Michigan residents are an industrious lot, bringing ingenuity and productivity to every challenge. Such is the case with social issues. The Michigan Department of Human Services provides foundational social work support and intervention for thousands of individuals and families who are in need. They aggressively work to make sure that those who face poverty and unemployment, who have ill or disabled family members, who struggle with addictions or abusive situations, or who suffer with a myriad of other concerns, have a safety net.
Chance at Childhood
The Chance at Childhood program is a collaborative initiative between Michigan State University's graduate school of social work and their law school. It is designed to help children. The joint efforts of these two schools strengthens the understanding of children's needs and rights, and teaches skills that serve children and their families.
Learning to advocate for children and youth requires specialized knowledge of the law and, at the same time, sensitivity to the issues of children and parents. With expertise from both the world of law and that of social work, social workers can expand the options of those families who suffer from the effects of poverty and abuse. Explore the Chance at Childhood program.
Recent economic downturns have impacted the industrialized part of Michigan's economy increasing demands on Michigan's social resources. An extensive network of public, private, and non-profit organizations expand the resources of government agencies utilizing social workers of all specialties.
Why Study Social Work in Michigan?
Michigan's social mandate requires it to reach beyond expectations – not only to enhance its citizens' well-being, but also to bring innovation and change to the communities that are economically challenged throughout the state. Michigan's universities are the seat of much of that social innovation.
In the course of preparing social work students for their careers, Michigan universitys ensure students have a sound foundational understanding of human behavior and psychology, in addition to a broad range of social issues such as poverty, racial justice, child welfare, aging, and cultural concerns. Field experience help students learn to work with real clients. These experiences help students hone their interpersonal and communication skills as well as develop greater sensitivity.
Michigan social work licensure
Michigan issues three social work licenses.
- Applicants for the Licensed bachelor's social worker (LBSW) licensure must have a bachelors degree in social work (BSW) from an accredited school.
- Applicants for the Licensed master's social worker (LMSW) licensure must have a master's degree in social work(MSW) from an accredited school.
- Applicants for the Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)licensure must have a master's degree in social work(MSW) from an accredited school and at least two years or 4,000 hours of supervised social work training.
For more information see Michigan social work licensing.