2017-18 Social Work HEALS scholars

2017-18 HEALS scholars

Social Work HEALS

We are proud to announce that the School of Social Work was selected in 2015 as one of just 10 schools in the nation to participate in the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) program. This five year grant will support 20 BSW and MSW students with $110,000 in funding.

Awarded by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the program “aims to develop the next generation of social work leaders who will stand ready to lead efforts to address system-level changes, heighten awareness of prevention and wellness, and address the issues of structural racism that are embedded in social institutions.”1

Students selected to participate in the Social Work HEALS program will have the opportunity to experience robust health-care education and training, connect with peers, advocate for policy issues, and practice as members of interprofessional health-care teams. The Social Work HEALS program is funded by the New York Community Trust.


Components of the HEALS program

MSW Social Work HEALS Scholars will participate in the following curriculum, training and professional development opportunities:

  • A health care-based clinical field placement
  • Coursework relevant to healthcare social work and grant priorities
    • Health care-related elective courses
    • GRSW 682 Clinical Research Project on a health-related topic
  • Engagement in the following leadership opportunities
    • Social Work HEALS Leadership Council (networking, designing & co-creating educational and service activities)
    • Annual Interprofessional Workshop (half day, spring semester, St. Catherine University)
    • Interprofessional Education Summit (full day, spring semester, St. Catherine University)
    • Attend and share experience at a Field Practice Institute Advisory Council meeting and a School of Social Work Board of Advisors meeting
    • Attend and advocate at a relevant Day at the Capitol event (e.g. Social Work, Mental Health, Disability and Rehabilitation, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cancer Action Network, Epilepsy Awareness)
    • Carondelet Village Interprofessional Education experience (spring semester, St. Catherine University) – optional
    • Attend and participate in additional relevant education, policy, networking, and professional development events as appropriate
  • Attendance at a CSWE/NASW Social Work HEALS annual health care social work education and policy event in Washington, D.C.
  • $4,000 tuition stipend plus $1,500 in travel support to attend the annual health care social work education and policy event

HEALS Scholars will take the following electives:

  • GRSW 629: Clinical Social Work Practice in Integrated Healthcare
  • At least one other relevant elective (e.g. Social Work Practices with Older Adults and their Families; Grief Counseling and Therapy; Clinical Practice for the Treatment of Trauma; Clinical Practice with Older Adults; Clinical Practice with Immigrants and Refugees; Clinical Practice in Military Social Work)