Service-Learning and the Use of a Mock Organization for an Undergraduate Macro Practice Social Work Course


  • Karla B Horton University of North Texas


This article describes the use of service-learning -with a focus on civic engagement, academic performance, and personal growth- using a mock organization. This format of service -learning is utilized in an undergraduate macro-level practice social work course. This article describes the application of the mock organization and provides insight into several CSWE competencies that are taught throughout the semester. Additionally, this article describes the benefits and challenges to the use of a mock organization and the applicability of classroom concepts to “real-life” situations. This article also offers research, teaching, and practice implications.

Author Biography

Karla B Horton, University of North Texas

Karla B. Horton, PhD, LMSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas in the Department of Social Work. She has her Professional Educators License in School Social Work from Illinois, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Texas. Her areas of research are relational aggression and other forms of bullying, workplace bullying (specifically in academia), parental incarceration, trauma informed curriculum development for schools (trauma-informed schools), as well as school social work overall. Her current publications are with the child and adolescent populations, which are often considered vulnerable and oppressed populations. She also serves as a board member of Communities in Schools (CIS)-North Texas, a non-profit organization that surrounds students with community support and empowers them to stay in school.