Social Work Education

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Social work education goes beyond the initial studies done to procure a license. It is an ongoing, lifelong process during which the social worker continuously updates and improves upon his or her knowledge. Only through earning CEUs (continuing education units) can the student of social work gain the credits needed to renew a license and be made aware of the latest techniques and treatment methods for a variety of social problems.

The Value of Continuous Learning

Social workers are found in many settings, each with requirements by which the counselor must abide. Social workers help their clients see how their social environments affect the way they are. Some negative environments can create mental problems that lead to destructive behaviors. When the problem becomes large enough to require treatment, the social worker can step in to analyze the causes of the problems and help treat them.

In order to do this, a social worker needs to be trained in many fields. Ethics, psychology and the methodology of advocacy are all important tools by which a social worker can connect troubled individuals to the help they need. Continuing education keeps the social worker from losing touch with the resources, technology and information that are constantly being created and renewed within the field of social work.

Thus, education is the key for the social worker to effectively serve clients. Online courses are a convenient way to get the CEUs required by state law. Students can learn through home study without having to take time away from a busy practice. Many authorities in the field have participated in audio and video tape programs for the benefit of students who do not have easy access to classroom instruction.

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