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How to Get a Job as a Child and Family Social Worker

Mary Pender Greene, a licensed social worker and certified group psychotherapist, interviews social workers to find them placements. Aside from skills, credentials and proper licensing, Pender Greene says there are a variety of other factors she hopes to see in new hires. “If they tell me that they were in therapy, then that gives them extra brownie points with me,” she says, “because in order to be able to help others, you have to be willing and able to look at the things that need work within you and your own family.”

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Child and Family Social Workers

"Are you prejudiced against a particular race?" - Los Angeles County Social Worker Candidate (Location Unknown)

"Can you handle cancer patients?" - Sisters of Charity Hospital Social Worker Candidate (Location Unknown)

"If you were a utensil what would you be?" - HCR ManorCare Social Worker Candidate (Milwaukee, WI)

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Upward Mobility fair Average
Stress Level poor High
Flexibility good Above Average

What is the Job Like?

Family social work can be taxing, as it requires you to deal with clientsmany of whom are minorsexperiencing various emotions. Being able to respond to conflict in a level-headed and objective manner would be an asset, as would having the ability to exercise sensitivity and tact. Much of a social worker's responsibilities are performed in an office setting, but they may also travel when meeting with clients and tending to their affairs. The majority of social workers work 40 hours per week, although they might occasionally have evening or weekend hours, depending on the needs of their clients.

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