What is an MSW?
MSW stands for "masters in social work". As a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the MSW at the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work provides students with the most effective and relevant information on the profession today. Both Direct Practice, Administration & Community Practice, and dual degrees in Public Health are available.
The Master of Social Work will help you understand the importance of evidence-based research to provide the most appropriate intervention possible in therapy. Clinical social workers have a responsibility to understand what makes people tick. Intervening in an individual’s life requires that the techniques employed are proven to be effective.
Only systematic research can validate and confirm the theories and practices we employ as social workers.
Research is not the most popular part of the degree with many students, but one must admit everything we do means nothing without stringent research, not only at the program and intervention development phases, but also in respect to the evaluation methods employed after implementation.
The focus on policy and administration helps prepare students for success in an economic environment that is not always friendly to assisstance programs. Whether you’re a micro-social worker providing direct services to clients, a macro-practitioner developing programs, advocating for legislative changes or running a non-profit, an understanding of local, state and federal policies is essential to effective social work practice.
A comprehensive understanding of the system is the only viable way to substantiate change.
On a micro level, helping clients navigate a complicated system and deal with its inherent frustrations takes an understanding of those systems top to bottom. From a macro perspective, true social change must be formalized and will never happen without intervention from social workers who know how to navigate the legislative world.Field education provides opportunities to benefit from the experience of professionals, and begin to build a network for after graduation. Internships most certainly provide students with first-hand experience working in social services programs, but this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the value of field education. As interns, we are provided with opportunities to focus on various levels of programs, applying theories, practice techniques and policy analyses to an agency and its clients.