Social Work Programs and Schools in New York

Social Work Programs in New York

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Because of its signature city, New York is the probably the best known American state in the world. And while many of its great universities are in New York City, many others are situated in the state's charming, smaller cities, allowing easier access and more affordable living accommodations. In both cases, the educational imperative is vibrant in the state of New York and their educational systems are unusually is strong.

Because of its immense population, the exceptional ethnic and religious diversity, and its socio-economic extremes, social work plays a vital role in all aspects of New York life. Social workers are the touchstone - the interface - between individuals and families, and government agencies, medical facilities, and social service organizations. They bring services to the street and advocate for social justice throughout the state.

Robin Hood – targeting poverty in New York

Robin Hood is a financial organization that applies sound investment principles to philanthropy. By creating and supporting programs that change futures and save lives, Robin Hood is making a substantial difference in the efficacy of many social service programs in New York.

Robin Hood understands that poverty is the convergence of circumstances that coalesce into situations and events that condemn individuals to struggle for survival. There isn't a single cause. Their approach is to attack the root causes with prevention programs as well as programs that help those currently living in poverty. By partnering with those in New York who are successfully resolving poverty issues, Robin Hood can leverage a good idea for a handful, into a good idea for hundreds. For more information see the Robin Hood website.

Why Study Social Work in New York?

New York is home to many distinguished schools of social work that share a commitment to social justice and the ideals of a civilized, humane, society. Research and scholarship set the pace for New York social work schools as they create learning communities that thrive on mutual respect, and engaged student-teacher interaction. Their commitment to diversity and cultural competence reflects their surroundings and the challenges of a complex, urban environment.

Historically, New York has always been in the vanguard of social work. New York's Columbia University School of Social Work was the site of the first social work school in the nation in 1893. At that time it was called The New York School of Philanthropy. These efforts set the foundation for a corps of social workers that are the lifeline not only for the most vulnerable, but also for citizens at all levels, throughout the state.

Because social workers play such an integral role in New York, opportunities for internships and field training are abundant in almost every specialty. Integrating classwork with supervised field training is an invaluable way to refine one's skills and learn to meaningfully connect with clients. Students who are interested in the fascinating dynamics of an intense, urban environment, will find studying in New York to be both stimulating and challenging.

New York State's Social Work Licensure

New York issues two social work licenses.

  1. Applicants for the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensure must have at least a master's (MSW) degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education
  2. Applicants for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure must have at least a master's (MSW) degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education with at least 12 hours of clinical social work acceptable to the licensing department, and at least three years post-master's supervised experience in diagnosis, psychotherapy and assessment-based treatment planning acceptable to the licensing department.

For more information see New York social work licensing.

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