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  1. Hi all! I submitted my application for WashU on Nov 1. Since then the status has been "application under review" until today it turned to "decision rendered." However, I can't see anywhere what that decision is! Any ideas?!
  2. Hi everyone, Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It is not my intention to put down any profession or discipline. I'm just confused and trying to seek advice. This may be long, so please bear with me. I'm 32 years old, and have an undergrad degree in Psychology and a master's in environmental safety. I've worked in mental health for several years, and recently decided that I want to return to school to obtain a graduate degree in the human services field. My goal is to work as a therapist and one day have my own practice working with the adult population. I keep reading and hearing that it's best to become a LCSW rather than an LPC because an MSW degree is far more marketable, profitable and recognized as opposed to a master's in Mental Health or Clinical Psychology for example. I've been accepted into an MSW program with a Micro concentration, which will begin this Fall. However, I'm having second thoughts. My main concern: Does the Social Work philosophy align well with my personal philosophy? Sometimes I get the impression that Social Work tends to, for the most part, "blame" the client's problems (like oppression or the government, etc.). I've come to understand (through my own hardships and life experiences and that of others') that looking at outside factors as the cause for our misfortunes keeps people from accessing their Higher Self, if you will. I guess you could say that I'm more into Positive Psychology. Rather than looking at how messed up the government is and perceiving ourselves as being oppressed, I believe it's important to take radical responsibility for our circumstances by looking within ourselves, and that focusing on the good in our lives will help transform the areas we are not happy about. This is all assuming a person has their basic needs met. I would never expect someone who is homeless or has nothing to eat to work on accessing their Higher Self. But basically, I'm not sure that my personal values and outlook are consistent with those of the Social Work discipline. And so I wonder if the field of Psychology would be a better fit than the field of Social Work. I'm torn because I've already been accepted into the MSW program and would have to wait about 6 months to get into a graduate psych program that's more than $10k more expensive than the MSW program. On one hand, I wonder if I'm simply mistaken about the Social Work discipline and judging it wrong. On the other, I wonder if I'd be making a mistake by getting my MSW versus a Psych degree. I know that an MSW program is more marketable and offers greater job security, but I want to make sure my values align with my field of study. My questions: Do you think that my values and beliefs are too different from the Social Work values and philosophy? Am I better off just waiting to apply to a Psychology program instead? Am I overthinking things? Should I go the MSW route and just make my practice what I want it to be (Positive Psychology approach)? Thanks again for your time!
  3. Hi everyone, Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It is not my intention to put down any profession or discipline. I'm just confused and trying to seek advice. This may be long, so please bear with me. I'm 32 years old, and have an undergrad degree in Psychology and a master's in environmental safety. I've worked in mental health for several years, and recently decided that I want to return to school to obtain a graduate degree in the human services field. My goal is to work as a therapist and one day have my own practice working with the adult population. I keep reading and hearing that it's best to become a LCSW rather than an LPC because an MSW degree is far more marketable, profitable and recognized as opposed to a master's in Mental Health or Clinical Psychology for example. I've been accepted into an MSW program with a Micro concentration, which will begin this Fall. However, I'm having second thoughts. My main concern: Does the Social Work philosophy align well with my personal philosophy? Sometimes I get the impression that Social Work tends to, for the most part, "blame" the client's problems (like oppression or the government, etc.). I've come to understand (through my own hardships and life experiences and that of others') that looking at outside factors as the cause for our misfortunes keeps people from accessing their Higher Self, if you will. I guess you could say that I'm more into Positive Psychology. Rather than looking at how messed up the government is and perceiving ourselves as being oppressed, I believe it's important to take radical responsibility for our circumstances by looking within ourselves, and that focusing on the good in our lives will help transform the areas we are not happy about. This is all assuming a person has their basic needs met. I would never expect someone who is homeless or has nothing to eat to work on accessing their Higher Self. But basically, I'm not sure that my personal values and outlook are consistent with those of the Social Work discipline. And so I wonder if the field of Psychology would be a better fit than the field of Social Work. I'm torn because I've already been accepted into the MSW program and would have to wait about 6 months to get into a graduate psych program that's more than $10k more expensive than the MSW program. On one hand, I wonder if I'm simply mistaken about the Social Work discipline and judging it wrong. On the other, I wonder if I'd be making a mistake by getting my MSW versus a Psych degree. I know that an MSW program is more marketable and offers greater job security, but I want to make sure my values align with my field of study. My questions: Do you think that my values and beliefs are too different from the Social Work values and philosophy? Am I better off just waiting to apply to a Psychology program instead? Am I overthinking things? Should I go the MSW route and just make my practice what I want it to be (Positive Psychology approach)? Thanks again for your time!
