Social Work Programs

August 22, 2011

Famous Social Workers And Change

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Social work is a very important profession full of dedicated, self-sacrificing individuals who want to help the vulnerable and improve the quality of life in society. Over the years there have been a number of famous social workers. Below we will discuss a number of these individuals, including information as to how they have helped shape and improve our society.

People we’ll discuss in this article include Richard Cloward, Harriet Barlett, Wilma Walker and Grace Coyle. There are many individuals that are noteworthy which we’ll highlight in future articles. Every local community also has some social work heroes that may not be visible but help lighten the spirit of many people. (more…)

August 16, 2011

College Scholarships For Various Ethnic Backgrounds

college scholarships ethnic groups There are several funding organizations that provide college scholarships for various ethic groups. The premise behind such programs is to give individuals from all racial groups the same opportunities for a quality college education, regardless of income, social status and nationality. You can find ethnic-specific programs for Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and various multicultural college aspirants.

In Chicago, one of the most well-know college scholarships is granted by the National Black MBA Association. The association offers scholarships and fellowships between the $1,000 to $15,000 range, for students looking to pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs. African-American students can choose from a wide variety of scholarships which are catered exclusively to them. Other scholarship programs which offer the similar opportunities are the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (more…)

August 10, 2011

Disability College Scholarships

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Discrimination is a lot less prevalent in the United States now, compared to the years gone by. This has led to previous opportunities opening up for people who in the past have been marginalized. One such group is the disabled; who in the past have faced issues gaining employment without a college or university education. As a result of this, special disability college scholarships have been set up, by a number of organizations, with a view to helping those with disabilities access further learning.

If you are confined to a wheelchair you may be familiar with an organization called SpinLife. SpinLife now offer scholarships which cover a four year college education. The organization is very proactive in its promotion of this scholarship. It actively encourages those in wheelchairs to attend college so that they can increase their likelihood of employment. (more…)

August 7, 2011

Social Work Ethics Training

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social work ethics training Ethics training is required for the vast majority of licensed clinical social workers in the United States. All social workers are required to adhere to the Code of Ethics, which serves as a detailed guide to how to handle both daily professional interactions as well as special situations. In order to maintain adherence to these guidelines, and to ensure social workers are aware of how to respond to situations, social work ethics training is provided as a way to address some of these issues.

Social work ethics training is also often a requirement for licensed clinical social workers, depending on the state issuing the license. Social workers often are required to fulfill certain quotas for ethics training within the licensure period. For example, licensed clinical social workers in North Carolina are required to attend 4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) every two years in order to maintain their licensure. (more…)

July 31, 2011

Top Social Work Programs In California

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top social work schools california California has numerous social work programs offered by both state-funded schools and private colleges and universities. Several years ago, there was a prominent shortage of social workers within the state of California that was having a noticeable impact on a wide variety of disenfranchised populations. As a way of increasing motivation to become a social worker in California, a committed group of higher education administrators and professionals developed a plan to bring high-quality social work programs to several universities in California.

University of California campuses in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Southern California; San Jose State University; San Francisco State University; San Diego State University; and California State Universities at Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and Stanislaus all now offer Master of Social Work programs at state-funded schools in California. (more…)

July 26, 2011

Social Work Job Searches

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social work job search Looking for a social work job involves a lot of networking. Aside from going to nasw meetings, looking in the local newspaper, checking your local nasw newsletter and sending resumes to community agencies there are some online sites that have useful sections. For instance if you go to craigslist in your area, there are some sections to study for social work jobs.

One of my clients told me she had been regularly looking at the medical and health section under jobs at craigslist, but one day decided to look under the part-time section at bottom of the job category. She saw a counseling job listed and though she didn’t get the job, she did get a tutoring job that was in that section. Another client of mine saw a social work job listed under the gigs section within the creative category. (It was for working with troubled teens and coming up with activities, field trips and interesting approaches). (more…)

July 4, 2011

Human Resources MBA

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human resources mba Those interested in working with employees and assessing needs and skills in an administrative capacity may be interested in acquiring a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resources. Someone with an MBA in Human Resources may be well-suited for management positions or administrative roles that require fast-paced decision making skills and the ability to handle multiple job responsibilities at one time. Some blog readers have asked me about this as an alternative to going to a msw program. (more…)

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…)

May 23, 2011

May 18, 2011

Social Work Jobs With Veterans

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social work jobs veterans The veteran population is one group of people social workers often work with, often due to the high numbers of mental health and substance abuse difficulties facing veterans today. Federal social work positions are very common within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. These social workers provide a wide variety of services, from substance abuse treatment to running groups for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to administering counseling services to married couples who have been directly affected by combat.

Social workers also can work with homeless veterans, veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), or veterans in physical rehabilitation. With the increasing numbers of veterans recently experiencing deployment and combat, the need for people interested in working with veterans has increased as well. New issues are emerging often, such as issues surrounding women in the military and families who have both parents deployed simultaneously. (more…)

May 15, 2011

Rewards As A Social Worker Through Watching Clients Grow

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rewards as a socialworker Some days as a therapist can be discouraging because there are many difficult cases which include people suffering from negative childhood memories that haunt them terribly and seeing clients that seem to get no break from unfortunate circumstances. However, when there is a moment of insight, it can elevate someone’s mood in a transformative way. This is very rewarding to see.

