Founded in 1936, the Kent School of Social Work prepares students to work in a society with complex social problems and needs. Rapidly becoming one of the top research social work programs in the country, the School is able to provide current research information in the preparation of its students for work with individuals, families and communities. Kent School remains the only endowed chair nationally in Oncology Social Work – The Renato LaRocca in Chair in Oncology Social Work, currently held by Dr. Karen Kayser. It is also one of only two accredited Couples and Family Therapy Program in the country that is integrated into an accredited social work education program.
For almost 80 years, the Kent School of Social Work has undergone many transformations, but during that time it has always maintained a close working relationship with the practice community and the region’s human service needs. Excellent ties with the Cabinet for Families and Children, Juvenile Justice, Family Courts, Seven Counties Mental Health System and many other community and state agencies continue to prove the Kent School with many avenues of reciprocity.