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Each blog (or “article”) on MSWcareers.com has been contributed by a diverse group of staff writers as well as professional and licensed social workers from across the United States. Thanks to their varying backgrounds and ranges of expertise, our blog is a collection of opinions, topics and perspectives that encourage conversation, educational debate and community.
11 11, 2018

Helping Children Living in Poverty

2018-09-27T18:21:26+00:00By |Careers|

With millions of children in America living below the poverty line, the job of social workers is vital to helping them achieve a better future. The latest findings on income and poverty in America paint a grim picture: 43.1 million people (13.5 percent of the population) are living in poverty, including 14.5 million (19.7 percent) children under the age [...]

12 10, 2018

Substance Abuser to Social Worker: My Journey to Find Me

2018-10-17T13:34:38+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

On August 4th 2003, four months after my daughter was born, I was arrested for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. This was the end of a period of time in my life when I had struggled severely with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and the negative consequences of the street lifestyle that I [...]

2 10, 2018

The Critical Role of Hospice Social Workers

2018-09-22T01:13:01+00:00By |Careers|

Hospice social workers are a critical part of the interdisciplinary teams that look after people in hospice care. They represent the individual’s and family’s wishes and help enhance their quality of life during this difficult time. Hospice is a form of palliative care focusing on the support and physical comfort at the end of life. In the [...]

1 10, 2018

How Social Workers Can Serve the Latino Population

2018-09-21T23:04:16+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

For social workers serving Latino clients, understanding the diverse range of nationalities, countries and cultures that make up this community is critical. Developing this cultural competence and cultural humility will help them to improve the way they serve and communicate with their Latino clients. As one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the U.S., Latinos accounted for more than half of [...]

25 09, 2018

Social Work as a Second Career

2018-09-17T11:28:48+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social work is proving a popular second career for many professionals. What does the path to social work as a second career look like, and what is the career outlook for social workers? More professionals are choosing social work as a second career – one that offers them greater satisfaction than they found in their former careers, along with the [...]

24 09, 2018

A Day in the Life of a Social Worker

2018-10-17T20:10:09+00:00By |Careers|

The specific roles and responsibilities of a social worker vary according to which field they work in and their specific role. However they broadly involve helping people in need by working with social services organizations and communities, as well as advocating for the needs and best interests of their clients. Social workers and social services workers wear [...]

18 09, 2018

Support and Networking Tips for Social Workers

2018-09-21T18:32:41+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Savvy social workers often seek out peer support, mentoring and networking opportunities. Who can you turn to for guidance and connections? Social workers do their best to meet the needs of others – every day, year after year. While this can be highly rewarding, it also puts you at significant risk of burnout if you don't feel supported [...]

17 09, 2018

Your Guide to Becoming a Social Worker

2018-09-17T11:21:45+00:00By |Careers|

Interested in becoming a social worker? If you care about the welfare of people and want to play a role in the betterment of society, it can be an ideal first career. The basic educational requirement for becoming a social worker is a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or a related discipline. Fieldwork experience is also highly valued by employers, [...]

3 09, 2018

The Clinical Significance of Pets

2018-08-22T18:13:51+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Case Study: Working Clinically With Clients & Their Pets *In efforts to protect client anonymity, names in the case examples included in this article have been redacted and the shared content is purposely not credited to the contributing clinical social worker. Client: "Losing my cat was like losing a family member." In a recent session, [...]

31 08, 2018

Great-paying Jobs in Social Work: They Do Exist

2018-09-21T18:15:37+00:00By |Careers|

Many social workers enter the field based on their deep-seated passion for helping others. With an advanced social work degree and the drive to provide care for those who need it, pursuing a career as a social worker can be as rewarding financially as it is rich in purpose. RELATED:  3 Highest Paid Social Work Industries (By State & [...]

30 08, 2018

7 Career Paths for Social Work Professionals

2018-09-21T18:18:42+00:00By |Careers|

Becoming a social worker means a career dedicated to helping others, but that help can come in many forms and in a wide range of areas. Social workers can help individual children and adults, whole cities or even the entire nation in a variety of ways. The good news is that the career outlook for social workers is growing rapidly, according [...]

