Students learn to practice as professional social workers assisting individuals, families, groups and communities as we combine classroom learning with field education. This opportunity to gain real-world experience prepares students for positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. To gain experience in the field, students complete a supervised internship.
Where Can I Work
A social work degree prepares students for service positions in a wide variety of practices, such as caseworker, healthcare, mental health and family services. Many students continue to pursue a graduate degree in social work, criminal justice, forensics, law and clinical social work for private practice. Also many work as practitioners for non-profit agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health clinics, schools or businesses.
IU prepared me for grad school by informing me about many different schools and options that we had when applying. I had faculty who wrote letters of recommendations, and we had staff lecture on cover letter writing. My senior year at IU, I had my clinical experience at an alternative school. This experience ultimately led me to my passion of working with adolescents.
My professor at IU who oversaw our clinical experiences always allowed room for discussion on our field internships, any problems we were having, as well as debriefing and asking questions on certain populations or people groups.Cassie McCullough ’16, M.S.W.
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