During the past three years in our participation with the NSWM Human Services Management Graduate Certificate program, we have witnessed increased enthusiasm and interest among our MSW students in enrolling in management-related courses and learning how to be effective managers and leaders. Using the NSWM management competencies as a guide for focusing our coursework on various and critical aspects of supervisory and management effectiveness has resulted in a structure that allows for students to learn and test out their emerging management skills within the safety of the classroom and field internships. Students report they want the certification on their resumes to help them stand out on the job market and to demonstrate in job interviews and in work settings an understanding of the competencies and skills needed to become the managers and leaders the human service field deserves.
Karen Hopkins, PhD, MSW
Co-Chair, Human Services Leadership and Management Certificate
Coordinator, MSW-MBA Dual Degree
Editor-in-Chief, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance
University of Maryland – School of Social Work
Our COSA students are pleased with our Human Service Management Certificate partnership with The Network of Social Work Management. As many of our MSW students in macro practice come from and return to other states, having their Human Service Management Certification from a leading school of social work and, also, from an outstanding national network of social work management provides them a competitive edge. Having this connection to the NSWM also provides our alumni with a network to connect with professional social work managers across the country and even beyond. At the University of Pittsburgh, we see this as a powerful partnership for professional certification for our alumni as future human service managers and leaders.
Tracy M. Soska, Associate Professor and COSA (Community, Organization, and Social Action) Chair – University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
Certificates have been given to 24 SDSU students upon graduation and to 20 of our alumni. As certificate recipients continue to demonstrate their advanced management skills and capacities in their work, we expect that the value of the certificate will become more widely recognized by the organizations that hire our graduates. We appreciate having this certificate available to officially recognize the management skills of our graduates.
Tom PackardProfessor Emeritus at San Diego State University