Social Workers Versus Counselors
March is a national month for a lot of things. This week’s post is going to recognize that it’s National Social Workers Month! Social workers are amazing individuals who do great things for a lot of people. There are a lot of misconceptions about the difference between social workers and counselors. To honor their month I am going to tell you the difference between my friend, a future social worker, and me, a future counselor.
You only need a bachelor’s degree in humanities to become a social worker. They often work with firms, federal agencies, or nonprofits and charitable organizations. these individuals provide job and career counseling, educational counseling, and after-school services. They also give out and look for community resources for their clients, while helping communities with social problems. Social workers also work on welfare policies and social assistance.
Clinical social worker
In order to be a clinical social worker, one needs to be licensed and have a master’s degree. They learn skills to do basic counseling along with case management. Licensed clinical social worker job options are substance abuse counseling, handling aspects of divorce, and working with victims along with the options that non-clinical ones have.
Mental Health Counselor
Counselors, like clinical social workers, need to have master’s degrees and be licensed. Mental health counselors are trained to identify disorders, give therapy, and understand emotional and psychological challenges with certain situations. Unlike social workers, counselors don’t have specific in-depth training in case management or community resources.
Counselors and social workers can work in the same environments and all have the same basic job description; helping those who need it. Clinical social workers and counselors have the ability to counsel, however counselors have more training and can get more in-depth.