Are you ready?

Is Social Work for me??

Here are some helpful resources for deciding if you want to commit to social work:
The National Association of Social Workers has a comprehensive website which offers much information about the profession of Social Work.  Additionally, informative issues are discussed regarding advocacy and a copy of the Code of Ethics is provided which you must be able to follow in practice.  You are encouraged to review all these areas before deciding if Social Work is the right career for you.  The web site address is http://www.socialworkers.org.  We strongly recommend that you review the NASW Code of Ethics in its entirety – you will be completely accountable to it in practice. 

In addition, NASW’s “Help starts here” website has some excellent information about what social workers do, available at http://www.helpstartshere.org.

Professional social work education is regulated by the Council on Social Work Education at http://cswe.org.  All CSWE accredited programs in the United States must conform to the “Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards,” available at http://www.cswe.org/File.aspx?id=13780
Finally, all states have licensure and/or certification requirements.  See the Association of Social Work Boards for more information at http://aswb.org. We have also provided information in the MSW Direct website on licensure at choosing an Online MSW

Can I practice clinical or school social work with an online Advanced Generalist degree?

This really depends on your own state licensure laws and regulations.  Special classes for licensable clinicians or school social workers are required by some states.  This is because social work is regulated separately in each state throughout the United States.  Some states have very specific requirements while others are less defined.  We require ALL MSW students to take one class in mental health assessment and addictions as this is required in Indiana.  Other states may have different requirements.  For specific information you must contact the Association of Social Work Boards for information about licensure laws.  In addition, go to your own state’s official website and search for the unit that regulates social work.  Contact them for specific details.  Do not rely on anyone else for this information!  For Indiana residents contact the Indiana Licensing Agency (IPLA) which is the home for the Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. Our online degree does qualify for Indiana clinical licensing.

What type of computer do I need?

Most modern laptops should work although you still may need to purchase a dedicated machine for your sole use in MSW Direct.  Ipads probably will not work because this technology doesn’t support some of the programs we use.

How good do I need to be with computers?

Typical skills include being able to email, blog, upload and download materials, negotiate webcams, use Microsoft Office products, and install plug-ins as needed.  We cover these skills in the face-to-face orientation when you come to campus.

Can I continue to work?

Yes. While some students manage full time employment, you must assess your ability to devote approximately 20 hours per week (2 courses) per semester toward this rigorous online program.

What advising and technical help is available?

MSW Direct program staff are available Monday through Friday during the hours of 9:00AM – 12:00PM and  1:00 PM– 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time.  In addition the University Information Technology Services (UITS) is available online and via phone 24 hours/day, 7 days a week and offers excellent real-time technical support. 

I have a documented disability.  What supports are available for me?

MSW Direct strives to be more than disability compliant: We want to be disability friendly!  We have a close working relationship with our campus Adaptive Educational Services office.  In addition, University Information Technology Services (UITS) strives to support people with disabilities.  Together we all collaborate to make MSW Direct an inviting experience that is as barrier-free as possible.