Last week I saw a client who has been struggling with bereavement for over two years from her mother’s death. She had a stormy relationship with her mother as a teenager and felt guilty about all the troubles she caused her mom due to her drug addiction and poor choices. Even when her mother helped rescue her through posting bail and financial help, my client said , “I still acted like a brat.” Though their relationship improved, her mother died of brain cancer when my client was just twenty seven years old. She did have some good heart to heart talks with her mom during the last month of her illness, but Kathy (my client) still felt awful about her treatment of her mother from age 15 onwards. (more…)

May 2, 2011

Teenagers And Cutting

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teenage cutting Mental health professionals use the term “cutting” to describe behavior using a sharp instrument to draw blood from your body. Usually they are surface cuts which may leave a person’s arm or leg looking striped with scars. Sometimes people may cut deeper and can cause serious bleeding and even possibly death if they cut a vein. Most cutters are teens and young adults that need counseling to help turn this behavior around.

Most cutters are depressed. They feel numb and empty. Some say they don’t feel alive. When they cut they enjoy the feeling and they may say that it makes them feel alive. Seeing the blood also gives them a sense of having something inside –not being empty. (more…)

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…)

March 27, 2011

University Of Southern California Social Work School

usc social work The University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work offers a Master of Social Work degree and a Doctoral degree in Social Work. The MSW program offers two, three, and four-year programs as options for students to complete the degree. All MSW students are expected to complete both Foundation and Concentration courses. In the Foundation year, students learn about generalist social work practice, policy, social welfare, and complete other relevant courses.

The second half of this curriculum requires that students take Concentration courses, which address students’ areas of specialty including health; mental health; work & life; families and children; and community, organization, planning, and administration (COPA). Students can also choose sub-concentrations, which include veterans’ services; older adults; public child welfare; school settings; and systems of mental illness recovery. (more…)

March 19, 2011

Social Workers And Foster Care: Tough Decisions

social workers and foster care For any social worker or human services professional, removing a child from his or her natural home and placing that child in foster care is an ethically difficult decision to make. Though foster care regulations differ from state to state, in general foster care is known as a placement for a minor in a home setting. In general, foster care is meant to be a short term place for a child to study until a more permanent arrangement can be made. In the United States, social workers make the decision to place children in foster care usually after a suspicion of abuse or neglect is substantiated.

The foster care social worker responsible for the well-being of the children must decide whether the children are better off in the home environment, possibly exposed to a degree of neglect, or in a foster home setting, which would force children to make a drastic transition and be separated from their central attachment figures. Children placed in foster care may still be under the guardianship of their parents, but are not physically living in the home with them. Kids can feel a lot of mixed emotions leaving a home with a parent where there are loving moments that alternate with some degree of abuse. (more…)

March 12, 2011

Social Work Jobs Without Counseling

social work jobs without counseling When thinking of careers within the field of Social Work, most people think this involves providing therapy or counseling. But, there are many more career options for those with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work. Within Social Work programs there are often two major concentrations: micro or macro Social Work. Macro Social Work is concerned with policy, administration, program development and evaluation and community organizing. These career prospects don’t typically involve counseling clients. Micro Social Work is concerned with working with people and providing direct services, particularly counseling and therapy. There are a number of career paths in Social Work that are at the macro level.

Individuals with a Social Work background are often recruited for positions within research. As a researcher you may be helping develop new psycho-therapies, new social service programs, or researching the effectiveness of psychotropic medications. Having a Social Work background is necessary in these positions because you have an understanding of complex psychiatric diagnoses and knowledge of social service programs that are needed. Government agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, and universities are often looking for Social Workers to join their research teams. (more…)

March 3, 2011

University Of Maryland School Of Social Work

university of maryland school of socia lwork The University of Maryland School of Social Work, a nationally CSWE-accredited institution in Baltimore, offers BSW, MSW, and PhD programs to its students. The University of Maryland offers undergraduate students interested in majoring or minoring in social work a great deal of support and resources. To earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, including a B.A. in Social Work, students are required to complete a curriculum with a strong background in liberal arts. BSW students must take general education requirements for the first two years, and are then permitted to enroll in social work coursework for their junior and senior years. Within the social work curriculum, BSW students must take a variety of courses focusing on social welfare policy, human behavior and the social environment, research, social work practice methods, and technology in social work. Students must also complete a field assignment consisting of placement two days (16 hours) each week for the entirety of the senior year. A minor in Social Welfare is offered through the School of Social Work as well, and it requires 18 hours of credit, or 6 additional classes through the social work department.

The MSW program offered by the University of Maryland School of Social Work is divided between Foundation courses and Concentration courses. The Foundation courses are meant to educate students on the generalist social work practice, while Concentration courses allow students to become more specialized in either Clinical Practice or Community Organization. Students also choose a specialization, including Aging, Families and Children, Health, Mental Health, and Social Action and Community Development. Sub-specializations are also offered and include Employee Assistance Programs, Child, Adolescent, and Family Health, and Substance Abuse. The Advanced Standing option, a one-year program, is also offered for students with a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree. (more…)

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