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Social Work

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Academic Information: -  [Back to Top]

Career Information  -  [Back to Top]

Possible Job Titles -  [Back to Top]

Typical Places of Employment -  [Back to Top]

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

Required Skills and Abilities  -  [Back to 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  -  [Back to 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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