Social Work Grad Students Visit State Capitol

Dozens of Asbury University’s graduate students in the Masters of Social Work program, as well as several field instructors, recently joined social workers from around Kentucky at the National Association of Social Workers Lobby Day in Frankfort.

“The purpose of the day was threefold,” said Dr. David Cecil, an associate professor in Asbury’s MSW program. “First, it provided an opportunity for social workers to learn about engaging the legislature for social and political advocacy. Second, we used our organized presence to educate our legislators about the social work profession, and third, we lobbied for several bills that are currently in the House and Senate.”

Asbury MSW students Eric Cummings, Lindsay Marler and Courtney Patty joined dozens of classmates at the National Association of Social Workers Lobby Day in Frankfort, Ky., this month.
Asbury MSW students Eric Cummings, Lindsay Marler and Courtney Patty joined dozens of classmates at the National Association of Social Workers Lobby Day in Frankfort, Ky., this month.

The day’s events included a presentation by a registered mental health lobbyist, time with legislators and a rally in which Asbury was recognized for its large attendance at the event.

“Social workers have front-line experience on issues that affect our at-risk populations in Kentucky, including areas of education, health care, and protective services,” Cecil said. “This event empowers social workers to become the powerful lobbying force that is needed at both state and national levels. The students had an excellent time. They were well prepared through our Child/Family Policy courses and were prepared to ask many questions and express their views.”

Asbury University is one of only two private universities in Kentucky with an MSW program accredited by the Council for Social Work Education. Both a two-year program and an advanced-standing program (for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in social work) are available. For more information about the program, visit: www.asbury.edu/academics/departments/msw.

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