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Welcome to the School of Social Work

At the University of Maine School of Social Work, we prepare proficient and ethical social work professionals committed to social change in a variety of organizations, specializations, and professional roles. Our graduates go on to serve as social work clinicians, program planners, administrators, and community change agents in a wide range of public and private settings and systems. The mission of our school is to improve the quality of life for all people by promoting excellence in social work practice. We offer BSW and MSW programs, full- and part-time options, and courses at the University of Maine campus in Orono, at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and other satellite locations in Maine. Our students have the opportunity to engage in field placements throughout the state and region. As a member of our diverse and dedicated community of students, faculty, field instructors, and alumni, you will transform your commitment to improving the quality of life for people into professional knowledge and skills. You will be poised for a successful and personally rewarding career promoting social change by providing services to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations

Announcement: Online MSW Program to begin September 2015

As part of a new initiative, the University of Maine School of Social Work will be adding an online program to our MSW offerings starting next year.  The addition of this format is designed to extend access to affordable, fully accredited graduate Social Work education that provides students with a well-integrated academic and practical education.  Students in the online program will enjoy courses taught by the same faculty who teach in the other MSW formats offered by our flagship university.  Using state-of-the-art learning management systems, students will engage in most classes without the need to be online at a particular day or time.  These asynchronous classes will be supplemented by a few real-time courses for learning that requires live interaction with other students from their home or workplace via the use of face-to-face technology.  The field practicum may be completed at qualifying organizations geographically convenient to students.  Applications are now being accepted for the regular e-year online program.  Students in the 3-year sequence will begin September 2015.  Advanced standing students will be admitted for the summer of 2016.  We will begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2015.

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Latest News

Dr. Sandy Butler’s Research Cited in the Washington Post

Dr. Sandy Butler

Professor Sandy Butler

Dr. Sandy Butler’s important research on the impact of a 2012 decision by Maine legislators to discontinue extended TANF benefits was quoted in a recent article in the Washington Post, Why Temporary Assistance May Not Be Enough for the Neediest of Families. 

To read more: Why Temporary Assistance May Not Be Enough


Human Trafficking in Maine

Special guest lecture on Thursday, September 18 at Wells Commons at the University of Maine (9:30 am to 12:00 noon). Human trafficking is an emerging issue in Maine.  The University of Maine School of Social Work invites you to attend a special presentation regarding sex and labor trafficking issues impacting our region of the state.  Guest speakers include:  Jeff stilling, Resident in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations and Alexandra Turallo, Coordinator, Penquis Sex Trafficking Action Response Team.


Helping Substance-exposed Youngsters – Penquis Regional Linking Project

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Jennifer Middleton, Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer Middleton and Dr. Lenard Kaye are providing research and evaluation expertise to the Penquis Regional Linking Project – a partnership of the Bangor-based Families And Children Together (F.A.C.T.), the University of Maine School of Social Work, and a coalition of community organizations and agencies.In Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, children ages 5 and under whose families are struggling with substance abuse will have improved well-being and safety, and a better chance of staying in or returning to their own homes rather than remaining in foster care under a five-year, $3.9 million project led by the Bangor-based Families And Children Together (F.A.C.T.), the University of Maine School of Social Work, and a coalition of community organizations and agencies. Additional information



Dr. Gail Werrbach Joins Maine Wabanaki – State Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Gail Werrbach, Director & Associate Professor

Channel 2 (WLBZ), Channel 7 (WVII) and the Bangor Daily News reported on the Feb. 12 swearing in ceremony held in Hermon for the new five-member Maine Wabanaki – State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which includes University of Maine School of Social Work Director Dr. Gail Werrbach. Over the next 27 months, the Commission will work “to uncover and acknowledge the truth, creating opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children.” Read More