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Roxy [userpic]
M.S.W Programs in or near D.C
by Roxy (cozmic_oceanz)
at November 6th, 2011 (01:53 pm)

Hi all,

I am trying to find some good Social Work schools in or around the D.C area. I checked out George Washington, Georgetown, American, and University of Maryland and couldn't find anything (though I may have missed something). I am looking specifically for M.S.W's where I could focus on clinical/mental health.

If you know of any good programs in the area, please let me know!! Thanks so much!

(x-posted to socialwork)

Roxy [userpic]
Applying to MSW
by Roxy (cozmic_oceanz)
at October 13th, 2011 (07:05 pm)


So happy to have found this community. So, I wanted to know what you think my chances are of getting into schools like Boston University, U Chicago, U of Michigan, Washtington U, Loyola Chicago, U Minnesota, and Simmons with this background.

I am a senior at U Michigan double-majoring in Psychology and Creative Writing, with a minor in German. I currently have a 3.7 overall gpa, though my psych gpa is around a 3.5. Throughout most of undergrad, I was working towards getting a PhD in psychology (social or clinical). However, I recently decided I want a more hands-on, influential, less research oriented job, which is why I now want to get an MSW with a focus on interpersonal/mental health focus.

Here is the problem. Since I spent my undergrad working my way to doing research as a career, I have a ton of experience in research, but not much in social work. I volunteered for a month in Berlin tutoring impoverished immigrants, but that wasn't the main focus of the trip. That is probably the most social worky experience I have. However, I have not just been a typical research assistant. Since soph year, I have been a lab manager, which has involved working with people. This is also my second year teaching a course to underclassmen about research methods and advising them on obtaining and succeeding with their own research endeavors. This has involved 40+ hours/month of working with students, usually with issues cropping up. I feel like even though that doesn't seem like what a social work program typically looks for, it qualifies me. I am also currently on the student advisory board for the counseling services at my school, which doesn't involve working with clients directly, but with helping to promote mental health on campus.

SO. I got freaked out when I went to an info session at my school and without hearing much of my background, just that i have focused more on research (like what I just said here), the presenter said I should get a volunteer job before applying. It really angered me, and made me feel like all of the hard work I have done in college has been irrelevant. The fact is, there are plenty of volunteer jobs that would not have given me the same interpersonal/social experience these things have.

I have a ton of other questions, but I will save those for other posts :D Basically, do you think I am at a huge disadvantage here? I also really *need* funding for school, so, am I disadvantaged for that too?

p.s, if it helps at all, i am currently working on a creative writing honors thesis.

in_excelsis_dea [userpic]
MSW program
by in_excelsis_dea (in_excelsis_dea)
at July 30th, 2011 (12:12 am)

A couple of years ago I was heavily considering going into a MSW program. I probably won't now, but when I was researching I came across a program at least in CA where you went to school either full or part time, and worked the rest of the time, and they paid for the degree. I think it was a three year thing. A family member is now considering a MSW, and I brought up the program which seems like a great thing, but I can't remember exactly what it was. I THINK it was a city/state/federal program, and it wasn't a scholarship -- you had to work during the years you attended class (or maybe it was one year class, one year work, one year both or something). But it wasn't something where you go to school, finish, and then have a position.

Anyone have any idea what I'm thinking of? I'd love to pass on info about the program, but I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to Google.

revision of self [userpic]
Looking for Curriculum
by revision of self (amyloo212)
at May 20th, 2011 (02:45 pm)

I'm looking for highly recommended teen curriculum. The areas I'm focusing on are mental health, relationships, self esteem, body image, bullying, social skills (communication/anger), natural/healthy living, etc.

I would be presenting the content, so I'm looking for something facilitator driven. Any/all suggestions welcomed. I work with mainly 8th-12th graders.


Tatiana Lissov Kastner [userpic]
Mixed ethnic identity
by Tatiana Lissov Kastner (social_worker)
at April 5th, 2011 (10:58 pm)

Hello everyone!

I am a SW student and I’m writing a paper for one of my courses about identity problems faced by people who have mixed ethnic identity. I have troubles finding community resources for those people.

I am from Montreal and so far I have found just websites as http://half-jewish.org/ and http://half-jewish.net/ , Tasiutigiit Association of Cross-Cultural Families of Inuit and Native Children http://www.meetup.com/Tasiutigiit/ and Black women with biracial children http://bwwbc.proboards.com/index.cgi .

Do you know any other examples of community initiatives all over the world?


Thank you  

Adele [userpic]
social work school
by Adele (adele87)
at March 26th, 2011 (04:20 am)

I am a college graduate in music, and have decided to apply for social work school in the fall. Most of the programs I'm looking at want a certain number of credits in psychology/sociology that I don't have, so I'll be doing those at the community college while I work on applications. I'm applying to UMKC, KU, and Wichita State.

