Whether you are a new SocialWork@Simmons student, current applicant, or learning about the program for the first time, it’s never too early to begin planning for success. Rigorous graduate-level social work study prepares students to become highly qualified professionals, but it requires careful planning and dedication.
Individuals with a mental health illness in the United States can face fragmented or unavailable services, high costs, and social stigma. It is particularly difficult for people of color to receive adequate and culturally appropriate treatment.
As most social work students learn, the diagnosis of “homosexuality” was removed from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973 by the board of the directors of the American Psychiatric Association. After this, strength-based, positive therapeutic frameworks such as Gay Affirmative Therapy, were introduced as ethical alternatives to conversion, reparative and aversion therapies.
Self-care isn’t just about eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep. While important, these elements only scratch the surface of an intentional and successful wellness plan. Maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health is vital for everyone, but it can be particularly important for those working in helping professions like social work, nursing, and counseling.
To highlight the supportive and collaborative community that awaits prospective SocialWork@Simmons students, we are publishing a series of blog posts that feature many of our student life offerings.
The child welfare field is a traditional career path within the social work profession. While some people may hold an unfortunate stereotype about child protection workers — imagining child welfare social workers dramatically ripping children away from their families — this notion is far from the truth.