Today's special event, making a difference with a Bachelor of Social Work. My name is David Richardson Anne from all of us here at Walden University. We thank you for taking the time out of your day to join us. Please note this web and R will be archived so you'll have an opportunity to view the presentation again. Or even share it with a friend or colleague. If you need accommodations to attend this webinar, please contact email@example.com. Before we get into today's content we want to take a moment to go over a few items to make sure you get the most out of this program. On the screen in front of you, you'll see the main presentation. The chat window. And a section for submitting questions. For the presenters all of these windows as well as other items of interest can be opened and closed at your convenience using the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. You can size these windows as you see fit so feel free to set them to your comfort levels. We move along. 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My name is doctor, Lisa Moon and I'm the Dean for the Barber Solomon School of social work and I want him personally. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us this evening. I know sometimes at the end of the day we're tired and. We are ready to get things done for the day, but we're just really, really excited that you're here with us. I've been associated with the Barber Solomon School of social work for about 7 years now started as a contributing faculty and MSW. Became the head of the undergraduate social work program designed to measure the curriculum and got our program accredited. And then was provided to Dane, so it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you here. This evening and now I'd like to introduce to you doctor Angela Gaddis. To document this is Angela Caddis, an like doctor noon. I've actually and I began, with Walden at the same time, we began. While their first started as such work education and I was with as contributing faculty for 6 years and then. Stepped into the role at the Bears that the program direct air when Doctor Moon was promoted the day. Anne would love you to meet doctor day on spinner our failed director. Good evening, everyone and thank you for joining us. I have been with Walden as a BSW filled rector since 2017. I really was in Interco piece of establishing and developing I'm along with Doctor Moon, the policies and procedures related to our field experience. I also am a Walden graduate in alumni completed my pH D at Walden University, so I look forward. You hearing all the wonderful opportunities and options available through Walden BSN program. Thank you doctor Spain and Doctor Gaddis and I just might add that she can hear from these introductions. The wealth of experience and knowledge that's associated with our undergraduate social work program. Our agenda for this evening is to tell you a little bit about Walden Anua Walden talk about some faculty highlights. Our overview of our program, some things that make our program different those skills lab in the field experience. And then to talk about how we can support you as you create your journey to the completion of your BS W. So while Walden Walden is celebrating this year, 50 years of providing degree programs to adult distance education learners. Now we understand that compared to bricks and mortar schools, 50 years doesn't seem like a long time. But if you think about 50 years of online education to adults. And the way that progress has happened in technology. That's along time we're very proud of the fact that we have over 140 one thousand. Alumna across the Globe, who were changing lives for the better. One of the most important parts of the this slide is you'll see that our program is accredited by the Council of social work education. That means that we have gone through the rigid standards set by the accreditation. I'm committee to provide you the best undergraduate social work education. You can receive our MSW is also accredited by CSWE. And that makes us very proud of wild and the fact that we can give you good quality education. Why accreditation what that will allow you is when you graduate you will have the ability to take a license or test. If your state, so license undergraduate social workers. And most importantly. Continue your education an perceive an MSW will talk more about that in a little bit. Walden is an expert. And providing licensure leading programs. We do it well, we have social work. We have nursing counseling education an even psychology. All of these programs lead our graduates to licensure, so we do it best we've been doing it longer. And. To make it good for you, we know what we're doing. There is financial assistance available to all programs at Walden to help you pursue and complete your degree. We have personalized student support at Walden. And what that means is that? Some people fear going to an online University because they fear that they'll be like in a solid, that they'll be no one to help him. They won't know what to do they won't know how to how to function that is not the case with Walden? We have people here 24 hours a day who are available to assist you I can speak like doctor, Spooner personally from this because my son is currently enrolled. An undergraduate program with Walden and he talks all the time about how frequently he's contacted by people at Walden. To help him complete his education. Kindly Walden's passion for social change. Walden is dedicated an has been since it was founded by Vernian Rita Turner to provide professionals with the. Opportunity to make a change in their community and by making changes in various communities. We can have a global impact. And the changes that we are making in the world. Now that goes hand in hand with the professional statement published by the National Association of social workers