Today's special event, making a difference with the Master of Social Work. My name is David Richardson Anne from all of us here at Walden University. We thank you for taking the time out of your day to join us. Please note that this webinar will be archived so you'll have an opportunity to view the presentation again or even share it with a friend or colleague. If you need accommodations to attend this webinar, please contact email@example.com. Before we get into today's content we want to take a moment to go over a few items to make sure you get the most out of this program. On the screen in front of you, you'll see the main presentation. A chat window. And a section for submitting questions for our presenters. All of these windows as well as other items of interest can be opened and closed at your convenience using the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. You can size these windows as you see fit so feel free to set them to your comfort level as we move along. 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Everyone my name is doctor, Lisa Moon. and I am the Dean of the Barber Solomon School of social work here at Walden University. And it's my distinct pleasure to welcome me, this morning and we know that you have very busy lives. And lots of things to do so. Thank you for taking the time to come learn more about our Masters degree in social work. I have been associated with Walden University for 7 years now ever since. We started the social work program. So I can tell you that it's very I'm very proud of it and we have a lot of great things happening. And I would like to introduce you to doctor Pamela Denning, who is the director of her MSW program. Hi good morning. It's great to see so many people here and I'm doctor damning an I'm I'm currently in Tampa, FL. But am originally from North Carolina. So when you hear that in my voice you'll know where that comes from. We're very excited about the program that we have here at Walden is dynamic and innovative we're always trying. New experiences here, I've been at Walden for about 14 years and in the MSW program for about 2. And we hope that if you have questions you. Let us know. And we look forward to sharing with you today. And I'll be in turn, it over to download the loser in a study field director. Good morning. Everyone I'm doctor mcelveen director of field for the MSW program an I too have been with the program. It began about 7 years ago, so really happy to connect today and hope you'll get a lot from our presentation. Thank you ladies Cemetery, introducing yourselves. I'm going to take just a few minutes to kind of show you the agenda and tell you were going to talk a little bit about. Walden. Doctor Danny will talk about our faculty in our program. We'll spend a little bit of time talking about some things that are unique to our program like our skills lab experience. Doctor Mcelvain will talk to you about the field experience and then finally some of the support services that we have here at Walden. And then leave some time for your questions so that we can give you the personal attention that you need. Why wild and I think this is one of my favorite parts of the presentation because I get to tell you about Walden. Anwil work here and why I think that our MSW program is so great. The first little block there says that Walden has been around for 50 years. We're celebrating our 50 year anniversary this year. And while that may not seem like a long time to universities that have been established at brick and mortar. Universities for an online University offering degrees to adult learners that is a long time when you think about how technology has changed. We're very proud of the fact that we have over 125 graduates who are residing around the globe. Making a difference in their local communities. Big important thing to talk about is the Waldens and Miss Debbie program is accredited by the Council of social work education. In fact, we just received our reaffirmation for another 8 years by CSWE. Last fall and that's very important to you because you want a degree from an accredited program. So that you have the ability to sit for your licensure exam use me and go further so. You always want to be sure that the program is accredited by CSWE. Walton is an expert in licensure, leading programs. We know how to do programs that lead to licensure. We have programs in social work. Nursing counseling education an even psychology, so we know how to help people who are specifically looking for an education. That will help the secure job and complete the licensure process. We have a tremendous track record of success in the 7 years that we have had an MSW program. We have over 750 graduates and more than 1200 students, whom in successfully placed in field experience. That's very important because if you do all of the course work and then you can't find a place to do your field experience. Then you can't complete the degree and Dodger Mcelvain will talk to you more about how she has worked with a great team to make that happen. Walden has personalized student support. I know when I went to work for Walden. I was worried about being in a silo because I would be online and be by myself. Let me promise you that does not happen at Walden. We have students support from the time you enroll through the time. Graduation I can personally attest to that because my son is a student at Walden University and he laughs about how somebody calls him all the time. There are always people there to help you whether it might be a technical issue. You're experiencing question about your financial aid. Or just what class do I need to take next quarter. Finally, a bigger part of why Walden Walden is committed to a passion for social change when birdie anrita Turner founded this University. They wanted to allow people to get an education who can make a difference in the communities where they were living. So that means whether you're in a small town in rural North Dakota are a large suburban area of California. You can get a degree in an act social change. When we talk about social change and the passion for making things. Different that leads us to a complete parallel to what the profession of social work is all about. Social work is constantly