Social Work

The Social Work degree program prepares students for beginning professional social work practice in a wide variety of human service and treatment settings. As generalist social work practitioners, graduates will be prepared to work collaboratively with diverse populations, particularly those who are vulnerable and at risk. Eco-systems theory and strengths perspective serve as overarching conceptual frameworks throughout the curriculum. All aspects of student learning in the classroom are integrated with the senior year field practicum experience.

Park University’s Master of Social Work program is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, values and skills needed to deliver effective and efficient advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The advanced practice concentration is in Behavioral Health. Within this concentration, students are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in one of three areas of emphasis: gerontological social work, military social work or social work with children and families. The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Park University earned full initial accreditation at the February, 2016 meetings of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA).

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Degree Opportunities

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) - Social Work

Availability:
  • Parkville

Minor - Social Work

Availability:
  • Parkville

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (M.S.W.)

Availability:
  • Parkville

Careers

Our degrees will prepare you for careers as a:

  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Case Management Aide
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Juvenile court Liaison
  • Probation officer
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Child Welfare Case Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Clinical Mental Health Social Worker

ONLINE

Our Criminal Justice Administration program is fully offered online.

PERSONAL ATTENTION

Our 14-1 Faculty ratio ensures personalized attention to our students. At Park, you are not just another number.

Behavior Health

Our MSW program is one of the few programs in the nation with an Advanced Practice concentration in Behavioral Health.

Accredited

Park is a fully accredited higher education institution with a 142-year history.

Faculty

Gary Bachman, MSSW

Associate Professor
Telephone: (816) 584-6504
Email: gary.bachman@park.edu

Walter E. Kisthardt, Ph.D., MSW

Department Chair, MSW Program Director, Professor
Telephone: (816) 584-6586
Email: wkisthardt@park.edu

Tamara Tucker, MSW

BSW Program Director, BSW PC, Assistant Professor
Telephone: (816) 584-6809 
Email: tamara.tucker@park.edu

Tami Radohl Sigley, Ph.D., MSW, LSCSW

Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Field Education 
Telephone: (816) 584-6546 
Email: tami.radohlsigley@park.edu 

Debra Olson-Morrison, Ph.D., LCSW, LSCSW, RPT, MT-CB

Assistant Professor
Telephone: (816) 584-6843
Email: d.olsonmorrison@park.edu

Leon Probasco, LSCSW, BCD

Assistant Professor
Telephone: (816) 584-6577
Email: lprobasco@park.edu

Geri Dickey, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Telephone: (816) 584-6545
Email: gdickey@park.edu