28 08, 2018

Career Insights from 3 Leaders Who Are Changing Social Work

2018-08-22T14:19:04+00:00By |Careers|

A successful career in social work and advocacy can take many different directions – through politics, the nonprofit world and even clinical settings – all of which have unique requirements and roles. One thing remains true for all successful social workers though: a dedication to their cause. Below we highlight three influential agents of change who describe [...]

25 08, 2018

How Social Workers Can Better Serve LGBTQ Clients

2018-08-21T20:33:34+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The quest to ensure social work practices are LGBTQ-inclusive occurs on a number of levels. It requires the development of knowledge around LGBTQ issues, rethinking individual interactions with clients and colleagues, and advocating for change on a policy level. Why Inclusivity of LGBTQ Individuals Is Critical To not be discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity is a basic human right. Yet [...]

24 08, 2018

Reducing Recidivism: How Social Work Helps Ex-offenders

2018-09-21T18:49:34+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, around two-thirds of the more than 650,000 ex-offenders released from prison every year are likely to be re-arrested within three years. Social workers can play an important role in helping to reduce recidivism rates through their involvement in social programs that help ex-offenders transition back into the community and by [...]

23 08, 2018

Helping Incarcerated Women: Social Workers in the Justice System

2018-08-21T18:28:53+00:00By |Advocacy|

Social workers provide vital support to incarcerated women in the U.S. prison system where, according to data released by The Sentencing Project, women now make up a larger proportion of the inmate population than ever before. When working with incarcerated women, social work professionals must be able to understand their clients' unique needs and the life issues [...]

13 08, 2018

Educate Yourself: Exploring a Career in Advanced Clinical Social Work

2018-10-12T17:13:33+00:00By |Careers|

A career in social work offers many different opportunities, from helping society's most vulnerable to working with large, multinational corporations. One career pathway, which made the top 100 jobs in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report, is clinical social work. Where Do Clinical Social Workers Work? Clinical social workers typically work in: private practice hospitals [...]

30 07, 2018

The Benefits of Social Work: Why You Should Invest in an MSW

2018-06-11T17:25:27+00:00By |Careers|

A career in social work offers an array of emotional and intellectual benefits, and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) is your ticket to a long and rewarding professional journey. If you’re searching for a meaningful, in-demand career that offers variety and the opportunity to make a real difference, social work may be a perfect fit. There’s no doubt social work is emotionally [...]

25 07, 2018

Social Work at the Micro Level

2018-06-11T17:23:11+00:00By |Careers|

The majority of social workers today work at what is known as the “micro” level. This involves working directly with individuals across areas including child social work, elder social work, clinical social work and psychiatric social work. When most people think of social work they think of those professionals that help individuals, such as school counselors, mental health workers or behavioral [...]

17 07, 2018

Industry Spotlight: Social Work at the Macro Level

2018-09-21T18:16:59+00:00By |Careers|

While micro- and mezzo-level social work focus on individuals and families as well as small groups and organizations, respectively, macro-level social work takes a broader perspective. Macro-level social workers and social service workers fight for change at the societal level, focusing on issues of social justice, policy development (and improvement), administration and research. Macro-level social work operates [...]

12 07, 2018

The Role of a Social Worker Today

2018-02-22T22:42:11+00:00By |Careers|

The role of social workers is dynamic and constantly evolving. International perspectives on social work highlight the critical, wide-ranging responsibilities of the profession worldwide. Social workers engage in far-reaching work. They are employed across areas as diverse as casework, counseling, education, research, policy development, community engagement, and advocacy, creating change from micro to macro levels. The principles [...]

3 07, 2018

Fighting Against Poverty: The Social Worker’s Battle

2018-06-25T17:14:31+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

With around 43 million Americans living in poverty today, the role social workers play in mitigating the effects of poverty and advocating for the poor is critical. The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report on income and poverty found that, despite showing the first statistically significant increase since 2007, the median household income is still lower than it was before America’s Great [...]

