If you've ever been awed by the kindness of Mother Theresa or Princess Diana, you have seen the tip of the iceberg of social work. Social workers counsel, advocate for, and connect their clients to additional resources to help improve their lives, whether they are facing poverty, illness, domestic problems,... or substance abuse. Over half of all social workers are in the healthcare and social assistance industries. Social workers provide a variety of services to people in need, from all walks of life. As a human services profession, social work focuses on one-on-one care between the professional and his or her client.
In the 21st Century, social work is in more demand than ever for a couple reasons. One, the booming field of health care means more social workers focus on seeing clients with physical and psychological conditions. For another, there is a much wider variety of social workers, who work with different kinds of patients. Medical social workers provide support to individuals suffering from acute and terminal illness. They might counsel family members and other caregivers, and arrange for medical benefits and services to be provided to the patient at home. Mental health social workers provide similar services for clients whose moods, thoughts, and behaviors keep them from optimal functioning. Substance abuse social workers facilitate rehabilitation for clients through individual and group therapy, connect them to resources, and help them to develop new adaptation strategies in life and work.
A bachelor's degree is generally required for entry-level jobs in social work, though some higher-level positions may require a master's. Degree programs in social work blend theory with practice, giving students ample opportunity for field work while building a foundation of knowledge. Students become experts in their chosen subfield and learn evidence-based practices for serving the most vulnerable populations.
Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Social Science (BA/SS) degree from Ashford University and develop a sound understanding of the society we live in - individuals, families, communities, governments, and c more >
Prepare yourself to lead social service programs, advocate for social justice and public policy changes, and share your advanced knowledge with future social workers. more >
The USC School of Social Work's Virtual Academic Center, MSW@USC offers the opportunity to earn a Master of Social Work degree without relocating and is designed to prepare social workers with the more >
Provide for the welfare of all children and their families with a specialization in Family and Community Services added to your Master of Arts in Education online degree program from Ashford Universit more >
Case Western Reserve University's online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) - Community and Social Development prepares students with the practical knowledge they'll need to bec more >
Case Western Reserve University's online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) - Direct Practice prepares students with the practical knowledge they'll need to become influential l more >
Our Lady of the Lake University’s Worden School of Social Service, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious schools of social work, is now offering its acclaimed Master of Social Wo more >
Our sociology program provides a solid grounding in theory and research about groups and the influence groups have on society and on individuals. more >
The Community Studies major is an academic field related to the study of human experiences in particular localities and of the broad forces affecting community development over time. more >
University of New England's Master of Social Work develops activist practitioners ready to challenge injustice, domination, exploitation, and violence. more >