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  • Enty-level: A bachelor's
    degree in social work is the
    most common requirement for
    positions. These degrees
    prepare candidates for jobs as
    caseworkers and assistants.
    They require many hours of or
    an internship. Some
    employers degree in social
    with a work is the hire social
    bachelormost common ’s in a
    related field requirement for
    such as psychology or ’s in a
    related sociology.  Employers
    of sociology.his level of   
    Employers of social worker
    may accept seminary pastoral
    social work degrees such as
    those conferred by Saint

  • Advanced Degree / Clinical
    Social Workers:  All clinial
    social workers must earn a
    master's in social work.
    Typically, this will take one-to-
    two years to obtain. You can
    work toward a master's in
    social work even if your
    undergraduate degree is in a
    different field.  You may also
    work toward a master's in
    social work as a member of
    the clergy or pastoral
    counsellor.  In such cases,
    employers may
    consider graduates from
    seminary programs which are
    not secularly (regionally)
    accredited.  It is a matter of
    protocols within individual

  • Licensed Clinical Social
    Workers:  Becoming a
    licensed clinical social worker
    requires 3,000 hours of
    supervised clinical experience
    after graduating with your
    master's. Licensing and
    certification guidelines vary by
    state so be sure to check the
    guidelines for the region in
    which you plan to practice.  
    Degrees from secular non-
    regionally accredited
    institutions such as Saint
    James cannot be used to
    obtain state licensing.  Such
    education exceeds our ethical,
    moral, and legal authority.

  • MSW seminary degrees may
    be acceptable for use by
    persons who are already
    working as a social worker
    in an unlicensed clinical
    supervisory position.  They
    may wishe to advance his or
    her knowledge and skill
    base ... or fulfill a
    requirement for new
    responsibilities or
    advancement.  This would be
    on a case-by-case basis and
    requires the candidate to
    research the possibilities.

  • Licensure varies by state.
    All states have some type of
    licensure or certification
    requirement. All states require
    clinical social workers to be
    licensed. However, some
    states provide exemptions for
    clinical social workers who
    work in government agencies.

    Becoming a licensed clinical
    social worker usually requires
    a master’s degree in social
    work and two years or 3,000
    hours of supervised clinical
    experience after graduation.
    After completing their
    supervised experience, clinical
    social workers must pass an
    exam to be licensed.

    Although most states also
    have licenses for nonclinical
    social workers, these licenses
    are often optional. For more
    information about licensure by
    state, contact the Association
    of Social Work Boards.
    1.  Social Workers
    are in high demand.
    The United States
    Bureau of Labor
    Statistics publishes
    a document called
The Occupational
Outlook Handbook.
The current edition
estimates that the
demand for Social
Workers will continue
in the 25% range at
least through the
year 2020. This
exceeds expectations
all other careers

2.  Types of Social Workers   .  
    a)   Macro, or Indirect Social
    Workers use their skills to
    research, develop, and / or
    manage institutions, human
    services programs and, in some
    cases, to formulate
    governmental policy.  Although
    their skills most certainly do
    benefit individual recipients,  
    they do so in an indirect way.  
    Macro or Indirect Social workers
    typically have no contact with
    the people their careers
    actually help to live better lives.

    b)  Direct Social Workers tend
    to work in institutional settings
    such as hospitals, Hospice
    programs, substance abuse
    treatment, Catholic Charities,
    state and local mental health
    departments ... and public
    health departments.  They
    Identify those in need ... they
    may perform intake an psycho-
    soclal evaluation duties ... help
    people in all life stages cope
    with and solve everyday
    problems  ... advocate for and
    develop plans to improve
    clients' well-being ,,, research
    and refer clients to community
    resources ... work  with
    individuals, families or groups,
    particularly in life transformative
    circumstances, or in times of

    c)  Clinical Social Workers are
    trained to do one-on-one
    counseling ... observe client
    behavior, assess needs and
    develop treatment strategies ...
    diagnose psychological,
    behavioral and emotional
    disorders ... develop and
    implement treatment plans ...
    consult with doctors,
    psychiatrists, other therapists
    and clergy ... administer social
    service programs ... Instruct
    and assist clients' families
    during treatment, and in times
    of crisis such as job loss,
    abuse, or grief.

Important points about
the social work field
Saint James College
Seminary Social Work
Program and You

Traditionally, the field of
social work has maintained
a notable distance between
itself and religion / spirituality.

However, as a seminary, we are well
aware that people tend to begin seeking
spiritual as well as clinical answers
when they face crises.

This craving for spiritual meaning tends
to literally frighten many counselors,
resulting in a failure to truly address
clients' needs.

