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What is the Social Justice in Clinical Social Work?

Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing series written by SocialWork@Simmons Program Director Dana Grossman Leeman, Ph.D., M.S.W. In early June, I attended the 36th annual symposium of the International Association of Social Work with Groups at the University of Calgary in Canada. Calgary is the Texas of Canada, and the university is a gorgeous, sprawling campus set very close to downtown Calgary. It receives ample support from the Alberta oil industry...

What I Wish I Had Truly Understood About Social Work

Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing series written by SocialWork@Simmons Program Director Dana Grossman Leeman, Ph.D., M.S.W. When I began my Masters of Social Work and even after I graduated, I wish I had truly understood that practice and competence evolve over time. If we could know it all right away and perfectly, it would not be called “Social Work Practice.” It would be called “Social Work Perfect.”...

How to Become a Licensed Social Worker

Clinical social work is a truly meaningful career. It allows you to help people by drawing on your personal strengths in combination with a range of practice approaches, theoretical frameworks, and knowledge about human development and behavior. Social workers assist people who have experienced structural and systemic forms of oppression, social marginalization, mental illness, addiction, and trauma...

May is Mental Health Month

In his 2013 Presidential Proclamation during Mental Health Awareness Month, U.S. President Barack Obama stated: “As a Nation, it is up to all of us to know the signs of mental health issues and lend a hand to those who are struggling. Shame and stigma too often leave people feeling like there is no place to turn. We need to make sure they know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness — it is a sign of strength.”...

Financial Assistance for Social Work Students

Are you looking to earn your Master of Social Work online? If so, finances have probably been an important deciding factor for you. If you are concerned about how you are going to pay for your degree, you are not alone. However, there are many financial aid options available to help you achieve your higher education goals: federal and private loans, loan forgiveness programs, and scholarships...

Simmons School of Social Work Launches Online Master’s Program

Market demand for social work practitioners is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now, aspiring social work professionals from around the country have the opportunity to earn a Master of Social Work degree from a nationally accredited institution — online...