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Advance Your Career With a Master of Arts in Social Work Degree

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Southern Indiana strives to produce professional social workers that promote growth and empowerment of clients in a dynamic multi-dimensional social context.

The MSW degree prepares you to be a clinical social worker, able to practice in a variety of settings like mental health clinics, hospitals, schools, employee assistance programs or residential treatment facilities. Focus your studies through electives and specialized field placements in areas like children and adolescents, geriatrics, medical social work, hospice, veteran services or psychiatric care.

MSW Graduation cap decorated for the ceremony

USI's program prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values for clinical social work practice based on the Nine Competencies of Social Work Practice. The Social Work Department continuously evaluates student development of these competences through measured practice behaviors.



Master of Social Work Mission

The Master of Social Work program prepares students with the knowledge, values, and skills for clinical social work practice with diverse populations and emerging social issues.

Get on the Right Track

The USI Master of Social Work program can be completed in one or two years, dependent on whether or not the student has a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The Full-Time (Day) Track is the only option, at this time, for students with degrees in psychology, sociology, philosophy or other disciplines. 

 

 Full-Time (Day) Track 

Full-Time (Day) Advanced Standing Track

Part-Time (Evening) Advanced Standing Track 

Bachelor of Social Work? No Yes Yes
Number of Credit Hours 61 36 36
Years to
Completion
2 1 2
Enrollment
Status
Full time Full time Part Time
Graduation May July May

Dual Master of Social Work (MSW) / Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Social Work program also can be completed concurrently with the Master of Public Administration program.


Global Social Work Elective Option

The Social Work Department has partnered with International Orphanage Relief to offer an outstanding service learning opportunity in Jamaica. Graduate students may participate, earning either one or three credits to qualify as one of the two required MSW electives, for details see the USI Global Social Work website.

Curriculum - 61 Hours

The two-year, full-time program for non-BSW students offers daytime courses, typically on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-2:45 pm, with field placements during normal working hours.

First Year
Fall Semester
SOCW 503 The Social Welfare System  3 hours
SOCW 504 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I  3 hours
SOCW 506 The Foundation of Social Work Practice 3 hours
SOCW 510 Social Welfare: Policy and Service  3 hours
Spring Semester
SOCW 505 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II  3 hours
SOCW 508 Micro Systems: Individual, Group, and Families  3 hours
SOCW 509 Macro Systems: Institutional and Community Systems  3 hours
SOCW 610 Human Diversity in Social Work Practice  3 hours
Summer Semester 1
Includes First, Second, and Third Summer Sessions (10 wks)
SOCW 511 Graduate Field Placement I 2  3 hours
SOCW 512 Integrated Field Placement Seminar I  1 hour
SOCW Electives 3 6 hours
Second Year
Fall Semester
SOCW 601 Clinical Assessment and Psychopathology in Social Work  3 hours
SOCW 608 Theories of Clinical Practice 3 hours
SOCW 611 Graduate Field Placement II 4 2 hours
SOCW 612 Integrated Field Placement Seminar II  1 hour
SOCW 652  Family and Couples Therapy 3 hours
SOCW 660 Clinical Practice with Groups  3 hours
Spring Semester
SOCW 602 Clinical Planning and Treatment Process in Social Work 3 hours
SOCW 605 Practice Evaluation 3 hours
SOCW 611 Graduate Field Placement II 4 2 hours
SOCW 612 Integrated Field Placement Seminar II  1 hours
SOCW 671 Social Work Management 5 3 hours

Notes:

1. Most electives are asynchronous online and do not meet on a scheduled day/time.

2. SOCW 511 is the field practicum related to generalist social work content taught in the 500-level courses. Students complete 425 hours of supervised field experience over a 13 week period.

3. Students required to take only two electives (6 hours) and may opt for non-social work graduate electives with prior approval of the MSW Program Director.

4. SOCW 611 is the field practicum related to advanced clinical work content taught in the 600-level courses. Students complete 600 hours of supervised field experience from fall through spring semesters and may complete hours during the Christmas break with prior approval.

Curriculum - 36 Hours 

The one year, advanced standing program offers daytime courses, typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-2:45 pm, with field placements during normal working hours. Students in this cohort take one or two electives and SOCW610 in the summer before the fall semester.

