What is Social Work?

>>> Social Work at OSUM     >>> How to Apply
>>> What is Social Work? >>> Ohio State College of Social Work
>>> Careers in Social Work  
>>> Elective Sheet >>> Social Work Curriculum Guide
>>> General Education List >>> Major Course Descriptions


Social work is a profession for those with a passion to help others. According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; providing counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in relevant legislative processes. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social, economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of these factors. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting, such as hospitals, schools, private practices, correctional facilities, community mental health agencies, and substance abuse treatment centers. If you want a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, social work is for you!

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