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    My best friend told me about this thread and so...

    Where I am, we don't even have LMSW, just LCSWs, who do mostly counseling.

    I think the joint degree is wonderful. Yes, it will take more time, but it sounds like a good program and worth the effort. Usually joint degrees do have a shorter time frame, you're right.

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    Hey, that's whats up!!!! Much love to all my fellow social workers (those in school and those working)!!!!

    Hey I have a question? Why in da hell do I have to take this boring research class in grad school if Im not interested in doing research in social work? My teacher is boring as all get out and no one is learning anything really. Ugh. I don't think this is the only one either, when I get in my concentration, I think I have the joy of yet another research class. I mean I worked as a research interviewer on a bunch on longitudinal studies before and I had to have IRB training, so Im familiar with all the basics of research and code of ethics, different types of research methods and all that jazz. Research is cool if you are interested in it, but Im not really, so I wish I didn't have to take that class. Oh well, just me venting, aint nothing I can do about it so I'm just going to grin and bear it

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    Quote:March is National Professional Social Work Month....

    Good information here. Thanks for posting it.

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    Hey I have a question? Why in da hell do...

    LOL. You have to take it so that you can interpret (intelligently) the research of others. you also want to know if intervention methods really work before u use them on your clients. Gurl I'm int the same type of class. last semester it was research basics..we had to submit a research proposal. This semester research methods2 we are carrying out our proposal, submitting the IRB application, conducting surveys everything..LOVIN it!!

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    today my job had a luncheon in honor of social workers and social work month. they were given cards and also magnets that said "another day of.... putting out fires. life of a social worker" my supervisor gave me the same thing personally, directly in my hand. after the luncheon, we were told to go home and enjoy the rest of the weekend. i'm a humble person on a daily basis, but the luncheon idea was started by me. some of the staff didn't know this was social work month, and when i sent out an e-mail to the rest of the staff about it at the beginning of the month, my director said we should celebrate. i suggested lunch and he said it was a good idea.

    another thing some of you may want to look into as you gain more experience is obtaining NASW credentials. it's something i'm looking into now and will hopefully obtain by the end of the year.

    (pardon lowercase, shift key is messed up.)

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    I've been off of the boards for a while but I am also a social worker (MSW, LICSW) w/ a doctorate in Family Studies. I currently work in the research/policy field and would be happy to answer any ques. that folks have re: the various career pathways that are availabile to social workers. I started off in a residential facility for teens doing indiv, group, and family counseling and ended up as a medical social worker before going back to school to get the Ph.D. It's an honorable and great profession!

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    hi clover22,

    being that you mentioned family counseling in your post, i wanted know if it made a difference whether i earned my msw or my mft ( masters in marriage and family therapy). i did some research and i found that a lot of mws's who are marriage and family therapits, but I am wondering what route they took to practice in that field. did they intern with a mft or did they earn certificates or diplomas. i am really interested in doing marriage and couple therapy. also i am not sure if you read all of the earlier post, but i am also really interested in incorporating principles of christianity into my work. if you have any insight i would really appreciate your input.

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    being that you mentioned family counseling in your post, i...

    I would like to know too because I am planning on opening my own therapy center (family, couple, marriage counseling) in the future and will get my master in a couple years.

    TIA op:

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    Curious, to everyone who work and/or work with a family, how do you/will you complete your fieldwork?

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    I'm not clover22, but I'll try to answer. I think you can still do marriage and family therapy with a MSW. You might have to go through a training or certificate program, though. MFT and MSW are somewhat interchangeable, meaning there are probably many classes that the 2 have in common.

    Examples of training programs:

    Ackerman Institute for the Family - excellent institute; also supposed to be very diverse and excellent for minorities
    Minuchin Center - I briefly trained with them and they're also decent
    Pacific Oaks (CA) - this link is specifically for the African-American Family Studies program but they have other programs also (see link below)
    Pacific Oaks home page

    being that you mentioned family counseling in your post, i...

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    Examples of training programs:Ackerman Institute for the Family - excellent...

    Thanks for the links. I will check them out.

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    Examples of training programs:Ackerman Institute for the Family - excellent...

