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Social Work

Social Work Course Descriptions
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Degrees & Certificates

Eastfield College offers a two-year Social Work Generalist degree and the one year Social Work-Human Services Certificate. Both programs will prepare individuals to obtain employment as assistants to professional Social Workers and Counselors in a variety of social service organizations.  Upon completion of the courses GERS 1304 and GERS 1307, students will be eligible for certification as a Nursing Home Activities Director.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Certificate

In conjunction with the Virtual College of Texas, Eastfield College now offers a completely online certificate for those wishing to specialize in mental health & substance abuse prevention.  This certificate is intended for those who posses a related counseling license, i.e. LPC, LCSW, but wish to specialize in the prevention of substance abuse & mental health disorders with high risk populations, or for those who intend to pursue the LCDC, but want to concentrate on prevention.  All courses may be used towards an Associates in Substance Abuse or Social Work.  This includes the creation of a new course * which focuses on the dual-diagnosis of substance abuse with depression & other related mental health disorders.  The certificate requires the completion of 6 three-hour credit courses:

  • DAAC 1304:  Addicted Family Interventions
  • DAAC 1307:  Pharmacology of Addiction
  • DAAC 1391:  Co-Occurring Disorders*
  • SCWK 2301: Assessment & Case-Management
  • SCWK 2305: Special Problems with Youth
  • SCWK 2331: Abnormal Behavior

For more information please contact Professor Phillip Ortiz, M.S., LCSW at 972-391-1037 or email PhillipOrtiz@dcccd.edu or Gloria Jackson, M.A., LCDC at 972-860-7624 or email GJackson@dcccd.edu.

Employment Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Social & Human Service Assistants:

Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or adult daycare. Exclude "Rehabilitation Counselors" (21-1015), "Personal and Home Care Aides" (39-9021), "Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs" (43-4061), and "Psychiatric Technicians" (29-2053).

The Occupational Employment and Wages for Social & Human Service Assistants in the state of Texas, as of May 2005 are:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)

Employment
RSE (3)

Mean hourly
wage

Mean annual
wage (2)

Wage RSE (3)

318,120

1.1 %

$12.64

$26,300

0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile

10%

25%

50%
(Median)

75%

90%

Hourly Wage

$7.51

$9.42

$11.89

$15.13

$19.28

Annual Wage (2)

$15,620

$19,590

$24,730

$31,460

$40,110

Other related occupational employment & wages are:

Community and Social Services Occupations

 

Wage Estimates

SOC Code Number

Occupation Title

Employment (1)

Median Hourly

Mean Hourly

Mean Annual (2)

Mean RSE (3)

21-0000

Community and Social Services Occupations

86,150

$15.60

$16.66

$34,650

2.0 %

  21-1011

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

2,620

$13.34

$13.50

$28,090

2.8 %

  21-1012

Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors

16,920

$23.61

$23.83

$49,570

2.5 %

  21-1013

Marriage and Family Therapists

330

$20.70

$28.08

$58,410

9.4 %

  21-1014

Mental Health Counselors

2,300

$17.13

$18.02

$37,490

1.7 %

  21-1015

Rehabilitation Counselors

4,260

$14.23

$14.35

$29,840

1.4 %

  21-1019

Counselors, All Other

4,030

$24.28

$23.86

$49,630

1.0 %

  21-1021

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

11,390

$15.59

$16.26

$33,820

1.2 %

  21-1022

Medical and Public Health Social Workers

6,460

$19.06

$19.93

$41,460

1.5 %

  21-1023

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

4,150

$15.53

$16.19

$33,670

1.4 %

  21-1029

Social Workers, All Other

2,320

$14.85

$16.55

$34,420

4.0 %

  21-1091

Health Educators

2,850

$15.76

$17.35

$36,100

2.7 %

  21-1092

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

6,360

$15.72

$15.95

$33,170

0.9 %

  21-1093

Social and Human Service Assistants

18,970

$7.30

$8.87

$18,450

1.8 %

  21-1099

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other

1,720

$13.82

$14.81

$30,810

4.8 %

Licensure

Higher levels of licensure in the state of Texas include the following:

Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) - a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited social work program and a passing score on the bachelor exam administered nationally by ASWB.

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) - a doctoral or master's degree in social work from a CSWE accredited social work program and a passing score on the master’s exam administered nationally by ASWB.

The state board no longer licenses individuals at the associate level. All students seeking state licensure must transfer to a 4 year college or university which with a baccalaureate program in social work accredited by the CSWE.

For more information on licensure & testing please see the Texas Department of State Health Services or contact:

Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
Texas Department of State Health Services MC-1982
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3183, USA

Email: lsw@dshs.state.tx.us
Telephone: (512) 719-3521 or (800)232-3162
Fax: (512) 834-6677

For More Information

Contact Program Coordinator Gloria Jackson at 972-860-7624 to request that information be mailed to you.