Monday, April 3, 2017

Social Work Department's Outstanding Performance

Social Work Department’s Outstanding Performance
Ashland University had a 100% passing rate of its licensure exam in 2016 according to The Association of Social Work Boards, which is in charge of governing the administration of testing for the licensures. This compares to 80% among all undergraduate schools of social work in Ohio and 70% across North America.

“I am extremely pleased that our students have done so well on this exam,” said Dr. Mike Vimont, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Social Work Program at Ashland University. “These results show the continued successful efforts by AU’s Department of Social Work to produce knowledgeable and proficient social work practitioners, and it also exemplifies the high quality of students that continue to go through our program.”

2016  Social Work Students

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Job/Internship/Graduate School Fair

Spring 2017 Job/Internship/Graduate School Fair
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in Upper Convo.  
There will be over 50 organizations signed up with more signing up each day. Take advantage of this great opportunity to network with organizations who are eager to recruit AU students.
 SIGN UP NOW: Go to and follow directions under Student & Alumni Information.   
·   Be sure to dress professionally for the event and bring enough resumes to share with employers. 
·  ​ ​Need assistance?  Stop by during walk-in hours at the Career Services Center, 254 HCSC:   Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12 pm to 5 pm and Tuesday, Thursday from 2 pm to 5 pm.
 Questions?  Contact Career Services at 419-289-5064.
The following is a list of the Social Work Related Businesses attending and their job postings:

Camp Asbury
Address: 10776 Asbury Rd., Hiram, OH 44234
Phone: 330-569-3171     Fax: 330-569-3148     Website:
 Position Seeking: Small Group Counselor

Foundations for Living
Address: 1451 Lucas Road, Mansfield/Ohio/44903
Phone: 419-589-5511     Fax: 419-589-9116   Website:
Position Seeking: Youth Care Specialist
Position Seeking: Counselor

Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland, and Richland Counties
Address: 1611 Claremont Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone: 419-543-0329      Fax: 419-281-1205       Website:
Position Seeking: Job Training Services
·         Position Seeking: Case Manager Substitute

Highland Springs
Address: 4199 Mill Pond Drive, Highland Hills, OH 44122
Phone: 216-302-3070     Fax: 216-302-3071      Website:
Position Seeking: Social Work

Address: 202 East Bagley Rd., Berea, OH 44017
Phone: 440.234.2006   Fax: 440-260-8389      Website:
Position Seeking: Social Worker

Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp
Address: 4654 Pleasant Hill Road, Perrysville, OH 44864
Phone: 419-938-3715        Website:
Position Seeking: Cabin Counselor

Recreation Unlimited
Address: 7700 Piper Rd, Ashley, OH 43003
Phone: 740-548-7006 Fax: 740-747-3139      Website:
Position Seeking: Counselor

Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Address: 314 Cleveland Ave, Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: 419 774-4212 Fax: 419 774-4237      Website:
Position Seeking: Habilitation Technician (Direct Care Worker)
·         Position Seeking: Community Contracting Specialist

Richland County Children Services
Address: 731 Scholl Rd., Mansfield, OH 44907
Phone: 419-774-4100    Fax: 419-774-4114     
Position Seeking: Social Worker

The Buckeye Ranch
Address: 5665 Hoover Rd, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-2371       Website:
Position Seeking: Social Worker/Counselor/Behavioral Health Therapist
·         Position Seeking: Child Protective Specialist/Child Welfare Caseworker

**For the complete list of businesses and graduate schools attending click here.

Alison Bartholomew, Intern with Christian Children's Home of Ohio

Alison Bartholomew is an intern at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO). The goal of the home is to provide a safe and stable environment to children who were abused, neglected and abandoned. CCHO also provides residential care that helps provide for the emotional, physical, recreational, and spiritual needs of every child.

Describe your responsibilities and highlights of your internship.
        I am a clinical therapist intern in the children's residential center. I love working to help children in need. I have one-on-one therapy sessions with boys ages six through twelve each day and help them process various traumatic experiences they have endured.  I also help run a group session each week where we discuss ways to be resilient.  I make it a goal to show these boys each day how much they are loved and valued as well as help them grow mentally stronger each and every day, and that is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I love going to work each day, and I hope I can make half the impact on these their lives as they make on mine every single day.  

How did your internship help prepare you for your future career?
     This internship has shown me that I absolutely want to work with children. This internship has shown me the ups and downs of social work, and has shown me the importance of empathy and optimism when trying to empower clients.  It has prepared me by exposing me to the vast amounts of hurting children in our society who desperately need proper care. Being at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio has prepared me immensely for my future career, and I cannot wait to get started after graduation!

What advice do you have for other students about the internship process/experience?
          In order to help other students looking for an internship experience, I would recommend not limiting yourself to specific agencies or populations.  Over the previous summer, I chose to have an internship at a nursing home to gain some extra experience.  Going into the internship, I did not know that I would like working with older adults, but it turned out to be a really amazing summer where I met some incredible people and improved my social work skills immensely. For those students looking for internships, I would recommend utilizing career services on campus. I found them to be very helpful in this process.

For more information about Christina Children’s Home of Ohio click here

All social work students undergo a 500-hour internship in their senior year, during which they put into practice the skills they have learned throughout their time at Ashland University while gaining valuable experiences to prepare them for employment or graduate studies after graduation.  For more information about Ashland University’s Social Work Program, please visit our website.