Master of Social Work Program Comes to CSUDH
by:Wilfred Lee

To respond to the dire need for social workers in California and the South Bay community, the College of Health and Human Services has stepped up to the plate and has been actively developing a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The new program is slated to accept and welcome its first class of 50 students in Fall 2006. The MSW program, like all other programs of the University, will exemplify the spirit of “communiversity” by way of responsiveness, service, collaboration, dignity, reciprocity and partnership with our immediate community. The proposed program is a direct answer to meet the community’s need and interest in developing a cadre of social workers reflective of its own cultural and rich demographic diversity. Rooted in outreach and activism, the new program will have a social service focus, rather than a therapeutic/clinical bent, with attention in developing the cultural competencies needed to serve the traditionally under-served populations of Los Angeles County and the state of California. Curriculum and program design will spring from collaboration between the community and the university. Community based research will emphasize reciprocity with grassroots response to community interests and needs.

Larry Ortiz, Ph.D., has assumed the role of Coordinator of the new program. He comes with many years of experience in social work education and administration. Assisting him in the development of the program are Ginger K. Wilson, LCSW, who recently retired from CSU Los Angeles as the Director of Field Education, Wilfred Lee, MSW and Susan Einbinder, Ph.D.

The MSW program will be offered in a two year “full-time” curriculum, which will comprise of 60 rigorous semester units. The core courses will orient students to subject areas of human behavior in the social environment, social welfare and policy, social work practice, research, and field education. As students progress through the curriculum, two concentrations will offer substantive knowledge in the areas of Children, Youth, and Families or Community Mental Health.

In November 2005, an informational orientation will be held for prospective students. For more information or to be included in the emailing list, students should contact Ginger K. Wilson via email at or by phone at (310) 243-3122.




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