Social WorkSocial Work


Division of Social Sciences and Human Services

Social workers help people deal with a wide range of problems. They help individuals and families cope with mental illness and problems such as inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of job skills, financial mismanagement, serious illness, disability, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy or antisocial behavior. They also work with families who have serious conflicts, including those involving child or spousal abuse. Through direct counseling, social workers help clients identify their concerns, consider solutions and find resources. Often, social workers provide concrete information such as where to go for debt counseling, how to find child care or elder care, how to apply for public assistance or other benefits or how to get an alcoholic or drug addict admitted to a rehabilitation program.

Social workers may also arrange for services in consultation with clients and then follow through to assure the services are helpful. Most social workers specialize in a clinical field such as child welfare and family services, mental health or school social work. Clinical social workers offer psychotherapy or counseling and a range of services in public agencies, in clinics and in private practice. Other types of social workers are: Social workers in child welfare or family services may counsel parents on how to care for disabled children or to arrange for services during a family member’s illness; in child or adult protective services they investigate reports of abuse; in mental health they provide group therapy, outreach services, intervention and rehabilitation; in health care they help patients and families cope with the affects of chronic, acute or terminal illness; in schools they diagnose  problems with children and counsel children and help the disabled to be accommodated; in criminal justice they make recommendations and provide services for inmates and families; in occupational social work they work within a corporation’s personnel or health unit; and yet others focus on the needs of the elderly.

LCCC offers two programs in social work. We offer an associate of arts degree (with an emphasis in social work), and an associate of applied science degree in human services. These programs may be completed in two years of full-time study. For more information on educational opportunities in social work at LCCC, see the reverse side of this sheet.

Educational Opportunities in Social Work

Associate of Arts
The associate of arts is for students who want to pursue bachelor’s degrees in social work by completing the first two or more years at LCCC. Students completing the associate of arts degree may transfer with junior (or higher) standing to the four-year university or college of their choice.

Students may also select the associate of arts degree if they wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program at LCCC in program fields such as fine art, computer art, graphic design, business, history, music, political science, sociology, psychology, theater, urban studies, elementary education and secondary education.

There are virtually no limitations to the programs that can be pursued as LCCC can customize associate of arts programs to meet the transfer college/university’s requirements. The associate of arts program may be completed in two years, if taken on a full-time basis. Many LCCC students choose to study on a part-time basis.

Related Educational Opportunities

  • Associate of applied science in human services

Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Social Work
A baccalaureate degree in social work from an accredited degree program qualifies a person to apply for licensing in the state of Ohio.

Students who wish to transfer to Youngstown State University to complete the bachelor of social work degree must be in good standing with at least a 2.0 or higher accumulated grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The formal admission of students into the Program takes into account general education requirements and required support courses, as well as criteria established by full-service faculty in the YSU Department of Social Work.

Master in Health and Human Services
Certificate in Health Care Management

The Certificate in Health Care Management is a collaborative program between the College of Health and Human Services and the Williamson College of Business Administration. The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.

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