Summer Semester - Includes First and Second Sessions
SOCW Electives 2 3-6 hours
SOCW 610 Human Diversity in Social Work Practice (Early start option) 3 hours
Fall Semester
SOCW 601 Clinical Assessment and Psychopathology in Social Work 3 hours
SOCW 608  Theories of Clinical Practice  3 hours
SOCW 611 Graduate Field Placement II 3 2 hours
SOCW 612 Integrated Field Placement Seminar II 1 hour
SOCW 652 Family and Couples Therapy
3 hours
SOCW 660 Clinical Practice with Groups 3 hours
Spring Semester
SOCW 602 Clinical Planning and Treatment Process in Social Work  3 hours
SOCW 605 Practice Evaluation 3 hours
SOCW 611 Graduate Field Placement II 3 2 hours
SOCW 612 Integrated Field Placement Seminar II 1 hour
SOCW 671 Social Work Management 4  3 hours

Notes:

1. Most electives are asynchronous online and do not meet on a scheduled day/time.

2. Students required to take only two electives (6 hours) and may opt for non-social work graduate electives with prior approval of the MSW Program Director.

3. SOCW 611 is the field practicum related to advanced clinical work content taught in the 600-level courses. Students complete 600 hours of supervised field experience from fall through spring semesters and may complete hours during the Christmas break with prior approval.

Curriculum - 36 Hours 

The two year, part-time, advanced standing program offers evening courses, typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:45 pm, with field placements during normal working hours. 

First Year
Fall Semester
SOCW 601 Clinical Assessment and Psychopathology in Social Work 3 hours
SOCW 608  Theories of Clinical Practice  3 hours
Spring Semester
SOCW 602 Clinical Planning and Treatment Process in Social Work  3 hours
SOCW 610 Human Diversity in Social Work Practice  3 hours
Summer Semester 1
SOCW Electives 2 6 hours
Second Year
Fall Semester
SOCW 611 Graduate Field Placement II 2 2 hours
SOCW 612 Integrated Field Placement Seminar II 3 1 hour
SOCW 652  Family and Couples Therapy 3 hours
SOCW 660 Clinical Practice with Groups  3 hours
Spring Semester
SOCW 605 Practice Evaluation 3 hours
SOCW 611 Graduate Field Placement II 3 2 hours
SOCW 612 Integrated Field Placement Seminar II  1 hour
SOCW 671 Social Work Management 4 3 hours

Notes:

1. Most electives are asynchronous online and do not meet on a schedule day/time.

2. Students required to take only two electives (6 hours) and may opt for non-social work graduate electives with prior approval of the MSW Program Director.

3. SOCW 611 is the field practicum related to advanced clinical work content taught in the 600-level courses. Students complete 600 hours of supervised field experience from fall through spring semesters and may complete hours during the Christmas break with prior approval.

The Master of Social Work and the Master of Public Administration programs at the University of Southern Indiana offer a dual degree program, which can be completed in two years.

Students must be admitted to both graduate programs before beginning the dual degree program. View admission requirements for the Master of Social Work and admission requirements for the Master of Public Administration.

Students can enroll in the full-time liberal arts track for students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work degree or the two-year advanced standing track for students with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.

A total of 13 credit hours from select graduate social work coursework applies to both degrees.

Students must complete the MPA comprehensive examination in order to graduate with the MPA degree, taken towards the end of their coursework. Students must also complete Practice Evaluation (SOCW 605) and affiliated capstone project, cross-listed with the MPA Capstone Seminar, in order to graduate with both degrees.


Liberal Arts Track

Students in the liberal arts track (those who do not have Bachelor of Social Work degrees) are required to take 85 credit hours to complete both the MSW and the MPA degrees. Twenty-four credit hours come from the MPA program, and 61 hours come from the MSW program.

The program can be completed in two years with a full-time course of study. This track requires the student to be enrolled in 15 credit hours (five courses or fieldwork) most semesters and 12 credit hours (four courses or fieldwork) most summer sessions.