    Thank you so much. I will definitely look into the links that you have provided!

    Blessings

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    I am in my second semester of my MSW program. I attend IU School of Social Work and on a 3 year plan. I work during the day and attend classes at night. It has been a struggle trying to balance work and school. Does anyone have any ideas on how to manage both? I am open to any suggestions.

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    see a lot of topics for many careers but nothing for us social workers

    Just wanted to start a forum for us to vent, build and so forth.

    I'll start. I'm in my 2nd semester of grad school at Grand Valley State University MSW program.
    I love my classes. This semester I have Human behavior, Policy and a Foundations class. I go to school in the day and work one job in the day as a GA( 10 hours a week) where I get a stipend and they pay for 2 of my classes...and I work at night 2 days a week for extra cash.

    I am interested in School Social work.

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    Well, I have degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology and was considering Social Work while I was undergrad. I tried to weight the pros and cons (not saying there are alot; just my personal thing ), and I realized that I could either get my Masters plus licensure in mental health counseling, try and get into a reputable Doctorate's program in clinical psychology. As I took statistics courses and experimental courses in undergrad, I realized that I only wanted to help people/basically counsel. I've been out of school since '03, and I'm finally getting to a point where I can start grad school (yay!).

    To make a long story short, I looked at possible jobs for a mental health counselor once I get out of school, plus I checked possible salary and work conditions; I really think I could manage. One other reason why I decided to not to follow clinical psychology is that many agencies are not hiring those with doctorate degrees to do the line of work I want to do, which means I'll have to start my own practice, probably take a job paying far too less than what my degee says I should earn and then I would be finally starting my career almost 5-10 years from when I wanted to. Hope that wasn't confusing .

    I currently do close to the job of a social worker and am looking into a cps position, hoping this could help me while I'm in grad school.

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    To make a long story short, I looked at possible...

    I hope I didn't jack the thread ! I just figured that mental counseling was under the same umbrella as social work, since I could be qualified for those types of jobs too.

    I also forgot to add that I work for a child support office, more on the customer service/legal side instead of the social service/legal/counseling side, which is another reason why I've been contemplating getting my Masters and license. I really do want to people with more than just child support payments. I volunteered with a refuge for abused, neglected and at-risk youth while I was an undergrad, and nobody at the place had any background in social service. Once I started counseling this runaway teen, she opened up and was actually began talking to me. Everybody else had such a hard time getting through to her......

    To everyone, keep doing what you do, and be blessed in your endeavors !

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    Hey I have a question? Why in da hell do...

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    so happy I found this thread.

    I am in undergrad pursuing a degree in social work. I want to go all the way PHD baby. but I also want to do other things like work on public policy and changing laws for children and low income families and individuals.

    I sometimes feel discouraged because some of my "friends", family and people in general express their displeasure when I tell them I want to be a social worker, like its the worst profession in the world. The always say the same thing "you won't make any money". anybody can make money but we choose to spend it on unnecessary things. like one friend I have wants to be a nurse but honestly I can tell she's doing it just because its a very lucrative profession right now but she doesn't have a passion for it like another friend of mine.

    I have a passion to help people and I really have enjoyed all my internships I did in my 2 year college. I have worked with adolescents who hand severe mental illness, adults dealing with substance abuse, and adolescents who were in a GED program. I want to be a well rounded social worker and have knowledge with all types of diverse population but I can feel my focus will be adolescents/ teens.

    I used to be an occupational therapy major but I really didn't have the passion for it like many of my class mates they enjoyed the class meanwhile I dreaded it some days. I did very well in my classes when i got into the program but something was missing. I would often tell my professor, i don't think this is for me. when I switched my major she would say "I think you will change your mind one day and continue on as a an OT because you know social workers don't make any money".

    my mentor whom I love is doing well for her self she put her daughter through college, owns her own home has 2 cars, and is now in the doctorate program. she works for the schools and has the summer off.

    I love social work and this is what I want to do, I'm glad for this thread because I needed the inspiration.

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    I'm so glad I stumbled upon this thread! I'm an undergrad Sociology major with a concentration in Social Work & I'm planning on getting my MSW when I finish (which will hopefully be spring 2009).. I don't exactly know what I want to do yet

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    MSW ovah here! Workin' on getting my LCSW right now and going to school for my PhD in Counseling Psychology!!!

