Social Service Jobs Social Work Jobs
Supervise unit of approximately 120 children & families, and six caseworkers. Maintain extensive familiarity with foster care and other pertinent regulations. Train & ensure proper
discharge of duties by staff, including documentation & government mandates. Some clients may have medically fragile conditions.
Social workers are concerned with social problems, their causes, their solutions and their human impacts. Social workers work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, as
members of a profession which is, theoretically at least, committed to social justice and human rights.
The main tasks of social workers are casework (linking clients with agencies and programs that will meet their psychosocial needs), counseling (psychotherapy), human services management, social
welfare policy analysis, community organizing, advocacy, teaching (in schools of social work), and social science research.
Social workers work in a variety of settings, including non profit or public social service agencies, grassroots advocacy organizations, community health agencies, schools, faith-based
organizations, and even the military. Other social workers work as psychotherapists, counselors, or mental health practitioners, normally working in coordination with psychiatrists, psychologists, or other
medical professionals. Additionally, some social workers have chosen to focus their efforts on social policy or academic research into the practice or ethics of social work. The emphasis has varied among
these task areas by historical era and country, and some of these areas have been the subject of controversy as to whether they are properly part of social work's mission.
A social worker practicing in the United States usually requires a master's degree (MSW) or a bachelor's degree (BSW) in social work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited
program to receive a license in most states. In some areas, however, a social worker may be able to receive a license with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. The National Association of Social
Workers (NASW) is the largest organization of professional social workers in the United States.
A person with a BSW is considered a "generalist" and the MSW is considered "a specialist or advanced generalist"; a Ph.D. or D.S.W. (Doctor of Social Work) generally conducts
research, teaches, or analyzes policy, often in higher education setting