Track Examples

Two-Year Full Time (non-BSW): First Year Example

Full Time (non-BSW): First Year
Fall Semester
Class Credits
SOCW 503 The Social Welfare System 3
SOCW 504 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) I 3
SOCW 506 The Foundation of Social Work Practice 3
SOCW 510 Social Welfare Policy and Service 3
PA 632 Introduction to Public Administration 3
Spring Semester
SOCW 505 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) II 3
SOCW 508 Micro Systems: Practice with Individuals, Groups, and Families 3
SOCW 509 Macro Systems: Institutional and Community Systems 3
SOCW 610 Human Diversity in Social Work Practice 3
PA 609 Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Administration 3
Summer Semester
SOCW 511 Graduate Field Placement 3
SOCW 512 Integrated Field Placement Seminar I 1
One or two courses chosen from PA 605, PA 631, PA 684, PA 690 or PA 698 3-6

Two-Year Full Time (non-BSW): Second Year Example

Full Time (non-BSW): Second Year
Fall Semester
Class Credits
SOCW 601 Clinical Assessment and Psychopathology in Social Work 3
SOCW 608 Theories of Clinical Practice 3
SOCW 611 MSW II Graduate Field Placement 2
SOCW 612 MSW II Integrated Field Placement Seminar 1
SOCW 652 Family and Couples Therapy 3
SOCW 660 Clinical Practice with Groups 3
One course chosen from PA 605, PA 631, PA 684, PA 690 OR PA 698        3
Spring Semester
SOCW 602 Clinical Planning and Treatment Process in Social Work 3
SOCW 605 Practice Evaluation 3
SOCW 611 MSW II Graduate Field Placement 2-4
SOCW 612 MSW II Integrated Field Placement Seminar 1-2
SOCW 671 Social Work Management in the Clinical Setting 3
PA 618 Research Methods in Public Administration 3
Summer Semester
PA 606 Public and Nonprofit Personnel Administration 3
PA 644 Policies and Processes in the Public Sector 3
PA 645 Program Evaluation in the Public and Nonprofit Sector 3

Advanced Standing Track

Students in the advanced standing track (those who have Bachelor of Social Work degrees) are given credit for foundation (500-level) courses. These students are required to take 60 credit hours to complete both the MSW and the MPA degrees. Twenty-four credit hours come from the MPA program, and 36 hours come from the MSW program.

The program can be completed in two years by students enrolled in nine credit hours (three courses or fieldwork) most semesters and 12 credit hours (four courses or fieldwork) most summer sessions.

The MPA curriculum requires two electives, with the option to take both during the summer semester of the first year, or one during the summer semester of the first year and one during the fall semester of the second year.

Track Examples

Two-Year Advanced Standing Part-time (BSW degree): First Year Example

Advanced Standing Part-time: First Year
Fall Semester
Class Credits
SOCW 601 Clinical Assessment and Psychopathology in Social Work 3
SOCW 608 Theories of Clinical Practice 3
PA 632 Introduction to Public Administration 3
Spring Semester
SOCW 602 Clinical Planning and Treatment Process in Social Work 3
SOCW 610 Human Diversity in Social Work Practice 3
PA 609 Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Administration 3
Summer Semester
One or two courses chosen from PA 605, PA 631, PA 684, PA 690 or PA 698 3-6

Two-Year Advanced Standing Part-time (BSW degree): Second Year Example

Advanced Standing Part-time (BSW degree): Second Year
Fall Semester
Class Credits
SOCW 611 MSW II Graduate Field Placement 2
SOCW 612 MSW II Integrated Field Placement Seminar 1
SOCW 652 Family and Couples Therapy 3
SOCW 660 Clinical Practice with Groups 3
One course chosen from PA 605, PA 631, or PA 684 3
Spring Semester
SOCW 605 Practice Evaluation 3
SOCW 611 MSW II Graduate Field Placement 2
SOCW 612 MSW II Integrated Field Placement Seminar 1
SOCW 671 Social Work Management in the Clinical Setting 3
PA 618 Research Methods in Public Administration 3
Summer Semester
PA 606 Public and Nonprofit Personnel Administration 3
PA 644 Policies and Processes in the Public Sector 3
PA 645 Program Evaluation in the Public and Nonprofit Sector 3

Course Descriptions

A detailed list of degree requirements and course descriptions can be found in the USI Academic Bulletin.

