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Social Psychology

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jennifer patton

on 25 September 2012

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Social Psychology Describing a social worker's job isn't easy. The description depends on whether one is talking about a direct-service or a clinical social worker, and then on the population he or she serves and on his or her work environment. A direct-service social worker helps people cope with challenges they are facing in their lives. Clinical social workers are therapists who diagnose and then treat individuals who have mental, behavioral and emotional disorders. Social Work Division 8: Society for Personality and Social Psychology Division in APA: "Members are employed in academia and private industry or government, and all are concerned with how individuals affect and are affected by other people and by their social and physical environments".

http://www.apa.org/about/division/div8.aspx Mission of the division: "Social psychologists study how a person's thoughts and behaviors are influenced by interactions with other people. They conduct research on a variety of topics including attitude formation and change, persuasion and conformity, attraction, group dynamics, and other interpersonal behaviors such as aggression. In addition to teaching and research, they design and evaluate policy and programs in diverse areas such as education, conflict resolution, and environmental protection. Social psychologists contribute knowledge to a number of fields including health, business, law, the environment, education, and politics". (Schultheiss) Children & Schools
Mental Health Clinics
Private Practices Areas of interest: The school success program:
Improving Maltreated Children's Academic and School-related outcomes. Journal that corresponds with area of interests: Connection between childhood maltreatment and school performance. Professional applications:
-helping people obtain tangible services
-counsel individuals, groups, families, or communities regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, child care, or medical care. Developmental Psychology
Child Maltreatment
Introduction to Clinical Experience
Counseling Psychology
Child Development
Research Methods The Milgram Obedience Experiment
The Asch Conformity Experiment Helpful Courses Education: Skills: Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Bachelors Degree rehabilitation specialists, mental health assistant Masters Degree in Social Work 3+2 Social Work Program Social work licensing exam Interview John Maykut
Intervention Specialist for Berea City Schools Masters in social work and LISW License
Coached little league and worked in the youth center while in the Air Force; realized his love of working with children and families Q: What were the most important skills you acquired throughout your education? A: "Learning how to really listen to people was critical. How to ask questions in a way that does not offend clients is another important skill. Showing concern and not being judgemental is essential. Beginning assessment skills are very important. These of course increase with experience." Q: What is the work environment like for you? A: "It varies from school to school. Generally I am welcomed by staff because they figure I will help them with their students difficulties. I feel like an important member of the child's education team. Coming from a completely different area than the teachers I am able to bring a different view to the situation." Q: Please describe a typical work day for you: A: "I go to one of the schools in my school system. I begin meeting with the students on my case load in individual sessions. I chech in with their teachers. I return phone calls from their parents. I may have after school sessions with the families or other team staff. I may make phone calls from home in the evening. or get crisis phone calls. Then the next day it begins again." Q: What advice would you give to a current student looking into the field of social work? A: "This field is more of a calling than a job choice. It is not a financially lucrative field of work, so you need to be coming into it for other reasons. You will make a living but never get rich. You need to really enjoy working with people and have a desire to help them in some way. There are truly great rewards that can take place as you serve your clients, but also difficulties. We can help people change their lives and situations but we cannot change them. We join them on their journey and offer them information to consider." http://www.allpsychologycareers.com/social-work-license.html http://www.collegecrunch.org/jobs/10-jobs-a-masters-of-social-work-degree-could-get-you/
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