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Master of Social Work

Career Planning

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Master of Social Work

West Chester Campus

Address:
Reynolds Hall
650 Reynolds Alley
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2664


PASSHE Center City

Address:
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 610-436-2664

Career Planning

The growing demand for social workers across the United States presents numerous opportunities for MSW graduates who have advanced social work skills. West Chester University's Twardowski Career Development Center is available to assist students with career planning, resume development, interview preparation and job searching. The Center posts job opportunities through the Ram Career Network. The Graduate Social Work Department also posts opportunities sent to us by our partner agencies on our Job Board.

Social Work Licensure

Social Work Licensure

Professional licensing and regulation exists to protect the public from unsafe practices and to uphold standards of professionalism and competence in service delivery. Many social work jobs require Licensed Social Workers (LSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). MSW students may, in their final/graduating semester, register to take the LSW exam in Pennsylvania. LCSW candidates must meet additional requirements and are eligible after obtaining the LSW.

Each state has its own laws and procedures for applying for licensure. For current information, use the links below or visit the website of the licensing board in the state where you intend to practice.

Professional Associations

Professional associations exist for many fields within social work. Many professional associations maintain their own job boards, and some offer student memberships.

Getting involved in these organizations is an excellent way to meet practitioners in your area of interest. Joining a state or regional chapter gives you these opportunities closer to home. WCU's Graduate Student Association may reimburse your expenses for attending or presenting at a professional conference.

Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision

Professional social workers are supervised in several different ways. Clinical supervision is a process in which social workers grow in their competence by building a relationship with a supervisor, who serves as a sort of mentor. It is sometimes called "educational supervision."

Social workers who plan to pursue clinical licensure need to complete a specific amount of clinical supervision. Each state has a required number of hours of clinical supervision that a social worker needs to apply for clinical licensure; this number varies among states.

Clinical supervision might happen one-on-one, or it may take place in a small group. While supervisors document the time they spend on supervision, social workers should keep track of their supervision time as well.

Some employers provide clinical supervision to social workers who don't yet have clinical licensure. However, some settings don't provide enough supervision for social workers to accumulate the necessary hours for clinical licensure, others provide no clinical supervision at all. In these cases, a social worker can hire a clinical supervisor. Here are some online directories of clinical supervisors:

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