Offered by the Social Work Department, located within the University of Southern Indiana College of Liberal Arts, the Online Advanced Studies in Addiction ScienceOASAS (Post-Master’s Certificate in Addiction Scienceis designed for individuals with, or currently working on a Master of Social Work degree, as well as individuals with a Master or Doctorate degree in Addiction studies, Chemical dependency, Psychology, Human development, Family relations, or Counseling from accredited universities and programs.

OASAS is 100% online and provides the latest knowledge, skills, and attitudes in professional addiction treatment practice. Courses are offered by blending desktop video conferencing and an online learning management system. Access to a reliable computer with internet, camera and microphone capabilities is required

Substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors (i.e., Addiction Counselors) provide treatment and support to people who suffer from addiction, eating disorders and/or other behavioral problems. A need for highly trained individuals in addiction services is well documented. By enrolling in these courses, students have the opportunity to learn addiction theories and techniques, the basics of psychopharmacology, research methods, crisis intervention tools utilized in assisting addicted individuals and their families, as well as legal, ethical, and professional standards.

Funding opportunities for individuals interested in addiction education can be found under the Student Resources section at the bottom of the page.


Program Curriculum

The following is the curriculum for individuals with, or currently working on a clinical master's or doctorate degree from a CSWE-accredited program. We will work with you to personalize an individualized plan of study depending on your prior credits.

  • SOCW 653 - Addiction Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • SOCW 664 - Crisis Intervention
  • SOCW 672 - Legal, Ethical and Professional Standards in Addiction Science
  • SOCW 674 - Psychopharmacology


Click to see: Sequence of Courses

The following is a tentative 42-week plan of study for individuals with, or currently working on a clinical Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program. 

Summer Semester (5-week course modules)

SOCW634 Social Work Practice with Substance Abusers and their Families 3 credits
SOCW664 Crisis Intervention 3 credits
SOCW672 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards in Addiction Services 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience (10 week) 3 credits

Fall Semester (8-week course modules)

SOCW674 Psychopharmacology 3 credits
SOCW673 Research Methods in Addiction Counseling 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience (16 week) 3 credits

Spring Semester (8-week course modules)

SOCW653 Addiction Counseling Theories and Techniques 3 credits
SOCW661 Theory & Practice of Group Addiction Counseling 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience (16 week) 3 credits

* Addiction Field and Supervision Experience (SOCW 689) is a repeatable course and must consist of a minimum of one supervised practicum, internship or field experience in an addiction counseling setting. Students must meet a minimum number of 700 clock hours with a minimum of 280 face-to-face client contact hours of addiction counseling services. In addition, a minimum of 105 hours of supervision from a LCAC who has at least five years of experience as a qualified supervisor is required. If documented Clinical Field Experience from accredited MSW coursework can be presented, these hours may be eligible to be applied to the hours required for the 700 contact hours.


APPLY TODAY!

OASAS coursework is non-sequential and admission applications with supporting documents are reviewed when received.

  1. Complete the Graduate Studies online application:
    • Select "Post-Master’s Certificate in Addiction Science" for Course of Study
  2. Pay the nonrefundable $40 graduate application fee

Admission

To get started, complete the following four steps:

1.) A completed USI Application for Graduate Study and $40 application fee.

2.) Upload the following to your application account.

  • Resume/CV
    As part of the application, you will be required to upload your resume/CV as a PDF file. The resume/CV file name should be  Lastname-firstname-resume.pdf   (ex. Smith-Joe-resume.pdf).Your resume/cv should include the following information:
    • All college/universities attended, starting with the most recent, and include the name of the institution, dates attended, and degree(s) awarded. If no degree was awarded, please state such.
    • Employment history, starting with the most recent, and include name of organization, location (city and state), a brief description of duties and dates of employment.
    • Field/Internship experiences, starting with the most recent, and include name of organization, location (city and state), a brief description of duties and dates of employment.
    • Relevant volunteer activities, starting with the most recent, and include name of organization, location (city and state), a brief description of duties and dates of employment.
    • As part of the application, you will be required to upload your resume/CV as a PDF file. The resume/CV file name should be  Lastname-firstname-resume.pdf   (ex. Smith-Joe-resume.pdf)
  • Personal Statement/Narrative
    Answer the following questions as an opportunity to describe yourself, and the qualities beyond academic grades that make you ideally suited to be a Clinical Social Worker. Responses should be thoughtful, honest, yet professional, and should demonstrate excellent writing skills, critical thinking, insightfulness, and self-awareness. Be comprehensive, yet succinct in your response and use examples from your life experiences.
    • Life Experience - Describe events and life experiences that have informed your choice to pursue a Master of Social Work degree and a career in Social Work. 
    • Values - Describe the ways that your personal values, beliefs, and interests are congruent with the mission and philosophy of social work. 
    • Diversity - Think about situation(s) when you had to deal with differences in age, race, disability, ethnicity, gender, religious and/or sexual orientation. Based on your experience, how do you plan to work with diverse and vulnerable people?  
    • Additional Experiences - What experiences have allowed you to develop the skills necessary to be an effective social worker? 
    • Summary - Provide a final summary of your statement, highlighting what you consider to be the most important points for the admission committee to know about your application to the MSW Program. 
  • Professional References
    • You will be required to provide three professional references including name, email and phone number. An email will be sent to each of these individuals upon submission of this application requesting a reference.

