As part of USD's Social Work Program, I gained clinical knowledge on behaviors which allowed me to recognize and respond appropriately to individual needs, interests, and abilities of children and youth in a school setting.
With the additional focus of Native American families and children, I have been well equipped to work at a reservation facility and maintain best practice through cultural competency and knowledge of ICWA. Overall, USD's Social Work Program prepared me for my career focus and provided me with the opportunity to excel in my Native American community.
Dawn Johnson, BSSW, Class of 2012
Community Education Coordinator
Enemy Swim Day School
The Social Work program at USD provided me with the experiences and skills needed to launch my social work career.
Close interaction with professors allowed me to test and explore ideas and concepts, while my field placement provided the opportunity to apply my training and grow my abilities and confidence. USD's Social Work program was instrumental in preparing me to think critically and navigate the complex career of social work.
Amanda Mettler, BSSW, Class of 2007
Director of Social Services
Freeman Regional Health Services
The Social Work program at the University of South Dakota fit my interests very well. The professors are encouraging to the students and always strive for their best interest.
Getting the opportunity to work in teams has been a benefit in my current career as a social worker. And being taught the importance of building rapport with not only clients but colleagues has also been a major key to success away from USD. The smaller classes aid in building relationships with peers and creating a trustworthy and tight-knit environment.
Meghan Torbert, BSSW, Class of 2008
LSW Family Development Specialist
Children's Home Society
I was extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a group of dedicated social workers who were my professors at USD.
I knew that my professors cared and believed what they were teaching me. They instilled in me the knowledge, values and skills required to successfully practice as a social worker in South Dakota. USD Department of Social Work professors gave me the tools to launch an exciting career in the mental health field.
Patricia Johnson Riibe, MSW, PIP, QMHP, BSSW, Class of '92
Director of Children's Clinical Services
Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, Inc.