social workers are challenged. To make changes that's what we want to do, we want to educate people in the small, rural communities of. North Dakota to the big suburban areas of Atlanta, GA for just a couple of examples, so that we can be sure that we're impacting change. All across this country now? How do we do that? We do that with a phenomenal group of faculty members. And I'm going to let Doctor Gaddis tell you a little bit more about who they are. OK, thank you as documents that we have experts that have years of experience not only in the classroom. But also in the field. That is one of the things that makes Walden you. Dick we require a PhD level instructor to teach. All of our courses, but we also want them to bring experience into the platform they constructors are all. For the country so you're not going to have instructors just from one state or one area but you're going to have instructors that have practice experience. From rural areas to inner city areas, so that really brings a lot of wealth into the classroom a lot of it. Feeling it's there for some examples. Doctor Housley hymen lives in North Carolina and she is on the board there with Durham County Department of Social services. She is also involved in a lot of direct practice and has been involved recently and a lot of. Advocacy issues at the capital level. They're in our at the state level SKUs main there in North Carolina. Doctor Julie Hopkins, but it's in Tennessee and she is very involved in mental health and substance abuse an. She has done a great deal of work in Rule does the word mental health issues bugs in Tennessee? And his wife Virginia, doctors tequila. Flintroy is also one of our faculty members and she lives in that they say area. She is about to be published in a National Journal for her research and work with the Department of Health there. And the rise of great and pregnancy related mortality among African American women. And then doctor David Mills Debbie is just a phenomenal. Structure and restarts if you're like me when I was an undergrad student research with one of my most dreaded. Courses because it was just I did not come into social work to do research without from nails tag. That topic takes the concept take those text those difficult and very unfamiliar sometimes concepts and makes us very. Applicable she teaches bugs are research wannan our research, too, and she herself is involved in a varied amount. Multiple research projects, she has also does an involved in a lot of rules research in the state of Georgia as well as in the state of Kentucky she has done a great deal of research. And the school to prison pipeline and rule communities. She is also involved in her community as a practice practicing social worker and tells a lot with grief. At hospital in parades net. My personal background and experiences with mental health and I have also been involved with military families all across Europe as well as in the United States and dealing with deployment issues. And I'm currently working in my own state of Mississippi with human trafficking an attack for theater, an establishing some resources and shelters and. Building in that area, I'm going to let doctor sooner give her a specific excuse me practice area, but I can say this she is. In North Dakota Ann is very involved in providing trauma based care for individuals. They are so you can see. We just have a very varied practice experience that we bring into the classroom to you guys. OK next slide. So I want to talk just a little bit, just give you a general overview document had a slide. Probably right that says why Walton, an I've always want to come back with the question of why not? Walden at Absolutely I think one of the best programs for your money. It is a valuable program if you look at us on the Continuum. We fall in the middle and so it truly is a program that is constantly striving Walden is constantly striving. To look at ways that it can help students to cut calls to help students to get more out of their educational experience, they? Really want you to get Watt your investment is worth, and that is a lot 1 of the one of the best things that you can invest in. Is yourself and you're doing that by getting an education at Walden? I will say this doctor moon mentioned? Earlier that we also have a Masters program that's been accredited for awhile now and which has been reaffirmed. In our Masters program that credit Dacian, an one of the ways that you can benefit financially is coming to Walden for your BSW. If you graduate with a 3.0 GPA then that qualifies you for advanced standing in our MSW program. Meaning that you could get your advanced standing MSW in one year that along with an alumni tuition reduction. Cause you come from within the Walton system already really nice that MSW ferry very affordable. It's very personalized's document mentioned earlier drew or not going to be in a silo we give you multiple. Opportunity to interface with your faculty an with your classmates. We keep we do that by keeping our classrooms. Relatively small around 20 students. Some are not even going to be that that large and that really gets our faculty in. Opportunity to communicate with you and get to know you on a regular basis. Support we're going to talk about a little later on to very specific ways, but I just want to say that. Myself Doctor Moon all of our faculty and Doctor Spooner. You'll see when she talks about filled that we All are going to be with you in every step of this academic journey. We will provide every bit of the port that we can. Bargain experiential learning multiple opportunities to speak how learning applies to real life scenarios what that looks like guys. Is bad in the classroom? We have discussion boards? We have assignments that are there for you to complete? But I want with that, we also provide for you case studies videos. Different learning