Social work education

Fall brings a new academic year and new digital technologies for social work students. Here is your back-to-school pep talk and tech toolkit, all rolled into one. Read more


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are not just for techies. They are offering more and more courses of interest to social workers. And you can take them in your pajamas. Read more

Education & Credentials

When you begin graduate school for an MSW, you are not told how the education you are beginning will potentially reorganize many facets of your awareness. You have a lot to learn. Reflections on the transformative nature of social work education. Read more

Education & Credentials

The New Social Worker's Top 3 Articles - First Half of 2019!

Thank you to The New Social Worker's readers for being with us in the first half of 2019! I love bringing great social work articles to life in the magazine and on our website. Here are our top 3 new articles for the first half of 2019. Read more

Linda's Agenda

Do you have to go to school to be a social worker? Yes, but a social work degree is only the beginning. Read more


Let me tell you what I know at this exact moment, as a social worker who loves this work and loves this world and is really worried about everything. I know this might hurt a little, but I think it might help, too. I hope it will. Read more


Allan Barsky writes about being inspired by his students, the future of the social work profession. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

The Council on Social Work Education has led or been a part of three recent initiatives that give us an indication of what the future of social work might look like. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

What? Another group project? Social workers and social work students often work in groups. Learn to embrace the process. Read more


Elizabeth Farmer

Photo credit: Thomas Kojcsich

Elizabeth M. Z. Farmer New Dean at University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

Elizabeth M.Z. Farmer, a professor and associate dean for research at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work, has been named dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Read more

Social Work News

You have applied to social work grad school and have been invited for an interview. These five practical tips from a recent applicant are designed to help you interview successfully and earn a place in the next MSW class of the school of your choice. Read more

Education & Credentials

Technology in higher education is constantly changing. Students and faculty continue to adapt to these changes. Read more


Jonathan Singer, host of the Social Work Podcast, writes an email from a social work student to a professor on the subject of Social Work Month. Special bonus: hear an audio version of the letter, read by Jonathan Singer himself! Read more

Social Work Month Project 2018 2 Comments

How do you secure your field placement? Especially for social work students in online programs and others whose schools require them to find their own placements, these 10 tips will provide guidance. Read more

Field Placement 5 Comments

Mariya Taher focused all of her MSW research on female genital cutting. Within a few years, she was a sought-after expert on the subject. Read more

Practice 1 Comments

Coffee by Marc Laferriere

Photo by Marc Laferriere

During coffee walkabouts, I hear concerns and worries, I get to know about people's lives, I get asked for advice, and I get to share a few laughs. It is amazing how people will open up when they don't sense you have to immediately be somewhere. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

What’s the secret to getting scholarships and other funding? In a sea of ever-qualified applicants vying for scarce dollars and resources, what can social work students do to be competitive? Read more

Education & Credentials

I understand that you are interested in joining our club called “Social Work.” If you could spare a moment, I’d like to share some thoughts with you. Read more

Education & Credentials

Don’t get me wrong, I love social work. I even loved social work school. I am offering these reflections and suggestions with the hope that they will be validating and helpful in making your education feel even more worthwhile. Read more

Real World Clinical 3 Comments


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