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Resources for Prospective Social Workers

by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

A couple of days ago a Tumblr follower asked me for some advice about applying to an MSW program.  This gave me the idea to put together a small list of resources for prospective (and current) social work students. Please let me know if there are resources you feel should be included on this list by leaving a comment.

Resources for Prospective Social Workers

A social networking site for helping professionals, socialworkhelper.com also has an informative online magazine that covers a number of topics through a social work lens.  They also host Social Work Chats, a weekly twitter chat that takes place every Monday at 8 PM EST. All services on socialworkhelper.com are free.

The New Social Worker
This is the online site for The New Social Worker Magazine.  The site also offers a job board and book store. The articles tend to deal with issues facing social work students and recent graduates.

National Association of Social Workers
NASW is the largest professional social work association in the US.  They are the body responsible for crafting the professions code of ethics and lobbying on behalf of the countries social workers.  NASW offers a special membership rate for students, but you do not need to be a member to access the code of ethics.

The code of ethics will give you a fairly good idea of what professional social work is about and can be a guide if figuring out what to highlight in you admissions essay.

International Federation of Social Workers
The IFSW provides a global voice for the social work profession.  They hold special consultative status with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Economic and Social Council of The United Nations.

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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