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CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER: From Educating Kids To School Counseling

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Beverly, a clinical social worker at a school, mainly works with teenagers who are having problems and need someone to talk to. She spends her typical day running individual and group therapy, as well as supervising new social workers. Beverly began her career as a teacher and taught for 20 years before deciding to make the change to school counseling and social work.

Degree: Social Work - Student Counseling and Personnel Services - Mathematics
Job Title: Clinical Social Worker

Job Summary: Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Job Description

There are two main types of social workers: direct-service social workers, who help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives, and clinical social workers, who diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills

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m='18820'>through</span> <span m='18960'>adults.</span> <span m='19350'>But</span> <span m='19460'>I</span> <span m='19510'>work</span> <span m='19750'>with</span> <span m='19890'>teenagers.</span> <span m='20760'>And</span> <span m='21400'>I</span> <span m='21450'>work</span> <span m='21700'>in</span> <span m='21770'>a</span> <span m='21820'>school</span> <span m='22330'>in</span> <span m='22410'>Berkeley.</span> </p><p><span m='24580'>We</span> <span m='25360'>do</span> <span m='26600'>therapy</span> <span m='27170'>with</span> <span m='27380'>kids</span> <span m='27730'>individually--</span> <span m='28420'>kids</span> <span m='28730'>who</span> <span m='28850'>have</span> <span m='29070'>serious</span> <span m='29560'>problems</span> <span m='30180'>or</span> <span m='30980'>just</span> <span m='31240'>feel</span> <span m='31430'>like</span> <span m='31620'>having</span> <span m='31860'>someone</span> <span m='32229'>to</span> <span m='32330'>talk</span> <span m='32670'>to.</span> <span m='33750'>I</span> <span m='34020'>also</span> <span m='34820'>run</span> <span m='35090'>groups</span> <span m='36250'>of</span> <span m='36480'>kids</span> <span m='37430'>who</span> <span m='37950'>want</span> <span m='38210'>to</span> <span m='38290'>sit</span> <span m='38500'>around</span> <span m='39010'>and</span> <span m='39120'>discuss.</span> <span m='40530'>Maybe</span> <span m='40810'>their</span> <span m='41040'>issue is</span> <span m='41330'>depression,</span> <span m='42360'>or if</span> <span m='42640'>they've</span> <span m='42850'>lost</span> <span m='43170'>someone</span> <span m='43430'>in</span> <span m='43510'>their</span> <span m='43620'>family,</span> <span m='44540'>or</span> <span m='45040'>they</span> <span m='45180'>just</span> <span m='45430'>want</span> <span m='45560'>to</span> <span m='45640'>talk</span> <span m='45900'>about</span> <span m='46210'>friends</span> <span m='46800'>and</span> <span m='46980'>getting</span> <span m='47250'>along.</span> </p><p><span m='49860'>That's</span> <span m='50370'>the</span> <span m='50470'>major</span> <span m='50920'>part</span> <span m='51260'>of</span> <span m='51300'>my</span> <span m='51430'>day,</span> <span m='51800'>although</span> <span m='52530'>part</span> <span m='52830'>of</span> <span m='52950'>my</span> <span m='53130'>day</span> <span m='53370'>also</span> <span m='54100'>deals</span> <span m='54530'>with</span> <span m='55420'>supervision.