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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.

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


Latest News

MSW Registration memo for Spring 2014

Upcoming MSW Information Meetings

Belfast:  Saturday, November 2, 2013 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Orono:     Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Orono:     Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Helping Substance-exposed Youngsters – Penquis Regional Linking Project

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

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



Faculty Profile:  Nancy Webster, MSW, MPA – Part-time instructor and Full-time Sheep Breeder

Our UMaine School of Social Work part-time faculty members are a multi-faceted group.  Nancy Webster,MSW, MPA is anexample of a teacher with multiple connecting interests as both a social worker and sheep breeder. In 1989 Nancy left Boston, Massachusetts for life on a small farm in rural Maine.  Nancy has been teaching at the School of Social Work since 1997.  She has been a longstanding instructor in our Weekend MSW program and teaches social policy in the BSW program in Orono. Read More

Image Description: Photo of Jennifer Middleton

Image Description: Photo of Gail Werrbach,Director & Associate Professor

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Contact Information

School of Social Work
5770 Social Work Building
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2389 | Fax: (207) 581-2396E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System