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Welcome to the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work is home to two outstanding programs, including both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our programs are led by highly trained and experienced faculty and excellent advisors, and we welcome motivated students who seek quality education. We offer in-depth knowledge based on current research within the profession, along with experiential learning opportunities to apply that knowledge in a practical learning environment. For general questions about our school, please email schoolofsocialwork@nku.edu, or visit our BSW or MSW website pages.

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News & Announcements

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Jason Merrick and KCDC Substance Abuse Program Celebrates Six Years of Success

Jason Merrick and the Kenton County Detention Center Substance Abuse Program Celebrates Six Years of Success

Celebrate NKU School of Social Work Alum and Adjunct Faculty member Jason Merrick's KCDC Substance Abuse Program. The program has had six years of success helping more than 500 inmates per year since 2015.  Check out the What's Happening in Kenton County article from the Spring/Summer 2021 issue to find out all about the program.

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2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award Winners -  Sarah Martin & Tala Al Masri

2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award Winners

The school of social work graduate students, Sarah Martin and Tala Al Masri, have been selected as NKU’s winners of the 2021 W. Frank Steely Library Research Award! Excellence in research has earned and supported through Dr. Suk-hee Kim’s two funded research projects in the School of Social Work. 

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2021 School of Social Work MSW graduate, Justin Sanford, wins the 2021 Online Celebration Award

Justin Sanford wins 2021 Online Celebration Award

We are pleased to share that Justin Sanford’s research project was selected as the best presentation at the 2021 Online Celebration by a committee of faculty and staff reviewers. Congratulations to Justin – we are all so proud! Justin's exploratory, cross sectional study aimed to provide a picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting mental health outcomes. 391 adults provided data through a self-administered survey. The survey revealed the depth of the mental health crisis we are in while providing insight for how social work clinicians can impactfully respond. 

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Dr. Amanda Brown MSW Online Interviewed as an expert in the field

Dr. Amanda Brown MSW Online Interview

Read the latest interview on MSWOnline.org for Dr. Brown's "Expert in the Field" spotlight. NKU was selected to be listed on MSWOnline.org's online program highlited from the US.

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Dr. Suk-hee Kim Awarded NIH Federal Grant Subaward through University of Cincinnati

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives NIH Federal Grant Subaward through University of Cincinnati

Congratulations to Dr. Suk-hee Kim on receiving the NIH Federal Grat Subaward through the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

The HEALing (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Communities Study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Optimizing HEALing in Ohio Communities is a project with Addiction Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Department, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Northern Kentucky University has been sub awarded to conduct essential functions to carry out the proposed study. Dr. Suk-hee Kim, associate professor, in the CHHS’ School of Social Work at NKU, will closely work with the University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Intervention Design Team, provide expertise in the implementation of evidence-based practices in criminal justice settings, and serve as the County Lead for the Criminal Justice Intervention Design Team in Guernsey County in Ohio over the study period.

 

Dr. Suk-hee Kim Awarded CSWE Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives CSWE Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Suk-hee Kim for winning this prestigious award, which recognizes a social work educator's exemplary achievements

within the last 10 years in at least two areas; research and scholarship, pedagogy and curriculum development, and organizational leadership. 

 

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives the National CORSW Community Impact Award

Dr. Suk-hee Kim receives the National CORSW Community Impact Award

Congratulations to Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Suk-hee Kim, who received the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work

Education (CORSW) Community Impact Award, a national recognition that celebrates feminist leadership models in social work education.  See the link for more details about her significant accomplishment!

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Dr. Katie Terhune Pioneers Age-Friendly University Initiative

Dr. Katie Terhune's work made Northern Kentucky University the first institution in Kentucky to join the global age-friendly university initiative.

Congratulations to Dr. Katie Terhune, who is involved in the global initiative along with 31 other universities, who highlight the role higher education can play in responding to the opportunities and challenges associated with our aging population.

 

Dr. Kevin Lotz Presents "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter Annual Conference

Dr. Kevin Lotz Presents "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter Annual Conference

Congrats to Dr. Kevin Lotz, who presented  "We Didn't Start the First" Field Education in the LGBTQIA+ Homeless Shelter at the 66th Annual CSWE Conference, which discussed how to help equip and engage in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion to transform challenges into assets, and also how to navigate matters of intersectionality and cultural sensitivity.

 

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