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Do I want to be a therapist?

I'm thinking about becoming a therapist. Is this a good idea, and how do I get there if it is? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Sep 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Should I get an MSW?

A number of my peers are MSWs and I like the work. I would like to be able to advance further without moving into management. Is an MSW the right next step? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 31, 2013 - 7 answers

What to do now so I can get into a top-ranked MSW program next year?

I applied to one of the most competitive MSW programs with hopes of becoming a clinical social worker. I didn't get in. I'd rather not lower my standards and go to a less competitive school. This particular school is the one where I want to get my degree. What can I do now to boost my application for next year or the year after that? I know the obvious answer would be to volunteer. More specifically: Where should I volunteer? In what capacity? How do I write an awesome essay and get great recommendation letters? Also: what are some resources for the MSW application process?
posted by sunrisecoffee on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

MSW bid vs. detour to premed

How would you compare a somewhat-expensive MSW program with a detour to post-bacc premed education (& subsequent bid for med school)? For somebody passionate about kids, disability, and cross-cultural wellness. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jun 13, 2013 - 8 answers

"Whenever the wind whistles I shall think Lowenstein, Lowenstein"

What has been your experience with family therapy? Are you a family therapist? Tell me ALL your anecdotes and experiences with family therapy, please. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Nov 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Should I apply to MSW programs now or later?

Do I have an appropriate background for admissions to an MSW program? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 10 answers

MSW Questions

Interested in finding a good fit MSW program. Don't know what to look for, ask, inquire about while in the search. MeFe please enlighten me! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Do MSW rankings matter?

Do the rankings of the school matter when getting your MSW? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find help to get a job

Career coach or someone who can help me find/get a job in my field (social work/non-profit)? Getting desperate and losing hope after three years of no luck. In NYC. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 11, 2012 - 14 answers

White Student Black School?

Do you or anyone you know have personal experience as a Caucasian attending an historically Black college/university? African-Americans who work at or who have graduated from such institutions are also free to weigh in on the experiences of any White students/classmates they may have had. [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Mar 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Are online MSW programs worth doing?

Are online MSW programs worth it? Which ones are best? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Mar 23, 2012 - 6 answers

I want to be a therapist, not a social worker.

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? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Aug 31, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I decide whether to become a psychotherapist?

How can I actually decide whether to go back to school and become a psychotherapist? Is there anyplace in NYC where I could get some hands-on experience to help me decide if I want to do this? [more inside]
posted by chameleon on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Teaching vs. MSW / JD

Teaching certificate vs. MSW. Where can I be of more help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 - 12 answers

ADD, Depression, and You!

How does someone know if a stimulant medication (adderall) is helping them the way it was intended to for ADD, or if they are searching for a reason to continue a substance that makes them feel good (aka addictive behaviors)? Where is the line between a "need for functioning" and "it makes me feel better therefore I function better"? Don't most people function better on a stimulant? (also some ethical questions inside about working in the mental health industry...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 30 answers

Where in NYC can I volunteer late on week day nights or on the weekends?

Where in NYC can I volunteer late on week day nights or on the weekends? I need people-based organizations (so, not the ASPCA) with work that's not super stressful. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Sep 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Alternatives to MSW?

Please help me not screw up again and figure out how to get the education I need. [more inside]
posted by lukievan on Sep 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Non-U.S. MSW?

What are some good MSW programs outside the US? [more inside]
posted by youchirren on Aug 13, 2010 - 4 answers

NYC non-profit professional networks

Seeking networking groups for a youngish, unemployed, non-profit-minded professional in NYC. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Should I get an MSW?

Should a law school dropout get an MSW? [more inside]
posted by annie_oakley on Aug 28, 2009 - 11 answers

Stay for work 'cos I should or move 'cos I can?

Do I stay for a few years where I'm unhappy to advance my career or do I move to be closer to nature/family/cool stuff? If I stay, how can I cope? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jun 2, 2009 - 15 answers

Where to get my MSW?

Does it matter if I get my MSW in the same city I intend to be living/working in? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Psychiatric Nursing or Social Work?

I'd like a flexible career involving meaningful interactions with people while I help them sort out their issues. Given the economy, psychic is definitely out (kidding, kidding). Help me figure out whether I should pursue a MSW or a degree in Psychiatric Nursing! (please?) [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia on Jan 19, 2009 - 7 answers

To PSW or not to PSW....

Getting a Personal Support Worker certification in Ontario -- worth it? [more inside]
posted by the dief on Aug 29, 2008 - 1 answer

What can I do to not freak out about student loan debt?

What can I do to not freak out about student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jul 10, 2007 - 23 answers

Career and education advice for a social worker?

Career Question: I am getting an MSW from Columbia and want to know what to do to be financially stable after gradutation. [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Jul 10, 2007 - 3 answers

Is any Master's Degree better than no Master's Degree?

Is any Master's Degree better than no Master's Degree? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 7, 2007 - 17 answers

pros/cons of being a therapist

What might I hate about becoming a therapist? [more inside]
posted by aimless on Jul 18, 2006 - 24 answers

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