talking about. We want to change society. We want to help make things better for the greater good not just for one person. You take that is the motto of the profession of Social Work. You combine it with the opportunities that Walden allows. You to do that, then we have a great opportunity to help you learn and experience, the idea of social change. But you can see, there are a lot of great reasons to pick wild and one of my. Best reasons is our faculty and I'm going to pause and let Doctor Denning tell you about our wonderful faculty. Thank you if you look at the picture in front of you, you won't see a sampling of our faculty. In our image W program alone. We have over 200 faculty, but it's called common part time who are all prepared. With a PhD or a DSW many programs used MSW's and just to know that all of the people who teach you. Will have doctorates in their profession or uhm and In addition to their doctors. They have great experiences that are all very different. In very diverse diversity and inclusion is a keeper us in the social work program as well as it is. Turns out larger login community so we have faculty in front of you who we have all over the. Country UM who specialize in everything from pediatric working with children and newborns to Hospice in the end of life issues. In Gerontology and everything in between some work at national polisy level. Some look at their local level some do both. Among our faculty, we have Doctor Hedrington Jones, who is has received the lifetime award. For from the National Association of black social workers for a life term achievement of working with for social justice. Any quality and that's really going accomplishment. We have tackled in your writing and publishing in journals. Everyday I gotta email today from one of our faculty. Sorry I just published in this uhm. Journal at the international level. The main key that most of our that all of us, we look for in all of our faculty. Is that we want faculty who are? Passionate about function work who are dedicated to students and who have a real love of and commitment to training social workers for the next generation. So that really is important to us and um. We we help it's important to you. I do want to talk a little bit about our program overview. I program is very moderately priced. And it's also very iaccessible. Uhm we have courses the only two courses where you have to be in. A certain place to be on a computer is a field course and the field seminar, which doctor nichelino talk to you about. We also have skills lab, which is where we travel and all have an experience together, which I believed Doctor Moon will be talking to you about. In a few minutes, if you think about learning like their huge numbers of students just know that you. Probably never be in the room with over 15 students that our faculty do reach out to you by Phone. Ann you are available to you is different after to Nitties to talk about concerns. You have questions you have about the work. Or even their own experiences in their careers. Which might help you in yours? We also have always looking at new exciting adventures and so we're always working on new things. And one of our newest uhm. Things we have out is our virtual reality and virtual reality is a simulated interaction with the client so. You are able to choose what you say that the client see how they react go back choose another. Issue and answered differently. It really great and we have these nouns fields labs and they'll be coming into our curriculum. Soon so at wild and one of the things that were always doing is looking for new ways. To assess how far students assess their skills and build on them, so you can make a difference in your community. If you look at our product overview, you will see that there are courses. Anna concentrations, we have for concentration. They are the clinical military family and children and health care and you get 2 opportunities to practice your skills. In. Your field experience and your skills lab and what other things that so important is that when people graduate with a degree. And they have a degree, but don't have what people are looking for which is experienced leave this program. Since you'll have people who. And. Being a reference in talking about field, you have experience with the share and that's very, very interesting so. Christmas paper skills lab skills lab compared you to for field and field prepares you for actually. Community. OK, thank you doctor Danny I'm going to talk to you just a little bit about the skills lab. Part of our program. This kills my part of our program is something that is unique to Walden University. And we like to say that as doctor, Jennings said it's your opportunity just as it says to practice the skills that you have developed throughout your course work. If you're in advance standing you'll do one experience if you're in the regular program. It will be 2 experiences. You actually enroll in a six week course where you do course work for. Three of the weeks then on the next week, you around the ground. That means you are face to face. We actually ask you to come be with all of your faculty right now, the locations are Atlanta, GA. In Phoenix, AZ you are more responsible for your air fight or your travel there, and then your mails in your hotel while you're there. We know that it's a very scary experience to think about leaving your home, leaving your family, having to go somewhere that maybe you've never been or if you've never traveled. But I can promise you that the four days will be one of the best experiences you've ever had. Right usually what we get from our student Sunday for is can, we please stay an extra day because we're enjoying this so much. Or I was so terrified to come. I never thought I would have this much fun or enjoy it. If you uhm need more information after we get through talking and we answer your questions. The enrollment advisors actually have a video they can show you. Of some of the students doing different things at Skills Lab. You will get to practice what you've learned you're not going to go just sit and listen to people lecture. You we put you in groups of 12. And you actually get to know those people correspond to those people. Then you will do interesting