Social Work
Mount Saint Mary's College

Social Work

Social Work

Welcome to Social Work!

The goals of the social work profession are multi-faceted and include counseling, crisis intervention, diagnosis, evaluation and assessment of client's status and needs, and resource referral.  Social workers work in a wide variety of settings that provide direct care or as referral agents for clients to locate an array of services in the community, such as substance abuse rehabilitation, healthcare, housing, eldercare, adoption services, foster care, or grief counseling. 

In addition, social workers work in organizations that provide emergency or disaster relief services to individuals, families and the community.  They can be found in the city, county, state, or federal agencies, as well as in non-profit organizations serving the community, such as schools, hospitals, mental health centers, corrections facilities, or other health and human services settings.  Employment in for-profit private practice agencies is expanding.

Social work as a social services profession is highly rewarding and client-centered, with a strong advocacy focus. The growing field of international social work is an exciting new option in the field, which focuses on working globally to facilitate access to crucial services and resources in the developing world. A human rights foundation has become central to the social work major, applying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which advocates for human dignity and equality for all human beings in the world.

The demand for social workers is high and is projected to continue to grow into the future, particularly in the areas of healthcare, gerontology, and international social work.  Our program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in social work. A high percentage of our graduates that apply to a masters in social work program are admitted, including to some of the most prestigious universities in the field, such at Columbia University, New York University, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and others.

For more information, feel free to contact me! I look forward to working with you to help make your professional aspirations come true. Social work is a dynamic, exciting profession and you truly can give back to the community and make a difference in the world!

Michelle LagrimasMichelle Lagrimas, MSW
Coordinator, Social Work and Gerontology Programs
mlagrimas@msmc.la.edu