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an introduction to the
An Introduction to the…

the social work profession
The Social Work Profession
  • Would you like to make a difference in people’s lives?
  • Do you have a passion to serve?
  • Do you want to make the world a better place for people?
facts about social workers
Most social workers are employed by private agencies, both not-for-profit and for-profit, including self-employment in their own private practice offices.

Professional social workers provide half the nation’s mental health and therapy services -- more than psychiatrists, psychologists, and other related professionals COMBINED!!!

A social worker is a trained professional who has a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in social work – not simply someone who works in a helping role.

Facts About Social Workers…
populations served by social workers





People from Culturally or Ethnically Diverse Groups

Older Adults


Gays and Lesbians

And many others

Populations Served By Social Workers
so what do they do
So, what do they DO?
  • Assessment of clients’ problems, strengths, family situation, needs, goals
  • Problem-solving related to concrete needs and environmental conditions
  • Counseling to provide emotional support -- or psychotherapy for cognitive/affective/behavioral problems
so what do they do1
So, what do they DO?
  • Advocacy – helping clients get the services and resources that they need when the system isn’t responsive to them
  • Networking – identifying agencies and programs that provide services that clients need – and connecting the client with the services
so what do they do2
So, what do they DO?
  • Evaluation – single-subject case designs, program evaluation, etc. – to determine if the interventions are accomplishing the desired goals
  • Social policy – analyzing and influencing social policy development that benefits people and communities
fields of practice
Substance Abuse and Addictions


Children’s Services

School Social Work

Developmental Disabilities

Juvenile Justice or Adult Corrections

Health Care

Family Counseling

Mental Health

Employee Assistance

Community Organization

International Social Work


Policy and Planning

Management and Administration

Fields of Practice
places social workers work
Inpatient/Outpatient Treatment Centers



Adoption and Foster Care Agencies

Prisons and Courts

Independent Practice

Advocacy Organizations


International Human Rights Agencies

Home Health Agencies

Psychiatric Hospitals

Local, State, and Federal Agencies

Colleges and Universities

Victim Services Programs

Places Social Workers Work

Average beginning salaries vary according to experience, field of practice, and geographic location:

  • BSW

From $20,000 to $30,000

  • MSW

From $25,000 to $45,000

  • DSW/ Ph.D.

From $50,000 to $80,000

certificate programs
Certificate Programs
  • The Arts and Community Practice Certificate
  • Certificate in Aging Studies
  • Child Welfare Practice Certificate
interested in our msw program
  • Minimum Admissions Criteria:
    • GPA of 3.0 OR GRE Score of 1000+
  • Application includes a personal statement, transcript, resume, and letters of recommendation
  • Volunteer or paid experience in human services is highly desirable
  • Students with a B.S. degree may in the traditional two-year MSW Program – entry date every Fall Semester
  • Students with a BSW degree enroll in the one-year MSW Program – entry date every Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
  • Both part-time and full-time MSW programs are available
msw program contact information
MSW Program Contact Information
  • Vicky Verano, LCSW

MSW Admissions Coordinator

University Center C

Room # 2525


social work students
Social Work Students

“I have really enjoyed the social work professors’ commitment to help us succeed and how their values reflect the Social Work Code of Ethics.”

-Monte King

“I think field placement is a wonderful

opportunity to take the knowledge I have

learned from classes and apply it to real-

life situations.”

-Danielle Kinard

“ I love the sense of community in the School of Social Work and being able to get to know all my peers and professors.

-Yumika Sparkman

“I like that the faculty are easy to approach

and they are always willing to help you out.”

–Tommy Muecke

“I love the opportunities the School of Social Work offers its students to work in the field. It allows us to develop a good grasp on what is out there. These experiences have also helped me see how versatile my degree really is!”

-Joyce Goulart

bsw program contact information
BSW ProgramContact Information
  • Amy Sequeira, MA

BSW Advisor

University Center C

Room # 2414


  • Jennifer Roberson, BA

BSW Program Assistant

University Center C

Room #2412


bsw program contact information1
BSW Program Contact Information
  • Kim Maddox, MSW

Director, BSW Program

University Center C

Room # 2412