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What is a social worker?
Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services or therapy directly to people. It also can mean working for change to improve social conditions.
How do I become a social worker?
To be a social worker, one must have a degree in social work from a college or university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). Graduate degrees include the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Doctorate in Social Work (DSW), or PhD. An MSW is required to provide therapy.
Where is a social work program?
San Diego State University offers BASW and MSW programs.
Are there any scholarships available for social work?
To learn about financial assistance, visit scholarships for school and training programs.
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