Social Work. Field Placement Agencies. Welcome. What you will find in this presentation: Local and Regional Social Work Field Placement Options Agency contacts Helpful Web Sites Student Testimonials. Areas of Social Work Concentration. Child Welfare Aging Mental Health Medical
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Field Placement Agencies
What you will find in this presentation:
Local and Regional Social Work Field Placement Options
Helpful Web Sites
Social work professionals continue to have a key role in all areas of child welfare including direct practice, supervision, administration, training, and policy and program development.
Currently in this area of practice there are varying state initiatives aimed at providing financial support and additional training to both BSW and MSW students who are interested in a career in child welfare.
Currently in the state of Pennsylvania, the United States Administration for Children and Families, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and fourteen undergraduate and graduate social work degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) offer the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) and the Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL). The goal of these programs is to provide extensive training and employment opportunities for students while strengthening public child welfare services in the state of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit the link below:
Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB)
The growing population of adults over the next decade is expected to create an extraordinary demand for aging programs, initiatives, services and policies in this field of practice. The Administration on Aging reports that by 2030, there will be over 72 million older adults residing in the United States. Social workers in this area of practice are often employed in community area on aging centers, community mental health centers, health care settings, and residential living facilities. Social workers who work in this area of practice engage in initiatives at both direct and indirect levels of practice to provide supportive services and interventions to older adults and their caregivers to address personal, social and environmental challenges to aging.
PA Department of Aging
***Use this link to find Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging Programs, Senior Centers and other Disability resources.
Social workers who work in mental health can provide services in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential living facilities, schools, rehabilitation programs, employee assistance programs, community mental health programs, military and veteran services and in private practice. According to the NASW, clinically trained social workers are the lead mental health providers in the country, making up 60% of the work force. Social worker’s training and focus on problem-solving, systems, empowerment and person in environment enables them to assist individuals with alleviating major daily life stresses.
Substance abuse social workers are employed throughout the community in social service agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and various community based programs that are aimed at serving populations who suffer from alcohol or drug abuse. Although according to the NASW, most substance abuse social workers have a master’s degree (MSW) in social work, bachelor’s level (BSW) social workers are able to find entry-level positions and can obtain credentials to become a certified addictions counselor (CAC).
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