Social Work is the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities to enhance or restore their ability for social functioning and to generate societal conditions favorable to their goal. As a field of practice, it seeks to develop the capability of clients to understand their environment, make choices, and influence their life situations through organization and advocacy.
The Social Services Technology program is a 2 year program. Our graduates gain an Associate's in Applied Science Degree in social services for direct employment after completion of the program. The Social Services Technology program also offers a Baccalaureate Preparation track that offers 2 years at Washington State Community College (WSCC) and then a transfer to an accredited (by the Council on Social Work Education) college for a B.A. in Social Work Degree.
There are multiple agencies in this field that need qualified individuals to work with people in need. The social services worker can assist in many areas, including but not limited to children's services, community health and education, elderly, mentally ill, and the disabled. In addition, welfare and other social service agencies need individuals to work with the underprivileged, disadvantaged, handicapped or abused.
The WSCC experience encompasses actual field experience with local mental health agencies as part of the second year curriculum to apply classroom theory to actual case knowledge.
Social Workers advocate, develop new programs, and work with organizations and communities to change statues and social problems. A social work career will aid you in assisting individuals and families with a wide variety of issues such as child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, family services, criminal justice, foster care, adoption, suicide prevention, alcohol abuse, and the elderly. Social Workers assist clients to needed social and community resources, verify eligibility or provide direct service.
Graduates can apply for jobs as Case Managers, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Outreach Workers, Intake Specialist, Rehabilitation Assistants, Psychiatric Technicians and Developmental Disability Workers, Residential Counselors, Preschool Teachers, Case Managers, Social Services Assistant, Community Support worker and Mental health technician.
Graduates of the program will:
- Consistently perform work habits such as: punctuality, productivity, verbal and written communication skills, cooperation with staff and clients and working within the policies, structures, and functions of social service agencies.
- Apply the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and values consistent with the profession, to ethical situations.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills needed as a helping professional such as active listening, appropriate verbal and non-verbal responses and written communication.
- Collect, organize and prioritize client assessment information needed to develop progress reports, social histories, case treatment plans and closing summaries.
- Identify client needs and link them to available community resources.
- Monitor and evaluate clients' success toward individualized goal attainment.
- Identify historical and current social welfare policy issues that impact professional agencies.
Course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.
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