How to Get a Job as a Clinical Social Worker
To become a licensed clinical social worker you’ll have to acquire approximately 3,000 hours or about two years of supervised clinical experience and pass an exam. What you’ll need to learn through experience is how to comfort and communicate with people during an especially challenging moment in their lives. “A social worker must be compassionate,” Booth says. “There’s no way around that. You can have all the intellectual skills, but without a reservoir of compassion for people in all sorts of conditions, this wouldn’t be the right sort of profession for you.”
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What is the Job Like?
Most social workers are employed full time in an office, and may sometimes need to work evenings or weekends to accommodate patient schedules. Local travel may be required to visit clients. Large caseloads and the constant need to lend emotional support can make the job stressful. For example, providing emotional support for patients in the last stages of palliative care could be particularly heartbreaking. Because of the intensive nature of the work, it’s imperative that clinical social workers possess the compassion of which Booth speaks, as well as the ability to compartmentalize the most emotional cases in order to achieve some form of work-life balance.
Last updated by Jada A. Graves.