Professional Social Work in the United States

An introduction to social work including salary projections, education requirements, and organizations of interest.
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Benefits

Benefit from actual course content used in online and face-to-face learning in accredited social work programs. Gain an understanding of the historical origins, salary projections, education, and licensure for the social work profession. Gain empathy for professional social work and insight about the case management and counseling skills offered by the profession.

What's Covered

The course begins with frequently asked questions. It then covers the

  • Historical Origins of the Profession,
  • Social Work Code of Ethics,
  • Educational Core Competencies,
  • Education Process and Duration,
  • Laws & Licensing Requirements, and
  • Major Social Work Organizations.

The content provides a solid basis for understanding the profession as it developed over time.

Skills that will be gained

  • Distinguish between social work and other helping professions.
  • Trace the history of social work as a profession.
  • Articulate the components of the social work code of ethics.
  • Map the requirements and opportunities of education for a career in social work.
  • Identify educational, legal, and organizational supports for the social work profession.

If you are new to social work and just casually interested, you will gain insight into the value of the profession and the difference between social work and other helping professions.

If you are new to social work and are thinking of making it a career, you will gain salary information, education requirements, and a view of the typical career trajectory.

If you know social work already, you will benefit from learning origin elements, ethics training, and insight on professional organizations that you often wondered about.

Features of the Course

This course is presented by a 16 year veteran social work professor. It features a basis in the science of the social work profession leading to a systematic view of professional practice. The course also presents exclusive illustrations you will only see in MAWMedia productions. Gain access to the course an the e-book version of the Introduction to Social Work text, Book 1 of 2.

Ideal Student

You are the ideal student if you want a complete and thorough introduction to the profession of social work. If you are thinking about a career change or just starting out, this introduction can help. You may be evaluating multiple options. The content here will help you distinguish social work from other disciplines like sociology and psychology.

Note: Cover image by David Castillo Dominici

What are the requirements?

  • Interest in helping with respect, empathy, and authenticity.
  • Curiosity about careers and helping professions.
  • Desire to go beyond the surface assumptions and explore professional origins.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Distinguish between social work and other helping professions.
  • Trace the history of social work as a profession.
  • Articulate the components of the social work code of ethics.
  • Map the requirements and opportunities of education for a career in social work.
  • Identify educational, legal, and organizational supports for the social work profession.

What is the target audience?

  • FOR individuals wanting to know what the profession of social work is all about.
  • FOR individuals wanting to determine if a career in social work is right for them.
  • FOR individuals thinking about a career change to a helping profession.
  • FOR new college students desiring to get ahead of their social work classmates.
  • NOT for advanced counseling, supervision, or ethics training.
  • NOT for detailed comparison of social work and psychology.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Housekeeping & Overview
03:06

This lecture provides an overview and expectations for the course.

27 pages

A 52 page electronic version of the Introduction to Social Work text by Michael A. Wright, PhD, LAPSW. It is presented here for each printing with two pages per sheet. This is Book 1 exclusively for Udemy students.

Section 2: Frequently Asked Questions
07:13

Review an introduction to the profession of social work. Reflect on your interest in the profession.

05:40

Identify places and jobs where social workers can be found. Identify salary expectations and license requirements.

Value Integration Exercise: FAQ
Article
Section 3: Origins of the Social Work Profession
01:36

Define the profession of social work through the work of two historical personalities.

Quiz 1: Flexner and Personalities
5 questions
Value Integration Exercise: Flexner's Critique
Article
02:47

Compare and contrast the work of Flexner and Greenwood. Reflect on the establishment of social work as a profession.

Quiz 3: Flexner and Greenwood
2 questions
03:27

Trace the historical record utilizing the writings of Mary Richmond as a guide.

Section 4: Social Work Ethical Code
02:20

Identify the 6 ethical parameters that form the preamble of the social work code of ethics.

Quiz 2 NASW Ethical Parameters
11 questions
03:10

List the six sections that form the complete social work code of ethics.

Quiz 4: NASW Section and Paragraphs
1 question
Value Integration Exercise: Social Work Code of Ethics
Article
Section 5: Social Work Education
04:48

Explore the social work educational core.

Quiz 5: What is Social Work
3 questions
05:37

Review the function of CSWE and its accreditation of social work educational programs.

Value Integration Exercise: Educational Topics
Article
Section 6: Attributes of the Social Work Profession
04:59

Articulate the educational and skill-based progression of social work competency.

04:31

Define title protection and licensure as important legal functions for the profession of social work.

Value Integration Exercise: Licensure
Article
05:06

Review multiple social work professional organizations. Identify the web locations for more information concerning the organizations.

Value Integration Exercise: Organizations
Article

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Instructor Biography

MAWMedia Group, LLC produces training in a number of areas both academic/scholarly and popular/leisure. The firm is anchored by Chairman Michael A. Wright, PhD and CEO Taunya S. Wright, RN. Taunya and Michael have over 40 years of professional experience combined. They are homeschool parents, writers, coaches, and motivators. The firm employs other trainers from time to time to create engaging training content in the areas of Faith, Beauty, Self-Care, Economics, Business, and Education.

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