Social Work

Social Work

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Empathic, responsible, competent social workers, ready to change the world…

The Tennessee Wesleyan University social work program provides the foundation for those who want to make a difference in the world to benefit others, one person at a time. Students in the Bachelor of Social Work program have caring hearts, personal experiences and a level of understanding that there are injustices in the world.


Program Description

The social work major is intended for students who will seek employment in a social work-related profession upon completion of the undergraduate degree and/or continue as a graduate student in social work or a related field. As a licensure program, advanced standing graduates have the potential to complete graduate school in just one year following graduation from TWU.


Career Opportunities



The TWU Social Work Program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation, 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457. Phone: 703-683-8080.


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Family Systems in Social Work

Family Systems explores the systemic approach to family therapy. Students will explore the context and history of family therapy, family systems, and the theories and techniques of systemic therapy, as well as those pioneers who were theorists in each field. A segment on the ethical practice of marital and family therapy is included. 

Substance Abuse and Addictive Behaviors

A survey course that explores the range of behaviors that constitutes addiction. Topics will include use and abuse of psychoactive drugs, sports drugs, sexual addiction, addictive gambling behaviors, obsessive eating behaviors, along with internet, and other technology associated with obsessions. Overview will include historical and present social basis of addiction, the addictive process, screening & assessment, and current treatment perspectives.

Ethics and Client Rights

Course is designed to help students deal with professional and ethical issues that most affect the actual practice of counseling and related helping professions. Areas of focus include issues in multicultural counseling, informed consent and client rights, guidelines for working with special populations, and implications of the AIDS crisis for clinical practice. Designed to teach a process of ethical decision-making and to increase awareness of the complexities in practice.