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    Sorry for the late reply. Glad to be of help.

    Finish your Bachelor's first; they won't accept you without one (if anyone knows otherwise, please feel free to correct me). You can get a degree in just about anything and enroll in an MSW program, as long as you have the classes that they'd like to see. My undergraduate school did not have a BSW program, only a MSW program. To my knowledge, there are no schools that have both a BSW and MSW program. Usually a school will have one but not the other. (If anyone knows of any school with both, feel free to list it here.)

    There were people in my MSW program with degrees ranging from business to media to Japanese literature.

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    Finish your Bachelor's first; they won't accept you without one...

    Future Social Worker checking in. Here in California Cal State University's Sacramento Campus has both the Bachelor and the MSW program.

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    Wow - can't believe this thread has been going for so long and this is my first time seeing it! Think my course had me locked down - didn't have time to look at forum with all the stuff they had us doing.
    Hey N1 - another UK student social worker signing in here . I'm studying at Brunel. Have to say non-supportiveness sounds like it's an issue across the board. (Late) congratulations on making it through your first year successfully.
    I hear what you're saying about statutory social work - I have my doubts about it too. Amadeo said something about numbers and targets - that's what statutory social work seems mostly concerned about in the UK <_<
    It has been so interesting to hear about all the different routes for social work there are in the US - and six figures doing social work?? Never here.
    Social work in UK seems pretty much looked down upon - especially in our media.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say hi. Thanks for starting this thread Enlightened - seen many of these names while lurking and didn't realise so many of you were social workers.

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    Hey N1 - another UK student social worker signing in...

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    Indiana University has an BSW, MSW, & Phd programs. It may depend on the size of the school, too. I start my final year this fall...YEAH!!!...I'm so excited, but nervous at the same time, because once I am finish I now start my career, not a job, but a career....OMG!!.

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    tpace. Congrats on your final year. I can't wait to get to there.

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    QUOTE(Mrs M.L.B Aug 4 2008, 09:25 PM) 2083114

    Was glad to see your posts too, believe me. I'm doing a BA - about to go do my third and final year Kinda scared of what this year's going to throw at me, since I feel like I'm still recovering from the sweatshop that was the second.

    My last placement I had to travel from West London to East everyday - I was not pleased and it took it out of me, but still it was a good experience. I admire you for being able to do this with a new marriage and baby - sounds like you are taking it all in your stride . This time next year, we'll both be qualified.

    Good luck for your interview. Substance misuse sounds difficult, but from what I've heard from colleagues, it's also very rewarding.

    tpace - Congratulations on making it through to your final year! Sounds like you and I are in the same boat

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    Ladies maybe you can help me . . .

    My sis just graduated with a Masters in Social Work (MSW). She is trying to find employment. She is pretty open but would love to stay in Southern California. Could anyone recommend any companies, agencies, persons, etc . . . who may be of assistance?

    Thank you!

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    My sis just graduated with a Masters in Social Work...

    Idealist

    Social Service

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    Tell your sister to try Devereux, Gulf Coast , and even check department of Family and Children. I hope that could help you with the search

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    Thank you ladies for your assistance. She has checked everyone of your recommendations. If anyone remebers anything else of use - please fee free to post or PM me. Thanks again!

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    I went through orientation this week at Columbia. It seems like it's going to be a challenging, interesting program.

    I posted my courses in the thread about Fall 2008 courses, but I wanted to put them here also:

    Foundations of Social Work Practice (why is this a 3 hour class??)

    Social Welfare Policy

    Human Behavior and the Social Environment

    Seminar in Professional Identity

    Quantitative Methods for Social Work (lab included)

    The last two classes are mini-semester courses. Seminar begins in September and ends October 16th, and Quantative Methods begins October 23rd and ends December 11th.

    My classes fall on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with my field placement on Mon/Tues/Fri. On my class days (until October 16th) I'm done at 3:50 on both Wednesdays and Thursday. After October 16th, I'll still be done at 3:50 on Wednesday, but I'll be done at 5 on Thursday (my quantative lab is right after the actual class.)

    My field placement is at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. I'll be doing direct practice with HIV at the Roosevelt location near Columbus Circle.

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    Well I've just started my 2nd year placement and I'm working in a Substance Misuse Team working with addicts who are trying to get abstinence, just started this week but really looking forward to it.

    My classes start in 4 weeks so i'll post them when I receive what they'll be but i've chosen the Mental Health pathway so it will be quite interesting and useful for my placement experience hopefully.

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    I believe that this semester will be good but I just really need to focus and not procrastinate. I'm hoping to become more involved this year. meaning, I want to find employment in my major (group homes, etc...), volunteer, and I am thinking about joining the social work club at my school. I need to talk the talk and walk the walk this semester. I will be graduating in 2010 and I would like to start building a good foundation.

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    I know that's right! I've joined the Black Caucus at my school and am on the listservs for several others in case I want to go to their events.

    I've been waiting a long time to get into graduate school, so I need to take advantage of this time academically and socially. This is about to be a challenging but rewarding semester... ^_^

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    I met with my supervisor for my field placement today. The clinic I'll be working in serves HIV positive clients and also offers does HIV testing to the general public. I'm going to do social work assessment of patients as well as have clients to see. While I'll be primarily working with out-patient clients, every few months I'll be working with in-patient clients who have full-blown AIDS and/or who aren't doing well with their health. My supervisor seems really cool and is very laid-back, plus she gave me the option of being trained to do HIV testing. I've never worked in a hospital setting before, but I'm looking forward to it. I was very excited to find out that my placement was in HIV since HIV is one of the many problems I want to work in once I've graduated.

