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Social Work Programs in Washington

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Community organization seems to be happening everywhere in Washington state, where residents take an active interest in helping the disadvantaged in their community. They are supported in their efforts by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services which provides resources and social work assistance to resolve concerns.

With the goals of decreasing poverty, improving community and individual safety and health, and increasing educational and employment success, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, is committed to providing high-performance programs to help clients in their individual efforts. Social workers trained in highly effective methodologies, work to improve the well-being of clients by providing individualized planning, implementation, and evaluations in order to help them change their lives. These skills are an integral part of the social work curriculum taught in Washington's social work programs.

Statewide Poverty in Action Network

The Statewide Poverty in Action Network believes in change. They believe that only through responsible action can they end the causes of poverty and facilitate greater economic justice and access to opportunity. Their methodologies include pushing for change by creating innovative policy solutions. Ensuring that the truth about poverty and its causes are clearly and honestly stated in the media and that decision-makers are educated, helps dispel myths about poverty.

Taking democratic action reclaims the democratic process and the Statewide Poverty action trains and mobilizes voters, marchers, and media activators to support the policies that need attention. Holding legislators accountable is the prime goal in making sure elected officials are working for the people.

For more information, see the Poverty in Action Network website.

Why Study Social Work in Washington?

Social work degrees are offered in colleges and universities across Washington. Beginning with classes in human development, the history of social welfare, family interactions, privilege and oppression, policy analysis, and community organization, students cultivate a broad understanding of human services in its many capacities.

Master's degree studies often include opportunities to specialize in a particular aspect students find interesting. Typically, advanced students are assigned to a fieldwork facility where they will spend time working with real clients, under the direction of an experienced social worker. In these situations, students develop their interpersonal skills and hone their ability to respond to clients of all descriptions.

Washington's social work licensure

The state of Washington issues two social work licenses.

  1. Applicants for Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW) licensure must at least have a master's degree in social work from an accredited school. Candidates will need 3,200 hours of supervised work experience.
  2. Applicants for Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure must have a master's degree from an accredited program. LISW candidates will need at least 4,000 hours of supervised work experience.

For more information see Washington social work licensing.

Social Work Programs
Note: This list contains Campus as well as Online schools.