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SOCIAL WORK

AREAS

EMPLOYERS

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Public Welfare

Administration and Planning

Case Management

Program Evaluation

Policy Setting

Research
Public Welfare Agencies

Private Social Service Agencies
Public Welfare is designed to provide services and support for poor, disabled, ill, elderly, or juvenile clients. Volunteer at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, battered women homes, literacy programs, or other social service agencies to get experience.
Criminal Justice

Rehab Counseling

Probation

Parole

Youth Services

Victim Assistance
Prisons

Correctional Facilities

Courts

Police Depts

Probation Offices

Victim Services
Social Workers in corrections focus on rehabilitation of clients. Obtain experience by volunteering at a corrections facility or victims program such as a rape crisis center
School Social Work

Clinical Social Work

Pupil Personnel Services
Elementary and Secondary Schools

School Districts

Head Start
School systems may employ social workers to help students cope with/resolve emotional, developmental, or educational difficulties. Gain experience with children at daycare centers, camps, Scouts, or similar organization.
Child Welfare

Case Management

Advocacy

Intervention
Public/Private Child Welfare Agencies

Adoption Agencies

Foster Care

Child Daycare
Child welfare social workers strive to ensure the safety and well being of children through treatment of the whole family. Volunteer at day cares, child shelters, camps, YMCA, Scouts, or other agencies that aid youth.
Gerontology

Advocacy

Counseling

Case Management

Public Policy
Hospitals

Nursing Homes

Senior Centers
Gerontology involves working with older adults, healthy or ill, and their families. Get involved with programs/organizations designed for senior citizens.
Clinical

Counseling

Therapy
Community Mental Health Centers

Psychiatric Hospitals

Residential and Day Treatment Hospitals

Employment Assistance Programs

Schools

Family Service Agencies

Private Practice
Clinical social workers are found in a variety of settings that provide therapeutic counseling to clients. MSW is required.
Administration

Management

Policy Development

Planning
Family Service Agencies

Child Welfare Departments

Social Service Agencies

State Mental Health Departments

Employee Assistance Programs

Probation Departments

Public Welfare Agencies

Public Interest Groups

Local, State, and Federal Government
Administrators are involved with planning, budgeting, public relations, operations management, fund raising and other crucial responsibilities that keep an organization functioning. Obtain an MSW and gain management experience.
Research/Education

Research

Testing
Colleges and Universities

Research Institutes

Local, State and Federal Government

Advocacy Organizations

Colleges and Universities
Research provides data and statistics important in program implementation and policy development. DSW or Ph.D. usually required.
Occupational

Counseling

Wellness Promotion

Employee Assistance

Organizational Development

Human Resources
Businesses Corporations

Employee Assistance Programs

Labor Unions
Occupational social workers help employees be more productive and satisfied.
Developmental Disabilities

Case Management Program

Planning and Evaluation Research

Policy Development
Community Group Homes

State and Local Agencies

Medical Facilities Schools
Social workers in this area help people with disabilities to adjust and lead productive lives. Volunteer at special needs camps, day cares, schools, or hospitals to gain experience.
Health Care

Case Management Program

Planning and Evaluation

Counseling

Program Development

Administration

Research
Hospitals

Community Health Centers

Outpatient Clinics

Public Health Programs

Health Maintenance Organizations

Nursing Homes

Group Homes

Hospice

Veterans Administration Hospitals
Social workers in health care facilitate medical and emotional treatment of patients. Choose volunteer settings such as hospitals, the American Red Cross, or AIDS agencies to get experience.
Community Organization

Program Development

Community Development

Advocacy Politics

Planning
Advocacy Organizations

Development Corporations

Community Centers

Local, State, Federal Government

Associations
Social workers in this area work with existing organizations to improve conditions for specific groups, enhance quality of living, and involve community members in the political process. Get involved with grassroots causes and community agencies.

General Information
1. Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares individuals for entry-level, direct practice.
2. Master of Social Work (MSW) is necessary to provide therapy and for advancement to supervisory and administrative positions.
3. Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) or Ph.D. is usually required for positions in teaching, research, and administration. Desirable for some clinical positions and private practice.
4. Must complete a degree from a college or university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Programs include practical field experience.
5. Most states require licensure, certification, or registration for social workers. Note: A large amount of this information was adapted from Choices: Careers in Social Work by the National Association of Social Workers