modality that are help you too. Take those skills that you've learned from the textbook from the discussion boards and apply those to real life case studies. And experiences. You could go ahead of the great we are on the quarter of the quarter system instead of the semester. And you would have 67 credit quarter of give my quarter credit and in that that includes 20. Bad credit. Being an AI focus area and the focus areas that we provide are in addiction forensic. Crisis and trauma court and the legal system and healthcare wall and have done research in the labor market. And it has found that these are the leading areas and the areas of need for Bachelor level social workers so we're trying to respond to that. And a quick you equip you in areas that will hopefully lead to your getting employment upon graduation or. Help you want you prepare you squeeze my Dick get into that MSW program. We are asynchronous and what that means guys is that? You can enter into that classroom. At a time that is convenient to you. There are no set class time and that allows for the flexibility. If you have a full time job if you have a family that you are needing to work around. Their schedule in your schedule that this allows you to do that. You can get up at 6:00 in the morning. 5 in the morning, you can take your lunch. Time, and do some work. It could come back in the evenings and after everyone has gone to bed, then you can stay up. Into that classroom. I've talked a little bit already about the different learning modalities and I want to just say that. Absolutely the two areas that we I think just Excel in with our program our skills lab and field experience. These are learning modality that give you direct experience for those skills. That prepared you to enter into the workforce. Let's go to the next slide skills virtual reality and we're going to talk more about skill flap a little later on. But Doctor Moon did you want to talk about virtual reality. Certainly will because we all know it's kind of a passion of mine at the Top is at the Top of this slide. I do want to just mention Doctor Gaddis. Talk to you about the experiential learning. And what that means is that instead of just reading everything in a textbook an responding to that Walden. I am proud of himself and creating different types of learning. Modalities for you to experience that one of the first ones that were the mess proud about is the Bargas family, who you see pictures up there on the screen. These are from is the story of the family suffering problems and how the social worker Linda Forte helps them. This script for these this recordings were written by people at Walden, daughter Gadison. Dr Spooner both helped me do that, and some other people that are really, really great at wild and. But we developed a case study for you to hear these people talk about their life. You may hear Miss Vargas talking a human behavior class and then you'll hear. Amy in the practice class and you learn how to actually respond to them in the safety net of the classroom. Virtual reality is another really unique way that wild and offers educational opportunities. We did the same thing we had a group of people who actually wrote scripts, we hired actors Anri recorded virtual reality. Experiences for you to enjoy with with the goggles when you're at skills lab, you actually put the goggles on. The first one, that you will watch is a BSW student will be the filled safety one where it. Let's you participate in a field setting like you're doing a home visit without actually having to be out there. So you learn again why it's safe so you can make a mistake. It corrects you and they're just really unique ways other than just reading a textbook. And answering your question that we found to help people on further their education an learn so that is uh. A great thing an I will kind of carry that over right into the skills lab slide. And basically what skills lab is is the opportunity again to practice all the skills that you've learned in the Walden undergraduate program. Before, you begin your field placement. Skills lab is actually a six week class that you enroll in and you spend 4 days on the ground. In person with your faculty instructors. These skills labs are usually held in Atlanta, GA or Phoenix, AZ, but we're always looking for new places to extend that. You will actually go there and we know that can be a really frightening thing. Some people have never left their home. Been on an airplane travel that distance. So, your Advisors Annuar Faculty will will help you prepare for that. But we have found that after 4 days, there, most of the students want to know can, we stay another day. Because they're learning, so much they're interacting. We do develop skills while you're there, you can practice your interviewing skills. How you would work with a group we do some licensure preparation where we help you get started on the test prep that goes along with being. A licensed social worker doctor, Spooner will be there, she helps you get ready for field, you're going to meet with her. You're going to talk about where you want to go. She's going to help you get your application started. And then finally you get to interact with everybody. I'm always there. The instructors from the MSW program are there so if you want to go talk to them and ask questions. We just want you to feel like you truly belong to a program in a University and skills lab gives us the chance to do that. As well as to be sure that you're ready for the next thing an I want Doctor Spooner to talk about. The field experience. Thank you Doctor Moon. So field experience is the opportunity for students to practice the social work competencies that are established by the council on social work. Application. In Uh, Real life, setting of social work, so you will participate in. 200 hours over 1/4. And then in additional 200 hours over