activities like. Group exercise where you may learn how to handle different members of a group you will actually practice interviewing a client, so that the first time your in your field experience. This is something you've never done. You'll feel more comfortable with doing it. We we believe that it's always better. To get a little experience before you go into a situation where people can help you learn how to improve the skills that you have. Great important part license your prep we start at skills lab, you actually attend a session own licensure prep. Where we talk about different test taking skills? What the test is like just a little brief introduction because one of the things that we're really proud of it wild and is in the next. Probably two quarters, we're going to launch a license, your preparation workspace, so that you can actually have a? Access to the on line and old online license or test, not the current one, but we give you questions to work with because we know that licensure is very important for our students. So we started it skills lab. The other thing that we do it skills lab is it gives you an opportunity to meet with the field coordinators. Can be perfectly sure that all of your forms are filled out all of the eyes are dotted all of the teaser crossed. So that when you get ready to do your field work. All of your stuff is complete, and they always attend skills lab and it's just really nice to get to meet them. Which is the same as the last bullet point here that you get to interact with other peers an other faculty? That means that you're going to meet students from all across the country at wild and when you go for the face to face. And you're going to meet your faculty you get to talk to your faculty you get to ask him questions. Where do they work? What do they do? How do they like it? As well as get experience about the classroom setting. So this is just all the great parts of things about Skills Lab. And big reason we do skills lab is so that we can make certain you had the skills necessary. To lead to the most important part of this and that is your field education. An I'm going to let Doctor Mcelvain talk to you about that. Hello everyone this is Doctor Mcelveen again and the director of field for the MSW program on one thing I want to mention. Sometimes people refer to field of internships or practice. Sanders many names? What this really means is the experience. You have going into a real life. Agency setting to show that you have confidence in some areas of practice so you'll be applying your knowledge. In your skill and showing your professionalism and social work values and ethics in that real life, setting and this setting is. Not only important for your education that I like to say it's also important for your future profession in your growth in the profession so this is a resume point for you as well. What you do there and learn there and how you convince yourself will be the start of your career so it's a pretty exciting time, it can be a bit overwhelming at it can be scary. How are you your schedule? What are you going to do to make it all work within your current responsibilities? Those questions are not unique to those of you here. They are probably similar questions that students have when I start. Any MSW program because there is a time commitment. We have um at Walden. We have dedicated ourselves to having MSW professionals who are field coordinators so those professional. I can answer your questions about. What types of sites are appropriate? Where is social work practice? What can I do in field placement? What can't I do? They have a lot of knowledge about the profession and they're also there to guide you so those professionals. Really help you once you begin the process you begin a process of. Uhm starting your application when you get into skills lab, you need with a field coordinator. There they tell you about when you should? Start and what you need to do, and then get you started you get all of the things documentation. Admit it all the things necessary to get that process started. Then you work with one of our coordinators 1 on one. And generally you have that coordinator throughout your entire program, is so if you are in the regular program where you have 2? Separate internships, you'll have that same coordinator if you're an advanced standing student and you have one you'll have a coordinator. For that experience. And we also provide a number of resources for you, along the way so you're not you're not alone in this process, we do ask you to partner with us. It isn't something that you can just set aside and try to take care of at the last minute, it does. State planning but we do partner with you and we offer some preparation videos and some of our courses. You'll see a video about field and what you need to do next and next steps. We also have a school website full of resources that can answer questions provided documents give you links to the application module. Um we had the onsite coordinator spot skills lab, which I think. Is really a valuable tool for you to access because any questions you? Have there there in person to answer a magician appointment. Uhm you get support from your Walden faculty as well so once you begin your field placement. You're in a field course I'm not faculty member. Monitors how things are going you know if you have challenges at the site, you know they are there to help you? You attend a weekly basis safe synchronous meeting, meaning you're probably on a few more a Skype meeting with your class. Nathan your faculty once a week for an hour to help you get support from your peers. Annuar faculty, and also help you share your experiences on. He also this is a really important part of your education in a program but it's also a great step to beginning of your. Use a social work professional so I really look forward to connecting with you when you get to this point in the program. Thank you so much for that. Um finally wanted to talk to you just a little bit about some of the support that is available for you. At Walden University. We have financial aid available to you this is just like. Any other institution that you might attend we have financial counselors who can work with you help you complete