If you are thinking of going into the social work profession, a question that you may want to ask yourself is, "Am I passionate about making a difference?"
If you answered, "YES!" then social work is the field for you. Social work is a profession dedicated to helping people function to the best of their ability in their own environment. We are individuals who care about people, who want to help people live improved and healthier lives, who assist others to relieve suffering, and who strive professionally to make our social "work" make a difference.
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, abuse and neglect and the disabled. In addition, welfare and other social service agencies need individuals to work with the underprivileged, disadvantaged and special needs populations.
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, work with organizations, communities and government to change legislation, policy and embark upon communal social problems. A social work career will prepare you in assisting individuals, families and groups 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:
- Distinguish oneself as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
- Engage diversity and multiculturalism in practice.
- Combat human rights and social and economic injustice.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- 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, critical thinking, 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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