The Ohio Dominican University Social Work program prepares students for competent entry-level professional practice at the baccalaureate degree level. Integrated with a liberal arts base, the curriculum encompasses both art and science in the creative integration of the body of foundation knowledge, professional values, and skills that prepares students for contemporary and future social work practice and education.
The ODU Social Work program mission mirrors the historical roots of social work with its concern for affecting social and economic justice with, and on behalf of, vulnerable groups of people. In selecting field placement opportunities for students, the program draws upon the rich resources of social service agencies located in Central Ohio that serve a wide range of client populations confronting different life challenges. Careful attention is given to students’ requests in regard to placement settings and client populations. Given the high number of professionally educated social workers practicing in social service settings throughout the Central Ohio area, we are able to require that field instructors have the MSW credential.
Students who major in Social Work at ODU spend two semesters completing a senior social work field placement in a social service agency. Students are under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor throughout their placement. Rho Delta is the Ohio Dominican chapter of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society. 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. The student Social Work Club is the primary avenue for students to participate in advising the Social Work program. Students are encouraged to organize and advocate for their shared interests.
Dr. JoNataye Prather, Assistant Professor of Social Work, is featured in the the film "Moving Our World Forward: A Documentary About the Power of Social Work." She was the recipient of the 2011 David B. Erwin, Jr., Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award. In her role as advisor to the ODU Social Work club, Dr. Prather will accompany a group of students to New York City in March 2013 where they will participate in the Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations.