Domestic Violence Cycle Infographic

How to End the Domestic Violence Cycle

Empathy and action are a powerful combination – Social Workers protect victims and children by intervening. How does the cycle of domestic violence start? How does it become so insidious that millions of victims stay in abusive relationships and homes? How do we make it stop? The Cycle of Violence was identified by psychologist Dr. Lenore Walker in 1979 when…

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October 10, 2017 |

MSW Concentrations

Focusing Your Future: Which MSW Concentration Will You Choose?

Starting Summer 2020, these three specializations will be combined and our MSW will become an integrated clinical program. Students who start their MSW degree in or after the Summer 2020 semester will enroll in this integrated clinical program. Students who have enrolled in one of these specializations prior to Summer 2020 will complete their degree in that specialization. As a…

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September 27, 2017 |

Opioid Crisis Infographic

Social Workers' Role in Ending the Opioid Epidemic

We are a nation in crisis. And police, insurers, and patients are all looking to social workers for help in curbing the opioid epidemic. Opioid deaths now surpass gun violence and car crash deaths, according to CDC data published by the Washington Post, leaving police no choice but to rethink their strategy, as law enforcement is not working. Police are…

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September 20, 2017 |

Wanda Anderson, MSW Professor

Faculty Spotlight: Wanda Anderson, LCSW – Social Work Program

Farming is not for the faint of heart. Growing up poor on a small potato farm in northern Maine, Wanda Anderson and five siblings started working in the field at age 7. Now a clinical professor of social work at UNE Online, Wanda would carry that agrarian work ethic throughout college and her 26-year career. Potatoes may not have been…

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September 6, 2017 |

Social Work PTSD Treatments

Social Work: Making a difference with PTSD Treatments

PTSD treatments—and hope—abound as social workers help clients. As the National Center for PTSD states, there is no single treatment that will work for everyone for post-traumatic stress disorder. So to help people experiencing PTSD, social workers engage on multiple fronts. They’re researching promising treatments and honing and adapting accepted practices for new groups and environments. They may be part…

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July 1, 2017 |

Refugees suffering from PTSD

Social Work: Helping Refugees with PTSD

Panic attacks, depression, loss of weight and appetite, and a recurring sense of hopelessness have become a regular part of Mustafa’s life. He now lives in Germany, far from a war zone, but his past experiences of detention, torture, and living amid death and destruction still haunt him. “I don’t go out a lot. I have problems with trust. I…

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June 12, 2017 |

Social Work License Myths

Five Social Work License Myths: BUSTED

Get the facts on social work license regulations and requirements Do you need a social work license? How do you get it? Is it worth it? Licensing in social work has become a source of confusion and misinformation, especially given the evolving process and varying requirements. But fear not! Here we examine the truth behind five licensure beliefs. Belief #1…

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April 24, 2017 |

Lisa Shaker, Senior Student Support Specialist

Meet Our Team: Lisa Shaker

At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do.  We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. Meet Lisa Shaker Lisa Shaker is a Senior Student Support Specialist at UNE. Sometimes Lisa feels…

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April 21, 2017 |

Social Work Licensure

Social Work Licensure: To license or not to license?

The great social work licensure debate With social work changing, it’s important to ask: As an emerging social worker, do you want a license? There may be as many different views about social work licensure as there are social workers. It’s a perennial topic of discussion and debate. But the wider range of possibilities opening up in the profession have…

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April 19, 2017 |

Social Work Careers

Social Work - Career Opportunities in a Wide Range of Areas

Social Work is a caring career — and social workers earning their MSW are able to pursue their ambitions to be a political leader or boss, to drive organizational transformation or create game-changing programs, or even carve out a place in the C-Suite. An education in social work gives you an extraordinary set of in-demand, future-friendly skills, ranging from research…

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March 15, 2017 |