Description: Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education. Social workers can specialize in a specific area such as trauma, eating disorders, suicide, alcohol and drug disorders, etc., and can work in a variety of environments such as community mental health centers, in-patient or out-patient clinics, jails, hospitals, non-profits, or private practices.
Typical Career path: MSW - LSW/SWC - LCSW positions
Sample Job Titles: Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Therapist, Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Therapist
Licensure: A license (or license eligible) 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. For those working within Substance Abuse & Addiction Counseling, the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and Colorado Addiction Counselor (CAC) licenses are needed credentials. *Note if you are a non-Colorado social worker, see the Licensure tab for your state licensure requirements.
Skills & Modalities: psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused, Suicide Risk Assessments, Interpersonal Therapy, etc.
CSCSW (Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work) -CSCSW*Learn about CSCSW in thisVideo
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Social Work Research and Evaluation Practice Group – International
National Association of Social Workers – NASW’s Official Group
University of Denver: Graduate School of Social Work
There are several salary scales available online; however, these resources are recommended.
US Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health - Wage Statistics