school of social work

School of Social Work

Elizabeth Wisner Social Welfare Research Center for Families and Children

The Wisner Center was founded in 1982 to promote an increased understanding of the social problems affecting children and families and to promote research in social work related areas. Since 1982, the Center has worked with numerous state and local agencies toward this effort. Over the next five years the focus of the Center will be on addressing the multifaceted problem of violence and the impact of violence on children and families.


Field Education Program

A core component of the educational experience at the Tulane School of Social Work, the field education program exposes students to real-world social work practice as well as the diversity of populations and social issues characteristic of our unique city. The city of New Orleans is a living laboratory where we work with a full range of community agencies that enable students to use knowledge learned in the classroom to develop practice skills in a professional setting under the supervision of experienced practitioners. More than 75 social service agencies, government entities, schools, hospitals and businesses throughout the city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes participate in the field-internship program. Upon completion of the MSW degree, students will have accumulated more than 900 hours of hand-on training.


Institute for Psychosocial Health

The Tulane University Institute for Psychosocial Health is a dynamic research, education, training and advocacy organization designed to: a) promote higher levels of resilience in primary responders and the communities they serve. "Primary responders" include front line first responders as well as longer term significant responders such as social workers, physicians, nurses, mental health counselors, fire and police personnel, psychologists, and others who have committed themselves to serving the psychosocial health and safety needs of the community;b) promote the integration of psychosocial care into the primary health care delivery system in poor neighborhoods and disaster prone areas; c) provide training opportunities for MSW students in psychosocial health and resilience enhancement, including a Certificate in Disaster Mental Health; and d) offer primary and behavioral health practitioners evidence-informed training and coaching in psychosocial health methods, programs, and holistic delivery strategies.


Porter-Cason Institute for the Advancement of Practice with Families

The Porter-Cason Institute was established in 1995 with funds from Dorothy Cason, a 1946 alumna of the Tulane School of Social Work, in honor of Elizabeth Porter, one of her professors. Consistent with Ms. Cason's expressed wishes that "the income from this fund shall be used for the teaching of family therapy at the advanced level", the mission of the institute is as follows:To enhance the teaching/learning of family practice for TSSW students, faculty, field supervisors and alumni, as well as in the community (e.g., New Orleans Metro Area), region, nation, and world. This will be done through the development, evaluation, and dissemination of exciting, creative, and innovative teaching and learning activities.


Traumatology Institute

The Tulane University Traumatology Institute is a world research leader in the field of traumatology through innovation and research publications. Goals of the Traumatology Institute are to: Develop cutting-edge research, assessment, training and education programs focusing on the traumatized, which include individual children and adults, families, organizations, and nation states; Promote networking among scholars through the Institute's Scholar Program; Serve as the editorial home of the international, peer reviewed journal, Traumatology; Serve as the editorial home of the peer reviewed Routledge Psychosocial Stress Book Series; Promote and support research by students, faculty, and visiting scholars at the Institute; Consult with those responsible for providing system-wide services to the traumatized in and around the communities affected; and Host national and international symposia that promotes the Institute's Vision.

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