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4 03, 2019

March is Social Work Month

2019-03-06T19:15:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Recognizing The Field ...AND Sacred Heart University for Waiving MSW Application Fees In Recognition of Social Work Month. It is a time when the nation’s 650,000 social workers are recognized for their efforts as community leaders, champions and advocates for social justice, welfare and During social work month, many of the nation's social work [...]

28 01, 2019

Restorative Approaches: Facilitating a Community Building Circle

2018-10-04T17:48:02+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The goal of a community building circle is to help build trust, positive feelings, and a sense of belonging within a particular community or group of people. What is a Community Building Circle? A community building circle is a restorative approach to working with groups of people to build and strengthen relationships. Circles may be [...]

22 01, 2019

Fellowships for MSWs Part 2: Specialized Opportunities

2018-10-04T19:17:58+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Many social work fellowships are offered to students and graduates interested in working with particular populations or within certain practice arenas. Currently, several fellowships focus on aging, due to the great need for social service workers in this area. A number of other fellowships focus on public policy and and leadership development in the social [...]

21 01, 2019

Fellowships for MSWs Part 1: Social Justice Opportunities

2018-10-04T18:31:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Numerous fellowship programs actively recruit Master of Social Work students and recent graduates. Fellowships offer social work students and graduates an opportunity to advance their skills during or after graduate school, usually with a focus on mentorship and learning in action, with financial support. These opportunities allow students and recent graduates to gain invaluable work [...]

14 01, 2019

Restorative Approaches to Social Work Practice

2018-10-23T15:02:11+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Restorative approaches to social work practice are gaining traction amongst social work practitioners, researchers, and educators. The underlying values of the social work discipline are strongly aligned with the guiding principles of Restorative Justice. And although restorative approaches were developed specifically to foster transformation within the criminal justice system, they have been fruitfully applied to [...]

4 01, 2019

Special Populations of Interest Social Work: 2019 Outlook

2019-01-15T20:56:56+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

<< BACK TO Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019 Social workers who are interested in working with a particular segment of the general population, a focus on a special population of interest will provide the skills and knowledge needed to engage those individuals and groups throughout your social work career. In this [...]

4 01, 2019

Community Practice Social Work: 2019 Outlook

2019-01-15T21:13:09+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

<< BACK TO Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019 A focus on community practice will provide MSW graduates with the opportunity to have a direct, broad-level impact on today's most urgent issues, mobilizing communities and contributing to policy development to enact needed social changes. In this section: Why Focus Your MSW in [...]

4 01, 2019

Clinical Social Work: 2019 Outlook

2019-01-15T21:15:28+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

<< BACK TO Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019 For those interested in direct practice with a diverse range of clients, clinical practice is a growing area in social work with promising job prospects in coming years. In this section: Why Focus Your MSW in Clinical Practice in 2019 Career Options and [...]

4 01, 2019

Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019

2019-01-11T21:14:02+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019 For those pursuing an MSW in 2019, consider these three focus areas that will help maximize your education -- and ability -- to create change as a social worker. In 2019, three focus areas are particularly significant to the social work profession and society as a [...]

28 12, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Working with Traumatized Populations

2018-11-07T19:02:31+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

From interpersonal violence to natural disasters, traumatic experiences are wide ranging. Trauma can impact any member of society and even be passed down through generations. While trauma is universal, some groups of people are more vulnerable to trauma’s effects than others. Traumatic experiences can have a serious impact on a person’s mental health, social functioning, [...]

11 12, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Working with Aging Populations

2018-11-01T19:06:35+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

As the Baby Boomers generation enters retirement and the later stages of life, there is a critical need for social service providers with specialized experience in working with aging populations. Elderly individuals often have complex needs related to healthcare, mental health, social connection, living independently, and navigating end of life processes. Prospective MSW students seeking [...]

4 12, 2018

Social Workers Needed in 2019

2018-11-01T19:01:00+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Why Get a Social Work Degree in 2019 Unlike many other professions, social work job openings are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of social workers is expected to increase by 15% for the period of 2016-2026, more than double the average rate for all occupations. 682,100 social workers [...]

3 12, 2018

The Grand Challenges for Social Work

2018-10-04T15:14:15+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What is the Grand Challenge Initiative? Social workers are needed now more than ever to tackle the world’s complex, global, and inter-related problems. Research has shown that social workers have positively transformed society during the profession’s last century of history. Now, social work practitioners and scholars are looking toward the future impact of social work [...]

26 11, 2018

How to Find a Licensed Social Worker Near You

2018-10-04T15:11:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social workers assist organizations, communities, groups, families, and individuals in a variety of ways. Whether you’ve experienced a traumatic crisis or are just in need of additional family support, social workers are able to help by providing counseling and psychotherapy services, connecting clients to resources, and advocating for clients’ needs. The first step to seeking [...]

19 11, 2018

5 Annual Social Work Conferences You Should Attend

2018-10-04T15:10:28+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

For social work professionals, there are many reasons to attend an annual conference hosted by a social work professional association. Social work conferences offer many opportunities to connect with colleagues in the field through networking and social events, keep up to date with cutting edge research by attending paper and poster presentations, engage in [...]

