The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

DSW Professional Alliance



David Patterson Welcome

DSW Professional Alliance

Value Proposition

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.”

Completing your Doctor of Social Work degree is not just completing an education, it is opening a door to:

  • Professional transformation
  • Achieving your personal best
  • Helping your team become effective
  • Passing on “the splendid torch” and receiving the torch from those who have gone before you
  • Staying connected to “your tribe” for life
  • Fulfilling your higher calling

Joining the DSW Professional Alliance

Upon completion of the DSW program, graduates automatically obtain membership in the Professional Alliance. UT College of Social Work DSW Program Director Dr. David Patterson noted that our DSW students have expressed a strong sense of affiliation with the University of Tennessee even though they are geographically scattered across the country. They don't want to lose that important linkage after graduation.DSW pins

The Doctor of Social Work Professional Alliance (DSW-PA) is intended to enable DSW graduates to continue sharing professionally relevant information, to engender professional relationships, and to stay connected to the UT College of Social Work. DSW students of each graduating class will be inducted into full membership as lifetime Fellows of the DSW Professional Alliance. Current students, though not yet Fellows in the Professional Alliance, will have access to many of its benefits.

The communication hub for the DSW-PA will be through this interactive web portal. The DSW-PA web portal will maintain profiles for Fellows and students and as the number of program participants expands, this resource will become a nationwide professional network of clinical specialties.

Introduction from David Patterson

This doctorate of social work in clinical practice and leadership was born out of the recognition by faculty of the College and Dean Sowers that the knowledge and intervention skill basis of the profession was rapidly changing due to advances in evidence-based practice, clinical neuroscience, and the translation of research findings into agency and community practice. Stated more simply, the field of social work practice is changing under the feet of those who, if you pardon the pun, are outstanding in the field.

This doctorate of social work in clinical practice and leadership was also born out of the recognition by clinical social workers such as yourselves of a need to have knowledge, skills, and a professional credential on par with the professionals from other disciplines with whom you interact. Dr. David Patterson
This program was born out of the recognition that the profession needs advanced clinical practitioners and leaders to remain relevant to and engaged in truly effective endeavors to address the complex, multi-system challenges of the 21st century.

We believe engagement in these complex challenges that each of you know all too well requires on-going engagement in a community of peers, scholars, and public intellectuals. Thus, the College’s development of the DSW Professional Alliance is intended to enable you and future graduates of this DSW program to develop and sustain lifelong professional relationships. The alliance will become a growing and rich community of students and DSW graduates afforded the opportunity to enrich and enliven each other’s practice.

We have developed a website for the DSW professional alliance to enable each of you to share professionally relevant information, foster professional relationships, and stay connected to the UT College of Social Work. The communication hub for the DSW-PA will be through this interactive web portal. The DSW-PA web portal will maintain profiles for Fellows and students; and as the number of program participants expands, this resource will become a nationwide professional network of clinical specialties.


 

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