The following info was forwarded by counselor, Roberta Krauss:
What Can I Do With A Degree In Social Work?
Career Opportunities in Social Work include:
Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Public Health Agencies
Family Service Agencies
Community Action Agencies
Child and Adult Care Centers
Private Clinical Practices
Policy Making Organizations
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Corporate Employee Assistance Programs
Disaster Relief Organizations
Local, State and National Government
Domestic Violence Shelters
Child Welfare Agencies
Emergency Assistance Organizations
Drug Treatment Clinics
Home Care Agencies
Community Mental Health Centers
Senior Citizen Centers
Developmental Disabilities Centers
Youth Development Programs
Jails and Prisons
Colleges and Universities
Legal Service Agencies
Hospices and Nursing Homes
Counsels other less experienced social workers, as well as other people involved in some aspect of social work without previous training.
CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST
Alleviates the stress that hospitalization causes for young children and their families through play therapy and other forms of counseling. Acts as an advocate for the child in dealings with the health care team.
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CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Offers psychotherapy or counseling services in public agencies, clinics, and private practice. Requires a master's degree.
Identifies needs in the community, writes proposals to address them and evaluates whether these needs were met. Community organizers are usually supported by state, federal and private funding grants.
COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE
CASA workers are appointed by juvenile or family court judges to advocate on behalf of the children who are brought before the court. Meets with those involved in the child's life, gathers information to determine the child's best interests, and recommends a course of action to the court. Most often CASA workers are assigned to cases in which a child has been removed from the care of parents.
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES (DCFS)
Works to address problems caused by child abuse, neglect and juvenile delinquency. Supervises home detention programs, provides therapy, teaches family and parenting skills, and conducts court-ordered custody studies. Licenses and works with foster care providers, places children in appropriate "alternative care" settings, and manages all cases under their watch.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SOCIAL WORKER
Helps employees of a company or organization with personal problems that are causing the employee trouble on the job. EAP social workers work with employees on job-related issues, such as problems with coworkers, and also personal issues, such as marital problems or substance abuse. EAP social workers sometimes act as consultants to supervisors. Usually requires a master's degree.
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GERONTOLOGY SOCIAL WORKER
Leads support groups for family caregivers, provides services and advises elderly persons in such areas as housing, transportation, and long-term care. Coordinates and monitors client services.
MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Provides support for patients and their families related to chronic, acute and terminal illnesses. Organizes or refers them to support groups, helps them plan for their needs after discharge, and with barriers that may stand in the way of recovery. Some medical social workers work in interdisciplinary teams that evaluate certain kinds of patients.
PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER
Specializes in helping psychiatric patients overcome their problems and reenter the community. Serves as a link between patient and his/her family and between the family and medical professionals. Requires a master's degree in social work.
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Specializes in helping students with problems related to school, and also personal problems. Serves as a link to resources in the community. Most school districts require a master's degree.
SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR
Plans and directs the overall program and service delivery. Employs trains, and supervises the staff, deals with financial affairs, networks with other agencies.
SOCIAL WORK RESEARCHER
Studies and interprets special data to determine the various social services needed in a community, the needs of special populations, effectiveness of programs, and better ways that services can be provided.
SOCIAL WORKER IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Does pre-sentence assessments, makes recommendations to courts, and provides services to inmates and their families. Probation and parole officers provide similar services to individuals after release.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR
Works with people who have chemical dependency problems and/or their families. Often conducts both individual and group psychotherapy with this population.
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