Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.
I graduated from University of Tennessee with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Business. After graduation I began working with our Dept of Children’s Services at a Level 3 secure Youth Development Center (aka juvenile prison) with kids who had been committed to state custody for felony conviction. My title was Classification Case Manager which classified them according to their committing offenses and after evaluation of their needs recommended an appropriate treatment program. As you can imagine, the money was not good but then social workers don’t get into the field for the money.
After about five years I changed jobs and began working at a Community Mental Healh Center working with children ages 5 to 18 all having a diagnosed mental illness such as ADHD, Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and others. I’m considered an intensive case manager meaning that I visit the child in the home and his/her school at least twice weekly, devleoping a treatment plan with their parents and hopefully improving their daily functioning such as social skills, academic commitment, parenting skills, etc, some informal individual therapy is attempted although since I have a four year degree I’m not really qualified for this; usually takes a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters for therapy.
Our clients come from low income families who qualify for Tenncare, our state’s medicare program which covers all children based upon income.
I’d like to teach but I don’t like the idea of having such a rigid routine every day. My schedule permits lots of flexibility and quite a bit of traveling around the county.
I hope this helps, good luck.