Our program has a long-standing commitment to social workers and citizens in Arkansas. In addition to being the longest running program in Arkansas, the School of Social work graduates more social work students than any other Arkansas program and is one of the fastest growing programs on the UA Little Rock campus.
CHOOSE YOUR PATHWAY
Are You Looking To Get Your First Degree?Are you a recent high school graduate or coming back to school to complete a degree for the first time? Then one of these areas may be right for you.
Are You Looking To Earn A Graduate-Level Degree Or Additional Certification?
Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in social work or another area, but you’re looking to earn a master’s level degree or additional certification to advance your career? Then check out one of the graduate-level certificates offered below.
Gain Real-World Experience Through Field PracticeSome of the most important learning you will experience happens outside of the classroom. Field practice allows our students to gain valuable hands-on training with people of need while using their progressive skills in social work. It is a chance for students to learn and make mistakes in a supportive environment where they can apply their expertise and intellectual perspective with new clients. Below you will find more information about the School of Social Work’s field practice including manuals, forms, and announcements. For more information, select your role below.
MEET OUR STUDENTS
At the heart of the School of Social Work is a diverse community of students. We like to take time to honor those individuals by highlighting their outstanding character, exceptional achievements, intellectual pursuits, and talented leadership across our programs. The School of Social Work is pleased to showcase some of these extraordinary students by sharing their unique stories on our homepage.
I admire the proficiency level of our faculty and staff. I believe students have the best in the field working on their behalf. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, conducive for learning and getting involved. Students have the opportunity to be involved in every level within our School. One thing in particular that I love about the School is that it stays abreast of laws and policies that overall effect the community at large and what’s taught in the classroom is also demonstrated in the field.
The School of School of Social Work incites community engagement by evoking the student body to be aware of the needs within our surrounding community. I have accomplished much more than I have ever imagined because of the continual encouragement and support from the social work student body and the administrative staff. The School of Social Work is a community and to me, that’s one of its greatest strengths. You’re empowered and given the social work mantle to go and change lives for the better.
UA Little Rock Student Social Work Organization
The School of Social Work has a vibrant, engaged student social workgroup. Members are drawn from the undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) programs. Meetings are held regularly during the day and in the late afternoon before evening classes begin.The Student Social Work Organization’s mission is to represent, lead and unify the student body within the School of Social Work, to decide and act responsibly for the students’ interests and to work with the Faculty and Administration within the School of Social Work and of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the pursuit of our mutual interests and more.
What Our Students Are Saying
— Kevin Smith
MEET OUR FACULTY AND STAFF
The faculty in the School of Social Work understand your needs as a student and are dedicated to your success in the field and toward future career opportunities. Our nationally acclaimed faculty and staff bring their comprehensive skills and expertise to create an engaging and authentic classroom experience. We believe in creating more than just a student; we strive to create long-lasting friendships that will help encourage student success and growth long after you receive that diploma. The School of Social Work is built on the foundation of support, community, and teaching where our faculty and students can earnestly work together to thrive in their career field of choice.
Meet Our Coordinators
Dr. Chris Lloyd began teaching in the social work department at UA Little Rock in the fall of 2007. Dr. Lloyd’s specialties in the classroom include research methods, parenting, and assessment and differential diagnosis. In the field, Dr. Lloyd has been working for the past two years with Arkansas’ law enforcement officers since being recruited to teach about personality disorders as well as substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
He has been recruited to help facilitate the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI) Crisis Intervention Program (CIT), a government-mandated intervention that informs police officers and sheriff’s deputies about how to engage and respond to individuals with mental health and substance abuse problems. The officers are drawn regionally each month from nearby departments, and Dr. Lloyd travels across Arkansas to these regions to teach two-hour sessions that prepare these professionals to assess potentially volatile situations and to intervene in a manner that promotes de-escalation and personal safety.
Dr. Lloyd describes the CIT Program as “a mix of knowledge and vocabulary and very practical, very applied, advice.” While he sees the program as effective with those who are excited about the material, it’s proved to be challenging to engage those who are apprehensive about participating in the program.
MidSOUTH is the community service unit of the UA Little Rock School of Social Work. MidSOUTH provides leadership, training, and product support in the areas of addiction, child welfare, technology, distance learning, and organizational development. MidSOUTH has five training locations across the state. For more information about MidSOUTH’s programs and services, please explore their website or call 501-569-3067.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have about our available programs. Use the form below to submit your inquiries to the School of Social Work program coordinators or call us at 501-569-3240.