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McCauley Named NCFR President-for-a-Day
First year doctoral student, Janeal McCauley, has been selected for the 2014 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) President-for-a-Day Award. Janeal shadowed the current NCFR President, Paul Amato, during the recent annual conference in Baltimore. This award recognizes a student or new professional’s commitment, energy, and innovation in his/her service to NCFR and empowers him/her to continue evolving their leadership role.
When asked what this award means to her, Janeal had this to share, “this award creates the opportunity to continue my exploration into the world of academia by attending presentations, engaging in meaningful conversations about theoretical concepts, exploring cutting edge research by my colleagues, spending time with new mentors and friends, and most importantly, receiving encouragement to seek new possibilities as an emerging scholar.” In addition to receiving this award, Janeal also served as a panelist for a session on career diversity in family studies.
Janeal has a MS in Family Studies from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and is a Certified Family Life Educator. She is a qualitative researcher and studies homelessness, poverty housing, and resilience. Her state award winning thesis “Defining Family: Perspectives of Homeless Adults in Southeast Texas” went on to receive the NCFR Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award in 2012 and was published in the 2013 edition of Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research.
Scott E. Wilks, PhD, LMSW
Awarded $1.5 million grant
Dr. Scott E. Wilks was awarded a $1.5 million grant (through 2017) from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The primary goal of the research project titled: Louisiana State University School of Social Work Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program is to increase the skilled, professional social work labor force in Louisiana to meet the surging, behavioral health care needs among at-risk youth. To meet this goal, the primary objective is to enhance and expand behavioral health workforce education and training opportunities for LSU MSW Program students committed to working with vulnerable and underserved populations, specifically youth at-risk for behavioral health disorders. Funding will be available for internship stipends and student recruitment related to working with the aforementioned populations.
School of Social Work's Licensure Pass Rates
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Licensure Exam pass rates are collected annually. Students graduating from the LSU MSW Program are required to take the national Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Exam before practicing social work in the state of Louisiana. After completing all requirements to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) (including 2 years of clinical practice and supervision), LMSW’s may elect to take the national LCSW exam which gives LCSW credentialed social workers the opportunity to secure third-party reimbursement for social work services. Both the LMSW and LCSW exams contain 170 multiple-choice questions delivered on personal computers with a 4-hour time allotted for completion. The exams measure entry-level knowledge at the LMSW and LCSW levels, and are an important component in the social work regulatory board’s public protection mission. Respondents must score a 70% or higher to pass the exams.
The School of Social Work's 2012 LMSW passing rate for first time test takers was 86% with the state average being 63% and a national average of 84%. The school's 2013 LMSW passing rate was 80% with the state average being 57% and a national average of 82%. The 2012 LCSW passing rate for our alumni was 89% with a 74% state average and a 77% national average. The 2013 LCSW passing rate was 84% with a state average of 73% and a 78% national average.
We actively join community agencies in partnerships to address issues that affect the quality of life in our state. In the past five years, for example, we have served over 65 state and local agencies through program evaluation, training, and consultation. Our students contribute over 96,000 service hours to community agencies around the state each year through field internship assignments.
Faculty, staff and students of the School address community issues about which people care deeply, such as school violence, child maltreatment, children in poverty, and truancy. We have active research projects testing promising, new interventions in areas such as child abuse prevention, juvenile justice reform, truancy prevention, substance abuse intervention and services for the elderly.
- We believe our research activities enable professional social workers to better prevent and treat individual, family, and community problems.
- We believe research and evaluation provide necessary information and guidance to improve the effectiveness of human service organizations.
- We believe through our research we can discover better ways to improve the lives of people and allow them to reach their highest potential in life.