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5 Signs You Should Be a Social Worker or Counselor

January 28, 2016

2U logoToday’s sponsored article is written by 2U Inc.’s online social work and counseling programs. AmeriCorps alumni are eligible to receive a $5,000 tuition benefit upon acceptance and enrollment into any 2U-powered program. For more information on 2U’s social work and counseling programs outlined below, click here.

For AmeriCorps alumna Jennifer Martin, the first step toward expanding her expertise and continuing to make a difference in her community was pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW). The University of Southern California’s web-based MSW@USC is allowing her to do just that — without requiring her to relocate.

Could a graduate degree in social work or counseling be the next step for you?

Here are five questions to ask yourself.

  1. Are you passionate about social justice?

Homelessness, substance abuse, and family trauma are only a few of the challenges facing some of our most underserved communities. Master’s degrees in social work and counseling are the stepping-stones that ensure you know how to make an impactful contribution and ensure a better quality of life for everyone.

Founded on principles of social justice, the nation’s first school of social work, Simmons School of Social Work, now offers its MSW online in partnership with 2U— empowering even more students to advocate for those in need in their local areas.

  1. Do you want to learn more about serving where you live without relocating?

If you choose a 2U partner program, you don’t have to. In 2010, the University of Southern California became the first elite research institution to offer its MSW degree online. MSW@USC students complete fieldwork at sites located in or near their communities, thanks to USC’s worldwide network of field partners. During her community-based field placement, Jennifer noted that she “was able to continue to grow professionally — working with girls who have experienced extreme trauma in their lives and with the families to make structural changes within the home.”

  1. Do you want to be counted among the best public servants?

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2U programs in social work and counseling offer more than just the core client engagement techniques central to counseling and social work education. They also emphasize internal reflection as an important component of an elite counseling education. The online Master of Arts in Counseling program at Northwestern University, for example, guides students through a unique self-reflective study program that could help you identify and overcome biases that could affect the quality of your counseling.

When you graduate from a 2U partner school, you won’t just understand how to be a social worker or counselor, you’ll also understand how who you are affects your work. That means you’ll be better prepared to recognize and address biases that could impact your counseling.

  1. Are you invested in finding a career with faster than average job growth?

To ensure that underserved citizens have comprehensive support in their local areas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the United States will need 74,800 new social workers and 31,400 new counselors by 2024.

Between 2014 and 2024, the social work field is expected to grow by 12 percent (considered faster than average), and the counseling field is expected to grow by 19 percent (considered much faster than average).

  1. Do you want a degree that offers additional scholarships or financial incentives?

We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree in social work or counseling comes with a financial commitment. To support you in serving your community as a licensed social worker or counselor,  2U Inc., a leading educational technology provider, has partnered with AmeriCorps Alums to offer a $5,000 tuition benefit to all AmeriCorps alumni who are accepted into and enroll in a degree program powered by 2U. As public servants, licensed counselors and social workers are also eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, a counseling or social work education could be the next step in your public service journey. Explore our partnership and educational opportunities here.








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  1. Jo Etta Ramsey permalink
    January 28, 2016 2:29 pm

    I would like to sign up for this program.

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