March is national social work month. What a great opportunity to explain the field of social work and the role of social workers in today’s society!
Many people misunderstand exactly what social work is and the positive contributions that social workers make to the world. Some think social workers are mainly local volunteers or community activists. Although these individuals may have the same intentions as social workers in terms of helping community members, they don’t necessarily have the extensive education, professional training and credentials required to obtain a license to practice social work. The table below contains the requirements necessary for an individual to obtain a social work license in the state of Massachusetts. As you will see, this is not an easy feat!
|License Type||Education Requirement||Supervised Experience
|Licensed Social Worker (LSW)||Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work||Three years, full-time supervised experience. A minimum of 3,000 post-degree hours.
|ASWB National Bachelor Social Work Exam|
|Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)||Master’s Degree in Social Work||Three years, full-time supervised experience. A minimum of 3,000 post-degree hours.
|ASWB National Master Social Work Exam|
|Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)||Master’s Degree in Social Work||Three years, full-time supervised experience. A minimum of 3,000 post-degree hours.||ASWB National Clinical Social Work Exam|
Social Work in Senior Care
There are many challenges in meeting the social, environmental, psychological, economic and healthcare needs of older adults. Social workers in the field of geriatrics can help adults and their families maintain well-being, overcome problems, and achieve maximum quality of life during their later years. In essence, social workers serve as “advocates” by providing a vital link between older adults and the services they need.
The “graying of America” has emerged as a popular phrase in recent years. Not surprisingly, the number of older adults continues to rise. Statistics project that by 2030, Americans 65 and older will actually outnumber their younger counterparts. This is why it is vital to attract younger social workers to the field of geriatrics. We are very fortunate to have a robust internship program on the North Shore Campus that has been in existence for the past 15 years. The social work team derives a great deal of satisfaction in training social work interns from Salem State, Boston College, Simmons College, and Boston University.
I am so proud to be a part of the social work team at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare! On the North Shore Campus, I have had the pleasure of working with the social work team at the Jeffrey & Susan Brudnick Center for Living. I have a great amount of respect for the caring and compassionate ways they provide support to both our short-term patients and long-term residents. Additionally, I sincerely admire how well our social work department promotes resident independence, autonomy and dignity.
My hope for the future is to continue working with social work interns from area colleges and universities. Our goal is to promote social work in geriatrics as we prepare for a huge influx in seniors over the next two decades. To all of my fellow social workers who specialize in geriatrics—thank you for helping to make the lives of our older adults the best they can be!
Happy Social Work Month!
The holiday season is the perfect time to assess the needs of your aging family members. While visiting with your loved ones, pay attention to any changes in their appearance, behavior or environment; it can be a sign that his/her health is changing. Has their hygiene changed? Have they lost weight? Do they seem more forgetful or repetitious in conversation? Are there expired or spoiled food items in the refrigerator?
If you have concerns, it may be time to contact an Aging Life Care Professional. Aging Life Care Managers, while not a new profession, are a resource that are frequently unknown by families. Their expertise makes them a valuable resource to those who seek assistance navigating the complex health care system and crafting long-term care plans that are perfectly suited to the needs of your loved ones.
The Aging Life Care Department at Chelsea Jewish includes two Certified Advanced Social Work Case Managers who are familiar with the resources and issues regarding long-term care. We provide a comprehensive assessment in order to help families determine the best course of action, whether it be at home with agency services and care management, or placement in the most appropriate facility. Our assessment includes the social, psychological, medical, environmental and financial aspects of a person’s life, which gives us a very complete and detailed Plan of Care, especially for long-term issues.
Our services can also include the following:
For additional information regarding Aging Life Care Management, please contact Leslie Hazlett at 978-471-5153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This blog is courtesy of Leslie Hazlett, Aging Life Care Professional at the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare.