I want to be a therapist, not a social worker.
August 31, 2011 10:23 AM Subscribe
I'm looking into earning an MSW in hopes to become an LCSW/therapist. I do not want to work in direct action social work. What can I do during my time in grad school to make myself a really good candidate for private practice?
I'm currently taking a non-matriculated course in an MSW program. Last night, my professor mentioned that only 8-15% of MSW graduates work in private practice. I don't know if this is by choice or because it's really competitive to work as a therapist in private practice.
The idea of being a therapist for people who seek my help genuinely appeals to me. I am a great listener and able to help people, often even strangers, discuss and reconstruct their problems in ways to make them easier to solve.
The idea of being a social worker to people who are forced to accept my assistance, where I would work inside a broken system, does not appeal to me.
I initially felt that an MSW degree would be the quickest, least expensive way to work in private practice. However, I am worried that I'll somehow wind up pigeon holed into direct action social work. What can I do to make sure that won't happen?