27 06, 2018

Social Work Salary 101: What You Can Expect

2018-07-05T20:26:53+00:00By |Careers|

Social work is a highly skilled profession that requires a good understanding of the humanities and social sciences, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills. A social work salary should reflect this but, like any other profession, it can vary widely depending on experience, seniority, field of practice, education level and location. Here's a quick guide [...]

19 06, 2018

How Long Does It Take to Complete a Master’s of Social Work (MSW)?

2018-02-22T22:50:54+00:00By |Education|

How long does it take to do a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) program? What are the degree and educational requirements and the long-term career benefits? The degree requirement for social work and educational requirements for social workers vary according to what area graduates wish to practice in and at what level. A common question for aspiring social workers is how long it [...]

13 06, 2018

5 Leading Social Workers Influencing the Industry

2018-09-21T18:22:02+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

How five leading social workers are influencing the industry today – shaping the nature of modern social work research, theory and service delivery. The social worker environment is full of inspiring individuals working at all levels of the field. The nature of the industry and the role social work plays in society means it attracts people who are passionate about doing [...]

4 06, 2018

What Can You Do with a Social Work Degree?

2018-06-25T16:55:53+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

A Master’s in Social Work (MSW) enhances a social worker’s career in countless ways, opening doors to new professional pathways, opportunities, and specializations. Your Career Outlook with a Social Work Degree An MSW is an important long-term career investment that will greatly improve your career outlook as a social worker. It can help you practice at a higher level, command a [...]

30 05, 2018

5 Initiatives Changing Communities Around the World

2018-02-22T22:59:35+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social workers around the world are playing a key role in important initiatives that seek to create local and global change. Across the U.S. and around the world, social workers and social service workers play an active part in community initiatives that make a difference. From local art projects that raise awareness of social issues to global programs [...]

22 05, 2018

Top Paying Social Work Jobs

2018-02-22T23:12:23+00:00By |Careers|

While social workers go into the field for love — not money — there are several high-paying jobs within the industry. An advanced degree can help graduates obtain them. There are many reasons people choose to pursue a social work career. Chief among them are the desire to help vulnerable individuals and communities, the wish to better society [...]

17 05, 2018

A Guide to the Best MSW Programs in the U.S.

2018-08-22T01:43:24+00:00By |Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

Looking to apply for a Master’s of Social Work (MSW), but not sure where to start? Here's a guide to the best MSW programs. When you start your search for the right MSW program (SEE INFOGRAPHIC "CHOOSING AN MSW PROGRAM"), the number of options can be daunting. As well as location and costs, you'll also want to consider [...]

3 05, 2018

A Short History of Social Work: The Roots of Your Profession

2018-05-30T21:50:42+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The History of Social Work The earliest origins of social work (dating back to the Middle Ages) were in church-based ministering to the poor, which evolved into the philanthropic and social justice movements of the 19th century. Today, social workers are still connected to these originating tenets of compassion, fairness and community progress. The modern social work profession grew from [...]

25 04, 2018

5 Common Traits and Habits of Social Workers

2018-05-11T19:12:38+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social workers and social service workers are known to be inherently caring people who devote their working lives to helping others. But what kinds of traits and habits make them so good at empowering others to solve life's big problems? Here are five common traits of social workers – and how these traits help shape a successful social work [...]

19 04, 2018

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

2018-04-19T20:38:39+00:00By |Advocacy, Industry Articles & Topics|

  Illustrating the need for sexual violence awareness and considerations for social workers (and other mental health providers) to become involved in offering support and solutions to alleviating the pain experienced by victims and survivors. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Incidences of sexual violence is increasingly prevalent and does not discriminate affecting people regardless [...]

19 04, 2018

The Heart of Social Work: Why Social Justice is So Important

2018-05-31T16:21:30+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

A concern for social justice has always been an essential part of social services and social work. What are the historical origins of these values and how have they shaped the modern profession? The social work profession is built on the concern for social justice. Social workers and social service workers play a pivotal role in opening [...]

11 04, 2018

The Global Social Worker: What You Need to Know When Working Abroad

2018-05-31T15:51:01+00:00By |Careers|

What global policies and developments are shaping the social worker environment and how will these changes affect the way you help your clients? Global Shifts and Trends in Social Work There is a long tradition of social workers traveling overseas to apply their skills and acquire new ones in other countries and cultures. Global access has created [...]

