This portion of our site is dedicated to topics related to Social
Work. You will be able to view information regarding my graduate
education and resources, and numerous links involving topics of
Social Work. If you looking for a particular book, check out our
extensive Social Work Bookstore,
organized by the different fields of the profession such clinical
practice, theory, and research.
at PSU in Fall, 2001. The Masters in Social Work (MSW) program
offers numerous classes such as Social Work and Policy,
Social Work and Data Analysis, Social Work in Schools,
Social Work and Mental Disorders, Social Work and Clinical
Supervision, Social Work and Community Organization, Social Work
and Healthcare, Social Work and Groups, Social Work and Children
and Adolescents, etc.
program is divided into three different tracks:
Community-Based Practice, and
Management. I decided to take the Direct Practice track
because I wanted more of a clinical focus. Students are required
to take 90 credits upon graduation, and there are certain class
requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to be able to
graduate. Students have to complete 1000 hours of
which should be completed at different placements each year. The
first year of internship is fairly basic, whereas second-year
students are able to specialize in the field where they would like
to be. I spent my first year at
Insights Teen Parent Program
in SE Portland, which offered me plenty of learning opportunities.
During the second year, I spent my internship
at Columbia River Mental Health
Services in Vancouver. I was fortunate to have a wonderful
supervisor who was teaching and guiding me throughout my
educational experience. Unfortunately, there were many students in
the program who are not happy with their internship, which may
have been a result from strenuous budget cuts to local social
programs, etc. My recommendations
to any new students accepted into the MSW program at PSU, are to make certain that you advocate for yourself
and know what you want from your supervisor as well as the agency.
It will be much easier if you go into the internship having some
idea of what you want to be able to do (of course within your own
limitations as well as your placement), and also provide the
opportunity for the agency to tell what is expected from you. I
consider myself very lucky because my placements were successful
matches and today I am highly satisfied with the outcomes.
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to my overall experience at PSU, I must say that I was a little
disappointed in the program. Students who graduated with an
undergraduate degree in Psychology or Social Work appeared to know
much of the material that was taught, specifically when it came to a few required classes,
including research and data analysis. For me, this was a challenge
because I felt that I was required to repeat information that I
had already studied. I also think that the faculty members were not as vested in students
and interested in the student learning process as they could have
been, but seemed more interested in their own research. I guess I
would have liked to experience a bit more unity between faculty
and students. Perhaps I had a couple of unfortunate experiences,
however hearing what other students have said over a 6 year span,
there appears to be much room for improvement with the program.
But to be fair, although most of my learning can be attributed to
my experiences at my two internships, I am happy with the education that I
received at PSU. Even to this day, perhaps my point of view has
been influenced by my great experience at Washington State University
(WSU). If that is the case, then I give the Psychology department
at WSU-Vancouver EXTRA kudos.
To view my
undergraduate experience at WSU, please visit our
Psychology Page. For
more information about social work including links and different
career opportunities within the field, please visit our Social
Work Directory and Why
Social Work Page, respectively.
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any questions or comments regarding this site or psychology in
general, please e-mail
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