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    Anyway, becuase i would like to practice in America i've...

    Well first off greetings soulunique,

    As a matter of fact I am applying to enter Clark Atlanta's MSW program in fall of 2008. So of course I believe the MSW program there is excellent and there is a strong historical biography of Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work in regards to targeting minorities and building up the african american community. I have not researched Temple, but I know Georgia State has a good program as well although I haven't done much research on that school. When do you plan to transfer?

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    Anyway, becuase i would like to practice in America i've...

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    I've been accepted into Columbia University School of Social Work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now I need to hear back from the other public health and social work program I applied to. If I get into Columbia's public health program, I can do their MPH/MSW program!

    ^_^

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    I just read a little about you. You have gone through alot but you still have great energy. Be careful that you do not allow yourself to burn out once you enter into the field. Social work can be rewarding when you are in a position that fits who you are. I love you excitement about natural hair too and I love your hair. You are just marvelous.

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    I'm not a social worker, but I do work in the social services field and let me tell you, that residential treatment facility is stressing me out! However, I have interviewed for this case manager job and I got an email yesterday stating that they were still interested in me as a candidate and that the would be wrapping up first round interviews in the coming week or so! Is that a good sign?? I really want this job so that I can begin to move forward in my career.

    I also decided that I need to pay off what I owe IU so that I can take the GRE and apply for the MPH or MPA program. I have my BS in public health, but I jacked my freshman year due to some issues I had and was never able to recover my GPA, no matter how hard I worked or how good my grades were after that! I kick myself all the time but what's done is done. I hate that GPA's are so important because it really doesn't measure intelligence. Will I still be able to get in with a GPA less than 3.0? Am I dreaming?? I really want my masters and I hope my terrible mistake when I was 18 doesn't hold me back. What do you guys think?? Is it still possible. I'm worried

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    I also decided that I need to pay off what...


    It's soooooo possible! Grad school admissions look at more than the GPA or even test scores. It also depends on the program that you apply to.

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    Thank you so much for that encouragement cause I have really been feeling bummed out! I hope I can achieve my goal in the very near future. I guess I just need some confidence!
    Thanks ladybug!

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    I've been doing this for seven years and I have to say it's all about where you work. My experience has given me a strong hatred of Department of Labor contracts...too bad for me they are one of the biggest sources of money for Youth Programs. Someone mentioned that it becomes putting out fires...alot of this is based on what the funders want and how the managment deals with it. When I started it was great because the entire staff was under 30. Now...not so much. I work with people who mostly deal with adults and the two are not the same. I'm actually considering changing fields or finding another way to go about this. The best advice I can give is this....beware of any place or program that is bound to achieving numbers.

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    Okay, so I'm super excited yall! I have been contemplating grad school for quite some time now, but couldn't really make a decision on what I wanted to get my masters in. I work in social services but I didn't want an MSW because i didn't want to focus just on social work, and my undergrad degree is in Public Health, so I was thinking about my MPH. Well, I found a program that will merge the two ! University of Michigan has a masters program that offers a dual degree in Public Health/Social Work! How awesome is that! I am too late to apply for 2008, but I can apply for 2010. I am going to start studying for the GRE(does that Barron's book really help??) and work on getting some experience other than my back ground in Social Services. I am also going to start working on the money aspect cause I will have to pay out of state tuition and that is going to hurt ! But I think it will be worth it!

    What do you guys think? A dual degree in public health and social work?? I hope I can get in. I'm praying that I get in cause I am ready to get the ball rolling!

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    Do it! I applied to Michigan's MPH/MSW program and while I wasn't accepted into the MPH program, I'm waiting to hear back from the MSW program. I've already gotten into Columbia's social work program and I'm anxiously waiting to hear back from the MPH program. I figure for Michigan, if I can get into the MSW program, I can always enroll and then re-apply to the MPH program. But if I end up getting into Columbia's MPH program, I'll definitely go there. I know a lot of people in Columbia's MPH program as well as the social work program, and given that I have friends in New York and the diversity, I'll be more than happy.

    At this point, I'm definitely amped to go to CUSSW! I was given access to their admitted students website, plus they've had students calling me to congratulate me (I know it' a tactic to get more people to enroll, but it's a pretty nice tactic.) It would be an honor to get a chance to do the dual degree program.