10 04, 2018

Technology and the Future of Social Work

2018-05-31T16:21:03+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Technology is reshaping how every industry operates and social work is no exception. The rise and prevalence of new technologies are changing the way services are offered, and hence how social workers interact and communicate with their clients. Social workers need to keep up to date with these changes now and into the future. The [...]

10 04, 2018

How Technology Is Transforming Social Work Education

2018-02-22T23:39:13+00:00By |Careers|

What technological changes are shaping the way social work education is delivered to America’s next generation of social workers? Find out here. Just like other industries, social work is being shaped by the increasing adoption of new technologies. This is also true of social work education, where digital technology is changing how the next generation of social workers [...]

4 04, 2018

Working With Men Affected By Trauma

2018-05-31T16:23:04+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Men are more likely to be severely affected by traumatic events such as war, disaster, and violence than women, and there are significant differences among genders in processing trauma. More than 60 percent of men have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Though many people link trauma with war and natural disaster, traumatic events are [...]

28 03, 2018

How Do You Become a Diversity Trainer?

2018-05-31T15:54:50+00:00By |Careers|

A growing demand for diversity trainers is giving U.S. social workers an exciting career opportunity. An important aspect of being a social worker is the ability to demonstrate social and cultural sensitivity toward clients. With the U.S. undergoing significant demographic and cultural change, diversity concern is no longer limited to race and gender. It also involves the social welfare and [...]

16 03, 2018

A Social Worker’s Take on America’s Gun Violence Problem

2018-03-16T19:26:40+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Compromise and Action: A Possible Solution To America’s Gun Violence Problem. Thoughts, Reflection and Editorial on Gun Violence Provided By Mom & Social Worker Amy Chong, LCSW Amy Chong, LCSW I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the single biggest problems in our country is Either/Or thinking and by that I mean [...]

7 03, 2018

How an MSW Can Improve Your Conflict Resolution Skills

2018-02-22T23:43:37+00:00By |Careers|

Conflict resolution is an essential part of social work practice today, but one that can frequently be mishandled. Social workers must learn to use conflict resolution to help their clients and resolve issues constructively. Undergoing a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) can help social workers develop these critical skills. Conflict resolution is an inherent part [...]

1 03, 2018

Social Work Month 2018 – Recognizing Social Workers

2018-07-05T19:56:30+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

About Social Work Month: Leaders Advocates Champions Social Work Month is a time when the nation’s 650,000+ social workers are recognized for their efforts as advocates, community leaders, and human rights champions. As defined by the NASW, the Social Work Month 2018 theme is Leaders Advocates Champions. This theme seeks to illuminate what social workers [...]

28 02, 2018

Universities Waiving MSW Application Fees in Celebration of Social Work Month

2018-07-05T20:02:51+00:00By |Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

  March is Social Work Month in the United States. It is a time when the nation’s 650,000 social workers are recognized for their efforts. During social work month, many of the institutions offering social work programs also acknowledge the profession they help educate. For example, Illinois University schedules a series of weekly events that focus [...]

14 02, 2018

Internship Field Placements

2018-05-24T00:34:08+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Field Placement One of the single most important components of your graduate study will be your field placement, a required component of any graduate social work program carrying CSWE accreditation.  As you consider a graduate degree and career in the social work field, it’s important to consider the benefits of CSWE accreditation, as well as [...]

4 02, 2018

Social Work as a Second Career

2017-12-17T21:42:10+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Are you considering social work as a new career path? If so, you’ll join many others who’ve moved from varied backgrounds into the realm of social service, investing their time and efforts into a profession focused on social justice, mental health, and community support. Changing careers is a big decision – one that requires consideration [...]

31 01, 2018

What is a Social Worker?

2017-12-17T21:07:53+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Many people would answer that question by saying that a social worker is someone who helps others, shows compassion and empathy, and supports those in need. This is all true, but a social worker brings so much more to the table. Trained social workers use the knowledge and field experience they’ve gained in their studies [...]