</span> <span m='56730'>I</span> <span m='56890'>work</span> <span m='57360'>with</span> <span m='59120'>new</span> <span m='61260'>social</span> <span m='61790'>workers</span> <span m='63030'>who</span> <span m='63500'>need</span> <span m='64129'>to</span> <span m='64800'>be</span> <span m='65260'>supervisor</span> <span m='65696'>or</span> <span m='66570'>be</span> <span m='66720'>given</span> <span m='67050'>help</span> <span m='67950'>with</span> <span m='68320'>some</span> <span m='68580'>of</span> <span m='68670'>the</span> <span m='68800'>kids</span> <span m='69050'>that</span> <span m='69180'>they're</span> <span m='69340'>seeing.</span> <span m='70730'>Most</span> <span m='71030'>everything</span> <span m='71410'>is</span> <span m='71550'>confidential,</span> <span m='73050'>except</span> <span m='73590'>if</span> <span m='73740'>you're</span> <span m='75220'>saying</span> <span m='75680'>that</span> <span m='75810'>you're</span> <span m='75910'>going</span> <span m='76020'>to</span> <span m='76060'>hurt</span> <span m='76330'>yourself</span> <span m='76770'>or</span> <span m='76850'>hurt</span> <span m='77040'>others.</span> <span m='77850'>Everything is</span> <span m='78330'>confidential.</span> <span m='79540'>And</span> <span m='80060'>the</span> <span m='80140'>day</span> <span m='80480'>goes</span> <span m='80820'>by</span> <span m='81380'>pretty</span> <span m='81600'>quickly.</span> </p><p><span m='83980'>Also</span> <span m='85480'>we</span> <span m='85640'>have</span> <span m='85790'>drop-in</span> <span m='86190'>centers,</span> <span m='86670'>where a</span> <span m='87110'>kid</span> <span m='87450'>can</span> <span m='87630'>come</span> <span m='88320'>if</span> <span m='88930'>at</span> <span m='89030'>the</span> <span m='89120'>last</span> <span m='89480'>minute</span> <span m='89790'>they</span> <span m='89910'>have</span> <span m='90090'>to</span> <span m='90200'>leave</span> <span m='90440'>class.</span> <span m='90725'>And</span> <span m='91010'>the</span> <span m='91510'>teacher</span> <span m='91830'>usually</span> <span m='92250'>will</span> <span m='92420'>allow</span> <span m='92770'>it</span> <span m='93310'>to</span> <span m='93440'>come</span> <span m='93660'>into</span> <span m='93870'>the</span> <span m='93960'>drop-in</span> <span m='94380'>center</span> <span m='95010'>and</span> <span m='95220'>meet</span> <span m='95510'>with</span> <span m='96180'>a</span> <span m='96260'>social</span> <span m='96600'>worker</span> <span m='97560'>or</span> <span m='98380'>a</span> <span m='98450'>school</span> <span m='98750'>counselor,</span> <span m='99660'>and</span> <span m='99800'>talk</span> <span m='100010'>about</span> <span m='100240'>something</span> <span m='100520'>that's</span> <span m='100730'>going</span> <span m='101000'>on</span> <span m='101100'>that</span> <span m='101330'>day,</span> <span m='101630'>or</span> <span m='101710'>something</span> <span m='102020'>that</span> <span m='102740'>has</span> <span m='102960'>gone</span> <span m='103190'>at</span> <span m='103430'>home</span> <span m='104440'>where</span> <span m='104920'>they've</span> <span m='105120'>had</span> <span m='105300'>no</span> <span m='105410'>one</span> <span m='105480'>else</span> <span m='105700'>to</span> <span m='105850'>talk</span> <span m='106160'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='107680'>So</span> <span m='107960'>that</span> <span m='108180'>is</span> <span m='108320'>basically</span> <span m='108890'>how</span> <span m='109050'>my</span> <span m='109210'>day</span> <span m='109400'>goes.</span> <span m='109850'>And</span> <span m='109990'>it</span> <span m='110090'>goes</span> <span m='110360'>pretty</span> <span m='110600'>fast.</span> <span m='111610'>And it's</span> <span m='111860'>a</span> <span m='111950'>lot</span> <span m='112180'>of</span> <span m='112260'>fun</span> <span m='113990'>working</span> <span m='114410'>with</span> <span m='114600'>teens</span> <span m='115980'>and</span> <span m='116140'>with</span> <span m='116310'>kids.