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Online Master of Social Work Blog

Online Master of Social Work applicants can find insights, news, essential reading and articles written about expert faculty. They’ll gain a deeper understanding of clinical social work, potential career paths and the myriad ways that the VCU Social Work program’s graduates are making a positive impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities.

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The Benefits of Companion Animals for Managing Trauma

Emerging evidence is suggesting interactions with animals may benefit trauma survivors. View the infographic to explore the benefits of companion animals.

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How to Become a Social Worker

What does it take to launch a career in social work? Explore our step-by-step guide on how to become a social worker to learn more about social work careers.

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How Online M.S.W. Student Polly Lund Balances School and Family Life

Online Master of Social Work student Polly Lund, mother of six with a husband in the military, builds her career as a therapist through remote learning.

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Navigating Adult Protective Services in Virginia

What resources and support are available when dealing with elder abuse? Learn how to navigate adult protective services in Virginia to get the help you need.

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How to Become a Substance Use Social Worker

Substance use social workers address a health crisis that affects millions. Find out more about the role and career path of addiction counselors.

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Grief Counseling Techniques and Interventions in Social Work

Grief has affected many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about grief counseling techniques and other ways social workers support people suffering a loss.

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Social Work Today: Addictions Advisor: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Those With Substance Use Disorders

Social workers – the largest group of behavioral health providers – can assist those in recovery from substance use who may be struggling during the pandemic, write Dr. Rebecca Gomez, an associate dean and faculty member at VCU, and her co-author. Social workers can validate the additional stress of clients, encourage them to utilize virtual peer supports, and look for early warning signs of new stressors while also encouraging healthy coping strategies.

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Domestic Violence in Virginia: Statistics and Resources

What resources are available to people dealing with domestic violence in Virginia? Learn about empowering support systems that can lead you to a life of safety.

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What Is a VA Social Worker? Understanding Veterans’ Needs

Whether arranging service member benefit payments, connecting homeless veterans with housing resources, or counseling veterans with injuries or trauma, VA social workers impact millions of veterans’ lives. Practicing in every medical and veteran center operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), their reach is exceptional. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the VA’s health care program, is the largest integrated health care network in the country.

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What Does An Army Social Worker Do?

Army social workers serve as a lifeline for many enlisted men and women. Find out why their work is such an important part of supporting the armed forces.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2021
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