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    I submitted my online enrollment form to CUSSW today! I'm so excited! I'm really excited about the program I can't wait to move to New York to get started. I have other grad school decisions to get, but I've been envisioning myself at CUSSW ever since I got the acceptance letter. It'll be even more great if I'm able to do the dual degree public health/social work program.

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    I am a caseworker for The Safe Children Coalition (the privatized section of Florida Department of Children & Families). A person with no experience starts at $30,500. I have been here for six months and I turned in my resignation letter on Tuesday. I agree with whoever made the statement that all you do is àƒ¢â‚¬à…put out firesàƒ¢â‚¬à‚. I donàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t see how I am helping. I think the system is failing these children and their families. I must admit that I was given the opportunity to become a certified case manager and I took advantage of that because with certification comes more money.

    I think my biggest struggle is the home/work balance. I care for the children on my caseload but I love my children. I am tired of the 50+ hour work weeks. I no longer desire to be on-call. I no longer want to get out of my bed at 2:30 in the morning and drive 25 miles to pick a kid up from the juvenile detention center and take them to their foster placement only for them to run away before I can even get back home. Did I mention that this kid is not only taller than me but out weighs me and has no respect for authority? Oh, and letàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢s not forget to mention that when you get to the facility there are three kids waiting on you instead of one and all of them have extensive records.

    So, this is me saying àƒ¢â‚¬à…UNCLE!àƒ¢â‚¬à‚ I give up.

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    SouthernSuperWoman, I feel your pain! I have been working in a residential treatment facility for 4.5 years. The hours are long and stressful, we restrain and seclude the exact kids you are mentioning(I work on a locke/secure teenage girl unit). Some of them are really good kids with potential to do great things, but their parents and the system has failed them so much, that it is superhard to get through to them. I just accepted a job as a case manager for a foster placement agency. The hours are better, the kids aren't as extreme (I will be a IDL case manager). I came really close to interviewing for a state CPS worker position and I think God spoke to me and told me that that was not it! I already know the stress and disappointment that comes along with it. I can't wait to begin working on my masters and hopefully figuring out what more I want to do in this field. I haven't given up yet, I believe the system can be fixed, I just haven't figured out yet what I can do to help. That is my mission though. I am tired of seeing the system fail so many children who did not deserve the circumstances in which they were raised in

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    I start my internship in May. The school wouldn't let me intern in the school system because I've been working as a substitute teacher for 3 years and very often had longterm sub jobs.

    So they placed me in my second choice, foster care. I will be in the Early Impact department, counseling people in their homes , which seems to make me nervous just thinking about it.

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    I got my acceptance letter via email from University of Michigan School of Social Work today. They are sending the acceptance package in 2-3 weeks, but I'm already sold on Columbia. If UM's financial aid package is better than Columbia's, I'll definitely use that as a tactic to see if I can get more money out of Columbia (that I don't have to pay back).

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    Congrats lady bug!

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    Thanks Monappy!

    I've heard a lot of horror stories about social work experiences, how hard the work is and how small the gains are. But nonetheless I'm looking forward to my graduate studies and field placement. Maybe this is being naive, but I want to have an experience that focuses on the positivity and possibility in social work.

    Of course, I'll probably have a different view after my first year is done. lol

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    I am right there with you on this. I have gotten increasingly pessimistic the older that I have gotten. I call it my "save the world syndrome" versus the "take it or leave it" syndrome that I have now. I am burnt out for real, and thinking of switching careers myself. The question is how to parlay my MSW and license into another field, or at least another area of social work. Today was especially stressful day dealing with grown folk and their problems. A change is gonna come.....

