Wanting to Move with MSW to More Diverse Area

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Phil in Knoxville, Tennessee

83 months ago

I live in a conservative small city in the South. Here, I've done rural social work with children and families, including probation and foster care case management. Recently, I was admitted to a top-rated MSW program for the fall semester. The program will take two years to complete. I need some help deciding on what area to concentrate on in my studies. I'm originally from South Florida and want to move back with new skills/knowledge that will help me find a job with a livable wage in a progressive larger city, especially since I will have new student loan debt.
I'd like to work in Tampa or Atlanta.
Further, I want a balanced work and social life, so the DCF/DCS entry level jobs are not appealing anymore. I'm bilingual and have an interest in diversity/international issues. I'm not sure if my program can offer me what I need and if the extra study will produce a significant improvement in wages and job satisfaction. I'm liberal, have good communication skills, and a passion for helping others. Will a clinical concentration be a good bet? Or, does anyone see something else that jumps off the page? I need some insight/inspiration...many thanks!

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Sharon in San Francisco, California

83 months ago

I'm an MSW working for DHS/child welfare in San Francisco County, which is one of the most diverse communities in this country. I believe SF county is also the highest paying entry level MSW child welfare position in the country.

Come join us!

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cyndy in Rockford, Illinois

75 months ago

Sharon in San Francisco, California said: I'm an MSW working for DHS/child welfare in San Francisco County, which is one of the most diverse communities in this country. I believe SF county is also the highest paying entry level MSW child welfare position in the country.

Come join us!


Yeah, and HOW can we afford HOMES there?????

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Sharon Richardson in San Francisco, California

75 months ago

How can we afford homes here? That's a difficult question that I can't answer for you. Cost of living is high and housing costs many 50% of their income. But SFDHS is nearly 600 staff strong, and not all own homes, so they find ways to make it work. Some options I know of are:
1. Many many many work in SF but live in the south or east bay areas where housing is more affordable.
2. Some buy homes through TIC(Tenancy In Common
3. Some buy and rent a room to offset costs.
4. Some buy with a roommate
5. Some don't buy - they lease or rent.

And remember, our salary here is good - good enough to create possibilities.

Peace,
Sharon

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Carol Rodriguez in Parlier, California

72 months ago

Sharon in San Francisco, California said: I'm an MSW working for DHS/child welfare in San Francisco County, which is one of the most diverse communities in this country. I believe SF county is also the highest paying entry level MSW child welfare position in the country.

Come join us!

Have friend that are MSW's I have positions in the SF area right now.

Thanks Carol
(408) 439-9341

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cyndy in Rockford, Illinois

72 months ago

Uh, yeah, right. Houses START at $800,000???????

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dee in Pelzer, South Carolina

68 months ago

im actually in tampa although that box saya S.C. you definately should do the clinical route! it does prepare you for you license which you def. need. Tampa has good jobs, i may have been blessed but i have always found great jobs here. I am actually moving to atlanta due to housing prices here!!! you dont get much bang for you buck here either. Hope this helps i did notice its 13 months later =o)

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Jamie, LCSW in Lakeland, Florida

68 months ago

Make sure your track will qualify you for LCSW in Fla. Many people find they must have psychopathology and did not get it before setting for exam. Fl. has different criteria than many other states. I live in Lakeland Fl. outside of Tampa. I have not found jobs that great, working, but still looking. Salary seems low also. Might be better in South Fl.-W.Palm, Ft. Laud. area. But higher cost of living and culture is changing dramatically since I lived there.

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J in Orlando, Florida

67 months ago

Hi. I am graduating soon with a bachelors in Sociology but am interested in the MSW. I would like to do therapy and am a little confused about the exact concentration I should take? Would it be clinical? Also after completing an MSW when can you sit for the state exam?

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Lem in Greensboro, North Carolina

67 months ago

Hi J, if you want to do therapy you would need a mental health concentration or clinical track. Most places will let you sit for the exam after graduation. Then you work on your 3000 clinical hours for full licensure while you are provisionally licensed.