My interests are spirituality of social work, working with domestic violence survivors, the GLBT community, suicide prevention, play therapy, child abuse survivors, etc.

Just thought I'd say hello!

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at February 3rd, 2011 (10:39 pm)

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through_it [userpic]
I'm new :)
by through_it (through_it)
at January 23rd, 2011 (12:03 am)

Hi Everyone, I'm new here :) First off, I want to say thank you to the lovely person who created this community, because it can act as a great support system for all social work students, undergrad or grad. I find that while sharing my fears/anxieties/expectations/stories etc. about school work and the social work profession with family and friends does help, what I really need is a group of social work students and social workers who can really offer some insight and understand me better.

My name is Jenn, i'm 25,  and I'm a junior in a NY college preparing to get my BSW. The plan, like everyone else I'm sure, is to get my MSW, and eventually take the state licensing exam to get my LMSW if all goes well.

My classes are extremely hard this semester, as they are preparing me for my first ever internship in the fall of 2011. We will be finding out our placement locations a few months from now. I'm incredibly nervous, because I'm a very quiet/shy introverted type person, and while I know my social work stuff, I'm still a little nervous that I won't be any good at it, or may ask the wrong questions when interviewing a client. I'm also very, very sensitive, and I'm afraid of the criticism, but since we're students, and we're learning, I'm hoping no one expects up to be natural experts at everything ;) 

So my question(s) are:

- Where did you intern? (BSW or MSW)
- Did you enjoy it; do you feel it was a positive learning experience, and was your supervisor more helpful or more critical?
- What was your typical day like as an intern? Were you working directly with clients, or did you observe/shadow more than doing the actual assessment work? 
- Did you ever, during that time, or during your academic journey, doubt that you were capable of being an effective social worker? Did you ever feel like quitting? 
- Did your supervisor provide you with support and help and enough time to observe and learn?
- As someone who's never interned, someone who's sensitive, a worry wart with high anxiety, not very confident, but very excited to do the work, what's some pieces of advice you can give me? 

Thanks so much for your help :) If any of you feel like adding me on here, feel free to! 

Khaleelah [userpic]
Another day....
by Khaleelah (guterfreund)
at October 22nd, 2010 (11:29 am)

of what will inevitably a waste of my time, as I am sitting at internship with nothing to do AGAIN!  It's fine when the therapist I work with is here, because I can sit in sessions and we chat about Social Work things or the clients or the world or whatever....

She does not work on Fridays....there used to be a swing therapist on Thursdays, which I think is no longer....therefore, I think I may just change my days to come in on Thursday and have Fridays free.  This will work better for my life in other ways too, especially trips to NC :)

I did finally get access to the electronic record system, although I don't know my electronic signature and the supervisor doesn't know how to do it.  The person who would know is not in their office, but all over the place today.  I cannot even schedule any intake slots for the taking because of this...else, I'd conduct an intake and not be able to sign off on it...aargh!

Interestingly enough, I have heard that people's BSW experiences weren't so great...I think mine worked out well.  This MSW internship is troubling me....maybe I'm just so used to being busy ALL THE TIME, having come from Child Welfare....either way, it's b-o-r-i-n-g :(

Khaleelah [userpic]
by Khaleelah (guterfreund)
at September 27th, 2010 (02:49 pm)

current location: somone else's office space
current mood: bored
current song: this chair squeaks lol

This is the third week of my internship and I'm completely bored.  Today, the LCSW that I'm usually shadowing (at least for the time being) called out sick, which isn't a big deal.  I was given the option of coming to one of the other offices, which I did.  I was under the impression or assumption that I would be working with the LCSW's supervisor.  Interestingly enough, it's nearly 3p and I haven't seen a client or been given ANYTHING to do.  This is very unproductive.  I did finish reading a book that the LCSW had provided me on mindfulness, written by a Buddhist.  It wasn't a bad read, but I'm incredibly bored.  The supervisor that I should/am also working with merely said "Hi".  I don't know where his office is, as he's only at this office once a week (today), so is likely using a 'swing office'.  I haven't received the training for the computerized file system that they use and apparently I have to do that before anything else can happen.  Maybe I should be delighting in not having anything to do, but I just feel as if this is unproductive and a waste of time, where I could be at home doing something else or napping or studying, etc.  I guess, on the plus side, I'm getting hours that will be logged as having been on site and it's nearly 3p, so I don't have much longer.  I'm supposing I'll just sidle on out of here at 5p :shrugs:

Just needed to get that out.