Professional Social Work in the United States
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Professional Social Work in the United States

An introduction to social work including salary projections, education requirements, and organizations of interest.
3.8 (2 ratings)
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Last updated 11/2015
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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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.
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

Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
01:22:42
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Housekeeping & Overview
2 Lectures 03:06

This lecture provides an overview and expectations for the course.

Preview 03:06

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.

E-book Version of Introduction to Social Work: Book 1
27 pages
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Frequently Asked Questions
3 Lectures 13:09

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

Preview 07:13

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

Populations, Labor Stats & Licensing Questions
05:40

Value Integration Exercise: FAQ
00:16
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Origins of the Social Work Profession
4 Lectures 08:10

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

Flexner and Mary Richmond: Defining the Profession
01:36

Quiz 1: Flexner and Personalities
5 questions

Value Integration Exercise: Flexner's Critique
00:20

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

What Makes a Profession? Flexner Question, Greenwood Answer
02:47

Quiz 3: Flexner and Greenwood
2 questions

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

Preview 03:27
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Social Work Ethical Code
3 Lectures 05:43

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

NASW Code of Ethics: Ethical Parameters
02:20

Quiz 2 NASW Ethical Parameters
11 questions

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

Preview 03:10

Quiz 4: NASW Section and Paragraphs
1 question

Value Integration Exercise: Social Work Code of Ethics
00:13
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Social Work Education
3 Lectures 10:36

Explore the social work educational core.

Social Work Education Core Concepts: The Pedagogy
04:48

Quiz 5: What is Social Work
3 questions

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

Social Work Education Accreditation
05:37

Value Integration Exercise: Educational Topics
00:11
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Attributes of the Social Work Profession
5 Lectures 14:58

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

The Generalist Education Progression: Levels of Competence
04:59

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

Title Protection & Licensure Laws
04:31

Value Integration Exercise: Licensure
00:12

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

Social Work Professional Organizations
05:06

Value Integration Exercise: Organizations
00:10
About the Instructor
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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.