Ashland University had a 100% passing rate of its licensure exam in 2016 according to The Association of Social Work Boards, which is in charge of governing the administration of testing for the licensures. This compares to 80% among all undergraduate schools of social work in Ohio and 70% across North America.
“I am extremely pleased that our students have done so well on this exam,” said Dr. Mike Vimont, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Social Work Program at Ashland University. “These results show the continued successful efforts by AU’s Department of Social Work to produce knowledgeable and proficient social work practitioners, and it also exemplifies the high quality of students that continue to go through our program.”
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Describe your responsibilities and highlights of your internship. I am a clinical therapist intern in the children's residential center. I love working to help children in need. I have one-on-one therapy sessions with boys ages six through twelve each day and help them process various traumatic experiences they have endured. I also help run a group session each week where we discuss ways to be resilient. I make it a goal to show these boys each day how much they are loved and valued as well as help them grow mentally stronger each and every day, and that is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I love going to work each day, and I hope I can make half the impact on these their lives as they make on mine every single day.
How did your internship help prepare you for your future career? This internship has shown me that I absolutely want to work with children. This internship has shown me the ups and downs of social work, and has shown me the importance of empathy and optimism when trying to empower clients. It has prepared me by exposing me to the vast amounts of hurting children in our society who desperately need proper care. Being at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio has prepared me immensely for my future career, and I cannot wait to get started after graduation!
What advice do you have for other students about the internship process/experience? In order to help other students looking for an...Read more
The Department of Social Work and Family Studies provides a variety of opportunities for students to get involved outside of their classes in activities related to their field of study. The organizations available include the Social Work Club, Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and the Social Work Advisory Board.
Be sure to get involved!
Social Work Club Advisor
Dr. Nancy J. Udolph
- To provide those interested in helping others with programs and experiences which will enhance their education
- To contribute positively to the improvement of the community
- To enhance the awareness of social issues on the Ashland University campus
What we do to help:
Our Social Work Club connects with the needs of the surrounding community by raising funds and volunteering time to reduce hunger and increase supports for homeless individuals in Ashland County. During the fall semester, we organize Skip-a-Meal Today for United Way. During this event, students can donate a meal swipe to provide one meal to feed the hungry.
Recently, our member students helped with Ashland County's Point-In-Time count, which gets a count of the homeless in the area. With this number, Ashland County is able to get funding to help finance homeless assistance. During the event, the Social Work Club also handed out locally-donated restaurant coupons to the homeless.
In other times of the year, we complete various smaller projects, such as a food drive and an Easter basket donation, to help Ashland's Associated Charities.
The Social Work Advisory Board, comprised of professionals in the social work community and of Ashland University students, connects the Ashland University Social Work program with information about the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in the social work field and provides recommendations and guidance as the program develops and grows.
Members of the Social Work Advisory Board include...
MedCentral Health System
Community Practictioner, AU Alumna
MSW, Retired Social Worker
Summit County Children Services
AU, Junior Representative
Brethren Care Village
Ashland County/West Holmes Career Center
AU, Senior Representative
Samaritan Regional Health System
North Central State College
Phi Alpha Advisor
Epsilon Tau Chapter
The Phi Alpha National Social Work Honorary seeks to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Ashland University's Epsilon Tau chapter honors senior social work majors who have attained excellence of scholarship and distinction of achievement as students of social work
Joining Phi Alpha
Membership is extended by invitation to qualifying students in the second semester of their senior year.
Benefits of Membership include
- Membership to a nationally recognized organization that supports high standards in social work education
- Becoming part of a national community of social work students, faculty and practictioners
- Access to a list-serv to allow networking with Phi Alpha members across the country
Additional information, including scholarship applications, can be found at the Phi Alpha site.
Qualifications for Membership
- An institutional GPA of 3.25, with a 3.4 GPA in social work courses
- A declared major in social work
- Completion of nine semester hours of required social work courses
- At least sophomore status