</span> </p><p><span m='117740'>The</span> <span m='117900'>way</span> <span m='117990'>I</span> <span m='118160'>got</span> <span m='118380'>to</span> <span m='118470'>the</span> <span m='118560'>work</span> <span m='118820'>I'm</span> <span m='118930'>doing</span> <span m='119230'>now</span> <span m='119610'>is</span> <span m='119760'>I</span> <span m='119840'>started</span> <span m='120390'>as</span> <span m='120650'>a</span> <span m='120740'>teacher.</span> <span m='121890'>And</span> <span m='122080'>I</span> <span m='122170'>taught</span> <span m='122560'>sixth</span> <span m='122890'>grade</span> <span m='123350'>for</span> <span m='124330'>over</span> <span m='124580'>20</span> <span m='124910'>years.</span> <span m='125290'>And</span> <span m='125350'>my</span> <span m='125500'>degree</span> <span m='125990'>in</span> <span m='126120'>math</span> <span m='126550'>was</span> <span m='126730'>a</span> <span m='126750'>bachelor</span> <span m='127340'>of</span> <span m='127420'>science.</span> <span m='128600'>And</span> <span m='129030'>then</span> <span m='129190'>I</span> <span m='129320'>also</span> <span m='129660'>got</span> <span m='130400'>later</span> <span m='130660'>on</span> <span m='131000'>a</span> <span m='131070'>master's</span> <span m='131550'>degree</span> <span m='132350'>in</span> <span m='132630'>school</span> <span m='133050'>counseling.</span> </p><p><span m='134040'>So</span> <span m='134080'>I</span> <span m='134150'>worked</span> <span m='134480'>as</span> <span m='134600'>a</span> <span m='134660'>teacher</span> <span m='135020'>for</span> <span m='135410'>over</span> <span m='135700'>20</span> <span m='135960'>years,</span> <span m='136310'>and</span> <span m='136440'>I</span> <span m='136510'>loved</span> <span m='136960'>it.</span> <span m='137970'>So</span> <span m='138170'>why</span> <span m='138400'>would</span> <span m='138560'>I</span> <span m='138660'>change</span> <span m='139010'>careers?</span> <span m='140140'>After</span> <span m='140430'>about</span> <span m='140630'>23</span> <span m='141100'>years</span> <span m='141470'>or</span> <span m='141550'>so,</span> <span m='142420'>I</span> <span m='142520'>decided</span> <span m='143100'>I</span> <span m='143150'>was</span> <span m='143330'>getting</span> <span m='143610'>a</span> <span m='143710'>little</span> <span m='144060'>bored.</span> <span m='144980'>And</span> <span m='145090'>I</span> <span m='145140'>wanted</span> <span m='145560'>to</span> <span m='145680'>leave</span> <span m='146520'>my</span> <span m='146660'>teaching,</span> <span m='147680'>loving</span> <span m='148030'>it</span> <span m='148110'>as</span> <span m='148210'>much</span> <span m='148420'>as</span> <span m='148530'>I</span> <span m='148600'>did.</span> </p><p><span m='149530'>So</span> <span m='149750'>I</span> <span m='149820'>went</span> <span m='150020'>to</span> <span m='150140'>night</span> <span m='150420'>school</span> <span m='150740'>for</span> <span m='150890'>five</span> <span m='151230'>years</span> <span m='152190'>to</span> <span m='152440'>Columbia</span> <span m='152860'>University</span> <span m='153520'>in</span> <span m='153650'>New</span> <span m='153730'>York.</span> <span m='154970'>And</span> <span m='155870'>I</span> <span m='156000'>did</span> <span m='156170'>that</span> <span m='156340'>while</span> <span m='156560'>I</span> <span m='156660'>was</span> <span m='156860'>teaching.</span> <span m='157400'>And</span> <span m='157520'>that</span> <span m='157670'>was</span> <span m='157830'>hard,</span> <span m='158670'>but</span> <span m='159160'>I</span> <span m='159220'>still</span> <span m='159520'>did</span> <span m='159720'>it.</span> <span m='160410'>And</span> <span m='161020'>I</span> <span m='161090'>got</span> <span m='161440'>a</span> <span m='161530'>master's</span> <span m='161970'>degree</span> <span m='162220'>in</span> <span m='162320'>social</span> <span m='162690'>work.