Careers in social service vary depending on preferred consumers, community, and approach. While social work can be a cornerstone to approaching several levels of intervention and support, there is also counseling, psychology and public health to consider.
Originating in the 1970’s, social learning theory posits that human behavior is learned through observation and imitation. Social workers utilize this theory in approaches to identify dysfunctional patterns of thought that lead to disruptive behaviors.
Theoretical Approaches in Social Work: Systems Theory
One of the many approaches to clients in social work is the systems theory. Rooted in understanding the systems that surround individuals, social workers work with their clients and community in addressing concerns on the influence of multiple interrelated systems, such as families, organizations, societies and others.
Grants are a form of financial assistance awarded for research and other ventures of professionals in the field. Typically doctoral students are awarded grants to pursue their research, which would contribute to the field of social work.
Scholarships can be a great way to pursue financial assistance from different organizations and universities. Many scholarships are in memorium or past social work professionals who have worked with a specific population.
An integral part of your social work degree, a social work internship, or field placement, allows you to interact with clients and the community under the instruction of an approved supervisor. While hours may vary by degree, a social work internship is required in all accredited master’s in social work programs.
Volunteerism can be a great opportunity to gain experience working with various communities and individuals. Volunteer opportunities may also help your social work resume, illustrating experience working with your preferred clients.