  4. Hi all, I need help deciding which grad school to attend. I have been accepted to MSW programs in University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and Loyola University Chicago. I need to make a decision within the next few days and I have no idea what to do. What do you guys think? Besides the tuition, is there a school that is more credible than the other? Would an MSW from Milwaukee or Loyola be better? Please please help.
  5. hi, i am deciding between uc berkeley and university of chicago for my MSW. i am interested in macro-level social work and organizational leadership, specifically at youth-serving non-profits and gov't agencies. I'm especially interested in positive youth development, management and planning, and issues/intersections of race, ethnicity, poverty and inequality. i like to work hard and study complex issues in my classes. I would like to practice social work in the Bay Area after graduation, but SSA seems like the best academic fit. Do you agree? Any insight is appreciated. Thank you.
  6. Hey guys! Starting this forum to see if there is anyone who has not heard back from CSUF?? I submitted my application Dec/Jan and have not heard back. My concentration is Child Welfare, I also applied for the CalSwec. I've heard/seen a bunch of students get their interview date and I'm going just about crazy checking my email 20x/ day lol. Anyone else haven't heard? If so, what concentration did you apply for? Oh & my application status says something about being sent to the board for review.
  7. Hi Everyone, I have been accepted to CSULB's and CSULA's MSW programs and cannot decide where to go. (I know this is a problem I am blessed to have.) Does anyone have any experience with either of these programs? Or if you applied what are your impressions? I am leaning towards CSULA- it is close to my home and I am more interested in the classes, however, due to their outdated website/some communication issues I am concerned that the program might be disorganized/mismanaged. Anyways, if you attended either program or applied to either program and have thoughts on either school please let me know. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you and good luck to everyone still waiting for admissions decisions!
  8. I was wondering if anyone who is currently or finished a MSW Advanced Standing Program could give me any feedback. I will be applying to a MSW program this Fall and I'm looking into advanced standing programs. If anyone could tell me their stats(gpa,volunteering/work), if they felt the program was too fast, can you still apply for CALSWEC in the one yr program, were you able to work at all? If you weren't able to work then how did you pay for bills/housing. Also, did you have to take out any loans.
  9. Hey, one of our other classmates creates a Facebook group for us to all join. Here's the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/130630254153731/
  10. Hey, I have recently applied to CUNY Hunter, SUNY Stony Brook and Adelphi for my masters in social work. I am having a really hard choosing which school would be the best to choose. I think I have narrowed it down to CUNY Hunter and SUNY Stony Brook just because of Adelphi's high tuition price. I would like to know more peoples reviews on all three programs though. I've been having a really hard time comparing Stony Brook to Hunter, so any reviews would be helpful.
  11. Hello! I have been accepted to both programs and am deciding which one to pursue. I am interested in clinical social work and want to work with children and families. Input would be much appreciated! Do you know the main differences between the programs? Which one will better prepare me to become a clinical social worker? What have you heard from these programs? How is the social life? Is it a supportive environment? How are the internship placements? Thank you! Hope you have a good day.
  12. Hi! I'm currently an undergrad student looking to apply to a MSW program soon. My current goal right now is to be a medical social worker. At the end of the day, hopefully i'll be able to be a LCSW. My question: Should i look at how prestige a MSW program/school is or are the ranking of the school not as important? I've seen some curriculums of it and they are both similar. Just that some programs are further away from my home. Also, can you give me some programs recommendations if you can think of any remarkable ones? (preferably California or New York). If there are similar posts like these, please let me know so that i can check them out! Thanks!
  13. I got a letter saying "We have completed the preliminary review of your application for admission to the Master of Social Work Program for Fall 2017." from University of Michigan. They said I had to schedule an interview with the dean and someone from the admission committee. Does this means my chances of getting in are better or worse. My gpa is not best but I have a lot of work history.
  14. Hi everyone! I have an interview with Touro School of Social Work soon. Can anyone tell me about the interview process/what kind of questions they ask? Thanks!
  15. Hi!! Does anyone apply for the MSW transfer program at Columbia University for Fall 2016? I submit my application on Jan 4th and had an interview later. I think Columbia has not given out offers, right? Anyway, wish everyone all the best!
  16. So, I'm entering UB school of social work this fall of 2011 && I am wondering if there is anyone on here who will be doing the same. I'm very excited and look forward to the experience! I am still waiting anxiously lol for the location of my field education has anyone received their site?? What do you think?! Also, any graduates of the program...what are your opinions of your experience at Buffalo?
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