another quarter, so if you think about it in a semester term. You are going to be doing one semester or two quarters of field for a total of 400 hours. If you break that out in the quarters, it looks like 20 to 22 hours per week. That you will be in a field experience one of the questions that always comes up is. I I'm a full time employee. I am a wife, a husband, a Mama dad. A brother a sister a caretaker. And what I can assure you of is that? Walden is very cute, Leanne keenly aware of the fact that we are adult learners and so the beauty of Social Work. And field experience is that? The the world kind of is your oyster when it comes to social work practice coming opportunities, so if you work full time from 8. By then I will really work with you and looking for agencies that are open 24/7, so residential facilities such as. Nursing homes hospitals. Um. Residential treatment programs for youth addiction programs homeless shelters domestic violence program if you want to work day hours because you have children. I would have picked him up, then we're going to be looking at agencies that have the daytime hours Monday through Friday and our clothes on. Holidays and weekends. The beauty of the social work field experience is that it allows you to practice social work skills in a real life, setting. Under the supervision of a social worker and the beauty of that is that you get hands-on learning you know real time environment. With guidance not only just from the social worker there, but with us feel liaison that is from Walden. The output of the Senior Seminar course, so there's a course that goes along with field that is intended to help guide you in regards to. Completing your learning agreement, you learn how to do case. Notes You talk about ethical dilemmas. You talk about licensure. We talk about ethical dilemmas in the workplace from not only How do I assure confidentiality my clients in a world of technology too? How do I handle a colleague that I think might have a a mental health issue so it's real life experiences? The other wonderful thing about field experience is that it allows you to make professional connections and I would. Argue that those really began when you start your program at Walden just like Doctor Moon and Doctor Garrison said. I think there is a fear for students in an online environment that they're not going to know are really get. Connected or feel connected to their their faculty and has a Walden Alumni. I could tell you that I felt more connected. To my faculty in even my fellow students and colleagues then I did in a brick and mortar when I completed my undergrad over 20 years ago. So you are the beauty of the program at Walden is that you are able to make those connections. Not just in a room, but across across the United States, like Doctor Moon and back Gotta said. We were there at. Those lab, we teach the courses were there to make sure that the students have questions are answered in to make sure that. You have an experience that meets your needs. Um. The other thing about field is that because we are in on Line University. I think students wonder. How am I going to find a field placement where am I going to have to go and the beauty is. That we hope to keep you in your local community to complete your field agency and your field experience. And you could pick the agency that you choose so we don't expect you to leave your home community. And I know a lot of times to say, I come from very small community and I would usually say. I guarantee you that we have never not been able to find a field placement for a student. We use an online platform called metric that really houses everything field. So, your field applications your timesheets you're learning agreement. It's really kind of guides that field experience. It's the standards that are established by the Council of social work education. The beauty of that is that your field inspector social worker in your agency. Your faculty liaison from Walden myself and you can really go into that online platform at anytime in everything that you need for field. Is at your fingertips? Um. We also have the taxi liaison that it's your point of contact for Walden is also your senior seminar instructor. So you get an opportunity to have a direct connection with someone. From Walden all the way through your experience all the way through the end of. Field, which. Really gives that That connection that connected this like Doxtater said. Our classes are very small so he couldn't field you'll be. With another group of individuals that are at the same experience doing so experience just like you. Um. And I would say that that's the other thing I would tell you is that. The beauty of Walden is that? Because they're experts at online education that. Wonderful new opportunities are always arising we established field affiliation agreements with Newfield agencies every single day I get. A lot of. People that have taken an MSW students that have been so impressed with our MSW students that they want to take at DSW. I've had every DSW person that has gone through field is now currently employed in the job and an I would guess. Over half of them have gone straight on to the MSW program and I think what that really says it really speaks to. The quality of education that just doing so, receiving really encourages them to continue on their journey. So one of the things that I think is really important for students to be aware of is that when we look. At field experience and we look at. Um the BSW or the? Undergraduate level is that as a BSW as a bachelor's social work student you are considered a generalist practitioner. And what I always say to students is the beauty of a generalist practitioner is that you have a little bit of knowledge about a wide variety of topics. So with that generalist practitioner degree you can work with babies in utero all the way up