the necessary federal application forms. Whatever um assistance you may need to complete that process. They're there for you. I think you heard doctor Denny's say we have phenomenal. Faculty, they are available to you by email by telephone by whatever support mechanism that you need they said office hours so you can contact them. So you're again not gonna be working alone on this they're going to be there to assist you. On Walden has a fantastic writing center. This is one of my favorite things about Walden is that the sum of times people are not strong in their writing skills and they think wow. I really need some help here. The writing center is there, they have such things as you can submit a paper to them and they will provide. Feedback to it, and if you submit it in time. They actually have an AP a template one of my favorite things where you can download it. Type it right directly into the form so you don't have to try to figure out what line does this going on? Where are my page numbers go? Anything like that that we can do to make this a more pleasurable experience for you, we have, we have an academic skills center. Where people are available to help you with? Any kind of UM issue. You might be having say it was technology or figuring out where you want to go next or what you want to do. These people are there to help you 24 hours a day. Walden has instituted something called the Charlotte chat box? Where 24 hours a day you can ask a question and uhm they can it will provide an answer to you? Or get you in touch with whoever you need to get in touch with. Your student success advisor. After you complete your enrollment you will be assigned a student success advisor specifically for social work students these. Advisors are trained to work with their social work students. They understand our curriculum how it flows when you need to take classes. That person is available to you by Phone or Mail reach out to them, they will reach out to you. They are phenomenal to help you figure out what classes you need to take next. Again, if you need to take a quarter off they can work with you on every bit of that. And they are with you from the beginning to the very end. And at the end of your educational karere. We have become Career Center available for you. The people of the Career Center can help you do things like complete a resume or professional resume help. To sign up for online job opportunities like monster in places like that, where you LinkedIn. They help you learn to navigate. Navigate those. So we want you to understand that from looking at this from the very beginning to the very end. There are people here to support you we never want anybody to figure out you know to think they've been left out. Or they can get to assistant says they need. So we've got the support we've got field experience skills lab and we're just ready for you to join us here at Walden. And I think that takes us to questions excellent. Thank you very much for the presentation for the information. Again to our audience remember you're able to submit questions via the QA box. We're going to go ahead and answer some of the ones that did come through. During the event. The first one, is actually coming up in a couple of different events. We've done like this for different programs. Asking about the overall cost of the program, one thing we would point out is. The total cost and time to completion of any of the programs is really dependent on the student specific circumstances, including. Any transfer of credits you may be eligible for or other special factors that might influence what you're coming into the program with. So really the best source of information for your own personal personalized estimate of time and cost to completion would be to speak with your enrollment specialist. Who can help you arrange to have your potential transfer credits analyzed and evaluated? It can work with you to specifically set up that timeline and estimate the other question was do, we work with? VA. Uh. Education benefits the post 911, GI Bill. Yellow ribbon the answer to that is yes. We do, we actually have a military services team? That is dedicated to supporting our students who are coming in with VA benefits or other military related benefits. And the way to reach them would be to contact them via email at military. At waldenu.edu. And so we did have a question about skills lab? When do you recommend registering? That would be a great question to work with your uhm. Academic advisor own because they can look at the classes that you've had skills lab is required before you go to your field placement and we usually like to say one to two quarters before. So you go to skills lab, you be sure, all your paperwork is completed, it can be done earlier. And then there's a different stop if you're if you have to do 2 of those so again those are great questions. For now, we can give you just like a little basic information and then your academic advisor can help you plan. That whole process out in give you much more detail on that. And there was a person in the chat. I saw that was coming in advanced standing and if you're coming in advance. Standing you need to be in touch with your advisor about registering for Skills Lab. Immediately. Excellent so we did have a question about the program structure is this a 2 year program. I've done full time is that the estimate for full time completion. And then how many hours per week is generally recommended for classes. Yes, I would say 2 hours is a general one, but again, you know, those are specifics that that everybody is going to be different. That's why we love for you to set up a personal relationship with your academic advisor because it depends on the number of courses you take? Of course, just like, at any other program. But Yes, far the program. You can complete it in the 2 years. An advance stating you can complete in a year. And if I just saw that one pop up? What is advance standing lemme explain that one just a little bit better? Advanced standing is when you have a BSW an undergraduate degree in social work from an accredited University. In a 3.0 GPA? Then you are admitted to the MSW Anuar actually given credit for one year of MSW coursework. So you actually can complete