13 11, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Community Practice

2018-12-31T18:44:51+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

A degree in social work leads to a diverse array of career options, spanning from individual practice to community-based work and policy development. Social workers who have the appropriate training and skills in macro-level practice are being hired to lead organizations, analyze and develop policy, conduct cutting-edge research, and design effective programs. For prospective social [...]

12 11, 2018

5 Social Work Hashtags You Should Follow

2019-01-14T19:41:13+00:00By |Advocacy, Industry Articles & Topics|

If you’re looking for social work related content on the vast world wide web, hashtags are a great way to find sources from various social media platforms and blog posts. Following a social work hashtag is an easy way to seamlessly integrate social work content into your existing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. You can [...]

8 11, 2018

The Florida Project: A Must Watch Film for Social Workers

2018-10-23T19:08:42+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The Florida Project, one of 2018’s Oscar & Golden Globe frontrunners for best picture, is more than just a cinematic story centering on a motel in Florida. This emotional storytelling masterpiece invites viewers to contemplate some of the complex ethical dilemmas social workers confront every day. While social workers don’t appear in the film until [...]

7 11, 2018

The Potentially Devastating Long-Term Effects of Today’s Short-Term Immigration Debacle

2018-11-07T16:07:49+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

I fear What the past will do to me In the future - Yehuda Amichai, Concrete Poem Part 1 Through the Eyes of a Trauma-Informed Social Worker Last year, 20 years after receiving my Master’s Degree in Social Work I completed an 18 month certification in Child and Parent Psychotherapy with an emphasis on treating [...]

5 11, 2018

5 Inspiring TED Talks for Social Workers

2018-09-26T21:41:38+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

For those looking to gain some new perspective on a certain topic, learn about innovative practices in a variety of fields, or hear fresh ideas on pressing social issues, TED Talks are a great place to start! With TED speakers from a variety of disciplines, TED offers a diverse array of voices and viewpoints [...]

25 10, 2018

5 Social Workers Featured in the Media

2018-10-23T17:00:29+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

As the social work profession has grown and gained recognition for the valuable work of its practitioners, social workers have recently become the subjects of documentaries, magazine articles, and other media pieces. These five social workers have been prominently featured in the media, bringing further recognition to the profession as a whole and to the [...]

23 10, 2018

5 Social Work Leaders to Follow on Twitter

2018-10-23T13:45:52+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The internet age has provided social workers a variety of social media platforms to share their viewpoints, practice experiences, research findings, and more. Leading social workers are taking to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to connect with followers interested in social work topics - from clients to colleagues and everyone in between. If you’re interested in [...]

22 10, 2018

8 Simple Steps to Keep your Social Work Knowledge Up to Date

2018-10-17T16:41:20+00:00By |Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

One of the mandates for social workers (especially those who have received licensure) is to stay up to date in the field. This ensures that social workers are always learning the most current and effective ways to engage with individuals, families, and communities based on the constantly-evolving evidence base for social work practice. To align [...]

18 10, 2018

10 Actions Social Workers can Take to Stand with Dreamers

2018-10-19T11:06:32+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

In 2012, former President Barack Obama took executive action to protect the lives of immigrant young people who came to the United States as children. These young people are known as Dreamers, based on proposed legislation called the Development, Education, and Relief for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act “that would have granted legal status to certain [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

11 09, 2018

Design Thinking for Social Work? Is there a Connection?

2018-09-11T14:42:35+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

  What is Design Thinking? Design thinking “is a methodology for creative problem solving.” It emerged in the last 20 years from a long history of innovators working to solve “wicked problems” in a variety of fields through highly creative approaches and methods most commonly used in design firms. The basic idea is that design [...]

7 09, 2018

Social Workers Recruited for New Positions Across the Nation

2018-09-11T14:50:50+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Across the nation, social workers are being recruited to apply their skills to the diverse human population at accelerated rates. The overwhelming mental and socio-emotional health needs of individuals in modern society create significant demand for the professional skills that social workers possess. In some cases, the amount of available social work positions has expanded [...]

27 08, 2018

Introduction to Genograms: A Social Work Assessment and Intervention Tool

2018-08-21T21:02:04+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What is an Genogram? A genogram is a visual family mapping tool. Genograms allow clinicians and clients to diagram a client’s family history through at least three generations. Genograms illustrate family relationships to show parentage and birth order across the generations, similar to a family tree. Genograms, however, go beyond this type of surface-level information [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

13 03, 2018

Title IV-E Stipend Could Help Pay For Your MSW

2018-03-13T21:37:50+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

For prospective social work students with an interest in working in the field of child welfare and child protection, the Title IV-E stipend program is able to provide financial and educational support through participating universities in the United States. What is the Title IV-E Stipend Program? In the late 1970’s, government officials and child welfare [...]

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 [...]

20 02, 2018

Referral Specialist

2018-01-06T01:47:58+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What do Referral Specialists do? Referral specialists typically work in an office setting within the medical field. They are in charge of insurance approval for patients to see a specialist and also they handle the pre-authorization for certain procedures. They are in charge of gathering financial information on patients and making sure they are aware [...]

19 02, 2018

Patient Advocate

2017-12-17T22:27:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What does a Patient Advocate do? A Patient Advocate is employed and paid by the hospital to help patients. They take complaints of patients or help with communication between staff and patients. The medical world is confusing so they step in to break down the pieces or steps for the patient. Patient advocates can work [...]