    Whootie - Hoo!!!

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    I applied to two social work programs for Fall 2008. They each have a dual-degree program with their university's school of public health. If I'm accepted into the program, I'll be getting a MSW and a MPH in 2 years! I'm pretty excited about.

    I'm mostly interested in community organizing, nonprofit development, and working with young women and teens when it comes to social work.

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    I am now on year 2 of the MSW program and this semester is going to be REAL. I have a 20 hr/wk practicum/internship, 2 evening classes, and working part-time; and it's really not going to lighten up until I graduate. I will be taking 2 classes during the summer, 4 during the fall, and completing a block (40 hr/wk) internship, and I might take 1 class. But I just have to survive until May 2009 and I don't have to go back to school unless I want too. That's what is keeping motivated right now, because there have been several times I just wanted to quit.

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    I'm mostly interested in community organizing, nonprofit development, and working...

    I am a undergrad social work major right now. Graduating in May. Holla!! I am also interested in MSW/MPH programs and plan on applying to UNC-Chapel Hill , USC-Columbia, and UMaryland in a year. Community organizing, non-profit, and women and teens are also my area of interest. Good luck to you!!!

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    Good evening to all queens of forum.

    Well, I am a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. At this moment I am applying to graduate schools to pursue obtaining my MSW. As for what population I want to emphasize on I am not yet certain because I have a passion for advocating for ALL individuals. I will one day begin my own forumO targeting women of domestic violence. At this point Social Work seems like a god send for incorporating my interests of counseling with directly being able to advocate, connect, and help people grow. As I expand my horizons I am understanding the limitless opportunities that await me after receiving my LCSW. I really love this forum dedicated to social workers.

    Classes begin on monday, so I know throughout the semester I will have plenty of forums to spark....so keep an eye out. Oh by the way check out my forum on Social Workers and Social Justice too! I am curious to read everyone's opinions on the issue.

    Peace and One Love.

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    Do not give up sistah. You have come so far and for that you should be proud. I am excited to have found this thread and learned that there are so many sistahs going on to obtain a MSW and LSCSW because I see so many bachelor's level Social Workers that are unhappy not to mention the pay. I am actually inspired by your message bc it shows determination and drive. Well, my purpose is to keep you uplifted and striving for your goals.

    I am actually in the application process of applying to graduate schools so that I may follow in your footsteps. So keep me lifted as well.

    Stay empowered, focused and uplifted.

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    Thanks and congratulations to you too!
    ^_^

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    I started my MA in Social Work in 2005 but failed my last 100 days placement (UK System) so i have to do another one, which i am waiting to start.

    Anyway, becuase i would like to practice in America i've seen an advanced programme meaning that i can complete MSW in 1 year at Clark Atlanta, Temple and Georgia.

    I was wandering are these schools any good?

    Also once you have your MSW does that automatically mean you can practice as a professional social worker?

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    I posted this as a new topic I have not received much input, so I decided to include it in this social work forum since there are sooo many social work students/professionals. ENJOY. :

    Morning Ladies.

    I am a new member to forum and I'm loving every minute of it, especially after finding this forum. Well I am a senior with a Psych major and SW minor. I'm in the process of applying to grad schools to pursue my MSW and following that I want to obtain my PhD. My future goals consist of teaching at a HBCU and opening a non-profit organization with an emphasis on domestic violence. Those are my two topics that I am very passionate about. As I grow in my consciousness I have been touched with the need to educate not only our community, but our younger generations.

    We have to take control of our destinies and expand the minds of our people. With hate crimes uprising everyday and becoming more direct and out in the open we have to stop talking and start UNITING as a strong unit. It can only be influential if EVERY individual takes a stand. With numbers we hold power, but if we fall and break apart with all the bickering and fighting, then and only then will our predators make their move to knock us further off our stance.

    I'm sorry...I have to stop myself at times because I have a developing passion for us and I am sooo tired of the excuses and ready for equality.

    As social workers or individuals studying to do so what are your inputs on this??

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