MSW Distance Option - Salem Site
While only an hour's drive from our main campus, the Salem Distance Option offers students in the Mid Valley area a chance to have a predictable schedule for three years and to shorten her/his travel time to/from classes in the second and third years.
Classes during the first year of the program are on the main PSU campus in Portland four times each school term on Fridays from 1 pm-9 pm and Saturdays 9 am-5 pm.
Classes during the second and third years are held at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry in Salem every Friday, generally from 8:30 am-4 pm. The majority of the coursework is taught by PSU School of Social Work faculty.
Field placements during the second and third years complete the program. Students work with the Site Coordinator to choose frm existing sites in their home community, or to help identify new sites for development, when possible. Most placements can be made in or near the students' home community.
The Salem Site follows a three-year prescribed curriculum. Click here to see the curriculum for years one and two.
The next Salem Site Cohort will begin Fall 2014, with the application available beginning October 2013.
Salem Site Coordinator
Michele Martinez Thompson, MSW, CSWA, C-ASWCM, joined our Distance Option team in summer, 2011. She is a graduate of Arizona State University. She has practiced social work in a variety of community settings serving indivduals though their life span focusing on case management, counseling, policy and social service administration. Her current focus is individual and family counseling through chronic illness, end of life death and the provision of culturally effective services within the medical field.