The department of Social Work was established in 2014 with a vision of crafting professional social workers who are dedicated to the service of their fellow human beings and achieve excellence in their walks of life, through which the mission of St Berchmans College becomes more visibly accomplished. The department offers a 2 year full-time Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme with two specialisations viz. Community Development and Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. Our MSW aims to educate students for advanced social work practice and leadership roles. The department is instrumental in organising need-based, timely and relevant extension programmes ever since its inception by involving its faculty members and students. The involvement of students in these activities provides them with maximum opportunities to practice social work in a closely supervised environment in their student life itself.
Voice of the Voiceless is the name given to the Social Work Students Association. The Association organizes Berchswara Lecture series every year as part of its inauguration. Eminent personalities such as Mr. T V Subash IAS, Daya Bai, Murugan Theruvoram, Dr. Ratheesh Babu, and Dr. M S Sunil were the Chief Guests of the inaugural functions in each of the years. The Association organizes programs to observe Internationally relevant Days. The students won the Overall Championship Trophy in Bharathion Sargotsav 2019, the National Seminar and Social Work Students’ Meet, organized by Bharathamatha School of Social Work, Thrikkakara, Kochi, Kerala.
The Department is actively involved in Extension activities with contemporary relevance. As part of the extension activities, the Valummelchira SC Colony was adopted by the Department. Need-based programmes with a special focus on the empowerment of women, children and youth have been organised on a regular basis by the Department. During the floods of 2018, we organised several Community Based Psycho-Social Interventions for the flood-affected people of the Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. We availed an amount of 6 Lakh rupees from the Indian Social Workers Association of Illinois, USA and implemented a house maintenance project for the flood victims of the Kuttanad region. Post Flood Situational Analysis Survey, Health and Hygiene Awareness Programme with Street Play and Medical Camps were some of the other initiatives in this regard. During the floods of 2019, the Department collected relief materials for the flood victims of the Northern Districts of Kerala in association with GOONJ – An Indian NGO working for the rural and urban poor. Field Action Projects such as Preventive Interventions against the Risk Behaviours among Children and Adolescents, Empowerment of Women against the Atrocities and Capacity Building of Children and Significant Adults against Child Abuse are the flagship initiatives of the Department.
Field Work Practicum including Know Your Panchayath Programme, Rural Camps, Concurrent and Block Placement Training, Exposure Visits, National Study Tours and Internships are the regular Syllabus Specific Field-Based Curricular Programmes organised by the Department.
Berch Umanitario 2018 – National Conference on the theme “Social Work Research Recent Trends and Future Dimensions”
Berch Umanitario 2019- National Conference and Social Work Students Meet on the theme “Contextualising the Implications of Primary Social Work Methods”
Berch Umanitario 2020- National Conference and Social Work Students Meet on the theme “Social Welfare Administration and Policy Practice in Social Work”