22 01, 2018

Social Work Jobs in the Criminal Justice Sector

2017-12-17T20:48:31+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

There are many routes you can take within a career in social work. Jobs in child welfare, geriatrics, criminal justice, addictive behaviors, and more. You may work within many of these fields throughout your career until you find your passion. Here are a few potential roles in the criminal justice and corrections sector: Corrections Counselor Corrections [...]

17 01, 2018

Jobs in the Child Welfare Sector

2018-08-22T01:45:26+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

There are many routes you can take within a career in social work. Jobs in child welfare, geriatrics, criminal justice, addictive behaviors, and more. You may work within many of these fields throughout your career until you find your passion. Here are a few potential roles in the child welfare sector: Family Support Worker Family support [...]

12 01, 2018

8 Benefits of Getting Your Master’s in Social Work Degree

2018-07-05T18:58:29+00:00By |Careers, Education|

You can work and remain gainfully employed as a social worker with a bachelor's degree. However, if you wish to really further your career and work in a clinical setting, then a masters in social work (MSW) degree is essential. Through a master's degree, you can specialize in a particular area and even advance to [...]

8 01, 2018

Job Roles in the Geriatric Sector

2017-12-17T19:08:37+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

There are many routes you can take within a career in social work. Jobs in geriatrics, child welfare, criminal justice, addictive behaviors, and more. You may work within many of these fields throughout your career until you find your passion. Here are a few potential roles: Geriatric Social Worker Gerontological social workers assist elderly clients [...]

3 01, 2018

Clinical Field Placements

2017-12-17T02:57:28+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

You may be wondering what you can expect in your field placement experience. If your MSW has a clinical focus, you’ll likely complete your internship in a setting where you work directly with individuals or small groups. There are many possibilities for clinical placements, including: Medical social work Hospitals Neighborhood clinics Mental health and substance [...]

18 12, 2017

Social Worker Salary: Top Paying Jobs and States

2018-07-05T20:00:32+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Determining Your  Social Worker Salary Armed with a passion to serve and advocate on behalf of others, coupled with the pressures of earning a decent living, finding a sustainable wage in your dream geographic location is your number one priority. Although the national average pay for an MSW is $46,968, the pay varies significantly across [...]

17 08, 2017

Cultural Awareness in Social Work: Guidelines You Should Follow [Part 1]

2017-12-07T21:33:13+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Cultural Awareness Guidelines to Follow in the Social Work Field Cultural awareness in social work: A client’s first interaction with a social service providing agency is often not with a therapist, an agency administrator, or even the receptionist, but an intake form. Intake forms begin the client’s relationship with the agency, by gathering crucial client [...]

17 08, 2017

Goals of Social Work: Providing Culturally Competent Client/Clinician Discussions [Part 3]

2018-05-24T02:21:52+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The Goals of Social Work: Agency Cultural Competence Social work agencies serving a diverse range of clients should aim to provide culturally-competent services at all stages of client interaction with the agency. The goals of social work in this regard should be to ensure clients feel comfortable from the moment they walk through the agency’s [...]

30 05, 2017

Activism and Social Work: The Relational Being

2017-12-06T21:54:17+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

My Experience with Activism Contributed by Brandon Haydon, LCSW Before the decision to enter social work, I was an activist engaged in a number of social movements, such as LGBTQ rights, anti-racism, and radical economic justice. Throughout my MSW program and my first years as a professional, I have dealt a lot with an overarching conundrum [...]

21 03, 2017

Social Worker Fields of Practice: Get Salary and Other Info Per Field

2018-07-05T19:58:27+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Worker Fields of Practice Social Work can be very rewarding. It's important to find the right Social Worker fields of practice for you. In this article, we'll cover these social worker fields of practice: Aging / Gerontology Child Welfare Criminal Justice / Corrections Drugs and Alcohol / Addictive Behaviors Education / School Social Work Family [...]

1 03, 2017

How Social Workers Become Expert Witnesses

2018-05-31T16:18:12+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Social workers are increasingly required to appear in court as key expert witnesses. What does this involve and how do social workers become "court ready"? In recent years, social workers have become increasingly valued as expert witnesses across a wide range of areas including domestic violence, child welfare, parental rights, sexual assault, guardianship, mental and [...]

