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Social Work

Longwood's Social Work program prepares majors for first-level professional social work practice as practitioners utilizing the generalist perspective base, as well as receiving accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. Social workers deal with personal and social problems in the society in which they live. Majors learn to formulate, implement, and evaluate policies and programs in relation to people's emotional, health, and economic needs. Majors work with people who live through specific risks to their well-being due to the lack of personal, social, and institutional resources.

Mother Teresa- "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."

Career Fields associated with Social Work Majors:

  • School Social Worker
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Family Therapist
  • Gerontologist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Residence Counselor
  • School Social Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Youth Counselor

For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Related Skills:

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong background in psychology and behavioral sciences.
  • Critical thinking and quantitative skills.
  • Strong interpersonal abilities.
  • Understanding of people of diverse backgrounds and oppressed groups.
  • Skills in generalist social work practice.
  • Knowledge of social work theory, techniques, and intervention skills.
  • Knowledge of community services and social welfare policies
  • Communication skills and the use of professional relationships
  • Proficiency in basic research and evaluation

Personal attributes associated with Social Work:

  • Desire to help others to learn and succeed
  • Achievement
  • Recognition and appreciation from others
  • Intellectual Growth
  • Fondness for and dedication to human potential
  • Sensitive, warm, and friendly attitude
  • Thirst for knowledge and understanding
  • Patience
  • Endurance
  • Integrity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Tactfulness
  • Objectivity
  • Kindness
  • Value people
  • Good communication
  • Adaptable