</span> <span m='163560'>And</span> <span m='163790'>I</span> <span m='163850'>began</span> <span m='164320'>to</span> <span m='164790'>work</span> <span m='165200'>in</span> <span m='165380'>inner-city</span> <span m='165930'>clinics</span> <span m='167770'>in</span> <span m='167970'>Connecticut,</span> <span m='169170'>in</span> <span m='169400'>Los</span> <span m='169650'>Angeles,</span> <span m='171030'>and</span> <span m='171290'>then</span> <span m='171470'>for</span> <span m='171630'>a</span> <span m='171690'>little</span> <span m='172290'>bit,</span> <span m='172850'>when</span> <span m='173070'>we</span> <span m='173180'>moved</span> <span m='173440'>to</span> <span m='173550'>northern</span> <span m='173850'>California.</span> </p><p><span m='176080'>So</span> <span m='176170'>I</span> <span m='176230'>guess</span> <span m='176420'>one</span> <span m='176620'>of</span> <span m='176690'>the</span> <span m='176800'>important</span> <span m='177230'>things</span> <span m='177470'>I</span> <span m='177540'>want to</span> <span m='177750'>say</span> <span m='177960'>about</span> <span m='178260'>this</span> <span m='178730'>is,</span> <span m='178900'>when</span> <span m='179080'>you</span> <span m='179200'>choose</span> <span m='179590'>one</span> <span m='179840'>career</span> <span m='181640'>and</span> <span m='181790'>you</span> <span m='181850'>decide</span> <span m='182440'>after</span> <span m='183090'>however</span> <span m='183520'>while</span> <span m='184400'>that</span> <span m='184550'>maybe</span> <span m='184780'>it</span> <span m='184870'>isn't</span> <span m='185120'>for</span> <span m='185240'>you,</span> <span m='185960'>it</span> <span m='186260'>is</span> <span m='186460'>possible</span> <span m='190090'>do</span> <span m='190280'>it</span> <span m='190350'>again.</span> <span m='191850'>You</span> <span m='191950'>may</span> <span m='192000'>have</span> <span m='192140'>to</span> <span m='192240'>take</span> <span m='192400'>a</span> <span m='192460'>second</span> <span m='192820'>job</span> <span m='193470'>while</span> <span m='193780'>you're</span> <span m='193900'>going</span> <span m='194130'>to</span> <span m='194180'>school.</span> <span m='194960'>But</span> <span m='195160'>you</span> <span m='195280'>can</span> <span m='195580'>start</span> <span m='195900'>a</span> <span m='195980'>career</span> <span m='196480'>that</span> <span m='196580'>you</span> <span m='196650'>think</span> <span m='196840'>you're</span> <span m='196950'>going</span> <span m='197050'>to</span> <span m='197150'>love--</span> <span m='197440'>and</span> <span m='197510'>I</span> <span m='197570'>did</span> <span m='197790'>love</span> <span m='198000'>teaching--</span> <span m='199050'>and</span> <span m='199270'>then do</span> <span m='199510'>something</span> <span m='199880'>else</span> <span m='200750'>second</span> <span m='201140'>go</span> <span m='201340'>around.</span> <span m='201790'>So</span> <span m='201960'>that's</span> <span m='202200'>what</span> <span m='202360'>I</span> <span m='202440'>did.</span> <span m='203460'>And</span> <span m='204370'>I</span> <span m='204560'>was</span> <span m='204860'>very</span> <span m='205130'>happy</span> <span m='206220'>and am</span> <span m='206390'>happy</span> <span m='207220'>with</span> <span m='207410'>both</span> <span m='207640'>of</span> <span m='207760'>the</span> <span m='207850'>jobs</span> <span m='208150'>I've</span> <span m='208450'>had in</span> <span m='208750'>my</span> <span m='209050'>lifetime.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265616,"video_id":"2698606031001","name":"70756213","duration":210090,"thumbnail_url":null}});