MSW Online Program Applications
Now Being Accepted for Fall 2015
Catherine M. Lemieux and the School of Social Work Awarded $854,156S SAMSHA grant to Address Substance Use Issues in Louisiana
Dr. Catherine Lemieux, LSU Social Work’s Margaret Champagne Womack Professor in Addictive Disorders, has been awarded a $854,156 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop and implement a training program that teaches students in the health professions the skills necessary to provide screening, brief intervention, and referral to substance abuse treatment (SBIRT). Read More
The LA SBIRT Student Training Program specifically targets social work students, medical residents, and their supervisors. Grant funds will be used to recruit and train SBIRT teaching faculty in a two-day Training of Trainers session at no cost. The trained teaching faculty will then provide the SBIRT training to the students and to the supervisors in the students’ field and residency placements. Click here for project Information (Section 1) and here for the Application (Section 2). Deadline for applications is October 15, 2015.
Scott E. Wilks, PhD, LMSW Named Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
On May 4, 2015, Scott E. Wilks, associate professor, was named Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Upon review and recommendations by the GSA Fellowship Committee, his Fellow status was unanimously approved by the GSA Council. The status of Fellow — the highest class of membership within the GSA — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. Read more
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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.