in a much shorter period of time. And we actually don't like to add to that one of the wonderful things about our program an is that we do have? Options for people, even think you're going to do it in 2 years, but then let's say your mother. Received a difficult diagnosis of one of your children has a problem and you need to take off some time. This program has that flexibility where if you can sit out a quarter if you need to to handle personal business, or Maybe you got a promotion or whatever and then you can come back and many schools, they offer classes once a year. But we all for a moment continual basis, so you would just be able to come back in the next quarter. Next course you needed to take so I know that for most working adults and adults with children and. Parents and a lot of responsibilities that this program works well because it has that flexibility and having that flexibility when you need it. It's one of the things students have told me have been priceless to them. Excellent so we do have a question about field experiences. UM this generally comes up in any of our programs where we do have field experience requirements. Do we have existing relationships with different locations for field experience. An and you know how do we select eligible locations? That's a great question, we do have affiliations with. More than 3000 agencies across the USA. And those are added to and adjusted on a quarterly basis, depending on where students go students do not have to choose. From that list so let's say you live in a community where we may have. A few things on our list in your community, but you're interested in a different type of setting. We then we would work on getting a contract with the setting you're interested in as long as it. Meet the learning requirements. And then that becomes a partner with us as well, so each quarter. We add knew agencies to this list the list. Is available to students for students to view once they start the field application process so you will be able to kind of. Searching and look for it by your community town state. Hum by social work in particular make their second part of that question as well that I missed. Oh yeah, how are field experience sites qualified? Good question. The qualification primarily has to do with some level of building. You're taking at the time so if you're in your first year of the program. Those qualifications have a lot to do with the practice of general social work, so been site would be other half. After you pass. And activities and experiences that align with general social work practice and they would have to provide you the proper supervision. That is what our coordinators work on so if you were to say, I would like to go to this particular agency. Our coordinator would reach out to the agency and make sure they meet the requirements and the supervision and then. If they do look like shorter contracts if they don't need to be circling back to you and saying, You know, do you have some other options in the community? We could look into? What else might you be interested in that's really take that discussion? So who do they contact about starting a relationship with a field site if they aren't currently set up with Walden? Once you start the field process. The application process to say, I'm ready to start field one of the. First exercises you'll do is kind of the community evaluation, so getting to know where social work is practicing your community is not only important. Like this. Phase of your educational process, but it's important for your future work as a social worker so you'll do. An overview of your community and maybe make your Top three choices and if those choices aren't on the list. You would still submit that to the coordinator during the placement process and they could reach out for contract. Excellent. So once the student takes the license social work exam and pass it are they able to use their working hours to count towards licensure. The answer to that would be. I'm thinking, no, the way that the question is red, but for any questions about your contact towers or your license your hours. We always recommend that you contact your state, licensing board because all 50 states. And the District of Columbia do this differently, so I would say I'm really not sure depending on what state you're living in so I would check with him to make certain on that one. OK, now for individuals who were licensed social workers outside of the country are they able to qualify any of that experience for their. Field experience. No prior experience in count as field experience so brother. That's in the USA are outside the USA field experience. Hours are required with sending educational context. An art transferred in. And that's a requirement of the accrediting body. So that would be the same for any University that she would attend CSWE does not. Allow universities to grant credit for previous experience. So we didn't have a question about applying for the MSW program this year are there deadlines or rolling admissions periods. I would say there there's there's truly no deadline. There's a deadline to apply if there's a certain time that you want to start. But most of our courses start a nice we have 1/4 to start which the next one is coming up to 24. We have mid term starts. So again talk to your enrollment advisor. They can tell you the dates for all of that and when you would need to have things completed but. Unlike a lot of other programs. We do have a continual start process so you can start at anytime. Maximum so um. Individuals, who are concerned about traveling for the skills lab can, we speak to them a little bit more about the importance of. Of the skills lab. I can start and I'm sure I'll have a couple of people join in with me on this one. It is quite scary an like I said earlier. We are very honest with students about that to think about going to. A large city where you've never been some people have never traveled before whether it's by train or bus or airplane. So that can be quite uhm just a little bit uncomfortable, I guess is the word. I would like to use for that. And we understand that you can feel free to reach out to your faculty to us personally when it gets close to time for that, if you're a little