22 02, 2017

Community Social Worker: Is it the Right Career for You?

2017-02-22T19:28:29+00:00By |Careers|

If your passion is to help whole communities or raise the profile of hard-working not-for-profits, a career in community support and outreach could be the right career path for you.  Are you a big picture thinker — the kind of person who understands the impact that not-for-profits and government organizations can have on those in [...]

8 02, 2017

Public Shaming on Social Media – Is It Ever a Good Parenting Strategy?

2018-05-31T16:06:47+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Bullying|

Social media has dramatically changed the way many parents raise and reprimand their children. With more parents actively participating in the ubiquitous world of online social networks, an increasing number are using it as a platform to publicly shame and punish their children. What can families and social workers do to address this growing issue? [...]

3 02, 2017

For-profit and Non-profit Organizations: How Do They Differ for Social Workers?

2017-01-30T23:14:41+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

For social workers, deciding between working for a non-profit or for-profit organization can be a juggling act of ethical, financial and cultural considerations. So what's the right career move for you? While many would consider the non-profit space a perfect fit for those interested in social work, there are pros and cons that need to [...]

26 01, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Being a Counselor and Having a Master’s of Social Work?

2018-05-31T16:22:37+00:00By |Careers|

From career progression to day-to-day duties and responsibilities, there are more differences between social work and counseling than you might expect. Find out for yourself and consider where your career path should go. At first glance, social work and counseling may seem like very similar social work careers. After all, both social workers and counselors care for [...]

18 01, 2017

How to Become an Oncology Social Worker

2017-03-17T16:49:47+00:00By |Careers|

Oncology Social Work: What You Need to Know Imagine sitting in a doctor’s office and receiving the devastating news that you have cancer. Your doctor will guide you through the medical treatment, but what about everything else you’re worried about or need to sort out? Who will help with decision-making? Who in your family should [...]

16 01, 2017

Working with Children’s Welfare in Social Work

2017-12-07T21:29:56+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Child Welfare in Social Work When you choose to become a social worker, there are countless avenues you can take to make a difference in the world. There are numerous populations that need additional support, guidance, and resources. One particular area that continues to be in dire need of a helping hand is child welfare [...]

14 01, 2017

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Used in Social Work

2018-08-03T21:22:30+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Social Work Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is widely used in the field due to its success with multiple populations and various mental health issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy in social work is a theoretical framework that understands the importance of both cognition and behavior, with the outcomes based on cognitive, behavioral and [...]

13 01, 2017

The Role of Social Workers in Crisis Intervention

2018-05-11T19:49:33+00:00By |Careers|

Social workers often help individuals struggling to cope with major trauma. What skills and qualities are needed to work in crisis intervention? What is a Crisis Intervention Social Worker? A Crisis Intervention Social Worker's main focus is to provide support and guidance to clients in a state of acute mental health crisis. These states are [...]

12 01, 2017

How to Choose the Right Social Work Degree Path for You

2017-12-07T21:26:41+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Work Degree Facts and Statistics According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, social work is one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022. More than 650,000 people currently hold a social work degree. Professional social workers are highly trained and [...]

10 01, 2017

The Mental Health Needs of Juveniles in Detention

2018-10-09T02:07:20+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

How Social Workers Help Youth in Detention with Mental Health Issues The mental health of adolescent offenders has been identified as one of the single most important issues faced by the youth justice system today -- and social workers are playing a vital role. A report by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile [...]

3 01, 2017

Social Workers Can Help Fight Domestic Abuse in LGBTQ Community

2017-02-12T22:36:30+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Abuse within the LGBTQ Community: How Social Workers Can Help Although domestic violence is more commonly associated with heterosexual relationships, there is strong evidence that intimate-partner violence is just as prevalent within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Social workers working with this community must be aware of specific ways domestic abuse may affect [...]

28 12, 2016

Trauma Social Worker: The Importance of Trauma -Informed Care

2017-12-06T17:42:58+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

If you work in the social work field, you have most likely heard this term before. Many agencies are starting to practice from this theoretical framework to best fit the needs of their clients. The need for this type of training and therapeutic implementation is becoming more apparent as large scale, tragic events continue to [...]