Saint James College Seminary students
develop the sensitivity and ability to
bridge this all-important spiritual gap.
Education Requied
US Bureau Labor Statistics
Courses offered to match
your career / ministry goals

Saint James is an interfaith non-
denominational theological seminary
offering accelerated online education for

Our programs

  • Types of social worker- in-depth
  • Social Work Career Tracks
  • Institutional Social Work
  • Women's Issues Social Work
  • Social Work Teaching professions
  • Clinical Social Work - Counseling
  • Spiritual Social Workers
  • Social Work and God (or no God)
  • Bereavement / grief Social Work
  • Youthful offenders, youth at risk
  • Elderly / Elderly Social Work
  • Clients who seek spiritual
    discussion but don't trust clergy
  • Biological, Mind-Body connection
  • Stress Management 101
  • Loneliness - a major cause of pain
  • Jail / Prison Social Work
  • Social Work for clergy
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Importance of building networks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Military veterans
  • Depression / anxiety
  • What is Mental Disease?
  • Serious & Persistent Mental Ilness
  • Family Counseling
  • Interfacing with physicians
  • Social Work and pharmacology
  • Children, Youth, and Families
  • Separation and divorce
  • Poverty
  • Government and other resources
  • Wounded healers
  • Who heals the healers?
  • Social Work Ethics
  • MUST-do responsibilities
  • Social Work and the Law
  • Clients who resist healing
  • Self-destructive clients
  • Fearful clients
  • Bad, even horrible, bosses
  • When asked to side-step the law
  • Client employment issues
  • Gender identity issues
  • Immigrants, diversity, cultural study
  • Human Behavior
  • Social work, funding, pay
  • Billing insurance companies, govt.
  • Social policy analysis
  • Social Justice / Ethics
  • Abuse - womens - workplace -
elder - medical - children - emotional
  • Persons addicted to crisis
  • General Human Services
  • Social Work Management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Client-centered Social Work
  • Social welfare, social justice
  • Behavior and environments
  • Helping the homeless
  • Statistical Models, current research
  • Social Work as a second career
  • Master's thesis and / or project
    and many more electives & options

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Chaplains, clerg, counselors, social
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training in women's issues such
as business, govt. controls, abuse,
recovery, empowerment, personal


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clergy, NGOs, political science
and government majors,
missionaries, social ministries,
etc.  We face growing divisions in
worldwide government regulation,
discrimination, unfair health,
education, and wealth distribution.  
This field strives to bring about a
more equitable, safer, and
peaceful planet.  

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Department of Pastoral Counseling
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What does a social worker do
and how do your become a
social worker?
Is this you?

Social workers
often work with
people who are
in stressful and
difficult situations.
To develop strong relationships, they must
have compassion and empathy for their

Listening skills. Clients talk to social workers
about challenges in their lives. To effectively
help, social workers must listen to and
understand their clients’ needs.

Organizational skills. Helping and managing
multiple clients, often assisting with their
paperwork or documenting their treatment,
requires good organizational skills.

People skills. Being able to work with
different groups of people is essential for
social workers. They need strong people
skills to foster healthy and productive
relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need
to develop practical and innovative solutions
to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers
often have many clients. They must manage
their time well to provide adequate service
to all of their clients.                               

    Saint James College Seminary offers masters degrees both in Counseling and
    Social Work.  In keeping with our mission as a seminary, each has a an
    ethical/spiritual component.     

    We confer masters degrees both in Counseling and Social Work with majors in
    Spiritual Program Administration and Mind-Body-Spirit. We are proud to have as a
    member of our staff the esteemed Janice A. Learman. Professor Learman received
    her M.S.W. from the University of Buffalo, later went on to earn a PhD, and obtained
    her state certified social worker license.  She was appointed to the  Task Force on
    Homelessness, has been a Board Member of Benedict House for HIV positve
    patients, served on the transplant committee at Strong Memorial Hospital in
    Rochester, N.Y., did Family Caregiving Training at Catholic Charities, and holds
    membership in the National Association of Social Workers,American Association
    of Nephrology Social Workers.                                   

    Dr. Learman served in administrative leadership positions
    overseeing a series of New York State family care facilities.  
    She also supervised a geriatric care program for Catholic
    Charities, and coordinated regional assessment and planning
    at the Rochester Psychiatric Center.

    Learman's extensive background also includes conducting
    workshops and training for women,geriatrics, chronic and
    acute medically ill as well as seriously and persistently mentally
    ill adults. She also has an extensive background in grief work
    in the Buffalo Center for Bereavement, and served as a social
    worker in Legal Services. Her wide-ranging career also
    includes child protection and foster care.           

    Today, Dr. Learman serves as a victim assistance investigator throughout the southern United


With our program, you will be
able to earn a BSW or MSW. You
may use these initials with your
name.  But, generally, you will not
be able to use this degree to
obtain a state license.