nervous about it. I can promise you that there is support on the ground at Walden. The disability officer, is there as well as other people who can help you navigate things when you get there. It is very organized you will register get a name badge be assigned a room. So it's you're not left just kind of hanging out with nothing to do, and nowhere to go you'll be very busy. I think this counter prepares you for professional conferences after you graduate and get your degree you know, we all have to have. Continuing education hours and you gotta conferences to get that this is much the same as that so I think it it gives you that. Manatee Anan I'm telling you I know it's very scary, but sometimes very scary situations are the ones that we learn the most from? And again I would encourage you I'm seeing the one pop up about the hours during the day we use this start? Between. At 9:00 in the morning and we finished about 5:30 in the afternoon, there long days you do get a lunch break. It is in different skills labs in different cities. I'm just kind of watching the questions pop up Atlanta and Phoenix or where were. Have those scheduled for this year. You can get you have a lunch break your engaged with other people, but again, the enrollment advisor zan the academic advisors have a very short. I think it ended up being like less than a 2 minute video on skills lab, so their pictures, there, you can see the video of the students. Interacting with each other and with their faculty. You can see what the hotel looks like so it gives you just a better understanding I think but. Again, all of us are are here to assist you with that an make those 4 days a really great experience for you. And this is Doctor Denning, then I would just to add to that that you will never regret the experience. Working with other people, the number of people, You'll meet that are different from you different areas that country. Different interests you also have I think this time, we have 48 faculty there all with different experiences and. Different life situations that can really meant are you, um about. Very clear and how that works I would say that you don't have to stay in that hotel. Uhm you can a lot of people now we're doing the air B&B or whatever. So just stay somewhere close, but you know you can get back and forth because attendance and promptness is very important. In the UM. In the skills lab, we take that very, very serious, so just be sure you're close enough by that you can. Navigate um transportation and things like that back and forth, but it's very dynamic. It's people who are energized about the same things you are. You might be sitting there running from the for the first time that you ever have with 600 people. That believes And want to be social workers just like you do then that's kind of just such a wonderful experience. I think we'll all agree that it really negates all the negatives of getting there and being concerned and. Things like that, but you will also, if you need something tell us you know will be there and. You can always read mine so please come up and say to us. I saw you on that video and I'm having a problem and will be glad to help you. Excellent so jumping back to the field experience a little bit are they able to do field experience in. Their current work environment if it qualifies. Yes, if it qualifies there are some qualifications for that. Several of them so if they meet those qualifications that is an option. Going to jump into a more general question about the social work programs here where are recent alumni employed? Anne what do most students do after graduating? That's a great question and I would say that many as students do. The lots of different kinds of jobs in social work. Once they get out working with many different populations, we have. A lot, that go into working with mental health issues and we have people who work with populations that are incarcerated and their families. We also have some real policymakers so we recently had a graduate that works for the government in developing policy. And putting it out there and training other people, an policy. We have a student that starting her own nonprofit. And once she graduates wants to get that off the ground with fund raising and grant writing an starting. A nonprofit in a small little community, where social workers in social work resources don't exist very much so they? Search work can be done in green big areas, small, rural areas across populations is one of the great things about the degree is that it's very versitile. So if you work with families for awhile and you sort of begin to think Oh gosh. I don't really like this anymore. This isn't for me anymore. Then you could possibly go into this Phone system. Are you could go into elder care working with people who need the end of life issues. So not uhm uhm. Variety there and I'm sure my colleagues can think of other situations and jobs that are graduates that recently told. They're doing, I'm just gonna say, and I would include in that annum doctor mcelveen can attest to it as well. A lot of our graduates get jobs where they do their field placement on the field placement is very impressed with them and what they do. So that's what we always tell our students is to work really hard during your field placement because even if that agency doesn't have a job. They may know somebody in a neighboring agency that does an call them and recommend the student so we have built up his Doctor Mcelveen said over 3000 field placement sites? That you know you have the opportunity to work with and make those connections and then so that's that's another great thing is that you graduate and you have the potential for a job. And then like Doctor Denning said get licensed and can go in, too many different directions. I think again just. Emphasizing that's a great part of a social work degree you can change the population that you're working with. Without going to get another degree, but in case you do want to get another degree. Wilding does offer the doctorate in social work. And the PhD in social work, so we do have students who leave the MSW program get a job. And start to further their education, so the possibilities are limitless Lee with this degree. Next month, so we