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.
LSU School of Social Work Welcomes
Dr. Wesley T. Church II, as New Director
After an extensive search and interview process, the LSU School of Social Work welcomes Dr. Wesley Church as the new Director. For 75 years, the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University has been at the forefront of educating social workers in our state and the region—we look forward to Dr. Church continuing this tradition into the 21st century. Dr. Church received a B.A. in history, an M.S.W, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah. His research interests include juvenile delinquency, mental health delivery in the juvenile justice system, stigmatized incarcerated populations, family systems, and family dynamics. Dr. Church comes to LSU after eleven years at the University of Alabama, where he chaired the Ph.D. program in the School of Social Work, taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, served on the Faculty Senate Steering Committee and as co-chair of the Faculty Life Committee, and helped develop the online MSW program for the School of Social Work. Prior to entering academia, he served as a social worker with developmentally disabled adults, incarcerated sex offenders, mentally-ill offenders, and juvenile delinquents.
The Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation
has reaffirmed the LSU School of Social Work's accreditation for eight years
The Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation has reaffirmed the LSU School of Social work accreditation for the full eight years. The School of Social Work recently celebrated 75 years of offering graduate education at Louisiana State University. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), our fundamental goal is for each of our graduates to use the knowledge and skills learned in the School of Social Work to contribute to our communities through the competent and compassionate practice of social work. Our MSW students learn in many settings: in lively classroom discussion, in hands-on experience in agencies, beyond campus boundaries through distance education or working closely with faculty on research or community projects. 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. Our doctoral graduates make valuable contributions to communities through teaching, research and policy analysis.
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.
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.