INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS
Standards, Ethical Issues and Educational Limitations
F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW, BCD
Former President, The Florida Society for Clinical Social Work
There are over 20 MSW online programs offering CSWE approved degrees which require minimal face-to-face, in-person interaction. Some of these programs serve only a few dozen students in a small geographical area; others, like The University of Southern California (USC) has over 1500 online students nationwide plus international students. The number of such programs is growing annually and now, Walden University, a for-profit online corporation is offering a MSW degree and seeks full CSWE accreditation.
Alarmingly, CSWE does not currently review the content and procedures of the online MSW programs. …
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