till someone dies. Everywhere in between with that undergraduate because you are a generalist. Currently, there are 35 States and the District of Columbia that license at the undergraduate level. And that changes all the time. Install your opportunity for not only build experience that job is very, very bad. The other thing is that once you go to that master's level is that that is where you can become more specialized. In kind of narrow your scope or focus of practice so at the Masters level. Some students might find that they really want to go down more of a clinical route. Or they want to become more educationally based and look at teaching or working in the school system or maybe working with military. Or maybe working in a medical field. So the DSW I think it's really important for just understand it because Walden is accredited by the conference social work education. Once you complete your degree. You could get license. And go on to any Masters program. That is accredited they will recognize that our degree because you are coming from an accredited program and I think that's Really important for seems to understand because, with the online world as this today. There may be online programs that they may not be accredited and what that would mean is you may get a degree from a University but it's not recognized in you aren't able to get licensed with that. And I think that's one of the beauties of our social work degree is that. It's very bad, but it also leads to license or what which further allows you to be considered a professional. NP further credentialed. Once again, I can't impress upon. You enough about the ability for you to go from the VFW right at Walden right into the MSW. And just further expanding their own that focus of practice for you and I think the field experience also kind of gives you that opportunity to kind of tailor. And find out what you're interested in trying a different. Population that you've never worked with or maybe 1. You've always had a passion for it. But you've never been able to do it in a role as a social worker. That build experience gives you the opportunity to experience that. And also learn along the way about the areas of strength that you kind of find with that field and maybe the areas that you want. Further refine your focus as well. Thank you doctor Spanier that was great and I. Hopefully, that answered a lot of questions. But we're going to answer more later. Our final slide that we wanted to show you is the slide that we called we support you and like I said earlier in the presentation. I have a personal. And. Relationship with wild and in that my son is going here, so I can tell you that this is. Not a slide that was just created this is true. This is why we're here. This is what Walden does best we have financial aid counselors that are available to you, you will be assigned to financial aid counselor. He will help you navigate the process of filling out papers doing the government forms whatever you may need to do. So that they can assist you. With the the finances that she will need to attend the University. I think you've heard about the phenomenal. Faculty that we have, I can just say again we employee only PhD faculty even in our undergraduate program, which is? Definitely unique to Walden University and they come from a variety of experiences lifestyles. Background said that you get as much as knowledge as we can possibly get you. The Walden has the writing center available to you. The writing center is one of the greatest assets I think we have at Walden University. They can help you write a paper now they won't write it for you, but you can write it. And then they will give you feedback on that paper before you turn it in for a grade, they have an AP a template. So that you can just type into the template and know that all of your stuff is spaced correctly and on the right line. And they are available to you by appointment just all you have to do is email him. We have the academic skills center. Which again helps you learn skills that you may need to navigate we have tutors that help students with their math classes them their research classes. Any Class I might be struggling with that is available to you, your student success advisor will become the person that you have a great relationship with. Work with him through out your career at Walden University and they will help you navigate the program is steady the Doctor Spooner and otra gatis have talked about. They can help you register for classes decide what classes to take what quarter to take them and they are really they're trained specifically. Social work program so they know the questions to. When do I enroll for skills lab? When do I take? Research class and they can guide you on that and they are available by email or Phone to you. Finally, when you complete this wonderful degree that we're now you're going to get we have akarere center available to you to help you learn how to? Create a resume posted online apply for a job. Do an interview. We all understand that these are skills that some people have? But some people that don't so wild and provides all of this to you to help you from the very beginning when you enroll. To the very end when you complete your degree? So I hope that you have heard tonight, the passion I think we want to. Emphasize that and how much the three of us care about social work believe in social work and are here to help you. So I think with that David will turn it back over to you. Excellent thank you very much for the information. We did get some questions that came in throughout the event. Please again if anybody in the audience has any questions about anything that's been discussed here now. Please submit those questions being the Q&A window. So we did have. Question about the MSW program. Uh if you do be SW going into the MSW can you clarify what? What that looks