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Tiffany Welch, Social Work Program Field Director, recently completed her doctorate in Social Work from Capella University's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Welch is a 2005 graduate of Mansfield's BSW Program and holds an MSW from Marywood University. Her dissertation was entitled "Assessing the need for enhanced mental health services on a college campus: An appreciative action research inquiry."
Dr. Welch joined the Social Work Program as field director and assistant professor in the Fall of 2014. She has taught as an adjunct for the program and has been involved providing field liaison services to program interns in the past. She has a range of social work practice experience, having worked as a behavioral specialist and a clinical therapist with children and families, in school settings and in the criminal justice system.
Dr. Mary Daly was awarded the national Phi Alpha Honor Society Advisor of the Year Award. Presented in Tampa FL at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in October 2014, this award honors one outstanding chapter advisor each year. Dr. Daly was nominated for this national award by the local chapter of Phi Alpha. In her nomination, student Sarah Rava wrote of Dr. Daly's commitment to students and her encouragement to chapter members. In addition to receiving a plaque, Dr. Daly received a $1,000 travel grant to attend the meeting and was honored at the Phi Alpha Annual Business Meeting.
The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. 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.
We had a very successful reaccreditation site visit on September 23, 2013. Thank you to our program alumni who participated in the session with the site visitor, Dr. Lynne Soine. Dr. Soine was favorably impressed with the program. She presented her report to the Commission on Accreditation, who made a final determination about our accreditation status at its February 2014 meeting. The program was fully reaccredited for eight years, through February 2022.
The current 2008 accreditation standards are currently in the process of being revised by the Commission on Accreditation. It is expected that the new standards will be finalized in 2015. The program will be responsible for insuring that we are in compliance with the new standards, and will be assessed using them during our next reaccreditation cycle. The Commission on Accreditation is busy soliciting input on drafts of the new standards from BSW and MSW programs across the country. Nancy Sidell is a member of the 24-person Commission on Accreditation and is involved in the standard revision process.
Over thirty social work students, alumni and faculty made their voices heard on April 8th at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. The National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW-PA) held its annual Legislative Advocacy Day. The MU contingent joined the more than 700 social work students and professionals who visited members of the General Assembly to discuss legislation impacting the social work profession and social service delivery. Legislative visits were followed by a rally on the steps of the capitol rotunda. Making the voice of social work heard so that the public can be protected was the theme covered by the rally's speakers.
"Today, social workers from across the commonwealth have come to the capital to advocate for our proud profession" Ron Simon, NASW-PA executive director stated. "Change is needed to further protect the public and assist social workers as they help others in their moments of need. The legislation that we are advocating for today would create such a change."
In Pennsylvania, a doctor is required to obtain a professional license to provide medical services, just as a nail technician must be licensed to paint nails at the mall. However, mental health providers, such as social workers, are allowed to practice in Pennsylvania without a license. Social work students and professionals met with their legislators to advocate for House Bill 1640, creating limited practice protection for social work professionals across the commonwealth; and Senate Bill 807, establishing licensure for bachelor-level social workers.
Dr. Mary Daly arranged the trip logistics, assisted by a group of students from her Communities and Organizations Practice class. Students from that group stated that participating in Advocacy Day helped to ensure justice in social work practice.