Wheelock Social Work Program Launched In Worcester

September 06, 2012

Wheelock College launched its first off-campus Master of Social Work program, kicking off classes in Worcester, MA, with 18 students enrolled. Classes began Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at St. Peter Marian High School. Classes meet twice a week and will continue for 14 weeks.

The Master of Social Work program is geared toward people who work for a social service agency, a community health or education setting, an advocacy organization, or are career-changers committed to effecting change in the social conditions and well-being of diverse groups of individuals, children, and families.

Wheelock's approach is family-centered, community-based and grounded in partnerships with community providers. The program prepares students to practice advanced, justice-based social work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities through direct practice, policy, and research.

Visit the Worcester Master of Social Work web page to learn more about the program. Wheelock will begin enrolling a second cohort of students shortly; Open House dates will be up on the website soon.

High-Caliber Faculty for Wheelock in Worcester

The faculty members for the Wheelock's Master of Social Work program in Worcester are:

Margaret (Peg) Whalen, Ph.D., will teach Human Behavior in the Social Environment I in the fall. Dr. Whalen earned her doctorate at Michigan State University. Her dissertation was entitled "Measuring MSW Attitudes toward Poverty and the Poor: a Tool for Evaluating Social Work Outcomes". Dr. Whalen has taught at Michigan State University and has extensive experience in clinical research.

Roy Old Person, MSW, will teach The Dynamics of Oppression and Discrimination course in the fall. He has completed his course work toward his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle. His dissertation topic is "Restoration of the Sacred Hoop: Meaning Making of Health and Wellness among Two Spirit Men". He is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Wheelock College.

James Bourque, MSW, will teach Social Welfare Policy in the fall. He is a graduate of Boston University, and a former United Way Executive Director from NJ. He is a part-time Instructor in Social Work at Wheelock College and the Coordinator of the Worcester MSW off campus program.

Andrea LaJoie-Ward, MSW, will teach Human Behavior in the Social Environment II in the spring semester. She is a MSW graduate of Wheelock College, and is currently working is a clinical social worker in Holyoke and a consultant to a number of day care centers across Hampden County.

Jude Gonsalves, PhD, will teach the Foundation of Social Research course in the spring. He is a graduate of the University of Madras in Chennai, India. His dissertation topic was "Organizational Behavior in a Public Limited Company", and he is currently the Director of the Social Work Program at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA.

Student Advisor will be Castagna Lacet, who will be graduating with her Ph.D. from Boston College in May. Her dissertation was on the topic "Trauma and Resilience: the Relocation Experiences of Haitian Women Earthquake Survivors." She is an Instructor of Social Work at Wheelock College. Dr. Lacet is active in the Haitian Mental Health Network.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Master of Social Work program in Worcester, please contact Julie Thomson, assistant director of Off-Campus Programs, at 617-879-2402 or jthomson@wheelock.edu.

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