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Transcript of Social Work
What to do with a major in Social Work
Skills and Abilities Needed
How To Prepare for a Career in Social Work
SMASH Rm 101
What can I do with a degree in Social Work?:
Level of Education
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
prepares individuals for entry-level direct practice.
Master of Social Work (MSW)
is necessary to provide therapy and for advancement to supervisory or administrative positions.
Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) or Ph.D.
usually required for positions in teaching, research, and administration. Advanced degrees are desirable for some clinical positions and private practice.
Social work practice can take place at the
concentrates on the individual and family levels.
focuses on groups that fall between the community and the individual, such as neighborhoods, task forces, and support groups.
social work focuses on change in community systems, institutions, and larger group units.
What to do with a major in...
Advising and Academic Support Center (AASC)
Join a social work organization like the National Association of Social Workers while in school and seek leadership positions
Look for ways to impact your community and get involved with local organizations.
Learn a second language to better communicate with immigrant and migrant populations.
The Social work practicum (internship) provides you with exposure to the field of social work. The practicum allows you to apply academic training to work with different groups of people in professional settings. These experiences will help you learn what it means to be a social worker. The contacts you meet at your practicum and internship sites will allow you to begin to develop both a personal and professional network.
Boise State University's BSW Field Practicum
is the capstone of the professional social work education. Students in the BSW program must complete 480 hours of practicum, approximately 16 hours per week, across two semesters. This internship helps prepare students to enter the workforce as beginning professional social work practitioners.
Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations to gain graduate school admittance.
Examine resources on Career Center website.
Courses required for BSW candidacy are as follows. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher
(SOCWRK 101 and 201 must be completed with a
Talk to an advisor in the School of Social Work at Boise State.
Conduct an informational interview with a Social Work faculty or social worker.
Job shadow a professional in the social work field.
*based on 2016-2017 catalog
ENGL 101 and 102
UF 100 and 200 (not required if core certified)
(DLN) BIOL 100, 191 or 227
(DLN) in second field
minimum GPA of 2.5
minimum GPA of 2.8 required during the two contiguous semesters of full-time enrollment of 12 or more credits
prior to application. In order to maintain candidacy status, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in required social work courses.
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Social workers need to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and other professionals.
Social workers need to demonstrate interpersonal skills to relate effectively and sensitively to others.
Social workers need to comprehend another individual’s way of life and values, and be able to communicate empathy and support.
Social workers need to appreciate and value human diversity and serve all persons in need of assistance.
Social workers need to know how their values, beliefs, emotions, and past experiences affect their thinking, behavior, and relationships.
Social workers need to recognize the signs of stress, develop appropriate means of self-care, and seek supportive resources, if necessary.
Micro social work careers
Child, Family, and School
Military and Veteran
Mental Health or Substance abuse
Medical and Health
is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environments. This can mean providing services directly to people. It also can mean working for change to improve social conditions. The phrase "in their environment" points to a distinguishing characteristic of social work—one that sets it apart from other helping professions. Social workers help clients deal not only with how they feel about a situation but also with what they can do about it.
National Association of Social Workers:
The job outlook for social workers is very good. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
Most states have licensure or certification requirements for non clinical social workers and requirements vary by state. All states require clinical social workers to be licensed which requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of two years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. Social workers are lifelong learners and once you obtain a social work license, continuing education will be necessary to ensure that you are staying up-to-date on best practices in the field. Again, requirements vary by state.
Macro social work careers:
Non-Profit and Administration
Mezzo social work careers:
School Social work
Community or Social/Community Service
Group social work
Students who wish to enroll in the professional curriculum in social work must first apply and be accepted to upper-division status (candidacy) for the BA degree in social work (BSW degree).
The School of Social Work reviews and approves applications for admission to BSW upper-division status (candidacy) each October and March. Students may apply during the semester in which they are
their 52-55 prerequisite credit hours.