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What is Social Work?  top

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Social workers are people who care about people who want to make a difference. The Social Work Department began in 1974 to serve the needs of Maryland and the neighboring states, and since then it has grown to include the dual-degree program with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1990 and a new Master of Social Work Program launched in 2001. In 2006, the Department expanded to include satellite programs at Cecil College Northeast campus, the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College, and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown and in 2013 to the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland. All of SU's undergraduate and graduate social work programs are fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, a must for earning licensure.

Career Information  -  top

Possible/Typical Job Titles - top

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • State, county, or municipal government agencies, primarily in departments of human resources, social services, child welfare, mental health, health, housing, education, and corrections.
  • Academia
  • Government
  • Private Corporations
  • Most in the private sector are in voluntary social service agencies, community and religious organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, or home health agencies.
  • Non-Profit Corporations
  • Publicly Traded Corporations

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • Help individuals cope with problems such as inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of job skills, financial mismanagement, serious illness, disability, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy, or antisocial behavior.
  • Work with families that have serious conflicts, including those involving child or spousal abuse
  • Most social workers specialize in a clinical field such as child welfare and family services, mental health, medical social work, school social work.
  • Clinical social workers offer psychotherapy or counseling and a range of services in public agencies, clinics, as well as in private practice.
  • Other social workers are employed in community organization, administration, or research.
  • Help clients identify their real concerns and help them to consider solutions and find resources.
  • Provide concrete information such as:
    ● Where to go for debt counseling.
    ● How to find child care or elder care.
    ● How to apply for public assistance or other benefits.
    ●How to get an alcoholic or drug addict admitted to a rehabilitation program.
  • Arrange for services in consultation with clients and then follow through to assure the services are actually helpful.
  • Review eligibility requirements, fill out forms and applications, arrange for services, visit clients on a regular basis, and step in during emergencies.

Alumni Resources  - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Lauren Askew 2008 Child Protective Services Investigator Department of Social Services Anne Arundel County
Leighann Bell 2005 Learning Support Specialist Somerset County Public Schools
Abigal Smith 2006 Social Worker Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Patricia Millman 1982 Social Worker Supervisor State Of Delaware-DHSS
Amanda Pearson 2004 Social Worker/Bereavement Heartland Hospice

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Certification/Licensing Information

Clinical Psychology vs. Social Work

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