Who are the hero’s that help young children get out of bad dysfunctional homes? Family Social workers help provide services to dysfunctional families in a crisis. Family Social Workers are trained to deal with sad heartbreaking cases by not letting it affect their personal life. Being a family social worker requires you earn a degree & license, decent pay and, learning the skills necessary to help all family situations.
To become a family social worker, you need to have a degree in social work from a college or university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The minimum degree required is a bachelor degree in social work (BSW). “Bachelor’s programs prepare the generalist for casework and service delivery with individuals and families.” (http://www.socialworklicensure.org) When you get your masters (MSW) you can do advanced clinical practice. You can also provide therapy for the families or children if you have a master’s degree. If you decide to continue with school and get your Doctorate of Social Work (DSA) or PhD, you will be able to conduct research and teach. Before you can practice you need to become a licensed social worker. “Many states also require family social workers to license before they can legally practice. This typically involves completing a master’s degree program and completing roughly 3,000 hours of supervised fieldwork.” (Start a Family Social Work Career). On top of getting your degree in social work you need to become licensed. The highest levels of licensing require two to three years of supervised work experience. On top of being licensed you can you can get voluntary certifications.
The median hourly rate for a social worker is $22.07 an hour. “The median annual wage for social workers was $45,900 in May 2015” (OOH). Due to the fact that social workers only make $45,900 a year there are loan forgiveness options available. The first option is The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program gives licensed clinical social workers $50,000 to repay their student debt in exchange for two years serving in a community based site in a high need designated health professional shortage area. They also have the Collage Cost Reduction Act of 2007. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program discharges any remaining debt after 10 years of full time employment in public service, also including government and nonprofit agencies.
Family Social Workers help families and children who are living in a dysfunctional family. “A range of factors poverty, homelessness, alcohol and drug addiction, child abuse and neglect make todays families more susceptible than ever to splitting apart. In fact, less than half of Americas children live in a traditional nuclear family, according to statistics” (children and families). If a child grows up in a dysfunctional family, they will most likely repeat the cycle when they have a family. The goal as a family social worker is to help a dysfunctional family functional again so the children will grow up understanding the way a family should be. When a social worker is assessing a family, they want to observe the family dynamic so they can see their strengths and weaknesses. After a social worker, can figure out the family’s problem they will help them set goals to fix the problem. Every family is going to be in a different situation but the end goal will always be to help the family fix their problems and can stay together.
Family social workers don’t just get involved when a child is being abused or neglected, they also help children who are acting out, experiencing a lot of stress, or getting bullied. Some of the things social workers do are place children into loving homes, counsel families to find a solution for their problems, find employment and housing for the homeless, and help parents and children efficiently use the welfare system. “Social workers counsel pregnant women, conduct home studies of potential adoptive parents, find suitable matches of adoptive parents and children and help adoptive parents deal with the struggles unique to adopted children.” (children and families). Every social worker is trained to handle all kinds of cases and help families and children to the best of their abilities.
In conclusion, being a family social worker entails earning a degree & license, learning the skills necessary to help families. The higher degree you have will increase your annual salary. When you’re dealing with a dysfunctional family your main goal as a social worker is to help them find a solution that will allow them to stay a family. If it’s possible when you must take the children out of their home, you want to try and place them with a family member. Being a family social worker may be hard at times but in the end, you get to help parents and children stay a family or help put children in a better home.
“Summary.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
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“Start a Family Social Work Career.” CareersinPsychology.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
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“Continuing Education Resource Center.” Social Work Career Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
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“Child, Family, and School Social Workers.” Who Are Child, Family, and School Social Workers? | Education, Certifications & Resources. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
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