What do they do?
- Work in government offices, clinics,
hospitals, prisons or courts; also in
private hospitals, nursing homes, group
homes, schools or businesses.
- Interview and counsel individuals,
families and groups with various social
problems, including unemployment, housing
issues, financial stress, serious illness
or disability, grief, substance abuse,
pregnancy issues, child or spousal abuse,
lack of job skills, anti-social behavior.
- Assess clients needs and develop
- Refer clients to other professional
or community services for debt counseling,
child care, elder care, public assistance,
alcohol or drug rehabilitation.
- May specialize in clinical social
work, child welfare or family services,
protective services, mental health,
health care, school social work, substance
abuse, criminal justice, senior needs,
occupational or employee assistance
- College prep high school courses.
- Bachelors degree in social
work (BSW), or major in related field,
such as psychology or sociology, for
Accredited BSW programs require
at least 400 hours of supervised field
- Masters degree for positions
in health and mental health settings,
and for certification for clinical work.
Masters programs take two
years and require 900 hours of supervised
field instruction, or internship.
- All states require licensing, certification
or registration for social work practice
and use of professional titles.
National Association of Social Workers
750 First Street NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241
202-408-8600 or 800-638-8799
Council on Social Work Education
1725 Duke Street, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
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