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    HIV/AIDS was my focus upon graduating the program. Child welfare is my focus now, but HIV/AIDS is good as well.

    Congratulations to the new social work students here. Good luck to you. Feel free to ask questions on here or send a PM.

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    I haven't been on in awhile. But I got accepted to the PHD program at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and have started classes myself. My emphasis is child and adolescent. I also found an individual to do my supervision towards my LCSW. So life is bliss. I am taking 4 classes right now. It's a whole lotta reading but I enjoy it. I'm a nerd I like school. But it has actually been a blessing with helping me regulate my schedule.

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    There was a national study done on juvenile justice throughout the United States and New York was found to be the worst in terms of its system and outcomes. Governor (David) Patterson has appointed a task force to address these challenges. One of the members is a professor at my grad alma mater, and another member is the executive director of the umbrella organization that employs me.

    It's interesting that with the focus on quality assurance also came bureaucracy, which appears to have taken focus off the real work that needs to be done and is more about cost-cutting. (Of course, there are other factors which contribute.) As a consequence, 80% of juveniles in New York re-offend within 3 years.

    They key is to find creative and innovative ways to help these kids while cutting costs, not doing one thing at the expense of another. Creativity and innovation is what social work is supposed to be all about.

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    Hi. I am new to forum and just stumbled upon this forum topic. I am an undergrad social work major. I changed my major about a year and a half ago from architecture. I love this major and I don't plan to slow down until I have my PHD.

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    Welcome newgail! How far along are you in undergrad? Have...

    The semester's almost up for me. My placement is great! I do mostly case management, so for my next placement I'm hoping to get into a placement where I'll be able to provide more individual counseling and such. But I love working with the population I'm in currently (HIV). Maybe I'll be able to find a placement where I can work with adolescents and sexual/reproductive health as well as provide therapy and case management.

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    Welcome newgail! How far along are you in undergrad? Have you started looking at grad schools?

    I am in my last year. I am actually looking to go to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor for grad school but I wouldn't be able to go until I finish my contract in the military which is two years from now.

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    The semester's almost up for me. My placement is great!...

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    Wow, it's amazing to see so many dedicated social workers and s.w. students here - this is so inspiring! I'm completing my MSW this month from the Brown School of Social Work WASHU in St. Louis with a concentration in Social and Economic Development! I am super excited but also very overwhelmed because I don't know what the future holds for me in terms of job positions. My interest areas are in community development and international social development. There are opportunities out there but I'm having difficulty figuring out where to actually look. The job search process is so daunting! I don't want to do direct practice or clinical work and most of the MSW positions that I'm coming across are in that category. I hope that I find something within my field of interest soon! Please keep me in your prayers!

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    I just finished my first grad school SW final! It was pretty easy. I didn't study all of what I was supposed to, but yet everything I studied ended up being on the exam anyway, lol.

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    Hello All!

    I did not know that this thread existed so glad that I checked it out!

    I am a senior Psychology major with a sociology minor and I will be graduating in May 2009. I am applying to three MSW programs and intending to specialize in Mental Health and Addictions.

    I am entering the social work field to be a clinical social worker and provide therapy to under-represented and underserved minorities....we have been neglected and ignored long enough so I am going to do my part to bridge the gap b/w the black community and mental health services/programs.

    I am excited and nervous all at one but I cannot wait to graduate and get into my grad program! This thread is wonderful and its nice to read the experiences of other minorities who are in this field. I may post a thread asking for advice for students who are applying to graduate programs in social work and/or are looking to become social workers.

    Thanks so much for creating this thread!

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    Alright people, it's official, I am applying to the MSW program at IU and this application is killing me. I am almost done as it is due in the beginning of February. I am having a heck of a hard time deciding on a topic for my writing sample. My recommendation letters are out there being completed and the rest of the application is complete. I really hope I get in because I am ready to keep it moving in my career. I love my field of choice and am glad there are others just like me! I haven't decided on a concentration yet though. I know I'm rambling, but I'm taking a break from working on this application as I have been working on it all morning! Just needed to let some steam go. Okay, now I'm getting back to work!

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    Hmm. I don't know where to begin. I don't even know why I didn't research social work before. I think it's because there are stigmas associated with being a social worker. One is that they don't make a lot of money, and another is that they always ended up burnt out. Well those were my perceptions anyway. I really feel that this is the track that I'm supposed to be on. I major in Human Development, and I'm about to graduate in May. i didn't apply for graduate school because I'm daunted by the process, and because I didn't have a definite idea of what exactly I wanted to go to grad school for.

    I really feel that I want to be in a profession servicing and helping others. That's just something at the root of my personality. But I also need to be in an environment where I'm receiving the support that I need to support others, if you feel where i"m coming from.

    With that being said, I'm supposed to be applying to TFA (Teach for America) and a couple other teaching corps type programs. My biggest problem is that I seriously have a problem writing. I procrastinate and end up writing something to hand in. Or I end up over thinking it, but still not Writing something substantial, or something that I feel is substantial. TFA wants two essays...very short, but essays nonetheless, and I'm just not getting them done.

    But anyway, this thread has given me some insights on my career path. I would like to teach, but I think I will most likely end up outside the classroom, but still working with children (adolescents perhaps)

    *Thanks for starting the thread, and I'll be keeping an eye out, and probably PM'ing some of you. Peace

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