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Silver Lake College Offers New Accelerated Format for Social Work Certification Seekers

Posted on November 27 2013

In January 2014 Silver Lake College of the Holy Family will begin offering a 10-month accelerated program that is preapproved and satisfies the educational requirements established by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) for preparation as a Certified Social Worker (CSW). Students must complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, criminal justice or human services, and are then required to pass state and national examinations and fulfill internship or work requirements. Silver Lake College Career Resources staff will also offer assistance with internship or work placement. The credential of Certified Social Worker is earned upon successful completion of all program and State requirements. For more information on the Social Work Certificate Training Program, please visit or contact the program director at 920-686-6119 or

“The instructors were very supportive and served as amazing resources. The courses were phenomenal and served as outstanding preparation once I was on the job,” stated Natalie Larsen, BA, CSW, a 2012 graduate of Silver Lake College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Larsen was able to fulfill the CSW course requirements while earning her BA.

Shane Arndt, BA, CSW, says, “The training certificate opened up more professional avenues and helped me stand out as a candidate. I was able to land interviews and gain a position even before I was certified.” Arndt is an Ongoing Social Worker for Juvenile Court Services in Fond du Lac. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2009 before coming to Silver Lake College to complete the Social Work Training Certificate program in 2011.

“This is a great way for people seeking job placement that have an undergraduate degree in one of the required majors to gain a credential and experience in the field. Some may choose to go on to further education and training and this program serves as a great launching point for people who want a career in a helping profession,” said program director Elizabeth DenDekker, MSW, LCSW.

Photo caption: Silver Lake College Social Work Training Certificate Program Director Elizabeth DenDekker, MSW, LCSW