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Program Director’s Message

Welcome to Jarvis Christian College and the Social Work Program. The academic program has been granted second year candidacy by the Council of Social Work Education as we move toward accreditation in the 2018-2019 academic year.  Our candidacy status enables students to apply for graduate programs throughout the United States.  Once the program is accredited, all students who graduate under the candidacy status will be granted an accredited Social Work degree from Jarvis Christian College, and students will be able to sit for the Texas Licensed Bachelor of Social Work (LBSW) examination and apply to state and federal governmental Social Work positions.

Our program of study is designed to prepare students as a generalist social worker for entry-level professional practice. Generalist practice involves the social worker in professional helping relationships with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. This practice perspective serves diverse client systems and is not confined by a narrow cadre of theories; rather it is versatile enough to allow the client's situation to determine the practice approach. Generalist practice employs a problem-solving framework and a broad knowledge, values and skills base which demands ethical practice and ongoing self-assessment.  As a student you will develop knowledge about human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and legislation, social research, and social work practice methods. You will have an acquired knowledge of human diversity related to relationships in a multicultural context. With this knowledge, you will learn, understand and practice within the ethical base for social work. Upon completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, you will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, values, and abilities to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a variety of settings in order to help people solve problems.   Your educational experience will culminate with an in-depth, educationally directed field practicum in a social welfare agency that will allow you an opportunity to apply knowledge and social work practice skills.

Our faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service on local, state and national levels.

Our alumni are proud to say they received their degree in Social Work at Jarvis Christian College. They are actively engaged in social work practice and many are enrolled or completed graduate programs. 

Social Work is a rewarding profession. Every day we receive reports from the media about varied problems that confront our society. Social workers are in the forefront of efforts to change problems such as child abuse, mental illness, homelessness, juvenile justice and chemical dependency.  Social workers make a difference in the lives of many people each day by helping them resolve problems that confront them. The Social Work Program at Jarvis Christian College (JCC) has a commitment to excellence in the preparation of students as professional social workers. We are so happy you are choosing Jarvis Christian College’s Social Work Program, so you can make a difference in helping people to help themselves.

Janice Toliver-King, MSW

Program Director

Phillip Farmer

Asst. Professor - Social Work and Interim Chair

903-730-4890 x2124

Sonya Holmes

Asst. Professor - Social Work/Director of Field Placement

903-730-4890 x2124

Janice Toliver-King

Associate Professor - Social Work and Program Director

903-730-4890 x2139

Jarvis Christian College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Jarvis Christian College.