like in terms of the time? Reduction. For the MSW program. I'm happy to talk to that and that is a great question. and I think we alluded to something that we called advanced standing on one of our slides. What that means is that when you complete the BSW program at Walden an applied to the MSW program? If you have the 3.0 GPA then you can be admitted to what's called advanced standing that gives you credit for the entire first year of an MSW property? Pretty Little feedback there, but that means that basically you cut your education at the MSW level in half. So we have actually had BSW students who graduated from our program enrolled immediately in the MSW program and one year later, they had completed their MSW. Which again gets you into a different uhm market an allows you to? Make more money for just lack of a better way of putting it. So then we did have a question about the post program licensure just a confirmation that BSW program would. Allow somebody in North Dakota. To get their license after graduating. They would they would need to check with it would, but they would need to every every one every state. 'cause I different licensure. And so regulation, so you just need to check with North Dakota to make sure that you what you need. For a Bachelor level social work. But Yes, you would be allowed would Walden is accepted in North Dakota for licensure as as an? In other states in District of Columbia. Excellent. So we did have a question a few questions about skills labs? How often are skills labs required and are there ways to do skills lab? Other than using the virtual reality. I'm skills lab is required once in your BSW curriculum normally done a quarter, or 2 before you enter field placement so tored the end of your educational cycle. You would attend skills lab skills. I've is not just virtual reality. That's just one of the things that we offer. You're actually in what we call a cohort which is a group of about 12 students and you will be in the classroom with two other groups, sometimes 2, sometimes 3 groups. And have 2 to 3 instructors in that room and it will be much more like what you think of as a traditional learning environment? Where your I'll present at the same time, and doing things but you only have to attend once in the best of your program. And that's something that your advisor can also workout with you when you're looking at your schedule and planning when you want to take classes. When it would work best for you. Excellent so would you have to have finished and associates program before enrolling in the BSW or can they go right into the BSW program? And would credits from a bachelors in other programs site, perhaps special education or even a Masters degree in education. Be applicable for social work. There are we do have as Doctor Gaddis mentioned a high transfer of credit, so if you have taken courses another. Areas. Often times they do come in as a transfer of credit, sometimes people have gotten their associates degree. Some of them complete their coursework at Walden. So those are phenomenal questions for you to have a personal 1 on one conversation with the enrollment advisor about. Because they can check with the student success advisers, see what will count print out. You a plan of what it will look like and how long it will take you. And while we can answer general questions about that. It's just much better if you call them and explain your situation and they look at what you've got. You create your plan. Excellent so we did have a question about field experience if you're working in a Human Services Field or a related field. Can you use some of your current paid hours for field experience? So this is Doctor Spooner and that is probably one of the definitely more common questions we get. So, in order for your field experience. You consider field experience. It's important to understand that the goal of the field experience. Work under the supervision of a social worker to complete the competencies. The required skill sets that the counseling social work education sets for in order for the students to be considered completing a? Credential program so at times. We do work with students on a one on one basis to complete their field experience. In their place of employment. However, the council in social work education does not allow students to paid for field experience. It's considered an undue influence so if you work. Let's say in a human service agency and you currently work in a child welfare. Protective Services unit. There is an opportunity, I work with students to look and we have new work and maybe foster care case management. You need to have a different supervisor, then you're paid supervisor. In the hours that you work, and not be paid. So yes, it is possible at times for students to do their field placements in their agencies. But there are some special requirements that need to be met in order for that to happen and what they say the students. If that's something you're even considering reach out to me ahead of time, so that we can make sure that we have everything set up in advance. For you to make sure that you have what you need in order for you to put your so experience in a timely fashion. And how many hours are required for the field work. So it's a total of 400 hours in that is broken out over 2 consecutive quarters. So it's 200 hours each quarter, so that equates to about 20 to 22 hours per week. So a general question about the program our students able to enter the program at anytime or do we have specific times? Or for this program versus other ones. When we can students can enroll and be admitted anytime. We do have specific quarter starts. However, we have one 224 will have another one. 2023. So they would they can enroll and they admitted into Walden, but we do have specific quarter starts. Approximately every 6 weeks. Uh-huh. Excellent so we did have a