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J in Orlando, Florida

67 months ago

Thanks Lem. Another question if you can help me. Is it possible to work and that to be part of the 3000 clinical hours needed? Other than private practice are there other agencies you can get hired by to work as a therapist with no experience? Unfortunately I am not sure where to try to find answers to my questions. Any help anyone can offer I would really appreciate.

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Lem in Greensboro, North Carolina

67 months ago

Hi J, yes you are required to have paid employment for your clinical hours, so work away! Most mental health centers will hire an MSW who is provisionally licensed. I would check into them, before a private practice because you are more likely to have clinical supervision included into your work terms. Most boards don't allow private practice for an P-LCSW (provisionally licensed). Hope this helps.

Lem

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Linda in Berkeley, California

56 months ago

Hello,
I am a recent MSW graduate with a concentration in children, youth, and families. I'm specifically looking for a non-profit job working with foster children and youth. Does anybody know of any non-profit organizations in the East Bay? I've gone on Craigslist, Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, etc, but haven't been successful. Thanks in advance!

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rani in Livermore, California

48 months ago

Linda in Berkeley, California said: Hello,
I am a recent MSW graduate with a concentration in children, youth, and families. I'm specifically looking for a non-profit job working with foster children and youth. Does anybody know of any non-profit organizations in the East Bay? I've gone on Craigslist, Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, etc, but haven't been successful. Thanks in advance!

Hi Sharon,

I had a question about the SF county Social worker entry level exam for social worker 2910. Is there any way i can practice for it? I have one coming up May 1st and was wondering if there is any way i can prep for it.

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Annie in Oakland, California

42 months ago

Hi, I am Annie. I just received my B.A. degree in Child and Adolescent Development in 2009. I want to apply graduate school in MSW program. I have two years experiences in working with kids (K to 5th grade). Right now, I am an after school leader working at non-profit organization. In order for my to apply for MSW program, what kind of experience do I need? I want to apply to sfsu MSW program, but I know that is very competitive program. What other social experience do I need in order for me to get into SFSU MSW program? Are there any social agency that I can volunteer during weekend? I also need help to write a personal statement for applying a MSW program. How can I make my personal stand out? Please help me!

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Annie in Oakland, California

42 months ago

Hi, this is Annie again. Do I need to have Social work degree in order to apply for social worker position? Can I apply for SF county social worker entry level with my B.A degree in Child and Adolescent Development + my two years experiences working with kids as After school leader in one of the non-profit organization.

Thank you so much!

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Natas in Brooklyn, New York

41 months ago

In NYC you do need an MSW for a Social Worker position, however a BA is enough for a case management position.

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Lem in Greensboro, North Carolina

41 months ago

Please everyone considering social work get your MSW. NASW and most state clinical licensure boards require an MSW. It's not worth going out into the field to work and then having to turn around and get two more years of school. Get your MSW, then go out into the field. The time you work after MSW school (2 yrs) can then be applied to hours for your clinical license. It's the jobs trend. High School was sufficient enough decades ago, then trade school, then a Bachelors and now a Master's. Hopefully by the time employers want a doctorate - I will be retired :)

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socialwkr in Missouri

40 months ago

This is very rare, but I have heard of one person who completed their MSW program and afterwards realized it was not accredited through the Council on Social Work Education. You can check on their website if your program is accredited www.cswe.org/. Some states will not allow you to get licensed if you have a degree from a university that is not accredited through CSWE. That is very important to check.

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Dee in West Bloomfield, Michigan

40 months ago

Annie in Oakland, California said: Hi, this is Annie again. Do I need to have Social work degree in order to apply for social worker position? Can I apply for SF county social worker entry level with my B.A degree in Child and Adolescent Development + my two years experiences working with kids as After school leader in one of the non-profit organization.

Thank you so much!

Annie, it depends on the state however, most things are rapidly changing. Most now require an MSW - even for case/care management - because of the assessments required by state/feds. BSWs in many cases are now allowed to do them. Stick to the schools that are NOT online. Many of them are accredited by education bodies but NOT for social work. They are a waste of money in a time when most employers are requiring graduation from a social work accredited program AND a license.

