The GRC MSW program is a unique collaboration between College at Brockport, SUNY, and Nazareth College both having a long history of social work education in the greater Rochester area and beyond.
The mission of the GRC MSW program is to educate students to become competent and ethical professional social workers who will promote social and economic justice and equality though collaborative, community-focused practice that reflects the rights, needs, and dignity of all people.
As a reflection of its mission, the overall goals of the Master of Social Work Program are to:
The program's commitment is to prepare social workers for advanced integrated practice within an interdisciplinary and community collaborative context. Students will be taught to facilitate individual, family, group, organizational, and community change that improves the lives of people, particularly those who have been oppressed and/or disempowered. The program provides opportunities for students to be on the cutting edge of new directions for social work practice.
Within the advanced integrated perspective of the program, students focus on one of two concentrations: Family and Community Practice, or Interdisciplinary Health Practice. The two concentrations prepare students to work within a community collaborative based practice approach that involves interdisciplinary and inter-agency cooperative efforts. The focus of intervention in the community context provides opportunities to assimilate and integrate cultural diversity into change efforts.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is registered with the New York State Education Department.
The application for admission to the GRC Master of Social Work program may be found here. For questions, call (585) 395-8450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Graduate School for further details.
There is no single factor used to determine student admission to the MSW program, rather a combination of factors are considered as follows:
Students who have graduated within the past eight years from a CSWE-accredited baccalaureate social work program are eligible to apply for admission to the MSW advanced standing program. Additional minimum admission requirements are:
Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.
Foundation courses are designed to provide a generalist perspective. The following foundation level courses are required.
In lieu of the above foundation courses, BSW Advanced-Standing students must complete the following bridge courses prior to taking concentration courses.
The second-year curriculum is designed to provide the framework for advanced integrated practice and consists of a set of common courses and six elective credits, PLUS the selection of one the following concentrations: A) Family and Community Practice OR B) Interdisciplinary Health Practice, both involving nine (9) credits of course work. Within the set of common required courses, students must take SWK 610/611, OR SWK 612/613, PLUS SWK 631, SWK 680 and six elective credits:
The Family and Community Practice concentration prepares students to plan, develop and implement family-focused services from a collaborative, community-based perspective. The following are required courses in the concentration:
The Interdisciplinary Health Care Practice concentration prepares students for practice in diverse health-care settings. A public health model of community intervention is emphasized. The following are required courses in the concentration:
This page was revised after publication to update the program's description. Also, in the concentration year, SWK680 replaced SWK630, and the SWK612/13 option was added.
Carmen I Aponte Ph.D
(Ohio State University-Main Campus)
Nicole Cesnales Ph.D
(Florida State University)
Jason Dauenhauer Ph.D
(University Of Rochester)
Associate Professor + Chair
Debra F Faria MSW
Clinical Associate Professor
Trevor G Gates Ph.D
(University Of Illinois At Chicago)
Kristin Heffernan Ph.D
Julie D Hunt BS
(Roberts Wesleyan College)
Barbara Kasper MSW
Athena R Kolbe MA
(University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
Margy Meath MSW
Clinical Assistant Professor
Margery Saunders Ph.D
(SUNY At Albany)
Brad A Snyder MPA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Coord Admissions/ Registrar Student Services
Tricia Snyder MS
(Nazareth College Of Rochester)
Clinical Assistant Professor + Field Coordinator
Pamela Viggiani Ph.D
(SUNY At Albany)