School of Social Work
If you want to spark change in individuals, families, communities, and organizations, we'll give you the skills to be an effective advocate and facilitate goals for your clients.
The School of Social Work at St. Ambrose University offers a BSW Dual Degree, an MSW, and the only MSW-MBA program in Iowa. We've also partnered with Psychology to offer a microcredential in Trauma-Informed Care. Click below to learn more!
Fall Ethics Social Work Conference
Lifestyle Medicine for Social Workers: Interventions for Self-care and for Client Empowerment
Oct. 14, 2022
Social work professionals would benefit by including this knowledge in their frameworks for practice and for their own self-care. Client-centered and strength-based, LM offers an empowering approach for clients to make changes in their health and well-being. This workshop will explicate the principles of LM, and offer case examples. Tools and references for further study will be provided. Maximum 3.0 CEU credits available.
- Focus on Empowerment, Social Justice, and Advocacy
- Skills to Work With Individuals, Families, Communities & Organizations
- 400+ Agencies For Field Placement
The Empowerment Method
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The empowerment method focuses on achieving goals and changing systems by using available strengths, resilience, and resources. By focusing on competence rather than deficits in individual or social functioning, the empowerment model supports resourcefulness and the development of skills to remove social barriers for individuals and communities.
SAU established the first Master of Social Work (MSW) program with an empowerment specialization in the U.S., and in the past 20 years, we've educated more than 500 students who are now actively helping individuals, families, communities, and society.
We want our undergraduate students to have a similar impact, so we designed a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program that teaches generalist social work practice skills through an empowerment lens.
Kristi Law, PhD, Assoc. Professor and BSW Director; Director of SAU School of Social Work
Johny Augustine, PhD, Professor
Kyle Bennett, PhD, Asst. Professor
Jennifer Boedeker, MSW, Director of Field Education and Clinical Asst. Professor
Lisa Fortner, Online Program Coordinator
Jennifer Green, Administrative Assistant
Kathryn Lally, Clinical Instructor
Chris Martin, PhD, Assoc. Professor and MSW Director
Andrew Repp, PhD, Asst. Professor
Pamela Long, ACSW, LISW, LCSW, Professor Emerita
Michael Jerin, PhD, Professor Emeritus
Michael O'Melia, MSW, Professor Emeritus
Kayla Behrens, LMSW, Case Management-Social Worker, Unity Point
Tesha Dobling, LMSW, Linn County Mental Health/Development Disability Central Point Coordination
Chelsey Haley, LMSW, BSBA, Black Hawk Area Special Education District
Lauren Gil Hayes, LMSW, Director of Supportive Services, The Project of the Quad Cities
Breann Hirst, LMSW, Family Therapist, Youth Service Bureau
Anne M. McNelis, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services, Transitions Mental Health Services
Angela Moody, MSW, Retired CEO, Arrowhead Youth and Family Services
Melanie Rice, MSW, School Social Worker, Geneseo Community School District #228
Nicholas Swanson, LMSW, School Social Worker, Mississippi Bend AEA
Lupe Nache Vital
B.A. in Social Work and Spanish,Class of 2021
Social justice is tied to action, and our BSW students experience learning. Lupe will spend 400 hours on-site at community agencies and organizations, working with, and advocating for, clients. It is an experience that will elevate her confidence and amplify the impact she makes in the world.