Social Work

The Fontbonne social work program is newly accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and utilizes the most current knowledge, values and skills in social work education and professional practice.

The program’s generalist practice emphasis prepares students to become ethical professionals with the knowledge and skills to support social and economic justice as they serve and strengthen individuals, families and communities. The social work program combines classroom experiences, designed to lay the foundation for a lifetime of knowledge, with field work, opportunities for student to apply that knowledge in a real world environment.


Social Work Program Highlights

  • Unique coursework grounded in Fontbonne’s Catholic heritage and the benefit of spirituality and religion in practice
  • A campus-wide focus on “serving the dear neighbor without distinction”
  • New program developed with the latest methods, theory and information
  • Combination of classroom and field education
  • Three categories of coursework: introductory, core and professional practice
  • CERTIFICATES: The social work department offers a variety of certificate programs that can enrich the undergraduate major or provide additional skills and credentials for seasoned clinical professionals.
  • Faculty are social workers and practicing professionals
  • Preparation for LBSW or LBSW-IP exams or for graduate school with advanced standing
  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Student selected field placements through more than 450 field placement agencies
  • Receive advance standing in your chosen Master’s of Social Work program – this can reduce the time needed to graduate!
  • Agreement with St. Louis University helps accelerate the completion of your MSW

Social Work Course Samples

  • Professional Synthesis of Generalist Social Work Practice

    The purpose of this course is to synthesize all social work knowledge, skills, and values achieved in previous courses to professional practice behaviors. Students will assess achievement of knowledge and skills according to 10 social work practice competencies (program competencies) and 41 practice behaviors. A case study presentation will be used to demonstrate the use of social work knowledge and values in practice behaviors. The portfolio will include assignments and self evaluations completed in previous courses and will be used for student assessment during the program exit interviews. Additional course content includes application of NASW ethics to professional practice. Prerequisite: Junior and senior SWK majors

  • Research and Social Work Practice

    This course focuses on the foundation content in research and evaluation methods and designs that may be utilized
    by generalist practice social workers to evaluate practice and programs as well as advancing practice knowledge.
    The course will give attention to students developing understanding of the ethics of social work research and
    evaluation, and the special issues in conducting research and evaluations with culturally diverse and at risk populations. Students will become familiar with basic research and evaluation concepts and methodology.
    Prerequisite: MTH 115.

  • Social and Economic Justice

    This course provides an introduction to central debates in the sociological literature on diverse groups. Topics
    include power and inequality, prejudice and discrimination, social justice, and social policy.

Recent Internships

    • 24th Circuit Children’s Division
    • Adult Day Care
    • Crime Victim Advocacy
    • Bayless School
    • Behavior Solutions, Inc.
    • BJC Hospice
    • Bootheel Counseling Services and Rural Health Clinic
    • Catholic Charities
    • Child Health and Advocacy Center
    • City Garden Project
    • Decision Point Counseling
    • Doer Center for Social Justice Education and Research
    • Epworth Children and Family Services
    • Fresnius  Medical Services
    • Kirkwood Highschool
    • Illinois Center for Autism
    • Legal Advocates
    • Lutheran Family And Senior Services
    • NASW Missouri Chapter
    • Nazareth Living Center
    • Memory Care Solutions
    • Mental Health America East MO
    • St. Mary’s Hospital
    • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
    • St. Louis County Department of Human Services
    • St. Louis University Student Health and Counseling
    • Veteran’s Home and Services
    • Victim Services of St. Louis County

In-Field Learning

  • Fall Semester trip to Washington D.C: Legislative Advocacy Federal Government
  • Spring Semester trip to Jefferson City MO: Legislative Advocacy State Government

Social Work students work with the Rural Parish
Workers, Cadet, Mo. The Building Communities:
Rural Outreach Project was created by the social
work department and funded by the
Fontbonne Community Connection



Fontbonne University’s Social Work Graduate Successes

  • Carolyn Compton ’14: Neighborhood Advocate for the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative
  • Samantha Gildehaus ’15: Case Management Counselor, Crisis Nursery, Washington, Mo.
  • Treniece King ’14: Social Worker, St. Louis Special School District
  • Brandi Palmisano ’15: Social Worker, Decision Point Counseling, Inc.
  • Doreen Colenberg ’15: Social Worker, Places for People
  • Holly Kennedy ’15: Social Worker, Fox School District
  • Destiny Poertner ’14: Social Worker, Division of Family Services

Social Work Career Opportunities

Continuing Education Program

If you’re already a credentialed professional, we also offer advanced skills training in Expressive Arts and Integrative Therapy. Learn more about this 30-hour continuing education program.

National Healthcare Decision-Making Day Featured Fontbonne Social Work Connection

The Fontbonne University social work department was a co-sponsor of the National Healthcare Decision-Making Day open house and expressive arts workshop at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield April 18, 2017.

Learn more.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 |