Dean Yoshioka

For nearly a century, the Smith College School for Social Work has offered a concentrated graduate curriculum in clinical social work of unparalleled depth and rigor. We have educated thousands of impassioned and dedicated social work clinicians who’ve helped to create lasting change in the lives of individuals and families around the world. Through intensive coursework and in-depth community engagement, we prepare our graduates not only to deliver the best clinical services but also to guide others through the complexities of a society’s systems, and to restructure the systems themselves when they fail to provide adequate services to the marginalized and oppressed.

Excellence in clinical practice begins with a fundamental understanding of relevant theories. Our highly-skilled faculty provide each student with a foundation of classical and contemporary theories before introducing current evidence-based practices. Accomplished field advisers then support students through two immersive internships at partner agencies nationwide, experiences that challenge our students and continue to distinguish Smith as the premier social work graduate school.

As clinical social workers and scholars, our 5,000 living alumni provide the best of clinical social work services, seize each opportunity to speak up for clients, speak out against oppression and shape the changes that raise the bar for an ethical and just world. Now in my third year at Smith, I continue to be so very proud to be part of the transformative power of this school.

Marianne Yoshioka
Dean & Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor
Smith College School for Social Work