Dr. Richard L. Beaulaurier, an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has been appointed to serve a second three-year term as a member of the Council of Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation (CSWE-COA). The CSWE-COA is the accrediting body for social work programs in the United States and affiliated territories, and performs a similar function in social work to that of CEPH in public health. The 24 members of the commission review and ratify the accreditation of the more than 750 social work programs. Members perform all site visits to programs in candidacy. The commission is also responsible for development, ratification and implementation of accreditation standards.
[Photo: Dr. Richard L. Beaulaurier]
Prior to serving on the COA, Dr. Beaulaurier had been an accreditation site visitor. He began his first term as a commissioner in July of 2013. At the commission’s June meeting Dr. Beaulaurier was asked to become a member of the six-member executive council.
Dr. Beaulaurier has recently been appointed as coordinator of the PhD program in the School of Social Work. “It’s a unique vantage point, and the timing is fortuitous. This year we begin the development of standards for practice doctorates and to roll out new standards for MSW and BSW programs. This is a unique opportunity to have an impact, and to see virtually every innovation and development in social work education.”
Dr. Beaulaurier is an active researcher, author, educator and administrator who teaches in the areas of non-profit management, community organizing, research methods and social policy. He joined the FIU School of Social Work in 1996. His work has focused primarily on the social and health issues of older adults. All of Dr. Beaulaurier’s work centers on maximizing consumer involvement in exploring and expanding their range of choices and options, preparing consumers to deal more effectively with professionals and agencies, and empowering people to seek policy and program alternatives to improve their situations in the way they understand to be most appropriate.