UNI's Department of Social Work
The University of Northern Iowa is one of three state institutions. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees across a variety of disciplines. The MSW Program and the Baccalaureate Program are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The Department of Social Work is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The university is located in the Cedar Falls - Waterloo area of northeast Iowa.
A new Master of Social Work Program began in the Fall of 2000 and offers the opportunity for students to advance their careers and further their expertise in either advanced micro or social administration tracks.
The mission of the Department of Social Work, in keeping with the broader mission of the University and the purposes of professional social work education, is to prepare students for competent, effective, and ethical - beginning and advanced - professional practice and leadership; to conduct scholarship that advances knowledge; and to provide services to local, state, national, and international communities. Using multidimensional theory, knowledge and skills, students and faculty are committed to enhancing human potential and growth in diverse human systems. This commitment is supported by the promotion of multi-cultural sensitivity, human rights, and social and economic justice within a framework of social work values and ethics.
The Integrated Services Project (ISP) is a research-in-action team based in Iowa. ISP began in 1996 with research through the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) that found 90% of the women in substance abuse treatment reported experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime, 97% of women reported experiencing emotional abuse 6 months prior to treatment, and 67% of women reported experiencing physical abuse 6 months prior to treatment. In domestic violence shelters and agencies, 65% of women either met criteria for alcohol dependence or reported problems with their drug use.
The mission of ISP is to enhance safety and sobriety of substance abusing battered women by ending discrimination in service provision. The ISP promotes the improvement of service delivery through research, agency education, technical support, and the facilitation of collaboration between service providers.