There are a wide variety career paths available in this profession. Many of our graduates have found success in the following areas:
Children and Youth
This includes an array of service delivery systems serving children and adolescents. Practice setting examples range from pregnancy counseling centers, foster care and adoption agencies, agencies investigating neglect and abuse, residential service settings such as group homes, school-based social work, and programs for youthful offenders.
This includes service delivery to elderly people in a variety of settings. Examples of settings include adult day care centers, public social services, at-home support services, and skilled care nursing homes.
This focuses on people of all ages and diagnoses involved in health care settings. Examples of such settings include medical care in hospitals, services provided in hospice settings, and home-based health care settings.
This includes a wide variety of service options for people with developmental disabilities. Practice settings typically include independent living arrangements, group homes, and day treatment centers.
Mental Health/Mental Illness
This encompasses services provided to people with mental illness and mental health issues. Practice settings include in-patient, out-patient, community-based, long-term residential, psychosocial day programs, partial hospitalization, and transitional living centers.
This deals with issues related to poverty and economic disenfranchisement as manifested in unemployment, homelessness, malnourishment, starvation and illiteracy. Practice settings range from public welfare offices to a network of public and private charitable organizations.
This covers issues related to abuse and addiction. Practice settings include detoxification centers, in-patient, out-patient treatment programs, and community-based groups.
Other possible areas of practice not mentioned in the categories above:
- AIDS/HIV programs
- Domestic Violence
- Pregnancy Prevention
- Credit Counseling
- Eating Disorders
- Social Work in Prisons
- Crisis Intervention
- Employee Assistance
- Veterans Services
- Disaster Relief
- Family Counseling
- Victims' Assistance
For a listing of available jobs and internships in your field, visit the Career Center at Mansfield University!