Social Work Programs

June 23, 2011

Social Workers And Burnout Problems

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social work burnout Social workers have one of the highest rates of burnout and often there are feelings of helplessness, chronic exhaustion and a sense of dread about going to work. This is often a problem for many social workers at some point in their careers for the following reasons:

Therapists often have very intense work schedules, which allows for few breaks and a high level of stress. They often also work in agencies that provide 24 hour crisis services, which leads to social workers feelings as if they never really “get away” from the job.

There are daily challenges due to working with difficult populations, which can be very tiring. While this is one of the main reasons social workers are originally attracted to the field (they want to help people in need), others’ needs can often quickly become overwhelming and it becomes easy for the social worker to feel ineffective. (more…)

June 19, 2011

Social Work Field Placement Examples

social work field placement For most students earning either an undergraduate or a graduate degree in social work, the field work placement is a significant part of their social work education. The field work placement allows students to spend a large part of their week in an actual social work setting, giving them real life experiences and allowing students to choose which area of social work they believe they would enjoy the most. There are many, many different areas of field work placements to choose from. (more…)

June 13, 2011

Social Work Or Yoga

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social work or yogaAs both a social worker and someone who teaches yoga, I’ve been asked which is recommended for real change and inner growth. People complain of friends who have been in psychotherapy for years yet seemed to have made no progress. It is true that for some, therapy can become a routine and may be used as a setting to blame others, get validations for one’s point of view or find an outlet to vent.

This isn’t due to the nature of the therapeutic process but one’s relation to it and intention. It is good to go into one’s session with an intent to examine one’s own assumptions, question one’s reactions and be tired of certain self-defeating behaviors. This creates the fuel for change. Being challenged always has an aspect of discomfort, but therapy isn’t useful when it’s just a dumping ground for blame and complaints. That may create a sense of temporary relief, but it doesn’t get at the root of looking into the emotional responses that occur on a daily basis. (more…)

June 2, 2011

Council On Social Work Education CSWE

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cswe-picture The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit organization responsible for accrediting institutions of social work education in the United States, including graduate and undergraduate programs, social welfare agencies, and professional institutions. CSWE has existed since 1952, which the organization began discussing ways to regulate social work education and provide professional standards. CSWE has developed extensive rules and regulations for any social work program hoping to become accredited, including courses required by CSWE, field practicum guidelines, and other requirements surrounding social work schools.

CSWE is governed by a Board of Directors, which is composed of representatives from educational programs, faculties, ethnic minority groups, and private citizens. These board members are elected by CSWE members and also serve on various commissions, including the Commission on Accreditation, the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, the Commission on Educational Policy, the Commission on Global Social Work Education, the Commission on Professional Development, the Commission on Research, and the National Nominating Committee. (more…)

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