did have some more questions about skills labs would you be able to speak a little bit more about the structure of the skills lab? What does a day? Uh in a skills lab look like. OK, the first day, it skills lab, you're going to be in an opening session where all of the students that are attending skills lab. For the first time are there and you will hear just from you'll hear from me. You'll hear from doctor Denning your Hill from Doctor Mcelvain again about the different opportunities. They're going to be available to you then you break out and you go to small groups. These are held in hotels. So if you think of the little rings, you've seen in the hotel when the conferences are held there. That's much what we operate like so you'll go to a first session. We have sessions owned writing in a PA? Their sessions on practice skill development. There's some sessions on how to work with groups how to work with families how to? I work with individuals those are spread out in about an hour, an 1/2 block throughout the course of the next 3 days. So you'll hear some instruction, you'll do some skills demonstration you have a break, we have refreshments during the break. And then you come back for your next session. You'll have usually 3 cohorts in the room, so probably about 36 people in your room. With three faculty members, the faculty members take turns teaching the content so that way. You never get tired of somebody and that way we never get tired. So we can all stay energized and give you the best possible experience. You do that for 3 days. On the 4th day you will actually present a project that you've worked in throughout the course of those skills lab. With probably about 3 other students who work together in a group to present a group project and this just gives you a little experience. In case you as a professional ever had to do a presentation say to another agency or to a government organization that you wanted to make a change. To a judge if you were helping a child try to get child custody issues worked out, so we try to use these 3 days, there packed. And the other thing is, is that you get to choose one session different types of modalities like there's a cognitive behavioral modality and we do a lot of reflective therapy. So you get to choose from, which one of those you want to attend. We also have many workshops built in. On Grant writing on school social work again to just give you as much information as we can give you. So that you know where you think you might want to do your field placement or potentially one day be employed. I hope that got it. Nights are free. Uh to do fun things in the cities where you are or to rest are reconnect with your family. And I am going to add really quick. We do have some students that bring their families or their partners with them just for extra support. So that's that's totally fun. They can't come to class with you, but they're there for you at lunch. And in the evening, too I'm provide support. Excellent so we didn't have a question in the group chat do. We have any. Information about the pass rate or the success rate of our graduates who go for the licensing exams? Yes, we do, and I'm so happy somebody asked that question are passed right has steadily increased. ASW B gives that there's like a year delay. So we have data on students who graduated a year ago. I'm happy to report that more than 70% of our students who take the license your test. Do past that that's still not high enough for us, we want it much higher so like I said. Earlier, we have a doctor Jenning and I have been working really hard on this and just got completed. We're going to pile it with a group of students on our February the 24th start date in your classroom the entire. Time your at Walden you will have access to information to help you with the license your test test taking skills review of certain areas like human behavior or policy. Or the DSCMR diagnosing and then we actually have a practice test that you can take as many times as you want to. You feel like you have developed the skills that you need to pass that license or test. So we're very proud of the work we've done in that. And we're continuing to build on that. Excellent so few more questions about the actual structure of the program are you able to get advanced standing with a bachelors in psychology. In a minor in social work. Unfortunately, the answer to that would be no. OK, that's at any University. The guidelines for advanced standing are established by again our accrediting body CSWE. And they do only allow you to grant credit for social work classes. Excellent so is there a GPA requirement for students in the program. That would depend on which program you were looking at whether it was the advanced standing or the the general. Program the two year programs already slots and trying to thought there again that would be a great question for the enrollment advisor. Because there are lots of different little innuendos that we're doing now to try to help people increase the ability for people to come to. The MSW program. And I would also like to add to that to talk about special circumstances with your. Academic specialist enrollment specialists because you know if you have a 2.5 but it was different in one year. You went there had a good time enjoyed life got a lot of good memories, but then you buckle down. In the last 2 years and did much you know did better we can look at things like that and. We can at times consider those things for uh. Exception so it's really important that you be very honest with your enrollment specialist and look at other factors such as. But you can sit stand and we do have some flexibility in the area of GPA so we understand that what you did when you were 19. May not be as important as what you're doing now at 29 or 30 or even 50 so. We want to take advantage of that and to help you in any way we can so there are some. Ways that we can work around some of those issues. Not all of them. I'm not promising anything but please. Do talk to people about it. And David I want to get the question that's in the box from Tonya Scott about her first time. Taking an on line course. Tonya let let let me promise you yes. They're gonna help you and they're going to give you nothing