas of mental health counseling, gerontology, child welfare and drug and alcohol counseling.
Iowa Wesleyan will also officially announce our inaugural program coordinator, Kristin Helm. With a Masters in Social Work and a Bachelors in Psychology, Kristin brings a wealth of knowledge in the field and will be able to successfully guide our students toward a meaningful career in Social Work.
Kristen explains, “I have spent the last 9 ½ years working in a community mental health center in our region. One of the most significant challenges I faced during this time was finding the staff to fill open positions. According to data published by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), the majority of the counties located in our region are designated health professional shortage areas for mental health care.
She continued by saying, “Social work is a very rewarding field that is focused on being of service to others, advocating for human rights and social justice. Having a social work degree provides a wide range of career opportunities including working in mental health and substance use treatment, nursing homes, child welfare organizations, schools, public policy and within the judicial system.”
“For students who want to pursue a BSW at Iowa Wesleyan, we recommend enrolling as we expect classes to fill quickly,” said DeWayne Frazier, vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to have numerous partners in the region joining us for the signing ceremony and the impact this program and its exceptional students will make in the communities of Southeast Iowa and beyond. We invite the media to the official signing in the International Room of the Chadwick Library on IW’s campus.”
For more information on programs at Iowa Wesleyan, please visit Iowa Wesleyan Admissions.
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