Worden School of Social Service

 

Housed in the College of Professional Studies, the Worden School of Social Service is home to Our Lady of the Lake University's social work programs. As the first school of social work in Texas, established more than 75 years ago, OLLU has set the standards for social work education and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Degrees are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences is integral to the Worden School's mission and commitment to working with at-risk populations, with special emphasis on Hispanic children and families. At the undergraduate level, students can earn a biliterate (English-Spanish) certificate with the BSW and/or a certificate in Violence Prevention and Intervention. At the MSW level, students acquire skills and knowledge for specialized intervention in direct practice, with special emphasis on Hispanic children and families.

The Worden School is often recognized for excellence in educating the country's social workers. Most recently, the Worden School won the Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation in Distance Learning by a 4-Year Higher Education Organization presented by Texas Distance Learning Association, which was awarded in April 2015.

Contact Us

Rebecca Gomez, PhD, LCSW
Director
210-431-5578
rjgomez@ollusa.edu

Anne Rozelle
Worden Office Manager
210-431-3969
amrozelle@ollusa.edu

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Our Mission


In accordance with the Catholic teachings of social justice and the philosophy and purposes of Our Lady of the Lake University, and in adherence to the purposes of social work education articulated by the Council on Social Work Education, the mission of the Worden School of Social Service is:
  • To develop competent social workers for specialized intervention in direct practice with Hispanic/Latin@ children and families;
  • To prepare social workers for professional practice in culturally diverse settings, especially agencies that serve clients from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; and
  • To generate and disseminate knowledge that advances social and economic justice, enhances human well-being, and promotes effective practice with Hispanic/Latin@ children and families.

Worden School Degree Programs


Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares students for general practice as a social worker and for graduate study.


Master of Social Work

OLLU offers two graduate racks for students wishing to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Options for full-time and part-time study are available.


Online Master of Social Work

OLLU offers two graduate Master of Social Work (MSW) tracks that are offered completely online for students who wish to earn their degree while maintaining their flexibility.