Social Work Programs

September 29, 2011

Barry University School Of Social Work

barry university school of socialwork Barry University School of Social Work is located in Miami Shores, Florida and offers BSW, MSW, and PhD programs to students. The BSW program requires students to complete a volunteer service worth 75 hours and one practice course during their junior year, and a field placement of 480 hours and three practice courses during their senior year. The purpose of the BSW program is to give students a strong foundational understanding of the social work field and prepare them for a more advanced graduate program.

Barry also offers an MSW degree program that can be completed in two years of full-time study. This 60-credit program is known as a ‘clinical school,’ meaning that all students who enroll at Barry get a clinical background, unlike other schools that give students a choice between direct and indirect practice. All students are trained in social policy, research methods, and social work practice with families and individuals. Field education is required for all students in the MSW program, which includes 448 hours in the foundation year and 480 hours in the concentration year. Students may also enroll in the program part-time, which can be completed in 7 or 8 semesters. The full-time program is offered at the Miami Shores campus, and part-time programs are offered at Miami Shores and Palm Beach. (more…)

September 24, 2011

Virginia Schools Of Social Work

virginiaschoolsofsocialworkVirginia is home to several schools of social work, including Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), George Mason University, and Norfolk State University. All three programs offer Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees. VCU is located in Richmond, Virginia, and is one of the top-ranked social work programs in the country. VCU offers a MSW program that allows students with previously-earned BSW degrees to complete the curriculum in three continuous semesters (advanced standing), or to complete the curriculum in 60 hours through either a part-time or full-time schedule.

VCU also offers a doctoral program in social work that allows students to pursue studies that are thorough preparation for a career in research or teaching. PhD students must complete comprehensive exams as well as defend a dissertation prior to graduation. VCU also plans to discontinue their Northern Virginia program to offer a distance education program beginning in 2012 in order to serve a more diverse group of students. (more…)

September 20, 2011

Social Work With Immigrants

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social work and immigrantsDepending on what area of the country social workers are employed, social work with immigrants is becoming increasingly common. No matter if social workers are employed by local or state government, hospitals, schools, assisted living facilities, social services, or other places of employment, it is highly likely that a social worker will work with an immigrant family within his or her career. In areas such as South Florida, there are many various ethnicities, but still there can be a great deal of isolation, discrimination and adjustment issues.

While many immigrants have assimilated well into the American culture and environment, others struggle to cope with an extremely different culture, perspective, language, and way of living. Social workers must be patient, compassionate, and understanding of these difficulties even when it appears very challenging for people to overcome the barriers standing between them and a normally-adjusted life. One of my clients is from Vietnam and has had a number of problems due to school bullying (more…)

September 18, 2011

Social Workers Suffering From Depression

social workers and depression There is an interesting podcast interview between host, Dr Jonathan Singer, LCSW and Mark Meier, LCSW discussing how common depression is in social workers. Social workers are actually 3 times more likely to be depressed than others.

Mark said, “I think the nature of the job itself lends itself to being at risk for depression. We work in stressful environments, we have high caseloads, we often have unrealistic demands placed on us by the public, the organizations that we work for, to solve problems that are life long in developing and we are given 30 days to fix them. You know we work in threatening and dangerous environments, and I think when you add all of that together what you come up with Jonathan is a picture of ongoing stress and what we know is that when we don’t manage our stress well, whether you want to call it burnout or compassion fatigue or what you choose to call it, I think what it is most of the time is depression, and there is such a growing body of literature demonstrating that link between stress, you know unremitting stress, and depression.” I don’t remember this being discussed in social work grad school and at the jobs I’ve had, there haven’t been in-depth discussions about it though of course phrases such as stress and burnout are used . (more…)

September 13, 2011

September 11 and PTSD

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september 11 and ptsd Yesterday was a painful day as many of us listened to survivors of the Sept 11th attack by Terrorists 10 years ago. There were also many interviews with family members still coping with the loss of a loved one. There is a lot of trauma that is still being processed by so many people from this terrifying and devastating attack on our country.

A psychologist, Dr. Wakschal, director of Victory Behavioral Health stated, “It’s not complicated for post-traumatic stress to occur. “All you need is exposure to a situation where death is a possibility, where during that time you had a sense of helplessness or horror, and also felt that escape was difficult or impossible,” he explained. (more…)

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