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Dee in West Bloomfield, Michigan

40 months ago

Natas in Brooklyn, New York said: In NYC you do need an MSW for a Social Worker position, however a BA is enough for a case management position.

In Michigan you need an MSW for a care/case management job. These jobs depend on what state you are living in.

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Bri in Allendale, Michigan

38 months ago

I am Graduating in a year with my MSW. I know it will be near impossible to get a job in MI. Wanting to work with Hospice/Gerontology/Sub abuse. Also somewhere warm would be nice :)

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Michelle in Tucson, Arizona

37 months ago

Bri in Allendale, Michigan said: I am Graduating in a year with my MSW. I know it will be near impossible to get a job in MI. Wanting to work with Hospice/Gerontology/Sub abuse. Also somewhere warm would be nice :)

You should consider Tucson, AZ. Tucson is a big retirement area so lots of opportunity in the gerontology field. Great weather most of the year just have to get used to the warm summers.

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Jackie in New York, New York

37 months ago

Dee in West Bloomfield, Michigan said: Annie, it depends on the state however, most things are rapidly changing. Most now require an MSW - even for case/care management - because of the assessments required by state/feds. BSWs in many cases are now allowed to do them. Stick to the schools that are NOT online. Many of them are accredited by education bodies but NOT for social work. They are a waste of money in a time when most employers are requiring graduation from a social work accredited program AND a license.

Hi, my name is Jackie, currently I have an LMSW in New York and I wonder if I move to San Francisco, would I have to take the exam or can I transfer my license. Thank

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Amelia in Ede, Netherlands

37 months ago

I am moving back to the USA after living in the Netherlands for the past 18 years. I still have a valid NYS license however I am considering moving to S. Carolina. Recommendations?

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Pam Parent in Ottawa, Ontario

35 months ago

Dee in West Bloomfield, Michigan said: In Michigan you need an MSW for a care/case management job. These jobs depend on what state you are living in.

Hi Dee,

I visit MI 3-4 times a year. Planning to move to close to MI (Sarina, London, Windsor, ON) or even MI if I can find the right job as a MSW Social Worker (see my profile). Not moving anytime soon, probably in another 4 yrs. Already have over 2,000 hours working as a medical social worker in an hospital with dual diagnosis, mental health population.

If I send out cold calls (letter of interests) to MI area to apply for jobs as I am with what I have so far, would I get hired or do I still have to sit the Li censure exam first before I can work? Any thoughts? Before I give up my hospital job, move my family etc I want to make sure I am not having to back track that my MSW from Canada will be recognized. Any thoughts?

I would live to hear from you and its another way to have a connection in MI since I visit so often. If you don't mind maybe you can tell me alittle about your work experiences.

I look forward to hearing from you and thanks!!!!

Cheers, Pam
(Ottawa, Canada)

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Leo in Toronto, Ontario

26 months ago

So, I have a BSW and a MSW from the University of Toronto, Canada. I originally migrated to Canada from the Caribbean. I am planning on moving to New York City sometime this year to be closer to friends and family. What is the likely hood of me finding a good-job that pays over 45k and what’s the process?

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davila.alicia11@gmail.com in Fall River, Massachusetts

25 months ago

Hi, my partner and I want to relocate to north carolina or florida. we both are clinical social workers, my partner's concentration is on substance abuse and mine is on child trauma and family therapy, and we are bilingual/bicultural (Spanish) what is the likely hood of us finding a good job on either state?

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Lem in Greensboro, North Carolina

25 months ago

Hi, I would encourage you to check the licensing requirements for both states to see if either have reciprocity with MA. Speaking for NC, there is always a need for experienced mental health clinicians. NC is making a push for more Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists, however. So your partner may end up doing more dual diagnosis work rather than strictly SA. Our Spanish population is increasing and the need for bilingual therapists is great. The state is going through Mental Health Reform, but there are still opportunities for employment for clinical social workers.

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