question about the virtual reality. How do you use the virtual reality goggles? In the home. Right now we're only using the virtual reality goggles at skills lab. The plan within the next year is that the goggles would. Actually be mailed to your home once you were enrolled in social work classes. You would get the goggles in the Mail much like you would. Receive your books in the Mail or anything else and then there is an app that you would download. To your Phone to use to watch the goggles with and then an example of what we're looking at doing with them. Is like the field safety class? But it feels safe to experience you watch it and then like you would have a conversation with Doctor Spooner. In your field class about what was wrong with that scenario and what could you have done better and. What did you need to look for to be sure that you were in a safe environment, so we're really just starting with that now. We've been doing it at skills lab for about a year now, an it was worked well and we've had so much positive feedback that we're making changes to him. And getting them ready to go into the classrooms, but I know Angie had a question about the migraines. Angie, a lot of people have issues with using the VR goggles. It's not just you some get disease. Some get headaches. I'm just can't do it. So we have worked with our disability officer to help us make those experience available it would be just like watching. Videos of our case studies you wouldn't get the full effect of being in there, but we do understand it won't. Everybody to be able to experience those scenarios. So question about. And Sillery costs are books and study materials included with tuition and is the online program compatible for Apple users. I have an Apple and I use it all the time so I would say yes. We have great technology people who can assist you if you have any trouble getting started with your laptop or. Something doesn't seem to go right, we also have what is called Charlotte Charlotte is a chat box and she's a she's got another technical name? And you can like ask Charlotte questions 24 hours a day in Charlotte has the ability to answer some of those for you. So there's always somebody there to help you figure out if you're having technology problems of any kind. When you enroll in a class, there will be on your home page. A little place that says view course materials. And if you click on that up to a week before the class starts. You can see 2 weeks before the class starts I'm sorry. You can see what books you would need for that class. Books are available through the Waldenbooks store or anywhere else that you like to purchase them so that's kind of. Its own you how you do that. At Toms error book vouchers offered so I would say that would be a great question to ask your enrollment advisor. And they can probably give you much more information about that. So here's a general question what are some of the pros and cons of social work? For those considering a career in it. This is after I have to add to dump yet so I have been a social worker my entire. Don't karere I started with my undergrad. I got my masters and my PhD and. I can say that definitely one of the pros is that? You can change your job many, many times within the field of social work without ever having to go back and get a different degree. So I think one thing that I was found in is the beauty of social work is that it really is just. Very very large umbrella of opportunities, I would say the other Pro is that? We have significant job security and I know we didn't talk about that this evening but a lot of the research data has shown. I mean, I've been license over 25 years is is that are. Need and demand continues to surpass many other professions. Out there and it's because we are generalists and we have this large overarching umbrella of not only generalist knowledge, but also licensure that really creates a significant asset for us. Employees so I would say that those are definitely the pros and I would say I think a license, people would say a con is that there's a high burnout rate. And I would say you know, I really. I think that we have learned a lot over the years that. Any type of helping profession is going to be more emotionally demanding again something else that we've learned along the way that. Looking at that as an opportunity to learn from one another to support one another there's a lot more. Just put on self care in managing the trauma that you deal with instead of just saying well. You know, we build trouble, we might burn out one day. So I mean, I can honestly say I've been licensed for 25 years and I can't imagine doing anything else. I will echo every word, she just said. Yeah, an echo sign here, I would just say even to give you just a specific example if you. Want to work with children and you do you say I just want to work with children and you do that for 10 or 15 years and then? You decide you know, I think I may want to work with geriatrics for awhile. I'm really you know. Burned out working with children you can do that with a social work degree and I think where a lot of other. Professions there is a high rate of burnout people have to change professions, but within social work you truly can. You can go from working with individuals and families to working at the macro level with communities and organizations. And totally change your trajectory of practice so that if you're excited again, you are in a new area. But you're not having to totally change professions in that so again echoing Doctor Spooner. I've done nothing but Social Work. My whole professional life and I'm older than she is. And it has been good to me and I wouldn't I wouldn't do it any other way. Excellent so uh we did have questions about exams and license here. What is the pathway to becoming a licensed clinical social worker? OK, I can do that one basically an LCSW and that's a state specific title. Depending on what state you live in other states have ACS Tubby's or LCS. LCSWC. Basically, what that means is that you had a Masters degree in social work and 2 years of supervised clinical experience. In some states other states. It's more as I'm doctor, Gaddis said the best place Brian to check into that. Is your state website they usually post all of that and like we said social work is not done a good job of that because. 