Will C. Rainford, LMSW, Ph.D., Director,
Worden School of Social Service
(210) 434-6711 Ext 2205
Our Lady of the Lake University has been educating social workers for 70 years and offers both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work. As the first school of social work in Texas, OLLU has set the standards for social work education and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. OLLU social work graduates can be found in every sector of social service in San Antonio and the region. In 2009, the Worden School of Social Service won the coveted Council on Social Work Education Presidential Award for Excellence in Social Work Education!
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Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences is key 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. At the MSW level, students acquire skills and knowledge for specialized intervention in direct practice, with special emphasis on Hispanic children and families.
Worden School of Social Service Mission
In accordance with the Catholic 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 culturally competent social workers for specialized intervention in direct practice with emphasis on Hispanic 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 emphasis on Hispanic children and families.
Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.