The Social Work Assistant program prepares students to begin entry level employment as direct service providers in the field of Social Work. A Social Work Assistant will find employment in the areas of aging, mental health, addictions, developmental disabilities, healthcare, and work with families and children. Work opportunities are found in both public and private social service agencies and organizations.
Graduates of the program may register as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Board. It may also be possible for students to apply for the first credential in the field of chemical dependency counseling as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) or as an Ohio Prevention Specialist Registered Applicant (RA).
The curriculum includes extensive exploration of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human development. In addition to this, the student will develop skills in communication, problem assessment, documentation, case management, and group facilitation.
Successful students in this program demonstrate an interest in people, a capacity for empathy, an interest in social justice and a tolerance of intense emotional situations.
Applicants must have at least a high school diploma and take the College ACCUPLACER test.