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School of Social Work professor to serve on prestigious national panel developing new social work course


May 18, 2012

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  • Rich Schneider
    IU Communications

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Indiana University School of Social Work professor Patrick Sullivan has been selected as a member of the Social Work and Integrated Behavioral Health Curriculum Project, created by the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work.

The project is charged with expanding the preparation of social work students to work in an integrated care environment.

Sullivan, a former director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health, said the IU School of Social Work has health and mental health tracks, but they have traditionally been separate.

Community mental health centers are starting to partner with physical health providers, he said. “We have health care centers starting to bring in behavioral health services.”

The IU School of Social Work’s curriculum has to match that trend, Sullivan said.

The Council on Social Work Education said the focus of the project is to develop competency-based curriculum for a three-credit-hour course composed of the following: syllabus, reading list, suggested assignments and accompanying slide deck for each topic area; and to deliver the course in the year following its development. The curriculum will be available for adoption by Schools of Social Work across the country.


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