Social work is a profession dedicated to helping people obtain the help they need to improve their lives and health. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and private practices.
It is a field that provides many opportunities for the candidate who has the intelligence, the empathy, the personal integrity, and the skills to provide a wide range of services.
The New Seminary entered into an affiliation with Long Island University to offer the Master of Social Work degree, with the first group of women beginning their studies in Fall of 2008. The first cohort of women candidates graduated in May of 2010.
In Fall of 2009, the Men’s division began its course of studies. In May of 2011, the second cohort of women and the first cohort of men graduated.
The Seminary is proud of the high level of achievement of the students – with more than 90% of the students earning National Honor Society recognition. The University is also very proud of their extraordinarily high level of success on the licensing exam.
Unique Features of the MSW program in the New Seminary/Long Island University Affiliation:
- Separate cohorts – men’s and women’s
- Sensitivity to the nuances of our unique community – without any compromise on the content of the material
- Welcoming guest speakers to address issues from both a Social Work perspective and the perspective of the Orthodox Jewish professional
- Regular availability of Rabbonim to address halachic issues encountered in counseling.
- Obviously, scheduling never conflicts with Yomim Tovim
What are the requirements for admission?
- B.A. from a regionally accredited university (or B.TL – First Talmudic Degree – for yeshiva graduates)
- Minimum 2.8 G.P.A. (most students have entered with a G.P.A. well over 3.0)
- Liberal Arts background
- Social Sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Natural Sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, geology)
- Or electives in these disciplines – a broad interest demonstrated through course selection or through volunteer work or community involvement
What is the Application Process?
- The application process is a two-tiered one – one application is to The New Seminary – for admission as a part of the Seminary cohort of students – the other is the traditional application to Long Island University Graduate School of Social Work.
The student must first be accepted to the Seminary in order to be considered by the University for their Graduate Program.
Candidates must meet the criteria set by the University.
- Transcripts from an accredited university (or from as many colleges/universities whose credits are part of the final transcript).
- 3 Letters of Recommendation – preferably from instructors;
- for those out of school for a few years, if employed, letters from a director or supervisor
- for those engaged in volunteer work, letters from the director of the agency or a Rabbi
How long is the program and how many credits are part of the Master of Social Work degree?
- The program is usually completed in 2 years (4 semesters: Fall/Spring and Fall/Spring) – with 15 credits earned in each semester. Total credits: 60.
- It is possible to pursue the degree on a part-time basis and complete the degree in either 3 or 4 years.
- The sequence of the courses is crucial – it is not possible to take courses out of sequence
- Policy/Clinical (courses which are related to clinical hours) requires concurrent practice course
How many clinical hours are required?
- Long Island University requires 1000 hours of clinical work (the ACSWE sets a minimum of 900 hours)
- First year: 14-16 hours per week
- Second year: 21 hours per week
Who may supervise?
- Supervision must be by an LMSW (as of 2010, the requirement is by an LCSW)
- The supervisor has to have SIFI certification – Long Island University does provide this training to supervisors (at no charge) – in both Brooklyn, NY and in Lakewood, NJ during the fall term
Can these clinical hours be paid?
- In the case where the student is working within an agency that is large enough to allow the student to move to a different department – and hopefully with a different population – on designated field work days, this might be possible (such situations are not at all common)
Who is responsible for these arrangements?
- Long Island University takes full responsibility for all aspects of the program – both academic and clinical.
- Long Island University has personnel (professors) designated to oversee the field work and to establish relationships with sites for field work (in New York, New Jersey – and even in Yerushalayim).
- The role of the Seminary during the course of studies is to be available as an ongoing resource to the students and to the University. Wherever possible, the Seminary serves as a liaison to resources and opportunities within the community.
When and where are classes held?
- 4 classes on Sundays – from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus (Flatbush Ave & DeKalb Ave)
What concentrations are available within the MSW degree?
- The M.S.W. program offers four concentrations: gerontology, not-for-profit management, child and family welfare, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment, which satisfies all academic requirements for the CASAC credential.
Can you provide some more information about the Master of Social Work through Long Island University?
The following is from the Long Island University website (link: http://www.liu.edu/Brooklyn/Academics/Schools/SHP/Dept/Social-Work/Graduate-Programs/Master-Social-Work.aspx)
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus’ 60-credit Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) offers degree candidates four different concentrations – gerontology, management, alcohol, and child and family welfare. The program is collaboration between the University’s Brooklyn Campus and its C.W. Post Campus (Brookville), and courses are available at both locations. It is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), signifying that it meets the highest standards of academic excellence.
The program is integrated to provide a step-wise progression in student understanding of generalist and specialized practice. The first-year curriculum includes content in the eight foundation areas of policy, practice, human behavior, field, diversity, populations at risk, and promotion of social justice and values. It introduces the student to the components of generalist practice with systems of all sizes and provides an understanding of generalist practice that distinguishes between generalist and advanced content while supporting the integration of specialized knowledge and technologies into a generalist perspective. It also introduces the student to the principles of interdisciplinary collaboration, preparing them for work in interdisciplinary fields of practice.
The second-year curriculum builds upon the first year by deepening the student’s understanding and demonstrated mastery of psychosocial assessment, administrative theory and practice, and diversity sensitive practice. Students select a specific area of concentration – not-for profit management, substance abuse, gerontology, or child and family welfare – for more specialized education in a particular area of practice. The research curriculum in the second year supports the concentrated study by demonstrating application of research methodology to the student’s specialized area of concentration. Field experience in the second year provides an opportunity for the student to apply generalist and specialized knowledge in the selected area of concentration. The curriculum is consistent with program goals insofar as the student receives a generalist background that includes a conception of generalist practice, an eclectic knowledge base and an understanding of the relationship of values, diversity, populations at risk and promotion of social justice to the social work professional role with systems of all sizes.
Please go to the LIU.edu site for more information on each of the concentrations.