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Should I get masters in counseling or masters in social work?

[asking for a friend]. "I want to work with with teens and families providing individual or group therapy. Eventually I want to go into program development and management with the goal of being a program director one day. Should I go for a Masters in Social Work or Counseling?" [more inside]
posted by empath on Oct 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Transfer of social work qualifications between Anglosphere countries

How well do professional social work qualifications transfer between Anglosphere countries (US, UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia)? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons on Sep 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Writing + Community + Speaking = Job Bliss

What are some jobs/careers/gigs that involve writing, some kind of direct interaction in a community space (such as a public library, media lab, shelter, etc.), and teaching/public speaking? Substituting counseling for teaching/public speaking is okay, but something verbal and interpersonal for #3 [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Clinical or academic term for "make work" situations?

I'm having trouble searching for articles on this because I don't know the right terms. It's when you have a job that isn't a real job but is instead a very simplified job paid way above the market value in order to provide income and occupation to someone who is otherwise unable to get employment, e.g. creating a simple lawn mowing job for someone with intellectual challenges when you could hire a professional to do the job twice as fast and much cheaper. Does anyone know the correct phrases I can use to find academic or clinical articles on this? I'm especially interested in the phrases social workers would use.
posted by viggorlijah on Nov 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Anyone recommend USC's online Master of Social Work?

I'm real interested in the online Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Is it a quality program? Are they helpful in getting practicums set up for you in your own community? Also, how are people paying for this spendy program? Any insights would be helpful.
posted by madmartigan3454 on Sep 9, 2013 - 1 answer

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

Best College/Career path for working abroad?

Asking for a friend-- "I need advice on a career path: How do I prepare for a career working abroad and helping people? [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 28, 2013 - 7 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

Should I get a counseling or social work degree in Oregon?

My partner and I are contemplating a move to Oregon in the next few years. I will have a masters in conflict resolution but would really like to become a mental health counselor. All the research I've done thus far points to a master of social work as I can be a counselor and have more job availability/flexibility. Part of me would like my second masters to just teach me the theory and effective skills of counseling rather than everything that comes with a MSW. I worked at a women's center and studied feminism as an undergrad so I am well aware of privilege and oppression in systemic form. If my plan was to settle in Oregon could I make it with a masters in counseling or are MSW's more easily finding jobs? This question is specific to the job climate in Oregon.
posted by madmartigan3454 on Jul 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Employment Skills Assessment-Social Services Context

Does anyone know of a brief, free, social services geared employment skills assessment? [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke on Jul 11, 2013 - 1 answer

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

No Contact.. Or Just A Little Contact?

I am a social worker who has recently started working at a new agency in the same small community as my last position. While my departure from the previous agency went smoothly, there has been one glitch that I need to handle - and I would really appreciate some advice on the best course of action. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2013 - 17 answers

What mental health therapist professional organization should I join?

After 27 years working in education, I'm transitioning into a career as a mental health therapist, a role I haven't formally been in for a whole lot of years and I'm attempting to determine which professional organizations I should consider joining. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob on Apr 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Spoiled for Educational Choices

Short Question: Should I a) Pursue a degree in IT with the goal of becoming a database administrator or b) Continue my studies and get my Masters in Social Work? [more inside]
posted by Shadax on Mar 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I Keep Working Toward My Masters in Social Work? Now or Later?

In a nutshell: I'm almost 38 years old, happily married, and am currently raising 3 kids (the youngest is 9). I work full-time at a job that I love – and that loves me back - but which doesn't pay particularly well. My husband's income compensates for that. We are decidedly middle class with some debts, low savings, and a mortgage. I have a (Canadian) college diploma in social services that's a little over 2 years old at this point. I am trying to decide whether to further my education - and whether to do it now or later. [more inside]
posted by VioletU on Mar 14, 2013 - 10 answers

How much praise is too much?

Our thirteen-month-old foster daughter's social worker is fantastic. She regularly goes above and beyond what's required for our kid's case. In the ten months we've worked with her, I've regularly thanked her for all she does to make our lives as foster parents and our foster daughter's life better, and twice I've called to tell her supervisor how great she is. Is it overkill to keep calling her boss to report that she's awesome? How can I best thank her for her service to our foster daughter? [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on Jan 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Yet another 'help me narrow down job fields' question.

Job/grad school planning filter: health-related jobs editions. Nursing, public health, social work, or something else entirely? Help me narrow my options and get myself on a better career trajectory. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Oct 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Where to volunteer in Austin, Texas?

Needed: Austin-area non-profits at which to volunteer my time. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on May 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Better care for Grandma

Please tell me about your in-home elder care solutions in the US, specifically in the rural Northeast/upper Midwest. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on May 15, 2012 - 10 answers

I need someone to make sure I do my chores...

How can I find help keeping up with life? I need an option between permanent supportive housing and crap, I haven't taken out the trash or paid a bill in three months. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

no seriously, is this masters worth it?

Help me make a decision I keep circling over again and again -- interdisciplinary masters that lets me do some cool research now, or continuing to work/exist in desired city and a more professional and/or appropriate MA/PHd in the next year or two? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 22, 2012 - 5 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

Long Distance Elder Care: Are my hands tied?

