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Exploring Post Graduate Licensure: LCSW vs. LMSW

A Master of Social Work (MSW) is the gateway to most professional opportunities in the field, but new MSW graduates face some choices. Most MSW graduates complete coursework in a wide range of subjects, including clinical practice, social policy, human behavior, research, advocacy, and specific populations such as children or older adults.


Master of Social Work Versus Master of Psychology

So you have already earned your bachelor’s degree and have decided to pursue the next stage of academia — the master’s degree. You’re interested in direct practice and helping individuals, families, groups, and communities to improve their well-being and achieve success in areas of their lives where they may be struggling. You may be torn between getting a master’s degree in psychology or in social work, and are wondering what each degree can do for you.

Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Social Work

The need for professional social workers continues to grow. It’s important to understand the different types of social work — clinical or non-clinical — so that you can make an informed decision about which area of practice is the best fit for you. While both types of social workers are educated at the graduate level, there are key differences.

The Most Popular Careers in Social Work

Social workers create positive change in the lives of people of all ages and from every walk of life. The field of social work provides many different opportunities for those passionate about helping others. Careers in social work take place in a wide range of settings. These include child welfare and family services, mental health and addictions treatment, health care, and support forolder adults.

Career Spotlight: Substance Abuse Social Work

Substance abuse social workers use their specialized knowledge to help those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse to cope and make a full recovery.

Navigating Conversations About Race, Racism and Privilege

While most ethnic and racial groups acknowledge that racism and discrimination exist in the U.S., they have differing opinions about the effects on specific communities. SocialWork@Simmons Professor Shari Johnson shares her tips to ensure that discussions about race and discrimination are productive rather than destructive.