The reason why I originally decided to change my major was because an advisor from the BSW program came into two of my classes and talked about the program and as she was talking I realized this is what I should be going for not Clinical Psychology! I was a little bummed at first just because I’ve thought ever since high school that I was going to go for Clinical Psychology and I did research on what they do but it wasn’t until I heard about this program and read a description of what Clinical Psychologists do from my Applied Psychology book that I realized - ugh that doesn’t sound like what I thought I was going for all along!
This is what I read when I was like – ah that’s totally not me! “Clinical psychologists focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment procedures of mildly to severely disturbed persons. They interview clients and write case studies.”
With my degree in Social Work I still want to work in the mental health field and the description of that is: Mental health and substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with mental illness or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Such services include individual and group therapy, outreach, crisis intervention, social rehabilitation and teaching skills needed for everyday living. They also may help plan for supportive services to ease clients’ return to the community. Mental health and substance abuse social workers are likely to work in hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, individual and family services agencies or local governments. These social workers may be known as clinical social workers. Now this sounds like my dream job!
So with this new discovery of mine I’ve been doing a lot of research and this was a good week for me as far as school goes. I had a phone consult with the coordinator from USF for the Bachelor’s in Social Work program. It went very well. I was able to get all of my questions that I have about my change and the program answered and I was also able to figure out my schedule for the rest of my time at MCC. This summer I am taking Statistics and American Government. I am taking them Summer B. It will be nice to have part of the summer off — this is the least amount of classes I ever taken and the least I have ever paid in tuition which is also a bonus! Then in the Fall I will take College Algebra, History of the United States I and Macroeconomics and then I will be done at MCC. I will start at USF Spring of 2010 and should be done with my with my Bachelor’s Fall of 2011! A couple of perks I found out about during my research:
- If I have 68 or more credits from MCC I will not have to take any electives at USF - this will save more time and money and for this program
-My two years of the same foreign language from high school will fulfill my language requirements
-This program is nationally accredited.
I am happy I found all of this out now and I am looking forward to these next couple of years of school.