3.) Submit official transcripts to Graduate Studies.

  • Official electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed from the previous institution to Graduate.Studies@usi.edu

  • Mailed transcripts can be sent to this address:
    Graduate Studies
    University of Southern Indiana
    8600 University Blvd.
    Evansville, IN 47712

4.) International students may be required to provide additional information.


Admission Policy

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all required materials to the Social Work Department by the application deadline. Applications are reviewed when all materials have been received by the Social Work Department MSW Admissions Committee.

Admission decisions for the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program are based upon:

  • A review of past academic performance;
  • Relevant work and/or volunteer experience;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • A personal statement;
  • An admission interview (when required).

Indiana Public Law 11-1994 and MSW Admission

In order to fully comply with Indiana Public Law 11-1994 (conviction of sexual offenses against children), the Social Work Department will conduct a criminal history check of students requesting admission to the Master of Social Work program. This check will be conducted at the point of admission and upon entering the field placement. A student who has been convicted of sex offenses against children as identified in P.L. 11-1994 will not be granted admission to or allowed to continue in the Master of Social Work program.

Individuals who were convicted of such crimes outside of the state of Indiana are required to report their intent to reside more than seven days in the area within Indiana to local law enforcement authorities having jurisdiction in the area of intended residence.

MSW Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Educate generalist and clinical practice students on nine competencies of social work practice.

Objectives:

  • Integrate competency-driven learning throughout the MSW curriculum.
  • Use technology to enhance course delivery and provide students with alternative curriculum options.
  • Use current scholarship and best practices in assignments in the MSW curriculum.
  • Use field trips, international programs, speakers, service learning, and forums to enrich student learning about diversity.
  • Annually update curriculum and course content in response to evaluation feedback, changes in best practices, and community needs.
  • Provide continuing education for alumni and the regional social work community.
  • Use course exercises and assignments to promote student awareness of self as an instrument of change.

2. Use research as the foundation for discovering best practices in education and community engagement.

Objectives:

  • Develop and carry out research focused on social justice in collaboration with the USI Center for Social Justice Education (CSJE).
  • Conduct regional needs assessments and program evaluations studies.
  • Engage in and encourage multidisciplinary research with community partners.
  • Partner with the College of Nursing and Health Professions to enhance USI’s position in gerontological, as well as inter-professional collaboration education and research.
  • Use exit surveys, alumni surveys, employer surveys, student focus groups, and other data measures to monitor the MSW program processes and outcomes.

3. Model and promote the ethic of service.

Objectives:

  • Serve on boards, committees, and as members of regional organizations that support and promote the values of professional social work.
  • Seek and respond to organizational and community service needs in the region.
  • Sponsor student organizations that recognize academic excellence and promote student service.

The Master of Social Work program requires applicants have a bachelor's degree from a regionally or comparably accredited institution. Applicants with an undergraduate degree other than a Bachelor of Social Work should apply to the two-year full-time track.