15 12, 2016

Social Work Advanced Standing Requirements – What You Need To Know

2017-12-07T19:33:42+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Potential students interested in pursuing social work education may have heard about advanced standing. Students with advanced standing enter graduate level education with one year of coursework and fieldwork already completed. But how do they do this and what exactly does advanced standing mean? These are the basics about social work advanced standing. What is [...]

11 12, 2016

Helping Clients with Substance Abuse Issues

2018-05-31T15:54:19+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

  Alcohol and illicit drug abuse cost the U.S. healthcare system approximately $25 billion and $11 billion respectively. It's clear that substance abuse is an important issue.  For people considering social work as a career, there are many roles available within families and communities that are impacted by substance use disorders (SUDs). How Social Workers Help with Substance Abuse Social [...]

7 12, 2016

The Social Work Gender Gap

2018-05-31T16:15:20+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The Gender Gap in Social Work: Why Aren't More Men Pursuing a Master's in Social Work? Social work is a female-dominated field with women accounting for the vast majority of social workers. In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 83 percent of employed social workers were female. What lies behind this social work gender gap [...]

7 12, 2016

Social Workers and Latino Clients: Building a Bridge of Cultural Understanding

2016-12-06T16:51:15+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Understanding the culture and experiences of the diverse Latino community is a critical skill for social work professionals. According to the Census Bureau, more than half of the children living in the U.S. in 2014 were non-Caucasian, with Latinos making up the largest portion. This makes it essential for present and future generations of social workers to [...]

6 12, 2016

Why Your MSW Field Education Matters

2016-12-08T20:29:04+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Your MSW Field Education: Benefits and Why It Should Matter To You Field education, also referred to as practicum, fieldwork or field experience, is the hands-on training portion of your graduate program. It’s also a vital part of gaining firsthand experience in the field, along with a better sense of the career opportunities in social work and the [...]

2 12, 2016

What Types of Jobs Can You Get with an MSW?

2017-08-13T16:23:30+00:00By |Bullying, Careers|

Before embarking on the journey of graduate level social work education, many potential candidates wonder what they can expect from a social work career. While nearly everyone is familiar with the term “social worker,” this position title can be applied to a wide range of MSW jobs for the graduate, and there are many other [...]

10 11, 2016

The Role of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

2018-05-31T16:20:33+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with HIV, it touches the lives of people of every race, income and gender. Social workers, and those considering a career in social work, are called to participate in the HIV/AIDS Prevention movement while assisting those who have been diagnosed with the disease. Who is Most Affected [...]

8 11, 2016

5 Big Changes in Social Work Delivery

2016-11-08T19:45:31+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Discover five shifts that are transforming social work delivery in the way social workers practice and communicate in today's fast changing environment. Shifts in Social Work Delivery... and What You Need To Know The career outlook for social workers is good, with the promise of many new opportunities driven by changes in how not-for-profits and government agencies [...]

4 11, 2016

Trauma and Women: How Social Workers Can Help

2017-03-09T20:40:59+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social workers are on the front line caring for women who have experienced domestic violence and trauma, and having the right tools to know how to help is extremely important. Here’s what you need to know about working with women affected by trauma. More than 50 percent of women will experience at least one traumatic event in [...]

21 09, 2016

Macro Social Work: Social Work Needs Big-Picture People

2018-05-31T16:02:20+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

High Demand for Macro Social Work Professionals The social work profession is now in the middle of a far-reaching initiative to increase the ranks of the field’s most unpopular — but potentially most powerful — discipline. Macro Social Work. The focus is on the area of social work that “pushes the boundaries of the profession [...]

16 09, 2016

5 Misconceptions About Macro Social Work

2018-07-05T18:54:00+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The social work profession is in the midst of a far-reaching initiative to actively recruit macro social workers. Despite offering significant career opportunities, macro social work attracts the fewest students and remains the field’s least popular discipline. While micro and mezzo social work focus on individuals, families, small groups and organizations, macro social work entails [...]