is due the first day in fact, it's do later. That week and so they're going to help you get adjusted to that there is Technical Support available for you through wildens IT department. Call you back they will email you back and help you get started as well as you know always communicate with your professor. Email them and say, I'm having difficulty this is my first time there is a lot of support there. Because just like you every one of us took the first class or we taught the first class and. It's a very scary thing, taking that first step and we understand that and so we're all here to support you. And yes, Elizabeth we do to have a lot of older students because people are working and doing things and they decide they want to make a change, so they come back to school so. Yes, I think you would see a lot of people your age is the age range varies tremendously from 25. To probably we've had students in their 60s, so I think you'd be fine. And probably 30 to 49 is actually. Our biggest an age range in the program. So it's a little more than you would expect it's not a straight out of high school kind of group. Cortana. It's a great points to bring up I know that as of just a few years ago, the average age. Of our students across all programs here at Walden was 39. So a lot of our students are coming in with. You know existing careers existing professional experiences and yeah, you can definitely expect to see a pretty wide range. Age range there also to speak to the preparation for online courses. We do open up the classrooms themselves. About 4 days early typically the start date for any of our programs will be a Monday and the Thursday. Prior you'll actually gain access to the classroom, so that you can look at the syllabus. You can read through that you can make in preparing for the upcoming week, including reading anything that's required or assigned for that week. Definitely window of time before starting your courses where you'll be able to. To see the specifics for that course also we do have different series of preparatory events and mock classroom environments. That you'll be able to have access to to get yourself familiarized with that, including are successful start webinars. Which are run by the enrollment managers so once you do sign up for a start date that's coming up? Your enrollment specialist will work with you to identify an upcoming successful start web and R that's an appropriate time for you. And what they'll do is the enrollment manager will lead you through the student portal accessing the classroom what the discussion posts look like? What the You know how to submit assignment and they also provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about things like that. Pacifically so we certainly have a lot of resources available that help you prepare for getting started in an online course. So we did have questions again about structure are there a lot of tests in the program and of course is done at set times? No set times and let I'll start paying then you can finish. No set times until you get to field and then there is a requirement that you meet once a week with your field person at a set time. So there's no set times, you can do your coursework at 6:00 o'clock in the morning. If you're a morning person or you can. Come home from work, Cook Supper put the kids to bed and enjoy your coursework, so that that was kind of up to you. And what was the 2nd part. Are there a lot of tests in the program? Oh no no no not a lot of test we have a lot of discussion board. Where you interact with the other classmates in your class and then we do a lot of assignments where you will actually. Watch videos or read case studies and then do an answer questions about those. Excellent so we are approaching the end of the hour. I do have a couple of questions still in here. I don't want to combine. Two of them on field experience. Are the students able to identify and select their own sites to complete the required hours and what do they do? If they have something that interrupts that. In their program say for example, a medical leave. Great questions we do ask that students have been aside their sites in identifying mean let us know where their interests lie in where they would like to go in that comes from that no community. Assessment so if you have a side in mine were definitely open to looking into that site we don't. 2 sites for students you can imagine that would be logistically. Difficult getting people schedules and availability so really this is something for the student to help us understand what they mean so that we can. Work with that site. The other part of the question is if there's an interruption interactions do happen and depending on the men in the term. In this circumstance we look at those individually. It may be putting field on hold and going back to the same. Agency it may be on securing the new agency if there's too long of a gap in the site. Except in turn back so. The options are numerous but those things do happen life doesn't stop just because we start an educational program so. Their support mechanisms in place to help with those disruptions happen. Thank you so that does bring us to the end of the hour. That's the end of the web and R. We appreciate everyone taking time out of your busy schedules to join us today. Thank you very much for submitting all these wonderful questions. As a reminder this event will be archived. It'll be viewable on demand. The link to access that is going to be sent. In a follow up email please. Feel free to share this content with a friend or a colleague or even a family member. We encourage you to connect with our faculty students and alumni by connecting with Walden on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can see our Facebook wall and our Twitter feed from the toolbar. At the bottom of the screen bounce those for you right now in your window, but thank you again. To uh to doctors Moon Doctor Denning and Doctor Mcelveen. After the presentation anti you our audience for joining us today. Everyone please have a wonderful day. If you do have further questions please reach out to your enrollment specialist. They're always available to answer your questions. 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