Every year, UNE WCHP welcomes all new health professions students to their robust NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION. Not only is this a great time to get pre-enrollment tasks out of the way and become acquainted with the University, campus culture, and greater Portland community at large, but it’s also a great opportunity to meet your specific department, in our case social work faculty, staff, and students and catch your first intimate glimpse into UNE’s MSW Program!
Each year, members of the School of Social Work Student Organization (SSWSO) help organize the Social Work piece of the event based on what they themselves found helpful in previous years.
Check out our superstar SSWSO organizers below:
One particularly popular event this year was the World Café. At this event, individuals from local community organizations came to chat with our incoming students about the diverse range of job prospects that exist upon graduation, clinical and macro. Many of the participating agencies are also our field partners, so it allowed students the opportunity to learn more about specific field placements as well.
This year, we had reps from the following agencies:
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At World Café, we also showcase unique curricular aspects of our program, for example our certificate options: Trauma, Applied Arts and Social Justice, and Training in Aging and Diversity ($10,000 Stipend) and different Interprofessional Education Opportunities and we provide information about how to get involved with various grants, projects, and research happening throughout UNE. Tables are set up along the perimeter of the room and students are welcome to visit as many as they’d like and for however long as they’d like.
Meet the Faculty
Students also get the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff and witness firsthand the diverse experiences and expertise they offer, as you’ll see if you visit our UNE Social Work Faculty Page. Their areas of expertise include: Clinical practice with children and families; Intimate partner violence; Policy work; Trauma-informed social work practice; Art and social justice; LGBTQ; Law enforcement; Homelessness; Sexual assault response services; Yoga and psycho-somatic work; Work with SUDs; Narrative therapy; Cognitive behavioral therapy; Grief and loss; Ethics; Organizational leadership; Research; Legacy work with older adults; And much much more!
All in all, it was a wonderful orientation and we look forward to working with our new students as well as returning.
Perhaps we’ll see you at our next orientation!
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Stay tuned for our next post in which we interview students and ask them:
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UNE?