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What Is Social Work?

Social work is a unique profession: rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a positive difference in the world. Social workers are devoted to helping individuals, groups, and families in dealing with a variety of challenges such as abuse, addiction, discrimination, poverty, and more. If this is something that speaks to you, we encourage you to explore the academic programs we offer as well as the research being done by our faculty.

College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has a special mission to serve the needs of the state for advanced social work education. The College provides professional social work education programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate students for social work practice and doctoral level graduate students for social work leadership, research, and academia.

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Post Graduate Trauma Certificate Available

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Now Available: Post Graduate Trauma Certificate. Designed for those with graduate degrees who have interest in increasing knowledge and skills to deal with trauma and trauma recovery


Continuing Education
Virtual Event

Continuing Ed updates

December 16 | 9:30am-12:30pm EST
Ethical Understanding of TN Social Work Licensure Law Paula Foster, LCSW
Cost: $45
Earn 3 Ethics CEU’s

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November Info Sessions

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Many of our programs are hosting information sessions for prospective students in November! Come learn about the program you are interested in.
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Latest News From The College

  • Two New Research Faculty Members Join the College
    Pam Linden and Nikola Zaharakis recently joined UTCSW as new research faculty members, each bringing their own unique experience to the college. Pam LindenWhat is your new role at the College of Social Work and […]
  • Continuing Education Webinar- Paula Foster, LCSW
    An Ethical Understanding of TN Social Work Licensure Law This live Zoom workshop will provide information and clarity regarding the path for advanced licensure in the state of Tennessee.  A thorough review of the current […]