Mental Health

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    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. 

    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 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) license are needed credentials.  *Note if you are a non-Colorado social worker, see the Licensure tab for your state licensure requirements. 


    • CSCSW (Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work) - CSCSW *Learn about CSCSW in this  Video
    • NASW (National Association of Social Workers) - NASW & Co-Chapter
    • CSWA (Clinical Social Work Association) - CSWA
    • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - NAMI

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

    • 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

    Salary Statistics:  

    There are a number of 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 GSSW graduates
    • LinkedIn - Salary Finder

    Job Boards: There are a number of job boards; however, these are some that are often use within this career field including:

    Within the state of Colorado, DORA, recognizes the following Community Mental Health Centers.  These agencies often are able to hire MSW/LSW graduates and assist with supervision toward licensure.

    Video Resources:

        Cultivate Counseling Flagstaff Employer Info Session - Event Recording

       Community Mental Health, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

       Clinical Practice, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

       Working with Clients Experiencing Substance Abuse Disorder - Event Recording

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

        Community Reach Center Employer Info Session - Event Recording

        Savio House Employer Info Session - Event Recording

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This portfolio last updated: 18-Oct-2021 2:27 PM