Long distance elderly care dilemma: Advice on moving my 85-year old aunt to assisted living from a rehab center and out of her dilapidated house in rural upstate New York. [more inside]
posted by captainmickey on Jan 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Coping with emotionally difficult work

I have a very emotionally intense job, which combined with my natural introversion and lack of formal training in this field, has always been a challenge for me. Now I'm six months pregnant and crying at my desk every day. What are some resources for learning how to deal with difficult emotional work? How do social workers and crisis intervention workers learn to handle the constant barrage of tragedy? How do I get through the rest of my pregnancy like this? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Dec 2, 2011 - 15 answers

How to become less emotionally invested in work?

How do I manage emotional investment in my work? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Oct 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Advice on refocusing resume?

Help my mom (a social worker with 25+ years of varied experience) clarify and refocus her her resume? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Aug 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Helping loved ones help themselves in MA

I have two family members in trouble in Massachusetts, and I want to talk to someone about it. I am not in Massachusetts, and I need help finding an the right "someone." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 13 answers

You cannot lose if you do not ask

My girlfriend is writing her masters thesis about the series The Wire from the standpoint of a social worker. I'm looking for good sources for her e.g. she told me about a professor who teaches The Wire in his classes (see: Slate article). [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 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

How do I survive surviving?

I'm a childhood sexual abuse survivor who is not really surviving right now. I need help with a whole bunch of things, and after reading this, I decided I'd query AskMe to see what resources are available. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 - 45 answers

Financial/Career Advice for my Girlfriend

My girlfriend graduated this past summer and has about $9,000 of college-related (not a student loan) debt. She's treading water and having a very hard time post-grad, and still hasn't found a job yet. Works full time at a coffee chain but it just isn't enough. Need some advice... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Nov 22, 2010 - 49 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

How can I get my brother out of my mom's apartment?

How can I get my violent brother out of my mom's senior apartment? Social workers, especially those who work with the elderly, your help is greatly needed. [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic on Aug 15, 2010 - 14 answers

How to overcome my fear of getting sued?

How can I get over being afraid of getting sued? I like my mental health-related job but internally panic every time I have a client start saying they'll sue me, take my license, etc. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jul 15, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me be the best caseworker possible!

Help me be the best caseworker/social worker possible! Could you recommend resources--or share some tips--that will help me prepare for my new job as a direct, on the ground, social service provider? [more inside]
posted by cimton on May 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Start School Now or Later

Should I go ahead and start school while I’m here and transfer? Or should I wait for a year doing my job (and looking for a new one) and waiting to see what happens with my girlfriend’s job opportunities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Anyone have experience with an animal-assisted therapy organization in NYC?

I want to be an animal-assisted therapist. I need to find AAT organizations in the New York City area that will take me on as a social work student intern. Have any leads? [more inside]
posted by coffeeflavored on Jan 4, 2010 - 1 answer

Engaging young gay adults in the criminal justice system.

How do I more effectively encourage gay young adults in the criminal justice system to engage with the larger gay community? (long question) [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on Dec 8, 2009 - 39 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

What is renal social work?

Boiled down to its essence, what is the job of a renal social worker? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Jun 21, 2009 - 4 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

How can I raise money to build a playground for inner-city kids?

How can I raise money to build a playground for inner-city kids? [more inside]
posted by peetle on Dec 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Social work and public policy--can I do both?

Career path filter: Calling do-gooder types! Please share your insights about your profession. I'm interested in public policy AND in the helping professions--how to choose which to pursue? Can I do both, or do I need to just suck it up and pick one? Please help me get a better idea of what these careers are actually like--I want your perspective, hivemind! [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Nov 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Anyone know of a movie about a social worker who pretends to be homeless?

I've got some sketchy details about a movie I'm looking for & I'm hoping it will sound familar to someone here. The movie is about a young social worker who is working in a homeless shelter. To learn more about being homeless, the SWer pretends to be homeless herself and befriends a homeless woman. The homeless woman gets very angry when she finds out that her friend is actually a social worker & is not homeless. It may have been a Lifetime movie or something as equally cheesy. Any ideas?
posted by whatideserve on Oct 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Why am I finding it so difficult to determine my future?

It’s that time - the beginning of the last semester before I graduate from collee. It’s time to find a job or graduate school program and plot out the rest of my life. A renewed interest in charity and decreased interest in psychology, my chosen field of study, have led me to question my planned life course. Open my mind to what I might be able to do with my life. [more inside]
posted by charmston on Jan 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Switching MSW schools a bad idea?

Posting this for my sister. She is in a MSW program at a small private college, and wants to transfer to larger state college. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Nov 8, 2007 - 5 answers

I Wanna Be A Social Worker...

What can I do in social work and/or education that doesn't require a social work/education degree? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 17, 2007 - 13 answers

Should I get an MA in Counseling or a really expensive MSW?

Should I get an MA in Counseling or spring for the super expensive MSW? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Jul 5, 2006 - 13 answers

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