50 states do it differently, so check with them and find out exactly what that means but what I would say is the BS WS your first step. You get the BSW degree then you can do the MSW and then the LCSW and coming right in just popped up about being a marriage and family counselor. Again, like, Doctor Gaddis says that's the great part of a Masters degree in social work is that you have generalist or bachelors, you have generalists? So you can do marriage and family counseling. You can do counseling at the school again. Those are with a Masters degree. Bachelors is when you would do some group work with them or some case management types of things but. Again and I think we've said this several times, you have the ability to change you may decide that. You don't like doing that anymore and other people have to go back to school and you can just change to another. Branch of Social Work. So now you know that I'm a doctoral student in our psychology. One of our psychology program so now I've got an interesting question that came in. Why choose social work over psychology or counseling? I think the difference there is what you want to do when we think about psychology and working with advanced degrees. We think more of working with the brain and the functions of the brain and how it operates too. Help people into situations that they may be in social work tends to use what we call the uh. Person in the environment where we do take part of the study of the brain from psychology, but we also look at the environment. Like a sociologist would and then we use the generalist practice approach where we help people create the skills they need. To solve their problems work through their problems get to where they want to be in life, so social workers kind of combined all of those. When you think of people who get PhD in psychology. They usually are much more interested in research than social workers are. All that social workers do research as well. So it really depends on where you can see yourself and again what you want to do. And let me just jump in and said my husband, actually has a psychology degree this stuff Gaddis and. He does testing he does testing for special needs for disabilities for learning disabilities delayed developmental for autism aspergers anything on the spectrum. And that's his job, I mean he does testing and assessment all day long. That's what he wants to do. It's not what I want to do so that you know it was a different path so like Doctor Moon said. You really need to think about long-term what is your? What is your goal? What is it that you? See yourself doing 5 years from now. Nothing that's great explanation that's a great breakdown. So we did have some questions about tuition and costs. The first being is the one week of blended experience. Covered with the tuition and are there any books that are required for the BSW program? Again, yes, there are costs associated with skills lab because it is listed like a regular classroom experience and you do get credit for it. So again I would kind of refer those questions to your enrollment advisor because they have the most up-to-date caused. And breakdowns of how that works and what they can do the same for books. I would ask him those questions. To see what might be available to come, they might have available to assist you. Excellent so as we wind down. I wanted to pick one that I hadn't seen yet in either of the sessions. We've done. How do you pick a focus area if you're undecided on what you want to do with in social work? I think the great part of that is the way those focus areas are set up you can actually take one class. And each focus area so again, you end up with a lot of general is knowledge to help you. Decide what you might be interested in so that when you get to doctor Spooner and you're talking about where you might want to do field placement you can say, Oh well, I took this forensics class. I really enjoyed that then she kind of knows how to guide you but again those are great questions to ask your student success advisor once you get enrolled. And they can tell you exactly how to take those classes in which ones might be the most interesting to you. Alright so we did have a few more very specific questions that came in what we'll do is we'll go ahead and we'll have? Some responses for those questions via email because they were very specific questions. But I think now is a great moment to point out that yes. If you do have any further questions if you're curious about your specific time and cost to completion really the best way to get that personalized. Estimate is going to be to speak your enrollment specialist. They're going to be able to work with you. Take copies of transcripts that you might have and get evaluations done for those so really if you're looking for. More personalized information one of the best resources for you is going to be the enrollment specialists. And with that doctors moon Gattison Spooner. Do we have any closing thoughts before we end the event. I would just say please reach out to any of the three of us if we can answer any additional questions. We are all available by email, Anne would be more than delighted to answer any questions, you might have. All right excellent well that brings us to the end of the web and are we appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to join us. This evening. 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