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Social Work

About the Program

Ferrum College’s Social Work program challenges students to make a difference in the lives of others by being inclusive, supportive, and student centered. Social workers spend their careers helping others advance human well being, human rights and social justice. Through combining hands on course work with real world field internships in a number of areas, Ferrum Social Work graduates are well prepared for future employment or graduate school. 

Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Martha Haley-Bowling
Program Coordinator of Social Work
Associate Professor of Social Work
A.A.S., Ferrum College
B.S.W., Ferrum College
M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D., Capella University
Deborah Powell
Adjunct Instructor of Social Work
Aaron Slusher
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Beckman Hall 311
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
MSW, Radford University
Veterinary Social Work Certificate, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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Contact the Program Coordinator of Social Work:


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Ferrum College Baccalaureate Social Work Program


Form AS4 (B) Duplicate and expand as needed. Provide table(s) to support self -study narrative addressing the accreditation standards below.

This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards below: 4.0.2 The program provides its most recent year of summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of the identified competencies, specifying the percentage of students achieving program benchmarks for each program option. 4.0.3 The program uses Form AS 4(B) and/or Form AS 4(M) to report its most recent assessment outcomes for each program option to constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) its findings.

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

Competency BenchmarkAt least 80% of students will reach a benchmark calculated by; External Evaluators will score student portfolio presentation at a level of 4: Very Good-Demonstrated as a new Beginning Professional or higher; Field Practicum Instructors will score students at a level 4: Very Good-Consistently Meets Criteria or higher.


Competency Benchmark

Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark

 Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional  Behavior80% Benchmark97% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice80% Benchmark91% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social,  Economic,  and Environmental Justice80% Benchmark83.5% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and  Research-informed Practice80% Benchmark87% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice80% Benchmark85% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups,  Organizations, and Communities80% Benchmark89% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups,  Organizations, and Communities80% Benchmark88% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups,  Organizations, and Communities80% Benchmark85% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families,  Groups, Organizations, and Communities80% Benchmark94.5% Met the Benchmark

Social Work curriculum may include:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Child Welfare
  • Field Experience
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Behavior

For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog here.

  • Internships: Students complete a two semester internship while in the Social Work program. During the senior year, 75 hours in the fall and 400 in the spring semester. The Social Work Field Coordinator assists the student in obtaining a field placement with appropriate social worker supervision which meets the student’s interest areas. A seminar with professor and peers in concurrent.
  • Alpha Delta Mu: Social Work Honor Society
  • Social Work Club: Activities such as sponsoring a United Way Bowlathon, attending Rally in the Valley with social work students from all over Virginia, participating in Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly, and attending various conferences.

What can I be with a Major in Social Work?

  • Child Welfare Services (foster care, adoption, child protective services)
  • Mental Health/Substance Use Case Manager
  • Healthcare Social Work (hospice services, hospitals, home health)
  • School Social Work
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Political Advocacy/Community Organizer/Lobbyist
  • Aging