Welcome to Boston University School of Social Work’s video gallery! Choosing Boston University’s online Master of Social Work program means you are ready to take the next step in becoming a leader in your field. Watch a video of one of our graduates as she shares her experience in the online MSW program. Also, watch and learn more about Social Workers, their career paths, and how distance education has changed over time.
Online MSW Graduate Laurel Cooney Shares Her Experience
Watch what graduate, Laurel Cooney, has to say about her experience in the Boston University School of Social Work Online MSW program.
LAUREL COONEY: My sister is a professor in social work, so I'm familiar with a lot of what the field entailed. And I always gravitated towards it because of my love of people, being around people, interacting with people, and helping people, especially people in positions of need. My interest in human psychology drew me toward social work and psychology as a practice.
Racial justice, advocacy, those components are really important to me. Seeing the person as connected to everything around them, to their surroundings, that approach is I think so encapsulating of the human experience. My husband is active duty military and it allowed me to participate in a rigorous educational experience with the uncertainties of whether we would move, where we would live, being able to know that I would still be in that program, no matter where we were was really important. The discussion posts allow you to get a little bit more perspective on where everyone is coming from when people share their histories and really get to hear what they're thinking about the material, how they're grappling with it.
I think that's an experience you don't normally get in a classroom setting. It's interesting sort of dynamic that the online experience brings, but it's been really positive. I'm a military spouse, so my idea has always been I want to work with the military community. They're a huge part of my life. But through the course of the program, I realized I really, really enjoy the work with substance users. I connect with the population.
It's such a challenge, but I really found it incredibly fulfilling working with them. I know that the program is supposed to help you narrow down your focus. But my experience has been that it's broadened my interest.
Had to do with the reputation. My husband's from Massachusetts. And I've spent a lot of time here and lived in Gloucester. But I know this school as being very rigorous in terms of research, of orientation, just being the institution I knew I could get the kind of education I was looking for. It's hard because I have thought several times like this has been the best class. No, this has been the best class.
So it's usually like the most recent class I've had where I feel that way. Her class on substance use I found so much really, really useful, practical information. My placement was in a detox center. And so every week that I was learning material, I was taking that back to the detox center and finding it enriched my client interactions and my depth of understanding.
I have two children under 3, 3.5, and my husband is frequently gone through training exercises for months or years at a time. There have been classes where I had my infant right there with me or my 3-year-old climbing over my back. And it's worked. And my professors have always been so gracious.
Social Workers Vital Part of Urban Communities
Dean Emerita/Professor Gail Steketee, discusses the essential role social workers play in urban communities and explains a few of the ways the SSW serves Boston and its surrounding areas through programs for hoarding, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and childhood obesity.
Dean’s Corner: Distance Education Today
Jay Halfond, Dean of Metropolitan College, discusses how distance education has changed over the years and the role it plays in today’s higher education environment.
This Could Be You: The Many Faces of Social Work
Explore a career in social work. Hear from several social work professionals as they take you through a day in their life and share the many directions a career in social work can take you.
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