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UK College of Social Work
The College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky is a celebrated and storied educational institution located in the heart of the famed Kentucky Bluegrass Region.
As the state’s flagship university, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work provides superior educational programs in an environment renowned by learners and academicians the world over.
The College of Social Work offers all three levels of professional education in Social Work: the Bachelor’s of Social Work, the Master’s of Social Work, and the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph. D in Social Work). In addition to the main campus in Lexington, we offer a Morehead State University Program at Morehead State University and the Southeastern Kentucky Program at the Center for Rural Health in Hazard, KY.
We provide the highest quality professional education at each of our program locations, employing an exceptionally talented faculty. The nationally recognized Training Resource Center seeks to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians and for families and communities throughout the nation. The Training Resource Center operates through and in unison with the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.
- College of Social Work to Induct Two New Hall of Fame Members
- Conference on Military Behavioral Health Sponsored by UK College of Social Work
- Social Work Student Leaves Lasting Impression in Washington, D.C.
- College of Social Work to Host Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series on April 1
- Social Work Offers Summer Class in Ghana Open to Any Major
Attention all Graduates! Don't forget to RSVP for the Graduate Recognition and Honors & Awards Program on May 4th!
All BASW and MSW graduates will be recognized at the ceremony and receive a gift from the College of Social Work.
RSVP’s may be sent to Leigh Oakley (email@example.com, 257-0073) ... See MoreSee Less
The UK College of Social Work is proud to co-sponsor this year's Partners for Youth Foundation, Inc. Spotlight on Youth! This is a fantastic community event showcasing the young people of Fayette County! We hope you can join us at the Lyric Theater & Cultural Arts Center tonight! ... See MoreSee Less
As the semester comes to an end, if you won't need your backpack anymore, someone else will! Check out the flyer for where to donate from April 25th - May 3rd!! ... See MoreSee Less
Check out some outstanding research poster presentations from our College of Social Work students who participated in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Conference yesterday! Congratulations on a job well done!
Martha Tillson, BASW student, presented her research entitled, “High Risk Substance Use and Sexual Behaviors in Girls with Early Justice System Involvement: A systematic review”.
Kathy Frost Kelly, BASW student in the Hazard program, presented her research on “the relationship between drug use and happiness among high-risk female inmates in Appalachia”.
Kirsten Smith, MSW grad, and Sara Shalash, BASW student, presented their work on “profile of synthetic drug users in corrections-based substance abuse programs”.
Krystal Walling, MSW student, presented her work on peer mentoring and substance abuse treatment.
Breonna Douglas, COSW staff and former BASW student, presented her work on changes in insurance coverage and service utilization among high-risk substance users following the Affordable Care Act. ... See MoreSee Less
There are a lot of events going on inside the Cosw, as well as outside of it too! Check out campus events still happening in April! ... See MoreSee Less
This time in the faculty spotlight we present to you Dr. Natalie Pope, assistant professor in the College of Social Work here at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Pope has gone from field work in child welfare to research studies in gerontology, and for the past year has been the chair of the COSW’s diversity committee, as well as been involved with other campus programs. One such program outside the COSW which Dr. Pope has taken part in is the alternative break trip program through the CCO (Center for Community Outreach) for which she spent this past spring break in Washington D.C. All of her research and involvement within and outside the COSW attests to her activeness as a social worker now, however Dr. Pope has not always known that social work was the career she wanted to pursue. As an undergrad student Dr. Pope received her bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Georgia. While she was completing her studies, Dr. Pope began to wonder about how she would apply the knowledge she had learned through a practice that would impact other people in a very real and direct way. She read a book that spoke to her in a spiritual sense connecting her to this idea of impact and service, and after the suggestion from a friend, found herself pursuing social work as a career. Dr. Pope then received her MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Georgia, and has been a social worker ever since. During these years, Dr. Pope has found her interest in the study of gerontology, and of the aging population and their caregivers. Dr. Pope has led support groups for the caregivers of older adults, and has focused much of her research on the impact of care-giving on the people who fulfill this role. Her research concerning the aging population contributes to grow the field of gerontology, a field in which only 1/10th of social workers study and pursue, even though 3/4th of social workers will be working with older clients in some capacity in their own fields. So the research in gerontology is important and applicable to all fields of social work. Here at the University of Kentucky, a certificate is offered through the College of Public Health for graduate students interested in gerontology, and the certificate offers students training and knowledge in this area. Graduate students who would like to receive this certificate must complete 15 hours of approved course work in gerontology studies. This certificate is a great start toward advancing further study in an area not heavily studied. We look forward to seeing Dr. Pope’s future work in the field of gerontology and in our COSW! ... See MoreSee Less