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Social Work

Social Work Program Description

The Social Work program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce in the mental health arena as a Case Manager working with adults, teens, children and families in the areas of clinical mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Our students receive hands-on experience in the field to gain a better understanding of the mental health community and where they see themselves going once they graduate. The Social Work program uses a hybrid model of learning, allowing for some face-to-face instruction and some instruction to take place virtually. This ensures our students are ready to work with clients in the field, as they will be able to demonstrate a mastery of both delivery methods.

Our Associate of Arts in Social Work acts as a pathway, leading directly into a bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Counseling. This approved pathway allows students to count their completed courses at Hocking College towards their bachelor’s degree in the social work or counseling field.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.


A Career in Social Work Provides a Future of Positivity

The demand for social workers has grown much faster than average.

Job growth is strong in this field, with an expected increase of 13 percent in the number of Ohio jobs in the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present and come to an informed sense of self and others.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Technical Study in Addiction Counseling:

  • The student demonstrates the ability to provide psycho-education and therapy through a culturally relevant approach, with
    empathetic and unconditional regard. The student also demonstrates the ability to identify major substance classifications,
    symptoms of abuse or dependency, and symptoms associated with withdrawal. The student is able to maintain professional
    standards and ethical boundaries and identify issues when they arise.
  • The student demonstrates the ability to gather information that supports the diagnosis and ongoing treatment
    and prepares accurate and concise documentation according to professional standards in the field. The student
    also demonstrates the ability to develop the basics of a treatment plan.
  • The student will demonstrate ability to build rapport, make choices for treatment approaches and interventions with
    individual clients and in a group setting using appropriate theories and techniques in the field.
  • The student identifies the need for, and applies proper steps in crisis and victimization intervention; including applying knowledge of how to link with emergency medical or community support for adequate care. The student demonstrates
    knowledge of how to link clients with community &amp; medical resources outside emergency situations, when necessary. The student demonstrates the ability to work within a clinical team in the clinical setting and demonstrates knowledge of clinical case management skills while interacting with clients.
  • The student demonstrates knowledge of the history and development of the field of social work and its relevance to community involvement, equity and social justice.

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