A social worker is an individual who is generally employed in a broad professional settings working with diverse individuals, communities or groups of people to help find solutions to serious life issues (homelessness, substance abuse, serious health issues, disabilities,and/or domestic conflict). Often they help families and or individuals navigate the proper channels during periods of crisis.
Professional employment settings include hospitals, schools, mental health facilities, senior center facilities, social services agencies, prisons, or owing their own private practice.
There are four general areas in which someone interested in social work can practice and gain licensure. They include a Bachelor degree in social work (BSW), a master’s degree (MSW), an advanced generalist (MSW post masters with supervision) and a MSW with direct clinical experiences.