Framework for SW Practice

Clinical SW Practice

Assessment Methods and Techniques

Contributions to an Interdisciplinary Team

Training and Certification

Case Study


Credits and Acknowledgements


Last updated: 13-sep-12

Training and Certification

Social work degrees are offered at three levels:

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Bachelor of Social Work is a generalist social work degree designed to prepare students in the basic fundamentals of social work practice.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work is a specialized social work degree.

PhD in Social Work or Doctorate of Social Work (DSW)

Doctoral level work trains graduates for careers in research, teaching, advanced practice, administration, planning and policy analysis. Doctoral programs do not have to have accreditation.

In the State of Washington, social workers do not have title protection. This means that it is legal for a non-degree person to call him or herself a social worker. Therefore, a person can apply for a social work job who does not have a degree in the field.

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