Child, Family & School

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    Description: Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and maximize the family well-being and academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children.

    School Social Workers provide vital services to schools through assessment, counseling, conflict mediation, and resiliency building, alternatives to violence and gangs, attendance monitoring, community referral, and liaison work, child abuse reporting, school dropout, and youth suicide prevention and intervention, crisis intervention, and child and family advocacy.

    Typical Career path: MSW is required for some positions within Child Welfare.  Most other positions will require MSW - LSW/SWC - LCSW.  School requirements are regulated by the state and can include a temporary permit to work within a school system until you meet your LSW requirements (i.e. TEE for the state of Colorado); in addition, many states have specific field placement requirements.

    Sample Job Titles: Adoption Social Worker, Case Manager, Case Worker, Child Protective Services (CPS) Social Worker, Family Protection Specialist, Family Resource Coordinator, Family Service Worker, Foster Care Social Worker, School Social Worker, Youth Services Specialist, Youth Advocate

    Licensure: A license is often required for entry-level positions.  Graduates should consider obtaining their LSW (or SWC) & LCSW as soon as possible for job eligibility and promotion.  More information is available on the Licensure tab.  School Social Workers also will need a Colorado School Social Work Certification, as determined by the Colorado Department of Education requirements.   *Note if you are a non-Colorado social worker, see the Licensure tab for your state licensure requirements.  


    • NASW (National Association of Social Workers) - NASW & Co-Chapter
    • CSSWA (Colorado School Social Work Association) - CSSWA
    • CSWA (Clinical Social Work Association) - CSWA  
    • CSCSW (Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work) - CSCSW *Learn about CSCSW in this  Video
    • AFTA (American Family Therapy Academy) - AFTA

    LinkedIn Groups – Virtual networking forums and groups certainly provide value within the corporate enterprise.  Consider following several groups for trends, networking opportunities, job connections, and more!

    • National Association of Social Workers – NASW’s Official Group
    • University of Denver:  Graduate School of Social Work

    Salary Statistics:  

    There are several salary scales available online; however, these resources are recommended.

    Additional salary tools that can assist from a specific agency or organization, for instance:

    • PCO – DU/GSSW Career Platform contains employer & salary information reported from all DU graduates
    • LinkedIn - Salary Finder

    Job Boards: There are several job boards to consider; however, the following list is often used within this career field:

    Video Resources:

        Cherry Creek Public School District_Employer Information Session -   Handout 

       Clinical Practice, Alumni Discussion - Event Recording

       Child Welfare Advocacy Alumni Discussion - Event Recording

        Working with Clients Experiencing Domestic Violence, Alumni Discussion - Event Recording

       Social Works in Community Mental Health Alumni Discussion - Event Recording

      Savio House Employer Information Session - Event Recording

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This portfolio last updated: 30-Nov-2022 4:41 PM