Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Receives Recognition

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The dean of the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work felt the school’s recognition, “places us at another level for the students interesting in our programs and faculty interested in coming to work here.”

During the last three years, Dr. Jenny Jones has worked collectively with the school’s faculty to help refine the curriculum, “build partnerships in the community to increase our research productivity, scholarships and our presence.”

Clark Atlanta’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work received recognition in Feb. 2019 from HumanServicesEDU.org for being one of the best CSWE programs in the country.  

The school of social work is the first of two schools in Georgia to receive accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education. She believes this recognition, “Really validated the work we have done as a school.”

The school of social work has moved directions with the addition of integrated behaviorally health along with other programs.

Dr. Jones shared it, “Covers both health and mental health and it is an interdisciplinary approach.” Social workers will work in a multidisciplinary team with other health professionals to “help families get their needs met.”

Integrated behaviorally health is becoming a major component in helping social workers develop effective solutions for their clients.  

Although March is dedicated to the celebration of social workers, it is an honor year-round for her to be the dean and contribute to social work, “It’s humbling yet it’s a huge honor to serve as the dean of this great school,” she said.

After being around for almost 100 years, CAU’s school of social work celebrates being the first HBCU to ever receive accreditation.   

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