Pre-Social Work at UH Mānoa
Text compiled from UHM’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work website, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) website, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) website, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) website, SocialWorkLicensure.org, and the UHM 2013-2014 Catalog.
Social Work Programs in Hawai`i: UH Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Hawai’i Pacific University School of Social Work
Social work promotes individual and collective well-being through advocating for justice, providing effective programs and services, and enhancing individual and family development. Founded on principles of human rights and social justice, social work’s primary responsibility is to the most vulnerable groups and individuals of our society. Social workers view differences among people as enriching the quality of life for all.
Social workers help people prevent and overcome social and health problems such as poverty, mental illness, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse and neglect, emotional instability, illness, economic uncertainty, domestic violence, homelessness, and drug abuse. Social workers enhance opportunities for individuals, especially for those who have been historically oppressed, and seek to maximize individuals’ and groups’ participation in society using theories of human behavior, relationships, and social systems.
Social workers work directly with individuals, couples, families, and groups to make the most effective use of their abilities and to identify and overcome obstacles preventing them from participating fully in society. Social workers may also work with communities, organizations, and social systems to improve services and to administrate social and health programs. When adequate services do not exist in a community, social workers sometimes develop new services.
Social workers practice in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals and clinics, schools, public welfare departments, family and child welfare agencies, mental health clinics, gerontology and geriatric programs, legal administration, immigrant and refugee centers, private practice, and so on. They also practice in a wide variety of formats, from assisting individuals to advocating for specific populations, from home visits to office appointments, from working with people to filing reports. Some social workers also teach or conduct research in academia.
Related Careers: counseling, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, law, health administration.