Interview with Charles Berman, MSW on Forensic, Psychiatric and Clinical Social Work
- Find a mentor. You can look to professors, supervisors, other students, etc. I have been impressed at how open social workers are to mentoring each other.
- Reach out to your network to set up relevant internships/volunteer positions.
- Get training in substance abuse, therapy for borderline and psychotic clients, trauma work, and case management experience for homeless adults.
- If you are going for a state job it will take longer to get but it will pay better.
- Focus on maintaining a good support network.
- Participate in lots of continuing education once you graduate! These courses will help you continue building your skills, allowing you to focus on a particular area that most interests you and is relevant to your clients. They are also great for networking.