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Welcome to the School of Social Work

At the University of Maine School of Social Work, we prepare proficient and ethical social work professionals committed to social change in a variety of organizations, specializations, and professional roles. Our graduates go on to serve as social work clinicians, program planners, administrators, and community change agents in a wide range of public and private settings and systems. As a member of our diverse and dedicated community of students, faculty, field instructors, and alumni, you will transform your commitment to improving the quality of life for people into professional knowledge and skills. You will be poised for a successful and personally rewarding career promoting social change by providing services to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations

Announcement:  Invitation

International Women’s Wellbeing: Mental Health and Advancement of Women from a Global Perspective – Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (8:45 – 12 Noon, Wells Conference Center)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Janice Wood Wetzel, Ph.D.

Dr. Janice Wood Wetzel is recognized within the social work practice and education communities both nationally and internationally for her important contributions to the social work profession.  As one of the first to advocate for women and human rights, she has made a difference for women throughout the world. For more than forty years, Dr. Wetzel has been committed to an international understanding of human rights and respect for the dignity and worth of all people. She is the UN Representative for World Federation for Mental Health, Commission on the Status of Women.  In addition, she is an award winning photographer  and her latest book, (a personal memoir) can be found at:  A panel of International Women will also join the discussion. For further information contact: Elaine O’leary at 581-2399 or email:


MSW Online/Hybrid option:  A new class of MSW Online/Hybrid students will be admitted in September 2018.  MSW Online/Hybrid applications will be accepted after September 1, 2017.  For more information see  Graduate Programs

Latest News

BSW Students attend Hall of Flags event at the State House

BSW Students met with Maine legislators on February 2nd with a special Hall of Flags event at the State Capital Building.

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Our BSW Students and Faculty Participate in the UMaine Out of Darkness Walk

On Sunday, October 2nd, our Social Work Student Organization, Junior year BSW students and our faculty instructor for our Junior Year Field Experience class, Nancy Kelly, participated in the UMaine Out of Darkness Walk.  The Out of Darkness Walk raises funds for suicide prevention.

Out of Darkness Walk

Out of Darkness Walk


UMaine Students and Faculty Attend Social Work Day at the Maine State House

On March 23, over 80 School of Social Work BSW and MSW students, along with faculty, attended the 2016 Social Work Day at the State House. Students met with their representatives, attended legislative meetings, and met with our own state rep – Adam Goode, MSW. This was a great opportunity for us to showcase social work and the School of Social Work to state legislators.

Statehouse Visit 2016

Statehouse Visit 2016

Social Work Students - Social Work Day at the State House

Social Work Students – Social Work Day at the State House


UMaine Alumna Jaime Boyington Rogers selected as 1 of 10 Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health

The one-year program, supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation, equips participants with leadership skills and content expertise in improved healthcare for older adults.  Practice Change Leaders complete a project to improve the care for older adults within their respective organizations, enabling them to remain at their full-time jobs throughout the program.  At least 13 social workers, including Rogers, have participated in the program since its 2007 launch.  Visit for more information about the program.


Congratulations – June was a big month for School Alumni!!

Loren Andrews

Loren Andrews – Maine NASW Social Worker of the Year

Loren Andrews, MSW graduate and longtime adjunct faculty member in our Weekend MSW Program, received the 2015 Maine Chapter NASW Social Worker of the Year Award!  Loren is a model of Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice: he combines a clinical social work practice with legislative advocacy and community work!



Dyan Walsh, Outstanding Social Work Leadership in Healthcare

Dyan Walsh, Outstanding Social Work Leadership in Healthcare (second from left)

Dyan Walsh, BSW and MSW Graduate and longtime field instructor, received the 2015 Outstanding and Exemplary Leadership Award of the Maine Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare.