Guide to Different Types of Social Work

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Introductory Guide to Medical Social Work
This guide describes the diverse work settings and core responsibilities of medical social workers, and explains the challenges and rewards of the profession. It also provides advice on how social work students can prepare for a job in medical social work.

 



Introductory Guide to Forensic Social Work (Criminal Justice Social Work)
This guide describes the unique roles and responsibilities within forensic social work, and explains the challenges and rewards of the field. It also provides advice to social work students who are interested in becoming forensic social workers.

 



Introductory Guide to Child Welfare Social Work
This guide describes how child welfare social workers assist vulnerable children and families, and explains the challenges they face on the job. It also offers advice from practicing child welfare social workers on how to prepare for this career.

 



Introductory Guide to Psychiatric Social Work
This guide describes the challenging and complex responsibilities that psychiatric social workers have, as well as the settings in which they work. It also provides advice for social work students interested in entering this field.

 



Introductory Guide to Pediatric Social Work
This guide describes pediatric social workers’ typical responsibilities and work environments, and explains the challenges and rewards of the profession. It also offers advice from practicing pediatric social workers about preparing for this career.

 



Introductory Guide to School Social Work
This guide provides detailed information about school social workers’ daily and long term responsibilities, and offers advice from practicing school social workers regarding how to prepare for this career.

 



Introductory Guide to Military Social Work
This guide explains the different types of military social work roles and work environments, describes the typical responsibilities that military social workers fulfill, and provides advice to students considering a career in military social work.

 



Introductory Guide to Clinical Social Work
This guide explains the types of careers in clinical social work, describes the core assessments, therapeutic modalities, and case management services that clinical social workers provide, and details the unique rewards and challenges of this field.

 



Introductory Guide to Macro Social Work
This guide discusses the key ways in which macro social workers can effect positive change at the local, state, and national levels, and also provides advice for prospective social workers about entering this broad and diverse field of practice.