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    wow I forgot we had a thread dedicated to the social workers and social service (yeah).

    well I did well this semester. I was really suprised by one class b/c I had heard some not so good things about this professor and he up and gave your girl an A+ (so not expecting that). I got all As so that means I have a 4.0 this semester. I am hoping to find some scholarships to help with my studies.

    this summer will be the first summer I have no school. I am beside myself. I will make use of my time and be proactive. I hope to find employment that works around my new school schedule and continues to be flexible as I try to finish up school. I am being very selective b/c whatever job I get I want it to give me some experience in social services and I want to stay there until I finish my undergrad degree (2010). I have been one of those young people that have had many jobs (I went where the money and flexiblity was). none were dealing with my major. but now I realize that I need to solidify my roots, show commitment, get serious and get some experience. I need a job pronto but finding one that will help my future career and give me a good foundation is more important.

    I will more than likely look at shelters and group homes. most of my friends that are social work majors have found success working there. many work in group homes for those individuals that have mental retardation. I am also hoping to become well rounded and figure out what population I would like to work with in the future (although I want to have a working knowledge of dealing with many).

    I also will look into volunteering. so this summer I definitely have alot to do. but I am excited

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    I've heard a lot of horror stories about social work...

    Your not being naive! Social work is grueling and it's an ugly side of society, however, I feel like if you go into this field, your heart has to be in it and yo need to be in it for the right reason's. Some people just do it cause they think it's easy or they just are working until they find something better. People get overwhelmed and give up and that's how these children and families fall through the cracks. You do have to understand what you are dealing with and don't let folks hoodwink you. you know some people have been products of the system for so long, they try to work it, beware! You have to be strong and assertive and caring at the same time. Best thing to do is get a feel for as many aspects of the field as possible. I started out managing a group home for the developmentally disabled, then I went on to residential. Now I am a case manager for a foster care agency. Next I plan to get my masters and maybe do counseling, I think I would like to do addictions. Ultimately, I would like to be like an exec director or clinical director or something of the sort! Good luck to those of you in college and explore as much as you can!

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    For those who have been doing social work for a long time and are getting burned out, I think we must remember one of the greatest things about having a MSW....it is a very versatile degree...we can work almost anywhere from healthcare, schools, families & children, mental health & addiction, macro level practice, anywhere. A friend of mine completed the MSW program and got a job in human resources as a manager and her starting pay is $65,000 with the opportunity for bonuses and growth, I never would have thought that as an option. Additionally, I know of some social workers who are working in the financial industry with corporations and businesses with trying to improve the lives of the working poor. So, the possibilities are endless. I think social workers are undervalued in our society and the work we do is very hard at times. It can seem as if we are not making a difference at all, but we are able to help change the lives and conditions of people, even if it is 1 person out of 100 .

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    Great post and definitely what I need to hear since I'm going to be starting my journey into SW this fall. The versatility of the degree is the main reason I chose MSW over Speech Pathologist. As of now, I have no idea what area I want to specialize in, but I suppose once I get a few field placements under my belt I'll figure it out. So far I'm leaning towards adoptions, healthcare or mental health -- who knows!

    Has anyone here taken advantage of the Title IV grant or Mental Health Stipend? (From what I've read they're programs that pay for 1 or 2 years of getting your master's, and then you have to work 1 or 2 years for a qualified gov't agency as a sort of "repayment."

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    I am a school social worker and I love love love my job. In my opinion social work options and realities are better up the degree level. An bachelor's level social work grad cannot do my job in Illinois. I think it is true with most degrees that bachelor's equals entry level which can often equal low pay and lots of work and little thanks. It takes more time to get the basic license level (lsw) in my state with a bachelor's as well. I am currently pursuing admission to the Institute of Clinical Social Work in Chicago. It's a phd program. I had moments like some people mentioned before I got my msw and was working at a group home. I want to acquire my LCSW and move toward private practice. I think social work is such a versatile field. It can be difficult but it's always rewarding.

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    Thanks N1 ! How did the Aftercare Coordinator interview...


    I'm leaning more towards going for a LCSW also.

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    Glad to see that this thread is still around.

    Now I need to hear back from the other public...

    You can definitely become a social worker with a sociology degree. You should consider doing an MSW degree, but you can have a Bachelor's degree in sociology and get into any MSW program. People come into MSW programs with all kinds of backgrounds. I remember one woman coming in with a degree in Japanese literature.

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    Holla at me for some more in-depth information about CUSSW....

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    HappyDoingMe: I got my undergraduate degree in psychology. I know people with degrees in business that go on to do MSW programs.

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