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Social Work 101

SOCIAL WORK 101: Social workers improve the quality of life for individuals and communities by counseling, conducting research, enacting policies, community organizing and teaching. They are guardians of our human rights and tireless champions against social injustices. SOCIAL WORK TODAY Over 40% of all disaster mental health volunteers trained by the American Red Cross are About 54% of social work jobs are in healthcare and social services. professional social workers. There are 642,000 31% of social workers are employed by states or the federal government. social workers in the U.S. Social work employment is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Average salary for a social worker is $52,270. COMMON FIELDS OF SOCIAL WORK Medical and Public Health Child, Family and School Mental Health and Substance Abuse • Help people who are sick, dying or have long-term health problems · Find foster homes for abused or · Help people with mental illness or neglected children drug and alcohol abuse • Give students and teachers advice about learning, behavioral, identify problems and change and social problems, like bullying behavior or shyness • Give support to caregivers and families about how to Provide counseling to people to cope with illness · Find services, such as nutritional classes or • Help elderly people and their families • Provide case management or support groups to help others obtain life skills and services nursing care • Develop and advocate for healthcare policy • Help with adoptions • Reach out to the community to identify those who need help CAREER OPPORTUNITIES • Clinical Supervisor • Community Organizer • Policy Analyst • Medical Social Worker CAREER OPPORTUNITIES • Child Abuse Investigator • Family Therapist • School Social Worker • Geriatric Social Worker CAREER OPPORTUNITIES • Mental Health Therapist • Substance Abuse Counselor • Psychiatric Social Worker • Clinical Social Worker EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS • Foster Care Agencies • Domestic Violence Centers • Public/Private Schools • Head Start Programs EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS • Hospitals & Clinics • Advocacy Programs • Public Health Programs • Nursing Homes • Psychiatric Centers • Residential Treatment Centers • Community Mental Health Centers • Veterans Facilities SOCIAL WORK ORGANIZATIONS ASSOCIATIONS The National Council for Social Council Work Education National Association of Social Workers Community Behavioral Healthcare SWE ONASW National Association of Social Workers PUBLICATIONS SOCIAL WORK Social Work NASW NEWS TODAY Journal of the Social Work Profession FAMOUS SOCIAL WORKERS Jane Addams In 1931, Jane Addams was the first American Whitney M. Young, Jr. woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Civil rights trailblazer Whitney M. Young, Jr. became the executive director of the National Urban League while serving as dean for the Atlanta School of Social Work. He also served as president of NASW in the late 1960s. Known best for establishing settlement houses in Chicago for immigrants in the early 1900s, Addams was a dedica- ted community organizer and peace activist. Barbara Mikulski Frances Perkins Mikulski began her political career by organizing neighbors to stop construe- tion of a highway through a historic area of Baltimore. Elected to the U.S. House of The first woman to be appointed to the cabinet of a U.S. president, Perkins served as Franklin D. Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor, drafting much of the New Deal legislation in the 1940s. Representatives in 1976, she is the first Democratic woman to serve in both houses of Congress. sources: | NASW USCSocial Work design by francesca greggs & lemonwood design.

Social Work 101

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Often times, people don’t realize social workers are influential professionals in our local communities and have led some of the most important social movements that have changed the fabric of our c...


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