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Army-FSU MSW Cohort I is on the go!
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The 2015-2016 cohort of the Army-Fayetteville State University Master of Social Work students and their families donned their running shoes to help fight social injustice on Saturday, March 28.  The team participated in the Run 4 Hope 5K benefiting The San Antonio, Texas Rape Crisis Center. The funds gained will help to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault.

The team consisted of (from left to right) CPT Sam Ochinang and sons Tyler and Aaron, 1LT Kathryn Helland, 2LT Tae Kim, CPT Nickalous Korbut, ENS Clara Hoverman, ENS Caroline Gray, 2LT Devon Pilarowski and son Gavin, 2LT Shawna Politte, 1LT Ashley Thropp, and 2LT Patricia Mashburn and husband John (not pictured).

Army Fayetteville MSW Program

The Fayetteville State University Department of Social Work has partnered with the United States Army to establish a Master of Social Work Program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in order to meet the military’s increase demand for social work officers and Department of the Army civilian practitioners. >> Read More

Program Overview
  • Army MSW Program was created to serve as a force multiplier.
  • Program applicants are equipped to practice social work in a military community during their MSW and phase II internship
  • Program includes 2 phases:
    • Academic phase 1 (14 months)
    • Internship phase (24 months)
  • Students incur a 5 years and 2 months service obligation
  • Establish slots in the Army-Fayetteville State University (FSU) MSW program for active duty enlisted, commissioned officers, and civilians seeking to become active duty Army social work officers.
  • Compete with other USAREC accessions to fill up to 30 program slots.
  • All applications are reviewed by the USAREC selection board.

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Congratulations to our faculty and graduates at the Army-FSU MSW program.  The Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment has devoted an  issue to Military Social Work and Behavioral Health.  Aptly titled "Special Issue: Social and Behavioral Health in the Military: Responding to the Needs of Soldiers and their Families in the Post 9/11 Environment."  The Army-FSU MSW faculty involved with this journal include: Dr Norma Jones (Special Edition Editor), Dr Larry Applewhite and Mr Reginald Howard.

One article features COL Derrick Arincorayan, the Social Work Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, Dr Applewhite and two Army-FSU MSW graduates: MAJ Erica DiJoseph and CPT Audrey Ahlvers along with MAJ Mangindin.  It is titled "Army Social Work: Helping At-Risk Soldiers Come Home" which discusses the screening of deployed soldiers at risk for domestic violence, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.  This article describes the process employed by the team to conduct the mission and strategies to assist at-risk soldiers.

Dr Norma Jones featured a wide-range of articles that illuminate the many challenges that have confronted our service members and their families during the period following 9/11.  All of the authors have extensive personal experience working with the military population. She also coauthored "Caring for the Child Soldiers of Guantanamo".  This article discussed how military behavioral health personnel are confronted with unexpected opportunities to provide behavioral health interventions during their course of duty.  She had the first hand opportunity to work with Afghani child soldiers in a therapeutic way. She presented this article at the "Children of War" conference in Salzburg, Austria.

Mr Reginald Howard wrote about the 2 year post graduate training program titled "Social Work Internship Program (SWIP)" which has become the model for professional development of new uniformed Army social workers.  This particular article is especially salient in that the training and development of military social workers lack attention in the literature. Mr Howard has over 26 years experience as an Army Social Worker.

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