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Managing Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work

Identifying and Understanding Common Challenges

Social workers routinely encounter a variety of complex situations—some heartbreaking, some inspirational—that can involve children, indigents, the mentally ill and more. While social workers are well-trained for any situation they may encounte...

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The Benefits of Getting a Master’s in Social Work

Does your work leave you personally satisfied and professionally fulfilled at the end of each day? Are your day-to-day efforts helping to move society forward, or are they helping people better navigate the world? And if the answer to either or bot...

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How Social Workers Can Stay Physically and Emotionally Energized

Burnout isn't uncommon within high-stress fields. Careers that are emotionally or physically intense can wear a person out and create a situation in which they no longer feel like themselves. When someone is burned out, they may not even be able to take on their normal responsibilities, or at least not work to their full potential. This can become a particularly problematic reality when social workers burn out.

Social work burnout seems particularly common. While this is a career associated with serving others and impacting the world in a meaningful way, it's also incredibly demanding. It can put a professional through significant mental and physical strain while also requiring a considerable investment of time and effort.

So how do social workers avoid burnout and handle the intensity of their work? Below, we've outlined four lifestyle habits that can help social workers deal with stress and stay burnout free.

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Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of Social Workers

Research indicates that people who feel a higher calling in their job tend to be the most content with their career.1 By and large, people want to make the world a better place through their daily work. It's no surprise then, that so...

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Deciding to pursue your Master of Social Work (MSW) is a major step in your career. But before you can even take that step, you have to get accepted to an MSW program. As with any application, you'll have to take care that your application materials show that you are smart and well-prepared to face...

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The Benefits of Earning Your MSW Online

Wherever there is an individual or community caught in a social struggle, chances are there is a social worker endeavoring to help them through it. Within every societal institution—including schools, community centers and nonprofits—social workers are...

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Student Loan Forgiveness for Social Workers

These days, it's very difficult to finish a graduate education without incurring some form of student debt. The most common type of debt is student loans, with the average graduate student leaving school owing $57,600.1 When combined with other types of debt, such as credit cards, as well as wit...

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Importance of Self Care for Social Workers

Everyone experiences stress in their lives. Work, family, health, money and relationships all top the list of things that keep us from relaxing, and often, stress just leads to more stress. But in some careers, such as social work, stress levels can be higher than average due to the responsibiliti...

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Jobs for Social Workers

When you hear the term "social worker," what comes to mind? For many people, social work often conjures up images of community agencies, departments of human services and of the people who work there.

Yet while many social workers do work in those environments, these are not the only places wher...

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How to Become a Social Worker

Whether you are looking for your first career and want to make a difference in the world, or you are already employed but looking for a more meaningful occupation, a career in social work is worth exploring. But how do you become a social worker? Regardless of where you’re starting, follow this...

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