Why I Do It

As members of the SocialWork@Simmons community, our backgrounds are unique, with a shared dedication for our work and for the Simmons School of Social Work. What does social work mean to each of us? Why did we become social workers? Why did we join the SocialWork@Simmons community? “Why I Do It” tells these stories. 

Helping the Helpers: Academic Advising That Creates Resilient Students

When exploring graduate Master of Social Work (MSW) programs, it’s important for students to explore their options for academic support. At SocialWork@Simmons, we take a unique approach to academic advising that benefits our students both academically and personally throughout their time in the program.

New Refugees Resettled in the U.S. in 2016

As the ongoing civil war in Syria drove steady growth in the global refugee population, the number of new refugees admitted to the United States increased significantly in calendar year 2016. With lawmakers, advocates, and the general public debating how best to address refugees, it is important to first and foremost recognize who they are and where they are coming from.

Tips for Success as a New SocialWork@Simmons Student

Whether you are a new SocialWork@Simmons student, current applicant, or learning about the program for the first time, it’s never too early to begin planning for success. Rigorous graduate-level social work study prepares students to become highly qualified professionals, but it requires careful planning and dedication.

Racial Disparities in Mental Health Treatment

Individuals with a mental health illness in the United States can face fragmented or unavailable services, high costs, and social stigma. It is particularly difficult for people of color to receive adequate and culturally appropriate treatment.

Intersectionality Matters: Working with LGBT Older Adult Clients

As most social work students learn, the diagnosis of “homosexuality” was removed from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973 by the board of the directors of the American Psychiatric Association. After this, strength-based, positive therapeutic frameworks such as Gay Affirmative Therapy, were introduced as ethical alternatives to conversion, reparative and aversion therapies.