Admission to the Master of Social Work program requires:

  • Admission to Graduate Studies;
  • Earned bachelor degree from an accredited college/university before starting the program;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work attempted or a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester hours;
  • Evidence of writing skills compatible with graduate-level standards;
  • Evidence of potential to develop into a solid graduate-level professional social worker. A personal interview and/or additional evaluative data may be required of applicants;
  • Prerequisites: Applicants must complete prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. Minimum of 24 hours (eight courses) of social/behavioral sciences:
    • Introduction to psychology course or its equivalent;
    • Introduction to sociology course or its equivalent
    • Social work, psychology, sociology or other social science research methods course;
    • Social work, psychology, sociology or other social science statistics course;
    • Four courses from any of the following disciplines: social work, psychology, anthropology, sociology, criminal justice, gender studies, political science or economics.
  • Prerequisite course content older than 10 years may be considered upon review.

    Students transferring from other graduate programs must submit an Evidence of Good Standing Verification Form, available from the Social Work Department. Students may transfer, with approval, up to 12 graduate credit hours.

    The MSW Program does not grant academic credit for life or work experience in lieu of social work course or field content.

  • International students are required to have a score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 6 on the IELTS (International Language Testing System).

Let The Journey Begin!

All new students must watch each of the following orientation videos and complete the orientation checklist before attending the zoom orientation session. Advanced Standing Orientation will be on Monday, March 20, 2023, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Traditional 2-Year Full Time Orientation will be on Monday, March 27, 2023 from 5:30-7:30pm. A Zoom link will be sent for the MSW orientation to your USI student email account. 

Student ID's are made at the Eagle Access Card Office UC003 (UC West).

Parking passes are not required at USI!

Macie Cox

Behavioral Mental Health Therapist
Indiana United Methodist Children's Home

Why did you choose to pursue a career in social work?

I decided to pursue a career in social work as the profession is extremely diverse. This allows for my possibilities within my career to be endless. As an indecisive individual, it gives me a piece of mind that I am able to change the scope of my practice at any point in my career.

How did you find your first job out of school?

My internship experience was focused around school social work, an agency focused on supporting individuals affected by a cancer diagnosis, and residential. I also had the ability to be a graduate assistant for USI's Student Support Services, where I was able to gain various professional skills within a mix of higher education and social work.

What course of experience in school do you think best prepared you for your career?

When reflecting on my education at USI, I believe that my professors made more of an impact on my perspective toward the profession than a specific course. My professors did an amazing job at balancing textbook knowledge with their professional experience. I remember most of my classes transforming my perspective on the world. I had one professor that stands out the most, she would push us outside of our comfort zone through various activities. We would often sit within a fish bubble to practice our communication skills.

Any advice for current students?

The biggest advice I have for current students is to say yes to every opportunity then figure it out along the way. As a student you are in charge of how much you want to learn through the opportunities you may receive. Say yes to the things that scare you, they often teach you the best lessons/skills. Also, remember to network, you never know who will lead you to a career opportunity or be on a hiring committee at your dream job, make those great first impressions. But the most important advice, be patient with yourself. You are learning, you will not know everything you need to know the day you graduate, that's what experience is for!

Student Resources

There are a wide variety of career/practice areas for Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) and Master's of Social Work (MSW) degree graduates. The Occupational Outlook Handbook lists social work as having faster than average job growth. Professional social workers work to assist clients in solving human problems.

Graduates work in a variety of settings including social services agencies and programs, health care institutions and services, communities, correctional systems, schools and government (at all levels).

Social workers work with different populations (children, adolescents, adults, elderly), social problems (substance abuse, mental and emotional problems, corrections, child maltreatment), and levels of practice (individuals, families, communities). Some of the more common career areas for professional social workers include:

Administration and Management
Advocacy and Community Practice
Aging and Gerontology
Substance Abuse
Child Welfare and Family
Developmental Disabilities
Health Care Social Work
Justice and Corrections
Juvenile Issues
International Social Work
Mental Health and Clinical Social Work
Occupational and EAP Social Work
Policy and Planning
Public Welfare
Research
School Social Work
Marital and Family Therapy/Practice
Teaching and Education

Many agencies, programs and health care institutions require licensed professional social workers due to accreditation, licensing, certification and governmental requirements. Detailed information is available in the Social Work Department or by going to the National Association of Social Workers website. 

Advanced Studies in Addiction Science - OASAS (post-master's certificate in addiction science) provides the latest knowledge, skills, and attitudes in professional addiction treatment practice.
Online Advanced Studies in Addiction Science (OASAS)

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