Social Work Programs

April 24, 2011

Nursing Or Social Work Degree: Which One To Choose

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nursing work or social work Both nursing and social work as careers are rooted in the wish to help other people. There are many disciplines within each career, and the choice may be difficult.

A medical social worker based in a nursing home can expect to make, on average between $45,000- $50,000 per year, depending on location and experience. This job requires a master’s degree plus some years experience in the field or another related area. A licensed clinical social worker can make about the same.

A career in nursing starts out with a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree or a diploma. A diploma program is administered by hospitals and takes 3 years, but there are few hospitals that offer this course. A diploma must be followed by an associate or bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation, and a national licensing exam must also be passed. To advance to a position such as a nurse-midwife or a nurse anesthetist will require a master’s degree. A BSN taken in a college or university lasts for 4 years and an associate degree or ADN will last for 2 to 3 years. (more…)

April 19, 2011

Social Work Job Interview Tips

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social work job interviewAnticipating an interview for a social work position can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. However, social workers can take time to prepare for interviews by learning what employers are looking for as well as what some of the most common questions for job candidates are. First of all, those preparing for a social work job interview should take some time to research the company or agency. Do this by thoroughly reading the organization’s website and by acquiring any and all information possible to learn more about the organization’s mission statement, history, and areas of service.

Interview candidates with the MSW or BSW degree should think about how his or her talents, interests, and experiences relate to the organization as a whole, and should be prepared to share with those who conduct the interview why the organization would benefit from having this particular candidate as an employee. Before the interview, think about the types of clients you’ve served both at your internships and jobs in the past. What support systems in the community did you utilize? If you were involved in supervision or administration, prepare by writing down the tasks you performed. (more…)

April 12, 2011

Therapy Sessions And Confidentiality With Teens

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One of the Standards for the Practice of Social Work with Adolescents involves the question of confidentiality. Are sessions with a social worker confidential if you are a teenager? Standard 9 states that social workers maintain a confidential relationship with the teenager but any information obtained within that relationship can only be limited to a certain extent.

When many teenagers end up working with social workers, it is because they have got into trouble. While teenagers may look like adults, in many cases they are struggling with issues that can be overwhelming. Many are under the care of social workers because of abuse at home, or have come under the influence of others who have led them into alcohol or drug abuse. A large proportion of these youth come from broken homes, may have suffered sexual abuse by relatives, and have often had no guidance through their childhoods. They find it difficult to relate to others and may feel resentful and angry. (more…)

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